Over the course of the year, parents are invited into school to share in their child’s learning by physically joining the class. However, these are only snapshots of what takes place in and out of the classroom and rarely capture those inspiring moments of awe and wonder. Staff at The Regent Primary School wanted parents to have the opportunity to witness the learning taking place throughout the week and looked to a virtual solution with technology providing the answer.
We are in a brand new world where inventive schools such as The Regent Primary School, Abuja, use technology to invite parents to join in the learning experiences that their children enjoy every day at school.
Parents of students at our school have been invited to join their child’s class through “Class Dojo” to give them a window on learning in the class.
At first, some parents were a little unsure as they were invited to sign up by an image of a bright green critter, raising the question ‘What has this got to do with my child’s learning?’. The answer is a great deal, because it chronicles key moments in a child’s learning journey behind the closed doors of the classroom.
This leading primary school in Abuja hopes that by sharing this unique insight into classroom learning with the out-of-class parents, the dinner table conversations and interactions surrounding student learning will increase.
This has already been reflected in the feedback the school has received from parents:
“For me, Class Dojo is an amazing way to connect to the education process of our daughter and those doing the educating. The way in which updates are delivered, fit into our digital lifestyles and allow us to be “present” in the classroom. It also makes talking to our daughter about her school day a lot easier and more productive. Congratulations on adding this tool to your teaching tool box.”
“Being so far from [my family] is very hard for me. I receive photos via email and we have regular calls/Skypes, but it can be hard to really grasp from [my son] what he's getting up to in school (despite him being very good at telling me). Having the regular photos pop up on Class Dojo is amazing. It makes my day to see him so happy in school. Thank you!”
“We love seeing photos of our child’s learning and like the fact we can ‘like’ and add our own comments.”
The students are big fans of Class Dojo too:
“I like that I can make my own monster and that my mum sees my great work!”
“It’s great that my parents see the work we do in class and when we receive dojo points!”
Does your school let you in to the class to see your child’s learning moments or does it perpetuate old-school values and keep you at arm’s length?
Staff at The Regent Primary School believe that bringing parents into the classroom, physically and virtually, enhances the learning experience of children at the school.
Parents can sign up for regular Class Dojo updates by getting a log in code from their child’s classteacher.
Simple, and effective!