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Cyber-Connection with the Community

Cyber-Connection with the Community

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Published by Iain Cook-Bonney
Using the school website to build a stronger
connection with families and bring more parents into the school.
Using the school website to build a stronger
connection with families and bring more parents into the school.

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Calton Hill Primary’s Action Research: iStop @ Calton Hill Primary
“Cyber-Connection with the Community”
Using the school website to build a stronger connection with families and bring more parents into the school.
Background
 
We had a school website that was hard for staff to use and could only beaccessed on the school adminstrator’s computer at school.
 
 Newsletters not always getting home to parents so necessary information notalways getting to parents.
 
We have an awareness that parents are wanting up skilling in computingskills.
 
We wanted more parents to come into the school to strengthen the home-school partnership so that parents can keep in touch with what the childrenare learning.
 
This is a continuation of the Computer in Homes Programme the ran in 2008
Proposal
 
Create a website that staff where updates could be made from any computer at school and home.
 
Use our new website to promote our school and post all important notices.
 
Setting up internet quick stops (iStop @ Calton Hill) for parents to quicklycheck school notices and school activities. With strict regulations in place,adults can even check their own personal emails or blogs in hope encouragemore parents onto school grounds.
 
Block modules for computing skills will be made available.
 What we did
 
Created a new school website with Edublogs through the guidance of theICTPD co-ordinator (Iain Cook-Bonney)
 
Promoted our website through our newsletters, emails and word of mouth
 
Setup two iStop stations.
 
Conducted a Computing survey of families.
 What we found out
 
Summary of the Survey for Parents and Caregivers at our school
 
 
68% of the students’ parents/caregiver at Calton Hill Primary responded tothis survey
 
For the purpose of this study, parents and caregvers will simply be referred toas “adult(s)”Computer Access:
 
82% have access to computers.
 
63% have Internet at home.
 
 
34% are interested in training, which correlates with data showing that parentswho are well experienced do not need the training.
 
One adult indicatied that he has absolutely no interest in becoming computer literate to his partner’s dismay.Type of Access
 
Although 37% of adults had no internet at home they still had access throughadult learning centers, work or school bar 2 who seem to have very littlecomputing skills. The rest used broadband bar 1 who had a dial-upconnection.Internet usage
 
94% have low to high level of with internet experience and use the internet atleast twice a week.If i-Stop was offered
 
adults were more interested in viewing students work and photos, than schoolnotices and events.Coming into school
 
91% of those surveyed said that if we provided i-stop computers stations theywould come into school to use the computers which would motivate andincreased adults’ interests to be on school grounds and touch base with theschool.
Google Analytics, Statistical results
 
We had peaks of interest after the newsletter.
 
People were coming into our side via a link in our old website
 
We were finding that people had an average viewing time of about 4 minutes possibly indicating that the You Tube Clips are a draw card.
 
Over 44% are new visits.
 
Over 50% of the time people were just stopping at the Homepage so we needto make the other pages more attractive.
 
Currently we have been visited by 8 other countries.
What we have done
 
Ongoing promotions of our website.
 
We have set two iStop stations around the school. Students and Parents cancheck notices on the web.
 
On the iStops we have set up slides showing activities from around the schoolalso selected music is played (including records of them singing) to promotedour strong Maori, Pakeha and Pasifika identities. The students have greatenjoyment singing and dancing creating a joyful and favoured environment atour school. This promotes pride for our identity as a school in New Zealand.
 
We are about to run a week course on upskilling parents in basic computingskills and explore the blogging environment of our website.

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