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7 out of 10 teachers think the internet could help improve communication with parents

BERGEN: 71% of teachers feel that a secure internet ‘parent portal’, where parents could see details about their child's schooling, would improve school-to-parent communication, according to a survey of 5805 teachers released today by leading educational ICT provider itslearning.

In the survey of teachers in France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the US, 75% of teachers also rated parental engagement as either ‘important’ or ‘very important’ for the success of a child’s education. However, 44% said they didn’t have the time or means to communicate with parents as much as they would like.

“Teachers agree that involving parents is critical, but they aren’t able to communicate with parents effectively,” says Morten Fahlvik, Research Manager at itslearning. “Most teachers speak to parents at least once a semester. But communication has to occur more often to be really effective. The internet could be the answer – as long as the tool is correctly designed.”

How do teachers currently communicate with parents? According to the survey, 46% of teachers email each of their students’ parents at least once a month; 37% use texts/SMSs and 24% still send letters.

“Many teachers use a mix of technologies to communicate with parents, but none of them are specifically designed for the task,” says Fahlvik. “Teachers want a tool that will improve the flow of information and reduce their workload.”

To meet this need, itslearning launched a parent portal last year. As part of the company’s cloud-based learning platform, much of the information on the portal – such as grades and attendance – is updated automatically to save teachers time. Teachers can also add specific information about individual students as required.

“The teachers have been extremely positive,” says Fahlvik. “We’re now surveying the parents to discover how they feel about the portal.”

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About itslearning

itslearning is a learning platform provider dedicated solely to the education sector. It is used by millions of educators, students, admin staff and parents around the world and can be found at all levels of education from primary schools to universities. The company is headquartered in Bergen, Norway, and has offices in London, Birmingham, Berlin, Paris, Mulhouse, Malmö and Boston.

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