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School Apps for ParentsParentapps TeamBefore technological advances it was challenging for schools to communicate with the parents of pupils en masse. Until very recently even with the progression of the Internet, school communication had improved vastly but still...

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School’s out for summer! Not that the previous term was traditional schooling per se, but still, the summer holidays are upon us. Although we’re all hoping for further relaxation of COVID restrictions, it has been announced already that schools are to return in September 2020, to start their new school year.

Why is effective communication in schools Important?

While most of the work done by schools is focused educating their pupils, many head teachers realise the importance of maintaining and constantly improving communication parents.

What do schools think of Parentapps?

Our latest app updates have been well received by our current customers – particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout this period, we have continued to provide a high level of customer support remotely and ensured school’s can communicate effectively!

What will education look like after COVID-19?

Education will undoubtedly look different after COVID – it already looks different. From social distancing measures to implementing new procedures to keep staff and children safe. Although this period has been stressful for everyone across the country, some changes could be made for the better.

What can our Homework Hub do for your school?

We brought forward the launch of our Homework Hub to help schools during the coronavirus pandemic. Parents and students can download and submit homework, as well as live chat with teachers. It’s already helped numerous schools through the pandemic, and would benefit your school too.

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Free homeschooling resources for parents and teachers
Parentapps Team
Except for the children of key workers, all UK schools are closed. And many teachers and parents have had to adapt to working from home. As a parent, if you’re adjusting to life working remotely – that’s already a significant change to comprehend – but throw in homeschooling your children, and you’ve added another dimension that is sure to bring overwhelming feelings of stress and panic!
We’ve spoken to teachers within our client base, and they’ve given us some fantastic educational resources to share with parents and other teachers across the nation.

These resources can help you teach your child effectively throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Before we explore some of the resources available, here are some tips to help you work more efficiently at home:

● Build a routine that is consistent – consistency is vital for delivering homeschooling and juggling your workplace priorities
● Don’t be too rigid – although routine is essential, it’s realistic to accept that you aren’t going to be able to deliver a full homeschooling day alongside your full-time job. Build-in playtimes and educational yet fun learning games – not all learning has to be done sitting at your kitchen table
● Seek out the support of friends and other parents – sharing your experience online can help you connect with other parents in the same situation. Take advantage of free video call apps including Skype, Zoom and Google Hangouts to keep in touch with others outside your household

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Websites that usually require a subscription but are now offering free resources are:

  • Twinkl
  • Thirdspacelearning
  • Oxfordowl
  • Hamiltontrust
  • Duolingo
  • Khan Academy
  • Fender online guitar lessons
  • Audible
  • Headspace

Additional free resources:

  • Google Classroom
  • Showbie

Some of our favourites include:

 

Duolingo – learn a new language

Users can sign up to use language learning website, Duolingo, for free. Select a language you and your children want to learn – choose from many including Spanish, German, French and Japanese and get started straight away.

With short segments of learning, fun pictures and leisurely activities, learning a new language can keep learning fun and interactive while you’re in self-isolation. Earning badges help your children stay on track and instil a little healthy competitiveness into their day.

Sign up here.

Audible – a selection of free audiobooks

Listening to audiobooks can not only help your child learn and develop but can also be a great distraction for them, enabling you to get on with some much-needed work! Audible has stated that this free service will be available for as long as schools are closed.

Titles to choose from including Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit and Friends and A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh for the youngest readers, all the way through to tween, teen and literary classics. Literary classics include Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Something for everyone to get their teeth into!

Check out the Audible selection here.

Fender – three months of free lessons

It’s not just for learning the guitar; the free lessons apply to bass guitar and ukelele, too. If your child has been learning to play in school and wants to keep learning, or they’re starting from scratch – this could be an excellent opportunity to build on their musical skillset. 

Fender is offering bite-sized lessons with professional-quality videos, the ability to track your progress and learn through songs you love. As Fender has said, “We’re all going to be spending more time inside – so we might as well make some noise.”

Sign up for your free three months now.

 

If you’re a teacher and feel these tips could be of use to parents, feel free to share this blog post with them.

While schools are closed to the majority of children, this is a great time to re-assess your communication strategy as a school. We’re offering a 30-day FREE trial of our school communication app, so you can witness first-hand just how the app can help support your school team.

Sign up for your FREE 30-day trial now.

 

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