When families come in for Back to School Night, we quickly try to figure out those who may lend a hand throughout the year. Whether it be fore parties, field trips, celebrations, we need volunteers! One set of volunteers I never thought of until I attended a conference this summer are the DIGITAL VOLUNTEERS.
What is a digital volunteer? It is someone who signs on to contribute to your students online work. If you are planning to post work of students on Twitter, Instagram, blogs, or other platforms, digital volunteers go on and comment on their work.
This may seem silly, but think about how much kids love getting feedback. They thrive off of comments and positives. The quote below came from Rushton Hurley, who has changed my thinking on educational technology. Sharing student work globally makes it meaningful.
Have parents, family members, community members (*cough cough* board members, principals, superintendents, business owners) sign up to comment on work. Students will think it is SO exciting! Let me know if you want to do this and I will set you up with an easy way to manage it.
Fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, sharing my journey with technology in the classroom