One of the most important components of increasing a student’s achievement is communication between all members of a child’s team. This includes school staff, the student, and the parents or guardians. One of the features we insisted upon incorporating into My Day Web App was a simple way to share data with families and other team members. Before My Day Web App, I used paper versions of point sheets to communicate about a student’s day. These were placed in a student’s take home folder for the parent or guardian to examine, sign, and return the next day. While this method worked, it wasn’t exactly what I wanted. There were a lot of extra papers floating around, and I constantly had to run copies of blank point sheets. Sometimes the paper copies never made it home or back to school. That’s why I wanted a parent or guardian to instantly know about his or her child’s day through email. This email button will appear in the top right corner of a Daily Report or Summary Report if you’ve entered an email address in a student’s Team tab. This feature eliminates the “lost paper” possibility, and you know the parent or guardian received the information from your report. It’s also helpful if a student has multiple households; simply separate each email address you enter with a comma and space, and a report will be sent to each address listed.
What about those without Internet access? Many people have access from their cell phones, but if parents or guardians prefer paper copies or do not have access (some of my families do not), you can always print hard copies of reports to send home under the Daily Report or Summary Report headings. You also have the option of using the Team tab to enter additional email addresses of other people that would like data reports on a particular student, such as principals, other teachers, or support staff using the data for RTI monitoring. All you need to do is separate each of the email addresses you enter with a comma and space. Regardless of who is receiving your data reports, the communication piece of My Day Web App allows it to be completely paperless if desired. This helps the environment and school printing costs, and who doesn’t love that?