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Maria commented on Text-Messages for Creative Early Learning

Dear Karen, thank you so much for the detailed explanation. It makes it much clearer. This pull and push is exactly what we are debating about. For the time being, and as a pilot, I have been using Telegram channel to provide parents with step by step guidance on daily hands-on activities. On Fridays I asked them to feed back the result of an interactive treasure hunt. However, feedback has been rather limited and one could wonder whether parents really do the activities, or what it would need so that they can do them more easily.
With social media you can still use the chat functions to improve this mutual feedback process. However I am wondering how this would be at all possible if using text messages (SMS). Many parents can barely read themselves and would rely on the community to read the messages. At the same time I believe that providing the possibility for feedback, a sense of community and appreciation of results could make a huge difference in motivating parents. So this remains an open question. Not sure whether in the systems you use, you have found a way around that.

Also thanks a lot for the link to Chalkboard Education, I did not know them yet; but from what I see on their website, it sounds like an interesting technical solution. Will definitely try and reach out and let you know if anything comes back.

Take care, Maria

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Maria commented on Text-Messages for Creative Early Learning

Hi Karen, thanks for your comment. Great to connect! I saw your idea and indeed it seems quite similar. Would love to learn more about the pull and push theory you wrote about. As I understood it, the idea is to also create a space for kids and parents to connect with each other and thereby creating a pull factor. This makes a lot of sense and I was thinking in similar lines. Parents love seeing the progress of their kids and kids get motivated by their success. I was thinking so far about a quiz type interaction at the end of each week. Do you have any experience with that? Any thoughts?