5 ways of increasing staff & parental engagement with a dynamic digital strategy

Thomas Courtley, ex teacher and LessonUp education specialist

Thomas Courtley

Education Specialist

a teacher sharing feedback with parents

The purpose of this article is to inform you about the existence of a cost-effective digital toolkit for teachers, which, by itself, is a complete digital strategy solution. One of its most valuable benefits is that LessonUp continuously increases staff and parental engagement.


1. Parents can see what their children are learning

Traditional communication is at the core of effective parental engagement with schools, teachers, and their children’s learning. In classrooms without digital tools, involving parents in their children's learning progress can be difficult. Yet, it's in your school's best interest to keep parents informed. Regular updates benefit both parents and teachers by reducing the need for individual updates. Technology can be of great support by offering busy parents online sharing and feedback options in a safe, accessible place.

Technology can empower and engage parents, caregivers, and families, and the emerging role of media mentors to guide young children and their families in the 21st century
Chip Donohue
‘Family Engagement in the Digital Age’

2. Parents can always consult data on learning progression

Via a simple link to a lesson, parents can not only view the lessons and homework that their children are doing, but have also direct access to their childrens’ reports. Through the reports, parents and caretakers can review their childrens’ progression and check the feedback from teachers in a secure environment. This level of transparency is greatly valued.


3. Teachers find it easy to implement and fun to use

Teachers also find it very enjoyable to work with LessonUp, as it is such an intuitive tool! It doesn't take lots and lots of learning, and teachers can see the impact of using it with their students straight away. It’s all about getting pupils engaged, and being able to enjoy the impact of digital interaction on the learners. Education specialist Claire Coates witnessed 'teachers using the mind map to get some really difficult conversations going with students who would never share their thoughts normally.'

New technologies offer exciting opportunities for improving home-school communication, enhancing family engagement, and fostering children's learning.
Snell, Hindman, and Wasik
'Family Communication and Engagement with Digital Technology: Approaches and Strategies'

4. It can perfectly complement your staff’s other resources

LessonUp is potentially complementary to any other resource. Teachers could start a new digital lesson by uploading one of their PowerPoint lessons, or a section of their syllabus, and upgrading it with a variety of interactive assessment features. Additionally, we now offer an embedded AI assistant that can create a lesson draft from any source containing words, including textual documents and photos taken with phones.


5. Teachers can collaborate with colleagues

With LessonUp, teachers can build a unique online lesson portfolio together, as a team, to make an impact on learners and their parents. All teachers, cover supervisors, and school leaders can use existing lessons, customise them, or create new ones together. If a teacher is sick or absent, other teachers can easily take over. Cross-curricular collaborations are seamless, as lessons can be adapted and securely stored.

Our School Subscriptions are the best solution for a fully collaborative dynamic digital strategy!