The comments in ClaSS find many and varied uses in different schools. They prove popular because they are a quick and easy way to record incidental bits of information about a student for future reference and without any extra effort to share that information with other staff.
Now its just as easy to use those comments to communicate with parents, to send home timely information about a student’s activities, behaviour or academic information in school. A “Share with parents” option is now available on the comments form to any staff who have responsibilities at the year level or above.
The option can be used to share comments from other teachers once they have been reviewed for correctness. They are marked as shared in the InfoBook list in ClaSS:
In ClaSSic the same comments are available to parents under the new Comments link:
The comments are displayed for the parent with the profile photo of the teacher posting alongside and with the option to write a reply comment by clicking on the title line:
Recording homework in the MarkBook has two main advantages. First and foremost it helps parents see what homework their children should be doing. It does this by listing the homework details like date due, description and any references through to the the parent portal ClaSSic: you fill out the details when you create the homework column in your MarkBook and the synchronization with ClaSSic does the rest.
Secondly for teachers it allows, at a glance, a comparison of when work was set and collected with the attendance record of each student. So, you know who really did miss that piece of homework because they were out of school.
If you’ve not recorded homework before then here’s a brief instruction sheet: Setting homework guide.