Feeling connected to your student half-way around the world can feel a bit disconnected for the parents. If you are not technology savvy, this is the time to get up to speed. If you are, you are ahead of the game.
- Check out your student’s blog if your student is blogging.
- Sign up for Facebook and ask if he/she will add you as a friend. Go to www.facebook.com it is free to sign up.
- Ask your student if he/she uses Twitter. http://twitter.com/
- Skype is a free to inexpensive way to keep in contact if you have a home computer with a microphone and your student has access to the same. You can each purchase a camera for the top of your computer or if you each have a Mac computer with a built-in camera, you will be able to see each other through this process. Go to www.skype.com for more details.
- Google Hangouts. If you and you and your student have a Google email account (gmail) you can use their free webcam hangout to keep in contact with your student through free video chat and/or call. Go to http://www.google.com for more information.
- Magic Jack is a smart phone application that allows students to call internationally by using internet connection. Students receive an unused phone number in order to place and receive calls. Magic Jack is free and available for download on iTunes and Google Play.