How Would You Feel If Instead of Emailing Important Information, Your Child’s School Sent YouTube Video Links
I still think it's a little forward to expect that all kids should be able to complete homework assignments that require internet access. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have internet access at home. Sure, you can argue that libraries have free internet access, but let's be honest, that puts children who are forced to use the library at a significant disadvantage to kids that have internet access at home.
Now, a Lansing-area school is sending emails that contain a YouTube video link. In the video is important information that would normally be found in the body of an email, or more traditionally, a letter sent home with students.
Check out the video below. It was sent to parents by the new Principal of Charlotte Upper Elementary, Mr. Mark McGarry, regarding fire evacuation procedures.
To be fair, 99% of what my kids watch these days is on YouTube, and I'm all about finding new and better ways of doing things... so this new method of distribution could be an inventive way to reach both parents and kids where kids already are.
Some parents aren't loving it though. Getting important information requires extra steps, extra time and, in some cases, mobile data usage.
What do you think about it? Is your child's school sending videos like these?