How Best to Engage Parents Through Photo Sharing
The best way to engage parents through photo sharing is by sending one or two quality photos per child per week.
Some programs may wish to send more, however we *highly recommend* sending no more than one or two photos per day at maximum.
Two reasons to resist taking too many photos:
- As educators, our time should be spent with the children and not creating photo albums. There's no way around it, taking too many photos takes away from important time with the children.
- We know it's tempting to send families many photos throughout the day (parents may even try to demand it!). But trust us, resist this temptation. The reason is, parents will eventually experience photo fatigue; or worse, the novelty of new photos may wear off completely.
By following these best practices, parents will get to see the highlights of their child's day/week with you, and continue to appreciate it day in and day out.
Tips for Documenting a Learning Story with Multiple Photos
Create a Collage
You can now create a collage of up to 4 pictures right in HiMama!
View our post to learn how to create a collage in HiMama »
Take a short (1 minute) video to showcase the activity.
Note: The length of the video will depend on your device's camera quality. The maximum size of the video file can be up to 20MB.
Include Only in Daily Report
Select the activity update multiple times and upload another photo. After adding a second or third photo, select the option to "Only Include In Report" to prevent parents from experiencing email fatigue. Choosing this option will make it so that the photo will still be present in the daily report and portfolios, but parents won't be sent an additional email for it.