Family Playlists are fun learning assignments that empower students to “learn by teaching.” They invite families to participate in deeper, more meaningful learning conversations. Through hands-on activities linked to curriculum, students teach what they are learning to a family partner at home – a strategy that strengthens students' understanding and social-emotional learning (SEL) skills.
Assignments can be delivered via a mobile browser (no sign-in required) in 100+ languages, which makes it easy for all families to fully participate and ensures seamless two-way communication between families and teachers. You'll gain valuable feedback from students’ families. Coupled with assessment data collected within the Family Playlist, teachers learn more about their students as whole children and can open a meaningful dialogue with families around learning.
Family Playlists generally follow a defined structure:
- LEARN – Video or tutorial to help the student remember and review the skill that is being taught
- PRACTICE – Practice game or interactive activity to help the student practice the skill
- CHECK – Multiple-choice question that lets the student check their understanding of the skill (they will get immediate feedback)
- FAMILY EXPLORATION – Home activity that the student will be asked to complete with a family partner at home. Some of these will be applied activities, and others may simply ask the student to teach or explain what they are learning in class to their family.
- FAMILY FEEDBACK – The final section is where we ask the parent/family member to provide their feedback to the teacher about their child’s understanding of the skill and how the home activity went.
The heart of the Family Playlist is the family exploration, which is an applied activity that students lead at home with their family partner to share or teach what they are learning. - The goal of a Family Exploration is to create a positive learning interaction between the student and their family partner where the partner is in a supportive role and the student is in the lead.
Families complete the activity at home with their child. Examples of interactive Family Explorations include interviewing someone, drawing a coordinate plane that represents their neighborhood, and scavenger hunts. Students answer the prompt and/or upload images of their family completing the activity together
The Family Exploration allows families to support their child’s learning without having to be an expert in the content themselves. Instead, the playlists put students in the driver’s seat, and give students the beneficial experience of teaching someone else, which is shown to have immense benefits on student mastery and retention of material.
The last step of the playlist closes the loop between the teacher and the family. In the Family Feedback section families answer three brief yes or no questions. They also have the option to add written feedback and all of this information is compiled in a report to the teacher.