I have long told teachers in the department where I used to head up that they need to call parents and even meet with them rather than just email them. I used to say that it really isn't what you say in the those meetings, but rather that you show that you care. From there a foundation can be built.
As you can see from the video above that is a short interview with Bill Gates of Lyon Terry, the 2015 Washington state teacher of the year, I am not the only one who feels this way. Even though my students will now only be online, relationships still count. Conversations on the phone still work. Working with the individual needs of the students still works whether it is a brick and mortar classroom or online.
The other telling thing that Terry mentions in the video above is showing students how to sift through the amazing amount of research online to come up with answers and I might add to ask new questions (which brings up this interesting video on teaching in the 21st century).
By the way I found this video and the accompanying post on Bill Gates' blog which started as a way to showcase the books he has read to add in many other things such as people he meets, ideas he is learning, etc.