Last Friday, we held Elementary School Parent Focus Group on Technology @ASIJ and Responsible Cyber Citizenship. (How do I link a power point to a blog post?) Thank you Steve for making this Power Point presentation.
In preparation for that presentation, I tweeted out to see if others’ had a recommendation for a video to show parents about 21st Century Learning. In the end we didn’t use those, but here they are:
Learning to Change, Changing to Learn:
Introduction to Technology and 21st Century Learning:
Thank you Rebekah from COETAIL group and Paul, ASIJ’s Director of Teaching and Learning for taking the time to answer my tweet. I liked both videos. Parents need visuals to see what educators are talking about when it comes to 21st Century Learning and School. I will post these resources on our school blog.
I used to think that it was up to parents to figure out issues around technology on their own. Who has the time to educate the parents anyway?
I don’t think this way anymore, especially after last week’s meeting. Parents need a place where they can talk openly about their concerns and questions. Often times they feel inadequate or way behind in their knowledge base about technology. Some just give up and don’t get involved at all. This isn’t a good place for parents to be. Parents need to feel that they can guide their children, on and off-line. Schools have the responsibility to offer that place (on and off-line) for parents. Our kids will get the most out of technology when schools and parents work hand in hand.
Here are some ideas I have going forward.
*Parents really wanted to learn more about safe searching. I need to brush up on this skill myself, and share that with the parents.
*Sharing resources with parents using Diigo.
*Teaching parents how to use Diigo.
*Session on Facebook
What are your recommendations?