Monday, February 2, 2009

k-12 online conference

I recently watched the K-12 Online Conference called Parental Engagement in the 21st Century - Leveraging web 2.0 tools to engage parents in non-traditional ways. The title is pretty much explanatory; how to get parents involved with their children's education through technology. Lorna Costantini, from St. Catharines, Ontario Canada & Matt Montagne, from Palo Alto, California, USA, host the conference. They begin by describing how this generation's children are growing up in a world of technology. The majority of their parents do not understand the entireity of the internet, and often try to block internet use from their kids rather than encourage it or learn it themselves.

By creating a Facebook account and exploring the websites their children use both in school and out, parents begin to understand just what their children are experiencing and accomplishing through the internet. They are cutting another cord of separation between themselves and their children, plus they are learning how they can use the internet for their own use. Parents need to understand the concept of the internet being social.

I agree that parents becoming partners in education does make a huge difference in a child's education. Technology is a smart way to do it, as parents can connect with their child, show them that they care about what they are doing, and learn to use the internet as a tool in their own lives.

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