Some educators might find it challenging to explain all the benefits of an integrated curriculum to parents. This is sometimes the case because the parents of students likely grew up in a time when classroom technology was relatively nonexistent.
Odds are that since many parents are digital immigrants, they may have a strong stance on how a classroom is supposed to operate. Since these parents themselves learned without technology, they may believe their children can effectively learn that way as well.
However, being able to deftly use technology benefits students both academically and professionally. Rather than argue with parents, it’s important to find a way to communicate your learning strategies and build a discussion on the need for classroom technology. Here are three tips for talking tech with parents.
One tech challenge that may throw off many parents is homework. While a parent may be able to easily assist their child with math problems or an English paper, they may be unfamiliar with how to use a content management system or a specific application. Hence, if one of your students runs into a tech problem, their parents might feel incapable of helping them overcome it. To mitigate this issue, equip parents with troubleshooting resources and documents that provide the information they need to help out. This way they can be more active participants in their child’s education.
Create an Open Line of Communication
It’s also important to make yourself accessible. Whereas traditionally parents might only speak directly with an educator during a parent-teacher conference, email and social media now make it easy for parents and teachers to communicate any time. Though it may take a little extra work, making yourself a resource will help you work through tech issues in real time. This way, parents can discuss small problems with you before they escalate.
Share Student Work
If students are working primarily with tablets or laptops, parents might miss out on their children coming home with physical evidence of schoolwork. Luckily, programs such as Google Docs or Edublogs allow educators to share and showcase student work online. Furthermore, managing student content online gives parents access to grades, syllabi and other assignments so they can monitor their child’s classwork remotely. It also encourages student collaboration and communal learning.