Parent Open House for my school district is this week. The parents get the opportunity to go through their child's schedule and spend a grand total of 10 minutes in each class. What am I going to say? I mean 10 minutes isn't exactly a long time, and there's so many things that I could talk about. Being that it is a 1:1 class, and for most, it's their first, I will be doing some show and tell.
Ultimately, it comes down to this: how do I help their child learn with technology.
The show and tell time for the parents will examine some of things that I 've been posting about on this Blog. I will show them some of the tools we use, but their assignment will be to go home and ask their child to show them the following things:
1. Schoology - their child should show them how the resources are posted, the calendar, and how they turn in assignments
2. Notability - their child should show them how they can write things down and file them away
3. Flipboard - their child should show them how Flipboard can be used to organize places on the web that they visit often including the next item
4. Blogger -- their child should show them their blog and explain to them why they write every week
5. Educreations - their child should show them how they can simultaneously record both their written and verbal explanations (fortunately, we just did our first one the other day)
That's a pretty good list. In fact, it may be too much considering I will also be explaining how I am helping their child learn with each item.
I am also anticipating a few questions:
Q1: My child appears to be very public on the internet because of your class. Shouldn't they be protected?
A1: Most students are already publicly posting things on social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. I will be teaching the students how to post appropriately and successuly brand their online image. They've never learned this before.
Q2: My child is always on that device. How do I know they are really doing work?
A2: Ask for them to show you what they are working on. Take an interest and see if you can help.
Q3: If my child doesn't feel comfortable with the device, can they use a notebook, paper, and pen?
There are known unknowns out there. I would appreciate any input.