Promoting Parental Involvement: Using Technology as a Medium

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by: Farheen Zaidi

Did you know children with parents who are actively involved in their education academically perform better!  One of the biggest problems that educators encounter is getting parents to become more involved in their child’s academic experience.  Luckily, there is no more need to talk across a string attached to two tin cans.  Technology now provides educators with easily accessible resources that allow this communication to occur more easily.  Below are the top 3 technology tools that allow this to happen.

Moodle

Moodle is an online forum that allows parents, students, and teachers to connect one a more frequent basis.  Parents can view lessons, assignments, and keep up to date with class activities.

TIPS

TIPS (Technology Information for Parents) is a method of promoting parents to overcome the ‘knowledge gap’ that has been highlighted as a key barrier by Ewing-Taylor (2004).

Twitter

Twitter is a simple and easily accessible communication forum for both parents and teachers.  Parents can follow and keep up to date with news and activities related to their child’s education.

Author: zfarheen

Farheen is a Masters of Education Graduate studies candidate at UOIT. She has a keen interest in understanding and promoting parental involvement with the use of technology inside and outside of the classroom.

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