Are you a digital parent?

With all the focus on what is going on in schools around digital technology there is a danger that the divide becomes ever greater between home and school with the child being caught in the middle.

Where I have worked with technology and parents it is clear to see that they want to be involved but as with lots of teachers they lack the confidence in using devices to support learning.

So how can we support this as educators?

So much learning takes place in an informal setting, hospital walks in the park, hospital playing games, illness acting things out, asking endless questions, days out etc etc. But is any of this information gathered? Is it built upon? Is the creativity of the child rewarded beyond the parents seeing it?

Luckily (or possibly not) for my son, I am digitally literate, I can see the opportunities at home to support his curiosity and build upon it. We have created a blog on which he does his homework each week

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This compliments the homework set by the school. He still writes it all in his homework book, supporting his handwriting etc but we also add in images, video and audio to support oracy, typing and digital creativity (he has to take and then select the pictures he wants.)

So this supports his set work from school, but what about capturing his curiosity?

I have created a google account that we share, he loves the way that we can both type on the same document.  It allows me to help with his typing without having to peer over him.  I add in pictures and he writes down what is in the image.  We have even done some story writing where we co create the work adding in text and pictures.

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These are just a couple of ways to support his learning curiosity at home.  Once created it is easy for me to share with anyone, this is the part that really appeals to hime.  His grandparents have access to his blog and they comment.

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We do his videos using different apps and when I tweet it to them they reply.  Explaining to Max where these people are in the world makes him so excited.

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My plan now is to build up some support for parents in developing their understanding of technology at home.  Guides on setting up a blog, access to apps, ideas on what they can do at home.

I feel a new site in the making.


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