EdTech & Parenting Part 5: The Cheerleader!
This is the fifth of a five-post series on parenting in the digital age. As the mom of an elementary school student, and the Director of Academic Technology in an elementary & middle school, I am always balancing my passion for edtech and my philosophy on parenting. These posts discuss the roles I play when considering technology in our home.
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My goal is to encourage and celebrate responsible uses of technology. My indicators are: 1) Take an interest in my daughter’s use of technology; 2) Be a lifelong learner about technology with children; and 3) Identify authentic audiences to share our successes.*
When my daughter is using the iPad or laptop, I make sure to be around and involved at some level. I am always asking, “Wha’cha doin’?” or “Can I watch too?” or “Can I play the game?” Our No Headphones rule helps with this. Even if I am on my laptop blogging while M has her tech time, I can hear what is happening on her device. And social media is a social activity inside the home too. Our Passwords are for Parents policy means that M isn’t social online, unless she and I are social offline.
As a parent, be a lifelong learner about technology with children.
This is so fun! I love when M or a student says, “Have you heard of this app?” That very question is the foundation for all of our fun classroom projects:
- the Grade VII Minecraft Project,
- the Ancient Rome Tour,
- our Latin Social Media project,
- almost all of our classroom’s game-based learning,
- new Italian skills a la Duolingo, and
- my high score on narwhale.io.
And through M’s suggestions at home, I’ve learned fun science and music facts from the Fairlady’s Grandpa & Grandma apps, we’ve tried out new experiments from SciGirls, and I constantly catch myself humming the Odd Squad theme. As the parent, I try new apps and games, decide if they’re right for our family, and always learn something new in the process.
|Kids love to see the Like button lit up!|
Identify authentic audiences to share our successes.*
The most important thing a parent must do, is show each and every child that she matters. Technology provides endless opportunities for a student to share her learning with an authentic audience that truly wants to celebrate with her. Students’ eyes light up at our end-of-year fair, as they share their projects with teachers, a parent, and friends. And I am never short of volunteers when I need student work to present at conferences. My middle schoolers even celebrate when they see me get a “Like” on my own Twitter account.
These authentic audiences stretch across the age levels. My five year old daughter is begging to submit her buildings and inventions to Design Squad. Each of our selfies is judged according to whether it is Facebook worthy. And we are gearing up for a summer of filming, inspired by the hundreds of nail polish tutorials on the YouCam Nail app.
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