EdTech & Parenting: An Introduction
As the mom of an elementary school student, and the Director of Academic Technology in an elementary & middle school, I am always being asked how my work and my parenting influence one another. It is a difficult question to answer. EdTech & parenting are not easy. As technology rapidly evolves, and my daughter rapidly grows, I am constantly looking for guidance and self-assessing.
As a teacher, that process of guidance and self-assessment has definitive resources designed by organizations like ISTE and MassCUE, various levels of government, researchers around the globe, and, of course, my employer. (Want to learn more about these resources? My post Be An Empowered Learner! on the ISTE Standards for Students is a great place to start!)
As a parent, the process is a bit murkier. I occasionally check in with Common Sense Media‘s blog: Parenting, Media, and Everything in Between. And I’m constantly thinking aloud with other parents. But, unlike ISTE’s Standards for Students, Teachers, and Coaches, there are no standards for how to parent in the digital world.
So I’ve decided to write a series of five posts that document the roles that I play as an elementary school parent, called EdTech & Parenting:
- I am a Homemaker, creating an environment where my child understands the benefits & risks of technology use, and feels safe about the digital world in our home.
- I am a Curator, curating a digital experience for my child that is safe, appropriate, and educational.
- I am a Digital Citizen, fostering digital citizenship skills and responsible use habits for my child.
- I am the Enforcer of Rules, understanding the rules for responsible use of technology.
- I am a Cheerleader, encouraging responsible use of technology, and celebrating positive contributions to the digital world.
Within each of these six roles, I have a goal, some indicators about how I could meet each goal, and idea lists with things I can do. I’ll tell you right now: I do not find parenting in the digital age to be easy. I don’t do everything on those checklists. And I’m not meeting every indicator. But I do aspire to the goals. And I am ALWAYS simultaneously juggling the six roles described in these posts.
As other elementary school parents read these posts, I hope they will relate, gain advice, disagree, contribute to the conversation, and add to these indicators and idea lists!
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