The technology is changing the way parents, teachers, and students interact with each other. Keeping the parents in the loop and helping them to accommodate the changing scenario is a must.
Let us understand how schools can help parents to on board with the school technology.
It is a fact that parents involvement is necessary for students’ academic improvement and personality development as well. The students learning curve gets faster and strengthened when both the parents and teachers are on the same page.
It was so from day one where parents reinforce school learnings at home. But, today, the schools are integrating technology in studies and it is building a distinct gap with few parents. Not all parents are actively involved in school technology owing to several genuine reasons.
For instance, your school may have started a students’ blog on the website or the social media and is posting actively. When there is no response from parents, it is indeed frustrating for the teachers’ as the efforts get unnoticed.
At this juncture, it is necessary that parents are introduced to digital citizenship from the start to convey the classroom culture of the school. A few general tips on how schools can help parents to on board with school technology have been described here.
How schools can help parents to on board with school technology
Have an early heads-up:
It is recommended that the parents are informed before the academic start regarding the collaboration and classroom techniques adopted in the school, and not surprise them when their child seeks help for a certain assignment. It is necessary to confirm that they are introduced to digital citizenship, like the benefits of a mobile app in education, usage of the Internet, and more.
Keep the communication:
Further, intimate the parents about any new technology introduced for a project, the skills the student will develop, and its practical benefits. You can always intimate through emails or SMS or whats app parents group message. And, it is preferred that the message is simple and short.
It is necessary that parents are kept transparent with the types of projects, the assessment, and the skills gained by students through the period. It is better the parents are informed at an early stage and help them to keep a follow up on the students’ academic journey.
Help them realize the benefit:
If your school has introduced a mobile app, help the parents with initial steps such as the intention and benefits of mobile apps in education, downloading, registering, and other small lifts. This brings the parent community together with the school. You can also create a small manageable checklist to help the parents.
It is recommended to send app notifications or email notifications as often as required. Notifications and reminders help the parents to have an uninterrupted follow-up through timely log in/check-in to understand the child’s performance. A quick call may also help the parents.
Strike the balance between technology use and misuse:
It is necessary to keep the parents informed about the overuse of technology such as always indulging in social media activities or the smartphones and its ill-benefits. Help them with the online safety usage measures for their children.
Make students as the tech ambassadors:
Students are the best ambassadors who can communicate with parents about the technology they are learning in class. Directing parents to adapt to new technology may not be feasible always. An indirect way of communication is also a method to make parents understand the technologies adopted in the school.
Minimize tech-related homework:
You can help the children with technology at classrooms by providing the time at school hours. Though technology adoption is welcomed, it is a fact to note that many students may not have a computer, a laptop, Internet access or the smartphones at home, or the students may be staying in a hostel or a paying guest. In this way, you may not put anyone at disadvantage.
Indeed, the parents will be the happiest persons if their children can adopt technology at classrooms that they don’t know.
A way forward note:
Adopting technology in the classroom is a welcoming and challenging aspect. And, asking parents to involve with the technology is another story.
It may take time for the parents from different walks of life to adopt with the technology. But, eventually, will happen.
The time and efforts invested in onboarding the parents with school technology would be worth it.