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Resources for Tech Wary Parents

Resources for Tech Wary Parents

Author: Lauren Brownell

The objective of this packet is to provide teachers a tool they can offer to parents that are intimidated by their child's use of technology in the classroom.  The packet will be the first in a series that will introduce exceptional resources that engage parents in their children's education, whether on or offline. 

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So, your children are wired?

Being a parent is challenging.  Some say it is "the toughest job you'll ever love".  Of course these days, it doesn't help lessen the breadth of the generation gap that your children are plugged in, tuned in and turned on to a whole new generation of devices and digital media which were foreign to us, their parents, when we were children.  Some of us have chosen to simply bury our heads in the sand and hope this new age of digital technology and social media will just go away.  Guess what?  It won't!

The digital age is here to stay and along with it comes new challenges to parents.  One of the greatest of these challenges is that while we can control the usage of technology in our homes, technology has now become commonplace in many of our children's schools.  When we live in a district or our child attends a school that is embracing educational technology,  we can not  ignore it.  The most successful education is one in which parents, teachers and students are a team working together. 

Common Sense Media to the Rescue

Here you will find a PowerPoint tutorial on some of the amazing features of a great web resource that will help educate you on the uses of educational technology.  It will also show you how online resources can actually enhance your child's education and allow you to be a more proactive participant in the learning process. 

Introduction to Common Sense Media

A brief introduction on how to access some of the resources available to parents from Common Sense Media.