This is part of a series of posts following up on the great questions that were asked in the backchannel #cpchatq during our panel “What Does It Mean To Be A Tech-Savvy Principal” at ISTE 2011 in Philadelphia last week.
Question 3 in our series following up on the great questions that were submitted to us during our ISTE Panel is from Tony Baldasaro (@baldy7). How do we bring our school communities into the technology discussion?
This is a critical question that we need to answer in our school communities in terms of getting buy-in for the use of web 2.o tools. It is imperative that we show parents concrete educational uses of tools that are available to engage students. All parents are seeing and hearing about social media tools and technology are the horror stories that are reported on the evening news. If we do not show them the positive capabilities of these new resources then it will be tough to gain support and momentum
In addition, the use of these “gadgets and gizmos” is quite foreign to parents in many cases because of their own educational experiences. They came from very traditional classrooms and many do not see the need for change.
This whole issue creates an amazing opportunity for us to create a true community of learners that extends beyond the walls of our school. At Burlington High last year, we held a monthly “Tech Night for Parents” series that introduced parents to new tools that could be used for student and/or adult learning. In addition, we also tried to bring parents up to speed on important topics (i.e. Facebook – Welcome To Their World) so that they could have informed conversations with their students about being digitally responsible.
What are your thoughts on bringing the school community into the technology discussion? What have you done and what are you planning?
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