March 30, 2009

Integrating Technology into the Family

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mark Glowacz @ 8:00 AM

Much is discussed about integrating technology into the curriculum. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to implement.

As educators we are partners with the parents of our students to prepare them for what is next. In my case, it is preparation for college and beyond. The reality of that statement is that technology is an important part of that preparation.

Technology integration does not have to be exclusive to the classroom. In fact, I think families who find ways to use technology to communicate are giving their children significant advantages in school and beyond. Another benefit is that parents will probably be more aware of what their children are doing with technology, especially when it comes to social networking.

So, where to begin…

My wife and I have looked at Famundo but our experimenting has been limited. My oldest child is less than 3 years old so texting “Where are you?” isn’t in our normal day yet.

21st Century Learning blog had a short post titled, “The Family that Geeks Together – Stays Together” and is another example of tech use in the family.

Teachers who integrate a little technology into their family lives could probably help themselves become more comfortable with tools that will then be less intimidating in the classroom. Not exactly a silver bullet for anything but it could be a small step in the right direction towards technology integration in the classroom.


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