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Encouraging Parent Involvement in Science Education

H4 – Honor family/community involvement in the learning process. To me, H4 means to invite families and the community, to be involved in student learning – in and out of the classroom.

ISTE Standard 3: How can you demonstrate knowledge, skills, and work processes, representative of an innovative education professional in a global and digital society?

One area very important to me as an educator, is communication with parents. To honor relationships with parents, we need to communicate regularly and with quality. What does it mean to communicate with quality and how can we communicate representative of being an education professional in a digital society?

My question for ISTE Standard 3: What online resources can encourage parental involvement in their child’s learning of science?  My question took me to the National Science Teachers Association where they had a specific webpage dedicated to how parents can encourage their children in science. These ideas go beyond parents just helping their students with homework, but how they can encourage a child’s curiosity for science outside of the school and classroom. I thought this would be a great resource for a “Back to School Night” when I first meet parents and also a resource for follow up when I see them at conferences. The weblink is below and I have an excerpt of what I would hand out to parents at a Back to School Night.

http://www.nsta.org/about/positions/parents.aspx

BSN for ISTE 3

This answers the what to communicate but how can I use technology to continue communication with parents? I had mentioned in my last post about using Edmodo for student assessment but I would like to also use it for communication with parents. Parents can access Edmodo and keep current of classroom assignments and material. Another resource a classmate of mine found for communication with parents is Remind. Remind is a free resource that allows teachers to communicate with parents through various digital devices using text messages and email.

https://www.remind.com/learn-more

In our readings for ISTE Standard 3, we looked at an article by Briggs (2011). This article states the difference between a digitally literate person and a digitally fluent person. A digitally literate person knows how to use technology tools and what to do with them. A digitally fluent person knows when and why to use the tools to reach a desired outcome. As a teacher, I want to use technology to have a good relationship with the parents of my students, not only to keep them updated on classroom activities, but to encourage them in their role as parents in the learning process.

Reference

Briggs, C. (2011, February 5). The difference between digital literacy and digital fluency [web post]. Retrieved February 15, 2015 from http://www.socialens.com/blog/2011/02/05/the-difference-between-digital-literacy-and-digital-fluency/

http://www.nsta.org/about/positions/parents.aspx