Parent Training

Opening Question: What questions/concerns do you have coming into tonight's session?

Part 1: Why Have Students Use Laptops?

Different Learners
Their World
Authentic Audience
Opportunity to collaborate with local and global peers/experts
Teach them important Global skills

*It can no longer be a question of if we're going to let students use technology.
If we are still asking that question, we're in big trouble.

Technology is everywhere:

We are giving students way too much credit when it comes to the use of technology.
They understand or can quickly learn how to work the machines. It’s everything else
we need to help them with.

Remember those things called scissors?

Part 2: Information Literacy

Understanding the Medium

Self Representation
  • Who do we really want to be known as?
  • Building an online portfolio - Here's mine

We need to all understand that once we post, we do lose a bit of control (Wayback Machine).

Being Open, Yet Ethical

National Center for Education Statistics, 2005 - 28% of students 12-18 years old
Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 2007 - 95% of students in grades 3-6
Pew Internet and American Life Project, June 27th, 2007 - 32% of all teenagers
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, 2010 - 25% of all K12 students, but 65% of teens
Josephson Institute of Ethics, 2010 - 50% of students have bullied others

  • Forwarding private messages or pictures without consent.
  • Harassment in email, text messages or on sites like Facebook.
  • Largely due to the viral effect viral effect and anonymity
  • Also stems from the society around us - not from the computers themselves.

Part 3: Online and Privacy Issues

Video - only with people within school district on Googlechat (green light)
Account Setting
Privacy Settings

If you don't want the world to see it, Don't Post It.
Use good passwords and don't share them.
  • Add at least 6 to 8 characters
  • Use UPPER and lower case
  • Mix numbers and letters (or symbols!)
  • Do not spell a word

Talk to kids and learn what they're doing. Get on Facebook, play a video game, record a podcast. Have them explain how their tools work and who they are interacting with.

Get excited. Have kids teach you. Let them be the experts. Allow them to be bigger contributors in their classroom environment.

Create your own accounts!

Filtering can be put in place with OpenDNS, K9 Web Protection, Kidzui.

Help kids develop their online identity. Manage privacy settings in Facebook, and help monitor risky behavior. Show kids how what we delete never REALLY goes away.

Give kids the opportunity to use tools for real work while also sharing what they do online (email, ustream, audioboo ChaCha).

Part 4: What Can We Do?

  • Exercise common sense
  • Make technology use more meaningful and relevant in our schools

Students should be taught that they can't believe everything they see online
  • Become more aware yourself
  • Teach students to maintain privacy

We have to look beyond fear. "It's sort of like discussing a field trip to New York City. Are you going to highlight
crime and the red light district or are you going to discuss the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Carnegie Hall?"
- Steven Maher

The tools that most school are blocking aren't the problem. Dollars for Darfur and Dollars for Darfur on MySpace

In today's read/write web environment problems usually occur as a mixture of:
  1. Parents - Not aware of what their kids are doing and not really asking questions.
  2. Teachers - Not aware of the tools available and/or not allowed to use them.
  3. Students - have access to many exciting resources, but haven't been educated in appropriate use.

We need to address each group so that there is understanding and consistency across the board.

Part 5: Tools Teachers are Using

School Website:

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Step 2: Into Our Classrooms

OR: Info Site - Talent 21


Parent use .org
Kids use .info

Saving Work - Dropbox (Web-based)

Uploading work - Jaime Land's Site

Google docs


Glogster: Lightening Thief Booksell


Part 5: Home Management

Filtering - OpenDNS

Understanding the basics of schools' tools

Keyboarding - GREAT free sites!
Dance Mat Typing
List of MANY!

Time management - Homework (district policy - an hour)

Overnight Charging - Drop Spot

Windows 7 Gadgets and documents - SAVE IN DROP BOX

Emailing teachers - Call office for immediate items (dismissal, homework, lunch etc.)

Parent page: For tutorials and websites

More on Information Literacy

Have groups of students compare sites and debate fact or fiction.

Tools to use AltaVista or Google Advanced Searc and Evolution

Learn to search more effectively.

Discuss and Engage

Posting material online blows away the "slam book" because of the viral effect.
  • Through the power of RSS, hundreds of viewers can see what is posted. This can also be a safety strategy.

Discuss what information is safe to share and what is not. (Personal Information and Responses)

Again, use the scenarios to spur discussion. (NL Scenarios and NetSmartz Scenarios)

Model Appropriate Use

Invite community members in to demonstrate how they are using newer technologies in the workforce. (Powerpoint Example)

Provide students with motivating opportunities to demonstrate their use of tools. Make them real.

Use tools that have built in safety features.

More Resources

More on Information Literacy from November Learning
David Warlick's list of online safety tips
Mark Wagner's Internet Awareness and Safety Wiki
Wired Safety
Internet Safety Day
Family Safe Computers
Sample Codes of Ethics - from a student, Horizon Project