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   About this Course 0 Course and PersonalIntroductions Module 0 Module 1:Collaborative InquiryCore Concepts 0 Module 2: KnowledgeBuilding 0 Our ProfessionalCommunities -Making Connections 0 TechnologiesMontages 0 Module 4: Engage inCollaborative Designwith Course Peers 0 Module 5: CourseClosure 0 Instructor-onlyCourse Feedback 0 Digital Portfolios 11 Hide the Topics List Lisa Resmer Resmer posted Feb 17, 2018 6:16 PM  Subscribed W2018 GDPI-PME 801-001 Collaborative Inquiry DiscussionsListView TopicViewThreadSettingsHelp  A general question I have Hi folks, currently, the school I am in has several parents who believe that technology is making children lazy. Others think that students using/relying on technology are cheating. From a spec ed point of view, I always tellparents that technology is the tool to demonstrate learning, rather than it being the learning. This however, hasnot convinced three parents, who are in their late twenties. They feel that using technology eliminates theteaching of essential skills such as printing, face to face conversations with peers, and compromise. How wouldyou approach a parent/student/co worker who has similar beliefs?Reply to ThreadFilter by: All Posts |Clear filtersShow: Author First Name A-ZSearch A general quest  Andrea Wright February 18 at 1:55 PMHi Lisa,I am a little surprised to hear you are receiving this kind of push back from parents in that age group.I wouldn't be as surprised if the parents were in their later 30s or 40s. I think if I was in your position I would try and focus on the fact that technology is inevitably shapingevery aspect of our lives and will continue to do so as their children grow. You are trying to preparethem for the changing landscape of school and the workforce. If they want their children to succeed,they will need to be technologically literate. Good luck!  AndreaReply   Angela-Marie Usas February 18 at 11:36 AMHello Lisa: Although I am in administration, I would think that showing them and having them participate in amock learning experience might sway their beliefs. I have teenager who thinks that texting is the same as talking and that someone can actually be in arelationship without ever having met and they call it dating. These examples may be interfering withthese parents ability to see technological tools as a benefit.However, if you have them participate in an on-line tool learning experience they may see thebenefits,Reply     Angela-Marie Usas 10 hours agoHi Lisa:Exactly!Cheers, AngelaReply  Jennifer Stooke-Crosson yesterday at 11:00 PMHi Lisa, That is a tough one as many people have very definite opinions that might not be changed.However, I think as educators our role is not to change minds but to illicit others (students, peers,coworkers, parents of student, other professionals and the community) to engage in or model activelearning …when I did my Professional Development Program sixteen years ago that was the title of our cohort or module. All of our professional development was done through inquiry based problemsolving…it has helped me immensely throughout my career in many ways. Differentiated instruction,self-regulation, collaboration…have all become part of my everyday practises. When I am presentedwith challenges I naturally gravitate towards reaching out to others to put our heads together….oftentimes I call upon the students themselves. But, when I was at the elementary level I also made apoint of engaging parents. At the school I was at some of the parents were also resistant to technology-enhanced pedagogyin classrooms. The teachers were fabulous and really put their heads together to see how they couldget parents on board. In the end the ended up having a number of technology fairs in which studentsshow cased many attributes that had never been highlighted until they engaged in problem solvingthrough technology. Some of the parents who were resistant were pleasantly surprised howtechnology enhanced the children's capabilities and creativity that they had never seen before. Iwonder too, if parents are feeling that the basic three R 's aren't being met in schools if they wouldbe interested in a teacher/parent group that could meet say monthly to discuss ways the school andhome might problem solve to address these concerns. Sometimes people just need to feel that theyare heard…it's a real challenge to balance it all that's for sure! However, on a day to day basis within our classrooms…maybe there are times during the day thattraditional writing or face to face interactions with peers could happen? I know when I was atelementary there were plenty of in days …perhaps writing or fine motor type activity packages couldbe available for inside days…alternatively there are many interesting educational fun games thatrequire all of the things they are asking… dramatic themed play is always fun too! We usedFreshGrade (a technology tool) to communicate all the things that are happening during the day thatparents would never be able to imagine…this also helped parents understand that more times thannot, and as you have said tools aren't being used to replace learning but to enhance it.Cheers!Jen<<< Replied to post below >>> Authored on: Feb 17, 2018 6:16 PMSubject: A general question I haveHi folks, currently, the school I am in has several parents who believe that technology is makingchildren lazy. Others think that students using/relying on technology are cheating. From a spec edpoint of view, I always tell parents that technology is the tool to demonstrate learning, rather than itbeing the learning. This however, has not convinced three parents, who are in their late twenties. They feel that using technology eliminates the teaching of essential skills such as printing, face toface conversations with peers, and compromise. How would you approach a parent/student/coworker who has similar beliefs?Reply  Jennifer Stooke-Crosson 3 hours agoHi Lisa,   ter wrtng to you ast ngt got to tnng aout te ssue at an some more…. aveexperienced a lot of push back from parents due to the nature of my job as a learning supportteacher…there are many stages families go through before they come to terms that their childexperiences learning challenges and may need alternative ways to show their learning. So I amalways striving to collaborate with students, families, other teachers to find ways to help familiesadjust. I was wondering if the parents that are experiencing a struggle with accepting technology as ameans to extend children's learning aren't intrenched with their thinking because perhaps they or their children have experienced challenges with showing their learning. I often hear people say….if only they learned how to write, or read better….and I think sometimes it is a reaction to frustration…many people are from the school of thought that if teachers just practised a skill with studentsenough the student would get it…and they might be right…or not..depending on the situation….butthe question is how long do we wait and hammer home traditional means of acquiring skills or moving on to using tools that will show complex thinking instead of the seemingly formal structures? Imean isn't there some responsibility on society and families that if handwriting is important to themthat they also offer ways for this to occur for their children? I often get….they need to learn their times tables…not use calculators! So I respond with…if I can give a calculator to a student so theycan keep up with the larger problem solving skills that they would be gaining wouldn't that be morebeneficial to holding the student back and hammering home times tables and further exacerbatingthe gap in their learning? A lot of the 3 R's are skills are extrinsically motivated…students willeventually learn the times tables when lets say money becomes important to them. Again it's abalance between the two forces. The world is constantly changing and evolving and I also wonder if some people don't hold on to traditional schools of thought as a sense of security too….fear of theunknown is challenging. I think educators also have to remember that they are the leaders of newinnovations…by the very nature of our jobs. We are inquirers of knowledge, and best practises. It'sour quest for this and to bring it to our youth that is exciting…and with all innovations there will bepush back. I think that we can get caught up in being stuck by systems or processes and this canbe very distressing. Sometimes as we have found through collaboration and inquiry that the processis a long, arduous task. So, we have to look to focuses, perhaps move to other situations that offer what we need in terms of our professional and philosophical growth and as said in Johnson's video itmight take years before you find the missing pieces needed in your inquiry. I found an article that might be of interest as it speaks to the problem you are experiencingregarding technology…might be helpful in your personal inquiry?http://blog.screenbeam.com/2018/01/17/6-digital-transformation-trends-edu/Cheers and best of luck!Jen<<< Replied to post below >>> Authored on: Feb 24, 2018 2:51 PMSubject: A general question I haveThanks Jen, i love the idea of a technology fair. It would be hard to get my teachers to agree to it if ittook place after 3 however, if we integrated it with another event that brings parents out already, wecould have quick little demostrations! You guys arae awesome!! I am working on a plan!!Reply  Lisa Resmer Resmer  yesterday at 7:49 PM Angela, that is a great idea!! Thank you. I can see several benefits that having them work through ascenerio would bring Reply  Lisa Resmer Resmer  yesterday at 7:51 PM I know Andrea. I was surprised as well! And to be so adamant .Reply  Lisa Resmer Resmer  3 hours ago   1   /1 Reply to ThreadThanks Jen, i love the idea of a technology fair. It would be hard to get my teachers to agree to it if ittook place after 3 however, if we integrated it with another event that brings parents out already, wecould have quick little demostrations! You guys arae awesome!! I am working on a plan!!Reply
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