If parents don’t value tech, students won’t. If parents are confused by what you teach, they will pass that on to their children. Be open to parents. Answer their questions. Never EVER leave them feeling intimidated. Let them know that lots of people feel exactly as they do.
A great solution I’ve had a lot of success with: Have a parent class. I schedule this after school while parents are waiting for their children to finish enrichment classes or sports. They’re hanging around anyway–why not learn something. Cover topics that parents are asking about, should be asking about, and/or their students are asking about:
- show how to log onto and use the school website
- show how to log into the school online grade reports
- demonstrate how to use the school online library/lunch order system (or similar)
- review what is being covered in K-5 classes (depending upon who is in the parent class)
- review your philosophy. Model this philosophy as you teach parents
- provide skills parents want, i.e., making a flier for the school soccer team
- show the progression of skills from kindergarten to 5th in one program, say word processing. Start with an art program; move into Word
- answer tech questions they have from non-school problems–even if a home system
Here’s my flier inviting parents to attend (just a sample):
Here’s the schedule I pass out first class with an overview of each class for six weeks, as well as contact info Each week, I update the schedule, focusing on the week being taught (in this case, Excel).
Here’s the sign-up link if the image above doesn’t work:
Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.