LET THEM TUTOR EACH US and EACH OTHER
Our students come to school tech savvy, with many students knowing how to use a mobile phone, an iPad or a gaming console.
For parents, the first educators of our students, this poses the challenge of balancing the educational aspect of technology versus the leisure and entertainment aspect or is there a balance that can be achieved.
As adults, we need to acknowledge that our children are tech savvy, they can probably teach us. Why not let them, why not let them tutor each other, if a groundswell of sharing can be ignited imagine the wealth of knowledge that could be achieved.
I recently asked children if they knew how to use and iPad, the look I received was on of “are you for real”, therefore a question I will not ask again.
Catherine Bruce, an Associate Professor at Trent University’s School of Education and Professional Development. Catherine Bruce also has tips for parents how to use digital technology with their kids. http://tvoparents.tvo.org/video/190367/tips-parents-using-digital-technology-kidson
Her two main suggestions for parents are:
- Don’t be afraid of the technology. If you’re fortunate to have access to an iPad, use it. And use it with your kids – even if you don’t feel like you know as much as they do. That’s okay. Let them guide you.
- When using any technology with your kids, ask questions like: "What will happen next?" "What are you thinking about?" The key here is to get your kids to explain their ideas. It's a lot like reading a book together - take the opportunity to discuss, and to cuddle.