21st Century Learning

Helping Your Child Succeed

Motivational Quote:

"To bring up a child in the way we should go, travel that way yourself once in a while."

- Josh Billings

Web 2.0 in Education

Ask These Questions...

WHY do we need change?

WHAT needs to be done?

HOW do we do it?

GET INSPIRED!

Don't be afraid to take part in your child's learning experience. The process of education is being revolutionized with new technology, which can be a very exciting and rewarding experience for everyone. I am not going to lie, it might not be easy, but I strongly suggest that you have an open mind and open heart and recognize that technology is reliable and will benefit the learning of your child in the long run. When you achieve this, you will be the one person that will be able help your child adapt to this modern era of 21st century learning!

OFFERING SOME ADVICE!

Suggestions to help your child succeed!

  • If you are a parent that travels or is away from the home a lot, think about using Skype. This is a free service which allows you to communicate with others across the world. Your child will be excited to stay connected to you and also be learning an important Web 2.0 tool at the same time.
  • When your child is creating a project or presentation, be involved and offer your advice. Always try to promote your child's learning through projects which helps them to collaborate and become engaged.
  • Tools like Edmodo and wikis will help your child to collaborate. It will also help you become more involved in their education and it will give you insight into what your child might be doing in class.
  • Ensure that your child is using digital media such as audio, videos and images. These make learning interactive and engaging.
  • Social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and GooglePlus will help your child build collaboration, critical thinking and communication which are all 21st century skills.
  • Most schools encourage BYOD (Bring you own device). Allow your child to have tech devices such as Ipads, tablets or laptops.

Children Need Guidance

How can parents help?

Children need to take advantage of all the technology that surrounds them. They need parental guidance to help them understand how to make good choices so that they use it properly. You can help them by:

1) Considering using filtering and blocking software

2) Teaching your child to bookmark sites under favourites

3) Having an older siblings help

4) Sharing your wisdom

5) Passing along your values

6) Asking questions to evaluate each website

7) Teaching them how to use e-mail properly by helping them understand the purpose

8) Helping your child master the ability to create a strong password

9) Teaching your child to be careful of what they download

10) When researching, search together with young children

11) Discussing responsible online behaviour

12) Establishing rules as to who it is okay to talk to

13) Making sure your child feels safe talking to a trusted adult when they feel uncomfortable about something on the internet

Educational Web 2.0 Tools and Links

Educators are also learning how to incorporate 21st century skills into their classrooms. The following are a list of tools and information that will be useful for you and your child to explore!

GLOGSTER

Allows users to create virtual posters combining text, audio, video, images, and hyperlinks and to share them with others electronically.

VoiceThread

Allows you to place collections of media like images, videos, documents, and presentations in a conversation and to make comments using any mix of text, a microphone, a web cam, a telephone, or uploaded audio file.

Google Drive

Similar to Microsoft office, but documents are stored online. It comes with built in apps to help you get stuff done and everything you make is automatically saved in Drive.

KidBlog

Helps to provide students with their own individual blog. Students can publish their own posts and comment on others. Teachers are in full control of what gets posted and over user accounts.

Padlet

Allows you to start with a blank canvas where you can brainstorm ideas, answer questions, explain your thinking, etc. It is paper for the web!

Prezi

Create fabulous looking presentations using text, images, videos and links. Pinch to zoom on topics, retouch your prezis and adjust your presentations on the move.

Bitstrip

Allows children to create meaningful comics using their own avatar. It is very user friendly and includes several images, backgrounds, speech bubbles and clipart. Have fun talking about your weekend, classroom rules or introducing yourself through an exciting creation!

Biteslide

Present school projects using this easy tool. This is a fun way to develop your child's creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills.

BOOKS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU!

Click on the LINKS below, to recieve helpful information!

21st Century Parent Kit

This kit contains lot's of information about how to properly provide safety for your child when using the computer and internet. It has useful educational sites that will allow your child to learn efficiently while having fun at the same time.

Helping your Child with Homework

This resource lists ideas and information about helping your child succeed.

Internet Safety Tips for your Child

Help your child to be safe by printing of this resource and keeping by your computer.

FINAL THOUGHT FOR PARENTS/TEACHERS!

A Vision of K-12 Students Today