We, as educators, are part of a vibrant learning community which strives to create a dynamic and collaborative learning environment for the citizens of the future. For that purpose the methodology needs to be a multi-pronged approach with input from all stakeholders. I mentioned in my earlier blog post an African proverb that says that it takes a village to educate a child. In addition to teachers and students, the parents are an important resource in the community to help build these learning spaces. The expectations from the institution in terms of delivering to its Vision and Charter are manifold, and I ponder about the hopes of the students and institution from the parents.
Well over a decade in the field of Technology and Education and I continue to have wonderings about the profile of the parent of 21st century…
The final CoeTail project guidelines somewhere listed a ‘Tech Literate Parent Profile’ as an example, and Wow! did that charge me up!! – Here was my opportunity to develop a list of expectations from the parents which could be supportive in educating the citizens of the digital world.
The Parent profile (see below) that I have tried to work out has its origins initiated from my deepest thinking and processing of perceptions that I have gathered over the course of my professional career.
The more I think about the assignment at hand, the more I am drawn towards the first CoeTail course blog post – “What is the obligation of an educator?”, and then if I reframe the question leading to “What is the obligation of a parent”?, what I come up with are mostly big picture similarities with few variations based on area of domain.
The parents in the 21st century must understand that the schools of today are preparing the children of tomorrow for the future. (Not in accordance with the educational experiences from the past) Also, as per David Perkins “we are preparing students for unknown knowledge destines”, and so we need to formulate a strategy which focusses on developing High Order Thinking Skills. For a true home and school collaboration model to be successful, all stakeholders, especially the parents, need to be aware of the changes on the digital landscape. This way they will feel empowered to help to enhance student engagement and learning.
More than ever before, today’s kids need their parents to help them acquire the skills to use time wisely. Technology has opened many doors to vast amounts of information, social networks around the world, and new career development opportunities.
While creating this profile, I started afresh and also tried to stay within the realm of the NETs so that this could serve as a document which has its baseline in accordance with AES’s Technology Vision and Plan. In aligning it with NETs, I have differentiated with using key words which are different vocabulary-wise from NETs yet have a futuristic and non-concrete tone to match with the continuously changing 21st century digital panorama. The NETs were lasted updated in year 2007. Though most of those are still applicable but the Parent Profile is a piece lacking among other profiles. The idea was to have a document which is not rigid and dated. For reference purposes I have used Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy and the ISTE NETs .
I would recommend that this Parent Profile be shared with the community via various resources –
- Send as an email
- Include in Parent handbook
- Shared at PSA meetings
- Via PSA blog
- At parent conferences
Click here for the Tech Literate Parent Profile – Tech Literate Parent Profile