The 21st century has brought about an advancement in technology that has changed the fabric of our daily lives. Although technology is advancing, primary and secondary educational institutions are not quite as eager to integrate technology into both the classroom and curriculum. This may be due to the lack of knowledge these facilities have in regards to what technology is available and how to use it.
I am the Media Specialist at the Rebecca School, a school for students with neurodevelopmental delays, and I have helped integrate various technologies in order to bridge gaps in communication. Let’s dive into these different technologies and show what role they play in the educational system.
positive impact on both parents and the educational community that follows us. The schools blog is a place to share our ideas in regards to sensory play, movements, and food integration outside of the school. All the ideas we provide are adapted for at home or for out in the community (stores, parks, playgrounds, etc.). The blog has become an important aspect in the schools communication as it provides parents with ideas on how to carry over the work we do at school into their students daily lives.
At my institution the school offers on going parent training, particularly to parents of older students who are transitioning out of the school. These are meant to provide parents with the tools and knowledge of what is available to them and their student post school. However, life can be hectic and even though a parent may want to attend a training, their job or other circumstances may prevent them from doing so. This is where presentation software like Zoom comes in handy.
With Zoom, parents are able to phone in to presentations. Zoom also shares the presentation with the viewer so that they can both see and actively participate. In the case that life is hectic enough to keep you from joining remotely, schools can utilize softwares like OBS (Open Broadcast Software) and ShareX that allow users to record their screen. The recorded presentation can then be shared with parents and family who were unable to attend.
Developing the skills to deploy the above mentioned digital technologies can help foster positive communities. Primary/Secondary schools, typical and atypical, should be focused on creating a community where families are not left in the dark. This is advantageous for schools as it creates transparency and inclusion. Transparency is developed through a schools social accounts and blog. The blog and accessibility of parent training helps develop inclusion for parents.