Parents Urged to Use Technology at Home


By: Brigitte Valcin, AmeriCorps Instructor & Volunteer Services Assistant

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Byte Back staff and AmeriCorps members tell parents how Byte Back can help them improve their own computer skills at a Turning the Page workshop.

Children are constantly using technology in the classroom, and Turning the Page is giving parents the opportunity to join in by encouraging D.C. families to use technology at home.

Turning the Page is a community organization that partners with District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) to engage students’ families. Their mission is to improve and maintain dialogue between parents and faculty and to urge parents to take an active role in their children’s education.

In February, AmeriCorps Members Anna Mulamba and Brigitte Valcin, along with Byte Back Registrar Neil Rickard, were invited by Turning the Page to share information about our upcoming computer classes at their workshop called “Growing Up Digital: Technology Use at School and at Home.”

The “Growing Up Digital” workshop is a part of a series that informs parents about technology their students are currently using in the classroom, such as SMART Boards and tablets, and provides resources (like Byte Back) to motivate parents to improve their computer skills too.

Learning how to use computers and becoming familiar with the online learning programs their children use every day allows DCPS parents to help their children with at-home assignments and reinforces the idea that learning does not end in school.

The workshop was sponsored by Turning the Page and was facilitated by Talia Hullum, Turning the Page partnership coordinator, and Whitney Shepard, an AmeriCorps Vista member.


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