The Tech-Infused Classroom Graduate Course I just completed had me take a unit of instruction and modify it by integrating new technology ideas. This was really hard for me since I don’t have a curriculum to teach. Because I work with teachers and parents, I decided to work on a “unit’ for parents. Below is what I worked on and what I will be finishing for this parent unit.
Students of all ages are on some kind of app or game and talking or sharing things with others. Parents are doing the same thing but on different apps. I know at my house, my daughter often gets on my wife’s Facebook to see pictures of kids, dogs or just to check it out. As parents, I believe it starts with what we post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram that our children learn from and apply to their social networking sites/apps.
I was able to add two videos about Snapchat and Instagram that I had found when I was searching Common Sense Media’s Social Media page. Each clip is just over a minute long but the use of videos helps break up me talking for the entire hour. I believe parents need to hear the same message over and over again from different resources. By incorporating these videos, parents will generate two different messages from one presentation.
This unit has grown from one session to a possibility of three additional sessions. This all came about when I took a closer look at Common Sense Media and all it had to offer to parents. I didn’t want to crame all the information into one session. Therefore, I am planning a second session on Tween/Teenage Talk. This session is going to be more interactive in that parents are going to play a Quizziz, Kahoot or Quizlet Live to assess their knowledge and learn the different language acronyms.
The third session is going to focus on Common Sense Media and all it has to offer parents and families. I use it all the time when my kids want to download new apps, songs, video games or if they ever want to watch a movie. This site helped my wife and I decide when it was a good time to purchase a phone for my son. I envision this session parents would have devices and I would put together a webquest or Fliphunt for them to work through as a family. A fliphunt is a scavenger hunt using Flipgrid to record all of your answers.
Three sessions are now planned instead of the one and done. This class opened my eyes to all that Common Sense Media has to offer parents. Because I focused this unit on parents, I have a future goal of looking at it and how it can help teachers and students.
I am excited to be helping the parents since my role in helping their children in the schools. I am learning from my son and daughter as they go through the Tween Years. We have had rough times and great one minute lessons along the way. I expect that parents can share stories as well on what happens in their homes. This is another reason I love my job because I am helping many families in multiple schools.