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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Current Site and App of the Week - September 10th, 2014

Current Site of the Week    

Technology pervades all aspects of our lives and young people are growing up playing, learning, and connecting with technology. However, parents, especially those with little to no background in technology, are often unsure what role they can play. 

These workshops leverage the learning dynamics that families already use in activities like literacy development and support families in using them in the context of computing, enabling parents and children to become more empowered learning partners.

Photo: eSchool News

Family Creative Learning, from the MIT Media Lab, is a workshop series that engages children and their parents to learn together — as designers and inventors — through the use of creative technologies. We designed the workshops to strengthen the social support and expertise of families with limited access to resources and experiences around computing.

A facilitator guide provides a basic framework to implement the five workshops of Family Creative Learning. It also includes our photo documentation and strategies to illustrate how we implemented these workshops across multiple sites in the Boston-area.

This guide is for educators, community center staff, and volunteers interested in engaging their young people and their families to become designers and inventors in their community.

Apps of the Week  

Stay in the loop 

Name: SchoolCircle

What is it? SchoolCircle is a new survival tool for busy parents, teachers and room parents. It eliminates much of the “busywork” that teachers and room parents deal with in order to communicate with parents, and organize events and volunteers.

Best for: Parents and educators
Price: Free
Requirements: Mobile device and internet connection

Features: The SchoolCircle web app allows teachers to easily communicate with parents from a personal dashboard where they can share tasks, events, messages, photos and documents according to designated classes or “Circles.” At a glance, parents can see all upcoming events, classroom pictures and documents, messages from the teacher and assigned tasks. Parents can also import events to their personal calendars. Teachers also have the option of sending urgent messages the moment they need to go out. Alerts stay consistent and in one central place, so nothing slips through the cracks.

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Source: eSchool News    

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