The Impact Of Technology: Engaging Families In The 21st Century

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Technology: Engaging Families in the 21st Century
Family plays an important role in children’s development and their education journey. When families are actively engaged in their children’s education they are more likely to have academic success, graduate high school and pursue higher education (Walsh, Cromer, & Weigel, 2014). Correspondingly, when families are engaged in their children’s education both at school and home children experience more motivation and interest in their own education (Walsh et al., 20140. Hedeen, Moses & Peter (2011) define family engagement as an invitation to staff, educators, families, community and students to work together and share responsibilities. Therefore, as educators it’s important to consider different strategies in order to promote family engagement.
Technology is increasingly becoming a part of our everyday lives. Most homes have at least some form of technology; as well most schools in Canada have added multiple types of technology into classrooms. Technology literacy has become something that is taught in classrooms at an early age and is a skill that is expected of students in secondary and higher education (Holcomb, Castek & Johnson, 2007). This paper will examine traditional family engagement strategies as well as the benefits and challenges to using technology
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Traditional family engagement strategies although still have a place do not support the needs of all families. Olmstead (2013) states that family engagement “includes activities such as helping with homework, staying informed about school events, and following a child’s progress” (p.29). Therefore, technology provides opportunities for collaboration between educators and families allowing them to maintain consistent communication, bridge the gap between school and home, and creates an environment of success for the

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