OERB Parent Inservice

About twenty families came strolling through the computer lab this evening during the Gordon Price Open House. Armed with brochures, and sample ELO# Interactive Learning Object numbers, I shared the wealth of resources available through the Ontario Educational Resource Bank. All of the attendees were quite impressed, and I could tell a number of parents were keen to go home and start using it.

Technology is such an engaging element. I shouldn’t be surprised by this; but occasionally something occurs to bring it more soundly to the forefront. A number of times this evening, I found myself asking students (parents in tow) what they were learning about in class. That answer powered the search for an Interactive Learning Object (READ: Computer Game) to show parents how they could use the resource at home. On more than one occasion, students exiting the lab could be heard saying: “can I do this when I get home?”

“Can I further explore the concepts I’m learning about in class, at home — without coaxing or prodding — using this curriculum aligned educational resource?”

Which is great for parents struggling to find resources for website-hungry children on an internet that is all too often one click away from being inappropriate. As a teacher, the power of sending home a direct link to a resource that will help a student better understand the lesson, from a resource that can be easily searched by Ontario Expectation, is the next step.

Parents helping themselves to resources for their children is great; but teachers helping guide that search, with suggestions aligned with classroom content, is even better.

Published by jarbenne

Jared Bennett is the Student Information System Consultant at Hamilton Wentworth District School Board.

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