Parents point of view (busy, yet want to be informed and be able to help)
Our child’s education is one of the most important tripartite agreements we automatically sign on to between us (the parent), the teacher and our child. However, ask any parent who has a teenager at home and 90% of them will tell you that they aren’t sure what is going on in school. Even today, parents insight into this aspect is only through the quarterly parent-teacher conferences or report cards available at the end of each term. I’ve personally always not been fond of these sessions because, in my view, it’s too late in the learning process to help our children. I’ve seen many children who give up on some subjects because they get a few bad scores in their exams. In most cases the bad scores are a result of the child not understanding a basic yet crucial building block concept. What if we as parents knew exactly when the child needed help and in what area? The bigger question is, with more and more households having both parents working, would we be in a position to help our child?
Technology can definitely help in this area and be the enabler as it was always meant to be. Schools have slowly started using technology solutions that make it easier for parents and teachers to communicate. Parents can be kept informed of events in schools, assignment due dates and even get alerts on their smartphones when their child misses a due date on a project. There are learning platforms that inform parents of how their child is progressing for each concept taught in class. As a working parent this becomes crucial because you can access all this information from anywhere. Some platforms even allow parents to create worksheets and notes to help their child understand a concept. Whats more, the parent can view when their child has completed their work and have analysis that shows them specific areas that the child needs help with.
The benefits of these learning platforms & communication apps are much more than making it easy for parents to access information. These solutions can help them be part of their child’s learning process and show them that they care. Children will also come to see that technology is not only about games and entertainment but also helps in building relationships and doing research. Teachers would definitely welcome this because they are getting an additional pair of hands with each child. Eventually it would be the child who benefits the most because we don’t allow them to stigmatize any particular subject and are opening up more options for them to explore as they grow up. At the end of the day, isn’t that what we all want for our children?