The article gives ten recommendations for teachers on using technology to help families support their children’s learning process (Blagojevic, 2016). Firstly, the article recommends gathering information on the current formats of usage of devices and the Internet in general by families involved. Secondly, documentation and sharing of learning activities are encouraged, as it promotes understanding. Thirdly, the author of the article recommends the evaluation and sharing of high-quality, age-appropriate apps. Recommendation number four considers the usage of various communication methods, as this can ease people’s lives and make the learning process more comfortable. The next tip recommends a teacher be ready to support families differently as they may have their unique sets of challenges. Moreover, as a part of the same recommendation, the author suggests cooperating with local community partners, such as libraries, to increase the digital literacy of families. The sixth tip promotes the demonstration and discussion of appropriate ways of usage of technology, as some parents may not understand how their children can benefit from technological devices. Recommendation number seven emphasizes the importance of meaningful conversations within families for children’s higher quality learning experience. The eighth tip states that training in device usage is more important than the abundance of technical devices, as they can be ineffective without proper use. As her ninth recommendation, the author suggests encouraging families to learn together and share their concerns and findings. The final advice given by the author of the article is to use the video format to deliver educational materials. I liked this article because it demonstrated and discussed relevant issues. In the modern world, technology is an integral part of learning; therefore, recommendations on more effective use of technology are valuable. Furthermore, the pandemic worsened the situation with education and leaving technology as the only bridge between people and knowledge. However, many people are still technologically illiterate, limiting their ability to learn and harming themselves and their children. Therefore, I find this article both relevant and highly valuable in today’s world.
Blagojevic, A. (2016). 10X: Using technology to engage families. Teaching Young Children, 9(5).