ERIC Number: ED425017
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
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Applications of Technology to Linking Schools, Families, and Students.
Bauch, Jerold P.
Parent involvement is considered one of the most powerful means for improving schools and for increasing the satisfaction of parents and the community. However, barriers of time, schedules, and resources have put limits on effective parent involvement. To address these problems, telecommunications technology has been applied to increase parent-teacher interaction. Voice messaging ("voice mail") is now an established way to open schools to virtually all homes, using the telephone to assure easy connectivity. The Transparent School Model, the original plan for using these linkages, can produce a high level of school-home interaction and can give positive results in student performance and parent attitudes. New technology applications are also emerging, where computer devices in the home give access to the Web, the Internet, and other resources. As cable delivery and addressable set-top devices become more available, schools can become much more open to homes and the community. With a new integrated technology model to link schools, families, and students, the barriers and gaps can be reduced or eliminated. Parents could have their choice of several delivery channels, and teachers would be able to provide remote access to the learning experience of the child with modest additional time and energy. The use of current technology to link teachers and families is feasible, and the near future holds new means of information exchange between schools and homes. (LPP)
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Models, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, Telecommunications, Telephone Communications Systems
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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