The number of bloggers writing about education, in particular technology in education, is huge. I have more than 30 in my feed-reader that I try to keep up with everyday and I’ve visited hundreds more over the last year. Teachers and technology leaders are definitely engaged in the conversation of learning in the 21 century.
But where are the parents? I’ve seen a few blog commentators that look at things from the perspective of a parent, and of course many teachers/tech leaders are parents too, but it is rare to find people outside the school involved in the conversations.
There is one group of people I’ve found trying to change that. Lorna Costantini, Matt Montagne and Rhoda Cipparone host a webcast called “Parents as Partners” at EdTechTalk. They are using webcasts and associated chat rooms to bring parents together to discuss parent involvement and how social networking tools can help parents support education. (Lorna’s blog found at ourschool.ca has more information on past and future guests and some great links too.)
This webcast truly is a means of using “tools of engagement” when you want, where you want, and how you want. You can listen live or later on, you can chat in the back channel or not, and you can follow the links that are provided to learn more if you choose.
The next webcast is scheduled for March 17 – I’ll be there, will you?