The Balancing Act Offers Parents & Teachers Top Educational Technology

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Supporting Our Teachers With On-line Resources And Parental Involvement

Back to school and how parents can get involved: Joining the Balancing Act are Candace Hackett Shively, the Director of K through 12 Initiatives at The Source for Learning, Rob Monson, the President of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and Joan Jarrett, the President of the Association for Middle Level Education to discuss how teachers and parents are using on-line educational resources to help children do well in school. Candace describes web resources teachers and parents can use to help students at any age become engaged, enthusiastic learners. Offers Parents & Teachers Top Educational Technology

We all know kids pay attention to new teachers, clothes, and school supplies at the start of the school year. How do you help children focus on learning? offers resources that are teacher-reviewed and that users can trust. saves time by reviewing and vetting content so parents and teachers don't have to. helps parents show that learning is fun and important by offering safe, appropriate resources that reinforce what children are learning in schools. Teachers can also share suggested resources on their TeachersFirst public page so parents and students can use them at home. appeals to today's tech-savvy kids and uses today's technology to engage them in learning that is meaningful in their world, like Globetracker's Mission.

So... what are some ways to ensure that children use the right technology resources and use them effectively?

? Supervise (elementary)
? Emphasize responsibility (middle school)
? Stick to recommended resources has searchable resources for almost any topic, and the best of the web 2.0 tools that the kids are interested in. The site is free, and anything they review is free.

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