Use of technology in learning to support parents with child’s education
An education report entitled “I’m stuck – can you help me?” commissioned by Becta, the government agency for technology in education was released earlier this week. The report shows that parents are keen to become more involved in their child’s education but many are left looking for more guidance and advice on how best to support their children’s learning outside of the classroom.
The report into parents’ involvement in school work at home reveals numerous homework problems that leave parents frustrated and children confused. The comprehensive education report shows that twenty-two percent of parents admitted they frequently feel unable to support their child with their education at home with eighty-one percent of parents welcoming guidance on how to support their child’s learning better.
Becta’s comprehensive report shows that more than a third of parents expressed a desire to know exactly how the teacher was teaching the material, so they could replicate their methods at home. Parents’ inability to help their children is having a profound emotional effect with nearly a third of parents acknowledging that they felt frustrated for not remembering things from their school days. In addition to this, nineteen percent felt embarrassed and shown up by their child after trying to help them with their homework. Becta encourages more schools to use technology effectively to help support parents so then they can support their child’s learning at home through the Next Generation Learning campaign.
Next Generation Learning aims to utilise cetain technologies to create a more enjoyable, rewarding and successful experience for learners of all ages and abilities. This enables everyone to achieve their potential and achieve much more. For example, easily available and simple to use technologies, such as school websites and learning platforms, can help parents create homework solutions by providing them with information that allows them to keep up-to-date with their child’s school and help their learning progress.
“Our learning platform provides links, materials and tutorials for the child and parent to work through together. There is no doubt that helping parents to support their children has had a significant impact upon learning outcomes, as well as developing even stronger links between the school, parent and child,” commented Headmaster Jeff Smith of Anson Primary School in Brent.
Anson Primary School also offers parents support through training sessions on how certain subjects are taught so that parents can then help their child with out of school learning in a beneficial way. For example, according to thirty-seven percent and twenty-seven percent of parents involved in the report, Maths and Science were said to be the most difficult. However, with training like Anson Primary School is providing, each parent is then able to support their child at home sufficiently.
To read and download Becta’s education report in full and to access further details about Extended Learning visit www.nextgenerationlearning.org.uk/extendinglearning
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