School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton Speaks on KSL Studio 5 About Parents’ Roles in Students Using Technology in the Classroom

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Linton Urges Parents to Be Aware and Supportive as Teachers Engage and Interact with Students Electronically

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In response to the increasing prevalence of educators using technology to engage students, School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton spoke on KSL Studio 5 about bring-your-own-device (BYOD) in the classroom and parents’ role in it.

“[BYOD] gives teachers an opportunity to extend their classroom in new and unique ways, and in ways that the kids will love,” Linton said.

In his time in classrooms across the nation, Linton said he has seen BYOD growing in popularity as an effort by educators to have a one-to-one ratio with students. Some schools are beginning programs that ask students to bring their own electronic devices, like phones, to school for classroom use.

Teachers are also using technology to reach out to students outside their own classroom. Linton explained how some teachers post homework online or email or text students about homework assignments or projects. To help keep students safe and engaged, Linton said parental involvement is crucial.

“Of course there needs to be boundaries, and we need to help our children understand what are appropriate boundaries,” Linton said. “Every school system has a policy already in place, and we as parents have a responsibility to know what those things are.”

But parents shouldn’t be afraid of embracing new technology, or letting their children engage in it.

“It’s really just another way to communicate,” Linton explained.

Click here to see the full interview.

Click here to see more insights on education in Chet Linton’s blog.

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