5 Tips for How to Utilize Technology to Help Your Children Study
1) Gather ideas from your child’s teacher.
Teachers have often been first to adopt technology in their classrooms for the good of their students. Many had to learn quickly and thoroughly how to use video conferencing software to teach all students in multiple classes. Your child’s teachers will be able to guide you on how to use aspects of technology at home for studying. They will be able to point you in the right direction for downloading apps, choosing devices, and incorporating their curriculum with your child’s studies.
2) Find games that incorporate learning.
It feels almost like kids are born with the innate ability to play video games. Parents are warned that too much time playing games, or students playing the wrong games can lead to long term issues. At the same time, there are several games and gaming systems that are useful and educational. LeapPads and ABCMouse are examples of systems that provide reading, mathematics, and science learning tools that can help parents supplement school. These systems are often entertaining for children as well, so that they are having fun while learning.
However, these systems are not necessarily one-size-fits-all or set-and-forget for parents. You will need to research and learn what are the capabilities of the system, the games that are most beneficial, and how to guide your child to use it well. Your child’s teacher may be able to advise you on the best systems and games.
3) Find educational TV programs.
With the advent of streaming services and YouTube, there is more access to educational programming than ever. Many of the best shows, documentaries, and educational programs are available to low cost or free. However, it is vital to make sure you know what your children are watching at all times. Many services autoplay the next episode or video, which can lead down a path you do not want your children to walk.
4) Find the best tutors with video conferencing
Many students benefit from tutoring; however, it can be difficult to find and meet the right and best tutor for your child. However, there are tutors throughout the country who specialize in the exact subject(s) with which your child is struggling. Now that we are all more comfortable with video conference software like Zoom, Google Meeting, and Skype, there are more options than ever for finding the perfect tutor for your child’s specific needs. Your child’s teachers may be able to recommend tutors with whom you can connect via technology.
5) Make sure your child steps away from screens.
Technology and screen time is not altogether bad; however, too much of it is not ideal. With many students in our area still using remote learning at times in addition to television, video games, and other technological devices, it is vital for you to make sure they step away and go outside. Talk with your child’s teachers and counselors for recommendations on how much screen time is too much. Your child may even be able to help set reasonable screen time expectations for themselves.
At Saint Paul Lutheran School in Northville, Michigan, we are excited to see what this year will bring our students and family. We have been able to maintain in-person classes, because nothing replaces the collaborative spirit of the classroom. However, we want our students, parents, and faculty to have every potential tool that will help our kids grow into the Christian adults we all want them to be. If you would like to know more information about our school, please contact us.