For example, PTA has taken the lead on using the power of technology to improve the reading experience for our children.
In consultation with family engagement and literacy experts, National PTA recently developed a curriculum that includes activities with e-readers, such as the Kindle. Technology like this has made it possible for students to have a 1,000-book library in the palm of their hands. This has opened up possibilities that were unimaginable a decade ago.
Books are the basis of knowledge. Technology like e-books (which can be borrowed for free from many local libraries) allow students to organize information in textbooks by keywords and themes and by characters and settings in fiction works. This school year, PTAs across the country will encourage the use of e-readers by the entire family through National PTA’s Family Reading Experience, powered by Kindle.
Technology helps organize the wealth of information available, but an engaged parent helps motivate children to learn.
We have made it our business at PTA to work with teachers and administrators to fully implement the latest technology to help our children compete globally. This means advocating for more funding, increased training for teachers, and better programs that engage families.
Technology helps organize the wealth of information available, but an engaged parent helps motivate children to learn. Research supports the idea that engaging both children and their parents in reading can increase the amount of learning a child takes away from a book, and the same holds true for e-books and other electronic media. Parents and caregivers have told us that by downloading the books that their children are reading, they are more organized, informed and engaged. Where parent engagement is high, classrooms score above the national average in reading.
Just think. Our schools are only beginning to tap into the true potential of technology. These are exciting times for our children.
By: Otha Thornton, President, National PTA