EdTech Coffee Chats

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The new Edtech Coffee Chats series kicked off on November 11 for parents of grades K-4 students, who enjoyed meeting with Fletcher’s EdTech Team in the school’s Technology and Learning Center.  The relaxed format of this drop-in event enabled parents to ask an abundance of excellent and important questions about Fletcher’s one-to-one program and their students’ iPad devices.  Several tech-savvy parents even offered useful tips and shared their experiences for managing both Fletcher and personal devices at home.  

A wide variety of device, digital citizenship, and general technology topics were covered during the first EdTech Coffee Chat, including:

  • iOS 9 tips
    • Important accessibility features for students with learning disabilities
    • Jenny Grabiec’s new iOS accessibility iBook, iCan with iOS
    • Optional parental restrictions located in iPad settings
    • Battery life to check usage
  • Excellent habits for iPad use at home
    • Checking devices often with your child
    • Learning how to check history
    • Password management tips and tricks
    • Discussing tech topics with your child
    • Keeping devices in a common area at home, particularly after bedtime
    • Using Guided Access to lock student into one app, with optional timer
    • The pros and cons of filtering at home
    • Teaching children how to manage devices appropriately as preparation for the real world and their future
    • Communicating as a main key of technology success
  • Age-appropriate search techniques
  • Advantages of digital books, with built-in accessibility tools such as text to speech, font and view customization, search, bookmarking, and highlighting features
  • Minecraft as an educational tool
  • Finding balance between technology and the rest of life

We appreciate the wonderful contributions of our first EdTech Coffee Chat participants!  Please join us at an upcoming EdTech Coffee Chat, one Wednesday per month from 8:15 – 9:15 AM.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

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