Kids, Parents, Technology... Perfect Together

Any parent who has never surfed the net dreads homework assignments that require using the Internet. Hopatcong Middle School (Hopatcong, Sussex County) teachers Dennis J. Reed, Antoinette Haines, and Madeline McManus have found a solution to make such homework assignments easier for parents. Thanks to a $4,800 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education, Kids, Parents, Technology-Perfect Together, an after school, technology-based program that focuses on both students and their parents will be offered in the upcoming school year.

Three, four-week sessions (October, February, March) are scheduled to be offered in the school district's Technology Center. This staff of three teachers will collaborate, plan, and coordinate the two-hour programs. Training will be offered to all regular and special education students and parents in the 4th/5th grade school. Each week a new technology skill will be introduced and then immediately reinforced via "hands-on" activities. Teachers will not only provide instruction to the entire group, but also function as facilitators and administer one-to-one assistance. Parents and students will use newly acquired technology skills to design T-shirts and create "Electronic Family Scrapbooks."

The goals and objectives are designed to involve parents in the educational process; foster collaboration and communication among parents, students, and teachers; introduce and reinforce the use of computer-generated graphics; develop word processing skills; utilize the Internet as a viable research vehicle; and promote professional development for teachers.

For more information about this project, contact:

Dennis J. Reed
(973) 586-6684