Bridging the Digital Divide

I am pleased to announce a double dose of digital documents… Try saying that really quickly. Community School has been involved with working with Futurelab on a couple of research projects that have recently been published. The whole documents are fantastic and are a really useful tool for all schools and parents you can find details of both below including links to the publications which are free to download or view. It shows that both the work our students and staff are doing with new technologies is up there with the best of them Nationally.

The first publication is: 

Developing the home-school relationship using digital technologies by Lyndsey Grant from Futurelab.

The publication focuses on “understanding the needs and aspirations of teachers, parents and children for the home-school relationship, and how the use of digital technologies may support as well as raise new issues for home-school relationships.

The emphasis on parental engagement, as well as much work on home-school relationships, has tended to focus on the relationship between parents and children’s schools, but children themselves play an active role in mediating between their home and school contexts, making connections between the learning they do at school and home (or not), and actively facilitating or resisting their parents’ involvement in their learning. Children therefore need to be considered as at the heart of any strategies to support home-school relationships and parents’ engagement in children’s learning.”

You can download of view the full publication here: Community School can be found on page 38 as case study 1.

The second publication is:

Digital literacy across the curriculum by Cassie Hague and Sarah Payton from Futurelab

It focuses on “Digital literacy is an important entitlement for all young people in an increasingly digital culture. It furnishes children and young people with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will help them to take a full and active part in social, cultural, economic, civic and intellectual life now and in the future. To be digitally literate is to have access to a broad range of practices and cultural resources that you are able to apply to digital tools. It is the ability to make and share meaning in different modes and formats; to create, collaborate and communicate effectively and to understand how and when digital technologies can best be used to support these processes.”

You can view or download the publication here: Community School can be found on page 25-26.

Thank you to Futurelab for including us in the publications. What do you think of these publications?

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