With technology making so many advancements, it really comes as no surprise that very aspect of the classroom is now being placed online. Teachers are now posting photos of their day with students online, and some are even videotaping their days with the students and posting it on a blog or you tube video. After seeing how many teachers actually do this on a daily basis, I spoke with some parents to see how they feel about this. What I found out is that there are both positive and negative things to say about this topic. Below you will find a list of the pros and cons to having your child’s school day online.
First let’s start by listing the benefits of posting what is done in the classroom online. The fact that it gives parents an opportunity to see what their children are doing during the day was a big talking point among parents. Many parents already feel guilty about missing out on so much of their children’s day, that having a blog to look at, or a video online, makes them feel more involved. It also gives them the comfort that their children are working hard, and being challenged mentally throughout the course of the day. One parent mentioned how they really liked being able to see how effective the teachers method’s are. Some feel that it also helps with the learning process by encouraging their children to do more. When children can watch themselves at work, and see the end results of a days hard work, they may be motivated to do even more, or push themselves more as far as the learning process is concerned.
Of course you have to remember that there is always a down side to using the internet. The fact is that some parents just don’t want their children’s picture, or even a video of their children posted online. In most schools they ask parents to sign a permission slip at the beginning of the year giving their permission to take pictures of their children, or to use video of them any way they seem fit. While most parent’s happily sign this form, there is a growing number of parent’s that do not. I found that parents of young elementary aged children just do not like the idea of having their child blogged about, or video taped. Many parents feel that it takes away from the learning process. One parent pointed out that the time spent setting up the camera could be time spent educating the kids. Some parent’s even questioned the amount of time spent updating the daily blogs. For example a parent stated that teachers in her child’s school are constantly complaining about not having enough time to check papers, and set up for the next days work. Yet each one of the teachers complaining had daily blog updates posted online. So one has to ask if a teacher’s time is being spent wisely. Feel free to list your own pros and cons below.