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Classroom-to-Home Connections: Young Children's Experiences with a Technology-Based Parent Involvement Tool
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Early Education and Development Volume 25, Number 8, ISSN 1040-9289

Abstract

Research Findings: DVD classroom newsletters are one proposed technology tool to promote classroom-to-home connections. The present study explored the experiences of prekindergarten children from predominantly Spanish-speaking homes with bilingual (English and Spanish) DVD classroom newsletters. On average, parents reported that children watched each DVD nearly 3 times. Interviews with children and other sources, including parent logs, teacher logs, and a teacher focus group, also captured children's experiences. Findings indicate that children have overall positive experiences with watching DVD classroom newsletters at home. Practice or Policy: Overall the findings support the use of DVD newsletters in prekindergarten programs as a way to create an opportunity to empower children, strengthen their digital literacy, extend the learning environment, and provide opportunities for meaningful conversations in the classroom and home.

Citation

Walsh, B.A., Cromer, H. & Weigel, D.J. (2014). Classroom-to-Home Connections: Young Children's Experiences with a Technology-Based Parent Involvement Tool. Early Education and Development, 25(8), 1142-1161. Retrieved July 15, 2019 from .

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