San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) employees
helped Spanish-speaking parents in Vista learn to use online tools earlier this
month as part of a Vista Unified School District parent-education program.
Leigh Murrell and Alicia Gallegos Butters, integrated
technology specialists, taught a 90 minute class as part of a six-day program
intended to get more parents active online. They focused on Google services to
communicate and share information.
There were about 50 parents signed up for the workshop at
Vista Magnet Middle School. Some were already using email frequently, while
others were new to technology.
“They were excited to learn,” Murrell said. “The attitude
was so positive.”
Some of them were surprised at how much computers can help
people to be more productive, Gallegos Butters said.
“It was real eye-opening for them because their kids would
come home to do school work on the computer, and they would think they were
playing,” she said.
More than a year ago, SDCOE personnel put together training
for Spanish-speaking parents about Google Aps in conjunction with SDCOE’s
Migrant Education program.
The success of the training paved the way for the
partnership with Vista Unified School District. The lessons will help the
district achieve its goal of going paperless.