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 SDCOE Class Helps Parents Learn Online Tools

​​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.