Conway High School will host an information night Tuesday to bring parents up to speed on their children’s use of Google Apps in their education at the district.
Conway has moved toward becoming a "Google school" and has a number of teachers who have become Google certified.
Media specialist Leigh Masterton, one of the hosts of the night, explained students have been using Google Drive as a way to access Microsoft’s Office suite with Powerpoint, Microsoft Word, and for file storage.
"It’s convenient across the board," she said. "We are wanting to show the parents what we’re using these things for with the students."
Masterton said she and other instructors will show parents that they can access their children’s school work to keep up with what they’re doing.
"We want parents to be aware of what their students are involved in and of the ways they can monitor and check to know what the student is doing. If their child is asking to use the computer more at home, it’s because they’re using it more at school," she said.
Using Google Apps eliminates external software, Masterton explained, and alleviates technology problems at home and school through the use of a unified system.
"All their information is stored in one place," she said. "For those who don’t have Office at home, this is all inclusive and user friendly."
Parents and students don’t have to have a high level of technical skill to understand and use Google, and she and other administrators prefer Google over other tools because of its accessibility.
Other hosts are Joel Dean, district technology coordinator, and Tina Lampe, family and consumer science teacher.
Hosts will raffle a Chromebook mini laptop at the event.
The event is slated for 6-7 p.m. at the lecture hall on the first floor of the high school.
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