Nacogdoches students teaching their parents computer skills

Digital Learning Nights give parents an opportunity to learn from their children the various apps that can be used in the classroom or at home. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Digital Learning Nights give parents an opportunity to learn from their children the various apps that can be used in the classroom or at home. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Arely Victorio (L) is taught by her daughter, Alexis Victorio how to use the educational apps. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Arely Victorio (L) is taught by her daughter, Alexis Victorio how to use the educational apps. (Source: KTRE Staff)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - When an adult gets stuck with a computer question, a kid is often the first person called to help.

The Nacogdoches Independent School District is using that youthful knowledge to further learning.

When it comes to operating a Chromebook, 7-year-old Alexis Victorio is a pro.

"I'm going to enter my password," Alexis said.

TJR Elementary provides the device that can offer thousands of apps in seconds.  Alexis has access to numerous educational ones.

"And here's all these games," Alexis said. "My favorite game on here is this one."

Alexis is teaching mom Arely Victorio, her mom, all about it. The apps can later be pulled up on the family computer or smartphone, but Alexis might need to help out.

"Mama couldn't figure out how to upload it or download it," Arely said with a laugh.

Elementary children in Nacogdoches are so tech savvy that digital learning specialist Keirsten Morris decided to have her kids teach their parents at Digital Learning Nights. Now parents know what their children know, which will come in handy during the summer learning lag.

"So the kids aren't able to go home anymore and say, 'Oh, you know, I don't know how to get onto my program,'" Morris said, "I'm gonna go to Youtube instead."

Educational apps give parents a peace of mind.

"They're all school-related or learning-related," Arely said. It makes it easier for this mama not to worry about what she's watching at other sites."

Fortunately, the children are introduced to apps they like. Adolfo Beltaran shared one.

"Can you show me how to do this because I have no clue?" I said.

"You tap on this once, and the video starts," a student said.

Up pops the video. It's about insects.

Adults and children can easily learn together.

Parents of Nacogdoches school children can access a list of educational apps on the NISD website. Parents elsewhere can check with their school district or search on the computer for educational apps.
 
If you get stuck, ask your child for help.

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