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Technology Helps Strengthen the Parent-Teacher-Student Connection


Monday, August 24, 2015

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White paper advocates collaborative learning through enhanced communications

DULLES Va., August 24, 2015 — As students head back to school across the country, tablets and mobile devices will increasingly replace textbooks, furthering the digital generation gap between children and their parents. According to a white paper released today by NetRef, educational technology is not only transforming the classroom, but also the parent-teacher-student connection. The white paper offers advice and tips for enhancing communications between parents and teachers to ensure parents are active, informed stakeholders in their child’s education.

“Parents need more than just a syllabus. There needs to be an open and ongoing discourse between parents and educators to keep students on-track academically,” said co-author George Dotterer, CEO and co-founder of Verite Educational Systems Inc., a spin-out of Verite Group Inc. “Parents may worry that technology can be a distraction to students, but modern classroom management technology offers teachers a useful tool for observing student behavior and reporting measurable data back to parents.”

With the new 2.1 upgrade of NetRef’s Internet management system, teachers can access daily Internet history reports for each student with details of Internet activity, including times of visits, as well as the top five websites visited during the school day.

“The Information Superhighway and Your Student: A Two-Way Street” is the second in a series of white papers exploring the impact of and challenges surrounding technology in schools. Co-authors include Andrew Hedges, Verite’s program manager, and Harrison Parker, director of K-12 Education.

Dotterer and his team designed NetRef, the first-ever Internet management tool that safeguards all web access points across a school’s networks and on all imported devices, helping teachers maximize the web as an educational and collaborative learning tool. With seamless and simple integration, NetRef offers umbrella protection across all systems, hardware and devices—from 1:1 to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environments, minimizing distractions and helping keep students on-task.

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NetRef and Verite Educational Systems

Easy to use and integrate, NetRef is a new Internet management tool that helps teachers and students get down to the job of learning by managing access to the Internet on any device. Now operating in schools in seven states, NetRef allows schools to maximize their tech investment and teachers get their classrooms back. Verite Educational Systems is a spin-out of Verite Group, which for over 12 years has provided Subject Matter Expert (SME) services, tailored tech solutions and managed network infrastructure for government programs and corporations. Visit NetRef online or follow @NetReferee.

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