TechBridgers, a Los Altos High School student club, hosted a parent technology workshop at Monta Loma Elementary School in Mountain View before the holiday break.
The high school students had previously taught coding at Monta Loma as members of another club, Computer Engineers of the Next Generation. Club members said they realized that many of the elementary school students’ parents didn’t know how to use email and were unable to keep up with school updates online. That led the students to form TechBridgers and sponsor the smartphone and communications workshop for the parents.
The high schoolers taught the parents how to sign into their children’s Clever accounts, which are used in school to practice subjects like math. They also learned how to subscribe to the school notification system that informs them of upcoming school events and how to use other internet tools such as Gmail and Google Translate.
The lessons were conducted in English and Spanish.
According to members of TechBridgers, the workshop was the first of many to come. The high schoolers are working with the Mountain View Whisman School District to organize similar classes at other elementary schools as well as at middle schools.