Nonprofit offers technology training for adults navigating virtual school with children

Christel Deskins

A local organization specializing in adult literacy and career education training will turn its focus toward helping parents whose children are attending virtual school. Opportunities Industrialization Center of Oklahoma County, known as OIC, will offer a series of Chromebook training classes on Saturday at its headquarters, 3033 N Walnut Ave. […]

A local organization specializing in adult literacy and career education training will turn its focus toward helping parents whose children are attending virtual school.

Opportunities Industrialization Center of Oklahoma County, known as OIC, will offer a series of Chromebook training classes on Saturday at its headquarters, 3033 N Walnut Ave.

DesJean Jones, OIC’s executive director, said the two-hour sessions are geared for parents of students in Oklahoma City Public Schools.

She said the organization aims to give parents the tools they need to help their children through the district’s virtual classes, which began on Aug. 31. As part of the district’s virtual school plan, students received Google Chromebooks or Apple iPads, depending on their grade level, to access online classes.

OIC’s three session options focusing on Google Chromebooks are: 10 a.m. to noon, 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Jones said classes are $15 and limited to a maximum of 15 people to maintain social distancing.

She said many OIC students began talking about their need to learn more about Chromebook so they could help their children navigate through their online classes.

Jones said the nonprofit had already started a technology loaner program so that OIC students could be connected to the organization from home during the pandemic. She said many could not come to in-person classes at OIC once it was determined that their children would be home participating in virtual school.

“Once Oklahoma City Public Schools made the decision that the first nine weeks for the children would be virtual, the outcry we were getting was that a lot of parents didn’t know how to use the Chromebooks so they couldn’t help the kids,” Jones said.

Next Post

Space Command HQ Would Require 'New Investment for Facilities'

Col. Patrick Miller, commander of the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, said in an interview Thursday that hosting the permanent headquarters of U.S. Space Command would require new physical construction at the base. But he said also that in terms of space, Wright-Patterson has plenty of […]