Cooperation with parents through the online community

ICT in Education
The process of informatization has become one of the most important activities of the modern world, a generator of social success and a means of integration with the developed world. For organizations that do not follow the global development of computerization, there is no future. Currently in the Slovenian school system the project e-Education is in progress. Its primary goal is to accelerate the process of informatization of every educational institution, depending on its current status in management, educational and technical fields. The standards of an e-competent school, teacher (educator), headmaster and computer expert are being developed. We are interested in how e-competent the parents as key partners of schools are. We carried out a research in which we checked the e-competence of parents of secondary school students in boarding schools, and their e-expectations for the boarding school. The study involved 492 parents of students who live in large boarding schools in Slovenia and attend secondary school. The results indicate that parents use ICT and that they expect from boarding schools to have the opportunity to collaborate with them via the Internet. If boarding schools organized ICT related courses, they are prepared to take part at it. Parents are also willing to collaborate with boarding schools within the online community for parents. 
 
Keywords: The online community for parents, boarding school, e-education, e-competent parents, e-collaboration.
 
Bojan Jeram, M.Sc. Olga Dečman Dobrnjič, Ph.D. Alenka Temeljotov Salaj