As schools turn to new technology, many parents are left struggling to keep up with the tools their children use in the classroom.

To ease some of that parental transition, Madison Consolidated Schools is offering a technology workshop for parents who want to keep up with the latest teaching technology.

The event, from 5:30-8 p.m. on March 18 at Madison Consolidated High School, will offer five workshop sessions covering digital identity, cyber bullying, online security, social media and digital leadership.

Lisa Cutshall, Madison's eLearning director, said the workshop is about bridging the learning gap between parents and students when it comes to dealing with technology.

"A student's education is absolutely a partnership between school and home. And there's only so much we can do at school. Especially when it comes to devices and managing those devices," Cutshall said.

"Our kids, it's their world. They are natives to the technology. They can't remember a time when people didn't have cell phones."

The workshop, which is open to the public, will include a pizza dinner and free childcare for children between the ages of 3 and 12. There will also be a keynote address from Kevin Honeycutt, an educational technologist.

Honeycutt spent 13 years as an art teacher before leaving to work for ESSDACK, an educational service center in Kansas.

Registration for the event ends Sunday at midnight. Anyone interested may sign up at, Madison's website or Facebook page.

Cutshall said the event is also open to parents of non-MCS students.

Funding for the workshop comes from an Indiana Department of Education Innovations Grant.

"One of the components (of the grant) was that we do a parent conference," Cutshall said.

The grant was awarded to the school district in March 2013.

Another technology conference, this one for students, is being planned by the school in April.

"Alter Ego! Discover Your Digital Identify," is scheduled for April 26. That conference is also supported by the same Innovations Grant.