Technology. It’s everywhere today. A glance around me reveals my laptop, cell phone, and iPod Touch. There is an iPad on the couch, a movie playing through the XBox streaming Netflix on the television, and the Kinect is resting in front of the TV. All within 8 feet of where I sit. It’s everywhere.
Homeschooling has changed so much over the 13 years since we first began. The Internet was just beginning to populate with homeschool information. State homeschool organizations were beginning to “get online” so people could find them, even though most people didn’t have Internet access yet. It was still new.
These days, computers and the Internet play a daily part in our lives, and particularly in our homeschooling. There are no shortage of software, apps, live online classes, and websites to use for education. No matter whether your kids are 2, 12 or 18 and graduating, technology easily integrates their learning and meets the unique needs of many students.
Some of our favorite interactive online resources are free, and some either offer more with a paid membership, or are membership only. These include:
Time 4 Learning (paid- My boys LOVED the summer we used it!)
ALEKS Math (paid- Great for high school to prep for Community College!)
Vocabulary Spelling City (free w/paid option)
Dance Mat Typing (free)
Lesson Pathways (free)
YouTube (free- Just search any topic and you’ll come up with it! Especially great for “How To” videos.)
I’m sure there is so much more. The Internet is seemingly boundless! People connect, and classes can form just through relationships and the right chat software. The world has become much smaller in that respect! I can’t even begin to tell you all of the sites that have downloadable curriculum materials, because there are hundreds more of those than there are the online-lesson type. The one that I use all the time is CurrClick! They also have online classes, although we haven’t tried any yet. So what are you waiting for? If your kids aren’t staying on task but love the computer, maybe you could change it up a little and try one of these techie based resources!
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