I just came across this video that made me think twice about why and how I homeschool. It is similar to a lot of the talks Sir Ken Robinson has over at Ted talks. This talk is called “Stop Stealing Dreams” by Seth Godin.
Why do you Homeschool? Chances are that you homeschool in part to give your children a good education. But did you know:
“Large scale education was not developed to motivate kids or to create scholars.”
“If we give kids the foundation to dream, they will figure out the grammar and the history the minute it helps them to reach their goals and make a difference.”
You can download Seth’s book for free at this link.
What do you think? I don’t totally agree with everything Seth says, but I think has does have some good points. So for now I will keep using google but I will also keep making my kids learn spelling words.
There are so many good education apps for the iPad. I started this list.ly list with my top ten iPad educational apps. Feel free to add your favorite app or vote on ones already listed. You can log in to list.ly to vote with either Facebook or Twitter.
The iSchool Initiative was formed by Travis Allen in 2009 when he received an iPhone for Christmas. He began to use his iPhone in class as a learning tool and was told by his teachers that it was not an educational device. Travis believed there was tremendous potential in the device as a educational tool and formed a concept around mobile learning.
I remember one of the first computers I used at school was the Apple IIc. I think the school even purchased it using points from box tops. While you probably can’t get an iPad with box tops, Apples website does say that Homeschool teachers qualify for education pricing. The discounts not much considering anybody can get a refurbished iPad for $429 right now. To some the cost still seems high for a tool that currently can only be used to supplement your current curriculum. Even though the price is high I believe there are still some pretty good reasons to get and iPad for homeschooling. Here are some of the reasons I came up with.
There are a lot of educational apps – a are free or less than $5.00
Apple has a history of working with education
The iPad it the best tablet for the money (or until a good Android tablet comes out)
Homeschoolers are not tied to traditional classrooms.
The iPad is more suited for families than institutions.
You can control content with your own iTunes account
Homeschoolers customize school to each individual child’s learning style.
The iPad makes learning fun
You can do school on the sofa or outside.
Feel free to add any additional reasons in the comments below. Tweet
Another Android tablet aimed at education. Appears to be a 7 inch tablet running android. It claims to have a battery life of 10-12 hours. There is wifi, 800 x 480 screen resolution, and a 800MHz dual core CPU with 2GB of internal memory and Android 2.1. The internet is also limited to reduce distractions. The “administrator” chooses what web pages are alowed and what e-books can be installed. The Tablet was shown at the Florida Educational Technology Conference. You can find information and video of the Kineo tablet here. The tablet has a little kickstand and the kids in the video are using a stylus. (resistive screen not capacitive screen) They are said to be priced at $299. http://www.brainchild.com/Kineo.html