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There are many ways to incorporate technology in homeschooling. However, some parents hesitate to do so, maybe due to a lack of confidence, expertise, resources, and funding. And as these factors work correlatively, things within your grasp counters all of it.
Homeschooling resources are getting more and more advanced, and there is tremendous hope for the future. In truth, children largely benefit from using technology as they learn. Here are four ways to implement technology in homeschooling.
Tablets are very common for people of all ages. What's not common are users who can maximize their use day in and day out. Not only can students watch videos or play games but also have educational apps installed for regular use. Spending more time on educational apps rather than games or hobbies makes a big difference.
Tablets can also serve as a tool for reading e-books. The same goes for audiobooks, accessing assignments, and researching. Tablets make activities more convenient and accessible for the students. They are more portable than a computer and cheaper too!
Most people opt to watch videos online instead of reading written instructions, articles, or other educational materials. Watching videos has made learning much easier for students of all ages. Every day, brand new content becomes available and helps make homeschool more sustainable.
To maximize the wealth of educational videos online requires very simple actions. YouTube is the biggest platform for video sharing. A lot of knowledge can be found on this platform—all you need to do is find the right channels creating suitable content. On the YouTube app, you can create playlists for specific collections or subjects. You can also subscribe to channels so that they don't miss out on any new content. YouTube videos can also be downloaded to be watched offline. For older children, TED Talks and free college courses are incredibly useful. It’s a wide world out there, all available for free!
The name alone might seem expensive, but digital microscopes are easy to acquire. These devices are attached to computers to link their use to relevant applications. They’re not quite professional-grade devices, but they are good enough for biology experiments.
Once the setup is good to go, try observing anything you want. Commonly, students observe everyday objects like hair, leaves, dirty water, cloth, even food. With digital microscopes connected to a computer, it would be easier to analyze the items being observed. Photos and videos can be taken for documentation. Students can learn their way around a microscope, even with a basic setup.
This may be surprising, but you can leverage simple robotics programming even at home! Robotics is a good way to heighten a student’s interest in STEM. The subject boosts the student's knowledge and interest in a specific subject, and it's also a fun tool to gain experience.
The foundation of basic robotics is programming; you create a code to determine the actions of a robot. A great example is Lego's WeDo 2.0. Students can assemble the robotic kit on their own and incorporate simple programming. This helps them improve skills in writing the program, visuals, and logic.
Technology may seem intimidating at first, but with its integration with education, children can learn to handle it with confidence. It isn't about the most advanced things that are out in the market. Technology simply means finding new ways to learn and to educate.
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