Why You Should Use Computers in Homeschooling:
How This Computer Illiterate Mom Graduated Keyboard Geeks
1. Teach your children to view technology as a tool, not a toy. When my boys were younger, we had a “no game” policy. Instead, we bought two older model Apple computers, set up two small desks in the basement, and allowed them to use their free time to learn to use computer programs. Subsequently, they became proficient in the use of programs like, Word, Photoshop, and Power Point by middle school.
2. Employers are looking for students who can skillfully use computer programs. Every job application that my boys have filled out has asked questions about their knowledge and use of computer programs. Excel, PowerPoint, and Word were most frequently listed. My son, John, has spent countless hours researching apps, programs, and tech products. This passion spawned his desire to become an IT Specialist.
3. Computer programs can encourage your children to think outside-of-the-box. My boys figured out how to combine their interest in photography and action figures to create stop-action “movies” using iMovie by 6th grade.
4. You can use their interest in computers to create high school level classes. During his junior year my son, James, created a graphic novel of Pilgrim’s Progress with action figures and small-scale props. He edited the final product on his Apple computer and added speech bubbles. We had the book comb bound and gave him credit for graphic arts.
5. Computers are the perfect fit for tactile learners! The interaction between the keyboard and monitor can create the perfect combination to keep the interest of your “active” child, give them a feeling of satisfaction, and increase their understanding and comprehension.
6. Science and History can come alive through interactive websites! I personally recommend: kids.nationalgeographic.com and www.history.com. Google can be your friend when your student needs help understanding anything from long division to rocket science! An adult should do the searching unless you have an internet filter installed.
7. Computer literacy should be an integral part of your homeschool planning. Computers are used DAILY in college. Instructors communicate with students solely through digital means. Assignments are given and submitted though the college website. Research and writing are conducted using the internet. Every student should also have a good understanding of how to effectively use search engines and databases.