• Homeschooling with Technology

    Published on 11-19-2013 08:30 AM
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    By Chris Yust, Homeschool Programming, Inc.
    November, 2013


    In this digital age, you may find your children spending quite a bit of time on the Internet. They may be working in online classes, researching topics for papers, updating their Facebook and Twitter pages, or just surfing the web. Regardless of what your children enjoy doing online, chances are they have shown some interest in creating their own websites. Fortunately, basic website design is something that just about anyone can learn with no expensive software!

    Getting Started
    When you view a website, you are using a piece of software called a web browser. The most common web browsers on the market today are Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. These browsers all speak a common “language” called HTML. HTML code is mixed in with the main content of the web page to add color, style, images, and many other fancy features. While HTML may seem mysterious at first, the language itself is something that can be easily learned and understood by computer-literate children.

    Tools of the Trade
    Great, your eager students are ready to learn HTML. What do they need? A big fancy computer? Special software? Nope! Simple web pages can be created in any text editor program that comes already installed on your computer, like Windows Notepad or Mac’s TextEdit. This means that all you need is a personal computer, some basic computer skills and your imagination! You don’t need to set up a web server or install new software.

    Writing the Code
    So now you that have your text editor program open and you’re staring at a blank screen, what next? HTML code is just a series of “elements” that tell the browser how to display your web page. There are three elements usually included in your file. First, the “” element tells the browser that you are starting your HTML code, so the opening tag should be the first line in your file. At the very end of your file, you will “close” the element with the tag .
    HTML Code:
    <html>
    </html>
    In between these “html” tags go ...
    Published on 08-05-2013 09:30 AM
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    2. Curriculum,
    3. Homeschooling with Technology

    by Theresa Heary (http://www.s-h-i-n-e.org/)

    You have certainly seen online courses advertised by national curriculum companies. They offer your children a “certified” teacher, and a standard, status-quo, brainwashing right from the comfort of their own home.

    I have something else to offer to the conversation about online home-schooling. I have a vision of lots of moms, like me, offering courses, where they get to help other’s children learn.

    In my vision, we would work together to create the sort of world that we want to live in, and we would use online classes and networking to help make it possible.

    I am a kind, hardworking, chaotic single mom. I spent ten years running a home-school coop, mostly for middle school children. I have my master’s in education, and I know what amazing things middle school students are capable of.

    I wholeheartedly believe that there are important ideas that kids need to ...
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