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    Default Difference between Homeschool Tracker and Homeschool Skedtrack

    I know the main difference is that Homeschool Skedtrack is online while Homeschool Tracker is a download. Other than that I'm not seeing too much a difference. Of course I haven't used either one in depth, I've only spent a little bit of time trying to use each.

    For each of these so far I've seen features I don't need. I don't need to keep track of hours, or attendance. I also don't need to keep track of a grade. I would like to be able to loosely plan out a lesson for the day, but easily be able to work ahead or slow down the pace, and even skip things.

    Currently I'm keeping track of everything we do after the fact. I'm writing it down after we do it. I do some loose planning mostly in my head and the most I do is gather together the books I'd like to work in and put them in a stack. For next year I wouldn't mind having something written down ahead of time, or just make it easier to select the material from a list and add a few details after it's done.

    I'm not sure if either of this are really going to fit what I want to do, but I figure they are worth a try. Though I don't want to invest a lot of time in trying both, I just don't have the patience for that.
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    I think the biggest difference is that skedtracker will automatically reschedule things for you instead of you having to manually do it? I think its also easier to produce reports. I've just started using it instead of Homeschool Tracker. I had been using it like you- to record things after the fact.
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    I haven't tried the Skedtracker one, after looking at the site and the screen shots I figured it wasn't what I wanted... but I tried to make Homeschool Tracker work for me and it just didn't. Personally I've found it much easier to schedule things in pencil in a small weekly calendar and then create logs for each subject to be filled in after the work is done. The calendar is for us, the log is for the state.
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    This is a very timely post for me as I have been trying to compare both of these schedulers as well. From what I have read about reviews, Homeschool Tracker has more of a learning curve while Skedtracker is easier to learn. Also, HT has a lesson plan feature that allows you to write-up lesson plans and archive them for use later for another child while Skedtracker does not. So far, that's all I know. I will be following this thread closely to see what others say.
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    I tried one of them, but it was overkill for our situation. Right now I used Google calendar which has been working out very well.
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    I've tried them both and find that Homeschool Skedtrack is easier for me to use. There are some features I don't need such as grades and hours but the report feature is nice. With the reports I can just download them in a pdf and copy them to a disc or flash drive to give to the school district at the end of the year. No printing required which is awesome because ink isn't cheap. I still have a written copy of our daily assignments but it's just for me.
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    I love Skedtracker!

    It has saved my homeschool life. Seriously.

    Recently I went on roundabout to find something and this and HS Tracker came up. BUT, I couldn't use tracker it wasn't a macbased program.

    The other mac based programs were pretty but didn't do what I wanted.

    Skedtrack to me is awesome.

    I had trouble staying on track with what we were doing and I found that I was just using the workbooks because they were so easy. Here do the next two pages. Or Here work for 15 minutes.

    But now I have a habit of working in the same order, and I put them in skedtrack in that order.

    I use activities and if I don't get them done they automatically move to the next day, or the next day that class is scheduled.

    I do not use the grades, but I love the reports. I will be able to print out what we did at 9weeks to show whoever wants to look. I can leave myself notes in teh activities if I need to do something special.

    Officially, according to it I am done with my 180 day requirements in February. WOW.

    Not sure what your question was exactly. But if I need to rearrange, then I can just resequence the activities and if I do more than one I merge them. Some things have been tough to get just right but so far I love it!

    When my hard drived crashed, I still had all my information. Also I can see it being more effective at the higher levels in case I want to use grades for Core 40 classes to "graduate"
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    Thanks for the info. I'm not sure if either option is going to be right for me, but it sounds like Skedtrack is closest to what I need and I'll invest some time into playing around with it.
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    Message me if you want any specific issues... I can send you a chat email link and we can work through it in real time! I really do love it that much.

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    I've been using Scholaric and liking it. I looked at the others but they were waaaay more than I wanted and needlessly complicated for my purpose. Scholaric is simple, web-based, and easy to use. The developer is actively working on it and very responsive to feature requests or bug reports. It's $1/month per student.
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