Technology & Schooling Go Together Like Peanut Butter & Jelly
Have you ever just looked at your child with a stunned face wondering how they can figure out all these electronic gadgets so easily? It’s unbelievable to me that my eight year old son can do things that I hadn’t even thought of.
I consider myself a semi tech savvy person, I can get around on my own fairly easy when it comes to technology but there are times where I am shocked that my children are learning in new and inventive ways and going above my knowledge in the tech world. What happened to the old trusty abacus or just a pencil and paper?!
Don’t get me wrong, my kids still use plenty of pencils and paper but the tools they have now to teach children are really geared towards technology. My kids were born into a tech world and they have picked it up quickly. Things are being replaced to make it easier for both the educator and the student. Instead of chalkboards there are now amazing smartboards, communication has gotten so much simpler for the teacher and parent with emails.
I homeschool my two kids and they absolutely love learning with technology. Instead of heading to the library everyday we can download books straight to a tablet. We can quickly get to a dictionary and a thesaurus with using a search engine. They have every subject available on the computer, even spelling and taking a spelling test. There are times where I see them figuring out the computer programs quicker than I do!
It’s hard for us parents to keep up with things which is why there is help out there so parents don’t need to feel they are alone. But I think most of us can agree that technology compliments schooling and is being used in schools and also homeschoolers. Schooling has evolved no doubt and technology has opened a whole new world up to learning.
Our next generation is going to just keep improving in the technology world and education is going to benefit from that if used correctly. I do believe in balance but I can see my kids flourish with the technology we use to homeschool!
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