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  1. I'm looking for some good online sources to use for teaching our kids (dd-11, ds-14, ds-15). Usually my wife posts on here, but I'm the geek who loves computers and what a fantastic learning tool they are. Of course, I could quite happily get lost in a rabbit-warren of related subjects, and will obviously dig deeper at High school level. (Maybe some of my objectives below need to be moved to high-school level?) I would love any inputs of what other homeschooling parents have found works for them and their growing kids. Here's some things I'd be looking for in a middle-school computers course: Project based where there are outcomes that assess how well child has learned that week's lessons, but lets the child's creative juices flow There are lots of coding resources out there - I think Scratch has some good resources in this regard, especially given my intent to focus on creativity. Really need to develop other ways we use the computer as a tool including: Parts of a computer system (Storage, memory, processor, peripherals) Operating System, File Management Internet, staying safe online Multimedia editing - what creative doesn't want to get lost editing photos, video and audio? MS Word or similar - I use these for reports and user manuals, but would appreciate some ideas for creative projects that leverage Word processing skills MS Excel or similar for organizing data (Yes, I know it's not a database!) "cheating" at math homework with those fantastic formulas! Using charts to convey numerical relationships, trends (I think database-y things like Access is best held off for a later level) Crafty stuff - either with help of a printer or services like Shutterfly Real-life application exercises and example, even they are somewhat simplified There are a lot of resources, but I'm hoping to stitch stuff together into a relatively cohesive course and get the kids excited about what they can do. I'd appreciate whatever you can offer, free or otherwise. -- dh to Paradox5
  2. There's a project on Kickstarter these days that I think may be of value to homeschoolers. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inpractice/craft-computer-club-a-crafty-way-to-inspire-little I am a backer, but otherwise not involved with the project at all. It does look really promising though. It's a arts&crafts approach to computers for kids aged 5 to 7. There's a serious lack of materials out there in the computer science field to reach those kids. This approach does not aim to turn kids that young into programmers (at least not while they're that young) but it does aim at explaining electronics and computer logic to them. All the concepts are there in a very Montessori approach. And it looks doable even if the parents are not into computers themselves. Please take a look at the project and it you think it would be of value to you, please consider backing it. Cleo(usually on the high school board these days)
  3. Dd knows a fair amount of Python, but is no expert. How big of a leap is it to learn objective C with the "objective" (ha, ha) of developing an iphone app? (We don't own any Apple computers at home, so we want to scope out this project before investing in a new computer that we really don't need...except for producing iphone apps.)
  4. Heard an interview with the author of this book today (Lauren Ipsum by Carlos Bueno) and thought it might be a good intro to logic / computer programming concepts for dd8. (listen to the interview on CBC radio here- click on Download the MP3 for the whole show or this link for just the clip) Does anybody have any experience with this? I thought it might be somewhat analagous to the Life of Fred books for math, at least from his description of the storyline. Am I way off-base? Is this really helpful for a kid who's never programmed before?
  5. Any other LARGE families out there have some ideas for managing computer set up and time, etc. . . We have 10 children, 2 of whom need computers fairly often for writing and online classes and 6 of whom I would LIKE to use them more for TT math, VP self-paced history courses, typing tutor, and some math games and the two younger ones who I'd like to let occasionally play a jumpstart math game or something like that. PROBLEM: HOW to acquire enough computers? HOW and WHERE to set up said computers? HOW to manage the computer time without going crazy? Also, how do you manage the TIME spent online, on computer games, on ipods, etc. . . Our solution so far has been just not to have much access to any of it but I am finding that I am ready for the usefulness of computers if only I could figure out how to manage it with some sense of peace and in a way that doesn't take up our whole day. {IF you have less than 5 children, this probably seems like a silly question to you BUT IF you have an especially large family, maybe you know what I'm talking about when I say that media management is harder than the laundry management for our family!} I'd love to hear your ideas, solutions, etc. . .
  6. For Javascript~http://codeyear.com/ Dh had my 11 year old doing it and its really easy to follow. I might do some of this too.
  7. My dd (12 yo) is very interested in robotics (built one kit she bought at a garage sale in one day!) and loves computers. What do you reccomend as a good starting place/curriculum/kit for her? I've heard of Mindstorms from Lego - but one reviewer said it's not a beginner kit and the programming is difficult to figure out. Please help me - they are all so expensive and I don't want to buy one that we can't figure out! Thanks, Rondi
  8. After 20 years of offering my children a classical education, it has become clear that these days it is key to be more familiar with digital technology. We have technology hour 3 times per week to learn a new aspect of technology. Here is a film my son and daughter produced for a video competition. The competition asked students to create an 8-minute film explaining an essay about the Great Depression. What do you do in your school to teach technology? Here is a link to the film:
  9. What do you guys use as far as websites, books, people when it comes to tech advice? Just for keeping computer up to par, etc.? Seems like you have to pay a fortune to get someone to come out and look at your computer. Is there a source you use to help educate yourself on the ever-changing technology scene? Thanks!
  10. Okay, I am in no way computer literate but hoping someone out there is. Say I were to do away with my "on its last leg" desktop computer and only have a laptop or two...I am guessing a laptop wouldn't have the memory of a desktop (maybe that is not a correct assumption). My biggest concern is I keep a lot of videos on my computer and need the videos to be handy because dd uses them to practice her fiddle daily. So, my question is...would I need to have one of those extra hard drives to store pictures and videos? or would I need to keep downloading them onto DVDs or some kind of online site and deleting them off the laptop? I am really trying to figure out if it is feasable for us to not have a desk top computer. I could really use the extra space getting rid of it would provide. Does anyone have just laptops? Any suggestions/hints for doing that? Anything you find difficult about it? Pros and cons?
  11. Has anyone here used the intermediate Techno Kids Computer Curriculum?
  12. We don't usually use a PC. But, we got a good deal on an HP mini. It doesn't have a disc drive though. I just realized there are usb ones, but I have no idea what is a good brand. Any recs?
  13. Does anyone know of a computer programming curriculum for homeschooling? My ds loves computers and I think he would be good at this. I want to make sure it’s not too difficult nor too easy. I’ve heard of Alice, which uses a drag and drop icon method, but it’s not really programming. I know my ds wouldn’t have the discipline to follow a book on his own, so I’m hoping there is some sort of curriculum out there.
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