Teaching Technology to Your Homeschoolers

The great thing about technology classes in your homeschool is that there is no limit to the kinds of skills your child can learn! If your child is already good at computers, then they can get a technology credit in one of two ways.

First, you can expand and use the skills they have on real technology work. If they have computer skills, they could make a website, set up a blog or other social media, create videos, or any other task they enjoy already. Some kids will get a job or internship helping others with their computers, or doing computer skills for a business. You count the hours that they spend doing this stuff, and when you get to 150 you have the credit for the year!

Second, you can brainstorm other topics that your child would like to learn. Perhaps they want to learn a programming language, or learn about computer hardware or photo editing. Then you can locate a tutorial for just that particular skill. You can often find tutorials free on the internet, or at the library. If they do not know what they want to study, I often suggest getting a tutorial from the library on how to use Microsoft Office. That includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and…. the other one that I can never remember:-) Anyway, simply taking those tutorials and using those programs on their regular schoolwork, will enable them to become computer savvy and even use those skills in the workplace.

One final word, please make sure to include basic typing skills in the mix. A good introduction to typing and 10-key will help a lot in the long run.