The rise of technology has made homeschooling a popular option for parents. Students can log on to digital lessons, watch YouTube video lectures, and listen to podcasts on various subjects. Instead of the parents trying to teach their kids through traditional homeschooling, the internet provides online school options that allow students to learn in a comfortable environment.
Homeschooling also allows students to learn at their own pace. They can move through lessons faster or they can slow down if they struggle with the material. The internet isn’t the only reason homeschooling has taken off. Smartphones have also made homeschooling infinitely easier for students. Here’s how parents are homeschooling their children with the help of smartphones.
Students Can Study With Learning Apps
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Older students will remember carrying flashcards around whenever they had a major exam. Running through these notes was a great way to study for an upcoming test or quickly quiz yourself and your friends on various topics. However, these flashcards weren’t very easy to make and were typically thrown away after the test was finished. Fortunately, with smartphone technology, today’s students can utilize smartphone flashcard apps and immediately start studying whatever topics they need to prepare for.
Homeschool Students Can Still Get Groupwork Experience
Some parents worry that if their child sits at home all day they won’t get the necessary social skills needed to survive in college and in the workforce. Teachers in traditional classrooms try to emphasize teamwork so students are prepared when they have to compromise, delegate, and get held accountable in the future.
Fortunately, online coursework allows students to form groups and work in teams as well. The only difference is that they might be working with classmates across the country instead of next door. By logging onto Skype or Google Hangouts, teams can meet up and assign different tasks within a project. They can collaborate through Google Docs and report to their teacher through an online video presentation. The traditional classroom experience is intact; it’s just enhanced through smartphone technology.
The Classroom Can Be Anywhere
One of the greatest assets of smartphone technology for homeschooling is the ability to turn anywhere into a classroom. Students can curl up in the library and listen to a podcast or a lecture by an instructor, or they can sit in the park on a beautiful spring day watching videos and taking notes. As long as the student has a strong internet connection and a smartphone on a reliable network, they’re able to access their course requirements and dive deeper into their studies.
Many parents will use smartphone technology to incorporate lessons into a field trip. If a student is learning about outer space, they will visit the planetarium or the local science museum. Students can then apply the notes they have on their phones to hands-on activities in the museum. By connecting online lessons to real life experiences, students are more engaged in the material and are more likely to remember it. This fosters an environment of learning, not just memorization.
Smartphones Provide Learning Options Classrooms Can’t
Instead of learning a foreign language by memorizing phrases in a book, what if you could actually talk to someone from the region where the language is popular? With smartphone technology, you can. There are plenty of language exchange apps where people have conversations in English and in many other languages. These conversations are informal, but they require quick thinking and the formation of sentences in order for students to properly communicate.
Not only does this allow students to gain experience speaking the language, but it also allows them to make friends and completely experience a new culture. Instead of knowing a few words and phrases, they will understand the country, language, and people personally by making online friends.
As more parents see the value in registering their students for homeschooling education, there will be more online resources and smartphone tools that students can use to enhance their learning experience. Ideally, this will create a love of learning and curiosity about the world that lasts long after students leave the classroom and stop taking tests.