Over 8.4 billion IoT devices were used across the world in 2017. While this constant connectivity is sometimes damaging, it can actually have a positive effect on your children in and out of the classroom.
Smart technology is slowly changing the way we live our lives. It can also change the way you automate your homeschool classroom to create efficiency.
Whether you are helping them through exams or simply want to introduce other methods of learning into your daily curriculum, technology can help get them focused without having to entice them with your chocolatey sweets.
Technology Takes the Pressure Off the Parent
Recent studies have found that only 14% of homeschool parents had a graduate or professional degree and 25% of parents had a Bachelor’s degree. Technology, in this case, lets parents tap into online resources when they have to teach subjects they’re unsure of. Students can also reach out to digital tutors for help when they need it.
From a purely financial standpoint, smart tech can also take some pressure off the parent. Most homeschool families spend up to $300 per student per year on materials and reusable tech could completely eliminate that cost in place of a one-time fee for a tablet or other learning device to be used instead.
Children Want to Learn Digitally
While it is no secret that kids love their smartphones, reportedly 69% of students want to use their mobile devices more frequently in the classroom. Most of those students use them to automate tasks that they already do, such as note-taking, schedule checking, and research.
The great news is that research supports this desire, with studies showing that outstanding success is 3.4 times more likely to occur when collaborative learning practices and technology are used frequently together in the classroom. With these smart technologies, you get the benefits of letting your child engage in digital learning, while also encouraging efficiency, autonomy, and success.
Smart Technology Turns Home Classrooms into Automated Spaces
Let’s face it, all teachers need help sometimes, especially the hard-working ones who are juggling being a parent and teacher at the same time.
Smart technology can help with this. In-home virtual assistants are useful for more than just writing down your grocery list and reminding you of an upcoming appointment.
A virtual assistant like the Amazon Echoor Google Home can increase your efficiency by allowing you to make note of homework assignments, voice-control the classroom setting, and even remotely play music that helps your child learn.
If you have smart thermostatsinstalled or smart lighting, you can use your virtual assistant to easily control all of these settings to ensure your child always has a comfortable learning space.
Technology Increases Work Efficiency for Students & Teachers
Incorporate more smart tech into their school lives by allowing them to keep track of their own time. This can also help you as a teacher increase your efficiency.
The ZEI timekeeperis a small die that allows you to assign each of the eight sides to a different workplace task such as subjects, homework time, free time and more. When your student performs a certain task, they can flip the die to that side and the timekeeper starts the clock.
Using a program like Homeschool Tracker can help the teacher and student to work more efficiently. Parents can use digital scheduling tools to assign schoolwork, chores and even field trips.
Students can log in to see
- the week’s agenda,
- mark items complete,
- and record the time they worked on the project.
Technology is Changing the Future of Homeschool
Because homeschooling supports a wide variety of learning styles, technology is one of the best tools to use to ensure your learner is getting what they need out of their lessons.
However, there is more to technology than simply online learning platforms and numerous resources. Take the time to incorporate smart technology into your classroom at home and see an increase in efficiency and automation that benefits both you and your child.
How do you use technology in your homeschool? Let us know in the comments.
As a former teacher, Lucy Thomas saw how the pressures of studying and exam stress led many of her brightest students into suffering from anxiety and depression. Lucy is no stranger to this herself and has had a lifelong battle with both conditions. She now writes for a living and is trying to help educate others on learning and how to cope with stress. Away from work, Lucy is a mom to two small girls and supports a couple of mental health charities in her free time.