This week I’m taking a break from my planning article to feature writer Sally Collins. She has written the following article on using Google Drive to assist with homeschool. I found it very interesting and applicable to several different situations. I hope you will enjoy it – and use it.
The Drive to Succeed: How Google Drive Can Help with Homeschooling
According to the National Home Education Research Institute, about 2.3 million children are homeschooled in the USA. Stereotypes in the media convey the image that homeschools are out of touch with technology and the fast pace of modern life. This really couldn’t be further from the truth. Many homeschoolers are using new technology to improve their homeschool classrooms. In actual fact, many homeschooling parents come from the tech community these days. Google Drive, the storage and synchronization device for files developed by google, is one technology that is really helping homeschoolers.
Unlike the traditional classroom, homeschooling is rarely static. Your child could be studying on your kitchen table, at grandma’s house, at a library or a coffee shop. What is more, homeschooled kids can acquire useful skills that they might not be able to in a traditional classroom setting.
When it comes to the techy side of things, such as storing information and files, Google Drive is an innovation that allows you to keep all of your child’s files in the same place and access them anywhere. If you don’t have internet that day you can access documents offline too. Best of all it’s all online so you don’t have to worry about losing work if your computer crashes!
“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”
Proverbs 27:17 NLT
Humans are inherently social beings who can learn from each other. We may think we can go it alone but in reality leaning on others often gets better results. Collaborating with other homeschooling families on shared projects can be a great way to learn from each other’s expertise and get a broader experience. The file sharing aspect of Google drive is great for working on group projects. In the past, sending drafts over by email was problematic when the files were too big. Now, kids and teachers can upload larger files and edit the same document remotely while leaving notes and suggestions for each other.
Teaching life skills
One of the criticisms made of traditional schooling is that, even if it is competent in academics, the classroom fails to teach important skills needed for life. Financial management, home economics, technology and skills needed for the workplace – these are all skills being neglected in the public school system. Google Drive is a technology used for real world collaborative work in offices across the country and the world. It also includes document types such as spreadsheets which are great for budgeting and slides which are great for giving presentations. Giving your children experience of using technology collaboratively is great preparation for when they graduate into the world of work or homemaking.
Sally Collins is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible.
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