Technology has advanced significantly over the last couple of decades. This has not just changed the landscape of homeschool education. It’s also revolutionized the industries your kids are likely to enter when they join the workforce.
Incorporating various elements of technology into your homeschool curriculum is, therefore, wise. With careful consideration of the various challenges and benefits involved, you can set your child up for success.
Maintaining Wellness and Focus
Using screen-based technology in your child’s homeschool education can be valuable. However, it’s important to be mindful of how your child’s wellness can be impacted by this approach. By finding ways to maintain their physical and mental well-being, you can set your child up for success in their endeavors.
Firstly, remain aware of potential health issues related to their tech use. For instance, squinting, frequent headaches, and sitting too close to screens can be early signs your child has a vision problem. This may also lead to them avoiding their school work and even getting frustrated easily. It’s important to seek the advice of an optometrist to rule out vision challenges related to or exacerbated by, their screen time.
It’s also important to encourage your child to talk about how they’re feeling. Discuss how they’ve been sleeping. Disrupted rest patterns can suggest they need to have less exposure to blue light from devices in the evenings and before bed. You should also talk about their mental wellness, particularly if you’re using social media in your homeschooling curriculum, which may expose your child to cyberbullying or peer pressure. The more open you can be with your child, the more positive the experience can be for everyone involved.
Adopting a Multifaceted Tech Education
One of the most exciting ways to set your child up for success using technology is to offer a more multifaceted educational approach. This means going a little further than simply utilizing online learning platforms. Consider embracing the components of extended reality (XR) teaching. This involves incorporating virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) tools in ways that make learning more varied, immersive, and impactful.
For instance, VR technology has become more accessible in recent years. You can then utilize this tech to take your child on virtual field trips to museums and other landmarks to gain an interactive experience of the environments or periods they’re learning about. They can also engage in virtual labs, through simulations of science and engineering activities.
In addition, applications on smartphones can help enhance your child’s education about the world around them. Big Bang AR can help your child watch their environment evolve from the basic building blocks of the universe to its current state. You can also provide your child with plant and animal identification apps while taking them to local parks, woods, and other natural areas. These enable them to take photos of species and gain insights about the various features, alongside the specific roles each plays in the ecosystem.
Exploring Tech Careers
Providing your child with a tech education isn’t simply about finding tools to enhance their learning. Their future career options are likely to be increasingly reliant on tech. Therefore, part of your approach to setting your child up for success could be to discuss potential career paths related to tech.
For instance, a number of industries and organizations are adopting cloud computing. As a result, it’s worth talking to your kids about how trends in cloud computing can factor into the industries they target and the skills they need to develop. Serverless computing and regional cloud provision are both innovations that many companies are likely to use in the future. Introducing your child to how these technologies work can introduce them to future career ideas.
Another rapidly evolving area of technology is artificial intelligence (AI). Various industries are grappling with the practical applications and the legislative or ethical implications of AI platforms. This opens up a range of tech career roles, from designing software, collaborating with AI for cybersecurity, and even specialist legal practice. Now is a great time to encourage your child to explore the potential of AI, as it is likely to be a common part of our immediate future.
Setting your homeschooled child up for success with a tech-based education can be a great benefit. However, you should be mindful of how overuse of tech could impact your child’s well-being and aim for a healthy balance. Remember, too, that talking to your child about tech careers early can be helpful.
However, it’s important not to simply flood your child’s education with tech. Take time to regularly evaluate how the tools and methods you’re using are impacting their learning experience. Consider what’s adding value and what might be disrupting their education. This enables you to adjust their curriculum in relevant and positive ways.