The future of education part 2 – homeschooling club

I have been thinking a lot about the future of education, and some of you would have seen my first blog on this. I have been struggling with how online schooling could work for homeschoolers where we don’t want too much structure and definitely no exams or assessments. So how about this for an idea… an online homeschooling club…?

There could be a parents section and a kids section. In the parents section we could share resources, blog links, have a support network when they feel like tearing their hair out (which seems like a pretty regular occurrence with homeschooling).

In the kid’s section, they could create and manage groups of interest. Like an art group, a science group (or perhaps one aspect of science like space ), maths, google earth, computer programming, computer games etc etc etc. In these groups they could  organise to do projects together, communciate with like-minded kids around the world, share resources and more….? We could even have parents with particular expertise volunteering to run an activity – like an art history class, or a lesson on the solar system. They would not have to be divided by age or have too many rules… it would just be a way of networking and learning. It could even be good for kids who go to school.

I have a bit of experience with Moodle and I think it could be a great learning management system (LMS) for this kind of project – and it is free! There are also some great online virtual meeting programs where they could see each other and chat live. This could be a good way of presenting projects…

I know my kids would love something like this (as long as it wasn’t too formalised). What about yours?


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lifelibertyeducation
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 19:44:47

    Mine would probably enjoy it too. Chances are there would either be a fee from the start or one introduced soon after that would make it a barrier though. I often fin interesting groups but they will charge a fee that multiplied by three is unreasonable for most people.


    • dalishah
      Jun 13, 2012 @ 04:44:47

      Well since I would be the one developing it, I am open to feedback! If it could be organised in a way that it is run by many, it could be free. If it needed one person working to coordinate it (which would be basically a full time job) then it may have to cost something to cover costs I guess.


  2. Bec
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 09:43:53

    I love the idea of parents contributing knowledge from their own areas of expertise. Homeschooling kids get bored with their ‘teachers’ just as much as kids at school 🙂 And having a central place for resources would be wonderful, although you’d still run into that problem we have of resource-overload. Maybe having a way to critique or rate resources we find would be handy too? So if you’ve had time to check out a site you could let other parents know what they have there and what age it’s suitable for, to maybe help us weed out the useful stuff.

    Anyway, I like the idea a lot…


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