Resources for Finding Apps for Homeschooling – Submitted by Stephanie Elms of Annandale
I’ll admit it. I can be a bit of a geek at times, especially when it comes to “new shiny things” related to technology. So I jumped at the idea of creating an Apps for Homeschooling session for the VaHomeschoolers Conference this past March. Based on the positive feedback from attendees, I want to continue to share what I learned with homeschoolers. So over the next several months I will be blogging about some of the more creative and useful apps and digital books available.
Apps to Enhance Your Homeschooling
Given the number of apps out there, it can be a bit daunting to sift through the less than stellar apps to find the gems. I have included some of the more interesting apps that I found in the handout:
You’ll find organizational apps (for tracking and organizing your homeschooling), educational apps (broken out by subject matter) and digital books. For those who are unfamiliar, digital books are different than ebooks. While ebooks are electronic versions of print books, digital books are highly visual books which take full advantage of the digital aspects, often including animations, stunning graphics, videos, and weblinks to enhance the experience.
There is a little bit of something for everyone with a variety of apps for a variety of ages, so check them out. To learn more about these apps, you can google them or look them up in the iTunes App Store or on Google Play.
Resources for Finding Apps and Digital Books
Websites abound with promising titles such as “Apps for Smarter Kids.” Unfortunately, more often than not, they fail to live up to their name and the apps listed seem fairly run of the mill, more like glorified worksheets.
One exception is Apps for Homeschooling. In depth reviews as well as a good selection of apps for older kids (many app websites seem to focus on apps for young children and it can be hard to find apps for older kids) make Apps for Homeschooling an incredibly rich resource. You can search based on age, device, subject and price.
GeekMom and GeekDad cover all things geek-y and tech-y as it relates to moms, dads, kids and families. In addition to app reviews, you will find articles on projects, tips and other technology oriented information.
There are also several good places for finding good digital books for kids:
- School Library Journal
- Kirkus iPad Book App Reviews
- Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards (Cybils)
I hope this gets you started on your way to finding some of the fantastic apps that are out there. I will be back over the next few months to review some of my favorites. In the meantime, feel free to share some of your favorite apps in the comment section!
Stephanie Elms is constantly trying to find that elusive state of balance in her life while enjoying her two energetic yet vastly different boys. You can read about their ongoing exploits on her blog, Throwing Marshmallows. Stephanie also volunteers as a member of the VaHomeschoolers Board of Directors and is the VaHomeschoolers website administrator.