I’m re-running this post again as there was a problem with its formatting in the original post…………
As you can probably tell, I am a computer addict and love to use it/technology in our homeschool whenever I can because I think it makes learning more interesting (though I still like to use old fashioned methods such as drill because I personally believe it really works).
I’ve come across a few neat resources that I wanted to share for making interactive learning activities.
1. How To Create Interactive Learning Centres
This is similar to my article at EHow, How to Set Up A Kids’ Virtual Practice Center, except that instead of a web page, this uses PowerPoint. Never thought of that. This link has a quick slide show to show you how to create learning centers in PowerPoint, by creating links, that your student can click on to go to activities on the net. Again, you can also make the links take your student to things stored locally on your computer (games, lessons, worksheets, etc).
I just found this one today and it looks pretty neat. It’s free and you can make 17 different kind of learning activities (including games, quizzes, timelines, cycles, etc) for any subject using premade templates, you just fill in your content. You can make simple HTML pages for the activity or post to a blog, etc.
3. Creating interactive learning activities online using forms.
This uses Front Page to make the forms, but can be used, I bet, in other web authoring software as well. You can make quizzes, give student a short reading passage and have them respond by typing in the answer…..and more……………….
4. Hot Potatoes.
An old favorite of mine, which is now freeware, so you can share it online freely (you previously had to register and could only use online if you worked for a public educational institution).
“The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web. Hot Potatoes is freeware, and you may use it for any purpose or project you like.”
This is a really simple and handy one!
Do you have any great tools/ideas for using technology in the homeschool that you use or have heard of? I’d love to hear them……………………………..