In the nimble approach to education that home schooling offers, technology adds a hands-on dimension that she adapts to her children’s learning styles.
“Putting an iPad in a student’s hand doesn’t make him smarter. But it does give him more choices,” Hall said. “That’s a blessing and a curse. Technology is a tool, nothing more or less.”
Technology has long been a favorite in the world of home schooling — a world unencumbered by state testing, rigid educational approachesor outdated facilities.
“Interacting with a computer adds a kinesthetic quality; watching videos adds a visual and audio quality,” Hall said. “A student who receives instructions in several different ways — a book, a discussion, a video and a timed electronic flashcard challenge — is more likely to remember it,” she said.