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I can vividly remember the first time we connected to the internet. It was about ten years ago when we sat around our new computer, following the voice on the phone, adding our correct numbers and code and so on, and then listening to the quirky noise as the computer connected to the world wide web. Amazing! An on-line resource which we somehow lived without!
Of course, I say that tongue-in-cheek, but yet, now the internet is my first port of call when I want to research or find information. It helps me locate all sorts of important and unimportant information for an abundance of topics.
But, as I consider this, I realize that our world without computers, is a thing of the past. Our children will never know a time without a computer in the house. Instead, we will have to teach them other ways of researching other than the computer. Our children will grow up computer savvy, learning computers and getting to know and use it far quicker than you and I.
Having said that, there are some important skills we need to pass on to our children. This is where we need to decide what should be in our general home school computer curriculum. We need to decide and discuss what is acceptable computer use in our house. The dangers, the correct use of the computer, the computer as a tool, time spent on the computer, limitations of games and internet protocol are all important parts of what we need to teach our children in the age in which we now live.
Perhaps the most important skill we want our children to learn is how to fix the computer when it crashes or the network is disabled or an error message decides to continually annoy us! Every family should grow at least one "computer technician" or "Network Support Manager". We joke around at home divvying out appropriate jobs for our children to make mum and dad's lives easier : We need an electrician, a plumber, a carpenter, a cook/house-cleaner, and definitely a computer expert!
Just a few points before we discuss some important skills to include in our computer curriculum for our children.
Word Processing Skills
Develop the use of the computer as a tool:
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How to Use the Internet to do Research
by Harvey & Laurie Bluedorn. Copyright 1998. All rights reserved.
Homeschooling families use the library often. We go to the library whenever we want to look something up or we want to find a book to read. But did you know that the Internet can be just as useful (or even more useful) in doing research? We will discuss two parts of the Internet that are valuable research tools: newsgroups and mailing lists. ...Read More
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