Do you find you or your kids getting distracted by digital technology? How does it affect your homeschooling? Does technology creep in and hinder your homeschooling rather than enable you to be more effective?
Listen and/or watch this homeschool dads hangout where we talk about the digital distractions we face in our families.
What are some digital distractions to homeschooling in your homes?
Devin – The biggest distraction for my family is television. With our children being so young, the oldest two are the ones who are “school age”, so sometimes television is used to engage the younger children for a period of the day. For me, I tend to get distracted by social media and it takes away from family time or time I can spend helping my wife.
Fletch – We have kids through the spectrum. Our oldest boys 16, 18, 20 were clearly distracted by the world of texting. A close second would have been gaming and movies. However, it’s a constant discussion in our home about living in the moment. Our next three are girls and I wouldn’t say the digital world distracts them too much (but television has become a recent draw to their time). The last two are 6 and 5. We’ve definitely relaxed a bit with them, so they get more computer time and more screen time. I think it’s the nature of a large family and tired parents.
Michael – We have (well, Mom has) rules about “no electronics” before 2 PM What that really means is no games until school work is done. We are cord cutters. So my kids have no motivation to turn on the TV at any particular time in order to catch a show. TV offers no distraction. My oldest says that her digital distraction comes from Facebook messages. She is like me and “unable” to ignore messages. I think it’s an OCD thing. My son only uses his iPod during school for school (dictionary/Wikipedia etc.). My second youngest is a very social creature and has a hard time refraining from messaging (Kik, in her case) with her homeschooled friends who are guilty of the same. Our 21 month old is compelled to push the home button on any iPod Touch or iPad that she encounters. But I don’t believe that this is germane to the discussion.
John – For our family the biggest distraction is games. Our kids constantly want to play games on the computer. My oldest daughter wants to start texting but we’re not going there yet. Our teenagers have iPods that they use to play games and the younger kids want to watch or play too. Sometimes I’m the distraction when I’m fiddling around with a gadget and my wife is trying to homeschool.
The Homeschool Dads
Devin Dabney is an author, blogger, speaker, podcaster, homeschooling dad, and technology strategist. He has been happily married to his wife Shayla for 9 years and they are blessed to have five beautiful children with a sixth due very soon.
Devin writes and speaks about a variety of topics, including online marketing, educational technology for homeschooling families, online collaboration, and personal growth.
In addition to his professional endeavors, Devin is also a solo pianist and he has been a worship leader for more than 15 years.
During the day he can be found fixing people’s teeth, but in his spare time you can find Fletch stretching out a pair of flip-flops, creating a new pizza recipe, playing the drums, or rescuing a piece of his tie-dye wardrobe from his wife’s donation pile. He loves to write, loves to drink great coffee, and loves to watch good movies.
Fletch loves to talk about the gospel. To that end he oversees the community group outreach at his local church.
You can find Fletch online in a few locations. For more than 15 years he has been writing about life on his personal blog: theMangoTimes. You can also find Fletch at the Homeschooling In Real Life website and the HomeschoolingIRL podcast which he cohosts with his wife Kendra.
Michael T is a Digital Missionary at the Great Commission Transmission Network with over 7 years podcasting and Internet broadcasting experience. After producing and hosting over 300 podcast episodes on a variety of subjects Michael has focused his time and talent in digital new media toward fulfilling the Great Commission as given in Matthew 28: 19, 20. Thus GCTN was created. He is a musician; a recording engineer by trade; a believer in Jesus Christ; husband; father of 4; homeschooling dad; Bible student; mouseketeer; and geek. He holds firm to the truth that Captain Kirk is superior to Captain Picard in the same way that Elvis is superior to The Beatles.
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