Technology: the branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation with life, society, and the environment, drawing upon such subjects as industrial arts, engineering, applied science, and pure science.
This word to some is like Kryptonite, and a perpetual conversation in the homeschool community. Recently, I was asked my thoughts about handwriting (i.e. cursive) and keyboarding – which do I find more beneficial? Hands down, for us, is keyboarding. Now, before the gasps and wide eyes begin, let me explain why . . .
When I am teaching Logan, I am keeping the future in mind. When Logan attends college, he will not be hand writing his notes or papers. When he attends, they will probably use iPads instead of laptops. When I attended college, I didn’t hand write notes, everything was done on a laptop or computer. I started typing well before I could cursive a perfect Z. At any of my jobs, every letter or memo dictated was then transcribed into a computer document.
Logan was taught handwriting and the kid can sign his name in cursive like a pro but we hold a higher value on keyboarding. And with the way that Logan learns, this style is more compatible for him. Here are a few of our favorite keyboarding programs:
Now, on to another techie controversial topic…the calculator, Duh Duh Dun! The scientific calculator to be more precise. The other day, when Logan was doing his Thinkwell math program, the instructor whipped out his scientific calculator and showed him how to compute the equation in the mathematical contraption. Logan has been blessed with his dad’s internal calculator, so, it’s a rare occasion when he actually needs one but when he does, I encourage him to use his handy dandy scientific calculator.
Again, I am thinking ahead.
When I worked in an insurance agency and I would put together quotes for clients, I didn’t hand write my figures, throw in percentages, do long division…nope, I had a computer program that did that for me. I entered in the numbers and POOF, there was my total.
In any profession that Logan is aiming his sights towards, technology is a big part of it. I have heard homeschool mamas say, “I don’t want to say anything about using a calculator or the computer because then I get lectured by other homeschool moms.” Well, that’s just crazy. We all teach in our own way and what works best for our child(ren). Logan always says “I’m a tech kind of kid.” And he is. We have structured his curriculum in a more technological way. That doesn’t work for everyone; but people shouldn’t be anxious to say that they use a calculator or prefer keyboarding over handwriting.
As we move ahead, so does applied science; embrace it, let your hair down, use a calculator, you know you want to… Sorry – I got a little carried away.
Do you have a favorite keyboarding program? Are calculators your friend or foe?