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Tablets and Homeschooling: Why and How You Can Use Them (And a Great Giveaway)

It's unusual now to meet a child- even a young one- who doesn't know how to use a tablet. Ipads, Kindles, and Android tablets are often a popular feature in homes and in classrooms. Despite the question that some may have about whether or not young kids should use electronics so often, tablets are here to stay. So can you use a tablet effectively in your homeschool? Why can a tablet be beneficial? Here's a look at some ideas for using tablets in your homeschool.



Why tablets?

To put it succinctly, kids love tablets. They love the fast-paced games. They love the graphics. They love the ease of use. Tablets appeal to kids. So if we can use that interest and have kids use the tablets for educational purposes, everybody wins.

How can you use tablets?



Educational apps- Probably the most common way that tablets can be used in homeschooling is by using educational apps. Itunes has many, many educational apps. And the great thing is- many of these apps are free. This site has an incredible list of free educational apps. There are many educational apps for android tablets also. Here are some free educational apps from Google Play. Don't forget about the Kindle. Here are the Top 100 Free Educational Apps for Kindle currently.




Here are just a few of my favorites.
      Spelling City- for Kindle, ipad, or android tablet
      50 States- for Kindle or android tablet
      Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements- for Kindle or android tablet
      BrainPop Jr. Movie of the week- for Kindle, ipad or android tablet
      Dr. Panda Teach me- for Kindle, ipad, or android tablet

Organization- There are many organizational apps for tablets- calendars, to do lists, and more. You can use these apps for your own organization or to help your kids learn how to organize themselves. There are organizational apps for ipad, for android, and for Kindle. Here are a few to get you started.
      Ziplist- for ipad or android
      Evernote- for Kindle, ipad, and android
      Cozi Family Organizer- for Kindle, ipad, and android
      Any.Do- for Kindle, ipad and android
      Toodledo- for ipad and android

Reading- Kindle is well known for being an ereader, but ipads and android tablets both have books for purchase, and the Kindle app can work on an ipad or an android tablet as well as an actual Kindle. Being able to buy books more cheaply and to carry many books on one device are big benefits of the ereaders. Even some textbooks are now available for ereaders.

Tablets can be of great benefit in your homeschool. Now that you're excited about the benefits of tablets in your homeschool, you can have the opportunity to win a Kindle Fire! The Schoolhouse Crew is holding a Christmas Kindle Fire Giveaway. Keep reading for details and enter in the Rafflecopter below.

 Christmas Fire Giveaway The Crew is on hiatus from writing reviews until January. So while we have a little time on our hands, we thought we'd bless our awesome readers with a super cool Christmas Fire Giveaway! Twenty of our team members and The Old Schoolhouse have joined together to sponsor this incredible giveaway with 3 winners! We are excited to be giving away not one, not two, but THREE Fire HD Tablets! One person will win a Fire HD 7 Tablet, and TWO people will win a Fire HD 6 Kid's Edition (in your choice of lime green, blue or pink).

Fire HD 7 Tablet ($139 value, one winner)

Powerful, full-featured Fire HD tablet—with beautiful 7" HD display, 2x faster quad-core processer, dual speakers with Dolby Audio, and unsurpassed reliability in its class.

Fire HD 6 Kid's Edition ($149 value, two winners)

All-new Fire HD 6 tablet—with 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, Kid-Proof Case, and a 2-year worry-free guarantee—up to $95 in savings

Giveaway

To enter, use the Rafflecopter below. The winner will be announced at our It's a Crew Christmas Facebook Party on Tuesday, December 16, 9PM ET. RSVP for the Christmas Party. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and Conditions:

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Void where prohibited by law. Must be at least 18 years of age. This giveaway is in no away associated with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Amazon. No purchase necessary for entry. Odds are determined by the number of entries. Selected winner will have 48 hours to respond to email notification to claim their prize or another winner will be drawn. Entry into this giveaway will subscribe you to the Schoolhouse Review Crew email list.

Sponsoring Crew Bloggers

Only Passionate Curiosity I Choose Joy! Homeschool Encouragement Ben and Me The Potter's Hand Academy As We Walk Along the Road Adventures with Jude A Mama's Story futureflyingsaucers Kathys Cluttered Mind Footprints in the Butter Crystal Starr Lextin Academy Living Life and Learning My Harbor Lights Our Homeschool Studio Pea of Sweetness Embracing Destiny Be The One Simple Living Mama Our team of bloggers will be sharing about how tablets can be used in homeschooling, and linking up their posts here for you to learn more.

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