It’s not just the students that need help in getting HE right. We’ve read various books over the years, some good some bad. We have also looked at the information on the web and used some, read others and browsed more than I can imagine. The web is a fantastic resource to use for home education. It contains most of what you need, its just how you use it that matters. Keep one thing foremost in your mind when you’re looking for information and that is the simple fact that just because it’s on the web does not make it true. Some advice:
- Stick to reputable information sources.
- Wikipedia and others are not peer reviewed so it’s not always correct. It does make a good start though.
- Cross reference your sources and check in reputable publications. Usually just a case of googling the result or looking at other sources.
- Google the author and see what people have to say about them.
Some of the more useful and reputable sources of information are listed below. Please feel free to leave a comment with your own suggestions and I’ll add them in.
- The Encyclopaedia Britannica: Either the web version, the computer DVD reference edition or as we found out, the free web version accessed through our local library via our online account.
- The the BBC bitesize website contains loads of educations games and video’s ideal for a wide range of ages.
- The National STEM centre provides access to what was Teachers TV it can now be found here at http://www.playbackschools.org.uk and other access points exist as listed here.
- NASA TV is a great resource for learning about space and anything connected with it.
- The Khan Academy is an excellent free resource for educational tutorials on most subjects and a wide range of levels.
- The Cassiopea Project. This can be found on iTunes or as downloads direct from the website. It’s an excellent resource for helping visualise some of the more complex scientific principles.
- iTunes-U is accessible via iTunes and has a wide range of university courses that have been recorded and made available for download. Some are accompanied by printable resources. They are mostly free but can be a bit more advanced, more University/College course level, but don’t let that put you off taking a look.
- Language courses are all over the web but we actually settled on Rosetta Stone. It does cost but it’s a very effective way of learning a new language.
- www.ted.com contains a vast number of informative and inspirational talks by influential and ordinary people on almost every subject. I can’t recommend this enough.
- Minute physics is a youtube channel that contains short (minute-ish) animated video’s that do an excellent job of explaining key scientific principles. It’s also linked to some otter resources that are equally as good.
Less reputable sources that should be cross-referenced or taken with a pinch of salt.
- Wikipedia is the most obvious and despite all is a good place to start. It contains articles and information on most subjects but as you cannot guarantee that the article has been peer reviewed you cannot guarantee the validity of the information. Just remember to check the source or cross reference against another source.
- YouTube is a good source of “how to” video’s.
- www.instructables.com is an excellent source of “how to” instructions and video on how to make and do things.
The following are a few links that are useful for loping into home education and checking on the legal position which is a question that seems to always come up at some point so it’s useful to be able to point folks at a good source of information
- Education otherwise is a good site for information and resources for home educating families and those considering home education.
- Yahoo Goups is a good home for may local home education groups. Browse and search and you may be able to find a home education group in your area. I say may as not all groups are public and thus easily searchable. I that case try contacting Educating Otherwise to see if there is a group local to you.
There are probably loads more and better sources of information out there on the web that could help. If you know of any please leave a comment and I’ll add them here.