The Texas Home School Coalition is going to be held in the upcoming weekend of August 6 – 8 at the Woodlands Marriott Hotel. If you are new to home schooling or independent learning of any type this is the perfect place for you to be. This convention is resource and information central. There are so many opportunities there that you can get no place else.
Check here for the convention program. You will see so many things to do, learn, and absorb. The website for the Texas Home School Coalition can be found here. If you are not a member of this excellent advocacy group please take time to become a member. And if you can make this convention if you are in Texas please try to be there. You will not regret it.
Now on to another rising tide in the independent learning movement. Perhaps the most exciting thing happening on the web in this age of information are the open education resources that are bringing about real change. Open education is concerned with making information available to all learners on the web. What is happening now on the web in terms of open education resources is equivalent to the development of the Gutenberg Press. We are entering an age when information – real information – that will make up entire courses of study are becoming available on the web.
Information is no longer in the control of schools, universities, text book publishers and the major domos who have controlled access for so long. Nor is it expensive. Here is the site for one of the best Open Education Resources on the web. From this site you can find any resource you may need that you can imagine. From the page that will open click on finding OER you will find a page that gives you access to a multitude of search engines that will let you find anything that you need. In particular you might want to click on ccLearn’s Collection of Education Search Engines. Just to give a search a try put in math in the first search box to the right of OER commons. This is what you will find. You will see page upon page of resources to choose from at any level your child or you might need. Then you might want to refine your search with elementary or secondary math. Explore. You will be astounded to discover that the whole world of education is out there ready for you.
Today I want to feature a web site that is one I love. It is called AlgebraHelp.com. This is a superb web site that offers a complete course of study for algebra. It can be used as a tutorial or a complete introduction to the concepts in algebra. The website offers a wealth of resources including a lesson series that can be used in sequence to carry a student through a complete introductory algebra course. This is just one example of the excellent resources that are available on the web for learners who wish to pursue their education independently.