See? There is a lot to the program and obviously, they can describe it best. So on with my thoughts...
I guess I must admit-we're most definitely smack dab in the middle of the most technically advanced era on the ole timeline of human history. Unfortunately, I am not one to always embrace it. Especially the whole computer thing-sure, I can use it and have found it to be a great blessing-but I also have felt gray hairs popping, and my veins surging due to the frustrations that occur when using something so complex and downright fussy. Simply put-I am not a computer geek, and I just don't "get it" most of the time-which is why I have a very tumultuous love-hate relationship with it.
So when it comes to how we homeschool, I utilize the old fashioned way of doing things, for most of it. You know-using face to face discussions, reading real books, cuddle time on the couch, using the ole television set to view movies and so forth. I do not use much computer time during our regular school hours-but we will use some educational CDs and websites as supplemental activities to our main curriculum. Granted our teen does have her own computer; but we have the safety issues already addressed; as well as the ability to check her history at any given moment-so those bases are covered. So when I was chosen for the LanSchool review-I was unsure exactly why I would even need it-not to mention the fact that I was having a bit of a panic attack because I am not techno-savvy at all.
Some of you are probably shaking your heads and asking what the big deal is. Well, for me and those who are not all computery loving..it is a challenge. Thankfully, LanSchool has a very helpful PDF file and several (yes, I watched them) tutorials to get me started. I found that I was able to download the program fairly easily and then navigate it well enough. It certainly was not something to "freak out" about because it actually makes sense once you play around on it. Best yet-it has plenty of tech help available if and when I require it.
Now, even though I was able to do those things mentioned in the first paragraph, it simply is not a good fit for us. As I stated, we are more "old timey" in our way of learning (and if and when my son was doing computer work-it was on mine. That is definitely a valid point to ponder; as it also happens to be the one I have as the "teacher's"...so it kind of voided out the need for monitoring his activities) so I truly wasn't seeing much of a reason for this type of application for us. Perhaps I will find more of need for it down the road, but right now-it is simply "overkill" for us. But, I can definitely see this being a great program for a homeschool group or co-op; especially for those classes that can use computers but have limited funds to provide each child with their own curricula (such as a video they need to see), or better yet-used for actual computer instruction classes.
For those families who use a computer curriculum program, or for those who use the computer frequently to teach-then perhaps this is a most useful program indeed. I have to say-you'll need to do your homework in regard to whether it is right for your family. Reading the Home Version Information Flyer should fill in the gaps too. Pay attention to the specific system requirements noted at the bottom of the flyer-and you will need to have computers that "can talk to each other", so research and know that information prior to purchasing.
And there you have it folks-my take on the LanSchool program.
Basically they are doing what they normally would be during their computer time-you now have the ability to assist and monitor it with this program-so that is why I have this icon here-unless they are not computer literate, than I guess they would need assistance.
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Home Version Sign-Up (3 computer monitor limit)
$99 for home license with 3 yr. update access
This can be used for most ages-as long as they can use a computer, you can monitor them
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***LanSchool provided me with a free home version license to test and use on my family's computers, so that I could write this review. I did not receive any financial compensation for my honest opinion of this product.