For each family you will need:
- 1 computer with Skype* installed and an Internet connection
- 1 web cam
- 1 or more willing students (and one teacher)
Once both parties have installed Skype and created Skype accounts, they need to invite each other to Skype. After that is completed, you can connect to one another and start! You can lecture, discuss, have a Socratic seminar or share screens.
Did you know that if it is just a two-way conversation, you can share screens (meaning you can):
- Show a presentation (done with PowerPoint or some other presentation package)
- Watch a DVD together (the person with the DVD must share screens)
- Watch YouTube videos or listen to audio together
- Use educational games or software together
If you want to check out a free on-line test service, visit examgeneral.com and sign up for a free account. Your students will need accounts, too.
I run several classes on-line (in a co-schooling manner) with three other families right now. We meet one time or more a week. Then I will assign, for certain classes, on-line quizzes.
Here's what we do every week:
3X a week - Lingua Latina
1X a week - Latina Christiana
1X a week - Earth Science for grades 5-8
1X a week - Earth Science for grades 1-3
1X a week - Catechism class
1X a week - Bible Study
1X a week - Composition class
This has been a grand experiment for me. My older kids, at 12 and 13 are interested in more social schooling, but have no desire to go to a brick and mortar school. This has given them the opportunity to study with other kids their age on topics we would cover anyway! I have the Science class for the younger kids because they think it's really cool. And, no, I am not taking any more students ;-). I have seven other students between three other families so I'm sufficiently obligated. However, if you have questions about doing this, please let me know.