3 Ways to Encourage Positive Technology Usage in Your Homeschool and Keep It from Taking Over

Don’t be afraid to use technology in your homeschool! Instead, teach your kids they can use it responsibly to enhance their learning.

Don't be afraid to use technology in your homeschool! Instead, teach your kids they can use it responsibly to enhance their learning.

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Between phones, tablets, computers, and video game systems, it can be tough to help our kids find balance when it comes to tech time. That sometimes leads parents to forbid screen time altogether or to give up and allow too much technology in their days.

While it’s ultimately up to each family to determine the right approach to tech time for themselves, giving technology a place in your homeschool is a great place to start.

Encouraging Positive Technology Usage in Your Homeschool

Even a small amount of regular tech usage can help kids develop positive tech habits. It can also teach them how to use it as a tool rather than a toy.

Here’s how to make that happen.

1. Use It for Homeschool Planning.

Integrating technology into your homeschool planning can demonstrate positive tech usage and give your kids a chance to use it a limited capacity.

For example, we started using the free Trello app for homeschool planning last year. That allows my oldest kiddo to access his homeschool to-do list throughout the day and stay on track when I’m working with my daughter.

We’ve also done this in the past through Homeschool Planet’s Online Homeschool Planner and loved it. My oldest was much younger at the time, but was able to use it to check assignments and mark them completed.

See our review to learn more about Homeschool Planet and the ways it can help you keep track of your homeschool plans and records. 

2. Jump In and Learn!

Adding some online learning to your homeschool lineup is an easy way to teach positive usage. That doesn’t mean you have to go online for all of your learning, but you can sprinkle it in for a subject or two each year. This gives your kids a chance to become comfortable with technology — you know, beyond YouTube — and use it productively, but not let it consume your days.

Need some suggestions for learning online? Here are some of our favorite online options:

Don't be afraid to use technology in your homeschool! Instead, teach your kids they can use it responsibly to enhance their learning.
  • No Sweat Nature Study – These classes are great for making nature study happen! The cool part is that you can even gift a membership to another homeschool family. 🙂 

3. Model it.

Like all things in life, your actions will always speak more loudly than your words. If you don’t personally use technology responsibly, your kids will notice and likely follow your lead. Use that influence wisely. 

There is a direct correlation between my own tech habits and my kids’ tech habits, but let me be up front and admit that I don’t always manage this well.

Don't be afraid to use technology in your homeschool! Instead, teach your kids they can use it responsibly to enhance their learning.

While technology is a big part of my work, that doesn’t mean I’m always working if my phone is in my hand. And even if I am working with it, I have to be sure I’m not making homeschool harder than it has to be by sneaking in a few minutes of work here and there when working with my kids.

Because of that, I take a look at the example I’m setting when I notice them gravitating toward their devices outside of their designated time. Here’s how I assess how I’m doing when it comes to modeling positive and responsible technology usage:

  • Am I implementing personal screen time restrictions by choice? Are there some apps that cause me to be less present when I’m with my family? Consider deleting them and accessing them by desktop or laptop only.
  • Can I abide by the technology restrictions we’ve set for our kids? For example, how would it affect my media consumption to “earn” an hour of screen time by completing something on my to-do list or taking a walk first? 
  • As an adult, do I honestly use phones or devices productively or do I primarily use them for entertainment or keeping up with social media? 

These are all things that only you can answer, but they’ll help you determine how to set a better example for your children through your own usage. 


In closing, remember that technology can be an incredible tool for learning. The key is to model positive technology usage personally and to integrate into your daily homeschool life through planning or online learning options.

3 thoughts on “3 Ways to Encourage Positive Technology Usage in Your Homeschool and Keep It from Taking Over

  1. Nowdays technology in homeschooling is a must. But we cannot forget about disadvantages of the screen time. If child is spending several hours in front of the computer or tablet, even only for school activities, there has to be a counterpoint. In my opinion the best offline tool is chess. Of course chess is the best logic game in every aspect. It’s lear that for kids it might be boring to play the entire game, but nowdays you have multiple choice of board games, which were designed to teach kids play chess. If you want to teach kids in every age, you can use this book – net-bossorg/chess-puzzles-for-kids-by-maksim-aksanov – The pace of working on the diagrams should be individually adjusted to suit the child’s predisposition. The longer time it takes to focus, the more difficult it is for the child and the results are worse.

    1. I agree that balance is crucial. Also, my kids both love chess and other logic games. They started early with those. 🙂

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