I was at my mid-year review with a baby in the sling, a bunch of bags containing notebooks of math pages, and notebooking pages and whatever – and then I had the other 3 kids. On top of everything, Roya pooped (just perfect). I was maxed with the hands and the stuff. When I got in the review, she asked to see samples of artwork, history stuff, etc. etc. etc. All I could do is apologize and say – we did it, but not only did I not think to bring it, I didn’t have enough hands for it all.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place where I could keep and organize pictures of art work, lapbooks and projects and videos that the kids have made created during their homeschool lessons? An easy way of keeping track and making a nice presention of their work.
Did I mention easy? It has to be easy in order for it to work for me. With homeschooling, the kids and the business – I don’t have time for “complicated” and I don’t have the money for “expenisve.”
Edusight is easy to incorporate into your busy schedule
One of my biggest things is that it has to be easy to incoporate. If I have to look at a tutorial, it’s out!
The set-up is a simple 3-step process.
- Set up your classes.
- Set up your kids and put them in the appropriate classes. For us, some classes, like history, have both. Other classes, like phonics, only has one.
- Add pictures, video, text and audio under the appropriate kid in each class. It goes in a timeline format. With just one click, it’s easy to add the pictures and videos right from your device!
We have two ipads, one for school (for the kids) and the other is mine. You download the app straight to your tablet (s), and all the information is stored online, so no matter how many devices you have with the app, you can access and add information as necessary. Your kids can take pictures and add them to their own timelines and everyone can see!
Edusight Vs. Padlet
Padlet is similar to Edusight. I have used both and can offer insight into why I love and have chosen to use Edusight.
In my opinion, Padlet is more clunky. It’s harder to use, and the videos we tried to incorporate disappeared – never coming back. When you record the video directly from the app, it’s not stored on the device. This is frustrating when the kids take time to record a video.
Plus, the customer service is horrendous. When we had the problem with the video, it took days for someone to get back to us, and then didn’t fully answer my questions.
Not answering the questions asked, in my opinion is unacceptable. I deleted the app.
Everything you do with Padlet, you can do with Edusight, exce[t Edusight offers the classrooms/student feature and Padlet, you would just use different pads to keep track. Edusight doesn’t have thr “link” feature. That’s one aspect of Padlet that I liked. You could link directly to a YouTube video or website. Using Edusight, I just copy and paste the link directly in the text box. It would be nice to be able to embed videos and such – and really build a portfolio of what your kids have learned.
The customer service at Edusight is right on! I voiced a concern, and they got back to me right away (even on a Saturday). If I have a problem, I know that I will get it addressed throughly and quickly.
Edusight is an extra step
Yes, it’s an extra step. After taking the picture, I have to upload it into Edusight. It takes a few extra minutes, but what I get from that is ease. I have a portfolio not only to show the review committee, but to friends and family members!
Plus, it’s online. No bins, filing cabinets, bookshelves to store endless amounts of work.
Edusight works for any homeschool style
Thing is, there are no rules. We take the iPad on field trips, and I add pictures, art work viewed or learned about at museums, etc – right there.
So, it works for any type of homeschooler, whether you are an unschooler, montessori, classical, ecclectic or whatever.
Edusight is FREE
Lest I not forget. It fits in any homeschooling family’s budget!
Download it for FREE from the App Store! Visit Edusight here.
What do you use to record your kids school work and projects?