Digital Savvy From CompuScholar, INC. ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

Using a computer is a must in the world today. If you don't know how to use a computer, you will be left behind and feeling lost. While I love having the kids away from screens, I know and understand that they need to learn about them as well. Finding the right curriculum to help them learn the basics can be hard, but with Digital Savvy from CompuScholar, Inc. you have all that you need for your child to learn right at your finger-tips.

What It Is

Digital Savvy is a beginner's course in computers and covers the fundamental aspects of the computer. Topics that are covered in this course are:

  • Hardware, software, and operating systems
  • Managing files and folders
  • Basic networking
  • Online safety and computer security
  • Using Word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation programs
  • Creating simple databases
  • Image editing
  • Using social media and email communications
  • Introductory website design
  • Simple computer programming concepts
  • Exploration of computing careers

Each of these is broken down into lessons that will cover one year (two-semesters). Once you open the syllabus, you can see how everything is broken down and you are even given the suggested amount of days to spend on everything.

Each chapter is broken down into simple daily lessons. These lessons include a video lesson, text to go with the video and a quiz to see what you have learned. What is also nice, is that there is a teacher's guide if you log in as the teacher. This includes questions you can ask to see how well your children are retaining what they learn.

At the end of every chapter there is an activity that will check your child's learning. It starts off simple with the peripherals, but will grow from there to things like a domain name search and social media posts. After completing the activity, your child will finish up the chapter with an exam.

Checking the answers on the quiz.

How We Used It

This was a simple assign and go program for Moe Man. I didn't have to prepare for anything and I could just assign him the chapter and lesson each day. Moe Man would sit down each day and work on the lesson at hand or the activity or exam. I didn't need to stand over him, I just had to make sure he did what was needed each day.

After each day, I would go in and check on my teacher side of things to see how he was doing. If I noticed a problem, I would make him redo the lesson with my help, otherwise he was able to complete these on his own.

My view in the teacher page.

What We Thought of It

I won't be stopping this program! I plan to make Moe Man complete Digital Savvy and possibly move on to some of their other more advanced computer classes. This is a course that all children need to know about. CompuScholar, INC. has set it up in a way that works. Moe Man opens it up and gets to work. He doesn't need any extra help from me, other than to make sure he uses it.

The topics that are covered are exactly what I would want him to be learning about. They cover everything for the beginner. There is not too much, but just enough for each topic. I know that after completing this course, Moe Man will be able to use a computer without hesitation, or needing to ask me about something.

CompuSholar, INC. and Digital Savvy is a hit in our house! But this is not the only program they offer. Check out these other reviews and see if there is something there that piques your interest for your homeschool!


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Internet Monitoring with Accountable2You ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

Today's youth have access to so many things via the internet. They can access the internet from almost anywhere with any device they have in their hands. This is great for some things, but for others, this can be horrible. How do you keep yourself and your entire family accountable?

A2Y Homeschool Review

Our family has had the chance to check out the Family Plan from Accountable2You. This is an internet accountability/monitoring system for almost every device that you have in your house. I was super excited to try this out and I am happy to tell you all about it!

Accountable2You is a Christian based company that has a goal to build character through accountability. They opened in August of 2006 and since than they have built software for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and even Chrome. We even used this on our Kindles.

There are multiple different options for membership. You can do the Individual Plan which will give you up to 6 devices. There is also a Small Business Plan. This is great for the small businesses. You can have access for unlimited devices with the plan. And there is the Family Plan, the one we used.

The Family Plan lets you use this app on up to 20 devices, you have unlimited accountability partners, create child user accounts and set time limit alerts for each account. This is great for a family and covered all our devices without a problem.

We set up accounts on the major devices, those that were used without parental supervision 24/7 first. These were the ones that the kids took to their rooms, or those that stayed in the pocket of a teenager almost all the time. Mom was the accountability partner, so I would be able to get the notifications if something was off.

It was very easy to set up the accounts and the chat option was awesome when I had any questions. When I used that during open hours, I had an answer almost instantly. I had the accounts set up within about an hour and was happy to be able to check in on the devices as I wanted. This was something that I have wanted for some time, as the kids are learning to explore the internet more and more. I don't want them to feel restricted, but I want them to be accountable for what they are doing.

A2Y Times

When setting each device up, I could pick and choose many different options. First, I made myself the accountability partner for the kids. After talking with daddy and knowing that he goes to bed early and I stay up late, we decided that I would get the notifications if someone was on when they weren't supposed to be. Next I set up time limits. I picked the normal night hours of 10:30pm until 6am. If any of the devices decided to try anything between those times, I would get a message. This allowed the kids to bring the kindles to bed for reading or music, and I could trust that they were shut off at the right time.

A2Y Time

Finally, I made a simple list of objectionable words. These are the words that I want to know if they are being pulled up. I want to make sure that they are not doing what they know they shouldn't. I want them to be accountable. This gives them the choice on their own. I don't have to be a dragon breathing down their necks watching everything they do. They can take the device and use it, but use it in the right way.

While Moe Man was a little hesitant at first with this program, he found out it was better than he thought. He was worried that this would be a program that would need a password or would be hard to use. When I handed him his phone and Kindle after installing the app, he was happy to see there was nothing noticeable to him. He didn't have to come to me for anything and could go about using his devices as he wanted. This was a great thing to win the approval of the teenage boy. Knowing that I was checking in, gave him that extra boost to make the right choices.

A2Y Reports

Ray Ray loves to read before bed, and we have a lot of Kindle books that interest him, as well as digital library books. He takes the Kindle to bed often and I love knowing that I can make sure he is just reading and not trying to fib me. He did not know anything about the Accountable2You app until I pulled up the report in front of him asking about why he was on Netflix one night. Since then, he knows that he should make the right choices.

I love being able to hop on the computer and pull up a report of any of the devices. I can do a 24-hour report all the way to 15 days. This report shows me EVERYTHING that the devices do. Well, almost. Apple has not allowed full access to their devices. We can download the web browser and I can see what they are searching for on the web, but that is about it. I think Apple needs to change their mind, because as a mom, I love being able see what the kids are doing when on the devices, and to trust that they are making the right choices while still being a mom and checking in.

A2Y Apple

Are you a family with devices that the kids have access to? Do you want them to be accountable for their time on the device? You should check out Accountable2You and see if this is something that you could take advantage of! Want to hear other opinions? Check out the reviews here!


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