A fun grammar “test” I created for our young adults using an approach from video games wherein a player must defeat a difficult opponent (the “boss”) before continuing. See more detail in the blog post on it.
Unschooling Annotated Links
Here are a number of excellent resources available online (and several in physical locations) for unschooling. The following are ones that we have discovered and have found valuable in our unschooling journey so far. We welcome any new ideas and references.
We’ve found these books to be valuable in helping us with understanding unschooling in general or with specific aspects of planning, etc.
- Gatto, John Taylor. Dumbing us Down
- Holt, John. How Children Learn (Classics in Child Development)
- Holt, John. Learning All the Time
- Holt, John. Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling
- Llewellyn, Grace. Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education
Ideas and Projects
This is a bit of an oddball category. These are links to interesting projects, examples of things the young adults could do or work on, or ideas for projects.
- Cooking for Engineers
- Big History Project
- Hour of Code (code.org)
- Hour of Code (Khan Academy)
- Meet Your Ancestors (All of Them) Urban, Tim.
- Putting Time in Perspective Urban, Tim.
- The Science Chef: 100 Fun Food Experiments and Recipes for Kids D’Amico, Joan.
- Time Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion on Earth (Hashimoto, Isao)
These articles are generally relevant to unschooling. We used several early on with the young adults to help frame unschooling for them.
- Bauer, Susan Wise. What is Home Schooling?
- Galant, Richard. What if students learn faster without teachers?
- Holt, John. What is Unschooling?
- Marano, Hara Estroff. Trashing Teens
- Milstein, Amy. Why unschooling parents are great “teachers”
- Steven, Earl. What is Unschooling?
- Wikipedia. Unschooling
Tools and Resources
These sites offer tools and/or resources that directly help with unschooling or that can be used as part of an unschooling “curriculum.”
- Gamification 101 (Bunchball)
- Gaming Certification (Engagement Alliance)
- Getting Started with Gamification (Zichermann, Gabe)
- Hack Education Blog (Watters, Audrey)
- Khan Academy
- Minecraft Homeschool
- The No-School Kids (Earle, Cathy and Muscato, Lindsey)
- Open Processing
- Project Spark
- SOLE Toolkit
- Team Drill Head (Pai, Ananth)
- Well-Trained Mind Resource References (Bauer, Susan Wise)
These articles cover specific topics that are relevant either to our young adults’ current unschooling projects or to possible future ones.
- Brathwaite, Brenda. I Have an Idea for a Game
- Bunchball Enterprise Gamification: the Gen Y Factor
- Casti, Taylor. 6 Exciting Gaming Trends to Watch in 2014
- Clear, James. Forget Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.
- Christakis, Erika and Christakis, Nicholas. Want to get your kids into college? Let them play.
- Kuszewski , Andrea You Can Increase Your Intelligence: 5 Ways to Maximize Your Cognitive Potential.
- Wong, David. 6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person
Warning: NSFW (Not Safe For Work language in the associated videos)
Some of these videos are TED talks that are just generally inspiring in considering unschooling or “hack schooling.” Some are good, accessible videos on particular subjects relevant to what our young adults are doing.
- Ariely, Dan. Our Buggy Moral Code.
- Brathwaite, Brenda. Gaming for understanding
- Kuszewski, Andrea. GSummit SF 2012: How to
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- LaPlante, Logan. Hack Schooling
- Mitra, Sugata. The child-driven education
- Pai, Ananth. Gamifying the Classroom
- Reel Link Films. Race to Nowhere
- Rosling, Hans. The best stats you’ve ever seen
- Sandel, Michael. What’s the right thing to do?
- Spacey, Kevin. Thinking differently about the television industry
- Zichermann, Gabe. How games make kids smarter
- Zichermann, Gabe. Keynote at TNW2012