Home Educating Family has opened up registration for its free homeschooling convention, an event that is employing the latest real-time, video streaming technology to provide the whole experience in a virtual environment. You’ll be able to “walk the exhibit hall, check out vendor booths, chat with vendors, and attend live workshops and Q&A sessions right from your computer. Once the event opens, on March 26, the virtual environment will be available, free of charge, 365 days, 24/7. Head over to their website to see what they’ve got cooking and to register. If the convention lives up to what’s promised, it should be an impressive experience.
Some highlights of the “rooms” you can visit:
Main Hall: Enter here and check your virtual tote bag for any new goodies exhibitors are offering, such as coupons, ebooks, prizes, etc. (These offering will be updated weekly). There’s an announcement area where you can see any updates, contests, and messages; and an agenda area where you can keep track of which booths you want to visit and schedule the workshops and speakers you want to see.
Exhibit Hall: Here, you’ll be able to speak directly with vendors, listen in as vendors address questions, drop in for a live or on-demand video workshop, and shop. You’ll be able to do a search for vendors by typing in key words, (like “math”, “high school”, “foreign language”, etc).
Homeschool 101 Room: Learn the how-to's of various aspects of home educating, keep up on the latest news, get information about homeschooling laws and live events in your local community
FamilyTV Media Room: Here you can view product demonstration videos and vendor workshops. This room will also feature the Life Plus Homeschooling, show, an open forum which will present topics of interest such as special needs homeschooling.
Explore Curriculum Room: You’ll be able to read or watch product reviews, rate your faves, and start discussions about resources you’ve used.
Explore Methods Rooms: Get information about some of the more popular homeschooling methods, including Charlotte Mason, Traditional Textbook, Classical, Unschooling/Delight-directed, Unit Studies & Lapbooks, and Distance Learning. For each style, there will also be access to resources such as blogs, articles, workshops, and curriculum recommendations. Every six to eight weeks, the convention will introduce a new room that will be designed to provide an in-depth look at a particular method.