FAQ - Homeschool Computer Courses
Do I need internet access to view the videos?
After purchase, the videos included in the course are available for download. Of course you'll need an internet connection for that, however once downloaded you may view them from a computer that is not connected to the internet.
(an option to purchase the course content on a usb device is coming soon, eliminating all need for internet access)
Can I view the course videos online?
Yes. You may also view the course videos online through Vimeo.
Can I share the course with my family and friends?
The license for each course provides for use by your entire family, within the same home. Sharing with your friends, other relatives, homeschool group, etc. is not permitted. Please send them to this site. It's only through sales of the courses that I'll be able to continue developing additional ones.
Can't I find this information on the internet for free?
Not in this exact format, but you can find about anything on the internet these days. I believe my courses have advantages that make them worth the cost.
- No questionable or immoral language or content
- Presented in a concise, clear, and logical progression, from an expert in the field, at a level students can understand
- I have years of computer programming, graphic design, web development, and teaching experience, and I understand and appreciate homeschoolers
- Downloadable videos can be viewed on any computer in the home without internet access required
What age are the courses for?
For most of the courses, I'd suggest 12ish as a beginning age. Depending upon the student, some could be ready earlier, others later.
Are these live, instructor-led courses?
No. The courses are designed so students may work at their own pace. I taught live classes for Landry Academy for two years and didn't find it to be an effective strategy - maybe it's just the type of courses I was teaching. Depending on age, interest, and ability, students will naturally move at a faster or slower pace. With a group of students in a live class, that inevitably means some will be bored with a pace that is too slow, while at the opposite end, others will struggle to keep up.
Can you really learn computer graphics, programming, or electronics by watching videos?
Yes - and no. The videos are a guide. I'll present a lesson, and the student will take that information and practice, practice, practice! It's very much like learning a musical instrument. Just as there is no way to learn how to play an instrument by ONLY watching a video or reading a book, you will not learn computer graphics, programming, or electronics if that's all you do. The idea is that the videos will clearly explain concepts and guide you in trying things on your own. Try to recreate the examples shown in the videos, then make up variations using different ideas of your own.
What if my student is stuck? What type of support is available?
Another advantage of a non-instructor-led course is that I can keep the price of the courses lower. Many times in the Landry live classes, students would ask a question about something I had just explained. Either they were working on a concept on their computer and missed what I said - or possibly just not paying attention. :) The video approach allows you to pause the lesson, or rewind and replay a particular section. You can use the contact form on the site if you find an error in the course content. However for other, general questions, I will be setting up a paid support option for those who need additional help.
My child spends too much time on the computer anyway, would this be a good choice for them?
I'm a firm believer in non-computer activities for children and adults. I spend most of my work hours on the computer and definitely like to get away from it for entertainment or leisure time. Rather than being solely a consumer of computer technology - in terms of video games or other software, learning to program and create things on the computer can be a mind-stretching exercise, using different brain cells than those used merely playing games. However if the computer is a problem, then maybe these are not the right courses - or maybe the timing is just not right.
Do the courses require knowledge of higher math?
No. In electronics, Ohm's Law requires some basic calculations. In programming, the concept of using variables is used frequently, however, in general, nothing beyond the ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide is required.
Do you have a course on "xyz"?
If you are interested in a course that you do not see on the site, computer or otherwise, send me an email through the Contact page. If there is enough interest in the topic, I'll consider creating a course for it.
“The primary goal of real education is not to deliver facts but to guide students to the truths that will allow them to take responsibility for their lives.”
“I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays, and have things arranged for them, that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas.”
“My schooling not only failed to teach me what it professed to be teaching, but it prevented from being educated to an extent which infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at home by myself.”
“My grandmother wanted me to have an education, so she kept me out of school.”
“I know of nothing more inspiring than that of making discoveries for one’s self.”
“Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.”
“When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else.”
“Where my reason, imagination, or interest were not engaged, I would not or I could not learn.”
“Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.”