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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Back to School with Acer Inspire and Intel

This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Intel


It's hard to believe, but it's nearly back-to-school time. Where did the summer go? My high schooler goes back this Thursday. I love this time of year, and one of my absolute favorite things to do is to go shopping for school supplies.

When I was growing up, my mother and I always went to school registration with my friend and her mother, we'd go school supply shopping and then out to lunch. Years later, when we had our own kids, we continued this tradition. We started when our girls were in kindergarten, and we're still going. Though the enthusiasm for this shopping tradition is kind of lost on their brothers, we drag them along, too.

Even though my daughter is going to be a Sophomore, she still needs school supplies, it's just that they're a lot more expensive now. A laptop is one of those thing that I've had in my mind that she will need "someday", and well, someday is here. Her classes are going to be really difficult this year, and with 3 kids in school and their dad a teacher, there's no denying the fact that it's time to get another computer.

We've been looking around for a laptop, and I was thrilled for the opportunity to review this one. From the literature:

The (has sound) Aspire Timeline series was designed to strike the ideal balance between maximum battery life, performance and outstanding value – attributes that every mom is looking for a notebook for herself or her kids for the back-to-school season.

In order to maximize battery life while still delivering solid performance, the Aspire Timeline AS3810T features a high-chemistry 6-cell battery and the Intel Core 2 Duo processor SU9400, the new Ultra Low Voltage version of its Centrino 2 family.


The Acer Aspire Timeline AS3810T-6415 has been a great computer. It really is thin (about an inch) and light (under 4 pounds), perfect to take with you and solid enough to survive a workout at home. It has a beautiful, clear screen, was a breeze to set up and the brushed metal finish looks and feels great.

The battery really seems to last forever, or at least when compared to my laptop. It's advertised as an 8 hour life, but it is worth noting that there is no CD drive on it, just so you know.

You can find the rest of the specs on this ultra portable computer on the Acer website. At around $900, it's a great deal for back-to-school.

Want a chance to win an Acer Aspire Timeline AS3810T-6415 for yourself?



To enter, leave me a comment below and the best way you’ve seen computers enhance your child’s learning - or you may leave a link to your post on your own blog in the comments below. The contest will begin at 9:00 a.m. (PST) August 2nd, 2009 and will end 5:00 p.m. (PST) August 31, 2009. Make sure that the e-mail address you leave is correct.

Rules:

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* This giveaway is open to US residents, aged 18 and over
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* You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
* Please see the official rules here: Official Rules

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335 Comments:

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  • I think the best way computers have enhanced their learning is that they provide almost instant access to research.

    By Blogger kat4, At 3:07 PM, August 07, 2009  

  • Oh wow, great question! I think definitely the access to information. One of my main goals in educating my kids is not to simply fill their heads with knowledge but to empower them to find the knowledge they need. The computer (specifically the internet) makes the possibilities endless! Not like me as a kid, limited to the out-of-date encyclopedias on our bookshelf at home.

    By Blogger Jeana, At 3:21 PM, August 07, 2009  

  • I think the internet and using the computer has enhanced learning because it is more interesting and almost instantly accessible as opposed to looking things up in an encyclopedia, like I did when I was a child. In a matter of minutes, any student or person researching will have hundreds if not thousands of resources for any specified topic complete with photos and cited resources. The internet is an amazing tool for education, and just about anything that you need to research in general.

    Twincere(at)gmail(dot)com

    By Blogger Twincere, At 4:52 PM, August 07, 2009  

  • I blogged about this awesome review & giveaway and included all linkbacks to your blog & BlogHer here on my own blog:
    http://twinceretwinkles.blogspot.com/2009/08/intel-wants-to-help-you-move-to-head-of.html

    Twincere(at)gmail(dot)com

    By Blogger Twincere, At 4:53 PM, August 07, 2009  

  • I tweeted about this Review & giveaway here:
    http://twitter.com/Twincere/status/3184102962

    Twincere(at)gmail(dot)com

    By Blogger Twincere, At 4:57 PM, August 07, 2009  

  • The access to research is the best feature of the computers being so popular! Now the goal is to teach them what a good source is vs a not good source!

    By Blogger Beth, At 5:00 PM, August 07, 2009  

  • Tweeted: http://twitter.com/simplybudgeted/status/3184169297

    By Blogger Beth, At 5:01 PM, August 07, 2009  

  • i think it is awesome how kids have access to literally every subject right at their fingertips! all they have to do is type in one word and they're off!

    sadiekate2001 at yahoo.com

    By Anonymous sarah, At 5:16 PM, August 07, 2009  

  • Definitely the speed and access to information (how to type, how to search, how to make web-pages, how to reference...) has enhanced their learning. They learned how to Google before I did. They are learning how to assess information for what is true/useful/relevant. They have also learned that Mom's aaaaalways waaaaatching....

    By Blogger jadine, At 6:12 PM, August 07, 2009  

  • Computers have helped my kids be able to visualize solutions to problems, and having to search the web has taught them that the first answer isn't always the best (AND IT COULD BE WRONG!).

    By Blogger Reginald, At 10:58 PM, August 07, 2009  

  • Definitely access to research, but they've also allowed my kids to be creative, too. As homeschoolers we've used the computer for typing and languages and papers and pictures and such. I think the coolest example is a blog my 10 year old made this year. She absolutely loves frogs and she made a blog about frogs and her life. She updated it several times a week with interesting facts about frogs she found on the internet and cool pictures. She also posted important happenings in our family. Our extended family enjoyed reading it and getting updates and we all learned much more about frogs than we ever knew (or even knew we could know!!)

    By Blogger beth, At 11:39 PM, August 07, 2009  

  • My children were already grown when computers became a way of life, but it sure has enhanced mine. There is never ever a reason to be lonely or bored. So much information available. I love it!

    By Blogger luvtxess, At 2:26 AM, August 08, 2009  

  • http://twitter.com/luvtxess/statuses/3190600609

    By Blogger luvtxess, At 2:29 AM, August 08, 2009  

  • My son does everything on the computers, writes and reads stories, even creates art.

    This summer he's learned to write code to create his own computer games!

    By Blogger The Other Laura, At 2:35 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • I love that today's technology means that my son never has to accept "I don't know" or "I'm not sure" as an answer to one of him (many!) inquiries. I remember being so frustrated when I was his age when I'd ask a grown-up about some fact or another and they not only didn't know..they had no idea how to find the answer. (Kid's questions don't easily fall into the "look it up at the library" category.) Now.. the internet provides so much info he knows that it may take a little searching, but we can usually come up with some info on whatever he's wondering about. A computer of his very own would THRILL him...And let me have my laptop back. :)

    By Blogger traci, At 3:13 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • I notice that when doing research, my kids are able to find what they need on the computer in a flash compared to wading through the Encyclopedia Britannica my parents had for us, or making multiple trips to the library like I used to do.

    By Blogger JenLo, At 3:44 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • Research can be done sooooo much more quickly. I can remember the days of the Encyclopedia Britanica, but fondly - I liked the smell!

    By Blogger pam, At 3:51 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • My kids are 6 and 4 and up until now I haven't really allowed them much access to computers at home. I think they get enough screen time. However, since my daughter is going to be entering kindergarten I think it's probably time to let her at it a bit and this computer would be perfect.

    By Blogger Lauren, At 3:57 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • My kids' learning is enhanced by how quickly and easily we can look up information. We use wikipedia several times a day as well as using various search engines. It is so much faster than when I was a kid and had to use a card catalog!

    By Blogger Heather D., At 3:58 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • I was thinking about school. My children go back on Monday!
    Things are so very different from when I was in Third Grade, like the Girl-Child.
    I can remember my parents buying a set of World Books. I loved to randomly read things while I was supposed to be looking up a person, place or thing for a school report. The volumes were heavy and had a distinct smell, which I always associate with "Knowledge".
    I do not think my children know what World Books or encyclopedias are.
    My kids know what "Google" and "Wikipedia" are. They will never have the sensation of lying belly down on shag carpeting looking up Vietnam, Rosa Parks, or Tennis. They will never think that the world is small enough to fit in that set of books, which took up an entire shelf in our den. Nope. The Internet delivers the world to my children. And it could be limitless or maybe as small as a laptop to them.
    I have no idea what the Boy and the Girl will wax nostalgic about when their own children prepare to return to school. Pining for the smell of books and the rustling of pages seems pretty weird to me. Maybe the kids will long to here the clickety clack of the keyboard?

    By Blogger Minivan Bohemian, At 4:02 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • As a homeschooling family with 8 children and a small budget we could really use this laptop! With the "middle aged" children utilizing the internet for research at home and writing papers for their subjects, the portability of a laptop has significant positive qualities due to its portability away from the small children. Homeschooling would be significantly impaired for many families if it were not for the advancements in technology available to us in our own homes via computers and the internet.

    By Blogger Amber, At 4:36 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • The best way I've seen computers enhance my child’s learning is the amazement at the information he finds through simple search tools such as Google. He will tell me hey mom, check this out and pull up something about the planets and he is so "into" it! In my day we used encyclopedia's and I remember them being so outdated, so fast....with computers info is updated within the blink of an eye and we have so many resources to find info online!

    By Blogger ShaRhonda, At 5:09 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • Tweeted
    http://twitter.com/The4Crows/status/3198460756

    By Blogger ShaRhonda, At 5:11 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • Computers have allowed us to find a large homeschooling community outside of our own area. We're able to find resources that would have otherwise been available to us. I'm not sure how we'd make it without a computer!

    By OpenID spoodles, At 5:15 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • Tweeted: http://twitter.com/Spoodles/statuses/3198509680

    By OpenID spoodles, At 5:16 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • Blogged here: http://spoodles.wordpress.com/2009/08/08/acer-timeline-giveaway-5/

    By OpenID spoodles, At 5:19 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • computers are an AWESOME learning tool for children. For my 2 yr old his fav is hooked on math and learning his numbers.. There is a great site that I have found for kids to learn to use the mouse too. My 11 yr old daughter loves to research anything and she has instant access to millions of things!!

    By Blogger Carrie, At 5:21 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • My sweet son is 3, and already is learning so much about letters, numbers, and shapes from online learning games. Later, I know he will use it to access new info in the blink of an eye. It's an amazing step forward from that Commodore 64 with a tape drive that I had!

    By Anonymous Stephanie snsellis@yahoo.com, At 5:41 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • My 4 year old was really struggling with her reading skills in preschool. After looking around online, we found a great site that turns reading into a game. After just a few sessions with her on that site, she was reading so much better - and loving it! We also use it to look up things she asks questions about, like why does the sun hide at night? Technology has already done so much for her, I can only imagine how it will be as she grows older!

    By Blogger PCOSMama, At 6:23 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • Wow, there are so many ways that computers have enhanced my children's learning. As homeschooling parents, we were able to take advantage of all the educational programs to enhance their learning. What a blessing!

    By Blogger Carolyn, At 6:52 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • We homeschool (six kiddos, ages 16, almost 14, 12, 10, 10 & 8 ).

    The best way computers have enhanced their learning is via online research and classes. No more long drives to the library (and no more fines!) and every class isn't taught by Mom. They get to interact with the world at it is great!

    KimberlyOR

    momoftbrjk(at)msn(dot)com

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 6:52 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • My son has special needs and we use a computer program to train his brain to process information correctly. He has managed to learn thing he wouldn't have without the program.

    By Blogger Cathy N, At 7:26 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • Computers have enhanced my son's learning because they have enabled me to pull him out of his traditional school and enroll him in an online school. He has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, and his school just wasn't able to accommodate him. He was being bullied and harassed for his disability, but every time he fought back, he'd be the one in trouble -- because of his disability!

    So I finally got mad and pulled him out and enrolled him in an online school, and now, his education will be bully-free, all thanks to computers.

    By Blogger Lisa, At 7:28 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • I’m finding that anymore, kids just can’t do school work with out the use of a computer. I remember the days of looking things up in books, but the way things change so rapidly, we’ve become a society of instant gratification. We don’t want to wait until the next edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica to find out that Pluto is no longer a planet, we want to know RIGHT NOW!

    By Blogger Barefootgoddess, At 7:44 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • My dd is in a magnet program readying to enter 8th grade. Computers have been instrumental to her learning, and the past couple of years would have been very frustrating for her without their design capabilities.

    By Blogger Zukppr, At 8:00 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • My son has ADHD among other issues that make homework a struggle.. having a computer which gives us more information in a quicker way allows us to collect information for various projects with out so many fights and tears brought on by having to actually read through books.

    By Blogger Julia, At 8:18 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • Boy are things different than when I was growing up! Computers are completely engrossing to my kids so they LOVE any kind of educational game they can play on them. Such a good resource!
    katiekarr at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Katie, At 9:01 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • I love that computers "sneak" learning into games that my kids love to play. Even if it's only becoming more familiar with the keyboard functions, computer games build their comfort with a tool they'll use the rest of their lives. I love that my 4 year old hops on and can navigate nickjr.ccom or pbskids.com to find her favorite games!

    By Blogger Susie, At 9:26 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • Here is what computers have contributed to my childrens' education: Anytime they have a question about anything: sports, movies, how to spell a word, what book comes next in their fav series, how to do a math problem, anything - they hop on the computer and look the answer up on the internet. Limitless knowledge, or the ability to find the answer to any question. It is mind-boggling, but in a good way.

    By Blogger carolyn, At 9:52 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • Well, I don't have any children yet: but I am an aide for a kindergarten class & I have seen, even is 5 year olds, that kids are becoming more and more willing to take responsibility of their own educations when they are using computers. They feel "proud" when they start typing faster & want to do better & better.

    contact me at:
    celeste@mail4me.com

    By Blogger Celeste, At 10:02 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • There are so many online learning programs for preschool aged students that really create the ability to teach the basics from home!

    By Blogger NoShoeMonkey, At 10:08 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • Almost any piece of information they need is just a few keystrokes away with the Internet. But with my kids the computer is a big time saver. They can write and revise and print out a clean final draft. I still remember having to rewrite all of my papers before handing them in.

    By Anonymous Susan T, At 10:20 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • I don't have children yet but I will be going back to school in the fall. Computers have definitely enhanced my learning. They are so helpful when I'm researching things for school.

    By Blogger carla, At 10:24 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • My daughter does not like to read. It really PAINS me to admit that. BUT, my daughter reads, and doesn't even REALIZE she's reading, because she does so many things on the computer that require reading. She is also a pretty quick typist for a 9 year old who's never taken typing. Using her computer stimulates her inquisitiveness and her creativity. She learns new things daily. She's learning things that will help her compete in a world filled with computers. I'm proud that she's embraced it and I know it has definitely enhanced her education, particularly her reading and spelling.

    By Blogger Steph, At 10:36 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • Being a math tutor gives me lots of opportunities to use computers in teaching, but one of the best ones is a free and fabulous app called GeoGebra. It's very visual, and helps students see for themselves what happens when you vary the parameters.

    By Blogger Chakolate, At 10:40 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • http://chakolate.livejournal.com/61164.html

    By Blogger Chakolate, At 10:41 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • Our favorite phrase around here is "Let's Google it!". We can type in any question and find an answer to it.

    When I was a kid I had a dictionary and a set of encyclopedias!

    ~K!

    Kismet318@comcast.net

    By Anonymous Kismet, At 10:44 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • The best way? As long as we have electricity, we have access to information. The internet and computers don't have limited hours, we don't have to go anywhere special to access the information (no more driving to the library only to find out that what is really, really needed was checked out 20 minutes before you got there). Cut and paste has a whole new meaning, too. The time saved is just phenominal.

    By Blogger Suzy, At 11:43 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • My younger sister only got through high school because she could use the eCot program here in Ohio to take her classes. It took the panic attacks out of her life and gave her the confidence to keep going.

    By Blogger Aarika, At 11:46 PM, August 08, 2009  

  • Computers allow my kids to feel like they are very smart. They can get answers and research, before coming to me. The ability to do the work on their own is such a boost to their self esteem. AWESOME!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 2:35 AM, August 09, 2009  

  • My daughter with Down syndrome has many computer games and websites that she used independantly. This has enhanced her learning, spelling, communication and interaction in a big way.

    By Anonymous Kathryn Beckett, At 6:30 AM, August 09, 2009  

  • There's a plethora of information right at anyone's fingertips! The internet has helped children to find and use information and to connect with others.

    Also, there's tons of programs that help children to learn new skills, or reinforce learnt skills. My kids use a speed reading program to learn new reading techniques. The also use a foreign language program to help them learn another language and culture.


    elkaye[at]gmail[dot]com

    By Blogger elkaye, At 7:17 AM, August 09, 2009  

  • I tweeted: http://twitter.com/Elkaye/status/3201196332


    elkaye[at]gmail[dot]com

    By Blogger elkaye, At 7:18 AM, August 09, 2009  

  • My son took to computers like a duck to water. It was one of the few things that really got his attention in college. He is now a network engineer and loves it. I guess it really was worth it all!

    By Blogger Les, At 8:11 AM, August 09, 2009  

  • I have a 17 year old daughter who has been unable, due to a chronic illness, to attend school full time. She has been able to keep up with her school work, 4.0 Thank you! Computers have allowed her to use a Web-cam to access live lectures, email teachers, and quickly submit work with a quick touch of a button. Just a few years ago, a child like this would have been left behind and isolated. She is now looking at colleges and one of her criteria for just the right school, is thier ability to use technology to enhance Internet classes.

    By Blogger Suzanne, At 8:36 AM, August 09, 2009  

  • My children have sought out learning on the computer. They've taught themselves complicated movie maker software and now edit their own videos. They also are the first to figure out new software and electronics.

    By Blogger Sori, At 9:23 AM, August 09, 2009  

  • As a kindergarten teacher and the mother of two young boys, I am constantly amazed by the amount of free educational and good quality things available on the internet. At school we use the computer lab to help the children practice their letter sounds and early reading skills (starfall.com rocks!), to reinforce math and counting, and for a variety of other things. In addition, thanks to United Streaming Video, the classes can see clips of video that apply directly to the theme or topic being covered. I pink puffy heart computers in school! And I would double pink puffy heart this laptop on my desk!

    By Blogger Mrs. Kindergarten, At 9:42 AM, August 09, 2009  

  • I love the instant research results and with it my children have learned to critically evaluate the source. Just because it's written down doesn't mean it's the truth.

    By Blogger Sarah, At 10:00 AM, August 09, 2009  

  • My 4 y/o nephew has learned to read thanks to site like starfall. My 8 y/o daughter who hates to read will look up stuff online & yes, read it!! My 18 y/o son would be lost without being able to google song lyrics. Technology is great!

    By Anonymous shelly (shryma@wctel.net), At 10:02 AM, August 09, 2009  

  • Computers have taught my two year old his alphabet! We sit in front of the computer and he tells us what to spell and then he hunts and pecks for the keys. It's SO cute to watch! Google Images is his favorite site :-)

    Thanks for the awesome contest!

    aprilwoodscary at gmail dot com

    By Blogger April, At 11:30 AM, August 09, 2009  

  • tweet tweet: http://twitter.com/MommyNamedApril/status/3209639050

    aprilwoodscary at gmail dot com

    By Blogger April, At 11:32 AM, August 09, 2009  

  • I am currently pregnant with my first child, and I think technology has enhanced my child's education already by providing me with instant access to a world of information.

    By Blogger Lyndsay, At 11:54 AM, August 09, 2009  

  • Access to the information highway opens the door endless possibilites for learning!

    By Anonymous lisabug, At 12:23 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • Computers seem so much more exciting to my kids than "school" because the learning is often hidden in games. It's nice to have this in addition to traditional learning.
    Melody with twins

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 12:45 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • As I don’t have any children AND am still a student myself, I’m going to be the child in question. Working full-time and going to school in the evening to be a Social Worker doesn’t leave me much time to socialize and/or go out in public. Winning this laptop would allow me to enhance my education by giving me the opportunity to study or do homework and enjoy the atmosphere at a local coffee shop or the library.

    By Blogger amanda, At 1:25 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • My son is learning to read and we have been using the internet to print off sentence sheets and get spelling lists to enhance his learning!

    By Blogger Heidi, At 1:45 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • Technology gives my daughter an opportunity to teach ME (which she enjoys immensely, of course).

    By Blogger Dabbler, At 1:54 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • tech allows me to teach students with different learning styles much more easily than with pencil and paper alone

    By Blogger mama, At 2:06 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • Computers are great at giving my daughter access to information as she becomes interested in a topic or has a need. She also loves that she has the internet to turn to when Mom has run out of homework help ideas.

    By Blogger kyrasmom, At 2:09 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • I linked on twitter:
    http://twitter.com/kyrasmom/status/3211801022

    By Blogger kyrasmom, At 2:10 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • I also posted a blog about the contest:
    http://kyrasmom1225.blogspot.com/2009/08/for-my-second-post-i-am-trying-to-win.html

    By Blogger kyrasmom, At 2:19 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • My daughter can't use a computer yet, as she is 7 months old. But I think it will help her learn more about her relatives as she gets older and can email them since we live thousands of miles from pretty much all of them.

    By Blogger mamabird, At 2:32 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • http://ruralcatharsis.blogspot.com/2009/08/who-wouldnt-want-to-win.html

    I posted about the contest.

    By Blogger mamabird, At 2:32 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • Since my kids are still preschoolers, they don't get too much access to computers, but I love how they know if we don't know the answer to something, we can look it up on the computer. They know they computer has lots of information in it, they just still need mom or dad to get it for them.
    carolynmagee@hotmail.com

    By Blogger carolyn, At 3:15 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • If my kid (7 yo) wants to play on sites she’s got to be able to read and understand the all of instructions for herself. This has really encouraged her offline reading so the she could move beyond the pre-school sites.

    By Blogger Mimi, At 3:34 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • We are a homeschooling family and getting my oldest to read for fun has NOT been fun. Her desire to play games on the computer has encouraged her reading! I'll take whatever I can get!!! :D

    By Anonymous Brooke, At 3:51 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • I don't have kids of my own yet, but I am a middle school teacher with 160+ students. The biggest way that I have seen computers help them learn is when I create powerpoint presentations with background information about what we are studying. They get a lot more excited about the literature we are reading when I frontload with background knowledge.

    By Blogger Erin, At 3:54 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • My child Starts her second year of college this week! She grew up with a computer in the class room! She is a Whiz on the computer and shows me a thing or 2!!
    It is a just part of her LIFE.. She does NOT know life without a computer!

    If she needs to know something she hops on the internet and finds the info! She is computer savvy!

    Thanks for a GREAT Giveaway!

    Leslie
    LeslieVeg@msn.com
    http://leslielovesveggies.blogspot.com/

    By Blogger Leslie M., At 4:51 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • LeslieVeg left a Tweet
    http://twitter.com/LeslieVeg/status/3214215045

    Leslie
    LeslieVeg@msn.com
    http://leslielovesveggies.blogspot.com/

    By Blogger Leslie M., At 4:52 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • The Internet has almost completely rendered our local library useless. I say almost because we do go to the library to get books for enjoyment for my son and daughter as they are avid readers. My son is 16 and my daughter is 12, they both use the Internet quite frequently when school is in session for research. Quite often while we are eating dinner someone will ask a question that none of us knows the answer to and my daughter will actually run to the computer and look up the answer. It is a great tool that certainly has made school work for our children much easier, not to mention it’s earth friendly. We live a bit outside of town and it’s a drive just to get to the library so we save a ton of gas on trips we don’t have to make. This summer my son attended Upward Bound which is a program for aspiring college students who are still in high school. He got to spend 6 weeks at a local college living in the dorm rooms and taking college classes. When Upward Bound was finished the staff gave out awards to the students and my son received the “Ask the Doc” award because he always seemed to know something about any subject they were talking about…wonder where he learned all that neat stuff?

    By Blogger Barbara, At 5:46 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • My five year old is already somewhat computer proficient, using my laptop for pbskids.org! Of course this means that we’re already doing a tug-of-war for computer time — another laptop would be a wonderful solution! Thanks again for a great contest - Jessica

    By Blogger JessicaD, At 6:55 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • I think computers help kids learn because of all of the online assistance if needed. And of course, wikipedia!

    By Blogger Michelle, At 7:11 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • I can remember the days of the encyclopedia. My parents bought a set for me because we lived so far away from a library and I didn't have access to do research. What I could have accomplished with a computer and internet back then! I think computers make the world available to kids. The world is so much smaller now. I don't have any school age children.

    By Blogger NeeNee, At 7:25 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • There is so much more info now that kids can find then when I was in school. And they can find it fast so it makes learning so muc better

    By Blogger Carolyn G, At 7:27 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • My daughter has been on homebound education since March of this year due to a sudden onset of juvenile psoriatic arthritis. Technology has allowed her to communicate with her teachers via email,(WAY faster than a phone call), complete assignments, research, etc. The ways it has helped her are inumerable! Also, printing assignments vs handwriting has been great for her hands!

    By Blogger No Drama Mama, At 7:40 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • My kids are just now getting into grade school and using computers a bit there, but what I think enhances learning for them is that if they have a question that I don't have the answer to, we can look it up on the net. I love that.

    By Blogger Tracey, At 7:42 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • Computers literally put a world of knowledge at their fingertips. It is so easy to research and learn about any topic. So much easier than when we were kids! :) Thanks!
    Jen
    mommy3act@hotmail.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 10:00 PM, August 09, 2009  

  • Well, DS is only 1 year old, but he recently learned the sign for fish. I haven't maintained a fish tank for years, but we can jump online and find videos of fish anytime of day and this helps him with his signing. Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com

    By Blogger simone/ thebubbledies, At 1:36 AM, August 10, 2009  

  • Computers are our mainstay when it comes to learning. We homeschool and every single thing we do begins, ends or contains extensive Internet research. I don't even want to think about what it would be like without it! Probably have to buy a whole lot of research materials or spend our lives at the library.

    Woo-hoo for computers!

    By Blogger Caroline, At 7:41 AM, August 10, 2009  

  • I would get the boys to school with new outfits. I would take off the rest of the day from work and pick them up after the 1/2 day. We would go then and get the school supplies and have lunch out. It was always a great day. Now, school supplies are bought weeks in advance and you have to have many many more items.

    By Blogger Connieh30, At 9:47 AM, August 10, 2009  

  • Computers have definitely helped keep my son interested in his schoolwork - things come easy to him so being able to supplement papers and homework with online fun that is still applicable has been a big bonus!

    realgreenacres @ frontiernet . net

    By Blogger KT, At 9:58 AM, August 10, 2009  

  • As a teacher, I see computers used to teach the same content but serve as a huge motivator to keep kids' attention, especially those who might otherwise be less inclined to put in a lot of effort to their schoolwork.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 10:35 AM, August 10, 2009  

  • My kids are learning about Google this summer - with a sidebar in Wikipedia!

    My 8-year-old son even emailed me this morning with a recipe for rice krispie treats that he Googled for and is hoping to try out this weekend.

    By Blogger Rini, At 10:52 AM, August 10, 2009  

  • Technology enhances education for ME and my daughter by allowing me to answer all those, “But why…” questions that comes up. I also like that we are able to teach her some research skills now, years ahead of when we started learning them in school, when she wants to know about things she sees on TV or reads about in books.

    Her dad is traveling for work a lot now and Skype is our new best friend at bedtime

    By Blogger Dy, At 11:25 AM, August 10, 2009  

  • My 6 year old knows how to use google to find out answers to her questions. My 4 year old is more interested in playing his educational games, but will tell me he is "practicing his learning" to get more playing time!

    By Blogger Meredith, At 1:30 PM, August 10, 2009  

  • My oldest is only 3 years old and already I’m amazed at how much technology have helped her learn. Starfall is a wonderful site that she loves! She knows all of her letters because of it and it even already starting to learn to read! I like to think that I would be good at teaching her these same things without the computer, but it’s sure a heck of a lot easier with it! Great giveaway!

    By Blogger Telima, At 3:37 PM, August 10, 2009  

  • My 7 year old has been using a hand me down laptop for a couple years now. He knows how to use gmail and sends messages to his best friends all the time. He can also look things up and play fun games (without knowing they are actually educational :-))

    By Blogger aerotd, At 3:37 PM, August 10, 2009  

  • I swear my five-year-old learned to read by playing on "starfall.com". He also has a math game he plays with Daddy (the name of it escapes me) that is teaching him multiplication--already! And I adore that I can look up a picture of anything (Momma, what does a car's engine look like?) and show it to him.

    By Blogger Keryn, At 4:18 PM, August 10, 2009  

  • My daughter and I use the technology to Google anything that comes up in conversation that we want to know more about. It’s a good way to encourage her to look it up! She also uses the computer to access websites for practice in typing, and math. She uses a site called BookAdventure.com to test her comprehension on books she has finished reading. Her school district uses Accelerated Math and Accelerated Reader for supplements to their curriculum. Now that she has entered junior high, her new school offers an online syllabus.

    By Blogger Magadan Clan, At 4:48 PM, August 10, 2009  

  • My daughter is only 4.5 years old so we don't really have any back-to-school rituals just yet. She did just start pre-k today though and we took a picture of her for her scrapbook and to share with the family. A new laptop would help us share those pictures.

    When I was little, my parents did always take pictures of us on the first day of school but back then we actually had to develop the film and mail the pictures out. :)

    By OpenID sonnetxxix, At 4:53 PM, August 10, 2009  

  • The best way I have seen computers enhance my kids' learning is from all of the information found on the Internet. A couple of days ago my 8 year old daughter looked up information about the mealworm she brought home from school. I learned that we will set it free once it becomes a beetle (ick!). ;)

    By Blogger deanna, At 7:20 PM, August 10, 2009  

  • I tweeted about the contest - http://twitter.com/deanna_j/status/3233669148

    By Blogger deanna, At 7:25 PM, August 10, 2009  

  • I blogged about the contest - http://www.winwithdeanna.com/blog-contests/win-an-acer-aspire-timeline-laptop-at-blog-her (Busy Mom is mentioned!).

    By Blogger deanna, At 7:30 PM, August 10, 2009  

  • I think computers have a way of enhancing a child's learning because they make everything seem so fun! The kids don't realize they are learning something when it's fun!
    kkondek at gmail.com

    By Blogger fashionfrugality, At 8:14 PM, August 10, 2009  

  • Tweet! http://twitter.com/ktkatherine/status/3236458463
    kkondek at gmail.com

    By Blogger fashionfrugality, At 8:14 PM, August 10, 2009  

  • I blogged about your contest at http://infertilitymom.blogspot.com/2009/08/my-quest-to-win-laptop-computer.html Thank you!
    jsaake AT yahoo DOT com

    By Blogger Jenni Saake (a.k.a. InfertilityMom), At 11:06 PM, August 10, 2009  

  • It has been amazing for me to watch my children start managing a mouse at just 2 or 3 years old. When I was a kid a mouse was just a fury house pest. Now they are learning fine motor skills before they can clearly talk!
    jsaake AT yahoo DOT com

    By Blogger Jenni Saake (a.k.a. InfertilityMom), At 11:07 PM, August 10, 2009  

  • The best way I've seen computers enhance my child's learning is by allowing them to have access to so many learning tools that I didn't have as a child...When you are online you don't need an encyclopedia, a dictionary, and a thesaurus, they're all there! Being online has opened up my children to be able to learn there is an entire huge world out there and there are so many differences...

    justine417@comcast.net

    By Blogger ShesAnAngel, At 4:15 AM, August 11, 2009  

  • I tweeted

    http://twitter.com/ShesAnAngel417/status/3242793135

    justine417@comcast.net

    By Blogger ShesAnAngel, At 4:17 AM, August 11, 2009  

  • What jenna said was right on. Empower my girls to find the answers themselves. And no more super duty bookshelf for the encyclopedia.

    By Blogger jujuaa11, At 7:08 AM, August 11, 2009  

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    By Blogger Lori, At 7:42 AM, August 11, 2009  

  • The best way that I have seen computers enhance my children's learning is that they can answer their own questions. If they ask me what tornadoes are, I can tell them to look it up and 10 minutes later, they know everything there is to know about tornadoes. I love how accesible computers make information. No more hours being spent at the library when researching a school project. So much is right at our fingertips.

    By Blogger Lori, At 7:43 AM, August 11, 2009  

  • My son took a computer class and has learned to do some programming. He loved the class so much he has though about changing his career choices from being a teacher to a programmer.... well that was last school year. He is a Sr. this year so who know what he will want to be this year! :-)

    Jackie Hall
    jsh@summitmep.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 4:22 PM, August 11, 2009  

  • My boys are still a little young, but very interested. My son loves to bang on the keyboard! We are able to watch cartoons online, which is nice because I can pick the good ones!

    By Blogger Mama Hill, At 5:58 PM, August 11, 2009  

  • Blogged here:

    http://mamahill.blogspot.com/

    By Blogger Mama Hill, At 5:59 PM, August 11, 2009  

  • Computers have helped my son's learning because using one is the only way I have found to help him learn the alphabet. I will open up a word document and make the font size about 70 so he can see well. Then I will press a key and tell him the name of the letter. I will ask him to find that letter on the keyboard. He loves this and even though he still doesn't know his whole alphabet, he knows a lot more than when I was just using flashcards.

    By Blogger Hélène, At 8:38 PM, August 11, 2009  

  • Computers today are amazing! These is so much information you can use for research on the internet for essays and projects. Back when I went to high school I had to head to the library and write essays by hand. Oh the luxury of typing it AND researching the info all in one place! ;) Thanks so much for the great giveaway!!

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

    By Blogger Amber, At 10:19 PM, August 11, 2009  

  • I tweeted the giveaway:

    http://twitter.com/lipstickncandy/status/3258398928

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

    By Blogger Amber, At 10:20 PM, August 11, 2009  

  • I remember going school clothes shopping with my mom and being able to put the clothes on lay away. I have a hard time finding that in stores now a days. I also never had an Igloo lunch box but you can find them everywhere now. I used to half freeze a soda pop to keep my lunch cold. :P

    lisa422 {at} gmail dot com

    By Blogger Sisterlisa, At 8:02 AM, August 12, 2009  

  • My kids don't have to hear "I don't know the answer to that" from me very often with the WWW at their fingertips and even if I try to get away with an "I don't know" they tell me "Just Google it, Mommy!"

    By Blogger tracynicole22, At 3:33 PM, August 12, 2009  

  • I remember having a plastic lunch box with thermos for a drink, no one used ice packs–only the rich kids had those (early 80’s) so everyone had pb & j and sometimes in the winter you would have soup in your thermos and a ssips juice box…now she as separate compartments in her insulated lunch box or hot and cold food plus insulated bottles for drinks and hot foods…

    By Blogger Sb, At 3:52 PM, August 12, 2009  

  • My daughter is totally at ease on the computer. I love that she can play games and do math and reading and think it is fun because it is on the computer. Everything is better on the computer.

    By Blogger demicmic, At 3:52 PM, August 12, 2009  

  • My daughter is only 4 and she already knows that we can "look it up on the computer" if there is something we don't know. I think it's amazing that they have that much information at their finger tips!

    By Blogger cla517, At 3:53 PM, August 12, 2009  

  • My girl is too young to use the computer herself. But my ability to access the internet has given her a better babyhood. The instant access to Dr. Google and all the millions of baby development have calmed me down a number of times and helped with food transitions among other things. Let's not mention the time I spent the morning looking at bed bug bite images, because I thought she got bit by something weird though...

    By Blogger Alexa, At 4:05 PM, August 12, 2009  

  • My 2 year old daughter has learned all of her letter sounds through a website called starfall.com. The excitement of learning them on the "combooter" combined with the visual and auditory stimulation is just so effective for her learning style!

    By Blogger Laurel, At 4:19 PM, August 12, 2009  

  • my guys learned to read by using websites like starfall. i only figured out that one of them could read when we went to return a movie and he got excited about the free popcorn - all from reading the sign!

    By Blogger Dilem*mama, At 6:20 PM, August 12, 2009  

  • My kids learned a lot about math and vocabulary from "flashcard" sites. It made it more fun for them.

    By Blogger wrk2liv, At 6:44 PM, August 12, 2009  

  • I tweeted!!

    thank you!
    http://twitter.com/mariadonahue/status/3276862745

    maria (.) donahue at gmail.com

    By Blogger Maria Donahue, At 8:08 PM, August 12, 2009  

  • i love how computers have expanded my child's world. it literally makes remote villages accessible from the living room.

    thank you!

    maria (.) donahue at gmail (.) com

    By Blogger Maria Donahue, At 8:10 PM, August 12, 2009  

  • Check, checks and more checks!! Shoes, supplies, cafeteria account. With two, I wrote so many checks during the run up to the start of school.

    By Blogger Bev, At 9:20 PM, August 12, 2009  

  • I don't have any kids (yet) but the best thing that computers can do is put information at your finger tips. I am sad that encyclopedias are no longer the main source of information but times change!

    By OpenID melaniemarie07, At 8:08 AM, August 13, 2009  

  • Thanks! I love that computers make a world of reference materials immediately available to me and my kids.

    By Blogger plk, At 9:31 AM, August 13, 2009  

  • We do limit the amount of screen time our kids have everyday. But I do find that they are learning to read quicker because they want to read the online directions with our help. They are also into the math games, which certainly helps them learn the basic facts!

    By Blogger Susan, At 9:46 AM, August 13, 2009  

  • Oh, as with anything technological, my kids definitely know more, but I certainly appreciate it more than them

    By Blogger GloryWords, At 9:51 AM, August 13, 2009  

  • For my daughter (age 6), computers have opened a door to get her engaged. She loves playing simple games on the computer, and doesn't even realize how much she's learning as she does so.

    By Blogger Seth, At 10:37 AM, August 13, 2009  

  • My son has gotten really good practice using his fine motor skills in creating powerpoint drawings, etc.
    hochman(dot)herz(at)comcast(dot)net

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 2:19 PM, August 13, 2009  

  • I would love a laptop! My desk top is in the basement and I never see the light of day! If I had a laptop I could go out on the deck!

    By Blogger Nancy, At 2:40 PM, August 13, 2009  

  • My daughter and several friends made a PowerPoint slide show together. They seemed to have fun while learning and then could share it with classmates.

    By Blogger momznite, At 3:27 PM, August 13, 2009  

  • I love that my children are able to access information for school work on the computer. I also love that they can interact with the schools website and get in some extra learning, this especially so for my 12 year old daughter.
    I believe that computers have come a long way and it IS a need for our children in school for access to all sorts of research and to actually HELP them find answers and not just giving it to them. You can't beat the speed either :)

    By Blogger Barefoot Mommies, At 3:41 PM, August 13, 2009  

  • I sent a tweet out!
    http://twitter.com/BarefootMomma/status/3293572893

    By Blogger Barefoot Mommies, At 3:49 PM, August 13, 2009  

  • Computers have helped my son to be places and see places that would never be possible. Thanks to virtual tours online he can visit a panda in China or go to the zoo in San Diego.

    the_angel_forever at yahoo dot com

    By Blogger TheAngelForever, At 4:12 PM, August 13, 2009  

  • I blogged!
    http://www.barefootmommies.com/?p=3884

    By Blogger Barefoot Mommies, At 4:38 PM, August 13, 2009  

  • i feel that computers and internet access have allowed us to connect with other families, swap ideas and find educational games and printable worksheets. what did we ever do without internet?!

    By Blogger erika~ the inspired mama, At 5:36 PM, August 13, 2009  

  • His computer has really enhanced my son's communication skills.

    By Blogger Deci Worland, At 8:18 PM, August 13, 2009  

  • My son is not old enough for computers to have enhanced any skills for him.
    But with my little cousins, their vocabulary has greatly extended.
    Kids tend to read less because of TV and video games..
    but the internet really does give them the opportunity to brush up on their vocabulary and grammar skills.

    i also posted on my blog!
    http://faybird.blogspot.com

    By Blogger Fay, At 8:52 PM, August 13, 2009  

  • One of the ways computers has enhanced learning for my nieces and nephew who are still small is that it teaches them simply how to use one. They are able to acquire skills that can only help them in the long run.

    By Blogger doozercries, At 9:18 PM, August 13, 2009  

  • i tweeted:

    http://twitter.com/doozercries/status/3299386629

    By Blogger doozercries, At 9:20 PM, August 13, 2009  

  • Thanks to computers I've learned how to save money, bake, and even keep in contact with family. Now if my computer didn't crash 3x all would be well!

    By Blogger Courtney, At 10:20 PM, August 13, 2009  

  • Computers have enhanced learning by making practice more fun for little ones and allowing older children to have unlimited information at their fingertips!

    By Blogger susan, At 1:23 AM, August 14, 2009  

  • Tweeted ~ http://twitter.com/susanlanai/status/3303090895

    By Blogger susan, At 1:23 AM, August 14, 2009  

  • I don't have any kids but helped raise and babysit many cousins. Personally I think with not just them but myself and even my elders computers really helped expand and maintain skills. You teach habits at young ages and naturally they're bound to not only become second nature but help grow in many other areas. That's a given no matter how old you feel you are or how old you feel the person you maybe teach something new to is, computers definitely helps make the process much easier.

    I also think it helps embed it your head better and longer because it's more hands on and productive than just sitting and reading or watching tutorials all the time. I've always been a very creative, hands on visual kind of person. Even though I feel I pick up on things fast computers really have made it easier for everyone to get on the same page or at least make it an easier transition.

    Not to mention being able to bring just about all the information you need to learn what you're studying, like myself i'm currently going to school for Nursing and eventually I'd love to take on being in Fashion as a hobby and side passion. No matter if i'm trying to juggle both or excel my knowledge and skills in other areas of my life the internet and technology really helps me get there.

    My mother whom I adore and respect so much for raising me on her own, has sadly lost a lot of her computer knowledge over the years not just because of age but she had to battle illness after illness. Being able to help teach her the ropes on computer basics and more slowly but surely like she did for me is something that's great for me. I'm a computer nerd and I get to spend time doing something I love to do with my Mom when we have the chance.

    I would love to win this because after taking the responsibility of care giving for my Grandmother all through high school into college up until her passing as well as my Mother and partly my Father who has Alzheimer's i've let my schooling suffer and be sacrificed for so long. With the economy the way it is after being laid off it's hard for me finding a job let alone stable one without a college degree.

    The laptop I have is years and years old and just about to break down. This would be great not only for myself to be mobile with finding a job, finishing school, and keeping on top of things but also helping teach my Mom skills again and keeping in touch with friends and family. Thanks for your time!

    bebetrish[at]hotmail[dot]com

    By Blogger misstrishdelish, At 4:36 AM, August 14, 2009  

  • Computers have allowed my son to look up information. They have also allowed him to express himself artistically (using the wonderful freeware program, TuxPaint).

    TechyDad at TechyDad dot com

    By Anonymous TechyDad, At 8:07 AM, August 14, 2009  

  • Computers have been a God-send. Technology has allowed my children to be occupied when their mom has to take care of disasters they've made, or allow them to research any topic they desire since their mom is definitely not a genius.

    It's also allowed all of us to keep in contact with each other and with our families. We really need a new computer!!!

    By Blogger Jen, At 9:48 AM, August 14, 2009  

  • My daughter is only 2, but I can't even imagine what her life is going to be like filled with technology. All of the research at the library for term papers I had to do-now google will find everything about anything instead. It's going to be amazing being her parent during the time that she goes to school!

    By Blogger CandG~Jill W, At 11:01 AM, August 14, 2009  

  • Blogged here: http://tinyurl.com/lfcaoh

    thanks!

    By Blogger CandG~Jill W, At 11:17 AM, August 14, 2009  

  • tweet, thanks! http://twitter.com/idahojill/status/3310449916

    By Blogger CandG~Jill W, At 11:28 AM, August 14, 2009  

  • I make my kids play typing games so they can increase their WPM. It's SO important now-a-days to be able to type.
    Here's where I blogged about the contest:
    About a week before school, we would go and pick out all of our school supplies together. The backpack and lunchbox were the two items my parents would splurge on. We could get any one at any price.
    I’m usually pretty thrifty, but this is the one thing I still allow my kids to buy at full price!
    Here is where I blogged about the contest:
    http://anunhingedlife.blogspot.com/

    By Blogger SlightlyUnhinged, At 1:13 PM, August 14, 2009  

  • Computers enhance my child's learning because of the Internet they provide. She loves going on Wikipedia and looking up things she needs to know. And, she loves the online dictionary. Computers really help with her punctuation, grammar, and spelling skills through searching websites and going to them. Sometimes she spends a long time at the computer, and while I know some of it is for "fun" things, those "fun" things sure help learning as well.

    By Anonymous Anthony anthonywigley22 (at) yahoo. (com), At 2:01 PM, August 14, 2009  

  • I think technology has increased the resources for children to use when they do homework. You can look up information for writing assignments, projects and get expanded information on subjects that are in textbooks.

    Crystal816{at}hotmail{dot}com

    By Blogger CrystalGB, At 2:37 PM, August 14, 2009  

  • When I grew up, it was a big thing to have your own set of encyclopedias. Today, the computer provides amazing research capability 24/7. The trick is to teach your kids that just because you find something posted, that doesn't make it correct.

    By Blogger bettycd, At 10:06 PM, August 14, 2009  

  • tweeted
    http://twitter.com/bettycd/status/3321518861

    By Blogger bettycd, At 10:07 PM, August 14, 2009  

  • I think that such easy access to computers has SO greatly enhanced my daughters' ability to do research for just about every one of their classes. In the past, my two daughters had been sharing one laptop. But now that my youngest is entering 4th grade...that no longer seems possible. All summer long, both girls have been presenting their case on why they each need their own laptop. Times are tight...so winning this giveaway would be a life-saver!

    By Blogger Nelsby, At 10:25 PM, August 14, 2009  

  • Tweet: http://twitter.com/Nelsby/status/3321744947
    Thanks!
    Aimee
    sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

    By Blogger Nelsby, At 10:25 PM, August 14, 2009  

  • There's such a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips with the internet, so any random question my kids have can easily be answered within minutes! Even better when I'm looking for more information to back up things we've already learned while doing school!
    My kids also love the learning games accessible through the kids' websites or the ones we install on the computer!
    garyandalesha at cox dot net

    By Blogger The Jacobsen Family!, At 4:09 PM, August 15, 2009  

  • I think that the best way in which computers have helped our kid in learning is to have instant access to all kinds of information, computers and the internet have made WORLD BOOK unneccessary.
    jedoggett@embarqmail.com

    By Blogger Annette D, At 4:24 PM, August 15, 2009  

  • blogged: http://theartofrandomwillynillyness.blogspot.com/2009/08/win-intel-laptop-at-these-sites.html

    By Blogger Carolyn G, At 4:26 PM, August 15, 2009  

  • Blogged! http://ourjacobsenfamily.blogspot.com/2009/08/9-different-giveaways-for-acer-aspire.html
    garyandalesha at cox dot net

    By Blogger The Jacobsen Family!, At 5:19 PM, August 15, 2009  

  • I am amazed by the technology that is available for children these days. My sons are both fluent in Spanish but they also expressed an interest in learning French. I bought the Rosetta Stone program for the computer, and my older boy is almost as conversational as I (but he never had six college semesters like I did!) I am constantly in awe of the things that children can accomplish with the use of computers!

    spitfyr323 at hotmail dot com

    By Blogger spitfyr323, At 5:21 PM, August 15, 2009  

  • I can't believe how well the 5 year old and even the 2 year old can use the computer. They have so much fun playing educational games that I wonder if they realize they are learning as they are having fun. Great way to enhance the things they already know.

    By Blogger lace, At 6:45 PM, August 15, 2009  

  • Computers have enhanced my nephews learning by keeping his interest.

    By Blogger bridget3420, At 7:16 PM, August 15, 2009  

  • tweet

    http://twitter.com/bridget3420/status/3336303340

    By Blogger bridget3420, At 7:17 PM, August 15, 2009  

  • My child is actually only 7 months old, but I can tell you that the computer has enhanced his learning! It has given me access to TONS of info on great tips/information on teaching him what he needs to know!

    By Blogger joannamarieprice@yahoo.com, At 9:01 PM, August 15, 2009  

  • Tweeted- http://twitter.com/joannagiveaway/status/3337709289

    By Blogger joannamarieprice@yahoo.com, At 9:02 PM, August 15, 2009  

  • Blogged- http://pricemommysense.blogspot.com/2009/08/giveaway-monday_11.html

    By Blogger joannamarieprice@yahoo.com, At 9:03 PM, August 15, 2009  

  • Posted on my blog
    http://abdoggett1.blogspot.com/2009/08/win-acer-inspire-httpbusymom1.html
    jedoggett@embarqmail.com

    By Blogger Annette D, At 10:16 PM, August 15, 2009  

  • not necessarily know if this counts but the leapfrog leappad really helped my daughter's vocabulary a ton. arianiah@hotmail.com

    By Blogger Arin, At 11:58 PM, August 15, 2009  

  • computers have helped my cousin out quite a bit through the leapfrog programs

    dreamzz12{at}aol{dot}com

    By Anonymous DG, At 2:38 AM, August 16, 2009  

  • I think computers have enhanced learning b/c it's made learning more interesting and challenging at the same time! Using the internet is interesting, but you definitely have to weed out fact from fiction.

    By Blogger Linda, Greg and Drew, At 8:43 AM, August 16, 2009  

  • The internet as truly enhanced my sons learning because it is like having your own library of information right at your fingertips from home. From reading materials, games, videos, etc. There is so much to learn and the internet has it all. One of my sons favorites sites is JumpStart.com. He has learned so much from that program.

    By Blogger Mel4Him, At 9:04 AM, August 16, 2009  

  • It has helped my twins because when they have a question about something that I do nto know the answer to we can jump on the internet and find out! Everything you want to know, see or find out more about is at your fingertips! My kids also love playing games that help the reinforce spelling, math and writing!

    By Blogger Tuesday Girl, At 6:13 PM, August 16, 2009  

  • tweeted http://twitter.com/annedoggett/statuses/3353625364
    jedoggett@embarqmail.com

    By Blogger Annette D, At 8:42 PM, August 16, 2009  

  • Research is huge, but we also really benefit from online chess and math games. It's more fun than drills and they end up being exposed to a single concept through multiple games.

    By Blogger c, At 3:04 PM, August 17, 2009  

  • I tweeted: http://twitter.com/FlourChild2006/status/3368132783

    By Blogger Ms. Bake-it, At 3:23 PM, August 17, 2009  

  • I believe the best way computers have enhanced my sons' learning is that they have instant access to research and seek the knowledge they need from so many sources.

    By Blogger Ms. Bake-it, At 3:28 PM, August 17, 2009  

  • Technology & computers helps my child’s education tremendously compared to when I was in school. Nowadays, with the click of a mouse, my child can be listening to John F. Kennedy’s speech and not reading it from a textbook.

    He can also hear and see the famous “I have a dream” speech by Dr. MLK. Amazing the advancements we’ve made in just a short amount of years. I hope kids today understand the power of the internet and computers, technology in general.

    Thanks for the chance to win an amazing prize!

    By Blogger JoeyfromSC, At 10:20 PM, August 17, 2009  

  • Tweet about the giveaway:

    http://twitter.com/JoeyfromSC/status/3375551626

    By Blogger JoeyfromSC, At 10:21 PM, August 17, 2009  

  • Computers make research so much easier than it was back when I was in school. Our school does require more than just internet research, though. Books and magazines are still important and needed.

    I also love that when they don't quite understand something they were taught in class, they can look it up on the Internet - no more missing homework questions because the teacher didn't explain it in a way they understood.

    Oh, and typing papers? So much easier.

    By Blogger Anna, At 10:23 PM, August 17, 2009  

  • Tweeted - http://twitter.com/bcmom/status/3375634049

    By Blogger Anna, At 10:26 PM, August 17, 2009  

  • I'm trying to homeschool my child before kindergarten and I have another child so keeping on top of things does get hard, so every now and then I let my son practice his letters and reading skills on the computer while I'm cooking and doing other chores and I've seen him flourish so much in remembering the sounds of letters and so being able to form words which untimately leads to sentences.

    By Blogger JamericanSpice, At 2:44 PM, August 19, 2009  

  • I'm a school media specialist so I see kids using technology every day. It has reached the point that to really engage a kid's interest, technology has to be a component of the lesson. Good? Bad? Time will tell.

    By Blogger Jodi, At 6:24 PM, August 19, 2009  

  • I started using computers in middle school. My kids have starting using computers since preschool. At daycare they even have a computer. I think that computers have helped them from the beginning from learning their letters to learning how to read. It is amazing how fast they learn to use the computer.

    By Blogger samueltong, At 9:15 PM, August 19, 2009  

  • Well, no kids here, but I've definitely seen cousins and nephews picking up the love of computers and technology from an early age because of their access to it. I didn't get to use computers regularly til I was out of college already (commodore 64 doesn't count--what could you do with them??), and I'm jealous!

    By Blogger J, At 10:53 PM, August 19, 2009  

  • No kids yet, but my SO is a computer programmer so I can only imagine what kind of impact computers will have on our kids, especially considering I never grew up with one until I bought my first one.

    I blogged about the contest.
    http://in-due-time.blogspot.com/2009/08/back-to-school.html

    By Blogger In Due Time, At 1:00 AM, August 20, 2009  

  • Tweet. http://twitter.com/samski21

    By Blogger samueltong, At 5:16 AM, August 20, 2009  

  • My daughter has learned how to do a power point presentation at age 10!! Unbelievable, she owns a thumb drive for school and the state of education almost demands that all kids be computer literate by age 8! I think it's fantastic!

    By Blogger The Mom Jen, At 11:30 AM, August 20, 2009  

  • Tweet http://twitter.com/themomjen/status/3430223401

    By Blogger The Mom Jen, At 11:32 AM, August 20, 2009  

  • Blogged about it here, http://www.themomreviews.com/2009/08/acer-aspire-timeline-laptop-computer.html

    By Blogger The Mom Jen, At 11:50 AM, August 20, 2009  

  • All of our back to school rituals are pretty much the same! We both got/get excited about back to school shopping - clothes & supplies, take photos by the door with our first day outfits, and have a good breakfast before the first day. I love bringing my old rituals and traditions into our family now. :D

    XOXO

    By Blogger Jessie Lynn, At 12:33 PM, August 20, 2009  

  • Technology brings all kinds of bells and whistles to distract my step-daughter from the fact that there’s education sneaking into her brain. There are times when she doesn’t want to read a book, but she won’t pass up a webpage. I’ve bookmarked some wonderful educational sites like FunBrain and SpellingCity for her. Remember when we were kids and we groaned when a question was answered with “look it up”! Today, kids are just itching for a new topic to look up online!

    By Blogger K, At 12:35 PM, August 20, 2009  

  • Here is my blog link entry: http://buzaroundtown.blogspot.com/

    By Blogger samski21, At 1:37 PM, August 20, 2009  

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