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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:

* No duplicate comments.
* You may receive an additional entry by linking on Twitter and leaving a separate comment with the link.
* You may receive an additional entry by blogging about this contest and leaving a link in the comments.
* This giveaway is open to US residents, aged 18 and over
* Winners will be selected via random draw, and will notified by e-mail.
* You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
* Please see the official rules here: Official Rules

Be sure to check out the other BlogHer Reviewers here - you've got 9 chances to win!

Also, be sure to come see me at Busy Mom Blog!

335 Comments:

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  • Computers have allowed ME to go back to school. With my diability it would be hard for me to sit in classrooms all day so I have been taking online classes through the local university for the last two years.

    A new laptop would greatly improve my comfort as I would be able to sit on the Lazy boy or couch to do my lessons.

    By Blogger Marlee, At 4:42 PM, August 20, 2009  

  • I mentioned your giveaway on my blog - http://www.alwaysbcmom.com/2009/08/more-sites-with-acer-aspire-laptop.html

    By Blogger Anna, At 5:21 PM, August 20, 2009  

  • My daughter just started college as an animation major and I am amazed at what they now do on a computer when it comes too film making ( I am so old school, draw and shoot ). Everything from her lab, her homework, her assigments is all done on the computer. Not to mention her social networking twitter, IM emails. I don't see how you can compete in today's world w/o a computer

    By Blogger singermagic1, At 6:17 PM, August 20, 2009  

  • oh i wanna win! My son loves to play the jumpstart games online. Not to mention we do most of our reading online! Kids need to be on the up now a days!

    Crazymom@live.com

    By Blogger Megan, At 7:16 PM, August 20, 2009  

  • I think it's great that kids rae using computers, though I don't think it's necessary for kindergarten.
    As a mostly media free family ( in terms of tv/movie/video viewing for kids), my daughter is very curious about my computer and knows I use it for work. I can't wait to introduce her to the computer when I feel its age appropriate for her. It will blow her mind!

    By Anonymous Nichole, At 8:27 PM, August 20, 2009  

  • With computer, I feel I have become much more smarter.

    By Blogger hminnesota, At 8:45 PM, August 20, 2009  

  • I would have to say accesibility to a wide range of information. My kids love it!

    Val
    lastnerve2000@gmail.com

    By Blogger lastnerve, At 8:42 AM, August 21, 2009  

  • I blogged about it here

    http://lastnervescontests.blogspot.com/2009/08/acer-laptop-giveaway-ends.html

    Val
    lastnerve2000@gmail.com

    By Blogger lastnerve, At 8:44 AM, August 21, 2009  

  • I tweeted here

    http://twitter.com/lastnerve2000/status/3449821793

    Val
    lastnerve2000@gmail.com

    By Blogger lastnerve, At 8:47 AM, August 21, 2009  

  • The computer gives my son instant access to research for his classes, and gives him instant access to his current grades. Our school utilizes a website where the teachers put up grades, assignments, etc. It lets my son know when he is starting to decline and forces him to push it up a notch.

    By Blogger Kelly, At 11:38 AM, August 21, 2009  

  • The best way i've seen computers enhance my children's learning I have to say so far is the Hooked on Phonics program. I'm a homeschooler and and my son's ability to use the cd-rom really kept me from struggling in teaching him to read. Looking forward to the same with my other children.

    By Blogger millaa, At 10:14 PM, August 21, 2009  

  • Tweeted: http://twitter.com/comefollowme/status/3465028028

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

  • And my blog post is here: http://humanchristian.blogspot.com/2009/08/second-to-last-post-for-chances-to-win.html

    By Blogger millaa, At 10:25 PM, August 21, 2009  

  • Growing up with a day who was an IT guy I was always on the computer. So when my oldest was ready for computers it was the same way. I love finding computer games for him, his new fav right now is Jumpstart. Every night I can hardly get him off the game. :)

    By Blogger Alexis AKA MOM, At 11:20 PM, August 21, 2009  

  • Thank you for the generous giveaway.

    There are so many resources your child (and yourself!) could access to learn something new. I cannot even begin to tell you how many new things we have learned since being on the internet. One thing I love is the educational games, they make learning fun and my kids enjoy learning how to do math problems in fun ways.

    By Blogger Michele, At 12:18 AM, August 22, 2009  

  • The internet has enhanced his ability to learn because any possible thing he could possibly ever want or need to know is right at his fingertips.

    There is never a question the goes unanswered. I remember when my mother used to tell me to "look it up" ... ugh.. what a process.. now I find myself saying the same thing.. but he is thrilled to "look it up" and always finds his answer plus generally some other neat information he didn't know before.

    mygoodcents AT cox DOT net

    By Anonymous Kimberly, At 3:19 AM, August 22, 2009  

  • I think computers will help teach kids how to search for the information they need. They will learn that there's more than one word to search when looking for information on a specific topic. Hopefully, it will also teach them learning can be fun too.

    By Blogger joyce, At 10:10 AM, August 22, 2009  

  • Computers put kids in touch with the world, both present and past. There are so many websites that offer learning opportunities and not just for kids, for everyone. You'd need an enormous library to keep all the books of information that are online. It's amazing!

    dlodden at frontiernet dot net

    By Blogger DarcyO, At 2:45 PM, August 22, 2009  

  • I tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/darcy1956/status/3477569504

    dlodden at frontiernet dot net

    By Blogger DarcyO, At 2:45 PM, August 22, 2009  

  • Well, I do not have children, but as a current adult student in college, computers have allowed me to work and go to school at the same time. Due to online classes I have the ability to earn a degree at my leisure any time I wish. I cannot even begin to explain how important computers have become to my liberation and survival. A laptop would make me even more mobile and able to go to school from anywhere. Thanks soooo much for such a great opportunity!!!
    karmakaytlyn@yahoo.com

    By Blogger Amber, At 8:22 PM, August 22, 2009  

  • Heaving a computer for your children as soon as possible is great it teaches them typing skills as well as computer programming skills with out them even knowing it. Starting to prepare them for the work world ahead, learning programs like power point in fun ways making it into a game is only the start there is so much you can access with a computer and the egger mind of a child!!

    By Blogger Jacqueline, At 8:29 PM, August 22, 2009  

  • Twittered it here
    for_ever_dreams win a Acer Aspire Timeline AS3810T-6415 http://bit.ly/2w125E

    By Blogger Jacqueline, At 8:46 PM, August 22, 2009  

  • There is so much a person could write as to how computers have enhanced a child's learning. The main thing is having so much information at one's finger tips that before you would have to drive to find the answers or search through way too many books. Now everything is just a button away. Have a great day.

    By Blogger housemouse88, At 12:31 PM, August 23, 2009  

  • I think that kids learn more about this world and the people in it by having more access to instant events going on everywhere. They are also so much more advanced in technology and the skills needed to use it.

    By Blogger jbafaith, At 9:45 PM, August 23, 2009  

  • I love how I can get almost instant answers to my girls' questions. The volume of information available is incredible! But I still find myself relying heavily on books from the library--researched and reserved online, of course!

    By Blogger Genevieve P, At 10:05 PM, August 23, 2009  

  • I think using computers enhance learning for my children because there is so many educational sites to learn from. They also use it for research with their school reports and help with homework. I love having a computer and the teacher's email addresses because it helps me stay on top of their school activities and progress in their classes.

    By Blogger Tamara B., At 11:06 AM, August 24, 2009  

  • My daughter is only 2 but already she is very interested when I am at the computer and knows how to navigate using some of the keys with doing things like looking at pictures online.

    By Blogger Becky, At 3:34 PM, August 24, 2009  

  • My son is 3 and is just entering the world of the computer. It has been awesome to watch his abilities grow in such a small amount of time- He is learning the laptop's mouse control w/ paint programs and reading on the internet.
    His dad is a teacher too, and between the 3 of us and one laptop it's time for another!

    By Blogger Jet'set, At 11:40 PM, August 24, 2009  

  • My blog entry on the giveaway:

    http://miscmayzee.blogspot.com/2009/08/another-link-for-laptop-giveaway.html

    By Blogger MiscMayzee, At 12:50 AM, August 25, 2009  

  • http://twitter.com/miscmayzee/status/3529671279

    This is my twitter post about the blog giveaway.

    By Blogger MiscMayzee, At 12:51 AM, August 25, 2009  

  • Computers allow children access to information in a variety of formats. They can read material, listen to material, and watch material.

    The more ways a child can take in information, the better chance there is of it not only sticking for their next test but also for life.

    By Blogger MiscMayzee, At 12:52 AM, August 25, 2009  

  • Long ago (in computer lives), there was an alphabet and reading game that enthralled my kids. It really helped their reading skills. Nowadays I thing the ease of finding information is the best. Thanks for the contest.

    By Blogger slehan, At 1:58 AM, August 25, 2009  

  • tweet: http://twitter.com/slehan/status/3530442106

    By Blogger slehan, At 1:59 AM, August 25, 2009  

  • blogged: http://slehan.blogspot.com/2009/08/lets-get-new-laptop.html

    By Blogger slehan, At 1:59 AM, August 25, 2009  

  • I don't have kids yet, but computers enhance learning by allowing quick access to information. This access allows children to spend their time going more in-depth into their research, as opposed to spending time simply finding a book or article.

    By Blogger Melissa, At 10:51 AM, August 25, 2009  

  • The best way computers have enhanced my sons life is simple, information at the press of a button. An entire encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, current news, all the information you could want right there, in one little machine. What could be better? A new laptop for him would be great, can't afford a new one at the moment. Would love to win it for him. Thank you!!

    By Blogger mikearmbruster, At 12:32 PM, August 25, 2009  

  • My kids are too young to use computers too much -- but computers have helped me to enhance what they learn. I'm constantly looking online for tips about fun (and educational!) activities we can do, checking out blogs to see how others handle situations, etc. I can't imagine a world without computers!

    By Blogger Jenni, At 8:23 PM, August 25, 2009  

  • For my own child, who is four years old, I've seen her learn from a computer by applications we've downloaded for our ipod touch. She plays games that have her spell out words that are pictured above. It's great. I also let her play educational games on the library computer.

    As a teacher, the best use of computers that I've witnessed to enhance learning are special programs designed to brush up on testing skills for the standardized tests. They're fun programs that make reviewing interesting for the kids...not to mention a break from the everday teaching in the classroom

    By Blogger Brandy P, At 12:11 AM, August 26, 2009  

  • I follow on twitter @twittelyp

    By Blogger Brandy P, At 12:11 AM, August 26, 2009  

  • As a homeschooling mom, I am amazed at all the lessons and materials that are available to us online. We have found some wonderful games, information and activities and many of them are free!

    By Blogger Amanda, At 12:47 AM, August 26, 2009  

  • I would say that the easy access to information is the biggest benefit of technology. When teaching my children to read I simply had to log in to Starfall.com and I had easy to download and print easy reader books, as well as co-ordinting online books and activities. Now that my children are older, they don't have to resort to outdated Encyclopedias for projects (like I remember doing), they can simply hop online and research any topic they can think of!

    kissyjensen at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Chris, At 10:09 PM, August 26, 2009  

  • My daughter finds wonderful educational fun websites to keep up her skills in the summer time and great homeworking helping websites in the school yr helps me learn new skills too

    By Blogger Night Owl Mama, At 12:42 AM, August 27, 2009  

  • http://twitter.com/Nightowlmama/status/3573899883
    Tweet

    By Blogger Night Owl Mama, At 12:43 AM, August 27, 2009  

  • The BtS ritual always involved buying school supplies (pencils and erasers!) and new shoes. I definitely didn't have a computer!
    ilona AT witty.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 5:11 PM, August 27, 2009  

  • As a teacher, our use of technology has completely changed the classroom. My students are engaged, interested, and creative in what they produce. I love it!

    By Blogger Rikki, At 7:08 PM, August 27, 2009  

  • Helping her with math homework by using a program similar to the one at school. Having access to so much information ALL THE TIME, not just when the library's open. :-)

    shopping(at)masondixon(dot)us

    By Anonymous Susan C. in NY, At 8:32 PM, August 27, 2009  

  • My son was a terrible student throughout most of his childhood. Once he was able to use a computer for all of his assignments (meaning, once I began to homeschool him), he began to enjoy school and improved amazingly in his assignments. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Pastoral Theology in May and is beginning his Masters in Education in October. This Acer would be a wonderful help for him in his studies:) Pick me!

    By Blogger Kiki, At 9:39 PM, August 27, 2009  

  • my mom always had us lay out our clothes that a ritual i want to have with my kids. and also walk them to the bus

    By Blogger kelsi, At 8:11 AM, August 28, 2009  

  • It's funny how much of a lifesaver the internet/computers can be to kids. One time one of mine was going to be in trouble for not emailing himself a powerpoint, but luckily he had his laptop with him to prove he had it, and send it to himself. The amount of fast research and homework help that can be done I have seen is great too.

    By Blogger pierce, At 3:04 AM, August 29, 2009  

  • blog posted http://beenamommy.blogspot.com/2009/08/blogher-acer-aspire-head-of-class.html

    By Blogger pierce, At 3:05 AM, August 29, 2009  

  • tweeted http://twitter.com/spalka/status/3574775390

    By Blogger pierce, At 3:06 AM, August 29, 2009  

  • Well, we homeschool and Google is the greatest tool we have. Whether it is to look up a word we do not know, info about a history figure or a place, or find a printable for my youngest to color, Google is pricless!

    By Blogger Betsy, At 9:52 AM, August 29, 2009  

  • Blogged!


    http://thehomeschoolway.blogspot.com/2009/08/laptop-giveaway.html

    By Blogger Betsy, At 9:52 AM, August 29, 2009  

  • Computers make research much easier, they are more likely to look information up since it is right at their finger tips.
    msmith572@yahoo.com

    By Blogger lisa, At 1:29 PM, August 29, 2009  

  • tweet: http://twitter.com/samasam/status/3629456929
    msmith572@yahoo.com

    By Blogger lisa, At 1:30 PM, August 29, 2009  

  • I posted on my blog: http://stephie-stephsblog.blogspot.com/
    msmith572@yahoo.com

    By Blogger lisa, At 1:30 PM, August 29, 2009  

  • Computers let kids develop different skills and learn new things with games, videos, and different activities online

    By Blogger djb000, At 4:55 PM, August 29, 2009  

  • We used to have to go to the library to do reports. Nowadays the computer gives my kids access to any information they want. It also makes their reports legible. :)

    By Blogger Chris, At 5:00 PM, August 29, 2009  

  • My daughter started supplementing her reading instruction with computer programs, and learned to read in record time. I really do believe that it was due to her interest in computers that she was able to learn so quickly.

    By Blogger TZel, At 9:03 PM, August 29, 2009  

  • It's not just the computer that amazes me, but the sheer volume and quality of information the internet affords us. I've pondered life without it and sung its praises (http://jenpb.blogspot.com/search?q=internet). My kids don't know a life without computers. What a concept!

    By Blogger JenPB, At 11:51 PM, August 29, 2009  

  • the most obvious answer to me about how computers have enhanced learning is that just being familiar with technology and how it all works at such a young age - its like while reading about how a certain feature of a computer works - kids are learning to read and comprehend. kids are learning (and need to learn) how to be technologically literate because todays its on par with just learning how to read. thanks!

    By Blogger freaaa1, At 1:36 AM, August 30, 2009  

  • A few years ago, my daughter was having a really rough time with her math skills. Flash cards and math worksheets weren't helping; they just didn't hold her interest. We found a great software program geared toward her age group. She gladly spent her free time "learning" her math facts interactively. She's quite the math maven now.
    Now at 13, there isn't anything she can't find on the internet. She amazes me sometimes with all the things she's learned by researching it herself online. She's capable of producing a Word document that looks like a professional wrote it. And type..her fingers fly across the keyboard, a skill I didn't master until late in high school.

    By Blogger Shel, At 4:04 AM, August 30, 2009  

  • Tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/3642519281

    By Blogger Shel, At 4:06 AM, August 30, 2009  

  • Blogged:
    http://auntiethesis.blogspot.com/2009/08/inspired-by-acer-aspire.html

    By Blogger Shel, At 4:07 AM, August 30, 2009  

  • My kids get instant information about things their parents know nothing about- like, say, the many different kinds of tractors there are.

    By Blogger Yakov, At 4:27 AM, August 30, 2009  

  • Computers and technology have helped make learning an infinite process. Back when I was young, I was limited to my set of encylopedias and the dictionary. Nowadays kids search the internet and have an answer in seconds. It's awesome.

    By Blogger Heather, At 4:41 AM, August 30, 2009  

  • The best way i have seen personally is with tutoring and homework help sites.These are just the best.If we have a problem ,with just a few key strokes we can find help.This applies to my teenager in high school as well as the elementary grandkids we help raise!
    And if i could win this laptop for my family it would be tops!!!
    thank you so very much for this chance...
    alwaysatryin at gmail.com

    By Blogger alwayshopeful, At 8:35 AM, August 30, 2009  

  • nannato5 twittered you..

    http://bit.ly/sNQqH busy mom and intel will hook up one lucky reader tomorrow!
    (i am also following u,love your blog!)
    alwaysatryin at gmail.com

    By Blogger alwayshopeful, At 8:37 AM, August 30, 2009  

  • Computers now have information at a click away, instead of lugging several books home from the library so it enhances the children learning capacity that much quicker

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 5:04 PM, August 30, 2009  

  • No kids here, but I see how my niece and nephew are using the accessibility of the information to their advantage. They already know how to check facts, to do their own research and to satisfy their curiosity beyond school subjects.
    That is certainly a huge advantage!

    ktanjatk(at)gmail(dot)com

    By Blogger ktanjatk, At 5:06 PM, August 30, 2009  

  • tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/ktanjatk/status/3652992410

    ktanjatk(at)gmail(dot)com

    By Blogger ktanjatk, At 5:07 PM, August 30, 2009  

  • Instant access to all kinds of research information.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 6:46 PM, August 30, 2009  

  • My son has ADHD and he is easily distracted. Using computers keeps him focused and much more involved in every aspect of his learning. He dislikes reading books and loses interest quickly but when he is learning via the computer there is a whole lot more going on. Flash animation makes it seem more like a movie, game or cartoon and it makes learning fun for him. He loves it and I love the fact that he enjoys learning in this manner. He has excelled in his class due to computer teaching. Before that, his grades were pretty poor. Computers and software have came a long way and I am excited about what the future may bring for computers, the internet and the way my children will learn.

    By Anonymous Bella Mia, At 9:08 PM, August 30, 2009  

  • I tweeted about your site and contest here: http://twitter.com/MiBellaMia/status/3656821358

    By Anonymous Bella Mia, At 9:10 PM, August 30, 2009  

  • My email: bellameisha at gmail dot com

    By Anonymous Bella Mia, At 9:12 PM, August 30, 2009  

  • I love seeing how the kids can get instant knowledge now with computers and the internet. If they have a question or want to know more about a subject, they can google it and instantly get information. We used to have to do research with encyclopedias at the library. This is a huge advantage that I'm thrilled the kids today have.

    By Blogger Jodi, At 9:34 PM, August 30, 2009  

  • I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/crazeypoet/status/3657732528

    By Blogger Jodi, At 9:35 PM, August 30, 2009  

  • I don't have kids yet, but computers have been key in my own education. My thesis relied heavily on computationally intense simulations, and would not have been feasible even 10 years ago. And that doesn't even touch on the amount of information I was able to find online.

    urchiken at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Wehaf, At 10:29 PM, August 30, 2009  

  • Computers have given my children the ability to get tons of information with a few keystrokes. Being able to discern between reliable sources and opinions has enhanced their education in many ways. Information needs to be trusted, and opinion also has its place. Learning is not just about facts, but also how a people and different cultures feel about a subject.

    By Blogger Patricia C, At 12:06 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • tweeted

    http://twitter.com/petuney/status/3660126485

    By Blogger Patricia C, At 12:09 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • My niece was already on her way to reading before kindergarten thanks to computers. I think the early learning really leads to advantages!

    By Blogger Jinxy and Me, At 12:24 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • I want my son to learn maths in the computer, spelling test and puzzles.

    rajikarthik@hotmail.com

    By Blogger Rajee, At 12:25 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • twitted @momsfocus

    By Blogger Rajee, At 12:25 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • Blogged here: http://momsfocusonline.com/acer-aspire-timeline-as3810t-6415.html

    By Blogger Rajee, At 12:26 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • Blogged: http://winwithjinxy.blogspot.com/2009/08/win-acer-aspire-timeline-as3810t-6415.html

    By Blogger Jinxy and Me, At 12:38 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • tweeted http://twitter.com/ThriftyJinxy/status/3660503276

    By Blogger Jinxy and Me, At 12:39 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • Computers have revolutionized homeschooling. Online classes, online encyclopedias, chat rooms, email support groups? Home education now has a whole new face!

    By Blogger Eryn at HomeSchooledYear.com, At 12:42 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • I'd have to say the biggest benefit that computers have brought to my children's learning is the sheer and vast exposure that computers give them to other cultures, other people, other experiences, other ideas, etc. Especially in a small town without much diversity or exposure to culture or the arts, the interactive experiences available through computer programs and the internet have been invaluable to giving the kids chances and experiences they probably never would have had at this age!

    gkaufmanss@yahoo.com

    By Blogger guettel78, At 12:52 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • My son's only 3, but its already helped him learn, he can access PBS's website and play their learning games. Its also helped me teach him stuff, I have so much access learn things to do with him and be his first teacher then ever before and its wonderful.

    By Blogger Justine, At 12:53 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • I tweeted: http://twitter.com/guettel78/status/3660658787

    gkaufmanss@yahoo.com

    By Blogger guettel78, At 12:53 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • tweet
    http://twitter.com/SliverStorm/status/3660665804

    By Blogger Justine, At 12:54 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • I blogged: http://slavetoacademia.blogspot.com/2009/08/acer-aspire-laptop-giveaway-at-busy-mom.html

    gkaufmanss@yahoo.com

    By Blogger guettel78, At 12:55 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • Using a computer has really helped my 6 year old grandson learn to spell words...which leads to better reading. Kids love to use the computer. It's more like a game to them and there's no prodding to get him to do it. He doesn't even know he's learning!

    By Blogger Cindy B. of Montana, At 2:09 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • Computers have enhanced my kids learning mostly by making more information available to them. I remember going to the library when I had to do a research paper, and spending hours checking the card catalog and finding books and articles on the subject. My kids just type what they are looking for into google and start reading. The downside of course it that there is too much information and it can be overwhelming sometimes. But overall computers make learning easier.
    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Anne, At 7:41 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • The access to information in just unbelieveable. I still guide them towards actual books though - for some things. Probably because they're more portable (hello, Acer laptop!) and because I believe you absorb information differently from books than you do a computer screen.

    On the other hand, the tools available on the computer...from Powerpoint presentations to photo editing and NO MORE TYPEWRITERS! All good.

    By Blogger hockeymomjenny, At 8:16 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • It helps because now they have tools to enhance their research right at their fingertips. They can learn what they need in a matter of minutes!

    By Blogger Dee, At 9:06 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • the best way computers have enhanced learning is the access to research. My daughters are able to find almost anything online

    By Blogger vwestermeyer, At 9:58 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • I tweeted about the giveaway, http://twitter.com/lunaj1456/statuses/3667321606

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Anne, At 10:23 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • I blogged about the giveaway http://wp.me/pjj6t-b

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Anne, At 10:43 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • There are both good and bad things about technology, but I really believe the good outweighs the bad. I think that the Internet, even in all its vastness, has taught students how to search and research and how to best spend their precious study time. They've had to learn how to avoid or deal with the distractions - something I still struggle with myself!! :)

    By Blogger Deb, At 11:18 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • tweeted here!
    http://twitter.com/tnshadylady/status/3668377730

    By Blogger Deb, At 11:19 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • This is a great giveaway! My youngest son (only 4) has been typing his name on the computer for about a year - this is much earlier than either one of my teenagers were able to spell their names!

    kherbrand at comcast dot net

    By Blogger Kristi, At 11:44 AM, August 31, 2009  

  • I really noticed it being a big impact when my daughter got into graduate school. When I got my master’s degree there weren’t computers and my daughter is getting her master’s degree and she hasn’t done research in the school library for a single project. She does everything on the computer and its amazing to see the resources that she has available that weren’t available to me or at least not with the same amount of ease! It almost seems like she is not working as hard to get it. I would be lying if I said i wasn’t jealous!

    By Blogger Danny, At 12:40 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • I posted your giveaway on my site http://dannyrayhastosay.blogspot.com/2009/08/busy-mom-blog-laptop-giveaway.html

    By Blogger Danny, At 12:40 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • My tweet of the giveaway http://twitter.com/DannyRMcD/status/3669889357

    By Blogger Danny, At 12:41 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • A good mother (like mine) would make a lovely first day breakfast. I, however, will throw a breakfast bar to them in the back seat.

    By Blogger Kristen, At 1:36 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • oops. wrong answer to wrong question. disregard my last comment. I hate to be like Sid's mom on Sid the science kid but without a computer (and google), I wouldn't know answers to important questions like what are a deer's antlers made of? Seriously.

    By Blogger Kristen, At 1:39 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • My children are still very young, but not too young that they have not shown a huge interest in learning how to use the computer. Our oldest son is only 7 yrs old and he is now learning how to use the computer through my husband and I teaching him. Our middle daughter is learning, but she's only 5 so we work with her on it a little bit at a time. It is just a magical time for us to watch our son and daughter be so amazed at every little things they can do on the computer. The ability for them to think of something they want to learn about and immediately get instant gratification in finding lots of answers to their questions through just searching on google is so exciting to watch! Really, with very little guidance (most in typing and wording) is my son able to quickly get answers to some of his questions online. He is so intrigued by a number of different subjects that it is not unusual for him to want to spend a couple of hours "playing" on the computer with either my husband or I with him monitoring and helping him as needed. I think the ability for him to be able to be exposed to so much information right at his fingertips opens up doors for him that we did not have when we were children growing up. My son loves to downhill ski, actually we are all avid skiers, and he has even research ski trails in our area at different resorts near where we live. Now that is empowerment, knowledge, and just plain ole cool to me as a parent to watch my son at such a young age do on his own! Thank you so much for the chance to enter.
    joannaonthelake@gmail.com

    By Blogger joannaonthelake, At 1:56 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • I Sent out a tweet:
    http://twitter.com/joannaonthelake/status/3671322034

    joannaonthelake@gmail.com

    By Blogger joannaonthelake, At 1:57 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • I Blogged about this giveaway:

    http://breezylake.blogspot.com/2009/08/busy-mom-blog-acer-aspire-giveaway.html

    joannaonthelake@gmail.com

    By Blogger joannaonthelake, At 2:00 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • No more shelves full of encyclopaedias that become instantly obsolete the minute they hit your library shelf.

    soupisnotafingerfood@gmail.com

    By Blogger Meg @ Soup Is Not A Finger Food, At 2:23 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • Tweeted, too:
    http://twitter.com/megster67/statuses/3671833191

    By Blogger Meg @ Soup Is Not A Finger Food, At 2:26 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • Computers open a gate to active learning. Children of all ages are able to research and find out interesting facts on their own. It has been an integral part to both of my children's learning and can't think of where we would be without the access of internet at our fingertips!

    By Blogger Smoyer, At 2:38 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • My son absolutely loves using the computer. He's a complete techie freak! I don't mind at all because his use of it enhances his vocabulary, letter sense, and fine motor skills as well.

    By Blogger Deal Gardener, At 2:40 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • I think the best way computers have enhanced my daughters learning is by giving her complete access to a world of different information and research sources with just a simple click. She also has learned more about different cultures and able to identify with what is going on around the world.

    By Blogger ahappyhippy mom, At 4:26 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • Technology has been really helpful for my children’s education. We were very lucky to have a family friend who was working in children’s educational software development and our kids got to be testers of new games. With my son’s ADD having alternative learning formats was really helpful in teaching him to read, write, and do other “boring” educational activities that he might have struggled with in a traditional classroom setting. There are so many more advances now than there even were when my kids were young!

    By Blogger Jan, At 5:11 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • Giveaway tweet http://twitter.com/DJanMom/status/3674805864

    By Blogger Jan, At 5:13 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • I blogged the giveaway http://janmcdsweepsandgiveaways.blogspot.com/2009/08/busy-busy-mom-blog-laptop-giveaway.html

    By Blogger Jan, At 5:16 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • Spend a little time every day with the young ones on the computer. Teach them how to use the mouse and to recognize letters. (four & three year olds here). They beg to be on my lap for 'puter time.

    By Blogger jcamp2020, At 5:30 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • I'd have to say the best way computers have enhanced their learning is that they have access to unlimited information available right at that their fingertips.

    By Blogger Inez, At 5:35 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • Here's my twitter link:
    http://twitter.com/goldone/status/3675303236

    By Blogger Inez, At 5:39 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • Having so many technological advances is so important. From infancy they have had computers! Little computer games that stimulate them, teach them to read, every aspect of their education has been influenced by these technology advances and I think it really gives an advantage.

    By Blogger Lindz, At 6:22 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • http://sweepstakesjunkiegiveawayaficionado.blogspot.com/2009/08/busy-mom-intel-aspire-laptop-giveaway.html

    my blog entry

    By Blogger Lindz, At 6:22 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • tweet http://twitter.com/

    By Blogger Lindz, At 6:23 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • It makes it so much easier to do reasearch on the internet instead of having to go through multiple books.
    donna444444@yahoo.com

    By Blogger Donna, At 6:26 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • my daughter is 4 and spend a LOT of time on playhouse disney preschool time online- as well as nick jr dot com pbs kids dot org and many others- including but not lastly, many many computer games that we have bought for her. he computer skills are better than most 40+ people that i know. she can boot it, get it on the internet- google herself. its taught her so many things as well, she knows what a octagon is, and how to read a few words and count and do basic addition and subtraction as well as a little time and money skills. its absolutely adorable and i think that if we did not have a computer, she might not know some of those things.

    By Blogger caseycolette, At 6:27 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • it's so easy to find information on school projects and then there are educational things that are fun too, plus learning to use a computer is helpful for the future

    alterna7 at hotmail dot com

    By Blogger 07violet, At 6:37 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • tweeted

    http://twitter.com/07violet/status/3676467501

    alterna7 at hotmail dot com

    By Blogger 07violet, At 6:40 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • Technology advances are huge. The little ones are learning so much so early because of the technology. I really like the teapster brand because I feel like they’re toys that are an investment in their future. They are developing a lot of basic cognition skills that will build a foundation.

    By Blogger LindsayC, At 6:44 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • My tweet http://twitter.com/Lstixrud/status/3676575477

    By Blogger LindsayC, At 6:46 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • http://colitascorner.blogspot.com/2009/08/busy-mom-intel-laptop-giveaway.html

    My blog entry

    By Blogger LindsayC, At 6:46 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • I really put technology as a high priority. Getting our kids the best they can have to work with so that they can be ahead of the game in life. This is so important in how competitive the technology is out there. So we really put a priory on it for the sake of our kids education.

    By Blogger Beejax, At 6:58 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • My oldest son is in 4K. He stays at school the full day and he has a really neat waste-free lunch system, the Laptop Lunch Bag. When I was young we had the drug store lunch boxes and thermoses. I think his stuff looks cooler :). He also has Mabel's Labels instead of his name written on stuff with a sharpie!

    My husband is a teacher and his highschool math students do lots more colaborative work on computer and other research even in math class! When I was in highschool math class was sitting and watching the teacher work problems on an overhead projector.

    I can't believe my 4 year old is computer savvy. He plays games on LegoClub.com and Starfall.com!

    onlycancan ta hotmail tod com

    By Anonymous CanCan (Mom Most Traveled), At 11:26 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • My kids are able to pull up their homework assignments at night - wish we had the internet back then :)

    By Blogger FruFrugal, At 11:44 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • My children are grown & when we wanted to know something it was off to the library or get the encyclopedia. Wonder if the child of today knows what an encyclopedia is or perhaps what a dictionary even is. A laptop now is most desirable to watch my little tiny grandchildren work a computer. It's awesome to see, and he youngest ones I think are the ones that is catchin it better than the adults.

    By Anonymous The New xmasdolly, At 12:48 AM, September 01, 2009  

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