When it comes to using technology in order to keep pace with their home education efforts, homeschooling parents need to constantly be on the lookout for the latest and best ways to organize lesson plans, maintain curriculum lists and keep track of all of their other day-to-day teaching activities. Thankfully, there is a growing number of online technologies that are affordable and easy to use that can be leveraged for these purposes. One such example is Airtable, a relatively new online database service/application that is inexpensive (there’s a free version) and very easy to use. Years ago, Apple users may recall an application called Filemaker, which was supposed to a database for the rest of us. Airtable is like Filemaker on browser steroids.
Over on their blog, “Covering Bases”, the Airtable team recently published an article featuring homeschooling mom Krista Wanderman and the ways she uses Airtable to keep organizaed as she homeschools her two children. She found Airtable to be a dream come true for her homeschooling needs. For more information on what she’s been able to do with Airtable, be sure to read, How a Full-Time Mother and Home Educator Finds Balance Using Airtable.
The possibilities for the homeschooling community are vast. Using Airtable, you can organize just about anything. Whether you use one of their pre-existing starter templates or start your own database from scratch, you’ll find Airtable to be as familiar as a good ol’ spreadsheet, but with the power of a relational database too. As an added bonus, there’s no SQL knowledge required… Woo hoo! All of this is can be done using your favorite browser. No app downloads are necessary, but they do offer a stand-alone MacOS application. A Windows version is also on the way and they are accepting applications for the beta. All of your data is stored in the cloud and is made available on any mobile device with a very slick UI. As if that wasn’t enough, Airtable has an amazing team collaboration feature that allow multiple users to work on the “base” (Airtable’s name for a database) together in real time. Yes, folks, this service is powerful and worth a look. Get on board and give it a try. If you just want to dip your toes in the water before taking the plunge, be sure to try the free version, which includes:
- Unlimited bases
- 1,200 records per base
- 2GB attachment space per base
- Public forms
The free version will likely satisfy the needs of most homeschooling families.
I’ve been using Airtable at my place of business to revolutionize the way we implement new clients (which is a blog for another day) and my co-workers are loving the ease of use and collabration features.
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