First things second:
Does anyone reading this record their computer game play sessions? I mean the way you see them on YouTube, where the screen shows the game with the player narrating. It would have to be Mac-compatible, of course.
I’ve done a bit of research into different programs, so I’m not looking for links to reviews. I’m looking for folks who are using a certain piece of software and feel they can recommend it. iShowU looks like a winner for this. Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions.
Second things first: The science books I’ve been using for our homeschooling just suck. I have to admit it. They’re ass. Is anyone using a book/set of books/something else they like? They’re for a bright but only half-interested 8 year old.
Thanks very much.
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I’ve got no idea about recording games; I’m lucky when I have time to play them.
It’s been a while, but I know Bob Jones does a pretty decent science curriculum, you might check them out (if you haven’t already).
Do you mean Bob Jones Press, from Bob Jones University? Because I’m not a Christian.
Yeah, that’s the one. I remember at least their science being pretty solid, but they are definitely from a Christian base, so if that bothered you, it probably wouldn’t be the way to go. Most of the homeschool curriculum I know of was Christian, back when I was doing homeschooling, that’s pretty much all there was.
Fraps is pretty popular among gamers for recording gameplay. It’s $37, so not a fortune but not as cheap as free, either.
Here’s another one called Quobi (free) that got a pretty good rating from CNET’s people:
I’m grateful for the suggestion, but I just wanted to clarify which program you meant.
And it’s not that I’m “bothered” by the suggestion; it’s just that a science program advertised on their website as based on “Biblical truth” isn’t a fit for me at all.
Thanks for speaking up, though.
Both of those look great, but they’re Windows-only. I need something I can use with my iMac.
A couple programs for Mac to try out are iShowU (about $30) and Screenflick ($25).
iShowU looks like just the thing. Thank you!
We love Time4Learning for our curriculum including science. It is great. If you add in some other experiments like maybe from http://www.sciencemadesimple.com
My son loves this combination.
Kathi Sewing, Knitting, Candle Making, Homeschooling Mama
There aren’t any experiments or homework in this, but if you want a great, easy-to-read book about the history of science (and the joyous wonderment of curiosity combined with structured inquiry), check out Bill Bryson’s “A Short History of Nearly Everything.”
He’s the new Sagan.
Excellent. I’ve put a hold on the kid’s version “A Really Short History…” for when we get back to town.
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