UnlikeSchool has moved to a new and faster server!

For those of you who noticed that things were a little slow when adding new pages, it’s now much faster!

I have moved the UnlikeSchool application to a dedicated VPS (Virtual Private Server) where it’s the only application running. This means better performance, and is most noticeable when creating or editing pages.

Go ahead, try it : http://UnlikeSchool.com

-Eivind

Say ‘hello’ to our new logo

I was getting tired of the old ’scribbly’ logo. Do you think this is an improvement?

Please Volunteer – help improve our database!

Today I’m introducing an easy way for you to help improve the information in the UnlikeSchool database. We have hundreds of pages of useful information, but some of them could use a little help. For example, not all pages have a ‘Suitable Age Range’ set, and it would be really cool if they all did. Now, that’s a lot of work, so I’m opening it up for everyone to pitch in.

Just click on the Volunteer tab to find something that needs a little improvement. If you have a few minutes here and there, now you can put it to good use! You might also discover some great resources along the way, things you had not though about before.

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Thanks again for your support. Together we build something that benefits all of us.

-Eivind

New visual timeline for setting Suitable Age Range

This new feature makes it really easy to specify the “suitable age range” for a page.  Just 2 clicks, and you’re done. You need to be signed in for this to work.

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You will notice that there are parenthesis surrounding each age. The ‘(‘ is for setting the minimum age, and ‘)’ for setting maximum age.

It’s a good idea to set the suitable age range for pages, so that the website can make better suggestions. You usually don’t want to look at high-school math programs for your first-grader. Usually…

Watch a video of this new feature:

Win fabulous Moody Bands – Invite your friends to join UnlikeSchool.com

Moody Bands (6 pack)

UnlikeSchool.com has partnered with Moody Bands to bring you our first ever promotion! You can win a set of these innovative products and use for yourself of for your kids. We have 10 packs to give away, your chances of winning are real!

How do you feel today? What mood are you in? Are you Happy, Angry, Nervous, Sad, Excited or Tired? Let people know exactly how you feel by wearing your emotions on your sleeves! Moody Bands are like regular wrist bands, except they also communicate your emotional state to the people around you. Simply switch the Moody Band with every mood change! Fun for all ages!

Simply spread the word about UnlikeSchool.com by emailing your friends. For each friend that registers on our web site, your changes of winning goes up. We will draw for the prizes and you get one ‘ticket’ for each friend of yours that registers.

When you email your friends, please include the following instructions for how to join UnlikeSchool.com :

  • UnlikeSchool.com is a free service for homeschooling families that want to discover new resources and share their experiences.
  • Click here sign up! Note: Enter the email address of your friend (who referred you) in the last field: How did you learn about us?
  • Now, create your child profiles and explore the web site. That’s all there is too it.

We will draw the winners in 2 weeks, so start emailing now!

Is my website World Famous?

It’s gratifying to see that I’ve got visitors from all over the world! All continents are represented. Perhaps Africa could use a little more representation, but something tells me they might be a bit behind on broadband coverage? Oh, and if you know someone in Greenland you may want to let them know about us :-)

This visitor map is from Google Analytics:

Visitors from all over the world

If you are a visitor from outside the United States, and you’re reading this blog post, please leave a blog comment or email me directly at ehagen@unlikeschool.com and tell me where you’re from and how you use this website!

It’s a small world…

-Eivind

Switch profiles in a blink!

If you have several child profiles in your account (and you should, if you are homeschooling several children) then you may have found that it can be a hassle to switch between them. NO MORE!

Today it became much easier to switch between multiple profiles. Just place the mouse arrow over the My Profiles tab and you will instantly see a list of all your profiles. Just click on one, and it will switch to that profile instantly. You will stay on the same page. This is great if you find a page that you want to add as a favorite for several children, just switch and add for each one.

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I’m using Pivotal Tracker to keep myself on track

For those who want to be more Agile and Scrum-ish in their ways, this free tool is an excellent way to manage your work tasks. It’s based on User Stories, and the user interface is extremely simple an defficient. There is just a single screen to deal with. It’s also modular, so you can choose how much information you want to see at any given time.

If you are a software developer then you really should take a look at it.

I’m sure glad I live in the USA!

German authorities apparently influenced French police to snatch up 4 kids away from their family – because they are homeschooling! Homeschooling is apparently illegal (and considered dangerous) in Germany. There is another case in Sweden, where authorities nabbed a girl away from her family at the airport – just as they were about to leave for India to start a new chapter of their lives.

Why does homeschooling seem like such a threat to these people/societies? If they really think it’s bad for the kids, then SHOW US SOME EVIDENCE! It would not be hard to show evidence that the public school systems are failing to live up to it’s promise – for millions of kids. Where are all the kids complaining about being homechooled? I can’t hear them…

-Eivind

Simplified even more!

Some recent updates to the user interface on UnlikeSchool.com:

  • Search from any page!
  • ‘Pages’ tab is now visible only when you are viewing pages
  • New ‘Page’ tab (singular of ‘Pages’) is vsible when you are viewing or editing a specific page.
  • The ‘Contribute’ tab now also contains the ‘Create New Page’ sub-tab so there is now a single place to go for adding pages to the database.

Check it out, it’s much cleaner now.