Since June, a digital creative playground for teens has been open at the Centennial Library in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, giving youth access to high powered laptops, cameras, lighting equipment, and other digital media creation tools. Perhaps surprisingly, the ‘digital maker space’, as it’s called, is being mostly used by homeschooled students.
“Technology is maybe a weak spot for home schooling,” said Ali Smith, a mom who home schools her children Ezra, 18, and Ewan, 13, and who both use the space. “Unless you do it for a living you really don’t have the knowledge base or the equipment to teach a lot of technology skills.”