Unschoolers are showing up on the new Clubhouse platform to share information and reassure each other. I've only been participating for a couple of weeks now and I'm loving it!
What is Clubhouse?
I think of it as an interactive podcast. For those a little younger than me, it's similar to the Party Lines of the late 80s/early 90s. Initially, I thought that sounded like it could be a madhouse, but it isn't. At least no in the "rooms" I've been in. The people in there are incredibly considerate - not wanting to "hog the mike," thanking the moderators for allowing them to speak, etc.
So let me share how they describe Clubhouse at their website:
Clubhouse is a new type of network based on voice. When you open the app you can see “rooms” full of people talking—all open so you can hop in and out, exploring different conversations. You enter each room as an audience member, but if you want to talk you just raise your hand, and the speakers can choose to invite you up. Or you can create a room of your own. It’s a place to meet with friends and with new people around the world—to tell stories, ask questions, debate, learn, and have impromptu conversations on thousands of different topics.
Clubhouse is voice-only, and we think voice is a very special medium. With no camera on, you don’t have to worry about eye contact, what you’re wearing, or where you are. You can talk on Clubhouse while you’re folding laundry, breastfeeding, commuting, working on your couch in the basement, or going for a run. Instead of typing something and hitting Send, you’re engaged in a back-and-forth dialogue with others. The intonation, inflection and emotion conveyed through voice allow you to pick up on nuance and form uniquely human connections with others. You can still challenge each other and have tough conversations—but with voice there is often an ability to build more empathy. This is what drew us to the medium.
Why I Like it for Unschoolers
Prior to Covid, we were all able to connect at various live events and conferences around the country. Clubhouse has created a platform that allows us to continue to do that! In our jammies! Without traveling!
One of my favorite parts about unschooling conferences was being able to chat with other unschoolers at various stages in their unschooling journeys. Remember sitting around hotel lobbies, putting faces to the names we had talked with through text online? That was so fun!
Now we can hop into Clubhouse "rooms" together - and even though we can't SEE each other, we can hear their voices. And that's the next best thing!
Clubhouse is like meeting at a Virtual Park Day with way less effort. But you still get the advantages of being able to ask questions and get to know each other better. So many unschoolers feel isolated. Even within their homeschooling communities, they can feel like "odd man out." This will help with that feeling.
It's especially great for unschoolers with businesses - you can listen in on advice from leading experts within their fields, ask questions and learn from other's questions. It's a fabulous networking opportunity! You do know about the MOB (Mom Owned Businesses), right? They're on Clubhouse too!
What Do They Talk About in Clubhouse?
All kinds of things! What are your interests?
You can find conversations happening in these categories - and there are subcategories within them!
Or you can put a name or a topic into the search bar and go see what Clubhouse has for those.
For instance, if you put "Unschooling" in the search, you'll see the option of "People" or "Clubs."
The "People" would be anyone with "unschooling" listed in their bio. You can then hop over to see if you want to follow them - or follow anyone they're following.
The "Clubs" shows those clubs that consider themselves connected with unschooling. Not too many yet but you might see what's available for Unschooling or Worldschooling.
A Few Things to Remember
- You have to have an iPhone to join - it's an Apple-only App.
- Invites are hard to come by... which of course leads to massive FOMO for many of us. Each person gets between 1-3 invites when they join (that they can use these to invite someone else.) So if you want to join, the fastest way is to check if any of your friends are on there and have an invite they can share with you. The topic comes up a lot in our Unschooling Mom2Mom Facebook group - so you might be able to snag an invite there.
- Unschooling Mom2Mom will have a weekly chat while we're trying to all connect and find each other. If you follow @suepatt and click the bell, it will tell you when I've set up new chats for us.
Since it's all so new, I'll probably keep editing this post to be sure we've collected important information here. If you know of something I've forgotten that would help others have a smooth experience getting onto Clubhouse, feel free to leave a comment below!
Unschooling Mom2Mom on Clubhouse!
- Meet other Unschoolers on Clubhouse
- Share and hear Unschooling Success stories
- Find resources to help you on your unschooling journey
The photo on the left indicates "tomorrow" -
which is January 18 at the time of this writing.