How tech skills helped one homeschooler pay for college

how tech skills helped one homeschooler pay for college

153: How tech skills helped one homeschooler pay for college with Samantha Shank

Samantha Shank from Learn in Color is our guest and explains how tech skills helped her pay for college.

Listen to the episode as she tells her story of how she started out as a 14-year-old – who didn’t have techie parents – and how she has grown the website to what it is today. And how it funded her college education!

The websites she mentions that she uses to create her products are

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How Tech Skills helped one Homeschooler pay for college

How To Add Tech To Any Curriculum

How to add tech to any curriculum

152: How to add tech to any curriculum

In this episode, I discuss how to add tech to any curriculum – whether it is heavily dependent on books, completely online, or somewhere in between.

1. Review games/quizzes
2. Further exploration – webcams, virtual tours, youtube
3. Simulations – Phet, videos of experiments
4. Readalouds – audiobooks
5. Movies
6. Computer/video games eg Civilization
7. Use tech projects instead of essays
8. FundaFunda unit studies for a deep dive into topics

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How to add tech to any curriculum

Meterhero: A practical STEM project

Meterhero practical STEM project

151: Meterhero: A practical STEM project

In this episode, Nate Conroy explains how he came up with the idea for Meterhero and your children can get involved.

Meterhero gets students to monitor their own home’s gas, water, and electricity usage and then use the data to see trends, figure out ways to save money and much more.

It is a very practical STEM project and great for homeschoolers – especially as it is free because it is sponsored by The Vela Education Fund

This video explains it – and be sure to listen to the whole episode

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Meterhero practical STEM project


 

A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Courageous Movie

 

From the Kendrick Brothers, creators of the No. 1 box-office movie WAR ROOM and OVERCOMER, comes the remastered re-release of COURAGEOUS Legacy, in theaters September 24. Celebrating 10 years of impact on families and fathers, this updated version of the film includes new scenes and an enhanced look and sound.

Filled with action-packed drama, COURAGEOUS Legacy will once again have viewers laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.

Check out the trailer here!


Creating Online Review Games For Your Children

online review games

150: Creating online review games for your children

The free resources to create online review games for your children that are mentioned in this episode are

  • Flippity – Matching game, Hangman (Snowman)
  • Classtools – lots of different arcade games to choose from
  • Quizlet -Match up, Gravity

All these resources have digital flashcards you can create too.

Other related podcast episodes you may want to listen to:

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Take a look at show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy to see what they offer for online classes and web-based unit studies.

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creating online review games for your children


 

A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Courageous Movie

 

From the Kendrick Brothers, creators of the No. 1 box-office movie WAR ROOM and OVERCOMER, comes the remastered re-release of COURAGEOUS Legacy, in theaters September 24. Celebrating 10 years of impact on families and fathers, this updated version of the film includes new scenes and an enhanced look and sound.

Filled with action-packed drama, COURAGEOUS Legacy will once again have viewers laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.

Check out the trailer here!


Using Trello to organize your curriculum

Using Trello to organize your curriculum

149: Using Trello to organize your curriculum with Richie Soares


In this episode, Richie Soares from Homeschool and Humor shares tips on using Trello to organize your curriculum.

Richie explains what Trello is and how to set it up in various different ways to easily keep track of all the curriculum you are using – or may want to use in the future.

Richie is sharing the board she created with our listeners so that you can see exactly how she does it. And she has included 40 virtual field trips links and ideas as well as links/resources for worksheets and resources!

TRELLO CURRICULUM OVERVIEW BOARD SIGNUP LINK: https://www.homeschoolandhumor.com/curriculum-trello

Richie also talks about other ways you can use Trello in your homeschool and some benefits of using this resource so be sure to listen in!

You can find Richie at her webiste, Homeschool and Humor. You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

Previous episode on Trello:

5 Ways Homeschool Parents can use Trello

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Take a look at show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy to see what they offer for online classes and web-based unit studies.

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Using Trello to Organize Your Curriculum

 


A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Show Me The Father Movie

The Kendrick Brothers, creators of WAR ROOM and FIREPROOF, have some exciting news to share: they have TWO films coming to theaters this fall—SHOW ME THE FATHER on September 10 and COURAGEOUS Legacy on September 24.

Featuring a variety of amazing, true stories, the Kendrick Brothers’ new feature film SHOW ME THE FATHER takes audiences on an inspiring and emotional cinematic journey. Their first documentary film has something for everyone and invites you to think differently about how you view your earthly father story and also how you personally relate to God.

Check out the trailer here!


 

Google’s Free Applied Digital Skills Lessons

Google's free applied digital skills lessons

148: Google’s Free Applied Digital Skills Lessons

I first learned about Google’s Free Applied Digital Skills lessons from Coach Victor Hicks in an interview he did on the 10 Minute Teacher podcast. Listen to it to hear he how has used these lessons with students.

You can find all the lessons here (currently 160 of them!)

You can filter the list of lessons by age, topic, and tool

The results of a search can be sorted by popular, recent, duration, alphabetical

You can either set it up as a teacher with a classroom (or multiple classrooms) and assign your children specific lessons, or you just tell your children which individual lessons to do without a classroom setup.

There are so many options to choose from which makes this is an ideal way to help your children learn more tech skills that will be useful in college and the workplace. You can learn along with your kids! The videos are short and explain everything really well.

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Take a look at show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy to see what they offer for online classes and web-based unit studies.

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool.

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Google's free applied digital skills lessons

 


A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Show Me The Father Movie

The Kendrick Brothers, creators of WAR ROOM and FIREPROOF, have some exciting news to share: they have TWO films coming to theaters this fall—SHOW ME THE FATHER on September 10 and COURAGEOUS Legacy on September 24.

Featuring a variety of amazing, true stories, the Kendrick Brothers’ new feature film SHOW ME THE FATHER takes audiences on an inspiring and emotional cinematic journey. Their first documentary film has something for everyone and invites you to think differently about how you view your earthly father story and also how you personally relate to God.

Check out the trailer here!


 

Using Technology to Foster Curiosity

Using Technology to Foster Creativity

147: Using technology to foster curiosity

In this episode, the discussion revolves around using technology to foster curiosity. Children are naturally curious and tech makes it easy to help our children explore topics of interest.

Here are 7 specific ideas:

1. Use Google Lens to identify plants and other things.
2. Explore.org and other live webcams to learn about animals
3. Find videos on Youtube and TikTok to learn about what it is like to live in other parts of the world.
4. Wander through a city’s streets with Streetview in Google maps
5. Immerse yourself in an experience using VR (Google Expeditions, 360-degree Youtube video example: Clouds over Sidra about a refugee camp on the Within app.
6. Discover the history around you with the Clio app
7. See how science works with simulations eg PHET
8. Web-based Unit Studies from show sponsor FundaFunda Academy

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Take a look at show sponsor, FundaFunda Aademy to see what they offer for online classes and web-based unit studies.

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool.

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Using Technology to Foster Creativity

4 Ways Challenging Yourself as a Homeschooling Mom Leads to Leveling Up Your Homeschooling Life

Challenging Yourself as a Homeschool Mom

146: 4 Ways Challenging Yourself as a Homeschooling Mom Leads to Leveling Up Your Homeschooling Life

In this episode, guest Sarah Miller-Snyder shares 4 ways challenging yourself as a homeschool mom leads to leveling up your homeschool.

Sarah has been a guest on the podcast twice before. She has shared about Podcasts for hhomeschool families and Podcasts for kids of all ages, so be sure to listen to those if you haven’t already.

Sarah has her own podcast, The Online School Mom. I am her guest on the episode “Online electives to boost your child’s education“.

You can find the rest of what Sarah offers at Online School Mom and you can join her Facebook group Online School Mom.

Her daughter Addie talked about how she started an Etsy shop in the summer series on Techie Teens.

Listen to the episode to hear all the challenges Sarah took on this past year – most of them related to technology in some way!!

The 4 Ways These Challenges Benefited Their Family

  1. The kids copied their mom
  2. Doing less for her kids led to them helping out more
  3. They all learned to accept mistakes and ‘failure’.
  4. She gained more energy and a better ‘vibe’ which positively affected the home environment.

Main takeaway: Don’t wait until you are ready to try things or go for a goal; the only way to build confidence is to do things.

Special offer for August 2021:

Share about this podcast on any of your social media accounts, or in online forums, Google groups etc OR leave a rating and review on the podcast player you use, then take a photo or screenshot and email it to meryl@fundafunda.com. Everyone who does that can select ANY $20 web-based unit study from sponsor FundaFunda Academy.

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Take a look at show sponsor, FundaFunda Aademy to see what they offer for online classes and web-based unit studies.

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool.

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and give a rating and maybe even a review! Subscribing will help you make sure you never miss an episode.

Challenging Yourself as a Homeschool Mom

Technology and the Middle School Years

Technology and  the Middle School Years

145: Technology and the Middle School Years

In this episode we look at technology and the middle school years from two different perspectives:

1. How much technology is too much?

The first topic I discuss is video gaming. The article I reference is here.
The Instagram account to look at is @juliebravewriter. Click on “Video Games” under highlights in Stories.

The second topic is Social Media. The website I reference is Social Media Test Drive. I also mention a previous podcast episode: Homeschooling Digital Natives


2. How much technology is too little?

Make sure they know the basics they will need for high school. FundaFunda Academy teaches a Computer Applications class that will prepare them well.

Let them take at least one online class in middle school. If you want an inexpensive self-paced option, look at FundaFunda’s web-based unit studies.

How to find balance in tech usage with middle schoolers?

I give ideas on different approaches. You are invited to join the Homeschooling Middle School Facebook Group to talk about this and other issues with homeschool parents of middle schoolers.

Special offer for August 2021:

Share about this podcast on any of your social media accounts, or in online forums, Google groups etc OR leave a rating and review on the podcast player you use, then take a photo or screenshot and email it to meryl@fundafunda.com. Everyone who does that can select ANY $20 web-based unit study from sponsor FundaFunda Academy.

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Take a look at show sponsor, FundaFunda Aademy to see what they offer for online classes and web-based unit studies.

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool.

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and give a rating and maybe even a review! Subscribing will help you make sure you never miss an episode.

Technology and  the Middle School Years

Non-tech skills students learn from coding

Non-techSkills Students Learn From Coding

144: Non-tech skills students learn from coding

There are many non-tech skills students learn from coding. This means learning to program is useful even when students don’t decide to pursue a degree where programming is core to it. These are the skills i talk about in this episode:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Logic
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Planning
  • Perseverance
  • Attention to detail
  • Creativity

Students will also learn humility.

Show sponsor FundaFunda offers the following programming classes:

Special offer for August 2021:

Share about this podcast on any of your social media accounts, or in online forums, Google groups etc OR leave a rating and review on the podcast player you use, then take a photo or screenshot and email it to meryl@fundafunda.com. Everyone who does that can select ANY $20 web-based unit study from sponsor FundaFunda Academy.

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Take a look at show sponsor, FundaFunda Aademy to see what they offer for online classes and web-based unit studies.

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool.

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and give a rating and maybe even a review! Subscribing will help you make sure you never miss an episode.

Non-techSkills Students Learn From Coding