Moving and Creating with Minecraft Earth

Minecraft Earth Review

Episode 101: Moving and Creating with Minecraft Earth

Minecraft Earth is an augmented reality app that could be described as a cross between Minecraft and Pokemon GO. It gets students moving because they have to move to collect resources and it gets them creating as they build their own worlds.

Students can not only build, but can also participate in Adventures and take on Challenges. As they progress through the game they accumulate points and level up. Leveling up as well as completing challenges earns rewards.

Students can take items they collect and can either use them as is or, turn them into something else by selecting the “make stuff” option and completing a recipe.

I have also just played alone, but there is also the option of playing with friends.

The app is free and available in the App Store and Google Play Store

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100 Free Digital Resources for Homeschool Families

100 Free digital resources for homeschool families

Episode 100: 100 Free Digital Resources for Homeschool Families

This is the 100th episode of the podcast and to celebrate I created a document that lists 100 free digital resources for homeschool families.

Some of the items on the list have paid versions as well as free, but the free version is enough to be useful.

All of the resources have multiple uses or will take a while to play through if it is just one game. Many have been featured in previous shows.

In this episode, I highlight a few of the items that haven’t yet been mentioned here.

Enjoy! And don’t forget to bookmark this list!

You can find show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy’s online classes and web-based unit studies here. And look for their free resource in the list above!

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Online Election Resources For Students

Online election resources for students

99: Online Election Resources For Students

With the upcoming election, this seems to be a good time to talk about online election resources for students.

iCivics
Lots of teacher resources
Also games – Win the White House, Cast your Vote

Scholastic
Race to 270 – simulation that teaches about the electoral college
The Issues – choose reading levels for explanations on what different parties believe about different issues
Kid Reporters – articles about the election written by students
Quizzes

Redistricting Game
5 missions that teach what gerrymandering is

Balletopedia – who is running
List of all candidates by state running in 2020

Isidewith
Take a quiz on different issues to see which party and candidates your beliefs align best with

Fanschool
Listen to we did with the creator of this game, Eric Nelson
In October, a
game specific to the 2020 election will be added
Fanschool Politics allows students to draft “teams” of states or Congress representatatives and track how “well” they do. Visit the website to read all about it

Electing a President web-based unit study
This 4 module self-paced unit study from show sponsor, FundaFunda, uses many engaging resources to teach about US elections and the office of the president. Listen before the end of September 2020 to get a coupon for a 75% discount.

You can find show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy’s online classes and web-based unit studies here

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Digital Resources for Music Appreciation

Digital Resources for Music Appreciation

98: Digital Resources for Music Appreciation

Our guest in this episode is Gena Mayo who blogs about many topics (including homeschooling and fashion) at I Choose Joy specifically about music and homeschooling at Music in Our Homeschool.

Digital Resources for Music Appreciation For All Ages


Philharmonia.co.uk
This orchestra provides live (online through YouTube during the pandemic) concerts. Especially check out the Instrument Guides and the Family Concerts (also on their YouTube channel)

Naxos.com
Naxos Records is the world’s leading classical music label. Use this site to search by composers and hear their music right there.

Britannica.com
An online encyclopedia. Search composer’s name, style of music, etc.

Digital Resources for Music Appreciation For High School


MusicAcademyOnline.com
Find composer biographies, music and composers in the news and a lot of resource links. They have a weekly podcast where they meet with artists, composers, performers, and scholars who share their art and love for what they are doing.

MusicianGuide.com
This site provides biographies for musicians and groups such as bands. There are a lot of 20th and 21st Century options here if you’re studying more modern music history.

TheatreHistory.com
Learn about musical theater here. This page provides links to individual musicals to learn more about them.

Digital Resources for Music Appreciation For Elementary School


ClassicsforKids.com
One of my all-time favorite music sites for kids! Includes games, biographies, podcast episodes about composers, and specific pieces.

DSOkids.com
Their “Learn and Listen” videos are great for instruments, composers, and “building blocks of music.”

Chrome Music Lab
Online games and activities to explore sounds and music composition

SFKids
Great site, but requires Flash (won’t work after Dec. 2020). Learn about instruments, listen to music, etc.

Creating Music
Fun games, but requires Flash (won’t work after Dec. 2020)

Learn.MusicinOurHomeschool.com
Gena Mayo’s self-paced music appreciation classes for all ages (including ones for high school elective credit)

You can find show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy’s online classes and web-based unit studies here

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Profile of a Successful Online Learner

How to be a successful online student

97: Profile of a Successful Online Learner

So many students in high school and college are now learning online, and they don’t always know how to navigate and excel in a different environment to the physical classroom.

As I have been teaching online for many years now, I hope this episode helps those of you with online learners – and those of you who will have online learners in the future.

Here are the tips covered in this episode to help your child from an early age be ready to be a successful online learner.

1. Read instructions / syllabus

2. Be on time

3. Be tech-savvy (screenshot/details if there are issues)

4. Remove distractions

5. Follow rubrics

6. Communicate when problems or confusion

7. Be polite

8. Check grades

9. Don’t plagiarize

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Online Forensic Science Resources

Online Forensic Science Resources

96: Online Forensic Science Resources

Our guest in this episode is Emily Boyle and she shares with us online forensic science resources. Emily coaches Crime Busters and Forensics for a homeschool Science Olympiad team and she teaches Forensic Science to high schoolers at FundaFunda Academy.

These are the resources Emily mentions:

Emily mentions that one can use TV crime series as a discussion point for Forensics Science, even though they are often not true-to-life. It gives students the opportunity to use critical thinking skills.

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Online Tools to learn about the Stock Market

Online Stock Market Resources

95: Online Tools to learn about the Stock Market

In this episode, the following online stock market resources are mentioned:

1. TED ED talk How does the Stock Market work?

2. Stock Market rap song

3. Quizlet and Quizizz are good websites to use to teach students the basic terms in a fun way.

4. New Generation Personal Finance has videos, games and activities including the game Build Your Stax

5. How the Market Works simulation

6. The Stock Market Game contest which is a team event for 4th – 12th graders that includes an essay contest – Investwrite.

7. FundaFunda’s web-based Stock Market Unit Study for 4th – 8th graders.

8. FundaFunda’s Stock Market Contest.

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Online Classes and Costs

Online classes and costs

94: Online Classes and Costs

When you consider online classes and their costs, you need to remember that you usually get what you pay for.

Free online classes will expect parents to grade and may not be as in-depth as paid classes.

Low-cost online classes are usually self-paced with automatic grading (ie assignments are quizzes) or parent grading. These kinds of classes can afford big sales on their products as most of the work is done during course creation.

The more involvement by teachers the more classes are likely to cost. It takes hours to create a module – whether creating one’s one videos, prepping for live sessions, or gathering online resources. Then a teacher will spend more time if there is a live session involved, and even more time if there is grading to be done. In addition, some subjects (eg languages) will require a lot of teacher involvement. The higher grades are also going to cost more than younger grades.

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy keeps costs down by using teaching assistants to help with grading.

AP classes and specialized classes usually cost more as teachers need more knowledge for them. There are generally also fewer students in each class.

Listen to the episode as you will also get a breakdown of how much time a teacher is likely to spend on a class.

Episode 24- How to Select Online Classes for your Children is a related episode that can help you decide what type of onlince classes will work best for your children.

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A year-round virtual curriculum fair

A year-round virtual curriculum fair for homeschoolers

93: A year-round virtual curriculum fair

Our guest in this episode is Heather Bowen from Mom for All Seasons and in this interview you can learn about the year-round virtual curriculum fair she has created.

This virtual curriculum fair allows you to find curricula based on age, subject, type of curriculum, and worldview. It is very easy to narrow down your search to find a number of options that fit the criteria you specify. Each week all the special offers from vendors are listed on the main page.

The website is Top Picks Homeschool Curriculum Fair and there is a companion Facebook group that hosts giveaways, Facebook parties, workshops etc. It is also a place you can ask questions and get answers from fellow homeschoolers and the vendors.

Both the website and the Facebook group are free for attendees.

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy is one of the over 100 vendors you will find at this virtual curriculum fair. Other vendors include Apologia, Sonlight, Grammar Galaxy, Media Angels, and Math Mammoth. So you will find many old favorites AND find many new exciting vendors.

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The role of tech with special needs students

Using Tech with Special Needs Students

92: The role of tech with special needs students

Our guest in this episode is Peggy Ployhar, founder/CEO of SPED Homeschool, and she is going to share with us about using tech with special needs students. Peggy has a wealth of wisdom to share, and you will need to listen to this episode to get the maximum benefit.

This sums up what Peggy covers in this episode:

Teaching struggling students is difficult, thus many parents look to technology to ease that difficulty, but if not considered properly it can complicate the teaching and the learning process.

She explores 4 myths:

Myth 1 – A child who loves tech will best learn on/with tech
Myth 2 – Parent involvement is unnecessary if teaching with an app/program/online curriculum
Myth 3 – Assistive tech is a crutch students must work to eliminate
Myth 4 – Video and/or audio-based curriculum is less superior to book-based curriculum

Learn more from Peggy on her weekly live show where she talks with guests about topics relevant to homeschooling special needs students. This live show is from 8 – 9pm CT each Tuesday on Facebook or Youtube. You can catch the replay as a podcast.

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