Technology and Handicrafts: An unlikely pair

Technology and Handicrafts

157: Technology and Handicrafts: An unlikely pair with Amber O’Neal Johnston

Amber O’Neal Johnston from HeritageMom shares how technology and handicrafts go hand-in-hand in their homeschool. If you think your family is more about crafts and prefer not to spend time using technology, then this episode is for you!

Follow her on Instagram at @heritagemomblog! She has great posts and stories.

Amber answers the following questions in this episode:

  1. What were your initial views of tech?
  2. What made you change?
  3. How did you start integrating tech in your homeschool?
  4. How do you currently use tech?
  5. Technology and handicrafts – how do they relate?
  6. What handicrafts does your family do?

Resources Amber mentions:

  • Instructional videos on Youtube
  • Self-paced courses through Teachable
  • Membership on Craftsy with on-demand courses

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Technology and Handicrafts

eBook Creators to use in your Homeschool

ebook creators to use in your homeschool

In this episode, you will learn about various free eBook creation websites and how you can incorporate using them into your homeschool. This month is NaNaWriMo and if your children participate in that they can use one of these ideas to create an eBook that is easy to share with others.

The 5 eBook creators I mention are:

  1. Google Docs – this is a useful article explaining some of the formatting options – https://support.google.com/docs/answer/116338
  2. Writereader – a nice option for younger children
  3. Storyjumperthis video explains how to use it’s main features
  4. Book Creator – has a cool Autodraw feature. Find example books here
  5. Canva – once you export to a pdf you can upload it in Heyzine to create a flipbook.

The 3 FundaFunda Academy classes I mention that have book creating assignments are:

  1. Writing Fun – for 5tth – 8th grade
  2. World Geography – for 8th to 12th grade
  3. US History (Hons) – for 9th – 12th grade

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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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ebook creators to use in your homeschool

156: eBook Creators to use in your Homeschool

Screens and Guilt

Screens and Guilt

155: Screens and Guilt with Julie Bogart

Julie Bogart from Bravewriter talks to us in this episode about a subject many parents struggle with: Screens and Guilt.

Follow Julie on Instagram at JulieBraveWriter! That’s where I saw her talking about this issue.

Julie answers the following questions in this episode:

  • What makes video gaming controversial?
  • How can families use screens constructively?
  • What does the current research say about video games in particular?
  • How can parents set healthy boundaries for screens while also celebrating the good they accomplish?
  • Do you have any recommendations for parents who might want more information about screens and kids?

Resources Julie references:

Pre-order Julie’s upcoming book, Raising Critical Thinkers: A Parent’s Guide to Growing Wise Kids in the Digital Age.

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Screens and Guilt

Online Resources for Brain Teasers

Online Resources for brain teasers

154: Online Resources for Brain Teasers with Christy Rickman

Guest Christy Rickman shares with us her favorite online resources for brain teasers. Christy first explains why it is beneficial for your children to be doing brainteasers.

These are the resources Christy mentions in the episode

1. A website with lots of brain teasers – Puzzlebaron

2. Most interesting brainteaser – Einstein’s puzzle

3. Most challenging – Lights Out

4. Most fun – Colored Lines

5. Other suggestions? Do online searches for battleship analogies

Get Christy’s web-based Brain Games Unit Study for 50% discount until the end of 2021 with code BRAIN50

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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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Online Resources for brain teaserss

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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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.

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.

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!