Teach your Children about Phishing

Teach Your Children About Phishing

107: Teach your Children about Phishing

Everyone with an email address and a phone is regularly affected by phishing attempts, and in this episode, I give some tips on how to teach your children about phishing.

My first suggestion is that when you receive a phishing attempt by email or phone, you show your children and talk about it with them.

You can also watch these videos with them:

Once your children have an idea what phishing is and how to spot it, test them (and yourself) with this quiz

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy includes instruction on how to spot computer scams in their Computer Applications online class. This class is appropriate for 7th – 12th graders and worth 1 credit, but is great for middle schoolers so that they are prepared for high school.

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Teach Your Children About Phishing

Preparing our children for jobs of the future

Preparing our children for jobs of the future

106: Preparing our children for jobs of the future

As we homeschool, we do have to consider if we are preparing our children for jobs of the future and that is what we consider in this episode.

Some of the ideas mentioned are:

1. Will the job still exist – and if so, will it be changed in any way?

2. Technological know-how job seekers will need

3. They may need to know how to program

4. They will need to know how to work virtually

5. Make sure they know how to teach themselves new skills

6. A skill they will still need – how to write well

7. Problem solving will always be an important ability

8. Creativity will be too

9. Ethics relating to a changing technological world

This could mean less memorization in your homeschool and more emphasis on curriculum that encourages problem-solving and creativity and incorporates technology and online work.

Show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy has classes that teach coding (Intro to Game Programming, Scratch and Python) as well as Computer Applications. In addition, many of their online classes, and all their web-based unit studies incorporate digital projects. And many of their classes also have group projects to teach students to work virtually as part of a team.

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

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Preparing our children for jobs of the future

Online Resources for Creative Writing

Online Resources For Creative Writing

105: Online Resources for Creative Writing with Ayanna Murray

Ayanna Murray is the guest in this episode and she shares her favorite online resources for creative writing. Ayanna is an author herself and she shares how she taught her children to enjoy and excel at creative writing. You can learn about Ayanna at her website – Ayannamurray.com.

I met Ayanna through a Facebook group I host – Homeschooling College-bound Teens. You are welcome to join us there too!

These are the resources Ayanaa mentioned. Be sure to listen to the episode for more detailis about each of them:

Learn more about Ayanna, her books, and homeschool resources at www.ayannamurray.com. Follow her on Instagram @Ayanluv and Twitter @AyannaMurray.

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Creative Ways to Use Tech for Foreign Language Learning

Ways to Use Tech for Foreign Language Learning

104: Creative Ways to Use Tech for Foreign Language Learning

This episode explains some creative ways to use tech for foreign language learning. This is not about apps and websites to teach a language, but rather on how to use tech to allow you to practice what you are learning in a natural way. The ideas I share can be used for all ages.

1. Listen to music in foreign languages

2. Read simple e-books in foreign languages

3. Watch TV shows and movies in foreign languages

4. Set shopping sites to the language you are learning

5. Use the Toucan web extension to integrate Spanish words into the websites you choose

6. Set your phone to Spanish

These ideas may spur you to further ideas – using tech or even without tech on ways to integrate foreign language learning into your daily life

Be sure to listen to the episode as I go into detail about how we did these things in our home.

You can find show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy’s online classes (including Spanish!) and web-based unit studies here

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Using Youtube in your Homeschool

Using Youtube in Your Homeschool

103: Using Youtube in your Homeschool

This episode covers a number of tools that can help you when you are using Youtube in your homeschool. Listen to the episode which explains these in more detail.

1. Use Filters when you search on Youtube to find videos that meet your needs

2. Playlists – a useful way to share related Youtube videos with your children

3. Choose from these free tools to remove the sidebar:

4. 360-degree videos put you “in the video and Google cardboard can enhance the experience

5. Use Edpuzzle to embed questions and ensure your children watch the whole video. You can also clip a video to just display part of it,

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

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How to use Google Lens in your homeschool

Using Google Lens in Your Homeschool

Episode 102: How to use Google Lens in your homeschool with Dr. Kristin Moon

Today’s interview is with Kristin Moon from Kristin Moon Science and she explains what Google Lens is and how to Use Google Lens in your homeschool. You can also follow her on Facebook

Dr. Moon teaches Chemistry for show sponsor FundaFunda Academy and Biology at True North Homeschool Academy.

Be sure to listen to our other interviews with her including the one where she talks about PHET Simulations

This is a useful blog post that highlights some of the features of Google Lens.

Google Lens is part of the Google App on the App Store. Once you open the Google App you can access Google Lens from the top right-hand corner (see below)

Where to find Google Lens

You can find it on the Google Play Store here

Be sure to listen to the episode to learn how Google Lens will help you in so many different ways including identifying plants, translating foreign languages, and even finding homework help!

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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

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

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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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