Using digital timelines to study history

Using Digital Timelines to Study History

116: Using digital timelines to study history

Digital Timelines are a great way to help students see the flow of history in a visual way.

Here are some ways to incorporate them into any history curriculum

1. Include Interactive Timelines of the periods you are studying

2. Get students to create digital timelines. These 4 timeline creator tools are easy to use and free

Canva – Find the Canva timeline templates here
Google Slides – use the “insert diagram” function
Padlet – this post explains how to use Padlet for timelines
Prezi – Find the Prezi timeline templates here

3. Play Online Timeline Games – this game is for American or World History

4. Create Online Timeline games – Classtools has a game that is easy to create. Here is a post that explains what to do.

Show Sponsor Fundafunda Academy uses digital timelines in the World War 2 Year by Year web-based unit study as well as in their online US History class for high school

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Online Comic Strip Creators

Online comic strip creators

115: Online Comic Strip Creators

In this episode, I share with you some free online comic strip creators, and I give you ideas on how to incorporate them into your homeschool lessons.

1. Makebeliefs Comix

Makebeliefscomix.com is easy to use. Just drag and drop elements into the frames. It has limited graphics but is a great place to start

2. Google Slides

Make a table in Google slides, search for graphics and use the shapes for speech bubbles. Here is a video that will walk you through the process.

3. Canva

Canva is the most versatile of these 3 tools. You can use the elements they provide free or import others.

Watch this video overview


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Two other paid comic strip creators are Storyboardthat and Pixton.

Ideas on using comic strips for school assignments

  • Timeline of events
  • Creative Writing
  • Book summary – use a certain number of frames
  • Grammar – must use part of speech
  • Geography – set a comic strip in a specific location

Show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy, uses the comic strip creation as a student assignment in the middle school Writing Fun class and in some high school classes eg Government.

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Academic Integrity in Online Classes

114: Academic Integrity in Online Classes

Academic Integrity in Online Classes
In this episode, Suzette Laporte-Ayo and Dr. Dana Underwood, FundaFunda Academy‘s Spanish and Biology teachers, join Meryl to discuss the problem of academic integrity in online classes.

Suzette has also been the guest on episode 25 where she shared how to use Quizlet to learn foreign language vocabulary.

Dana was one of the guests on episode 88 when we discussed online resources to make science engaging.

There are three main areas of concern that we discuss:

1. Plagiarism (For ways to teach your children not to plagiarize listen to episode 57)

2. Cutting corners on homework

3. Cheating on tests

We also talk about some of the reasons we believe students cheat and how parents can help prevent this from happening.

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Fun with Flippity

Fun with Flippity

113: Fun with Flippity

Flippity is a free online resource that offers 25 different activities, most are games. Some can be played online, others allow you to create a pdf for offline fun. The games use data from Google Sheets (that you input to customize each game).

Flippity gives you the option to try out each game (use the Demo option), make a copy of the game template, and then follow the instructions to customize each game for your purpose.

I do mention how to use some of the Flippity tools to create digital gifts in episode 110.

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy has a unit study to guide your children through creating digital gifts and many use Flippity – you can find that here.

Games mentioned in this episode:

  • Matching Game
    – says the word ie can use to help kids learn to read, or for foreign lang
  • Bingo
    – Terms and Clues – print off OR online
  • Flippity Manipulatives
    – drag around
  • Timeline
    – can include videos and photos and can link to items on the web
  • Wordsearch / Crossword Puzzle / Word Scramble
    – all printed
  • Snowman
    – “hangman” with 4 different levels
    Snowman allows six guesses.
    Flower Power allows seven guesses.
    Bomb Squad allows eight guesses.
    Apple Picking allows nine guesses.
  • Mad Libs
    – you or your kids create the story
  • Board Game
    – just one person moves the pieces – all can view
  • Scavenger Hunt
    – Locked clues to solve

Show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy, uses the Mad Libs creator as a student assignment in the middle school Writing Fun class.

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Learn about Flippity and the games you can create with this site

Replay: 4 Free Online History games

Free Online History Games

This is a rerun of episode 42 which covers 4 Free Online History Games. I know many listeners are looking for free online games so enjoy!

You can find the show notes on the original episode here.

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4 Free Online History Games  for upper elementary through high school #historyfun #homeschoolhistory #historygames

Replay: Classtools – online educational fun

Classtools online educational fun

If you are looking for some new fun educational activities for your children in the new year, ClassTools is a great place to go. Listen to this replay as I tell you how I like to use some of the tools.

The original episode and the show notes can be found here.

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Virtual Gift Ideas for Homeschooling Families

112: Virtual Gift Ideas for Homeschooling Families

Virtual Gift Ideas for Homeschool Families

If you are looking for a last-minute gift, these virtual gift ideas will help you out.

1. DIY Virtual Gifts – listen to our previous episode for ideas.

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy has a unit study to guide your children through creating digital gifts – you can find that here.

2. Premium Version of apps – Some examples: Strava, All Trails, Spotify

3. Digital Magazines

4. Digital Escape Rooms

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy sells two – Mystery of the Amber Room and Mosby’s Treasure.

5. Annual subscriptions to National Parks, Zoos, Museums, etc

6. Gift Cards – some example: Steam, Uber Eats, H&M

7. eBooks

8. Subscription boxes – Kiwi Crate, Coffee, International Snacks, Makeup boxes

9. Online Classes – some examples: Masterclass, Airbnb virtual experiences
Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy sells an Intro to Game Programming Class that comes with a printable gift certifcate that makes a great option for 4th – 12th graders.

10. Digital Games – iPad, Steam

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Everybody code for one hour this week!

Code for and hour with Hour of Code

111: Everybody code for one hour this week!

It’s time for the Hour of Code again – and in this episode, everyone is encouraged to code for one hour! It doesn’t matter when you listen – the activities will be available free for you to try.

You can find all the Hour of Code activities here.

The ones I mention in this episode:

  • Disney Codeillusion: Media Art Adventure with Mickey
    Grades 2-8 | JavaScript
  • Design Your Own Maze!
    Grades 6+ | JavaScript
  • Code a Grandparent Card in Scratch
    Grades 2-8 | Blocks
  • Codesters: Code Your Own PSA
    Grades 6+ | Python
  • CodeMonkey Jr.: Pre-coding for Preschoolers
    Pre-reader | Blocks
  • Build your own chatbot in Python
    Grades 9+ | Python
  • Space Adventure: Write Code and Catch Bananas!
    Grades 2-8 | CoffeeScript
  • Professor Photon’s Color Conundrum
    Grades 6+ | Computational Thinking focused so no language

Show host FundaFunda Academy has a Christmas contest that includes basic Scratch tutorials.

For Computer Education week (ends Sunday 13 December) you can get FundaFunda’s 5-week Beginner Scratch or Python class for just $35 (a $20 saving). No coupon required.These classes are self-paced but are also graded and help is available for students who need it.

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Code for an Hour during this year's Hour of Code

Digital Gifts Your Children Can Create

Digital Gifts Your Children Can Create

110: Digital Gifts Your Children Can Create

These are the 8 ideas for digital gifts your children can create that are mentioned in this podcast.

1. Create a video game with Scratch (show host FundaFunda Academy has a Christmas contest that includes basic Scratch tutorials as well as longer Scratch classes)

2. Flippity.net has lots of templates that can be used to create games like Hangman and Matching games, as well as a template to make an online board game.

3. Choose your own adventure book – easy to do with Google Slides

4. Digital Breakouts

5. Movies – use Powtoon, Stop Motion Animation etc

6. Online Jigsaw Puzzles – use Jigsaw Planet

7. Activity Book – include word searches, cryptograms, sudoku, etc

8. Cards and DigitalCoupons – use Adobe Spark, Canva

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy has a unit study to guide your children through creating digital gifts – you can find that here.

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Replay: Online Tools For Photography

Online Tools for Photography

With the holiday season coming up, this seemed like a good time to rerun episode 42 which covers Online Tools for Photography. Our guest is Piers van der Merwe.

I hope these tools come in useful!

You can find the show notes on the original episode here.

Online Tools for Photography #photographywebsites #photographyapps #photography