Tech the Halls: STEM Christmas gifts

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STEM Christmas gifts

254: Tech the Halls: STEM Christmas gifts

STEM Christmas Gifts not only bring hours of fun to children of all ages, but also prepare children for the future. In this episode, I talk about gifts in these 4 categories

1. Hardware

2. Video Games

3. STEM Board Games

4. Engineering Toys
* Mentioned: 30 Days Lost in Space kit

Two blog posts with lots of specific ideas

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Hour of Code 2023

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Hour of Code 2023

253: Hour of Code 2023

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week in the week of the birthday of Admiral Grace Hopper. If you don’t know about her contribution to the field of computer science, here is a short video to watch with your children

Each year you can find many free coding activities that will take students about one hour to complete on the Hour of Code website

This year they have included a number that are related to AI and those are the ones I talk about in this episode. The 4 I tried out are:

  • Dance Party: AI Edition
  • Build Fun Apps/Games Using ChatGPT AI
  • Scratch – Book to Code
  • Discover AI in Daily Life

To celebrate Computer Science Education Week, show sponsor FundaFunda is offering a discount on their programming classes – you can get $20 off any of them with code HWT20 until Dec 31, 2023: 5-week Beginner Scratch or Python or Full semester Scratch or Python classes

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Ideas for Using New AI Tools in Canva

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Ideas for Using New AI Tools in Canva

252: Ideas for Using New AI Tools in Canva

Rebecca Brinkman from Rose and Bird unpacks some of the new AI tools in Canva. Rebecca was the guest on episode 210 – Taking Holiday Photos with Storytelling in Mind and 227 – Why all teens should learn Canva

All the tools available in Magic Studio and what they do

● Magic Edit (free) – Use the brush to select part of a photo and then use text to describe
what you want to regenerate to take that objects place
● Magic Design (free) – Generates images, clip art and videos (using Runway but only 5
credits available). Access in the Elements panel where it says “AI Image Generator.”
● Magic Write (available in free version but requires the use of a credit each time you use
it) – Text generation similar to ChatGPT.
● Magic Animate – applies different combinations of text and object animations to a design
or template with choices for different options.
● Magic Switch – similar to a tool Pro Canva has had for a while where you can resize from
one format – like a square Instagram post – to another size like for a Facebook post. The
resize part of it has expanded into all of the media forms and sizes they have available.
They have also added other tools inside this that will translate your text to another
language, convert your design to a doc for a summary, blog post and even song lyrics.
● Magic Morph – use this to convert text into dynamic shapes and forms.
● Magic Media – text to image and text to video generator similar to Midjourney.
● Magic Grab – makes it possible to select one element in a photo and move it to another
spot in the image or remove it altogether.
● Magic Expand – using generative AI to expand your image on one side.

Rebecca goes into detail on how to use the two free AI tools.

Where to find Rebecca online:

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Replay: 10 Websites You Will Be Thankful I Told You About

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Useful Websites for Homeschoolers

This is a replay of episode 159 – you can find the original show notes here.

Useful Websites for Homeschoolers

How to Use Tech to Inspire a Love of Learning

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How to use tech to inspire a love of learning

251: How to use tech to inspire a love of learning

Guest Kami Wanous from The Freedom Scholar gives some great ideas on how to use tech to inspire a love of learning.

Here are the 6 ideas she covers:

  • Using short videos or online classes (one time class) to spark interest – like YouTube and Varsity Tutors
  • Coding games like Scratch
  • Podcasts designed for kids
  • Virtual field trips
  • Audio books
  • Using maker spaces or tech like 3D printing

Where you can find Kami

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Verizon Learning Portal

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Verizon Learning Portal

250: Verizon Learning Portal

The Verizon Learning Portal is a free collection of online lessons for K – 12. In this episode I share some of the cools things I found in it and what it was like working through a lesson.

I also share about the 7 full courses they offer.

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Digital Music Production

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Digital Music Production

249: Digital Music Production

In this episode, music industry veteran Brent Daniels shares resources teens can use for digital music production.

Online Tools Mentioned in this Episode

Garageband (iOS)
Bandlab, Soundtrap (Windows / Chrome)
Next level – Logic Pro (Apple)
Waveformfree (cross platform)
Pro Tools – Avid Sub and FL Studio

Where to find Brent Daniels

Find the Digital Music Production course on the Mr. D Math website

Trailer for the Digital Music Production Course

You can find Brent at BrentDanielsMusic.com
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Learn tech skills with passion led projects

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Learn Tech Skills With Passion Led Projects.

248: Learn tech skills with passion led projects

Today’s episode explains how to learn tech skills with passion led projects. Use topics your children are interested in and integrate tech to create a meaningful project.

Ideas on how to use tech to gather information for the project

  • online research
  • surveys through Google forms
  • store data on a spreadsheet; create graphs
  • take digital photos
  • organize information using a tool like Evernote (or OneNote)

Ideas on ways to present a passion led project

  • video (animated Powtoon), filmed, Canva, slideshow saved as mp4, Stop motion animation, My Simple Show, screencasting (Loom or Screencastify)
    • choose your own adventure using Google slides or other tools
    • infographic or digital poster (Canva)
    • podcast
    • website (Canva etc)
    • digital book (Storyjumper)
    • online game / interactive website using Scratch or Flippity

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    Digital Tools to Help you Write a Novel

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    Digital tools to help you write a novel

    247: Digital tools to help you write a novel

    Just in time for NaNaWriMo, guest Jennie Miller shares some digital tools to help you write a novel. These can be used by middle and high schoolers.

    The resources Jennie mentions are

    Jennie’s online English classes for high school

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    Resources to teach netiquette

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    Resources to teach netiquette

    246: Resources to teach netiquette

    Children need to be taught by their parents how to behave well online and so I have found some resources to teach netiquette to help you do that.

    Also be sure to listen to episode 212 – Teaching Children to be Kind Online

    Resources mentioned in this episode

    Digital Citizenship Curriculum
    Video for K-2
    Keeping games fun and friendly video for 4th grade
    Digital drama unplugged video for middle school
    Civil discourse online video for high schoolers
    Blog post about teaching digital citizenship to students who learn and think differently
    Video on how to interact formally and informally online
    Interland online game – the second and fourth lands teach netiquette
    Rules of netiquette for students from the University of Texas at El Paso

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