Using technology to alleviate cabin fever

How to use technology to alleviate cabin fever

76: Using Technology to Alleviate Cabin Fever

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1. Exercise: find online videoas. YMCA has a number they are offering.

2. Documentaries / Educational programming: Consider a subscription to a streaming service. One Netflix show the whole family is likely to enjoy is “Churchill’s Secret Agents”.

3. Audiobooks / ebooks: In episode 67 Dr Monica Burns talked about Epic. Other options are digital library books through your library. Audible is offering free kids audio books currently. And you can listen to actors reading kids books on Storyline Online.

4. Podcasts

5. Gaming! For ideas listen to the episodes “Homeschool Moms can be Gamers” and “Learning History through Video Games”

6. Virtual Field Trips

7. Educational quizzes/games/apps: some examples

8. Hang out virtually: listen to the episode on Communication Tools for your Homeschool for ideas on how to do that

9. Buy things you can use offline – board games, puzzles, printable games.

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Using technology to alleviate cabin fever

Online Resources to Teach about the Coronavirus

Coronavirus Teaching Resources

Episode 75: Online Resources to Teach about the Coronavirus

In this episode, you will learn about some free resources to help you understand the coronavirus and teach your kids about it.

If you haven’t already listened to episode 58 How to Teach your Kids to Identify Fake News, I suggest you listen to it. In that episode, I share resources you can go through with. your children. Understanding fake news will help children figure out what the facts are and what is just hype and false information.

These are the online resources to teach about the coronavirus mentioned in this episode. Please note that often the data in the tables is a day old which that accounts for some discrepancies between the different sources.

Websites for parents to learn more about the Coronavirus

Resources for children to learn more about the Coronavirus

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Communication Tools for your Homeschool

Communication Tools for Homeschool Famlies

Episode 74: Communication Tools for your Homeschool

Here are the 5 communication tools mentioned in this episode. Listen to the episode to hear more about them.

All these are free or have a free version that is all you are likely to need.

1. GroupMe

Use the GroupMe app when you need to communicate with a group of people.

2. WhatsApp

WhatsApp can be used to message and call people all over the world.

3. Marco Polo

Marco Polo is an asynchronous video app that makes it easy to send and receive video messages.

4. Zoom

Zoom is a video conferencing tool. The free version allows you up to 40 minutes at a time, and up to 100 people on a call!

Here is a video showing you how to use it

5. Slack

Slack is a messaging app where you can create channels for specific topics. It is a good tool to use when not everyone in the group wants to get all the messages all the time.

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Project Based Learning Techie Style

Project Based Learning Techie Style

Episode 73: Project Based Learning Techie Style

What is Project-Based Learning?

Project-Based Learning is a teaching method in which students learn by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects.

From pblworks.org

In the episode, I explain in more detail what PBL is, and I provide some examples. in addition to the examples I mention, you can find more ideas for projects here.

How to add tech to project-based learning

1. Online research that can include

  • videos/documentaries
  • online articles
  • interviews conducted through video conferencing
  • web-cams eg of animals in their habitats
  • Google Streetview / Google earth

2. Online presentation that can include

Be sure to listen to the whole episode for further explanation of how to do this with children of all ages.

Visit our sponsor FundaFunda Academy and check out their online classeses. Lots of options for all ages! Classes often include online games, interactive websites, videos and techie projects.

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Free Tools to create slideshows

Free Tools to Create Slideshows

Episode 72: Free Tools to Create Slideshows

In this episode, I talk about the following free tools to create slideshows. Listen to the episode for more detail about each of them.

  • Powerpoint / Keynote
  • Macs come with Keynote and many PCs will have Powerpoint on them when you buy them. These are both very powerful and have lots of features.

  • Google Slides
  • Google Slides allows people to collaborate and work on the same slideshow. It also allows one to leave comments.

  • Prezi
  • Prezi has a unique look and feel and allows you to zoom in and our of different areas of your presentation.

  • Adobe Spark Presentation Maker
  • This tool easily allows one to search for copyright-free photos online to add to the presentation

  • Emaze
  • Emaze has a very cool modern look and it is very intuitive to use. You can also download the presentation to use offline or you can share the link.

  • Canva
  • Canva also allows you to link to your presentation or download it. It also offers the ability to make presenter notes

And visit our sponsor FundaFunda Academy and check out their online Computer Applications class for 7th – 12th graders. It covers most of these slideshow tools and many more tools your teen needs to learn how to use.

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Free Tools to Create Slideshows

Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips

71: Virtual Field Trips

In this episode, I talk to Jayda Justus, aka The History Mom about virtual field trips.

Jayda is a writer and blogger at The History Mom, where she reviews historical sites and
experiences for families. These reviews provide helpful tips and reading lists to enhance visits
for children and families and encourage parents to make history sightseeing part of their
vacations.

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy incorporates virtual field trips into their online high school US History class as well as their history web-based unit studies for 4th – 8th grade.

Favorite places to go virtually

 
State-run entities:

Historic Homes:

Museums:

Presidential Sites/Libraries:

National Park Service:

International:

YouTube:

Apps: 

You can find more ideas in this guest blog post by Jayda on this guest post on TechSavvy Homeschool blog.

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Virtual Field Trips

Free Online Vocabulary Games

Free Online Vocabulary Game

70: Free Online Vocabulary Games

 

Here are the free online vocabulary games mentioned in this episode. Listen to the episode to learn about each one.

1. Vocabulary Spelling City

Vocabulary Spelling City is for students up to middle school and includes games like Hangmouse, a version of Hangman.

2. Knoword

Knoword is for teens and older and even the ‘easy’ level is challenging as you don’t get choices but must give the term with only the first letter as a hint. Stats and gamification make this fun.

3. Vocabulary.com

Vocabulary.com is available as a website or an app (the app does have a small cost). Students can either just play on their own, or you can create a teacher account and assign specific packs of word.

4. Freerice

Freerice is also available as a website or an app, and this app is free too. You can choose from 5 levels and you earn rice that is sent to countries where there is extreme hunger. You can also earn badges.

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Free Online Vocabulary Games for all ages

Digital Portfolios

Digital Portfolios for homeschoolers

69: Digital Portfolios

 

These are the tools to create digital portfolios discussed in this episode.

1. Padlet

Padlet is like a giant pinboard and makes it easy to pin graphics, videos, and text.

2. Google slides

Google Slides allows one to scroll through slides to view students’ work.

3. Seesaw

Seesaw is an website designed specifically for digital portfolios. It is suitable for younger students as it has very tight privacy features.

4. Pathbrite

Pathbrite offers similar options to seesaw but without the privacy features, so better for older students who might want to send the link as part of a scholarship application or when applying for a job.

5. Build a website

Students could use free website building tools, or build a website from scratch to showcase their work. Here is an example of one my son created – Jason’s portfolio.

If your children don’t have the techie skills to create a digital portfolio, consider enrolling them in show sponsor FundaFunda Academy’s Computer Applications online class.

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Homeschool Moms Can Be Gamers

Homeschool Moms can be Gamers

68: Homeschool Moms Can Be Gamers

 

Don’t imagine gamers as teen boys who play first-person shooter games and one has to drag away from the computer. That’s a stereotype – homeschool moms can be gamers!

Merriam-Webster defines a gamer as ” a person who plays games especially : a person who regularly plays computer or video games”.

There are some many different types of games that there is really something for everyone!

Why should homeschool moms be gamers?

 
1. Way to keep up your techie skills and learn new ones

2. Good for your brain – practice problem-solving

3. Stress reliever

4. Something you can do WITH your kids. Create shared experiences trying to beat a game. Let your children be the teacher and show you how to play. Discuss Video Games as an art form.

** FundaFunda Academy, our sponsor, has a Visual Literacy class and as part of that class students study video games!

5. Something to do with your husband

Games mentioned in this episode:

  1. Framed iPad app
  2. FIFA soccer
  3. Wii Sports
  4. EA Sports
  5. Escape from Pompeii
  6. West of Loathing (Switch)
  7. Lemmings
  8. Angry Birds

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Apps and websites to help students access reading materials and educational videos

Apps and Websites to Help Students Access Reading Materials and Educational Videos

67: Apps and websites to help students access reading materials and educational videos with Dr. Monica Burns

 

Dr Monica Burns

In this episode, we welcome Dr. Monica Burns to share her favorite apps and websites to help students access reading materials.

Dr. Monica Burns is an EdTech and Curriculum consultant, author and former New York City public school teacher. She visits schools across the country to support PreK-20 teachers to make technology integration meaningful and sustainable. Monica’s website ClassTechTips.com helps educators place “tasks before apps” by promoting deeper learning with technology.

Dr Burns’ favorite websites for reading materials

  • Epic: Currently $7.99 a month and there is a free 30-day trial
  • Newsela: free
  • ReadingIQ: Currently $7.99 a month and there is a free 30-day trial

Find more ideas from Dr. Burns here.

Dr. Burns’ favorites websites for educational videos

All these resources are free

One of Dr. Burns’ favorite tools is Adobe Spark because it allows students to easily create graphics, videos and web pages. Read more about it in her guide.

Dr. Monica Burns’ Blog & Podcast
Blog – ClassTechTips.com/blog
Podcast – ClassTechTips.com/podcast

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Books by Dr. Monica Burns

Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom

40 Ways to Inject Creativity into Your Classroom with Adobe Spark

 

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Apps and Websites to Help Students Access Reading Materials and Educational Videos