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

Using Tech in your Early Elementary Homeschooling Journey

tech in early elementary

109: Using Tech in your Early Elementary Homeschooling Journey with Tiffany Aguirre

Our guest in this episode is Tiffany Aguirre from Life With Many Blessings. Tiffany shares how she is using tech in early elementary homeschooling.

Here is the list of different apps and websites Tiffany talks about:

And check out Tiffany’s awesome all-in-one homeschool planner for iPads.

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Online Grammar Games

Online grammar games

108: Online Grammar Games

This year I have put together an online Writing Fun class for middle schoolers and decided to add online grammar games to each week’s work.These are ones I found that are worth sharing with your elementary and middle school children.

Madtakes – an online version of Madlibs

Brainpop – Most of the grammar concepts listed have a “Sortify” game to use for practice

Freerice – Freerice has a grammar category

Semicolon Wars: The fight for Punctuation Island – This game from Mr. Nussbaum teaches more than just semicolon usage as you progress through different levels trying to win the island

Extreme Sentence Surgeons Saving Critically Injured Paragraphs – Another game from Mr. Nussbaum where players need to correct the mistakes in paragraphs

Sporcle – Search for the grammar games and then look through for appropriate one like “Grammar Police”.

Abcya has a number of grammar games eg “Journey to Past Tense” which takes players on an adventure as they practice grammar.

RoomRecess has two arcade style games that teach grammar – “Grammar Police” and “Grammar Gladiator”.

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