How teens can start a podcast

How Teens can Start a Podcast

Episode 40: How teens can start a podcast with Abby Banks

 

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Today’s guest is Abby Banks from Making Room for One More. She is also the host of the Homeschool with Moxie podcast.

Abby explains how teens can start a podcast – and why they should consider doing it.

Why should teens think about starting a podcast?

  • gives teens an opportunity to apply skills to a real project
  • improves communication skills
  • they become problem solvers
  • they can share their stories / other stories

What skills will they learn?

  • speech and communication
  • technical skills which are marketable
  • making money with sponsorship
  • organizational skills

What can they do a podcast about?

  • local interest
  • whatever they are passionate about – they don’t need to be an expert

What equipment do they need to get started?

  • microphone – the ATR2100 Audio Technica USB microphone is a good one that is affordable

What all is involved in getting a podcast launched?

  • hosting
  • submitting to the different podcast websites

Check out Abby’s new Podcast Launch for Teens online course. That link takes you to a post is that will allow teens to download the suggested schedule/topics as well as a brainstorming exercise to come up with a podcast theme.

Our sponsor, FundaFunda Academy is running a High School Challenge just for homeschoolers throughout July. Teens complete as many challenges that will help them prepare for college as they want to. For each challenge completed they receive points and the students with the most points will be able to win prizes. AND – one of those prizes is one of Abby’s Selling on Etsy Masterclass for Teens! So sign up your homeschooled high schoolers now!

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Ways teens can make money online

Ways Teens can Make Money Online

Episode 39: Ways teens can make money online

 

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Today’s guest is Abby Banks from Making Room for One More. She is also the host of the Homeschool with Moxie podcast. She will be drawing on her own experiences making money online, to share with us ways teens can make money online.

1. What sorts of online businesses students can have?

Youtube, affiliate marketing, selling services eg graphic design, selling physical products on eBay and Etsy

2. Why it is a good idea to get teens running an online business?

As teens run their own business they will be expressing creativity, improving writing skills, learning how to take good photographs, involved in customer service and much more.

Abby offers 2 classes for teens – one on Selling on Etsy (this one could be used for elective credit) and one on Selling on eBay (a shorter course perfect to do over the summer vacation).

Our listeners can get a 20% discount with coupon code MOXIE on either course.

Our sponsor, FundaFunda Academy is running a High School Challenge just for homeschoolers throughout July. Teens complete as many challenges that will help them prepare for college as they want to. For each challenge completed they receive points and the students with the most points will be able to win prizes. AND – one of those prizes is one of Abby’s Selling on Etsy Masterclass for Teens! So sign up your homeschooled high schoolers now!

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Geocaching – Technology meets nature

Episode 38: Geocaching – Technology meets nature

 

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Geocaching is a fun “treasure” hunt in nature to find hidden caches using GPS and your eyes 🙂

Go to the official Geocaching website and there you will find links to their app. The basic app is free and is all you will probably need but there is an upgrade if you want more options.

The app shows you all the caches in an area. Drive to one of them and use the app to find the area it is hidden in.

Be sure to check the app for all info before you start looking. You can find the size of the cache, a description, and sometimes even hints or photos. You can also read comments from people who have been before you. And you can see when someone last visited and if they found it.

If you find the cache, sign the log book. Some caches contain swag so if you want to take what you find, be sure to bring along some small items to put in the container. Now you can go and click on “Log Geocache” and have the pleasure of seeing the green icon turn into a yellow face!

Be sure to take along bug spray, water, and a first aid kit when you go geocaching as you will be climbing in bushes at some points!

This blog post contains a useful video to watch to show you how to use the Geocache app, and you can see photos of the 3 teens and me having fun trying it out.

If you have rainy weather and can’t go Geocaching, take a look at FundaFunda Academy’s digital breakouts. You will find them on the Teaching Resources page in the store. Perfect for families to try to solve together.

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Programming with Scratch

Programming with Scratch

Episode 37: Programming with Scratch

 

In episode 11, I covered ways to introduce your children to programming. One of those ways was Scratch, and in this episode, I will go into more detail about programming with Scratch.

What is Scratch?

Scratch was created by a team at MIT to be an accessible way for children to learn to code. It is free and can be used online, or it can be downloaded. Scratch can be used by children from age 8 all the way through high school. Younger children can use the Scratch Junior app on an iPad.

Scratch is block based. Students don’t need to type the code but just drag the blogs and stack them together

Learn more about Scratch from this TED talk by Mitchel Resnick who headed up the MIT team that developed it.

Why is Scratch great to use for coding?

  • It is easy to use. Students can learn the basics quickly.
  • It is fun to use.
  • Completed programs can be easily shared
  • Students can play each other’s games with one click see how it was coded
  • .

What can you do with Scratch?

Scratch can be used to create interactive cards, animated stories and many different types of games.

Here are some examples:

Cloud Catcher Game
Shoot the Fishes
Beach Hunt
Lucky Shot

Be sure to take a look at FundaFunda Academy’s online Scratch classes. You can select 5-week self-paced ones that progress from Beginner to Advanced or a one-semester class that can be taken over the summer or during any semester. The full semester classes are equal to all 3 of the 5-week classes and will earn high schoolers a 1/2 credit in computer programming.

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Tips for buying and selling curriculum online

Tips for buying and selling curriculum online

Episode 36: Tips for buying and selling curriculum online

 

If you are buying or selling curriculum online this summer, here are some tips to help you.

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Some places to buy and sell curriculum online

1. Facebook groups

Look for local groups first. A good national group is Homeschool Curriculum Marketplace (over 70 000 members)
Also look for groups that specialize in the curriculum you use eg Sonlight or classical homeschooling

2. Forums

If you are a member of a homeschool forum, see if they have a classified section. Well-trained Mind is the one I used.

3. Used curriculum websites

Homeschool Classifieds has an out-dated look to the website, but it works well and I have bought and sold a lot of curriculum there. You get a certain number of listings free. After that, you can pay, or share info on local field trips etc to earn extra credits.

4. Amazon and eBay

So many options on both these websites and you can often find real bargains. You will likely end up making less if you sell through them, but you are also more likely to make a sale because of their huge audience.

General Tips for Buying and Selling Curriculum Online

You will need to get a PayPal account for buying/selling on all the places listed above except Amazon

Create a spreadsheet and use it to record your research before you start buying and selling curriculum online. Keep track of the new price for the item, how much you see it selling it for, the date you buy/sell it, when it ships, how much profit you make, etc.

Tips for Selling Curriculum Online

Remember you will need to pay for postage (and fees if you sell on Amazon or eBay).

A postage scale can be a great investment

Get your kids involved. Either pay them an hourly rate or give them a cut of profits. They will learn real-world skills and you will get some help!

Save Amazon boxes and padded envelopes throughout the year.

Don’t sell single paperbacks – it just isn’t worth it. Bundle a few together, or state in your listing (if you are listing on a FB group) what the minimum amount you are willing to sell is. That way people can make their own bundles.

Take photos as post whenever that is an option as people like to see what they are getting.

If you plan to sell on eBay, I would suggest you list it as “Buy it Now”. You can see what your item usually sells at by setting the filter to “Buy it Now” and then scrolling down and on the left look for “Show only”. Check Completed Items and Sold Items and you can see what your item has sold at recently.

Tips for Buying Curriculum Online

To find the cheapest website selling used books, go to BookFinder.com.

But before you do that, if you have use Chrome or Firefox and have the Library Extension you may realize you can just borrow the book from your local library instead.

When you use eBay, I suggest selecting “Buy it now” unless you absolutely love the thrill of trying to win an auction.

If you know the item(s) you are wanting will be hard to find, start looking in May and buy as soon as you see. If you know there will be plenty available you can hold out until August when you might snag one for a better price as people get more desperate to sell.

Got more tips? Share them in the comments or in our Facebook group.

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Tips for buying and selling curriculum online

Using technology to study history

Using Technology to Study History

Episode 35: Using technology to study history with Vicki Tillman

 

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My guest today is Vicki Tillman. She is a fellow podshow host and you can listen to her on The Homeschool Highschool Podcast. She develops curriculum and is a homeschool coach at 7 Sisters Homeschool.

Techie Ways to learn about History

  • Watch History Movies. Movies help students to get immersed in the period. Look for lists of movies to learn about history.
  • Watch Short Videos. Find good short videos on the History Channel and on Youtube.
  • Play Online History Games. Listen to our episode on Free Online History Games.

Techie Ways to Check for Mastery of History Topics

  • Create History Videos. Students can use their phones to make either a documentary or to write a script based on research and act it out. Students watch each other’s videos so they learn from each other too.
  • Illustrate a video story or song or poem or document about a historic time period. See what Vicki’s son Ezra has done on his Youtube channel

Be sure to take a look at FundaFunda Academy’s online US History class. This class uses all the methods mentioned in this episode – and more – to study history!

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4-H and Technology

4-H and Technology

Episode 34: 4-H and Technology

 

4-H started over 100 years ago. According to the 4-H website the goal of 4-H is to “help young people and their families gain the skills needed to be proactive forces in their communities and develop ideas for a more innovative economy”.

Although 4-H started as an agricultural youth program, it has moved into urban settings and in recent years incorporated the STEM fields.

Student can participate in projects like engineering, computers and technology, and rocketry. Other projects like photography, business, line and design, and even the agricultural ones can contain a techie element as tech is important in all these fields.

In addition, students can attend 4-H STEM camps – in my state, there is an Engineering camp.

4-H students who compete in a project have to create digital portfolios, thus ensuring they all learn basic tech skills.

Even if your children never do 4-H, you can make use of some of their free STEM resources for K – 12th grade. There are instructions for projects like “How to build your own robot” and “How to make fruit batteries”.

You can find local 4-H groups to join here.

Our sponsor, FundaFunda Academy has great web-based unit studies that will engage students during the semester or over the summer. Each module teaches the subject and then has a project for students to do that could earn them prizes.

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How Your Children Can Learn Digital Art

How your children can learn digital art

Episode 33: How your children can learn digital art with Jim Pence

 

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Be sure to visit our sponsor, FundaFunda Academy‘s website and take a look at their Visual Literacy online class for high school. This provides a 1/2 credit as an Art elective or English.

Today’s episode is an interview with Jim Pence from See The Light Shine. Visitors to See the Light’s website can download and keep 3 free video art lessons. Jim has been teaching art online for many years.

Visit Jim on See The Light’s Youtube Channel, or his own personal Youtube channel. New weekly digital art lessons can be found every Tuesday on their blog (or on their YouTube channel).

Why should homeschool parents consider digital art as part of their homeschooling?

  • once you have the equipment and apps, it is cheaper than buying art supplies
  • no physical artwork to store
  • teaches marketable skills

What age can students start at?

As soon as you are prepared to let them use the equipment. As soon as they can draw they are reading to learn digital art.

What online tools do you recommend (paid and free)?

Procreate – ($9.99 / iPad or iPhone only)
Sketchbook – (Free / all platforms)
ArtRage – ($4.99 iOS or Android / $79 PC

Any special equipment necessary?

Inexpensive Graphics Tablet / Pressure-Sensitive Stylus:
Huion H420
Wacom Graphics Drawing Tablet

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MOOCs – how to use them for yourself and your teens

MOOCs How to use them for you and your teen

Episode 32: MOOCs – how to use them for yourself and your teens

 

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MOOC = Massive Open Online Courses

The start of MOOCs is typically accepted to be in 2011 when Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig from Stanford offered an online course on artificial intelligence. Over 160 000 people from all over the world registered (including my younger son). There were a few MOOCs before this but this is the one that set MOOCs on the map.

Characteristics of MOOCs

  • Usually taught by college professors at a university level
  • Initially, they were typically free, but that is no longer the case though many are still free to audit, you will pay to get a certificate
  • Most start and end on specific dates, but some are self-paced
  • Tuition is via streamed videos but some classes will also have reading material and some live hangouts
  • Many will have automatically graded quizzes. Some also use peer reviews
  • Students can interact with classmates and teaching assistants in online forums

What are the main MOOCs?

EdX – started by Harvard and MIT offers some AP and high school classes as well as college-level classes.

Coursera – many of their short courses are grouped together to offer a “microcredential.” They monetize by a monthly subscription model. But they do still offer many courses that are free to audit.

Futurelearn is UK-based and owned by The Open University. Exams are behind a paywall and you have to pay for certificates but quizzes are usually accessible free.

Udacity is the MOOC provider that grew out of that first MOOC, but isn’t allied to any university. It offers “Nanodegrees” related to Information Technology which consists of a number of courses with human-graded projects, some mentorship and assistance finding a job afterward (ie an alternative to college). But they also still have individual free courses with basic quizzes and interactive coding assignments.

Best way to find a MOOC?

Visit Class Central and search for a topic you are interested in. This website clearly shows all the opttions, if a class is free, when it starts and how it has been rated by students.

Why parents should consider MOOCs

  • It’s a way for you to keep up with whatever you studied in college
  • You can expand your interests to new fields
  • You provide a role model for your children as they see you sticking to deadlines, not giving up with hard work etc

Why teens should consider MOOCs

  • They can get access to classes that will stretch them academically
  • You can use them as interesting electives (provide credit based on how many hours your child spends on the course)
  • See them as college-prep. Teens will get a taste of what college-level work is like.
  • Be sure they add them to their LinkedIn profiles or digital portfolios
  • They might use their experience taking a MOOC in a college admissions essay as it shows they want to be challenged academically and are ready for higher-level work.

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Technology and Travel Planning with your children

Technology and Travel Planning

Episode 31: Technology and Travel Planning with Your Children

 

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When I was 12 my dad took our family on a 6 week trip around Europe and I was the one he tasked with planning the itinerary. I had no internet to help me and so had to write to the embassies for information. But I learned so much as I planned our vacation.

So I would suggest, that you get your children involved in your travel planning. They will learn to use technology and learn many other life skills too!

1. Use Google Docs to collaborate or Trello
2. Use Google Sheets for budget / actual costs – math – foreign currency
3. Use Rome 2 Rio or Google Maps to find the best travel options to or in destinations
4. If you don’t have unlimited data or going out of the country, download Google maps offline. Here is a video to help you.

5. Use Google Flights or Skyscanner to find best days (Remember some carriers like Southwest aren’t on those) then book on airline site
6. Booking.com or Hotels.com (free night for every ten you book using them) or Trivago or use Airbnb (Try and book with “superhosts”)
7. Yelp for places to eat
8. For things to do, search “what to do in ??” + “blog” (this will give better results than Tripadvisor) – teaches research skills.
9. Use Google Mymaps to plot it out (refer to episode 28)

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