Techie Teen Jake: Cybersecurity

Techie Teen Jake: Cybersecurity

135: Techie teen Jake: Cybersecurity

Our summer series of interviews with techie teens kicks off as I interview Jake Stough. Here are brief notes and links to things he mentions, but you need to listen to hear him explain what he has done.

1. What are your interests outside of tech?
Hockey

2. When did you start coding? What language did you learn first?
Age 11 – learned Lua from Roblox –

3. What other languages have you learned? How did you learn them?
Starting modding for several games in C++
Other languages: Python, Java, Javascript, C#, HTML, CSS, node.js
Learning Resource: Freecodecamp

4. Any cool projects you have done with coding?
Game creation

5. How did you get interested in cybersecurity and where did you learn it?
Reading the news and used Cybrary

6. Have you participated in hackathons?
Hackathons are Hacking competitions: – NSA, Georgia Tech, VA tech, Harvard
Another one to look at: PicoCTF.org

7. What certifications have you done/are you working on?
Data Analytics:
https://www.coursera.org/professional-certificates/google-data-analytics

CS Analysts Certificate
https://www.coursera.org/professional-certificates/ibm-cybersecurity-analyst

Level 1 Security Engineer Certificate:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/certifications/azure-security-engineer/?tab=tab-learning-paths

Expert Level Cyber Security Certificate:
https://www.giac.org/

Additional Resources He Used:
https://www.udemy.com/course/the-complete-internet-security-privacy-course-volume-1/
https://www.udemy.com/course/network-security-course

8. What advice do you have for a teen who would like to code and learn about cybersecurity?
Keep learning – look for a mentor

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy offers an online Python class (full semester or 5-week classes) for those who want to get started with coding.

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Techie Teen Jake: Cybersecurity

Introducing the summer series: Techie Homeschooled Teens

Techie Homeschooled Teens

134: Introducing the SummerSeries: Techie Homeschooled Teens

During June and July, I will be interviewing a number of techie homeschooled teens. They will share about what they are doing using a wide range of technology – game-making, app creation, T-shirt designs, video creation, cybersecurity, and more.

In this episode I share what my own children did as teens:

  • built their own computers
  • fixed computers
  • created movies for high school graduations and choir tour – sold them
  • created websites
  • laid out a recipe book
  • theatre posters (used Gimp, Adobe Photoshop)
  • used Google drawings for stage layout
  • took senior photos and edited them
  • took photos for products on a website
  • did sound at church and for weddings
  • created Youtube channels
  • eBay / Amazon reseller
  • blogged
  • Stop Motion Animation

If your teens need help with their tech skills, consider FundaFunda Academy’s Computer Applications online class that covers how to use many different computer applications.

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Intentional Summer Screen Time

Intentional Summer Screen Time

133: Intentional Summer Screen Time with Sara Radginski

Sara Radinski joins us to share her idea of intentional summer screen time – instead of having battles with your children over screen time all summer. Listen to the episode to understand her plan.

Here are some resources she mentions:

Be sure to join the Summer Screen Time Challenge This will help you with ideas on how to make screentime intentional and you may learn about resources you didn’t know about too!

You can find Sara at Techie Homeschool Mom and her Facebook group TechinYourHomeschool

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Using Tech to Enjoy Nature

Using Tech to Enjoy Nature

132: Using Tech to Enjoy Nature

This episode shares resources on using tech to enjoy nature. Technology doesn’t need to take us away from nature but can be used to enhance our enjoyment of nature.

Be sure to listen to these previous podcast episodes;

  • Geocaching is basically an outdoor treasure hunt for all ages
  • Google lens is a great way to identify things you encounter in nature

Apps mentioned in this episode

  • Alltrails
  • Smart Bird ID
  • Merlin Bird ID from Cornell
  • Audubon Bird Guide
  • Skymap
  • iNaturalist
  • iNaturalist Seek

Website mentioned in this episode

Project Noah gets everyone involved in identifying things they see in nature and you become a contributor to science!

Class that combines art and nature

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy offers a unique online Nature Journaling class for 7th – 12th graders.

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Digital College Prep

Digital College Prep

131: Digital College Prep

These are the websites I mention in this episode on Digital College Prep. If your high schoolers participate in the High School Challenge offered annually in the summer by show sponsor FundaFunda Academy, they will participate in assignments using websites like these, as well as many more.

Every summer, show sponsor FundaFunda Academy runs a College Prep contest during June and July. Students use online resources and games to learn about college prep – and also earn points that can win them prizes. Learn about the High School Challenge here (it is for rising 9th -12th graders and only for homeschoolers)

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Exploring Media Bias

Exploring Media Bias

130: Exploring Media Bias

My guest is Randi Smith from Peanut Butter Fish Lessons, who talks to us about Exploring Media Bias.

The resources she mentions are:


You can find Randi at

Peanut Butter Fish Lessons
Instagram @peanutbutterfishlessons
Facebook @peanutbutterfishlessons

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy includes some lessons in media literacy in their online Computer Applications Class

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Digital Resources for Learning Geography

Digital Resources for Geography Learning

129: Digital Resources for Learning Geography

These are the digital resources for learning geography mentioned in this episode:

1. World Atlas

2. Youtube and streaming services. Look for 360 degree videos and drone videos on Youtube.

2. Online Geography Games

3. Radio Garden – radio stations around the world

4. Google Maps / Earth / My Maps

5. Digital breakouts – Teachers Pay Teachers has many on sale and here can find free ones on all the states here

6. National Geographic

7. Virtual Tours – Google for ones where you can move vritually around an area or visit Heygo for a person-led tour

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy uses many of their resources in their high school World Geography class and their web-based unit studies that relate to Geography (Around North America in 30 Days, Around South America in 30 Days, Poland)

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“Is this okay?” How to know if a game or app is safe for your child

How to Know if a Game or App is Safe for Your Child

128: “Is this okay?” How to know if a game or app is safe for your child with Lisa Honold


Guest Lisa Honald provides guidelines in this episode to help us decide if a game or app is safe for our child.

Lisa is a cyber safety educator and director of the Center for Online Safety. She teaches parents and school leaders how to keep kids safe online with simple and respectful strategies to help set healthy limits on screens and technology.

Lisa’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the 2019-2020 Washington State School Director’s Association conference, and dozens of podcasts, workshops, and presentations. Her popular online course, The Family Tech Reset course, teaches parents how to set healthy limits on technology while teaching kids how to develop their own internal compass.

Her process for parents is called the Five Steps to YES (or no) and you can download a free resource that takes you through these steps (see link in 3.a. below).

1. Start with your values

2. Do some research on your own. A useful website is Commonsense Media.

3. Ask your child to research it and prepare to “sell it”

4 Set up a time to talk about it and decide:

5 Trial basis yes – If trial basis yes, revisit the decision in a week

You can find Lisa at the Center for Online Safety and on Facebook.

A free copy of the Five Steps to YES handout can be accessed here.

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Online Poetry Resources

Online Poetry Resources

127: Online Poetry Resources

This episode is about online poetry resources for poetry appreciation and to teach students how to write poetry. Here are the resources mentioned in this episode.

Online Resources for Poetry Appreciation

Resources on How to Write Poetry

  • Poetry4Kids contains lessons, a rhyming dictionary, a poetry terms glossary and much more. Show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy, uses some of these lessons in one module in in the middle school Writing Fun class when the students write humerous poetry.
  • Verse by Verse is a website that uses AI to help you write poems.

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How to modify online curriculum for special needs students Part 2

How to Modify Online Curriculum for Special Needs Students Part 2

126: How to modify online curriculum for special needs students: Part 2

Guest Lindsay Leiviska explains how to modify online curriculum for special needs students. You can find Lindsay online at A Heart For All Students. Her podcast is also called “A Heart for All Students”.

Be sure to listen to part 1 first if you haven’t already. In that episode she discusses variables to consider when choosing online curriculum.

Tips for what you as a parent can do

  • Rather than leave kids to their own devices, use online curriculum as a teaching tool.
  • Sit with your student and watch videos together.
  • Pause videos at appropriate intervals in order to check for understanding.
  • Use one sheet of paper or small whiteboard for each problem, pause the video and work through each problem together.
  • Depending upon the learning and emotional needs of the child as well as the concepts at hand, I modify my level of involvement.
  • Always remove learning barriers
  • Scribe for your child (write math problems, have them spell orally, etc)
  • Support your child with verbal cues as she works through math problems,
  • Gradually have child tell me the steps involved and “tell me” what to do. This requires A LOT of effort as speaking orally requires greater processing and retention (teaching is highest form of learning)
  • Slowly hand over reigns step by step.
  • Depending upon needs, work through questions one by one together on one sheet of paper for each problem in large text.
  • When needed, support concepts with extra video-based tutorials (Removes mom’s need to choose the correct verbiage)
  • Always have hard copy texts and support tools (maps, reference charts, etc)
  • Resist the urge to stay on schedule
  • Don’t be afraid to pause and repeat lessons or concepts when needed.
  • Circle back to concepts as needed


Recommended Resources:

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How to Modify Online Curriculum for Special Needs Students Part 2