Gamified Science Apps for Neurodiverse Brains

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263: Gamified Science Apps for Neurodiverse Brains


Gamified Science Apps for Neurodiverse Brains

In today’s episode, host Meryl Van Der Merwe interviews homeschooling mom And Clark about two gamified science apps she uses with her neurodiverse kids — Brilliant  and TytoOnline. These gamified science apps make science interactive and engaging for both neurodiverse and neurotypical students. Brilliant offers supplemental math and science courses while Tyto is a 3D video game focused on middle and high school science.

Brilliant

  • Offers math, science, computer science courses and puzzles
  • Pay monthly or annually
  • Has free preview available
  • For advanced middle school and high school students

Tyto Online

  • 3D science video game for middle and high school students
  • Costs $5/month for first child, $4/month for additional children
  • Includes courses on cells, ecology, earth systems, etc.
  • Students create avatars and conduct virtual experiments

You can find Andi at AndiClark.com

 


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Gamified Science Apps for Neurodiverse Brains

Equipping your children for careers in an AI world

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Equipping your children for careers in an AI world

 

262: Equipping your children for careers in an AI world

 

With the AI revolution upon us and facing a future we can only guess at, how do we  homeschoolers equip our children for careers in an AI world?

Key Topics Covered:

  • How rapidly AI is changing and transforming the job landscape
  • 3 scenarios for how AI could impact jobs and careers
  • Importance of discussing AI and its impact with kids
  • Teaching kids to be computer & tech literate to keep skills up-to-date
  • Encouraging creativity since AI handles routine tasks
  • Developing critical thinking and problem solving
  • Dangers of kids using AI to cheat instead of thinking independently
  • Teaching entrepreneurship and business skills
  • Helping kids be adaptable, resilient, and lifelong learner
  • Importance of broad skillsets and being able to transition between areas

FundaFunda classes mentioned in this episode

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Benefits of Video Projects

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Benefits of video projects for homeschoolers

 261: Benefits of video projects  

There are many benefits of  video projects for homeschool students – and this episode unpacks some of those benefits

Main Points:

  • Kids and teens enjoy the video medium and will likely enjoy creating videos
  • Video creation is a useful skill for college and jobs
  • There are many scholarships that require videos
  • Making videos teaches various skills like planning, tech skills, editing, etc.
  • Videos are easy to share with others like family, friends, classmates

Types of Video Tools Mentioned:

  • My Simple Show – add text and it creates video with clipart
  • Built-in laptop software like iMovie
  • Screen sharing videos (e.g. explaining how a website works) Can use Zoom or Loom
  • Canva
  • Powtoon – for creating animated videos
  • Slideshows turned into videos

Potential Project Ideas:

  • Explain how to play Minecraft
  • Documentary about last vacation using Canva
  • Animated book report with Powtoon
  • Fundraiser promo video for non-profit organization
  • Tutorial videos based on child’s hobbies and interests

 

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Unlocking the Power of Padlet

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Unlocking the Power of Padlet, a digital pin board

260: Unlocking the Power of Padlet

In this episode I explain some of the power of Padlet, a free tool you can use in many ways in your homeschool.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • What is Padlet
  • How does it work
  • Pricing
  • Accessibility
  • Expanding features eg export as pdf or a slideshow
  • Templates – eg the Book Review one. And here is an example Book Review board
  • AI “I can’t draw” feature
  • How to use it in your homeschool

In order for you to try it out, I created this board for you to play around on. Click the + sign and upload anything – maybe a review of this podcast 🙂 You can delete it easily – or leave whatever you add for use to see.

 

Made with Padlet

 

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Unlocking the Power of Padlet, a digital pin board

Duolingo Math

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DuoLingo Math

259: Duolingo Math

DuoLingo has added Math to its popular language-learning app.

In this episode, learn what this app has to offer for your children – and you!

  • Currently only available on iPhone app (coming soon to Android & browsers)
  • Two levels so far: Beginner and Intermediate
  • Can skip Beginner and go straight to Intermediate
  • Covers topics like estimating, rounding, basic geometry, telling time, order of operations
  • Includes multiple choice and fill-in problems
  • Adaptive and keeps material fresh daily
  • Good math supplement for homeschoolers
  • Helps develop mental math skills quickly for tests like ACT/SAT
  • Keeps adult brains sharp too
  • Integrated with language learning side of Duolingo
  • Can help maintain streaks and earn rewards
  • Fun and game-ified to motivate kids
  • Easy to add as a short daily activity
  • Still free like regular Duolingo
  • Provides additional math practice in different format from core curriculum

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From Tech Consumer to Tech Creator

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258: From Tech Consumer to Creator

Ava Jekel, our teen guest, loved watching Youtube videos and became interested with how they were made. So she started learning how to make her own and transitioned from tech consumer to tech creator.

These are the tools she mentions in the episode that she uses regularly:

  • Pexels – for video clips
  • iMovie – for editing
  • Chosic – for music

And here are examples of videos she has created

For FundaFunda’s US History Class



On Nature


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12 Tech Tools to try in your homeschool in 2024

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12 Tech Tools to Try in your Homeschool in 2024

257: 12 Tech Tools to try in your homeschool this year

Start the year by planning to try these 12 Tech Tools – either for the first time, or learn their latest features. Decide to try one each month so that it is not overwhelming.

Here are the 12 Tech Tools mentioned

  1. Canva
  2. ChatGPT or Claude
  3. iCivics
  4. Phet
  5. Flippity
  6. Scratch
  7. Quizizz
  8. Powtoon
  9. Duolingo
  10. Trello
  11. Pixlr
  12. Seek by Naturalist

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Teaching Economics Through Online Games

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256: Teaching Economics Through Online Games

Economics is useful in everyday life and teaching economics through online games can help students get a better understanding of the concepts they are learning about.

Games mentioned in this episode

FundaFunda classes mentioned in this episode

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Online games that teach economic concepts

Kitchen Science

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255: Kitchen Science with Randi Smith

Randi Smith from Peanut Butter Fish Lessons is my guest and in this episode she shares how she has been using Kitchen Science as a homeschool elective class

Books mentioned in the episode

Randi’s blog post with all the details of what they did and the Youtube videos they watched to compliment the cooking: Homeschool Cooking Science

You can find Randi at

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Replay: Tech Electives for High School

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Tech Electives for High School

This is a replay of episode 178 – you can find the original show notes here.

Tech Electives for High School