How Writing on the Computer Helps Kids become Better Writers

how writing on the computer helps kids become better writers

181: How Writing on the Computer Helps Kids become Better Writers

Veldorah Rice from Write From the Heart is our guest in this episode and explains how writing on the computer can help kids write better. Be sure to also listen to her episodes on best practices for internet research.

This is the outline of what is covered in this episode.

I. Different types of Writers
a. Reluctant
b. Overachievers/Excited
c. Average—STEM or unexcited but task-oriented

II. Computer eliminates distractions
a. Handwriting
b. Spelling
c. Typing/dictation

III. Computer allows for development and organization
a. Can physically see the underdevelopment
b. Ease of revisions
c. Cut/paste

IV. Computer invites collaboration
a. Easy to send to others
b. Comment directly
c. Assisted learning

V. Computer allows expansion and interdisciplinary learning
a. Typing skills
b. Computer skills
c. Technology projects

–> Grab a free copy of Activities for Reluctant Writers

Be sure to take a look at the English classes (including AP classes) Veldorah offers for middle and high schoolers. You can also find Veldorah on Facebook and Instagram.

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how writing on the computer helps kids become better writers

Representation in Kid Tech

Representation in Kid Tech with Amber O'Neal Johnston

180: Representation in Kid Tech

Guest Amber O’Neal Johnston discusses some of the ideas about representation in kid tech that she covers in one chapter of her new book – A Place to Belong. the book releases on May 17th. You can pre-order it here.

Amber was the guest in Episode 157 – Technology and Handicrafts: An unlikely pair.

Amber answers the following questions in this episode:

1. Why does representation matter?

2. What percentage of Americans are not white? Is this reflected in the media?

3. Is all representation equal?

4. What can we as parents do about it?

Amber’s website is HeritageMom. Follow her on Instagram at @heritagemomblog

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Representation in Kid Tech with Amber O'Neal Johnston

Free Tools for Researching Colleges and Universities

Free Tools for Researching Colleges and Universities

179: Free Tools for Researching Colleges and Universities with Holly Ramsey

Holly Ramsey from Thoughtful Homeschooling shares a number of free tools for researching colleges and universities in this episode. All the tools she suggests during the interview are listed below, but you can request her full free guide here.

Know Yourself: Tools to explore interests and aptitudes

Scoir: You Science assessment
Dr. Steven Antonoff’s exploration surveys: self-survey for the college bound, college planning values assessment, audit of college success traits

Know the Schools: Tools to build a list

Loper: new personalized list builder app
College Essay Guy Guide: How to Choose a College
College Matchpoint: monthly newsletter and blog with “Hidden Gems”
Collegewise Runway: free senior year course

Know Your Budget and the Cost: Tools to evaluate financial fit

Thoughtful Homeschooling:: “Best Free Tools to Find a Good School That Will Give You Money”
Thoughtful Homeschooling: “How Good is that Scholarship?”
Net Price Calculator
Estimate any Student Federal Aid
ROI of 4500 Colleges & Universities: Georgetown’s analysis

Know Your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Concerns: Tools to refine a list

College Equity Index: assesses campus climate & culture for BIPOC students
Autism-Friendly Colleges: lists of schools adept at serving those with learning
differences.
First Gen College Partners

Know the Social Fit: Tools to evaluate the feel of a campus

● Look up a school’s mission and values
● Read the student newspaper
Campus Reel: student-driven virtual college students
Niche: includes student reviews of the colleges & universities

To get your teen to start researching and preparing for college, sign them up for sponsor FundaFunda’s annual summer High School Challenge for homeschoolers in rising 9th – 12th grade. This contest gamifies the learning and offers gift card rewards – as well as an overall cash prize.

If you as a homeschool parent want to interact with other homeschool parents on these topics, join the Homeschooling College-bound Teens Facebook group run by FundaFunda – Holly is one of the many members there with wisdom to share!

You can find Holly at her website, Thoughtful Homeschooling, and on Facebook and Instagram.

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Free Tools for Researching Colleges and Universities

Tech Electives for High School

Tech Electives for High School

178: Tech Electives for High School

As we live in a techy world, tech electives are not only fun for most high schoolers, but also necessary. These electives can cover a wide range of interests and abilities.

Computer Applications/Digital Literacy – this elective will make sure students are ready for all the tech they will encountter at college and in the work place. Take a look at FundaFunda’s online class.

Computer technician – find a book or class to help your teen prepare for a COMPTIA certification.

Coding – Learn to program through a free platform like Codeacademy or online homeschool classes like those offered by FundaFunda Academy. Listen to the podcast episode with techie teen Jayda and techie teen Anaya.

Cybersecurity – Listen to the podcast episode with techie teen Jake

Salesforce administratorfree training for this widely used database program

Webdesign – learn a program like WordPress, or HTML / CSS – or both

Photoshop – FundaFunda Academy has a self-paced Photoshop class. Listen to the podcast episode with techie teen Callie

Graphic Design – Listen to the podcast episode with techie teen Addie

Audio Engineering

Videography – Listen to the podcast episode with techie teen Brandon talking about drone videography)

Game design – Listen to the podcast episode with techie teen Eli

Virtual Assistant Skills – Listen to the podcast episode with techie teen Natalie

Find classes on Coursera, Udemy, and look on your library website.

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Tech Electives for High School

More Online Poetry Resources

More Online Poetry Resources

177: More Online Poetry Resources

This episode offers more suggestions for online poetry resources – last April for National Poetry Month I recorded an episode with other resources. So be sure to check out episode 127 if you haven’t listened to that one already as I have not repeated any of those resources this year.

General Resources Mentioned

Resources for Writing Poetry

  • MakeBeliefComix has printable templates
  • Code.org combines poetry and coding
  • ReadWriteThink has great interactive resources that prompt students to write different types of poems
  • TeenInk offers teens the possibility of getting their poems published online and also offers contests

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More Online Poetry Resources

Gamification in your Homeschool

Gamification in your Homeschool

176: Gamification in your Homeschool

There are many benefits to using gamification in your homeschool. Listen to this episode to learn:

1. What gamification is (hint: it isn’t adding games to your homeschool)

2. How to gamify your homeschool. Websites mentioned here are:

3. How to track points and rewards. Websites mentioned here are:

4. The benefits of gamification

5. Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy uses gamification in

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Gamification in your Homeschool

12 Ways to use Canva in your Homeschool

12 Ways to use Canva in your Homeschool

175: 12 Ways to use Canva in your Homeschool

Canva is a very versatile graphics creation tool and in this episode, we explore 12 ways to use Canva in your homeschool.

To learn more about how Canva was started you can listen to Guy Raz’s podcast episode on How I built this.

1. Digital poster

2. Presentations

3. Digital cards / invitations

4. Websites

5. Videos

6. Comic strips

7. Photobooks

8. Infographics

9. Portfolios

10. Resumes

11. Design t-shirts

12. Games – trivia, bingo, word games etc

Bonus tip: add Google maps directly from Canva into a design.

Learn how to use Canva

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12 Ways to use Canva in your Homeschool

Best Practices for Internet Research

Best practices for internet research

174: Best practices for Internet Research

Veldorah Rice from Write From the Heart is our guest in this episode and she shares some best practices for internet research.

This is the outline of the episode – be sure to listen to hear these points explained.

1. Benefits of Internet Research
a. Convenience
b. Amount of information
c. Easy to insert in writing

2. Problems with Internet Research
a. Accuracy/Bias – be sure to listen to our episode on Media Bias if you haven’t already.
b. Scholarship
c. Sifting through volume

3. Checking Internet Sites
a. URL ending
b. “About us” page
c. Special caution for Wikipedia

4. Other Online Sources
a. Library Subscription Services

Tie in:

Be sure to take a look at the English classes (including AP classes) Veldorah offers for middle and high schoolers. You can also find Veldorah on Facebook and Instagram.

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Social Media Templates for Fun Assignments

Social Media Templates for Fun Assignments

173: Social Media Templates for Fun Assignments

This episode delves into using social media templates for fun assignments for your children. Listen in for ideas on how to use fake social media templates in your homeschool.

Here are the different places to find the templates mentioned in this episode:

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy uses “social media” assignments in some of their classes including Middle School Writing Fun and high school US History.

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Social Media Templates for Fun Assignments

Social Media and Homeschooling

Social Media and Homeschooling

172: Social Media and Homeschooling

How social media can help you in your homeschooling

Here are the ideas mentioned:

1. Modeling social media use for your children

2. Choose your channel(s) – you don’t need to be everywhere

3. Choose social media accounts and types that have a positive effect on your life

4. Connect with other homeschoolers – mentioned:

5. Learning with your children:

5. Connect with likeminded people – Instagram accounts mentioned:

6 Keep up with news and things that interest you

7. Have fun:

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Social Media and Homeschooling