Homeschooling with Technology

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Homeschooling with TechnologyWhether you love technology or are “tech-challenged” – the Homeschooling with Technology podcast is for you!  Technology can help you run your homeschool more efficiently, make lessons more engaging and keep you connected to what is happening all over the world.

When your children graduate from your homeschool, they will be launched into an every-changing techie world. You need to make sure they are ready for that.

And this podcast will help you navigate it all so that you can be confident “Homeschooling with Technology”.

Your podcast host, Meryl van der Merwe, loved using technology while she homeschooled her own children. Now she uses it in the online classes and web-based unit studies she teaches at FundaFunda Academy.com.

Meryl loves trying to keep up-to-date with new technology that will benefit homeschoolers and she wants to share all the best resources she finds with you.

In this podcast, you will

    • learn about resources for specific subjects
    • get tips on how to use tech to improve your productivity
    • find out what techie skills your children should have
        and so much more!

Join Meryl each Wednesday for a 15-minute podcast. Listen on Stitcher, iTunes, or right here (just scroll down). And be sure to subscribe so that you won’t miss a single episode!

Contact Meryl via email on meryl@mediaangels.com or connect with her on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook.

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Homeschooling with Technology Episodes

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 […]

Replay: 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. https://media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/p/media.blubrry.com/homeschoolingtech/p/media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/p/content.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/HWT_42_OnlinePhotographyTools.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Google […]

Using Tech in your Early Elementary Homeschooling Journey

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: Allowance & Chores Bot Sound It Out […]

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 […]

Teach your Children about Phishing

107: Teach your Children about Phishing Everyone with an email address and a phone is regularly affected by phishing attempts, and in this episode, I give some tips on how to teach your children about phishing. My first suggestion is that when you receive a phishing attempt by email or phone, you show your children […]

Preparing our children for jobs of the future

106: Preparing our children for jobs of the future As we homeschool, we do have to consider if we are preparing our children for jobs of the future and that is what we consider in this episode. Some of the ideas mentioned are: 1. Will the job still exist – and if so, will it […]

Online Resources for Creative Writing

105: Online Resources for Creative Writing with Ayanna Murray Ayanna Murray is the guest in this episode and she shares her favorite online resources for creative writing. Ayanna is an author herself and she shares how she taught her children to enjoy and excel at creative writing. You can learn about Ayanna at her website […]

Creative Ways to Use Tech for Foreign Language Learning

104: Creative Ways to Use Tech for Foreign Language Learning This episode explains some creative ways to use tech for foreign language learning. This is not about apps and websites to teach a language, but rather on how to use tech to allow you to practice what you are learning in a natural way. The […]

Using Youtube in your Homeschool

103: Using Youtube in your Homeschool This episode covers a number of tools that can help you when you are using Youtube in your homeschool. Listen to the episode which explains these in more detail. 1. Use Filters when you search on Youtube to find videos that meet your needs 2. Playlists – a useful […]

How to use Google Lens in your homeschool

Episode 102: How to use Google Lens in your homeschool with Dr. Kristin Moon Today’s interview is with Kristin Moon from Kristin Moon Science and she explains what Google Lens is and how to Use Google Lens in your homeschool. You can also follow her on Facebook Dr. Moon teaches Chemistry for show sponsor FundaFunda […]

Moving and Creating with Minecraft Earth

Episode 101: Moving and Creating with Minecraft Earth Minecraft Earth is an augmented reality app that could be described as a cross between Minecraft and Pokemon GO. It gets students moving because they have to move to collect resources and it gets them creating as they build their own worlds. Students can not only build, […]

100 Free Digital Resources for Homeschool Families

Episode 100: 100 Free Digital Resources for Homeschool Families This is the 100th episode of the podcast and to celebrate I created a document that lists 100 free digital resources for homeschool families. Some of the items on the list have paid versions as well as free, but the free version is enough to be […]

Online Election Resources For Students

99: Online Election Resources For Students With the upcoming election, this seems to be a good time to talk about online election resources for students. iCivics Lots of teacher resources Also games – Win the White House, Cast your Vote Scholastic Race to 270 – simulation that teaches about the electoral college The Issues – […]

Digital Resources for Music Appreciation

98: Digital Resources for Music Appreciation Our guest in this episode is Gena Mayo who blogs about many topics (including homeschooling and fashion) at I Choose Joy specifically about music and homeschooling at Music in Our Homeschool. Digital Resources for Music Appreciation For All Ages Philharmonia.co.uk This orchestra provides live (online through YouTube during the […]

Profile of a Successful Online Learner

97: Profile of a Successful Online Learner So many students in high school and college are now learning online, and they don’t always know how to navigate and excel in a different environment to the physical classroom. As I have been teaching online for many years now, I hope this episode helps those of you […]

Online Forensic Science Resources

96: Online Forensic Science Resources Our guest in this episode is Emily Boyle and she shares with us online forensic science resources. Emily coaches Crime Busters and Forensics for a homeschool Science Olympiad team and she teaches Forensic Science to high schoolers at FundaFunda Academy. These are the resources Emily mentions: Science News has a […]

Online Tools to learn about the Stock Market

95: Online Tools to learn about the Stock Market In this episode, the following online stock market resources are mentioned: 1. TED ED talk How does the Stock Market work? 2. Stock Market rap song 3. Quizlet and Quizizz are good websites to use to teach students the basic terms in a fun way. 4. […]

Online Classes and Costs

94: Online Classes and Costs When you consider online classes and their costs, you need to remember that you usually get what you pay for. Free online classes will expect parents to grade and may not be as in-depth as paid classes. Low-cost online classes are usually self-paced with automatic grading (ie assignments are quizzes) […]

A year-round virtual curriculum fair

93: A year-round virtual curriculum fair Our guest in this episode is Heather Bowen from Mom for All Seasons and in this interview you can learn about the year-round virtual curriculum fair she has created. This virtual curriculum fair allows you to find curricula based on age, subject, type of curriculum, and worldview. It is […]

The role of tech with special needs students

92: The role of tech with special needs students Our guest in this episode is Peggy Ployhar, founder/CEO of SPED Homeschool, and she is going to share with us about using tech with special needs students. Peggy has a wealth of wisdom to share, and you will need to listen to this episode to get […]

How your teens can build their own computer

91: How your teens can build their own computer August Smith, who is now studying to be a Mechanical Engineer is our guest and explains how your teens can build their own computer – because it is something he did as a high school student. August has been a student at, and then a teaching […]

How to make virtual field trips engaging

90: How to make virtual field trips engaging In this episode, our guest, Shannan Swindler, shares how to make virtual field trips engaging. Shannan’s home base is in Scotland, where she and her husband homeschool their two kids (ages 11 & 15) and they learn on location throughout Europe as much as possible. She is […]

Creating Electives with Online Resources

89: Creating Electives with Online Resources In this episode, I first explain why I believe homeschoolers should add electives for high school and then I dive into the topic – creating electives with online resources Find content for electives in the following places: Great Courses Your public library’s online resources eg Lynda, documentaries MOOCs Youtube […]

Replay: Tips for Buying and Selling Curriculum Online

Special replay from Homeschooling with Technology: If you are buying or selling curriculum online this summer, here are some tips to help you.

Online resources to make science engaging

88: Online Resources to make Science Engaging In this episode, show sponsor, FundaFunda‘s science teachers share some of their favorite online resources to make science more engaging. Heather Fulghum (Ecology and Earth Science teacher) mentions these resources For Water Quality – virtualbiologylab.org Jeopardy labs Pokemon go lab – listen for the explanation! Dr. Dana Underwood […]

Online Resources to teach kids about racism

87: Online Resources to Teach Kids about Racism In this episode, I share some online resources to teach kids about racism. All the websites I refer to are linked below. Resources to help parents know how to talk about racism National Museum of African American History and Culture has a section “Talking About Race.” Be […]

Digital Games That Teach Problem-Solving

86: Digital Games That Teach Problem Solving Tara Walker is our guest and she shares with us some digital games that teach problem-solving. Tara Walker is completing her Ph.D. in the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder in Media Research and Practice. Her research focuses on mental illness and […]

Virtual Travel

85: Virtual Travel If your travel plans have been disrupted, then consider virtual travel. Start by going to Google Earth and you can either search for a place, use the Voyager button on the left, or the one “I am feeling lucky” to get taken to a random place. Once there drag the pegman to […]

Evernote Online Filing System

84: Evernote online filing system with Rachel van der Merwe The guest for this episode is Rachel van der Merwe, a Ph.D. candidate in media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Rachel has four years of teaching experience at the undergraduate level and currently teaches the upper-level course Media and Popular Culture for CU […]

Free Quiz Creation Tools

83: Free Quiz Creation Tools Free quiz creation tools can be used to create quizzes for your children to take OR if your children are old enough, you can get them to create the quiz as a way of learning or revising material you are studying. These are the tools mentioned in this episode. Listen […]

Podcasts for Kids of all Ages

82: Podcasts for Kids of All Ages Sarah Miller-Snyder from Podcastliving.com is our guest to share with us her knowledge about podcasts for kids and teens. I met Sarah in my Facebook group, Homeschooling College-bound Teens. You are welcome to join us there too! And visit show sponsor FundaFunda Academy to see if any of […]

Ways to integrate technology into your homeschool

81: 6 easy ways to integrate technology into your homeschool Here are 6 easy ways to integrate technology into your homeschool. Don’t try to do them all at once – just try implementing one way first and then add as you go. 1. Daily Schedule Ideas for ways to do that: Google Sheets Trello 2. […]

Creative Ways to use Zoom

80: Creative Ways to use Zoom If you have 8th – 12th graders, don’t miss the annual High School Challenge from show sponsor FundaFunda Academy. High schoolers can win gift cards and money while completing challenges that teach them about being prepared for college. Tips on using Zoom You can mute other people in the […]

Online income opportunities for homeschool moms

79: Online income opportunities for homeschool moms with Bekki Sayler, Abby Banks, and Lea Bosse In this episode, my 3 guests each explain different online income opportunities they are currently using. All have low start-up costs and should be doable for most homeschool moms. 1. Printables with Bekki Sayler You can find Bekki at A […]

Virtual Community Service Opportunities

78: Virtual Community Service Opportunities The coronavirus and social distancing have made it harder for our children to be involved in community service projects, but thankfully there are still many virtual community service opportunities. Students should keep records of the community service they do as it will help them win scholarships and look impressive to […]

Virtual Labs

77: Virtual Labs with Dr Kristin Moon Our guest is Dr Kristin Moon from Kristin Moon Science . You can find her on Facebook too. Dr. Moon teaches Chemistry for show sponsor FundaFunda Academy and Biology at True North Homeschool Academy. Be sure to listen to our other interview with her where she talks about […]

Using technology to alleviate cabin fever

76: Using Technology to Alleviate Cabin Fever Here are 3 resources show sponsor FundaFunda Academy is offering that will help you! 30 days of educational activities for elementary school – 5 activities per day all laid out for you! High School Challenge – a mini college prep class where students can win cash and gift […]

Online Resources to Teach about the Coronavirus

Episode 75: Online Resources to Teach about the Coronavirus In this episode, you will learn about some free resources to help you understand the coronavirus and teach your kids about it. If you haven’t already listened to episode 58 How to Teach your Kids to Identify Fake News, I suggest you listen to it. In […]

Communication Tools for your Homeschool

Episode 74: Communication Tools for your Homeschool Here are the 5 communication tools mentioned in this episode. Listen to the episode to hear more about them. All these are free or have a free version that is all you are likely to need. 1. GroupMe Use the GroupMe app when you need to communicate with […]

Project Based Learning Techie Style

Episode 73: Project Based Learning Techie Style What is Project-Based Learning? Project-Based Learning is a teaching method in which students learn by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects. From pblworks.org In the episode, I explain in more detail what PBL is, and I provide some examples. in addition to the examples I mention, […]

Free Tools to create slideshows

Episode 72: Free Tools to Create Slideshows In this episode, I talk about the following free tools to create slideshows. Listen to the episode for more detail about each of them. Powerpoint / Keynote Macs come with Keynote and many PCs will have Powerpoint on them when you buy them. These are both very powerful […]

Virtual Field Trips

71: Virtual Field Trips In this episode, I talk to Jayda Justus, aka The History Mom about virtual field trips. Jayda is a writer and blogger at The History Mom, where she reviews historical sites and experiences for families. These reviews provide helpful tips and reading lists to enhance visits for children and families and […]

Free Online Vocabulary Games

70: Free Online Vocabulary Games   Here are the free online vocabulary games mentioned in this episode. Listen to the episode to learn about each one. 1. Vocabulary Spelling City Vocabulary Spelling City is for students up to middle school and includes games like Hangmouse, a version of Hangman. 2. Knoword Knoword is for teens […]

Digital Portfolios

69: Digital Portfolios   These are the tools to create digital portfolios discussed in this episode. 1. Padlet Padlet is like a giant pinboard and makes it easy to pin graphics, videos, and text. 2. Google slides Google Slides allows one to scroll through slides to view students’ work. 3. Seesaw Seesaw is an website […]

Homeschool Moms Can Be Gamers

68: Homeschool Moms Can Be Gamers   Don’t imagine gamers as teen boys who play first-person shooter games and one has to drag away from the computer. That’s a stereotype – homeschool moms can be gamers! Merriam-Webster defines a gamer as ” a person who plays games especially : a person who regularly plays computer […]

Apps and websites to help students access reading materials and educational videos

67: Apps and websites to help students access reading materials and educational videos with Dr. Monica Burns   In this episode, we welcome Dr. Monica Burns to share her favorite apps and websites to help students access reading materials. Dr. Monica Burns is an EdTech and Curriculum consultant, author and former New York City public […]

Digital to-do lists for you and your children

66: Digital to-do lists for you and your children   Although there is nothing wrong with using paper “to-do” lists, digital to-do lists can be so much more convenient and flexible. Using them can help you and your children organize your lives. Here are 3 different options to consider using: 1. Notes on your phone […]

Free Online Anatomy Games

65: Free Online Anatomy Games   Here are the online anatomy games mentioned in the podcast.These games were shared with me by the authors of 3 of FundaFunda Academy’s anatomy unit studies. And right now until 15th January, you can get 50% off all their regular-priced web-based unit studies with code JAN2020 Golden Hour Game […]

New Years Resolutions for Digital Habits

64: New Years Resolutions for digital habits   The beginning of a new year is a good time to reflect on our lives – including our digital habits. Here are some ideas for New Years Resolutions for Digital Habits. Bad tech habits we can change Track your online time for a week to see where […]

Replay: Techie Family Fun

This is a replay of episode 13. You can find the show notes here https://media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/p/media.blubrry.com/homeschoolingtech/p/media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/p/content.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/HWT_13_TechieFamilyFun.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Google Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS | More

Replay: Tech Toys and Games

This is a replay of episode 12. You can find the show notes here https://media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/p/media.blubrry.com/homeschoolingtech/p/media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/p/content.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/HWT_12_TechToysandGames.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Google Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS | More

Planning the holidays with tech

63: Planning the Holidays with Tech   Here are some ideas for planning the holidays with tech Gifts   I covered the topic in detail in Episode 10: Christmas Shopping the Techie Way You might also find this blog post about using Trello for gift shopping helpful. Google Calendar   Use Google Calendar to keep […]

Participate in the Hour of Code

62: Participate in the Hour of Code   The Hour of Code will be held during the week of 9 – 15 December 2019, BUT you can participate in the activities any time during the year. The goal is not to learn to code, but to learn what coding is and that coding is fun […]

Replay: 10 Techie Tools I am grateful for

This is a replay of episode 9. You can find the show notes here https://media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/p/media.blubrry.com/homeschoolingtech/p/media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/p/content.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/HWT_09_TechieToolsGratefulFor.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Google Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS | More

Online Educational Thanksgiving Activities

Episode 61: Online Educational Thanksgiving Activities Here are the online educational Thanksgiving activities mentioned in this episode. Be sure to listen to learn more about each one. Before you start, spend some time getting to understand what the first Thanksgiving was really like from sources like this one online and the book, Lies my Teacher […]

Teaching kids soft skills for digital communication

Episode 60: Teaching Kids Soft Skills for Digital Communication – interview with Lisa Nehring Lisa Nehring from True North Homeschool Academy and the Soft Skills 101 podcast is the guest on today’s show. She shares with us some of the soft skills for digital communication we need to teach our children. Learn more about the […]

Online Personal Finance games and interactive activities

Episode 59: Online Personal Finance games and interactive activities Online personal finance games and interactive activities give teens the opportunity to practice their financial literacy skills. Here are the websites mentioned in this episode: 1. Online Insurance Games Playinsure.com offers 2 games – one for home insurance and one for auto insurance. For both, you […]

How to teach your kids to identify fake news

Episode 58: How to teach your kids to identify fake news In this episode, I suggest a number of ways for you to teach your kids to identify fake news. To start, it would be useful to listen to this Planet Money episode, Finding the Fake News King, in which they trace a piece of […]

Teaching kids about copyright and plagiarism

Episode 57: Teaching Kids about Copyright and Plagiarism Are you teaching your kids about copyright and plagiarism? Too many students in my online classes are routinely plagiarising and breaking copyright. I don’t think many realize that what they are doing is wrong. Copyright Be sure to explain to your children that unless the project they […]

Learning History through Video Games

Episode 56:Learning History through Video Games with Charlene Hess Charlene Hess of Hess Un-Academy joins me in this episode as we talk about learning history through video games. Be sure to visit her Facebook page. When my children were young we all enjoyed playing Orgeon Trail together. Oregon Trail is seen as the first educational […]

How much screentime for your children?

Episode 55: How much screentime for your children? My previous episode on Homeschooling Digital Natives gives context to this episode so if you haven’t listened to it yet, you might it helpful as you consider the question, “How much screentime for your children?” I suggest you look for balance and to help you, here are […]

Homeschooling Digital Natives

Episode 54: Homeschooling Digital Natives Most of you are digital immigrants homeschooling digital natives. In 2001 Mark Prensky coined the terms “digital natives” and “digital immigrants”. ‘Digital Native’ is used to describe someone born in the digital era. ‘Digital Immigrant’ is used to describe someone born before the digital era. This comic created by Adam […]

Why Homeschool Moms Need to be Tech-Savvy

Episode 53: Why homeschool moms need to be tech-savvy with Felice Gerwitz It’s our one year birthday!! Before we talk about “Why Homeschool Moms Need to be Tech-Savvy” let’s talk about birthday gifts! If you find this podcast useful, the best gift you can give us is a rating and review on Apple Podcasts or […]

Using Technology to Eat Healthy

Episode 52: Using Technology to Eat Healthy with Debbie Hanyon In this episode, Debbie Hanyon from Homeschooling Dietitian Mom, joins us to share how she uses technology to eat healthy. Debbie is a homeschool mom and she has a number of resources on her website other homeschool moms will find helpful. Take a special look […]

Free Website Creation Tools

Episode 51: Free Website Creation Tools Why is it a good idea to teach students to create websites? Useful skill Can be used for community service- 4-H group, Lego League Team, homeschool support group If they start a business they will need one Digital portfolios As a way to share what they are learning instead […]

How to Create Online Choose Your Own Adventure Games

Episode 50: How to Create Online Choose Your Own Adventure Games Here are 3 different resources students can use to create online choose-your-own-adventure games. 1. Text Adventures Text Adventures actually has 3 different options to create choose-your-own-adventure games. There is the option to download software, but I have always used the online version. Initially, you […]

PHET Science Simulations

Episode 49: PHET Science Simulations with Kristin Moon Today’s interview is with Kristin Moon from Kristin Moon Science and the topic is PHET Science Simulations. You can also follow her on Facebook. Why use simulations Simulations allow students to have a concrete idea of concepts that are difficult to explain. What are PHET simulations They […]

Web-based Unit Studies

Episode 48: Web-based Unit Studies Web-based unit studies are NOT simply pdfs instead of physical books, but rather interactive and accessed through an online classroom. What are web-based unit studies? mini online self-paced classes make use of online resources eg videos, interactive websites, online games, audio, infographics have online projects where the students use digital […]

Fanschool games – bringing the fun of fantasy sports to education

Episode 47: Fanschool – bringing the fun of fantasy sports to education with Eric Nelson Eric Nelson first created Fanschool games when he was a teacher and he played it with his classes. A few years ago he put it online – and now your family can enjoy playing too. Fanschool Games You can find […]

Using technology to improve writing

Episode 46: Using technology to improve writing Here are the tools mentioned in the episode that can be used by your children to improve writing skills. 1. Grammarly 2. Hemingway app 3. The Most Dangerous Writing Prompt Generator – 4. Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University 5. My Access 6. Online Writing […]

Free online government and civics games

Episode 45: Free online government and civics games   These are the free online government and civics games mentioned in this episode. Most of them are geared to middle and high school students but elementary students can enjoy some of them too. 1. The American Presidency – match actual events from Trumans day with 7 […]

Online resources to help you select curriculum

Episode 44: Online resources to help you select curriculum In this episode, we look at 6 steps to use online resources to help you select curriculum that is a good fit for your child. Please refer to episode 36 – Tips for buying and selling curriculum online to help you find the best prices for […]

Unplugged Coding

Episode 43: Unplugged Coding with Sandra Balisky   Be sure to join our Facebook group where we carry on the discussion about Homeschooling with Technology. Sandra Balisky from Real World Learners is our guest today. She has a background as a math and English teacher and is now homeschooling her own children and working on […]

Online Tools for Photography

Episode 42: Online Tools for Photography with Piers van der Merwe   Piers is not only my husband, but also the photography teacher at FundaFunda Academy. You can see his work at Onstandby Travel and on Smugmug. Here are the online tools for photography he mentions in this episode. 1. Editing Tools Google and Apple […]

Explore cities with digital scavenger hunts

Episode 41: Explore cities with digital scavenger hunts   My oldest daughter, Rachel, suggested I do an episode on this as she and I have enjoyed a number of Digital Scavenger Hunts together. Rachel teaches the Visual Literacy class for FundaFunda Academy. Digital scavenger hunts can be found in most cities – and sometimes even […]

How teens can start a podcast

Episode 40: How teens can start a podcast with Abby Banks   Be sure to join our Facebook group where we carry on the discussion about Homeschooling with Technology. 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 […]

Ways teens can make money online

Episode 39: Ways teens can make money online   Be sure to join our Facebook group where we carry on the discussion about Homeschooling with Technology. 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 […]

Geocaching – Technology meets nature

Episode 38: Geocaching – Technology meets nature   Be sure to join our Facebook group where we carry on the discussion about Homeschooling with Technology. 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 […]

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 […]

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. And be sure to join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast. We will carry on the conversation there. Some places to buy and sell […]

Using technology to study history

Episode 35: Using technology to study history with Vicki Tillman   Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast. 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 […]

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 […]

How Your Children Can Learn Digital Art

Episode 33: How your children can learn digital art with Jim Pence   Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast 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 […]

MOOCs – how to use them for yourself and your teens

Episode 32: MOOCs – how to use them for yourself and your teens   Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast And visit our sponsor FundaFunda Academy to see the classes they are offering for high school credit this summer. MOOC = Massive Open Online Courses The start of MOOCs is […]

Technology and Travel Planning with your children

Episode 31: Technology and Travel Planning with Your Children   Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast And visit our sponsor FundaFunda Academy to see the classes they are offering for high school credit this summer. Intro the Theatre is a lot of fun. Students learn not just about acting but […]

Online Tools to Help Teens Study

Episode 30: Online Tools to Help Teens Study Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! And visit our sponsor FundaFunda Academy to see the classes they are offering for high school credit this summer. Photography is one class that is ideal to take over the summer when there are plenty of […]

4 Free Online History games

Episode 29: 4 Free Online History games Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! And visit our sponsor FundaFunda Academy to see the web-based unit studies and full semester classes they offer. They also have options for summer learning! Many of their classes incorporate games like the ones discussed in this […]

Using Google MyMaps for Techie Projects

Episode 28: Using Google MyMaps for Techie Projects Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! And visit our sponsor FundaFunda Academy to see the web-based unit studies and full semester classes they offer. They also have options for summer learning! Google MyMaps allows you to customize a Google map. Start by […]

Homeschooling with Google Maps

Episode 27: Homeschooling with Google Maps Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! And visit our sponsor FundaFunda Academy to see the web-based unit studies and full semester classes they offer. How to use Google Maps in your Homeschool 1. Let your children navigate using the app. It teaches them to […]

Online communication skills your children need to learn

Episode 26: Online communication skills your children need to learn Looking for online classes for the new year for your children? Take a look at what our sponsor, FundaFunda Academy has to offer. 1. Start teaching them these skills early They should choose their email username carefully They should get in the habit of checking […]

How to use Quizlet to learn foreign language vocabulary with Suzette Laporte-Ayo

Episode 25: How to use Quizlet to learn foreign language vocabulary with Suzette Laporte-Ayo Quizlet is a free online resource and app that has quizzes and games for many different subjects. In this podcast, Suzette Laporte-Ayo, Spanish teacher at FundaFunda Academy, explains her unique way of using Quizlet for Spanish vocabulary study. Her method will […]

How to select online classes for your children

Episode 24: How to select online classes for your children 1. Cost you get what you pay for (live classes, graded classes will cost more) refund policies? 2. Synchronous / Asynchronous Synchronous classes are usually live and students watch a live stream. Good for students who like structure. Example: True North Homeschool Academy. Asynchronous classes […]

5 Ways Homeschool Parents Can Use Trello

Episode 23: 5 Ways homeschool parents can use Trello with Brittany Joiner Our guest in today’s show is Brittany Joiner. She is a self-confessed Trello enthusiast who in her spare time organizes local Trello events and blogs for Trello. Link on Trello’s blog to Brittany and her articles Find local meetups of Trello enthusiasts near […]

Techie Alternatives to Written Reports

Episode 22: Techie Alternatives to Written Reports Benefits to using techie alternatives to written reports Although students definitely need to know how to do a written book report or research paper, there are other ways to see what your child has learned. And there are benefits to mixing it up. 3 major benefits: techie assignments […]

Free Graphic Creation Tools

Episode 21: Free Graphic Creation Tools The free tools mentioned in this episode are: Canva (Hear the story of how this software came about on How I Built this with Guy Raz) Adobe Spark Google Drawings Pixlr (photo editor) Easel.ly (infographics) Find free icons to use in your graphics projects at The Noun Project. Show […]

Free Video Creation Tools

Episode 20: Free Video Creation Tools The free tools mentioned in this episode are: Windows Moviemaker / iMovie, if they are already installed on a computer Keynote and Powerpoint, if they are already installed on a computer, can be exported as a movie file Adobe Spark Video Example from a FundaFunda Academy US History class […]

How tech can help you homeschool when you travel

Episode 19: How tech can help you homeschool when you travel Modern technology makes it far easier to homeschooling when you travel than it was for me when we traveled around the world about 11 years ago with our 4 children. What devices are good for traveling and homeschooling? Chromebooks – take a flash drive […]

Tech skills teens need before they graduate

Episode 18: Tech skills teens need before they graduate 1. Computer basics Saving / Copying / Uploading files How to take a screenshot Typing skills Troubleshooting 2. Familiarity with different types of software Slideshow (Google Slides, Prezi) Documents (Google Docs, Word) Spreadsheets (Google Sheets / Excel) Video creation (iMovie, Windows Moviemaker, screencasting software) Graphic creation […]

Classtools – Online Educational Fun

Episode 17: Classtools – Online Educational Fun In today’s episode we will explore some of the fun resources on the website Classtools. Our sponsor, FundaFunda Academy enjoys using the free Classtools resources in many of their online classes and web-based unit studies. Resources for creative assignments Fakebook – create a “fake” book page complete with […]

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