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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.

Homeschooling with Technology
Homeschooling with Technology
Meryl van der Merwe

The Homeschooling with Technology Podcast is a weekly show, hosted by Meryl van der Merwe, where she shares ideas on how to use technology to be more productive as a homeschool parent and on how to use technology to make lessons more engaging. In addition, she covers techie skills your children need to learn and how to easily incorporate them into your homeschooling. Meryl homeschooled her 4 children after working as a computer programmer for many years. She uses technology whenever she can when teaching both live co-op classes and online classes for homeschoolers. In this podcast, she shares all the best tech resources she finds with you.

Homeschooling with Technology Episodes

The Anton App: Interactive Lessons for Kids

264: The Anton App: Interactive Lessons for Kids The Anton App offers bite-sized interactive learning opportunities for K – 8th grade. It is free and some of its features include: Works on all devices No ads Earn coins for games Covers a wide range of subjects Can customize avatars to look like oneself Games are […]

Gamified Science Apps for Neurodiverse Brains

263: 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 […]

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 […]

Benefits of Video Projects

 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 […]

Unlocking the Power of Padlet

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 […]

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 […]

From Tech Consumer to Tech Creator

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 – […]

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 Canva ChatGPT or […]

Teaching Economics Through Online Games

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 SimCity Rollercoaster Tycoon Stock Market Game / How the Market Works Lemonade Stand Money, Banking and the Federal […]

Kitchen Science

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 Kitchen Science Lab Culinary Reactions: The Everyday Chemistry of Cooking Randi’s blog post with all the […]

Replay: Tech Electives for High School

This is a replay of episode 178 – you can find the original show notes here. https://media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/media.blubrry.com/homeschoolingtech/media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/ins.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/HWT_178_TechElectivesforHighSchool.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Google Podcasts | Spotify | Android | Email | TuneIn | More

Tech the Halls: STEM Christmas gifts

254: Tech the Halls: STEM Christmas gifts STEM Christmas Gifts not only bring hours of fun to children of all ages, but also prepare children for the future. In this episode, I talk about gifts in these 4 categories 1. Hardware 2. Video Games 3. STEM Board Games 4. Engineering Toys * Mentioned: 30 Days […]

Hour of Code 2023

253: Hour of Code 2023 The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week in the week of the birthday of Admiral Grace Hopper. If you don’t know about her contribution to the field of computer science, here is a short video to watch with your children Each year you can […]

Ideas for Using New AI Tools in Canva

252: Ideas for Using New AI Tools in Canva Rebecca Brinkman from Rose and Bird unpacks some of the new AI tools in Canva. Rebecca was the guest on episode 210 – Taking Holiday Photos with Storytelling in Mind and 227 – Why all teens should learn Canva All the tools available in Magic Studio […]

Replay: 10 Websites You Will Be Thankful I Told You About

This is a replay of episode 159 – you can find the original show notes here. https://media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/media.blubrry.com/homeschoolingtech/media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/ins.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/HWT_159_websitesyouwillthankmefor.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Google Podcasts | Spotify | Android | Email | TuneIn | More

How to Use Tech to Inspire a Love of Learning

251: How to use tech to inspire a love of learning Guest Kami Wanous from The Freedom Scholar gives some great ideas on how to use tech to inspire a love of learning. Here are the 6 ideas she covers: Using short videos or online classes (one time class) to spark interest – like YouTube […]

Verizon Learning Portal

250: Verizon Learning Portal The Verizon Learning Portal is a free collection of online lessons for K – 12. In this episode I share some of the cools things I found in it and what it was like working through a lesson. I also share about the 7 full courses they offer. ———————————————————————————————- Take a […]

Digital Music Production

249: Digital Music Production In this episode, music industry veteran Brent Daniels shares resources teens can use for digital music production. Online Tools Mentioned in this Episode Garageband (iOS) Bandlab, Soundtrap (Windows / Chrome) Next level – Logic Pro (Apple) Waveformfree (cross platform) Pro Tools – Avid Sub and FL Studio Where to find Brent […]

Learn tech skills with passion led projects

248: Learn tech skills with passion led projects Today’s episode explains how to learn tech skills with passion led projects. Use topics your children are interested in and integrate tech to create a meaningful project. Ideas on how to use tech to gather information for the project online research surveys through Google forms store data […]

Digital Tools to Help you Write a Novel

247: Digital tools to help you write a novel Just in time for NaNaWriMo, guest Jennie Miller shares some digital tools to help you write a novel. These can be used by middle and high schoolers. The resources Jennie mentions are Young Writer’s Program through NaNoWriMo Scrivener and the app Scapple by Literature and Latte […]

Resources to teach netiquette

246: Resources to teach netiquette Children need to be taught by their parents how to behave well online and so I have found some resources to teach netiquette to help you do that. Also be sure to listen to episode 212 – Teaching Children to be Kind Online Resources mentioned in this episode Digital Citizenship […]

Online games that promote thinking and build math skills

245: Online games that promote thinking and build math skills Dennis DiNoia from Mr.D Math is our guest and he shares some of his favorite games that promote thinking and build math skills. Online games mentioned in this episode Online Chess with a twist Yahtzee 2048 game Backgammon Logic Puzzles Calculators.org (math, board games and […]

How much tech is too much tech

244: How much tech is too much tech In this episode, listeners are encourage to work through how much tech is too much tech for their family. A number of factors are mentioned to consider. The podcast projects created by Manoush Zomorodi are Bored and Brilliant Bootcamp Infomagical FundaFunda Classes mentioned in this episode: Health […]

Math Contests

243: Math contests with Haley Story Haley runs a math club and as part of the club she encourages the participants to take part in math contests. Haley begins by explaining why you should consider registering your homeschooler for these contests. She goes on to talk about: 1. Noetic 2. Bebras 3. Math Counts 4. […]

Science Olympiad

242: Science Olympiad I have coached a homeschool Science Olympiad team for many years and have seen the huge benefits it has provided to the students involved. For more information about the contest visit Soinc.org. If you can’t find a team in your area – start one! ———————————————————————————————- Take a look at show sponsor, FundaFunda […]

Replay: 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”. This is a replay of episode 126 – you can find the original show notes here. https://media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/media.blubrry.com/homeschoolingtech/media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/ins.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/HWT_126_ModifyOnlineCurriculumPart2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | […]

Replay: How to modify online curriculum for special needs students: Part 1

This is a replay of episode 125 – you can find the original show notes here. https://media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/media.blubrry.com/homeschoolingtech/media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/ins.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/HWT_125_ModifyingOnlineCurriculumForSpecialNeedsStudentsPart1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Google Podcasts | Spotify | Android | Email | TuneIn | More

How Learning Tech Skills Young Can Benefit Your Child

241: How Learning Tech Skills Young Can Benefit Your Child Guest Charis Guilford, a high school senior, explains how learning tech skills young can benefit your child by sharing her own story. These are the questions she answered. Listen to the episode to get inspired to teach your children how to use a computer effectively. […]

AI in the tools you already use

240: AI in the tools you already use Do you know there is probably AI in the tools you already use? Here are the ones mentioned in this episode: 1. Gmail – Smart reply / compose 2. Canva Text to image (under Apps) Magic Write AI Photo editing Magic Create Presentations 3. Google slides – […]

Free vs Paid Online Resources

239: Free vs paid online resources Free vs Paid Online Resources? This episode covers reasons you might choose one over the other and I give a few ideas on where to find free resources. For all the details listen to the episode. Things to consider 1. Budget 2. Priorities 3. Kids abilities and interests 4. […]

3 Digital Resources to Include in Your Homeschool This Year

238: 3 Digital Resources to Include in Your Homeschool This Year As you plan your school year, consider adding these 3 digital resources to your homeschool. They are all free and can help both you and your children. The 3 digital resources for homeschooling are: Google Docs Canva ChatGPT Listen to the episode to learn […]

Replay: Asynchronous vs Synchronous Online Classes

This is a replay of episode 143 – you can find the show notes here. https://media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/media.blubrry.com/homeschoolingtech/media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/ins.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/HWT_143_asynchronousvssynchronousonlineclasses.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Google Podcasts | Spotify | Android | Email | TuneIn | More

Prompt engineering: A skill you and your children need

237: Prompt engineering: A skill you and your children need Chris Remboldt of [future homeschool] explains what prompt engineering is and why you and your children need to learn it. These are the questions Chris answers in this episode: 1. What is prompt engineering 2. Why is it important to learn how to do? 3. […]

The Art of Collaboration: AI-Driven Unit Studies

236: The Art of Collaboration: AI-Driven Unit Studies Randi Smith from Peanut Butter Fish Lessons is my guest again and in this episode we demonstrate how you can collaborate with AI to create AI-driven unit studies. Randi is using Khanmigo and Meryl is using ChatGPT. Be sure to listen to our 3-part series on ChatGPT […]

Replay: Screens and Guilt

This is a replay of episode 155 – you can find the show notes here. https://media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/media.blubrry.com/homeschoolingtech/media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/ins.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/HWT_155_ScreensandGuilt.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Google Podcasts | Spotify | Android | Email | TuneIn | More

Replay: Using Tech to Enjoy Nature

This is a replay of episode 132. You can find the show notes here https://media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/media.blubrry.com/homeschoolingtech/media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/ins.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/HWT_132_UsingTechToEnjoyNature.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Google Podcasts | Spotify | Android | Email | TuneIn | More

Benefits of Teens Starting a Youtube Channel

235:Benefits of Teens Starting a Youtube Channel with Audrey Parker In this episode I talked to Audrey Parker about the Benefits of Teens starting a Youtube Channel. Audrey is a teen who has her own channel and these are the questions I asked her: 1. What motivated you to start a YouTube channel? 2. What […]

Navigating College Prep in the Digital Age

234: Navigating College Prep in the Digital Age This podcast discusses many different aspects to navigating college prep in the digital age. Until June 30, 2023, the coupon POD5 will give you a $5 (20%) discount on the self-paced College Prep class / contest (High School Challenge) from show sponsor FundaFunda. Previous podcast episodes mentioned […]

Using tech to encourage good habits

233: Using tech to encourage good habits Our guest, Katie Matteson, talks to us about using tech to encourage good habits. She does this by using the Greenlight app. Katie was also on episode 199 where she shared about 3D printing. Listen to this episode to learn all about how Katie uses the Greenlight app […]

Online Resources for Improving French Skills

232: Online Resources for Improving French Skills Today’s guest, Sébastien Crépieux, has been teaching French for many years and he shares with us his favorite online resources for improving French skills. Sébastien teaches French online with show sponsor FundaFunda Academy. Online French resources mentioned in this episode Wordreference.com: To look for a French word within […]

Robotics competitions

231: Robotics competitions with Dawn and Nate Garrett Guests Dawn Garrett and her son Nate join us to talk about Robotics Competitions. You can learn about Nate’s team here and see their 2023 competition robot If you missed episode 225 on An Introduction to Robotics – start by listening to that. You can find general […]

How to Set Students up for Success in High School Science Classes

230: How to set students up for success in high school science classes with Dr. Kristin Moon Dr. Kristin Moon from Kristin Moon Science explains how to set students up for success in high school science classes. Dr. Moon teaches Chemistry for show sponsor FundaFunda Academy and a number of science classes at True North […]

Everfi Free Online Courses

229: Everfi Free Online Courses In this episode, I explain how homeschoolers can use Everfi’s free online courses. There are courses for all ages and they cover finance, career exploration, health, entrepreneurship, and more. There are interactive online modules you assign to your children and also lesson plans that you can use to assign offline […]

Math is a good tool for learning to think critically

228: Math is a good tool for learning to think critically Today’s guest is Elizabeth Weaver and she loves math and is enthusiastic about its ability to aid us to think critically! Elizabeth lectures at Roane State Community College, a homeschool co-op, and also teaches the Agebra 2 class at show sponsor FundaFunda Academy. In […]

Why all teens should learn Canva

227: Why all teens should learn Canva Becky Brinkman from Rose and Bird explains why all teens should learn Canva. Becky was the guest on episode 210 – Taking Holiday Photos with Storytelling in Mind Becky answers the following questions: 1. Why do students need to build confidence in creating graphics – especially if they […]

Exploring AI with Your Homeschooled Teen

226:Exploring AI with Your Homeschooled Teen In this episode, you will learn why exploring AI with your teen is something you should be doing. If you know very little about AI, a good place to start would be our previous episodes on ChatGPT 3 previous episodes on ChatGPT Episode 215- What is ChatGPT? Episode 216- […]

An Introduction to Robotics

225:An Introduction to Robotics with Vinod Agrawal Vinod Agrawal from Robotics Workshops for Kids is our guest and he talks about how to provide your children with an introduction to robotics Vinod covers these topics in this episode: 1. How he became interested in robotics 2. Why he decided to teach robotics to students 3. […]

Integrating technology in literature studies

224: Integrating Technology in Literature Studies This episode discusses integrating technology in literature studies to help provide students with a richer experience as they read novels. The websites and ideas mentioned are: Book Adventure: book quizzes, reading logs, graphic organizers etc Vocabulary.com: vocabulary lists for specific books. Crashcourse Literature Virtual museum tours Google Streetview Apps […]

Online Classes and Neurodiversity: Building Independence and Social Skills at Home

223: Online Classes and Neurodiversity: Building Independence and Social Skills at Home Guest Lindsay Leiviska talks to us about Online Classes and Neurodiversity. You can find Lindsay online at A Heart For All Students. Her podcast is also called “A Heart for All Students”. Lindsay’s tips will be helpful to those homeschooling a child with […]

More Online Geography Games

222: More Online Geography Games In this episode I share more online geography games – find the first episode on this topic here (episode 16). Also be sure to listen to episode 129 where I talk about a variety of digital resources for learning geography – I include some games that I don’t mention in […]

Virtual Music Lessons

221: Virtual Music Lessons with Sean-David McGoran Sean-David McGoran from The Tuned In Academy is the guest on today’s episode and we discuss virtual music lessons. These are the questions he answers: What are some key reasons children should learn music? What if my child doesn’t want to play an instrument, should they still learn […]

How to Use the Internet to Find the Right Curriculum for Your Child

220: How to Use the Internet to Find the Right Curriculum for Your Child Whether you are new to homeschooling or need to change things up, you can use the internet to find the right curriculum for your child. Here’s what is covered in this episode: 1. Don’t start to look for curriculum until you […]

Organizing Digital Homeschool Resources

219: Organizing Digital Homeschool Resources with Brooke Poston Our guest in this episode is Brooke Poston from Homeschool Resource Co who has some great tips to share on organizing digital homeschool resources. Brooke explains what she means by digital resources and supplemental content and where one can find this content. She then details how to […]

TV Shows that spark a love for science and technology

218: TV Shows that Spark a Love for Science and Technology In this episode, I share some favorite TV shows that spark a love for science and technology – while they entertain. These are not shows that explain scientific concepts. Listen to the episode as I describe each of them. The shows I mention are: […]

10 ways to use ChatGPT in your homeschool

217: 10 ways to use ChatGPT in your homeschool Randi Smith from Peanut Butter Fish Lessons is my guest again and together we came up with 10 ways to use ChatGPT in your homeschool. This is the third episode in our series about ChatGPT. You can listen to the first one on “What is chatGPT? […]

ChatGPT and the future of education

216: ChatGPT and the future of education In this episode, we discuss ChatGPT and what the evolution of AI technology means for the future of education. My guest is Randi Smith from Peanut Butter Fish Lessons who was also the guest on the episode Exploring Media Bias. This is the second episode in a 3-part […]

What is ChatGPT?

215: What is ChatGPT? What is CHatGPT? ChatGPT is a type of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that uses deep learning techniques to generate human-like text. It is trained on a massive dataset of text from the internet, allowing it to understand and respond to a wide range of natural language inputs. Log in at https://chat.openai.com/ It […]

9 Techie Jobs Teens can do to Start a Business

214: 9 techie jobs teens can do to start a business (or for small businesses) with Katie Hornor Katie Hornor, entrepreneur and business coach, is our guest in this episode and she shares 9 techie jobs teens can do to start a business – or they can do these tasks for small businesses. These are […]

Daily Online Puzzle Games

213: Daily Online Puzzle Games Daily online puzzle games can be a fun way for families to learn new facts together. The ones mentioned in this episode are Wordle – listen to episode 201 on how to create your own Wordle-type games. Tridle Artle – guess the artist Artle UK version – guess the work […]

Teaching children to be kind online

212: Teaching children to be kind online Vicki Tillman is a veteran homeschool mom and a trained counselor and in this episode she shares ideas on teaching children to be kind online. Topics covered include: 1) Why should we intentionally teach young people to be kind online? 2) When should we teach them to be […]

Online learning for homeschool moms

211: Online learning for homeschool moms In this episode, I talk about why online learning for homeschool moms is important – and I suggest various free resources that make learning easy to do. The resources I mention are listed below. Listen to the episode to learn more about each one. Youtube – including FundaFunda’s Youtube […]

Replay: Non-tech skills students learn from coding

This is a replay of episode 144. You can find the show notes here. https://media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/media.blubrry.com/homeschoolingtech/media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/ins.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/hWt_144_NonTechSkillsStudentsLearnfromCoding.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Google Podcasts | Spotify | Android | Email | TuneIn | More

Replay: Fitness apps and websites for your homeschool

This is a replay of episode 120. You can find the show notes here https://media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/media.blubrry.com/homeschoolingtech/media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/ins.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/HWT_120_FitnessAppsandWebsites.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Google Podcasts | Spotify | Android | Email | TuneIn | More

Taking Holiday Photos with Storytelling in Mind

210: Taking Holiday Photos with Storytelling in Mind In today’s episode, Becky Brinkman from Rose and Bird shares ideas on taking holiday photos with storytelling in mind Listen to the episode for all her very useful tips. The resource page with videos and articles that go into more detail on some aspects can be found […]

Techie Gifts for Your Children

209: Techie Gifts for Your Children Here is a list of techie gifts for your children you can use as inspiration this Christmas. 3d pen – Listen to a previous episode (199) on 3D printing and visit the 3D printing tab here headphones Kindle / tablet / Gabb watch (listen to our recent episode), drawing […]

Challenge your kids to code

208: Challenge your kids to code There is no better time to challenge your kids to code! Computer Science Education week is December 5 – 11, 2022 but the free resources I talk about in this episode are available year-round Mentioned in this episode: Hour of Code – in the episode, I explain how to […]

Replay: Planning the Holidays with Tech

This is a replay of episode 63. You can find the show notes here http://media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/media.blubrry.com/homeschoolingtech/media.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/ins.blubrry.com/uhsrnetwork/HWT_63_HolidayPlanningwithTech.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Google Podcasts | Spotify | Android | Email | TuneIn | More

Safe phones kids can wear

207: Safe Phones Kids Can Wear You probably don’t want your elementary-age child to have a phone – but there are times you wish you could contact them – and that is where safe phones that kids can wear ie watches are such a good option. My sister, Lynne Robinson, bought one for her daughter […]

Using tech to encourage thankfulness in your homeschool

206: Using tech to encourage thankfulness in your homeschool Here are some ideas on using tech to encourage thankfulness in your homeschool. Listen to thee episode which goes into more detail: Email teachers and coaches Write Reviews – books, podcasts, classes etc. Create Digital cards or use a tool like Canva to make ones to […]

How to Select Tech Tools for your Homeschool

205: How to Select Tech Tools for your Homeschool It is overwhelming when looking at all thee options to figure out how to select tech tools that will be useful and not distracting in your homeschool. Tech tools should do one of these things 1. Solve a problem 2. Prepare your kids for college and […]

AI resources for your homeschool

204: AI resources for your homeschool In this episode, we look at some free AI resources you can use for your homeschool. The AI tools mentioned are: Google AI experiments and in particular Quick Draw and AI Duet Autodraw Instapainting Craiyon Dream by Wombo Verse by Verse Quillbot Wordtune Speechify Love the podcast? Write a […]

Carschooling with Technology

203: Carschooling with technology Homeschool moms can find themselves carschooling on occasion, regularly, or on vacation – here are some ideas on carschooling with technology. Here are some websites and apps mentioned in this episode – listen to the full episode for all the ideas. Vocabulary.com Stack the States app CDC Solve the Outbreak app […]

Digital Milestones for Kids

202: Digital Milestones for Kids Lisa Honold, our guest, suggests some guidelines for digital milestones for kids in this episode. Lisa is a national speaker on protecting kids online and helping them develop a healthy relationship with technology over time. Find her at the Center for Online Safety. Don’t miss her podcast, Unplug and Plug […]

How to Create your own Wordle-type games

201: How to Create your own Wordle-type games You can use Wordle-type games for reviewing vocabulary in your homeschool and in this episode I share how to create your own Wordle-type games with free tools These are the websites I mention: mywordle.strivemath.com Flippity Scratch —————————————————————————————————————- Take a look at show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy to see […]

My Favorite Tech Tools for Homeschooling

200: My Favorite Tech Tools for Homeschooling In this 200th episode, I share my favorite tech tools for homeschooling. But first I highlight some past episodes from the previous years: Episode 22- Techie Alternatives to Written Reports – Episode 54 – Homeschooling Digital Natives Episode 77 – Virtual Labs Episode 97 – Profile of a […]

Using 3D printing in your homeschool

199: Using 3D printing in your homeschool with Katie Matteson Katie Matteson shares how she is using 3-D printing in her homeschool. These show notes are just the bare bones from the episode – listen to the full episode for all the info and tips First printer/pen? We started with the 3D pens. They have […]

Where to get ebooks for your homeschool

198: Where to get ebooks for your homeschool In the last episode, we discussed why homeschoolers should use ebooks. In this episode, I give you ideas on where to get ebooks for your homeschool. 1. The library 2. Amazon Prime, – Gatsby, red badge, midsummer nights dream 3. Epic 4. Project Gutenberg 5. Standard EBooks […]

Using e-books for homeschooling

197:Using e-books for homeschooling Sabrina Justison from 7 Sisters Homeschool explains the benefits of using e-books for homeschooling in this episode. 1. Using ebooks for some or all of homeschooling makes sense for students – digital natives – take-it-with-you convenience – adaptable (font size, text-to-speech) – often includes more illustrations for visual learners 2. Using […]

Fanschool: a platform for student blogging

196: Fanschool: a platform for student blogging with Eric Nelson I last spoke to Eric Nelson about Fanschool back in episode 47 about their games where students get to draft a ‘team’ and track how well they do which is based on how often they are mentioned in the media. show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy, uses […]

How to practice Spanish listening comprehension

195: How to practice Spanish listening comprehension with Suzette Laporte-Ayo In episode 193, Suzette, the Spanish teacher at show sponsor FundaFunda Academy shared apps and websites for learning Spanish. In this episode, she expands on the last website she mentioned in that episode and explains how one could use it to practice Spanish listening comprehension. […]

The role of parents in online classes

194: The role of parents in online classes If you have a child in online classes, you have probably wondered what the role of parents in online classes is. As a teacher of online classes at FundaFunda Academy, here are suggestions we as teachers there, have for you as parents. 1. Don’t forget you are […]

Apps and websites for learning Spanish

193: Apps and websites for learning Spanish with Suzette Laporte-Ayo Suzette shares apps and websites for learning Spanish that she incorporates into the online classes she teaches at FundaFunda Academy. Listen to the episode to hear her explain how she uses each one. Quizlet (website and app for K and up). Listen to episode 25 […]

Using Audiobooks in your Homeschool

Tauna Meyer from Proverbial Homemaker shares why she loves using audiobooks in her homeschool as well as her favorite places to find them. You can find more info on this post she wrote These are the resources Tauna mentions in this episode: Library (Libby, overdrive, Hoopla, CDs) Used/New CDs on Amazon, eBay, or other booksellers […]

Online Physics Games and Simulations

191: Online Games and Simulations to teach Physics with Bex Buzzie Our guest Bex Buzzie is a physics teacher and she shares her favorite online physics games and simulations. Bex hosts The Homeschool Advantage podcast where she interviews curriculum providers about what makes their products unique. Her interview with me about show sponsor FundaFunda Academy […]

Tech skills I’m glad I learned: Reflections of a high school graduate

190: Tech skills I’m glad I learned: Reflections of a high school graduate – Interview with Natalie Vaughn Guest Natalie Vaughn has just graduated from high school and she shares the tech skills she is glad she learned and how they helped her. Be sure to listen to my interview with Natalie last week when […]

Apps for high school students

189: Apps for High School Students Natalie Vaughn, who is newly graduated, shares with us the apps for high school students, she found the most useful. Listen to the interview I did with her last summer as part of the Techie Teen series where she talked about her job as a virtual assistant. Natalie helped […]

Tech for Road Trips

188: Tech for Road Trips Need some ideas on how to use tech for road trips in a productive way with your children? 1. For Entertainment audiobooks podcasts – listen to our previous episode on Podcasts for kids of all ages movies, TV shows video games and apps. The ones I mentioned: Human Resource Machine […]

How to use movies in your homeschool

187: How to use Movies in your Homeschool In this episode, guest Rachel van der Merwe, discusses how to use movies in your homeschool. Rachel is Assistant professor of media studies at the University of Groningen and FundaFunda’s teacher of the “I Spy: A Course in Visual Literacy” online class. Rachel starts off talking about […]

Get Ahead of the Class app

186: Get Ahead of the Class app Denise Thomas from Get Ahead of the Class has created an app with the same name to help parents and teens navigate the college application process. The app is free and available on iPhone and Android. You can start using it from middle school up. It will help […]

Online Choose your Own Adventure Games

185: Online Choose Your Own Adventure Games This episode explores the benefits of using Online Choose Your Own Adventure Games as part of your homeschool and gives some specific examples of some you can use. In a previous podcast episode I shared ways your children can create their own Choose Your Own Adventure game To […]

Using Tech for Summer Learning

184: Using Tech for Summer Learning While you might be wishing your children stayed off teach this vacation, let me share some ideas for using tech for summer learning that might change your mind. Using tech on vacation / staycation 1. Clio – shows historical sites near your locations 2. Geocaching – listen to episode […]

Homeschool Tech Hacks

183: Homeschool Tech Hacks with Linsey Knerl Linsey Knerl, author of Homeschool Hacks: How to Give Your Kid a Great Education without Losing Your Job (or Your Mind.) shares her top Homeschool Tech Hacks with us in this episode. Linsey starts by answering the following questions: Do we really need technology? How does technology for […]

Tech Knowledge Teens Need to Run a Business

182: Tech knowledge teens need to run a business with Adeola Ariyo Guest Adeola Ariyo from Next Genpreneur shares tech knowledge teens need to run a business. What tech should teens know how to use to run a business? Canva for graphics Excel or Google Sheets for Record keeping Coding Listen to the episode to […]

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 […]

Representation in Kid Tech

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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: Duolingo Prodigy Math Vocabulary.com Khan Academy 3. How to track points and […]