Homeschooling with Technology


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

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 or connect with her on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook.

Homeschooling with Technology Episodes

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) (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 […]

Free Online Geography Games

Episode 16: Free Online Geography Games Our sponsor, FundaFunda Academy offers online high school world geography classes as well as web-based unit studies for 4th – 8th grade on North America, South America, and Poland. In addition, they sell inexpensive Geography printable games. Here are the 6 free online geography games mentioned in this episode: […]

Finding, tracking and winning scholarships

Episode 15: Finding, tracking and winning scholarships 1. Finding Scholarships * Use Scholarship Search Engines My favorite scholarship search engines: Unigo Moolah Spot The University Network Other scholarship search engines: Peterson’s, Fastweb, Cappex, Collegeboard, * Scholly App * Local school websites * Google search – “scholarship” + major / hobby / achievement etc * […]

Digital Breakouts

Episode 14: Digital Breakouts —> Check out our sponsor, FundaFunda Academy‘s classes and web-based unit studies for Spring 2019. What are Digital Breakouts? They are similar to Escape Rooms – just all online! Instead of physical locks, the locks are virtual and you enter the solutions via Google forms. The puzzles are online: videos, jigsaw […]

Techie Family Fun

Episode 13: Techie Family Fun —> Check out our sponsor, FundaFunda Academy’s web-based unit studies and online high school classes. They all utilize technology to enhance the lessons and also include techie projects. These games allow your kids to be on their devices – but still participating in family games. “Guess the song” Use Alexa […]

Tech Toys and Games

Episode 12: Tech Toys and Games —> Check out our sponsor, FundaFunda Academy’s Scratch Christmas Coding Contest. This contest is for those who can’t program in Scratch yet, as well as for those who can. There are 2 different divisions, and new programmers can learn along with video tutorials as part of their entrance fee […]

How to introduce your kids to programming

Episode 11: How to introduce your kids to programming Why is it necessary for children to learn to code? 1. This is where the future lies. “Career track” jobs which need coding skills pay $22,000 per year more than jobs that don’t. Half of the jobs in the top income quartile (>$57,000 per year) are […]

Christmas Shopping the Techie Way

Episode 10: Christmas Shopping the Techie Way 1. Throughout the year collect ideas in Evernote 2. Get your family to create wishlists (Pinterest, Amazon, Google docs/sheets) 3. If you need more ideas Pinterest Searching with specific keywords eg “Gifts for Horse lovers” Blogs: for example, our sponsor Fundafunda Academy has a post on 25 Fun […]

10 Techie Tools I Am Grateful For

Episode 9: 10 Techie Tools I Am Grateful For 1. Offline maps I usually use Google maps, select the area and download. 2. Portable Charger Here’s the one I use: EasyAcc Slim 10000 mAh Power Bank 3. Podcasts One of my favorites is Planet Money. If you are listening to this online and don’t know […]

5 Techie Ways to Organize Your Homeschool

Episode 8: 5 Techie Ways to Organize your Homeschool 1. Google Drive Google Drive is an online filing system. Listen to episodes 2, 3 and 4 for more detail on how to use it to organize your homeschool Our sponsor, FundaFunda Academy offers 2 classes that teach about Google Drive and the associated apps. They […]

Homeschooling with Google Slides

Episode 7: Homeschooling with Google Slides Google Slides offers all benefits of Google Drive apps like easy collaboration and access anywhere you have wifi. Listen to episode 2 on Google Drive for more info on all the Google Drive apps. Some features of Google Slides Google Drive does have fewer features than many of the […]

Homeschooling with Google Forms

Episode 6: Homeschooling with Google Forms Google Forms is great for moms (and dads) to use it to create self-graded quizzes and for surveys. You could use it to collect responses to questions like “what field trip your homeschool group might most want to go on”, and “which date works best”. But it is even […]

A Techie History Contest

Episode 5: A Techie History Contest   National History Day is one of my favorite contests because it combines 2 things I love – history and technology. Our show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy also combines these two in their web-based unit studies on World War 2. These are delivered online, use online resources and incorporate techie […]

Homeschooling with Google Docs

Episode 4: Homeschooling with Google Docs   If you are new to Google Drive be sure to listen to episodes 2 (Homeschooling with Google Drive) and 3 (Homeschooling with Google Sheets) which will give some context to what is covered in this episode – Homeschooling with Google Docs. Google Docs is a spreadsheet program and […]

Homeschooling with Google Sheets

Episode 3: Homeschooling with Google Sheets Google Sheets is one of the Google Drive apps and if you aren’t familiar with all the benefits of those apps, listen to my previous episode. In this episode, you will learn some of the applications for Google sheets in your homeschool. Google Sheets is more limited than many […]

Homeschooling with Google Drive

Episode 2: Homeschooling with Google Drive In this episode, you will learn what Google Drive is, why you should be using it and how to use it in your homeschool. What is Google Drive?   Google Drive is essentially an online filing system. In addition, it is integrated with a number of apps which makes […]

Introducing the Homeschooling with Technology Podcast

Welcome to episode 1 of the Homeschooling with Technology podcast. My name is Meryl van der Merwe and I am a South African. My father bought us a personal computer when I was a teen and I both gamed on it and learned to program. I went to college to get a B.A.  but during […]

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