Teen Podcasters Share Their Journey

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269: Teen Podcasters Share Their Journey

Teen Podcasters Share Their Journey

 

In this episode, host Meryl van der Merwe interviews Laila Alvarez and Damien Segovia, two homeschooled teen podcasters, who share their experience starting and running their own podcast called “IKR?!”.

Topics Covered:

  • What inspired Laila and Damien to start a podcast
  • The name and focus of their podcast “IKR?!”
  • Number of episodes recorded so far and topics covered
  • Technical aspects – equipment used, editing software, posting to platforms
  • Skills they’ve learned from podcasting
  • Advice for parents/teens interested in starting a podcast
  • How they are marketing their podcast

Key Points:

  • Leila and Damien use clip-on mics and just record on a phone, showing podcasting can be done inexpensively
  • They edit using Spotify’s podcasting platform and are looking to expand to Apple Podcasts
  • Podcasting has improved their conversation skills and discipline
  • Having a podcast can be a valuable experience for college application

Where to find Laila and Damien

  • Check out Leila and Damien’s podcast “IKR?!” currently on Spotify, give it a rating/review
  • You can follow them on Instagram @ikrpod

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Reimagine Teen Ministry

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Reimagine Teen Ministry

In “Reimagine Teen Ministry,” Episode, #207, join Meredith Curtis to reimagine family ministry in the 21st century. How can teens and their families reach this generation and build up God’s forever family? The answers take us back to Scripture, uses updated technology, and involve love that flows from knowing Christ. Reach your city and reach the world while growing closer as a family!

 

 

 


 

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Show Notes

Your teens and children are not the church of tomorrow; they are the church of today.

Children & Teens Who Served God

Joseph, Samuel, David, Naaman’s servant girl, Daniel, Boy with his lunch

Teens are Passionate

Teens are wired for Passion! If they don’t find it serving God, they will look elsewhere

Reimagine Ministry

Great Commission

Creation Mandate

Call to Love

Ways Teens Can Serve

  • Set an Example
  • Lead a Bible Study
  • Teach Sunday School
  • Greeting
  • Sound Team
  • Worship Team
  • Coffee Shop
  • Helping Folks Move
  • Sharing Testimony
  • Coaching
  • Reaching Out to Fatherless Children
  • Create a Website
  • Create a Podcast
  • Create a YouTube Channel
  • Read to the Blind
  • Drama, Plays, Skits
  • Helping Elderly
  • Soup Kitchen
  • Witnessing at the Mall, Arcade, Downtown
  • VBS
  • Painting, Yard Work
  • Mission Trips

Choose a Ministry

  • Need
  • Teen’s Gifting
  • Prompting of Holy Spirit
  • Fit
  • Parent’s Blessing
  • Emotional Maturity
  • Spiritual Maturity
  • Training Opportunity

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Importance of critical thinking skills in navigating social media

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Importance of Critical Thinking Skills in Navigating Social Media

Guest Stephanie Simoes  from Critikid.com talks about the Importance of Critical Thinking Skills in Navigating Social Media and how to teach our children these skills.

Key Points:

  • Critical thinking involves the ability to distinguish between logical and flawed reasoning, understanding logical fallacies, cognitive biases, symbolic logic, science literacy, and the limits of intuition.
  • Kids need these skills to have productive conversations on social media, identify pseudoscience and misinformation, and interpret the overwhelming amount of information online.
  • Stephanie offers courses like “Fallacy Detectors” for ages 8-12 and “Symbolic Logic for Teens” on her website critickid.com. She plans to release courses for younger kids (2-3 years) and up to 18 years old.
  • Parents can learn alongside their kids by following CriticKid’s resources or using websites like “Thinking is Power” and Julie Bogart’s Raising Critical Thinkers books. (Julie was the guest  on episode 155 of this podcast)
  • Practical tips include: saving real-life examples from social media to discuss with kids, scrolling through social media together and identifying fallacies, and thinking out loud about verifying information before sharing.

Resources Mentioned:

Where to find Stephanie  (@critikid)

Instagram

Facebook

Youtube

TikTok

 

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Comparing AI Assistants

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Comparing AI Assistants

267:  Comparing AI Assistants

In this episode you will find me comparing AI Assistants – depending on your needs your favorites may be different to mine, so I suggest you try them all out too!. Just as you probably have a favorite supermarket, you will likely have a favorite AI assistant after you try some of the popular ones out.

I am using the free version of the 5 I compare

ChatGPT

This is the “original” one that introduced the world to AI Assistants. It is still my go-to but does not have access  to current data and nor does it have the capabilities of some of the others. It is from Open AI

Claude

I like  the way Claude “writes” and use it when I want to use what it has written for show notes etc. It will allow you to upload images and it can “read” them

Perplexity

Perplexity is the one  most people feel is really good at summaries – especially of long papers. It also is sometimes used as an alternative to Google search. My favorite feature is the follow-up prompts it provides – gives you ideas on what else you might want to know. It does not require a log in – but obviously won’t be able to access any past queries if you choose not to log in

CoPilot

This is Microsoft’s AI assistant. I have been using it without logging in. It allows voice to text prompts and  you can upload  both files and images. Sources for the information it provides are at the bottom of each response. You can export the answer to Word, pdf or text. It provides clickable links and has access to current data and information.

Gemini

Gemini was called Bard and is Google’s AI assistant. It also allows voice to text, the upload of images and will provide clickable links if you ask. It  can create tables, graphs and even images (though not images with people in them)

Wrapping up

I asked each of these AI assistants to compare all 5 and many favored themselves – revealing their own bias. Also – thinks are changing so rapidly in the AI landscape  that if you are listening a few weeks after this airs, this may all be inaccurate! I hope you will try them out for yourself and see which you enjoy

FundaFunda Academy class mentioned in this episode 

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Hosanna Hallelujah Easter Fun

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Hosanna Hallelujah Easter Fun

In “Hosanna Hallelujah Easter Fun,” Episode, #206, join Meredith Curtis and learn to celebrate Holy Week and Easter in a meaningful way. Pass on biblical truth and values to your children through family traditions, devotions, crafts, food, and fun. Experience the depth of the Holy Week & Resurrection celebrations with role playing and object lessons. Don’t worry – Meredith likes to celebrate the easy way!

 

 

 


 

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Show Notes

Every Gospel Writer shares the details of Jesus’ final week from Palm Sunday to the Resurrection.

Biblical Truth

The Final Week – Biblical Events (Resurrrection Eggs, Laminated 8”x11” posters)

Resurrection Power

Biblical Values

Celebrating, Thanking, Worship, Sharing the Good News

Family Traditions

Church, Devotions, Extended Family Meals, Palm Sunday Parade, Egg Hunts, Hats, New Easter Dresses, Crafts, Scripture Placecards

Devotions

Family Devotions Start Palm Saturday to Sunday after Easter

Jesus Anointed, Palm Sunday, Jesus Clears Temple, Passover, Garden, Arrest, Trial, Cross, Burial, Resurrection, Appears to Disciples, Walk to Emmanus, Jesus Reinstates Peter, Ascension

Crafts

Easter Wheel, Resurrection Eggs,

Food

Passover Seder: Roasted Chicken, Lamb, Apple & Walnut Charoset, Carrot Salad, Potato Latke, Cheese Blintzes, Apple Tartlets

Good Friday Ideas: Lamb or Roast or Fish, Parslied Potatoes, Asparagus, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Red Grape Juice

Easter Breakfast Ideas: Broccoli Quiche, Cinnamon Rolls, Raspberry Cheese Danish, Orange Juice, Coffee

Easter Dinner Ideas: Ham or Roast, Potato Salad, Jello Salad, Deviled Eggs, Minted Peas & Carrots, Carrot Cake, Coconut Cake, Key Lime Pie

Role Playing

Dress Up & Act It Out

Podcast, Radio Drama, Video

Object Lessons

Resurrrection Eggs

Lamb Blood & Snake Venom

When snake venom is injected into a lamb or sheep, the animal will create antibodies to fight the poison.

When the sheep is bitten by a poisonous snake, it will have difficulty swallowing, the tongue will protrude from the mouth, and the animal will dribble saliva. Often the animals will be unable to stand after he expels his stomach contents through his nose. After remaining motionless for a period of time, the sheep will regain consciousness.

The sheep’s stomach contains a special enzyme found in the stomach that breaks down the venom.

2 weeks of Family Devotions & Crafts

Celebrate Easter Family Devotions by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions, Inc.

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Chronic Illness and Homeschooling – Tricia Soderstrom

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Chronic Illness and Homeschooling - Tricia SoderstromHave you ever felt sick and miserable, but still had to push through a homeschool day? What about every single day? Tricia Soderstrom (AboundingInHopeWithLyme.com) shared with me how she and her children survived homeschooling for many years with chronic illness (Lyme disease). Once again, we talk about the faith element in homeschooling and how when we obey His call, He provides all we need!

This episode sponsored by Smash Maths

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Each Practice contains at least 10 bespoke questions, so that means 20+ questions a week. The program is available for pupils in Kindergarten to Grade 6. The cost is $7.50 per month.
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Tricia lives in the beautiful state of Maryland with her husband and children. She’s been married to Scott for 28 years and together they have four children who are now 23, 20, 17 and 10. Their two oldest have graduated from their homeschool and they will graduate another one this year.

Tricia decided to start a blog after much prodding and nagging, or rather encouraging from family, friends and even from people she met along the way who insisted she share her story and experience living with chronic tick-borne diseases. So in January 2015, she began Abounding in Hope with Lyme where she shares her journey with Lyme, homeschooling and her deep faith in God.

Her whole family was diagnosed with Lyme disease, Bartonella, and Babesia and a host of other things. You can read more details in My Story on her site. The purpose of her blog is to share her experience with Lyme disease in the hopes that it will be encouraging and informative. Lyme disease can be a devastating disease and Tricia’s hope is that the information on her site will help you to be educated so that you can protect yourself and your family or get the help you need. (Bio taken from https://aboundinginhopewithlyme.com/about/.)

On this episode, I ask Tricia the following questions:

  • For those of my listeners who don’t know, we have a personal knowledge of Lyme disease ourselves, as my husband has suffered with it (to varying degrees) for the past 18 years. Tell us your story and were you already homeschooling when you became sick with this chronic illness?
  • Were you ever tempted to quit homeschooling?
  • What are some of the considerations for those who may be dealing with chronic illness, but want to homeschool?
  • One thing I read in one of your aticles on deciding to homeschool was, “You can homeschool when you’re sick but make sure your children are being nourished in every area of their lives, not just educational book work.” This is so true and is what lifeschooling is about! What does that look like in your family?
  • How has Lyme shaped and influenced your educational philosophy?
  • To remind our listeners, the definition of lifeschooling is “the individualized process of discovering your child’s God-given gifts and talents through real life experiences that happen within the context of your family’s unique situations and missions.” Is there a part of that definition that particularly speaks to you and how does your family lifeschool?
  • What are some of the gifts that you saw early on in your children and how did you tailor their education around the development of those gifts? How did Lyme influence that?

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Portrait of a Learner: Creating a Learning Profile for Your Homeschooler

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Tune in to gain valuable insights and practical advice on creating a learning profile that ensures your homeschooler is ready for whatever the future holds.

Portrait of a Learner: Creating a Learning Profile for Your Homeschooler

Episode Summary:

This insightful episode of our podcast takes a deep dive into the concept of creating a comprehensive learning profile for homeschoolers. We discuss the importance of focusing on a wide range of outcomes beyond academic achievement, including soft skills, tech skills, and character development.

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Learning Profiles

Our conversation emphasizes the need for agility, adaptability, flexibility, and the ability to thrive in a global gig economy. Join us as we explore how to craft a holistic educational experience that prepares young learners for the future.

What You’ll Learn:

  1. Introduction to Learning Profiles: Understand what a learning profile is and why it’s a critical tool in homeschooling for tailoring education to fit a child’s unique strengths, weaknesses, interests, and future aspirations.
  2. The Importance of Soft Skills: Discover why skills like agility, adaptability, and flexibility are essential for success in today’s fast-changing world and how they can be integrated into a homeschool curriculum.
  3. Tech Skills for the Future: We delve into the tech skills that are becoming increasingly important in all career paths, from basic digital literacy to coding, and how homeschoolers can gain these skills.
  4. Character Development: Learn about the role of homeschooling in fostering character traits such as resilience, empathy, and ethical judgment, which are crucial for personal and professional success.
  5. Preparing for the Global Gig Economy: Get insights into the global gig economy and why preparing homeschoolers to work in this environment is essential, focusing on independence, initiative, and the ability to collaborate across cultures.
  6. Practical Steps to Create a Learning Profile: We provide a step-by-step guide on how to create a learning profile for your homeschooler, including assessing interests and skills, setting goals, and choosing resources.

Featured Segment: Tailoring Education for the Gig Economy

  • Explore how to prepare learners for the flexibility and adaptability required by the gig economy, including project-based learning, entrepreneurial skills, and digital portfolio development.

Why It Matters:

This episode emphasizes the need for a broader approach to education that prepares learners not just for academic success but for life in a complex, rapidly evolving global economy. It highlights the importance of developing a well-rounded individual equipped with the skills necessary to navigate the challenges and opportunities of the future.

Conclusion:

“Portrait of a Learner: Creating a Learning Profile for Your Homeschooler” is an essential listen for homeschooling parents and educators looking to provide a holistic, personalized education. By focusing on soft skills, tech skills, and character development, we can prepare our learners not just to succeed in their careers but to thrive in all aspects of their lives.

Tune in to gain valuable insights and practical advice on creating a learning profile that ensures your homeschooler is ready for whatever the future holds.


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Teaching students to use Tinkercad

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Teaching students to use tinkercad

 

Robert Walsh from Excalibur Solutions Stem Academy explains the why and the how behind teaching students to use Tinkercad.

What is STEM?

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Why does my child need STEM education even if they aren’t interested in a STEM career?

  1. Children do not know what they will want to do after high school, so prepare them in case they do want to pursue a STEM career
  2. There are so many benefits of learning STEM subjects that spill over into all areas of life. See
    Episode 144– Non-Tech Skills Students Learn From Coding

What is Tinkercad?

  1. Tinkercad is a free web-based application that is best known as a 3d modeling tool. You can take your models and then print them out on a 3d printer
  2. The second mode in Tinkercad is called virtual circuits mode. In this mode, you can simulate physical electronic circuits using a breadboard, which is a way to connect components together. You can create circuits, power them with simulated batteries or microcontrollers like Arduino or micro:bit. These microcontrollers are small computers available in the real world, but they are simulated almost perfectly inside Tinkercad’s virtual environment. This mode allows you to learn how to build electrical circuits, use microcontrollers, without worrying about losing or breaking components, not having the right parts, or struggling with the physical dexterity required for working with actual circuits.
  3. There’s a third mode called Code Blocks, similar to the 3D design tools, but instead of dragging and dropping components, you write programs in a block-based, drag-and-drop language similar to Scratch. However, you’re manipulating 3D objects when writing these programs. Once familiar with 3D design, you can inject programming to create models instead of manipulating them freehand.
  4. Finally, there’s a fourth tool called Physics Lab, which allows you to experiment with things like springs, motion, and other physics concepts, all simulated within the Tinkercad environment.

How can students learn Tinkercad?

  1. Many free online resources eg Youtube videos and Tinkercad provides basic training too
  2. Excalibur Solutions Stem Academy has a subscription-based program for many STEM topics and Tinkercad is included in that.

Are there other programs like Tinkercad that people might not know about?

  1. Makecode: https://microsoft.com/makecode
  2. Wokwi: https://wokwi.com

Where to find Robert online:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/excaliburstem

Twitter: https://twitter.com/excaliburstem

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/excaliburstem/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@excaliburstem

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/excalibur-solutions-stem-academy

LinkedIn (personal): https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-t-walsh/

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Homeschooling and the American Dream

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Homeschooling and the American Dream, Lifeskills101 podcast with Lisa NehringIn this thought-provoking episode of our podcast, we dive deep into the evolution of the American Dream, particularly how it has shifted from owning a home and achieving personal success to the almost universal expectation of attending college.

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We explore the implications of this shift, including the daunting burden of college debt, and discuss how homeschooling offers a unique pathway that might better align with the original ideals of the American Dream for many families.

What You’ll Learn:

  1. The Traditional American Dream: We start by exploring what the American Dream has traditionally meant – the pursuit of happiness, the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers.
  2. Shift in Perception: Discover how this dream has morphed over the years into an expectation that success can only be achieved through obtaining a college degree, and how this perception has influenced American culture and education.
  3. The Burden of College Debt: We’ll dive into the statistics and personal stories behind the staggering amounts of debt accumulated by young Americans pursuing higher education, questioning the viability of this path for everyone.
  4. Homeschooling as an Alternative Path: Learn how homeschooling is emerging as a viable alternative to traditional education paths, offering a more personalized and flexible approach to learning that can lead to success without the burden of college debt.
  5. Real-Life Success Stories: Hear from guests who have pursued their version of the American Dream through homeschooling, including entrepreneurs, artists, tradespeople, and professionals who have found success without following the conventional college route.
  6. Resources and Strategies for Homeschooling Families: We provide valuable resources and strategies for families considering homeschooling as a way to pursue their own American Dream, focusing on developing skills, pursuing passions, and preparing for adulthood in a rapidly changing world.

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10 Ways I am using AI in 2024

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265: 10 Ways I am using AI in 2024

 10 Ways I am using AI in 2024

I use AI like I would a personal assistant. I give clear instructions and check the results. I use it for tasks that free me up to be creative in other areas, or to help me get started on a task. Here are 10 ways I am using AI this year so far.

  1. Podcast show notes  – I use Descript to create a transcript from the audio and then ask Claude to turn it into show notes. You could do the same with any audio you want to turn into notes
  2. Gift ideas – give the interests and age and also what the person already owns
  3. Recommendation letters – I use “voice to text” to get down my ideas on Google docs. Then I take the output and give it to Claude with detailed instructions and an example of a previous recommendation letter I have written
  4. Topics to cover when creating courses – let it generate a list of topics and perhaps also suggested resources to use
  5. Assignment ideas – explain the topic and the grade level and the type of assignment
  6. Assignment questions + suggested answers – you can input a pdf or a video url
  7. Trivia night “cheat sheet” – it provides a list what happened this day in history
  8. Titles of podcast episodes and blog posts – tip: ask for 10 or 20 options so you can select or mix-and-match
  9. Travel itineraries – you can input the criteria you are looking for and ask for suggestions, or even aa detailed plan for each day
  10. Canva AI generated graphics – Canva allows you to type what you are looking for and it will create the graphic

I do all the above using free AI tools!

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