Fun with Flippity

Fun with Flippity

113: Fun with Flippity

Flippity is a free online resource that offers 25 different activities, most are games. Some can be played online, others allow you to create a pdf for offline fun. The games use data from Google Sheets (that you input to customize each game).

Flippity gives you the option to try out each game (use the Demo option), make a copy of the game template, and then follow the instructions to customize each game for your purpose.

I do mention how to use some of the Flippity tools to create digital gifts in episode 110.

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy has a unit study to guide your children through creating digital gifts and many use Flippity – you can find that here.

Games mentioned in this episode:

  • Matching Game
    – says the word ie can use to help kids learn to read, or for foreign lang
  • Bingo
    – Terms and Clues – print off OR online
  • Flippity Manipulatives
    – drag around
  • Timeline
    – can include videos and photos and can link to items on the web
  • Wordsearch / Crossword Puzzle / Word Scramble
    – all printed
  • Snowman
    – “hangman” with 4 different levels
    Snowman allows six guesses.
    Flower Power allows seven guesses.
    Bomb Squad allows eight guesses.
    Apple Picking allows nine guesses.
  • Mad Libs
    – you or your kids create the story
  • Board Game
    – just one person moves the pieces – all can view
  • Scavenger Hunt
    – Locked clues to solve

Show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy, uses the Mad Libs creator as a student assignment in the middle school Writing Fun class.

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Learn about Flippity and the games you can create with this site

Virtual Gift Ideas for Homeschooling Families

112: Virtual Gift Ideas for Homeschooling Families

Virtual Gift Ideas for Homeschool Families

If you are looking for a last-minute gift, these virtual gift ideas will help you out.

1. DIY Virtual Gifts – listen to our previous episode for ideas.

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy has a unit study to guide your children through creating digital gifts – you can find that here.

2. Premium Version of apps – Some examples: Strava, All Trails, Spotify

3. Digital Magazines

4. Digital Escape Rooms

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy sells two – Mystery of the Amber Room and Mosby’s Treasure.

5. Annual subscriptions to National Parks, Zoos, Museums, etc

6. Gift Cards – some example: Steam, Uber Eats, H&M

7. eBooks

8. Subscription boxes – Kiwi Crate, Coffee, International Snacks, Makeup boxes

9. Online Classes – some examples: Masterclass, Airbnb virtual experiences
Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy sells an Intro to Game Programming Class that comes with a printable gift certifcate that makes a great option for 4th – 12th graders.

10. Digital Games – iPad, Steam

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Virtual Gift Ideas for Homeschool Families

Everybody code for one hour this week!

Code for and hour with Hour of Code

111: Everybody code for one hour this week!

It’s time for the Hour of Code again – and in this episode, everyone is encouraged to code for one hour! It doesn’t matter when you listen – the activities will be available free for you to try.

You can find all the Hour of Code activities here.

The ones I mention in this episode:

  • Disney Codeillusion: Media Art Adventure with Mickey
    Grades 2-8 | JavaScript
  • Design Your Own Maze!
    Grades 6+ | JavaScript
  • Code a Grandparent Card in Scratch
    Grades 2-8 | Blocks
  • Codesters: Code Your Own PSA
    Grades 6+ | Python
  • CodeMonkey Jr.: Pre-coding for Preschoolers
    Pre-reader | Blocks
  • Build your own chatbot in Python
    Grades 9+ | Python
  • Space Adventure: Write Code and Catch Bananas!
    Grades 2-8 | CoffeeScript
  • Professor Photon’s Color Conundrum
    Grades 6+ | Computational Thinking focused so no language

Show host FundaFunda Academy has a Christmas contest that includes basic Scratch tutorials.

For Computer Education week (ends Sunday 13 December) you can get FundaFunda’s 5-week Beginner Scratch or Python class for just $35 (a $20 saving). No coupon required.These classes are self-paced but are also graded and help is available for students who need it.

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Code for an Hour during this year's Hour of Code

Digital Gifts Your Children Can Create

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 of templates that can be used to create games like Hangman and Matching games, as well as a template to make an online board game.

3. Choose your own adventure book – easy to do with Google Slides

4. Digital Breakouts

5. Movies – use Powtoon, Stop Motion Animation etc

6. Online Jigsaw Puzzles – use Jigsaw Planet

7. Activity Book – include word searches, cryptograms, sudoku, etc

8. Cards and DigitalCoupons – use Adobe Spark, Canva

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy has a unit study to guide your children through creating digital gifts – you can find that here.

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Digital Gifts Your Children Can Create

Using Tech in your Early Elementary Homeschooling Journey

tech in early elementary

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:

And check out Tiffany’s awesome all-in-one homeschool planner for iPads.

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Online Grammar Games

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 the grammar concepts listed have a “Sortify” game to use for practice

Freerice – Freerice has a grammar category

Semicolon Wars: The fight for Punctuation Island – This game from Mr. Nussbaum teaches more than just semicolon usage as you progress through different levels trying to win the island

Extreme Sentence Surgeons Saving Critically Injured Paragraphs – Another game from Mr. Nussbaum where players need to correct the mistakes in paragraphs

Sporcle – Search for the grammar games and then look through for appropriate one like “Grammar Police”.

Abcya has a number of grammar games eg “Journey to Past Tense” which takes players on an adventure as they practice grammar.

RoomRecess has two arcade style games that teach grammar – “Grammar Police” and “Grammar Gladiator”.

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Teach your Children about Phishing

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 and talk about it with them.

You can also watch these videos with them:

Once your children have an idea what phishing is and how to spot it, test them (and yourself) with this quiz

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy includes instruction on how to spot computer scams in their Computer Applications online class. This class is appropriate for 7th – 12th graders and worth 1 credit, but is great for middle schoolers so that they are prepared for high school.

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Preparing our children for jobs of the future

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 be changed in any way?

2. Technological know-how job seekers will need

3. They may need to know how to program

4. They will need to know how to work virtually

5. Make sure they know how to teach themselves new skills

6. A skill they will still need – how to write well

7. Problem solving will always be an important ability

8. Creativity will be too

9. Ethics relating to a changing technological world

This could mean less memorization in your homeschool and more emphasis on curriculum that encourages problem-solving and creativity and incorporates technology and online work.

Show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy has classes that teach coding (Intro to Game Programming, Scratch and Python) as well as Computer Applications. In addition, many of their online classes, and all their web-based unit studies incorporate digital projects. And many of their classes also have group projects to teach students to work virtually as part of a team.

You can find show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy’s online classes and web-based unit studies here

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Preparing our children for jobs of the future

Online Resources for Creative Writing

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 – Ayannamurray.com.

I met Ayanna through a Facebook group I host – Homeschooling College-bound Teens. You are welcome to join us there too!

These are the resources Ayanaa mentioned. Be sure to listen to the episode for more detailis about each of them:

Learn more about Ayanna, her books, and homeschool resources at www.ayannamurray.com. Follow her on Instagram @Ayanluv and Twitter @AyannaMurray.

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Creative Ways to Use Tech for Foreign Language Learning

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 ideas I share can be used for all ages.

1. Listen to music in foreign languages

2. Read simple e-books in foreign languages

3. Watch TV shows and movies in foreign languages

4. Set shopping sites to the language you are learning

5. Use the Toucan web extension to integrate Spanish words into the websites you choose

6. Set your phone to Spanish

These ideas may spur you to further ideas – using tech or even without tech on ways to integrate foreign language learning into your daily life

Be sure to listen to the episode as I go into detail about how we did these things in our home.

You can find show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy’s online classes (including Spanish!) and web-based unit studies here

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Ways to Use Tech for Foreign Language Learning