Using Trello to organize your curriculum

Using Trello to organize your curriculum

149: Using Trello to organize your curriculum with Richie Soares


In this episode, Richie Soares from Homeschool and Humor shares tips on using Trello to organize your curriculum.

Richie explains what Trello is and how to set it up in various different ways to easily keep track of all the curriculum you are using – or may want to use in the future.

Richie is sharing the board she created with our listeners so that you can see exactly how she does it. And she has included 40 virtual field trips links and ideas as well as links/resources for worksheets and resources!

TRELLO CURRICULUM OVERVIEW BOARD SIGNUP LINK: https://www.homeschoolandhumor.com/curriculum-trello

Richie also talks about other ways you can use Trello in your homeschool and some benefits of using this resource so be sure to listen in!

You can find Richie at her webiste, Homeschool and Humor. You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

Previous episode on Trello:

5 Ways Homeschool Parents can use Trello

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Using Trello to Organize Your Curriculum

 


A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Show Me The Father Movie

The Kendrick Brothers, creators of WAR ROOM and FIREPROOF, have some exciting news to share: they have TWO films coming to theaters this fall—SHOW ME THE FATHER on September 10 and COURAGEOUS Legacy on September 24.

Featuring a variety of amazing, true stories, the Kendrick Brothers’ new feature film SHOW ME THE FATHER takes audiences on an inspiring and emotional cinematic journey. Their first documentary film has something for everyone and invites you to think differently about how you view your earthly father story and also how you personally relate to God.

Check out the trailer here!


 

Google’s Free Applied Digital Skills Lessons

Google's free applied digital skills lessons

148: Google’s Free Applied Digital Skills Lessons

I first learned about Google’s Free Applied Digital Skills lessons from Coach Victor Hicks in an interview he did on the 10 Minute Teacher podcast. Listen to it to hear he how has used these lessons with students.

You can find all the lessons here (currently 160 of them!)

You can filter the list of lessons by age, topic, and tool

The results of a search can be sorted by popular, recent, duration, alphabetical

You can either set it up as a teacher with a classroom (or multiple classrooms) and assign your children specific lessons, or you just tell your children which individual lessons to do without a classroom setup.

There are so many options to choose from which makes this is an ideal way to help your children learn more tech skills that will be useful in college and the workplace. You can learn along with your kids! The videos are short and explain everything really well.

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Take a look at show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy to see what they offer for online classes and web-based unit studies.

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool.

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Google's free applied digital skills lessons

 


A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Show Me The Father Movie

The Kendrick Brothers, creators of WAR ROOM and FIREPROOF, have some exciting news to share: they have TWO films coming to theaters this fall—SHOW ME THE FATHER on September 10 and COURAGEOUS Legacy on September 24.

Featuring a variety of amazing, true stories, the Kendrick Brothers’ new feature film SHOW ME THE FATHER takes audiences on an inspiring and emotional cinematic journey. Their first documentary film has something for everyone and invites you to think differently about how you view your earthly father story and also how you personally relate to God.

Check out the trailer here!


 

Using Technology to Foster Curiosity

Using Technology to Foster Creativity

147: Using technology to foster curiosity

In this episode, the discussion revolves around using technology to foster curiosity. Children are naturally curious and tech makes it easy to help our children explore topics of interest.

Here are 7 specific ideas:

1. Use Google Lens to identify plants and other things.
2. Explore.org and other live webcams to learn about animals
3. Find videos on Youtube and TikTok to learn about what it is like to live in other parts of the world.
4. Wander through a city’s streets with Streetview in Google maps
5. Immerse yourself in an experience using VR (Google Expeditions, 360-degree Youtube video example: Clouds over Sidra about a refugee camp on the Within app.
6. Discover the history around you with the Clio app
7. See how science works with simulations eg PHET
8. Web-based Unit Studies from show sponsor FundaFunda Academy

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Take a look at show sponsor, FundaFunda Aademy to see what they offer for online classes and web-based unit studies.

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Using Technology to Foster Creativity

4 Ways Challenging Yourself as a Homeschooling Mom Leads to Leveling Up Your Homeschooling Life

Challenging Yourself as a Homeschool Mom

146: 4 Ways Challenging Yourself as a Homeschooling Mom Leads to Leveling Up Your Homeschooling Life

In this episode, guest Sarah Miller-Snyder shares 4 ways challenging yourself as a homeschool mom leads to leveling up your homeschool.

Sarah has been a guest on the podcast twice before. She has shared about Podcasts for hhomeschool families and Podcasts for kids of all ages, so be sure to listen to those if you haven’t already.

Sarah has her own podcast, The Online School Mom. I am her guest on the episode “Online electives to boost your child’s education“.

You can find the rest of what Sarah offers at Online School Mom and you can join her Facebook group Online School Mom.

Her daughter Addie talked about how she started an Etsy shop in the summer series on Techie Teens.

Listen to the episode to hear all the challenges Sarah took on this past year – most of them related to technology in some way!!

The 4 Ways These Challenges Benefited Their Family

  1. The kids copied their mom
  2. Doing less for her kids led to them helping out more
  3. They all learned to accept mistakes and ‘failure’.
  4. She gained more energy and a better ‘vibe’ which positively affected the home environment.

Main takeaway: Don’t wait until you are ready to try things or go for a goal; the only way to build confidence is to do things.

Special offer for August 2021:

Share about this podcast on any of your social media accounts, or in online forums, Google groups etc OR leave a rating and review on the podcast player you use, then take a photo or screenshot and email it to meryl@fundafunda.com. Everyone who does that can select ANY $20 web-based unit study from sponsor FundaFunda Academy.

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Take a look at show sponsor, FundaFunda Aademy to see what they offer for online classes and web-based unit studies.

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool.

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and give a rating and maybe even a review! Subscribing will help you make sure you never miss an episode.

Challenging Yourself as a Homeschool Mom

Technology and the Middle School Years

Technology and  the Middle School Years

145: Technology and the Middle School Years

In this episode we look at technology and the middle school years from two different perspectives:

1. How much technology is too much?

The first topic I discuss is video gaming. The article I reference is here.
The Instagram account to look at is @juliebravewriter. Click on “Video Games” under highlights in Stories.

The second topic is Social Media. The website I reference is Social Media Test Drive. I also mention a previous podcast episode: Homeschooling Digital Natives


2. How much technology is too little?

Make sure they know the basics they will need for high school. FundaFunda Academy teaches a Computer Applications class that will prepare them well.

Let them take at least one online class in middle school. If you want an inexpensive self-paced option, look at FundaFunda’s web-based unit studies.

How to find balance in tech usage with middle schoolers?

I give ideas on different approaches. You are invited to join the Homeschooling Middle School Facebook Group to talk about this and other issues with homeschool parents of middle schoolers.

Special offer for August 2021:

Share about this podcast on any of your social media accounts, or in online forums, Google groups etc OR leave a rating and review on the podcast player you use, then take a photo or screenshot and email it to meryl@fundafunda.com. Everyone who does that can select ANY $20 web-based unit study from sponsor FundaFunda Academy.

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Take a look at show sponsor, FundaFunda Aademy to see what they offer for online classes and web-based unit studies.

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool.

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and give a rating and maybe even a review! Subscribing will help you make sure you never miss an episode.

Technology and  the Middle School Years

Non-tech skills students learn from coding

Non-techSkills Students Learn From Coding

144: Non-tech skills students learn from coding

There are many non-tech skills students learn from coding. This means learning to program is useful even when students don’t decide to pursue a degree where programming is core to it. These are the skills i talk about in this episode:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Logic
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Planning
  • Perseverance
  • Attention to detail
  • Creativity

Students will also learn humility.

Show sponsor FundaFunda offers the following programming classes:

Special offer for August 2021:

Share about this podcast on any of your social media accounts, or in online forums, Google groups etc OR leave a rating and review on the podcast player you use, then take a photo or screenshot and email it to meryl@fundafunda.com. Everyone who does that can select ANY $20 web-based unit study from sponsor FundaFunda Academy.

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Take a look at show sponsor, FundaFunda Aademy to see what they offer for online classes and web-based unit studies.

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool.

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and give a rating and maybe even a review! Subscribing will help you make sure you never miss an episode.

Non-techSkills Students Learn From Coding

Asynchronous vs Synchronous online classes

Asynchronous Vs Synchronous Online Classes

143: Asynchronous vs Synchronous Online Classes

In this episode, we take a look at asynchronous vs synchronous online classes and consider which might be a better fit for your family.

Synchronous Classes

* Live class – Zoom / Google Meet
* Interaction? Passive? Discussion?
* Homework outside of class?
* Specific day/time
* If you miss a class is it recorded?

Asynchronous Classes

* Not live – but could take different formats
* Self-paced or deadlines?
* Videos + quizzes or more?
* Graded or not?
* Interaction with teacher? other students?

Show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy– provides classes that are asynchronous with deadlines and graded.

You can find FundaFunda’s demo classroom here.

Synchronous classes – good for students who do better in a classroom situation and need the discipline of having to show up to class

Asynchronous classes – good for students needing a flexible schedule and for students who like to work at their own pace

Special offer for August 2021:

Share about this podcast on any of your social media accounts, or in online forums, Google groups etc OR leave a rating and review on the podcast player you use, then take a photo or screenshot and email it to meryl@fundafunda.com. Everyone who does that can select ANY $20 web-based unit study from sponsor FundaFunda Academy.

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Take a look at show sponsor, FundaFunda Aademy to see what they offer for online classes and web-based unit studies.

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool.

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and give a rating and maybe even a review! Subscribing will help you make sure you never miss an episode.

Asynchronous Vs Synchronous Online Classes

Techie Teen Jayda Coding and Digital Art

Techie Teen Jayda: Digital Art

142: Techie Teen Jayda: Coding and Digital Art

Techie teen Jayda Murray is the guest and talks to us about her interest in digital art and coding.

Jayda’s sister was a guest on this series talking about app creation and her mom, Ayanna was a guest on the podcast in episode 105 and shared Online Resources for Creative Writing.

Jayda answers the following questions

1. What are your interests outside of tech?

2. What tech projects have you done with your sister?
Safety U (made in Tyranno Builder and MIT App Inventor)
A Walk In My Shoes (made in Tyranno Builder and MIT App Inventor)

3. What certifications do you have?
Udacity’s Nano degree program

4. Tell us about your involvement in Ted-Ed and the Games for Change Festival

5. How did you learn digital art?

6. What hardware and software do you use for drawing?
Wacom tablet
Autodesk and Medibang

7. What awards have you won?
Scholastics National Art & Writing Winner

8. Where can we see your work?
Jayda’s portfolio
Instagram

9. What advice do you have for a teen who would like to get started with digital art?

These show notes only cover a small part of what Jayda shares in this episode, so be sure to listen in and be inspired by all she has achieved.

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Take a look at show sponsor, FundaFunda Aademy to see what they offer for online classes and web-based unit studies.

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool.

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Digital Art

Techie Teen Anaya: App Creator

Techie Teen Anaya - App Creator

140: Techie Teen Anaya: App Creation

Techie Teen Anaya Murray talks to us about being an app creator in this episode.

Anaya’s mom was a guest on the podcast in episode 105 and shared Online Resources for Creative Writing.

Anaya answers the following questions

1. What are your interests outside of tech?
Music – Stax Music Academy (SMA)
The book she co-authored with her mom: Bear learns to share
Anaya’s author website

2. How did you get into tech?
Her mom!

3. What classes have you taken?
Javascript, HTML, Unity

4. What apps have you worked on? What did you use to create them?
MIT App Inventor – Code Crew Congressional App – Safety U
Walk in My Shoes
Hackathon “Rock ‘n my issues” visual novel app

5. What classes you have taught?
Code Crew – led a Scratch club
Taught a Game Jam sponsored by NCWIT using Steam Tyranobuilder to create visual novels

6. Where can we find you online?
Instagram – personal account, writer’s account
Facebook
Anaya’s online bio

7. What advice do you have for a teen who would like to be an app creator?
Listen to the episode!

These show notes only cover a small part of what Ayana shares on this episode, so be sure to listen in and be inspired by all she has achieved.

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Take a look at show sponsor, FundaFunda Aademy to see what they offer for online classes and web-based unit studies.

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool.

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Techie Teen Anaya - App Creator

Techie Teen Callie: Digital Photography

Techie Teen Callie Digital Photography

139: Techie Teen Callie: Digital Photography

Our guest is techie teen Callie Fulghum who talks to us about her hobby doing digital photography.

During the episode, Callie responds to these questions. Be sure to listen to the episode to hear her answers.

1. What are your interests outside of tech?

2. When did you start doing photography?

3. What camera do you use? And software for the editing?

4. How have you learned photography?

5. What projects have you worked on?

6. Any camera equipment you are using?

7. Where can people find you online?

8. What advice do you have for a teen who would like to learn to get into digital photography?

The websites Callie mentions:

* She learned photography through FundaFunda’s online photography class
* Editing software – Pixlr and the Photoshop Mobile app
* Callie’s Instagram account

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Take a look at show sponsor, FundaFunda Aademy to see what they offer for online classes and web-based unit studies.

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool.

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and give a rating and maybe even a review! Subscribing will help you make sure you never miss an episode.

Techie Teen Callie Digital Photography