Online Election Resources For Students

Online election resources for students

99: Online Election Resources For Students

With the upcoming election, this seems to be a good time to talk about online election resources for students.

iCivics
Lots of teacher resources
Also games – Win the White House, Cast your Vote

Scholastic
Race to 270 – simulation that teaches about the electoral college
The Issues – choose reading levels for explanations on what different parties believe about different issues
Kid Reporters – articles about the election written by students
Quizzes

Redistricting Game
5 missions that teach what gerrymandering is

Balletopedia – who is running
List of all candidates by state running in 2020

Isidewith
Take a quiz on different issues to see which party and candidates your beliefs align best with

Fanschool
Listen to we did with the creator of this game, Eric Nelson
In October, a
game specific to the 2020 election will be added
Fanschool Politics allows students to draft “teams” of states or Congress representatatives and track how “well” they do. Visit the website to read all about it

Electing a President web-based unit study
This 4 module self-paced unit study from show sponsor, FundaFunda, uses many engaging resources to teach about US elections and the office of the president. Listen before the end of September 2020 to get a coupon for a 75% discount.

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

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Digital Resources for Music Appreciation

Digital Resources for Music Appreciation

98: Digital Resources for Music Appreciation

Our guest in this episode is Gena Mayo who blogs about many topics (including homeschooling and fashion) at I Choose Joy specifically about music and homeschooling at Music in Our Homeschool.

Digital Resources for Music Appreciation For All Ages


Philharmonia.co.uk
This orchestra provides live (online through YouTube during the pandemic) concerts. Especially check out the Instrument Guides and the Family Concerts (also on their YouTube channel)

Naxos.com
Naxos Records is the world’s leading classical music label. Use this site to search by composers and hear their music right there.

Britannica.com
An online encyclopedia. Search composer’s name, style of music, etc.

Digital Resources for Music Appreciation For High School


MusicAcademyOnline.com
Find composer biographies, music and composers in the news and a lot of resource links. They have a weekly podcast where they meet with artists, composers, performers, and scholars who share their art and love for what they are doing.

MusicianGuide.com
This site provides biographies for musicians and groups such as bands. There are a lot of 20th and 21st Century options here if you’re studying more modern music history.

TheatreHistory.com
Learn about musical theater here. This page provides links to individual musicals to learn more about them.

Digital Resources for Music Appreciation For Elementary School


ClassicsforKids.com
One of my all-time favorite music sites for kids! Includes games, biographies, podcast episodes about composers, and specific pieces.

DSOkids.com
Their “Learn and Listen” videos are great for instruments, composers, and “building blocks of music.”

Chrome Music Lab
Online games and activities to explore sounds and music composition

SFKids
Great site, but requires Flash (won’t work after Dec. 2020). Learn about instruments, listen to music, etc.

Creating Music
Fun games, but requires Flash (won’t work after Dec. 2020)

Learn.MusicinOurHomeschool.com
Gena Mayo’s self-paced music appreciation classes for all ages (including ones for high school elective credit)

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

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Special Replay: Tax Exempt Q&A with Homeschool Leaders

Tax Exempt Q&A with Homeschool Leaders

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Profile of a Successful Online Learner

How to be a successful online student

97: Profile of a Successful Online Learner

So many students in high school and college are now learning online, and they don’t always know how to navigate and excel in a different environment to the physical classroom.

As I have been teaching online for many years now, I hope this episode helps those of you with online learners – and those of you who will have online learners in the future.

Here are the tips covered in this episode to help your child from an early age be ready to be a successful online learner.

1. Read instructions / syllabus

2. Be on time

3. Be tech-savvy (screenshot/details if there are issues)

4. Remove distractions

5. Follow rubrics

6. Communicate when problems or confusion

7. Be polite

8. Check grades

9. Don’t plagiarize

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

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Online Forensic Science Resources

Online Forensic Science Resources

96: Online Forensic Science Resources

Our guest in this episode is Emily Boyle and she shares with us online forensic science resources. Emily coaches Crime Busters and Forensics for a homeschool Science Olympiad team and she teaches Forensic Science to high schoolers at FundaFunda Academy.

These are the resources Emily mentions:

Emily mentions that one can use TV crime series as a discussion point for Forensics Science, even though they are often not true-to-life. It gives students the opportunity to use critical thinking skills.

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Online Tools to learn about the Stock Market

Online Stock Market Resources

95: Online Tools to learn about the Stock Market

In this episode, the following online stock market resources are mentioned:

1. TED ED talk How does the Stock Market work?

2. Stock Market rap song

3. Quizlet and Quizizz are good websites to use to teach students the basic terms in a fun way.

4. New Generation Personal Finance has videos, games and activities including the game Build Your Stax

5. How the Market Works simulation

6. The Stock Market Game contest which is a team event for 4th – 12th graders that includes an essay contest – Investwrite.

7. FundaFunda’s web-based Stock Market Unit Study for 4th – 8th graders.

8. FundaFunda’s Stock Market Contest.

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Online Classes and Costs

Online classes and costs

94: Online Classes and Costs

When you consider online classes and their costs, you need to remember that you usually get what you pay for.

Free online classes will expect parents to grade and may not be as in-depth as paid classes.

Low-cost online classes are usually self-paced with automatic grading (ie assignments are quizzes) or parent grading. These kinds of classes can afford big sales on their products as most of the work is done during course creation.

The more involvement by teachers the more classes are likely to cost. It takes hours to create a module – whether creating one’s one videos, prepping for live sessions, or gathering online resources. Then a teacher will spend more time if there is a live session involved, and even more time if there is grading to be done. In addition, some subjects (eg languages) will require a lot of teacher involvement. The higher grades are also going to cost more than younger grades.

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy keeps costs down by using teaching assistants to help with grading.

AP classes and specialized classes usually cost more as teachers need more knowledge for them. There are generally also fewer students in each class.

Listen to the episode as you will also get a breakdown of how much time a teacher is likely to spend on a class.

Episode 24- How to Select Online Classes for your Children is a related episode that can help you decide what type of onlince classes will work best for your children.

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A year-round virtual curriculum fair

A year-round virtual curriculum fair for homeschoolers

93: A year-round virtual curriculum fair

Our guest in this episode is Heather Bowen from Mom for All Seasons and in this interview you can learn about the year-round virtual curriculum fair she has created.

This virtual curriculum fair allows you to find curricula based on age, subject, type of curriculum, and worldview. It is very easy to narrow down your search to find a number of options that fit the criteria you specify. Each week all the special offers from vendors are listed on the main page.

The website is Top Picks Homeschool Curriculum Fair and there is a companion Facebook group that hosts giveaways, Facebook parties, workshops etc. It is also a place you can ask questions and get answers from fellow homeschoolers and the vendors.

Both the website and the Facebook group are free for attendees.

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy is one of the over 100 vendors you will find at this virtual curriculum fair. Other vendors include Apologia, Sonlight, Grammar Galaxy, Media Angels, and Math Mammoth. So you will find many old favorites AND find many new exciting vendors.

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A free year-round virtual curriculum fair for homeschoolers

How your teens can build their own computer

How your teens can build their own computer

91: How your teens can build their own computer

August Smith, who is now studying to be a Mechanical Engineer is our guest and explains how your teens can build their own computer – because it is something he did as a high school student.

August has been a student at, and then a teaching assistant for show sponsor FundaFunda Academy. The classes he has assisted with are the Scratch and Python coding classes.

Resources August used

August explains why teens should build their own PC, the different parts they will need, how to select the right brand, model and size, how to put the parts together and how to decide on and install an operating system. Listen to the episode for all the info. He also talks about the cost.

And if you are listening to this episode before the end of July 2020, you will get a coupon for a BIG discount on August’s Stop Motion Animation class.

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How to make virtual field trips engaging

How to Make Virtual Field Trips Engaging

90: How to make virtual field trips engaging

In this episode, our guest, Shannan Swindler, shares how to make virtual field trips engaging. Shannan’s home base is in Scotland, where she and her husband homeschool their two kids (ages 11 & 15) and they learn on location throughout Europe as much as possible. She is a classical style home educator living out her God-breathed dream of raising her family in Europe. She’s passionate about many things, especially helping others learn on location using the world as their classroom. You can join her at Captivating Compass for homeschool and family travel inspiration.

Shannan explains how her family stumbled upon virtual field trips & museum tours and you can read about some of their favorites in her Virtual Museum Tours for Doing School at Home post.

I have also covered the idea of Virtual Field Trips on this podcast before – so be sure to listen to that episode for ideas too.

Shannan goes on to explain how homeschoolers can get the most out of virtual field trips. Two resources you can find on her website are:

Another exciting resource from Shannan that is free and will be fun to use this summer is her Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt

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Mentioned in this episode are show sponsor FundaFunda Academy’s web-based unit studies which often include virtual field trips!

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