Using technology to study history

Using Technology to Study History

Episode 35: Using technology to study history with Vicki Tillman

 

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My guest today is Vicki Tillman. She is a fellow podshow host and you can listen to her on The Homeschool Highschool Podcast. She develops curriculum and is a homeschool coach at 7 Sisters Homeschool.

Techie Ways to learn about History

  • Watch History Movies. Movies help students to get immersed in the period. Look for lists of movies to learn about history.
  • Watch Short Videos. Find good short videos on the History Channel and on Youtube.
  • Play Online History Games. Listen to our episode on Free Online History Games.

Techie Ways to Check for Mastery of History Topics

  • Create History Videos. Students can use their phones to make either a documentary or to write a script based on research and act it out. Students watch each other’s videos so they learn from each other too.
  • Illustrate a video story or song or poem or document about a historic time period. See what Vicki’s son Ezra has done on his Youtube channel

Be sure to take a look at FundaFunda Academy’s online US History class. This class uses all the methods mentioned in this episode – and more – to study history!

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4-H and Technology

4-H and Technology

Episode 34: 4-H and Technology

 

4-H started over 100 years ago. According to the 4-H website the goal of 4-H is to “help young people and their families gain the skills needed to be proactive forces in their communities and develop ideas for a more innovative economy”.

Although 4-H started as an agricultural youth program, it has moved into urban settings and in recent years incorporated the STEM fields.

Student can participate in projects like engineering, computers and technology, and rocketry. Other projects like photography, business, line and design, and even the agricultural ones can contain a techie element as tech is important in all these fields.

In addition, students can attend 4-H STEM camps – in my state, there is an Engineering camp.

4-H students who compete in a project have to create digital portfolios, thus ensuring they all learn basic tech skills.

Even if your children never do 4-H, you can make use of some of their free STEM resources for K – 12th grade. There are instructions for projects like “How to build your own robot” and “How to make fruit batteries”.

You can find local 4-H groups to join here.

Our sponsor, FundaFunda Academy has great web-based unit studies that will engage students during the semester or over the summer. Each module teaches the subject and then has a project for students to do that could earn them prizes.

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How Your Children Can Learn Digital Art

How your children can learn digital art

Episode 33: How your children can learn digital art with Jim Pence

 

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Be sure to visit our sponsor, FundaFunda Academy‘s website and take a look at their Visual Literacy online class for high school. This provides a 1/2 credit as an Art elective or English.

Today’s episode is an interview with Jim Pence from See The Light Shine. Visitors to See the Light’s website can download and keep 3 free video art lessons. Jim has been teaching art online for many years.

Visit Jim on See The Light’s Youtube Channel, or his own personal Youtube channel. New weekly digital art lessons can be found every Tuesday on their blog (or on their YouTube channel).

Why should homeschool parents consider digital art as part of their homeschooling?

  • once you have the equipment and apps, it is cheaper than buying art supplies
  • no physical artwork to store
  • teaches marketable skills

What age can students start at?

As soon as you are prepared to let them use the equipment. As soon as they can draw they are reading to learn digital art.

What online tools do you recommend (paid and free)?

Procreate – ($9.99 / iPad or iPhone only)
Sketchbook – (Free / all platforms)
ArtRage – ($4.99 iOS or Android / $79 PC

Any special equipment necessary?

Inexpensive Graphics Tablet / Pressure-Sensitive Stylus:
Huion H420
Wacom Graphics Drawing Tablet

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Technology and Travel Planning with your children

Technology and Travel Planning

Episode 31: Technology and Travel Planning with Your Children

 

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And visit our sponsor FundaFunda Academy to see the classes they are offering for high school credit this summer. Intro the Theatre is a lot of fun. Students learn not just about acting but also about makeup and props and script writing and stage management and everything else it takes to put on a show!

When I was 12 my dad took our family on a 6 week trip around Europe and I was the one he tasked with planning the itinerary. I had no internet to help me and so had to write to the embassies for information. But I learned so much as I planned our vacation.

So I would suggest, that you get your children involved in your travel planning. They will learn to use technology and learn many other life skills too!

1. Use Google Docs to collaborate or Trello
2. Use Google Sheets for budget / actual costs – math – foreign currency
3. Use Rome 2 Rio or Google Maps to find the best travel options to or in destinations
4. If you don’t have unlimited data or going out of the country, download Google maps offline. Here is a video to help you.

5. Use Google Flights or Skyscanner to find best days (Remember some carriers like Southwest aren’t on those) then book on airline site
6. Booking.com or Hotels.com (free night for every ten you book using them) or Trivago or use Airbnb (Try and book with “superhosts”)
7. Yelp for places to eat
8. For things to do, search “what to do in ??” + “blog” (this will give better results than Tripadvisor) – teaches research skills.
9. Use Google Mymaps to plot it out (refer to episode 28)

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Online Tools to Help Teens Study

Online Study Tools

Episode 30: Online Tools to Help Teens Study

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And visit our sponsor FundaFunda Academy to see the classes they are offering for high school credit this summer. Photography is one class that is ideal to take over the summer when there are plenty of things to photograph for assignments.

This time of year many students are studying for exams. Here are a few online tools to help teens study.

Youtube

Look on Youtube for video reviews for all AP exams. You will also find reviews for many other subjects.

Flashcard programs

Although all these websites come with many decks of flashcards created by students and teachers, it will be more advantageous for teens to create their own as when they do that, that is how they will learn the best.

  • Memrise allows users to choose a “mem” (a graphic) to help you remember.
  • Studystack asks you “know” or “dont know” after every flash card and has lots of games including hangman, crossword puzzles and unscrambling letters.
  • Quizlet allows you to select how you want to test yourself – matching, T/F, multiple choice or type the answer. They also have an asteroids game called “Gravity”. To use Quizlet for language study, listen to episode 25: “How to use Quizlet to learn foreign language vocabulary with Suzette Laporte-Ayo
  • Gocongr allows a “Thumbs up” and “Thumbs down” to indicate if you have mastered a flash card. It also allows you to create Mindmaps.
  • Tiny cards is created by Duolingo and has similar features. You learn a few flash cards and then you get a question to check if you have learned those. So testing is integrated into the studying.

Sparknotes

Sparknotes is not just about literature anymore. They now provide summaries and study guides for many other subjects. These include lists of key people, key terms and formulas. Some topics even have quizzes.

Quiz Games

Quizziz and Kahoot are fun ways to review once students think they have done sufficient studying. Kahoot only has single player mode available on their app. Quizziz can be played alone on a laptop. Both are fun to use for a study session for a few teens.

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4 Free Online History games

Free Online History Games

Episode 29: 4 Free Online History games

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And visit our sponsor FundaFunda Academy to see the web-based unit studies and full semester classes they offer. They also have options for summer learning! Many of their classes incorporate games like the ones discussed in this episode.

1. Oregon Trail

Oregon Trail is a free online version of the original game. The graphics are very dated – but that adds to the fun!

2. Mission US

Mission US has 5 episodes covering different time periods in US history – Revolutionary War, what it was like to be a slave just before the Civil War, life on the plains for native Americans just after the Civil War, life as an immigrant in the early 1900s and finally, living through the Great Depression.

In each episode, you play the role of a teen who is trying to survive during that time. You make choices as you play and these affect the outcome of the game. This means you can replay the game and get different conclusions each time.

There are also educator guides for each episode.

3. Race to Ratify

Race to Ratify is a new game from iCivics.

This game takes you back to 1787 and you move around talking to characters from the past to learn about the ratification debate and how the Federalists and Anti-Federalists viewed various issues. As you talk to people you earn Argument tokens which you then use to create content for pamphlets.

You have to decide if you are Federalists or Anti-Federalist and you lose points if you print stories that don’t support your position.

This game requires quite a bit of reading and students have to think about what they are reading so it is good for high schoolers, or advanced middle schoolers.

4. Death in Rome

Death in Rome is a fun mystery game set in ancient Rome.

Click around the screen and ask the experts or the witnesses about items you find at the scene. After you have all the evidence, you can make your guess at what happened. If you aren’t correct, you can try again.

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Using Google MyMaps for Techie Projects

Using Google MyMaps For Techie Projects

Episode 28: Using Google MyMaps for Techie Projects

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Google MyMaps allows you to customize a Google map. Start by going there and clicking on ‘Explore’. Here are 3 public maps you can view to give you an idea of the possibilities.

How to use Google MyMaps

Start by clicking on ‘Create a New Map’.

You can choose your base map – a typical map, one that shows the terrain, satellite, etc. Add a title and description for each pin. You can select a style for your pins – they can be different colors and icons. You can include photos and videos in the description. Layers allow you to differentiate between a set of pins ie different students working collaboratively could each be assigned a different layer so you can see who does what. You can select whether to view all layers simultaneously or isolate just one.

This video will show you how to get started.

Ideas for projects using Google MyMaps

Ditch that Textbook has an excellent blog post with great ideas. Here are some you can use with your children:

  1. Each child pitches their ideas for a road trip
  2. Literature – plot locations of main scenes
  3. Create a map using different layers to show where politicians have visited
  4. History – plot battlefields over a few hundred years in an area with each war being a different layer
  5. Use different color or style pins to show cities of different sizes
  6. Science – show areas of different vegetation or animal life or soil types

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Homeschooling with Google Maps

Homeschooling with Google Maps

Episode 27: Homeschooling with Google Maps

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How to use Google Maps in your Homeschool

1. Let your children navigate using the app. It teaches them to give good instructions and learn how maps work

2. Let your children help with trip planning. They can work out how long you will take to get to places and good eating spots en-route.

3. Math – Your children can practice estimation and then right click (or double click on Macs) and select “Measure Distance”. Click where you want to measure to. You can keep doing this and keep adding to the distance. If you “close” the drawing it will also give you the area.

4. Streetview – Click the Peg Man at the bottom right and then click on the blue lines and blue circles. The circles give you 360 views and the blue lines allow you to walk around the streets. At the top left you may see a date and if you click on that you can get historical views of the area.

Two fun places to visit in Streetview

Diagon Alley at Harry Potter Studio Tour outside London. There is limited walking around.

Doctor Who fans, walk along Earls Court Road (also called the A3220) in London and near the Barkston Gardens intersection you will see the TARDIS! And you can go inside!! If you walk around and can’t find it, here is a direct link.

5. You can find a list of Google Treks here – they provide an enhanced experience to some special places like Petra in Jordan.

6. Click on “satellite” when you are in the regular map view for and turn the labels off and see if your children can identify what they are looking at. The click Control (or Command on a Mac) and drag the mouse around for a cool 3D view of places.

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How to Build Your Business While Building Each Other Up

How to Build Your Business While Building Each Other Up

How to Build Your Business While Building Each Other Up

Our tongues are mighty enough to inflict wounds or build one another up. How often do we stop and think about the power we have to build up our business through our speech? Tune into Mommy Jammies Podcast as Gina talks about keeping our conversation holy.


Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good, Here’s what you do: Say nothing evil or hurtful;  Snub evil and cultivate good; run after peace for all you’re worth.” 1 Peter 3: 10-11

Embrace Life

In our last two podcasts, we’ve taken a look at setting our priorities on the right course, those aligned with our values. Let’s talk a little today about how to build your business while building each other up.

Community

When Jesus came to Earth he created a community – a community of the Redeemed. God Himself is a community in the form of the Trinity!

It’s hard wired in each one of us to desire community with one another. It’s one of the ways we can truly embrace life – by reaching out to others! While sin separated us in the Fall, and we still don’t love one another perfectly, Jesus wants us to experience it. Though we experience God’s saving grace individually, we can be transformed (sanctified) within a community. This community isn’t just the church or our family, but also our business relationships.

Indeed, our businesses can require a good portion of our attention and can be a primary way the Lord sanctifies us, desiring that we would in fact- embrace life.

See the Day Fill up with Good

That brings me to seeing the day fill up with good. Have you ever had one of those days where nothing seems to go right? You complain, procrastinate, and compare to the point that you just want to crawl back in bed. While those days sometimes happen outside of our control, often those days can be a result of what the rest of the verse says to us.

In our business dealings, how often do we fall prey to sharing screenshots of conversations, saying things we shouldn’t, or taking concerns to a friend first- rather than the Lord. I know I’ve been guilty of all of those and in fact struggle with this. It’s a distorted version of community, isn’t it?

What can we “put off” and “put on” in order to overcome this struggle? How can we build trust, friendship, and respect with our business colleagues using these put off’s and put on’s?

Say Nothing Evil or Hurtful

Just yesterday a friend called me deeply hurt by words said to her. Words! She wasn’t physically harmed and she wasn’t threatened. No, she was laughed at for a business idea by a friend. This hurt her in the moment and she was still dealing with it the next morning.

It’s hard for us to realize that if we speak without weighing our speech (thinking how it might impact another), we can deeply would someone we actually care about.

How likely is this friend I mention going to be willing to share her business ideas with others again? What will she have to overcome and forgive in order to now show up in the world with her awesome idea?

Snub Evil and Cultivate Good

What can we do when a business friendship is based on a list of who to like and who not to like? Is it possible that maintaining these types of business friendships actually harm your own business and reputation? They can and they do.

We all know that person (and in fact, if we look in the mirror we’re guilty, too) who can’t wait to tell you the ten reasons not to like so and so. While it’s good in business circles to give general warnings and guidance to friends in order to keep them from a bad business deal, it’s not necessary to attach personal descriptives about another person.

Honestly, this is a difficult situation sometimes, but having a policy of carefulness and seeking Wisdom on the subject of sharing about another individual is a good one. Most business mamas are savvy enough to recognize a fraud or bad business relationship.

Run After Peace for All You’re Worth

That brings us back to the beginning. Remember in our last podcast, we determined Who gives us our Peace and Worth. If we’re to run after peace for all we’re worth, let that sink in. God created us for a purpose. Our businesses have a story to tell to the world and pursuing peace in our business relationships will (in the long run) build up our businesses.

Action Point:

Spend some time in prayer, reflecting on ways you tend to run after discord instead of peace. How does knowing what you’re worth and running after peace have the potential to build up others and by extension, build up your own business?

Online communication skills your children need to learn

Online Communication Skills Your Children Need to Learn #onlinecommunication #homeschoolpodcast

Episode 26: Online communication skills your children need to learn

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1. Start teaching them these skills early

  1. They should choose their email username carefully
  2. They should get in the habit of checking their emails on a daily basis

2. Teach them to always answer emails and texts

  • A simple ‘thanks’ or ‘ok’ will suffice
  • Not replying is rude

3. Teach your children to check spelling / basic grammar

  • Use proper sentences
  • Remember a real person is reading it
  • Don’t use texting lingo with adults

Use Grammarly to help pick up typos, spelling and grammar errors

4. Teach your children to choose their words carefully

  • Online words live on forever
  • Without body language, facial expression, and tone of voice, words might have a different meaning to the recipient
  • It is easy to whip off a reply (vs finding a pen/paper/envelope/stamp) – take time before you hit send if upset.
  • Be careful not to bully with words (or be bullied)
  • If anything that is said online makes them uncomfortable, your children should come to you immediately

5. Be clear if you are asking for something

If asking for things, try to give all info needed. Eg for recommendation letters, provide the due date, what it is for, details of achievements etc. This saves a back and forth of emails.

6. Communication in online classes

  • Students should do it themselves if old enough
  • They should contact teacher/teaching assistants politely

7. It is useful to use online communication to follow up on a live conversation

“Put it in writing” is always a good idea to prevent miscommunication and online communication makes this really easy to do.

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