How to modify online curriculum for special needs students Part 2

How to Modify Online Curriculum for Special Needs Students Part 2

126: How to modify online curriculum for special needs students: Part 2

Guest Lindsay Leiviska explains how to modify online curriculum for special needs students. You can find Lindsay online at A Heart For All Students. Her podcast is also called “A Heart for All Students”.

Be sure to listen to part 1 first if you haven’t already. In that episode she discusses variables to consider when choosing online curriculum.

Tips for what you as a parent can do

  • Rather than leave kids to their own devices, use online curriculum as a teaching tool.
  • Sit with your student and watch videos together.
  • Pause videos at appropriate intervals in order to check for understanding.
  • Use one sheet of paper or small whiteboard for each problem, pause the video and work through each problem together.
  • Depending upon the learning and emotional needs of the child as well as the concepts at hand, I modify my level of involvement.
  • Always remove learning barriers
  • Scribe for your child (write math problems, have them spell orally, etc)
  • Support your child with verbal cues as she works through math problems,
  • Gradually have child tell me the steps involved and “tell me” what to do. This requires A LOT of effort as speaking orally requires greater processing and retention (teaching is highest form of learning)
  • Slowly hand over reigns step by step.
  • Depending upon needs, work through questions one by one together on one sheet of paper for each problem in large text.
  • When needed, support concepts with extra video-based tutorials (Removes mom’s need to choose the correct verbiage)
  • Always have hard copy texts and support tools (maps, reference charts, etc)
  • Resist the urge to stay on schedule
  • Don’t be afraid to pause and repeat lessons or concepts when needed.
  • Circle back to concepts as needed


Recommended Resources:

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How to Modify Online Curriculum for Special Needs Students Part 2

Teach your children about their digital footprints

Teach Your Children About Their Digital Footprint

124: Teach your children about their digital footprints

It is important that you teach your children about their digital footprints from an early age.

The resources I mention in this episode are:

A lesson plan from code.org – especially the “Follow the Digital Trail” assignment which uses a story to teach the concept to younger students

A resource from Google education that has short videos on the topic, with a spreadsheet assignment for middle and high school students.

A TedX talk by Michelle Pledger that includes a Spoken Word poem on the topic that you can listen to with your teen and then discuss it

The Wired story that explains the vulnerabilities in the Parler software

The Kaplan Test Prep article about their poll of admissions officers re social media searches

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Free online typing programs

Free Online Typing Programs

123: Free Online Typing Programs with Charlene Hess

Guest Charlene Hess from Hess Un-Academy shares with us which free online typing programs worked for her children. Be sure to also listen to the other interview I did with Charlene some time ago when we talked about Learning History Through Video Games.

In this episode, Charlene starts off by explaining why she believes kids need to learn to type.

Then Charlene discusses the following free typing programs that she finds have been the most effective for her children.

You can read Charlene’s blog post on the topic here.

You can find Charlene online at

Mewe Group Homeschool Dabblers
Hess Un-Academy Facebook Page
Facebook Group Homeschool Dabblers

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Take Time to Save Time with Tech

Take Time to Save Time With Technology

122: Take Time to Save Time with Tech

In this episode, I talk about how to save time with tech. I discuss 2 aspects:

1. Taking time to select the correct software to use
2. Taking time to learn how to use the software

Specific resources I mention in this episode are

  • Evernote
  • Trello
  • Canvas learning management system
  • .

Listen to the episode to hear this topic discussed. I touch on how much time you can waste when you choose not to use tech. I also explain how to determine what the correct tool for your specific needs is so that you don’t waste time using something that isn’t going to work for your purposes.

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Pros and Cons of Virtual Tutoring

Pros and Cons of Virtual Tutoring

121: Pros and Cons of Virtual Tutoring with Lea Bosse

In this episode, guest Lea Bosse discusses the pros and cons of virtual tutoring. Lea has been doing ACT tutoring for years, and during the pandemic switched to primarily tutoring virtually. You can find her tutoring sessions on FundaFunda Academy.

These are the questions Lea answers in this episode:

1. How did you do most of your tutoring before the pandemic?
2. And since March?
3. What platform do you use? What can you do on it when you tutor?
4. What are the limitations of virtual tutoring both for you as a tutor and for the students?
5. What are the benefits of virtual tutoring?
6. What advice would you give to someone considering signing up children for virtual tutoring

Lea has written a blog post on 10 Tips to Improve Your ACT Test Score that you might find useful.

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Fitness apps and websites for your homeschool

Fitness Apps and Websites for Homeschool Families

120: Fitness apps and websites for your homeschool

Here are the fitness apps and websites mentioned in this episode to get you and your children moving and exercising.

For brain breaks and active indoor fun

  • GoNoodle – animated movies to dance and sing to
  • Sworkit – workouts you choose the age range, length etx

Other online fitness options for homeschool families

  • Couch to 5k
  • Walk at Home – choose the time or distance – music – and variety
  • Strava – this is the app my husband and I use. It allows you to track your exercise and give “kudos” to friends which is a great way to encourage each other.
  • Daily burn – free 30 day trial, lots of different types of workouts
  • 7 minute workout
  • Zombies, Run! – great for teens, includes a storyline and many customizable options.

FundaFunda’s online Health class makes it very clear to teens why they should exercise and does in fact suggest the Zombies, Run! App

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Podcasts for Homeschool Families

Podcasts for Homeschool Families

119: Podcasts for Homeschool Families

Sarah Snyder is our guest in this episode on Podcasts for Homeschool Families. She was the guest on the second most popular episode of this podcast last year, Podcasts for kids of all ages, so be sure to listen to that one if you haven’t already.

Sarah now 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.

Four main areas where podcasts can be of huge value:

Podcasts About Money

  • Million Bazillion
  • Money Talkers
  • Money With Mak and G
  • Popcorn Finance

Find more podcasts about money here.

Podcasts About Personal Growth

  • The Dream Big Podcast
  • The Big Life Journal for Kids
  • Meditation and sleep stories
  • Peace Out

Also look at these podcasts on Personal Growth and Self-Help

Podcasts During the Holidays

Add podcasts to your family traditions! Get some ideas on what to listen to here.

Podcasts to supplement curriculum

  • Time for Lunch
  • Bookclubs for Kids
  • The TEN News
  • Bedtime History
  • Whose Smarted?
  • The Good Words Podcast
  • The Curious Kid

For ideas on podcasts related to history, take a look at this post.

If you are looking for a specific podcast topic, Listen Notes is a podcast search engine.

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Free Digital Resources for Black History Month

Free Digital Resources for Black History Month

118: Free Digital Resources for Black History Month

There are so many great digital resources for Black History month, so I decided just to primarily share ones with you that I actually use in my own classes.

These are the sites I mention where one can find many primary resources related to Black History.

Movies

  • Hidden figures
  • Tuskegee Airmen
  • Self-Made mini-series (fictionalized so check up the real story for comparison)

Documentary

Game

Flight to Freedom

Digital breakouts

Harlem Renaissance

Virtual Field Trips

  • Civil Rights Memorial – Find it on Google street view and then read short bios of people mentioned on it here
  • National Park Service 28 Days of Black History Month
  • Many of the sites on this list from The History Mom have virtual tours.

Primary Sources

Also take a look at this African-American Black History Pinterest board by Ayanna Murray

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Show Sponsor Fundafunda Academy uses many of these resources in their online US History class for high school

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Tips for completing online scholarship applications

Tips for Completing Online Scholarship Applications

117: Tips for completing online scholarship applications

Guest, Monica Matthews, shares tips for completing online scholarship applications that will help students be successful. Monica has helped her own children and many many others win scholarships to college.

Find Monica at her website, How 2 Win Scholarships, her Facebook page and her Facebook group, Scholarship Help and College Talk for Parents.

Listen to the full episode to hear her explain the following tips.

Avoid Common Mistakes

  • Typing directly into the application
  • Text-typing
  • Nicknames/questionable email addresses
  • Not saving/time limits
  • Waiting until deadline
  • Required materials not sent in time
  • Proofread with trusted eyes
  • Submitting late at night
  • Use full word count and paragraphs

Know the Guidelines

  • What is required and how it should be sent
  • Different deadlines for extra materials
  • Follow directions exactly

Add Extra Information

  • Take advantage of “other” boxes
  • Insert a link to a personal website/blog/Pinterest board circledin.com
  • Submit beautiful attachments
  • Polite email when submitting

Some of this info can be found in these blog posts and the rest is in Monica’s scholarship ebooks.

College Scholarship Tip: Vital Online Submission Advice

Crucial Tips for Submitting Online College Scholarship Apps

Be sure to also listen to our previous episode on Finding, Tracking, and Winning Scholarships.

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Using digital timelines to study history

Using Digital Timelines to Study History

116: Using digital timelines to study history

Digital Timelines are a great way to help students see the flow of history in a visual way.

Here are some ways to incorporate them into any history curriculum

1. Include Interactive Timelines of the periods you are studying

2. Get students to create digital timelines. These 4 timeline creator tools are easy to use and free

Canva – Find the Canva timeline templates here
Google Slides – use the “insert diagram” function
Padlet – this post explains how to use Padlet for timelines
Prezi – Find the Prezi timeline templates here

3. Play Online Timeline Games – this game is for American or World History

4. Create Online Timeline games – Classtools has a game that is easy to create. Here is a post that explains what to do.

Show Sponsor Fundafunda Academy uses digital timelines in the World War 2 Year by Year web-based unit study as well as in their online US History class for high school

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