Using Audiobooks in your Homeschool

Using Audiobooks in your homeschool

Tauna Meyer from Proverbial Homemaker shares why she loves using audiobooks in her homeschool as well as her favorite places to find them. You can find more info on this post she wrote

These are the resources Tauna mentions in this episode:

Homeschool vendors:

Connect with Tauna on the Proverbial Homemaker Facebook Page, in her Facebook group Homeschool Successfully and on Instagram at tauna_phomemaker

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Using Audiobooks in your homeschool

192: Using Audiobooks in your Homeschool with Tauna Meyer

Tech for Road Trips

Tech for RoadTrips

188: Tech for Road Trips

Need some ideas on how to use tech for road trips in a productive way with your children?

1. For Entertainment

If everyone has a device some ideas:

  • race to finish puzzles, Sporcle quizzes, online crosswords etc
  • scavenger hunt – use Google maps

For On-the-go Problem Solving

  • navigation (including alternate routes)
  • finding gas (use Gas Buddy app or Google maps
  • finding food stops

** Last week to sign up your high schooled homeschoolers for show sponsor FundaFunda Academy’s High School Challenge – a unique contest where your students learn valuable skills AND win money and gift card prizes at the same time.

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Tech for RoadTrips

How to use movies in your homeschool

How to use Movies in your Homeschool

187: How to use Movies in your Homeschool

In this episode, guest Rachel van der Merwe, discusses how to use movies in your homeschool. Rachel is Assistant professor of media studies at the University of Groningen and FundaFunda’s teacher of the “I Spy: A Course in Visual Literacy” online class.

Rachel starts off talking about Movies vs Documentaries – listen in for her interesting perspective.

Some specific content areas we cover and the movies mentioned are:

History movies – Newsies

Geography movies – Michael Palin’s videos

English – Movies based on books (eg Shakespeare plays by Kenneth Branagh and Akira Kurosawa.

Music / Art – Eroica (Beethoven), Amadaues , Agony and Ecstasy, Fantasia

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How to use Movies in your Homeschool

Using Tech for Summer Learning

Using Tech for Summer Learning

184: Using Tech for Summer Learning

While you might be wishing your children stayed off teach this vacation, let me share some ideas for using tech for summer learning that might change your mind.

Using tech on vacation / staycation

1. Clio – shows historical sites near your locations
2. Geocaching – listen to episode 38: Geocaching: Technology meets nature
3. Scavenger Hunt apps – Let’s Roam is a good one. Also listen to episode 41: Explore cities with digital scavenger hunts

Educational Fun when outside play isn’t possible

1. Games that require communication eg Overcooked
2. Games that teach coding or other skills – Daisy the Dinosaur, LightBot, Game Builder Garage, Human Resource Machin etc
3. Games that get everyone moving – Wii – Just Dance, Wii Sports
4. Games that have educational content eg Civilization and Age of Empires. Listen to episode 56: Learning history through video games
5. Critical Thinking – games like Myst and Nancy Drew PC games

Learning new hobbies /deep dives into topics

1. Youtube tutorials – listen to the episode 157: Technology and Handicrafts
2. Web-based unit studies -take a look at those offered by show sponsor FundaFunda
3. Learning tech – many previous podcast episodes cover free tools to use for video, art, writing, coding etc. Taake a look at show sponsor FundaFunda Academy’s 5-week coding classes

Don’t forget to sign up your homeschooled high schoolers for sponsor FundaFunda’s annual summer High School Challenge for homeschoolers in rising 9th – 12th grade. This contest gamifies the learning and offers gift card rewards – as well as an overall cash prize.

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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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Using Tech for Summer Learning

Homeschool Tech Hacks

Homeschool Tech Hacks

183: Homeschool Tech Hacks with Linsey Knerl

Linsey Knerl, author of Homeschool Hacks: How to Give Your Kid a Great Education without Losing Your Job (or Your Mind.) shares her top Homeschool Tech Hacks with us in this episode.

Linsey starts by answering the following questions:

  • Do we really need technology?
  • How does technology for parents differ from students

This is the technology she recommends for homeschooling parents:

Linsey finishes the interview by talking about how to create boundaries with technology today.

You can find Lindsey on her blog, on Twitter @LKnerl and Instagram @LKnerl

Don’t forget to sign up your homeschooled high schoolers for sponsor FundaFunda’s annual summer High School Challenge for homeschoolers in rising 9th – 12th grade. This contest gamifies the learning and offers gift card rewards – as well as an overall cash prize.

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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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Homeschool Tech Hacks

Tech Knowledge Teens Need to Run a Business

Tech Knowledge Teens Need to Run a Business

182: Tech knowledge teens need to run a business with Adeola Ariyo

Guest Adeola Ariyo from Next Genpreneur shares tech knowledge teens need to run a business.

What tech should teens know how to use to run a business?

  • Canva for graphics
  • Excel or Google Sheets for Record keeping
  • Coding

Listen to the episode to hear Adeola expand on each of these areas.

You can find Adeola at her website, Next Genpreneur, and on Facebook and Instagram.

Don’t forget to sign up your homeschooled high schoolers for sponsor FundaFunda’s annual summer High School Challenge for homeschoolers in rising 9th – 12th grade. This contest gamifies the learning and offers gift card rewards – as well as an overall cash prize.

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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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Tech Knowledge Teens Need to Run a Business

How Writing on the Computer Helps Kids become Better Writers

how writing on the computer helps kids become better writers

181: How Writing on the Computer Helps Kids become Better Writers

Veldorah Rice from Write From the Heart is our guest in this episode and explains how writing on the computer can help kids write better. Be sure to also listen to her episodes on best practices for internet research.

This is the outline of what is covered in this episode.

I. Different types of Writers
a. Reluctant
b. Overachievers/Excited
c. Average—STEM or unexcited but task-oriented

II. Computer eliminates distractions
a. Handwriting
b. Spelling
c. Typing/dictation

III. Computer allows for development and organization
a. Can physically see the underdevelopment
b. Ease of revisions
c. Cut/paste

IV. Computer invites collaboration
a. Easy to send to others
b. Comment directly
c. Assisted learning

V. Computer allows expansion and interdisciplinary learning
a. Typing skills
b. Computer skills
c. Technology projects

–> Grab a free copy of Activities for Reluctant Writers

Be sure to take a look at the English classes (including AP classes) Veldorah offers for middle and high schoolers. You can also find Veldorah on Facebook and Instagram.

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how writing on the computer helps kids become better writers

Representation in Kid Tech

Representation in Kid Tech with Amber O'Neal Johnston

180: Representation in Kid Tech

Guest Amber O’Neal Johnston discusses some of the ideas about representation in kid tech that she covers in one chapter of her new book – A Place to Belong. the book releases on May 17th. You can pre-order it here.

Amber was the guest in Episode 157 – Technology and Handicrafts: An unlikely pair.

Amber answers the following questions in this episode:

1. Why does representation matter?

2. What percentage of Americans are not white? Is this reflected in the media?

3. Is all representation equal?

4. What can we as parents do about it?

Amber’s website is HeritageMom. Follow her on Instagram at @heritagemomblog

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Representation in Kid Tech with Amber O'Neal Johnston

Free Tools for Researching Colleges and Universities

Free Tools for Researching Colleges and Universities

179: Free Tools for Researching Colleges and Universities with Holly Ramsey

Holly Ramsey from Thoughtful Homeschooling shares a number of free tools for researching colleges and universities in this episode. All the tools she suggests during the interview are listed below, but you can request her full free guide here.

Know Yourself: Tools to explore interests and aptitudes

Scoir: You Science assessment
Dr. Steven Antonoff’s exploration surveys: self-survey for the college bound, college planning values assessment, audit of college success traits

Know the Schools: Tools to build a list

Loper: new personalized list builder app
College Essay Guy Guide: How to Choose a College
College Matchpoint: monthly newsletter and blog with “Hidden Gems”
Collegewise Runway: free senior year course

Know Your Budget and the Cost: Tools to evaluate financial fit

Thoughtful Homeschooling:: “Best Free Tools to Find a Good School That Will Give You Money”
Thoughtful Homeschooling: “How Good is that Scholarship?”
Net Price Calculator
Estimate any Student Federal Aid
ROI of 4500 Colleges & Universities: Georgetown’s analysis

Know Your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Concerns: Tools to refine a list

College Equity Index: assesses campus climate & culture for BIPOC students
Autism-Friendly Colleges: lists of schools adept at serving those with learning
differences.
First Gen College Partners

Know the Social Fit: Tools to evaluate the feel of a campus

● Look up a school’s mission and values
● Read the student newspaper
Campus Reel: student-driven virtual college students
Niche: includes student reviews of the colleges & universities

To get your teen to start researching and preparing for college, sign them up for sponsor FundaFunda’s annual summer High School Challenge for homeschoolers in rising 9th – 12th grade. This contest gamifies the learning and offers gift card rewards – as well as an overall cash prize.

If you as a homeschool parent want to interact with other homeschool parents on these topics, join the Homeschooling College-bound Teens Facebook group run by FundaFunda – Holly is one of the many members there with wisdom to share!

You can find Holly at her website, Thoughtful Homeschooling, and on Facebook and Instagram.

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Free Tools for Researching Colleges and Universities

Tech Electives for High School

Tech Electives for High School

178: Tech Electives for High School

As we live in a techy world, tech electives are not only fun for most high schoolers, but also necessary. These electives can cover a wide range of interests and abilities.

Computer Applications/Digital Literacy – this elective will make sure students are ready for all the tech they will encountter at college and in the work place. Take a look at FundaFunda’s online class.

Computer technician – find a book or class to help your teen prepare for a COMPTIA certification.

Coding – Learn to program through a free platform like Codeacademy or online homeschool classes like those offered by FundaFunda Academy. Listen to the podcast episode with techie teen Jayda and techie teen Anaya.

Cybersecurity – Listen to the podcast episode with techie teen Jake

Salesforce administratorfree training for this widely used database program

Webdesign – learn a program like WordPress, or HTML / CSS – or both

Photoshop – FundaFunda Academy has a self-paced Photoshop class. Listen to the podcast episode with techie teen Callie

Graphic Design – Listen to the podcast episode with techie teen Addie

Audio Engineering

Videography – Listen to the podcast episode with techie teen Brandon talking about drone videography)

Game design – Listen to the podcast episode with techie teen Eli

Virtual Assistant Skills – Listen to the podcast episode with techie teen Natalie

Find classes on Coursera, Udemy, and look on your library website.

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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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Tech Electives for High School