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 skills I’m glad I learned: Reflections of a high school graduate

Tech Skills I am Glad I Learned : reflections of a high school graduate

190: Tech skills I’m glad I learned: Reflections of a high school graduate – Interview with Natalie Vaughn

Guest Natalie Vaughn has just graduated from high school and she shares the tech skills she is glad she learned and how they helped her.

Be sure to listen to my interview with Natalie last week when she shared her favorite high school apps and the interview I did with her last summer as part of the Techie Teen series where she talked about her job as a virtual assistant.

Natalie helped me write a 10-part blog series on preparing your homeschooled teen for college

Here are the 7 tech skills Natalie is glad she learned.

  1. Operating Google Drive – she used this Google Drive unit study from FundaFunda Academy
  2. Digital organization and schedule-making (Trello – listen to this previous episode on Trello)
  3. Computer safety (recognizing scams, avoiding viruses, social media safety, and more)
  4. How to research topics digitally
  5. Typing (previous episode on Typing Games)
  6. Writing an email
  7. Basic graphic design skills (Canva – previous episode on Canva)

Teens learn many of these skills in FundaFunda’s Computer Applications class

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Tech Skills I am Glad I Learned : reflections of a high school graduate

Apps for high school students

Apps for high school students

189: Apps for High School Students

Natalie Vaughn, who is newly graduated, shares with us the apps for high school students, she found the most useful.

Listen to the interview I did with her last summer as part of the Techie Teen series where she talked about her job as a virtual assistant.

Natalie helped me write a 10-part blog series on preparing your homeschooled teen for college and shared lots of useful advice based on her own experience.

  1. My Study Life (organization of deadlines, class schedules, etc.)
  2. Duolingo
  3. Anki (an alternative for Quizlet)
  4. Grammarly (spell and grammar check)
  5. Lit Charts (summaries, character breakdowns, outlines, etc. for classic novels)
  6. Easy Bib (can choose from a variety of formats to cite in, can scan barcodes of books to auto-generate a citation)
  7. Khan Academy (video explanations and can organize by class, bookmark videos, etc.)
  8. Mimo (like Duolingo for coding, free version and premium version available)

Teens can learn to use some of these tools and many other applications in FundaFunda’s Computer Applications class

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Apps for high school students

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

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Tech for RoadTrips

Get Ahead of the Class app

Get Ahead of the Class app

186: Get Ahead of the Class app

Denise Thomas from Get Ahead of the Class has created an app with the same name to help parents and teens navigate the college application process.

The app is free and available on iPhone and Android.

You can start using it from middle school up. It will help students know what to expect when they apply to colleges and will help them learn how to pay for college without ending up in a lot of debt.

Listen to the episode to find out more about what is in the app. Be sure not to miss the tip at the end about the one feature in the app you don’t want to miss!

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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Get Ahead of the Class app

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.

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

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

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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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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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Representation in Kid Tech with Amber O'Neal Johnston

Gamification in your Homeschool

Gamification in your Homeschool

176: Gamification in your Homeschool

There are many benefits to using gamification in your homeschool. Listen to this episode to learn:

1. What gamification is (hint: it isn’t adding games to your homeschool)

2. How to gamify your homeschool. Websites mentioned here are:

3. How to track points and rewards. Websites mentioned here are:

4. The benefits of gamification

5. Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy uses gamification in

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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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Gamification in your Homeschool