Online Tools to Help Teens Study

Online Study Tools

Episode 30: Online Tools to Help Teens Study

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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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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 use Quizlet to learn foreign language vocabulary with Suzette Laporte-Ayo

How to Use Quizlet

Episode 25: How to use Quizlet to learn foreign language vocabulary with Suzette Laporte-Ayo

Quizlet is a free online resource and app that has quizzes and games for many different subjects. In this podcast, Suzette Laporte-Ayo, Spanish teacher at FundaFunda Academy, explains her unique way of using Quizlet for Spanish vocabulary study. Her method will work for most foreign languages.

There are many lists of vocabulary words on Quizlet. Choose one and spend 2 weeks working on it as follows:

First week of learning new vocabulary

1. Go to the “Flashcards” tab and listen to the words being pronounced and repeat them aloud.

2. Go to the “Match” game and try to get the fastest time you can.

3. Go to the “Spell” game and try to get a 90% or better.

Second week of learning new vocabulary


1. Go through the Flashcards again and say the word in Spanish BEFORE you flip the card then listen to the correct word.

2. Go to the “Write” tab and type the word for the picture that appears. If your child is not old enough to type, a parent can type it for them. After typing the word in Spanish, check to see if you got it right then say it out loud and then click on the speaker to listen to the word again.

3. Go to the “Test” tab. Again, if a child isn’t writing yet, a parent can type it for them. You can go to the left-hand side and find the “options” tab. Click it to choose to answer in Spanish, prompted in English, and the max amount of questions possible. Try to get 90% or more.

4. For 2nd grade and up, go to the “Gravity” tab. This game might be a little difficult. You need to type the word in Spanish before the asteroid disappears. Start out on the easy level. If you get good at it you can increase your difficulty level.

Creating your own vocabulary list in Quizlet


What if the curriculum you are using or class you are taking has a specific list of words that need to be learned? Create your own list! Quizlet will add in the foreign language translation and pronunciation and create all the games!

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How to Use Quizlet

How to select online classes for your children

How to select online classes

Episode 24: How to select online classes for your children

1. Cost

  • you get what you pay for (live classes, graded classes will cost more)
  • refund policies?

2. Synchronous / Asynchronous

Synchronous classes are usually live and students watch a live stream. Good for students who like structure. Example: True North Homeschool Academy.

Asynchronous classes allow students to select the time they come to class and are recorded videos and other assignments. Good for students with unpredictable schedules. Example: show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy.

3. Graded / not graded

For younger students grading is not important, but high school students need a grade. Is the class grade? If not is there an answer key/rubrics for the parent to use?

4. Self-paced vs deadlines

Pros of self-paced classes: take as long as you want, often can re-use for multiple kids, example: – FundaFunda Academy web-based unit studies
Cons – take as long as you want so no pressure to finish, usually not graded

Classes with deadlines ensure students finish their work on time and prepares them for college (and life!). Examples: FundaFunda Academy’sand True North Homeschool Academy‘s full semester classes.

Be sure to check out the new podcast from Lisa Nehring of True North Homeschool Academy – Soft Skills 101

5. Class interaction

Some classes have forums/discussion rooms
Some classes have ways students can view each other’s work and give peer reviews and ratings.
Group work is also a possibility in online classes

6. Learning style

Do your children learn better with live interaction, with textbooks, with interactive websites and games? Do you want classes that have tests or ones that assess mastery in a different way?

7. Rigour

Classes can be “light” or rigorous. Some are Honors level or AP prep.

In conclusion, it can very helpful if you can view a demo of classes you are considering before you buy.

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How to select online classes

5 Ways Homeschool Parents Can Use Trello

5 Ways Homeschool Parents Can Use Trello

Episode 23: 5 Ways homeschool parents can use Trello with Brittany Joiner

Our guest in today’s show is Brittany Joiner. She is a self-confessed Trello enthusiast who in her spare time organizes local Trello events and blogs for Trello.

Link on Trello’s blog to Brittany and her articles

Find local meetups of Trello enthusiasts near you here.

Brittany’s Project 1440 Blog where the majority of posts are about Trello.

Brittany’s Trello Video Series (costs $39)

Brittany describes Trello as a “Digital whiteboard with sticky notes”.

    Here are 5 ways homeschool parents can use Trello

    Be sure to click through the “example” boards to see what Brittany describes in this episode. You can copy her boards and use them as a basis to create your own.

  1. A To Do list for students – Example board
  2. A To Do list for parents – Example board
  3. To organize course content (eg build a syllabus, including links to projects and games and documents, add checklists and due dates) – Example board
  4. A Way for students to organize research – Example board
  5. A family board (use it to plan meals, vacations etc) – Example board

Show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy, teaches students to use Trello in their online Computer Applications class.

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Techie Alternatives to Written Reports

Techie Alternatives to Written Reports

Episode 22: Techie Alternatives to Written Reports

Benefits to using techie alternatives to written reports

Although students definitely need to know how to do a written book report or research paper, there are other ways to see what your child has learned. And there are benefits to mixing it up. 3 major benefits:

  • techie assignments are fun
  • they are easy to share with family/friends
  • students learn tech skills in the process

9 Techie Alternatives to Written Reports

  1. Slideshows – Google slides / Prezi
  2. Videos – talk to the screen, screencast, illustrated with photos/clips, animated (See Free Video Creation Tools episode for free tools)
  3. Comic strip – Google slides / Google drawings or Makebeliefcomix.com
  4. Social media profiles / posts: Classtools has nice templates
  5. Posters / Book covers (See Free Graphic Creation Tools episode for free tools)
  6. Choose your own adventure – use Google slides or Text Adventures (select ‘Gamebooks’) or Twine for a more complex option
  7. Create a quiz / game – use Classtools, Sporcle, Quizlet or Google forms. Students could also code a game using Scratch or create a Digital Breakout
  8. Websites / Blogs – Strikingly, Wix, Weebly, WordPress
  9. E-book – Storyjumper

Show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy often uses ideas like these in their online classes and web-based unit studies. Check them out!

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Techie Alternatives to Written Reports


Free Graphic Creation Tools

Free Graphic Creation Tools

Episode 21: Free Graphic Creation Tools

The free tools mentioned in this episode are:

Find free icons to use in your graphics projects at The Noun Project.

Show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy, teaches students to use many of these tools in their online Computer Applications class.

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Free Graphic Creation Tools


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Bright Ideas Press

Homeschool moms are busy! Bright Ideas Press gets that. And that’s why, for over 25 years, we have promised to publish Christian-oriented homeschool curriculum that will fit your family—curriculum that is both affordable and easy-to-use with children of different ages and learning styles at the same time. Curriculum that busy Moms love!

Offering history, science, geography, and humanities curriculum and over 100 options of online classes and clubs for homeschool families, the team at Bright Ideas Press creates products and resources that will not only help simplify your life, but also inspire, encourage, and equip you to educate your children.

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Free Video Creation Tools

Free Video Creation Tools

Episode 20: Free Video Creation Tools

The free tools mentioned in this episode are:

  • Windows Moviemaker / iMovie, if they are already installed on a computer
  • Keynote and Powerpoint, if they are already installed on a computer, can be exported as a movie file
  • Adobe Spark Video
    Example from a FundaFunda Academy US History class assignment
  • Powtoon
    Example from a FundaFunda Academy Earth Science class assignment
  • Zimmer Twins – this is good for younger students
  • My Simple Show
    Example from a FundaFunda Academy US History class assignment
  • Screencast-o-matic
    Example from a FundaFunda Academy US History class assignment (presentation was created on Prezi and then the screen was recorded)
  • Screencastify
  • Loom

Show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy, teaches students to use many of these tools in their online Computer Applications class. Some of the teachers also use video creation in their assignments (as you can see from the examples above).

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Free Video Creation Tools


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