Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Krysta

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Krysta

Krysta has been “officially” homeschooling her 3 children for 2 years, but does feel their home education started when their oldest child was born 6 years ago.  Her family has a “Eclectic with a Techie Montessori lean” style of home education. How do you include technology in your home education? IPad apps, YouTube, Netflix and iMessaging What kind of devices do you use for techie homeschooling? IPad, TV and Laptop What traditional homeschool supplies and tools have been replaced by techie homeschool tools in your home? Paper and pen are rarely used. Flashcards, most teaching books and many Montessori materials What motivated you to add more tech to your family’s home education? I’m a first wave tech-native married to a tech pioneer. Our eldest has cerebral palsy among other things, so it was a natural fit How are you preparing your kids for their future in our ever-evolving techie future? They learn as we go. How are you instilling the attitude that technology is a tool, not a toy in your home? For us, it is both. They don’t have to be separate, they can be educational and fun. What’s the … [Read on, my friend]

My Techie Mistake and Its Effect On My Daughter

My Techie Mistake and Its Effect On My Daughter

I feel like I’ve messed up a little bit with my youngest daughter. Born in 2008, she is the truest digital native in our family. She has never known life without Google, smartphones, and apps.  For the first few years of her life, I loved that I could hand her my phone or tablet to keep her occupied. I mean, how cool was it that she could pop bubble wrap right on the screen or complete a jigsaw puzzle with a few swipes? As a tech lover, I was in awe of all the new ways she could learn. In hindsight, I wish I had done things differently. And, I suspect that you can relate. As the first generation of parents raising digital natives, we’re still figuring this all out. [Related Post: A Mom’s Greatest Struggle in this Tech-Driven World] And, due to this experience, I’m not a huge fan of kids young kids using lots of it, especially for home education. Here’s why…exposing kids to lots of colorful, flashy and interactive apps when they’re young acclimates them to that sort of experience. My daughter considers lots of non-techie learning opportunities “boring” and … [Read on, my friend]

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Amber

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Amber

Amber has been homeschooling her 10 children for 13 years. Her family has a “Literature Based, Classical meets Eclectic” style of home education. What kind of devices do you use for techie homeschooling? Kano Computer Kit, Lego Mindstorm Robotics, Personal devices with Video, Blog, WattPad, Instagram, and NaNoWriMo. Computers for online classes, YouTube What traditional homeschool supplies and tools have been replaced by techie homeschool tools in your home? My daughter does a lot of her writing online with a group of friends in an Instagram group. WattPad has been a new platform this year as well for upper high school writing with community review and interaction. We use Kindles for reading World Magazine for current events and news in place of paper periodicals. What are your favorite techie homeschool tools and supplies? I still love my phone. Siri is my favorite spell checker and conversion calculator, with Safari a close second. We just jumped the car battery, yesterday after watching a YouTube video. When my son was not sure about putting gas in the tank for the first time the first thing he did was check out YouTube for a quick … [Read on, my friend]

Parenting the Heart of a Digital Native

Parenting the Heart of a Digital Native

We had a little “incident”. My daughter downloaded an app that I told her not to go. It was innocent, and she wasn’t harmed in any way. You know, the equivalent of sneaking a cookie when I had told her not to, but deceptive nonetheless. I’m extremely proud of my girl because she confessed (as if I wouldn’t of known anyway when I read the app download notification email from Amazon). I’m thankful that she responded to the conviction of her wrongdoing and was confident to come to me about it. This got me thinking about how I’m parenting my little techie’s heart.  You see, the foundational issue wasn’t the “the screen” or the Internet. The issue was her heart and character.  She was tempted, she was disobedient, and she was responsive to her conscience, much like I am at some point every day. I am a strong advocate of active, intentional and heart-level parenting. Mike & I chose to be “those parents” over 17 years ago. It’s been hard work and we’ve made many, many mistakes over the years. But the fruit of that work is worth it. My … [Read on, my friend]

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Sarai

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Sarai

Sarai has been homeschooling her family for the past year, after 5 years of supplementing her older kids’ public school education. Sarai describes her homeschool style as going with the F.L.O.W. (fun learning our way). She uses anything & everything to teach, following more of an unschooled approach.   What kind of devices do you use for techie homeschooling? Smartphones, laptops, and webcams What traditional homeschool supplies and tools have been replaced by techie homeschool tools in your home? I bought a lot of workbooks when we started, but he refused to learn because they were boring. So we do things like “sound out your favorite game website” if you want to play. What are your favorite techie homeschool tools and supplies? YouTube for sure. We use TedEd in a lot of lessons. Also sites like Education.com, Teach Your Monster to Read, PBS Kids, Discovery Kids, Field Trip Zoom, and Google’s Arts & Culture app What do you think are “must-have” supplies for techie homeschooling? How do you use them? Computer obviously. We love using our TV which is hooked up to a tower for learning (Field Trip Zoom, YouTube, library … [Read on, my friend]

The Pitfalls of Using YouTube for Homeschooling

The Pitfalls of Using YouTube for Homeschooling

I read on Brandwatch.com’s article “36 Fascinating YouTube Statistics for 2016”  that 3.25 billion hours of YouTube videos are watched each month. 3.25 billion hours!  And that the average viewing session lasts 40 minutes. That’s a lot of YouTube, my friend. Admittedly, YouTube is my family’s go-to when we want to learn a quick something. You know, in answer to those “How do they….?” questions. My children learn much more from watching videos than from reading a book or website, and YouTube is a one-stop shop. But, there are a few problems with using YouTube for homeschooling.   We need to stay focused on the task at hand when we search. YouTube can be pretty distracting. Right when they open it, my kids see the newest uploads from our subscribed channels. And the recommended videos may not be relevant and appropriate. With so many choices, we end up feeling like we need to watch multiple videos (and contribute to the 3.25 billion hours). You never know what you will stumble upon as you search on YouTube. Yes, you have a little bit of a safeguard if you view in restricted mode, … [Read on, my friend]

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Tatiana

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Tatiana

Tatiana has been homeschooling four of her children  for four years. Her family has a interest-led, classical Charlotte Mason style of home education. How do you include technology in your home education? We school on the go quite a lot, and listen to audio books on the road. We use YouTube videos as an introduction for nearly every lesson. We’ve also learned to film, create and edit videos for YouTube. I created a YouTube video production course to help the girls start, manage and monetize their individual channels. All essays and research papers are written on Evernote and assignment files are shared on Google Drive. What kind of devices do you use for techie homeschooling? Mac desktop, MacBooks, iPads, iPhones and iPods (we like Apple apparently). We also take a wireless modem with us for an un-interrupted wifi connection. What traditional homeschool supplies and tools have been replaced by techie homeschool tools in your home? Printer…we own one but rarely use it since we go paperless whenever we can. What are your favorite techie homeschool tools and supplies? iPads. It was the first thing we purchased when we began homeschooling and the … [Read on, my friend]

200+ Live Online Homeschool Classes

200+ Live Online Homeschool Classes

If there’s one thing (well really two things) that I’ve discovered about techie homeschoolers, it’s that…. You favor an eclectic style of homeschooling You’re receptive to discovering new online tools and resources to use in your home education Good thing….because I like to share what I find on my quest for more digital learning opportunities. And I would have been really bummed if you didn’t want to know about the latest things I’m excited about. One of my best discoveries is Outschool. It’s the best source I’ve found for LIVE interactive online courses for homeschoolers. Yep…I said “LIVE”, as in you log in to a secure classroom and the teacher and kids interact directly, in real time. It’s one of those gigs that I would have never imagined when I was a kid or even a college student. I remember how “rad” it was that I could send electronic notes back and forth to my sister sitting in another computer lab 45 miles away. (Note: This is a sponsored post. Outschool compensated me in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and not influenced by Outschool.) Outschool is … [Read on, my friend]

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Lauren

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Lauren

Lauren has been homeschooling her 10-year-old for two years. Her family has a relaxed, eclectic style of home education. How do you include technology in your home education? I use technology as a resource and tool to make learning fun, efficient, meaningful, and to prepare my son for 21st century life-long learning. We use apps, digital books, audio, video, social media, on-line learning, gaming, websites, and more that are integrated into our content learning. What kind of devices do you use for techie homeschooling? Desktop computer, Android phone, iPhone, iPad, GoPro camera, Kindle, Amazon Echo Dot What traditional homeschool supplies and tools have been replaced by techie homeschool tools in your home? I haven’t totally replaced supplies and tools, but rather teach my son that he has options that he can use to make his learning more meaningful and efficient. We use digital and ebooks, but we also use and read hard copies and visit the library weekly. He uses Power Point and word processing (MS Word) to type much of his writing instead of paper and pencil. Although he knows how to research using books, he prefers to search on-line for both … [Read on, my friend]