25 Free Apps for Creating Student Projects

25 Free Apps for Creating Student Projects

“25 Free Apps for Creating Student Projects” is a must-have list for digital learners. Discover cloud-based applications for creating graphics, video, infographics, timelines, maps and more.   Discover tools like…. Emaze – browser-based presentation software with pre-designed templates and helpful tutorials Quizlet – website providing learning tools for students, including flashcards, study and game modes. Tinkercad – simple, online 3D design and 3d printing tool Animaker – do-it-yourself animation video maker. Infogram –  website for creating, publishing and sharing data visualizations, infographics and online charts. Powtoon – webtool for creating engaging professional “look and feel” animated presentations Educaplay –  tool for creating crossword puzzles, word search puzzles, and other interactive games Homestyler – interior design web-based application to use for recreating spaces from history or fiction Prezi – presentation software that uses motion, zoom, and spatial relationships to bring your … [Read more]

Mom Hacks that Will Change the Way You Use Your Smartphone

Mom Hacks that Will Change the Way You Use Your Smartphone

Mom Hacks that Will Change the Way You Use Your Smartphone Homeschool moms are amazing at making due with what they’ve got. And I bet that you’ve got a smartphone. Have you tapped into the full potential on how to use your phone to make homeschooling easier? Check out these mom hacks for using your smartphone for homeschooling. All these tricks come from a thread in the Techin’ Your Homeschool Facebook group when I asked … What are some things you can do with your smartphone that others may not realize? Smartphone Hacks for Homeschooling “I use my smartphone to magnify things. Just turn on the camera and zoom in. Comes in handy for my aging eyes when I need to read a tiny serial number … [Read more]

5 Tips for Choosing Video Curriculum To Use for Homeschooling

5 Tips for Choosing Video Curriculum To Use for Homeschooling

5 Tips for Choosing Video Curriculum To Use for Homeschooling Anyone who hangs out with me oten knows I love using online courses for our homeschooling. One huge benefit is the video format because my kids seem to learn better from viewing videos instead of just reading text. But, I need to be discerning to choose video curriculum that is well-produced and presented by a credible, trained instructor. In this post, Thomas Purifoy Jr. shares some tips for selecting video curriculum for your homeschool. His years of experience as a film-maker and homeschool dad qualify him as an expert on this topic. Thomas uses his expertise to create homeschool video courses at Compass Classroom.  You can learn more about Compass Classroom HERE. Thomas shares…. I have a … [Read more]

The Best Homeschool Unit Studies You’ll Find Online

The Best Homeschool Unit Studies You’ll Find Online

  Homeschoolers love to use unit studies to explore many subjects at once. In the past, families would load up on books from the library, but today, so much learning can happen on the web … to the point of overwhelm. Instead of scouring the web trying to DIY a unit study for your family, be sure check out these three options for homeschool unit studies. Each is offered in a digital format for techie homeschooler to access easily.  Let’s look at three popular options for unit studies in digital format… Online Unit Studies, Homeschool in the Woods and Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett. Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett Families who love digital learning may enjoy Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett because her product is a … [Read more]

Homeschool in the Woods Unit Studies (Review)

Homeschool in the Woods Unit Studies (Review)

Lots of homeschoolers have turned to Homeschool in the Woods for unit study resources and lapbook projects. The homeschool curriculum is available in digital format, so it’s a viable option for techie homeschoolers. Here’s an overview of what you can expect if you use one of these products. What Does a Homeschool in the Woods Unit Study Include? Homeschool in the Woods lapbooks come in a zip-compressed file. You’ll get many PDF documents and an HTML file that links to each of the PDFs providing structural organization for the units. Included are documents for the teacher explaining the system and how to set up and prepare ahead of time. The HTML file will also link to the appropriate passages to read-aloud and the materials that … [Read more]

Why You Should Attend an Online Homeschool Convention

Why You Should Attend an Online Homeschool Convention

Every homeschool mom (techie or not) needs a support network where homeschooling parents can get encouragement and information. You may get this from a group of close friends or a local homeschool support group. But nothing tops the wealth of information for home education than annual homeschool conventions. But, attending a convention in person may not be doable for you. However, there are much fewer limitations to attending a homeschool convention online. Have you ever considered this techie way of getting support? Why Attend Homeschool Conventions? Homeschool conventions offer two key components: encouragement for the journey and information to carry out that vision. A traditional homeschool convention usually includes speakers who lecture on a variety of topics, plus a vendor hall full of all kinds … [Read more]

Amazon Stem Club: A Mom’s Honest Review

Amazon Stem Club: A Mom’s Honest Review

The importance of play for children has long been recognized. Free play time helps develop the logic centers of the brain. Having a variety of toys and games around to stimulate your child’s brain is an essential component of your child’s development, from infancy into their teen years. Finding educational toys for our kids can be a challenge. It can be particularly daunting to find great toys that focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) for older kids. The Amazon STEM Club Subscription Program solves this problem for you! STEM toys are especially effective at helping children engage in functional play. By having these types of toys available for your children even as they grow older, you are helping strengthen their brain development. When first launched in early … [Read more]

Essential Homeschool Supplies for Learning Online

Essential Homeschool Supplies for Learning Online

“What type of device do I need for techie homeschooling?” That’s a question I get asked often. As our family has embraced digital learning, the list of physical items we need has changed. We’ve needed to upgrade our traditional school supplies to techie homeschool supplies. As our family has embraced techie homeschooling, our homeschool “room” has been reduced to a bookshelf of Chromebooks and tablets, a few books and supplies for hands-on projects. Who needs a globe and wall map when you can walk the streets of Paris with Google Maps? Textbooks and workbooks have been replaced with online courses. And I don’t think anyone in our family has used a calculator for years. … RELATED POST … How Our Digital Homeschool Evolved Mind you, … [Read more]

Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett (Review)

Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett (Review)

If you’re a homeschool parent looking for a great unit study to use with your children, you may have come across Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett. Since they are digital files, this homeschool curriculum is a viable option for techie families using the unit study method of homeschooling. We tried a Download ‘N Go Unit Study a few years ago. I usually create our own unit studies (prompted by my kids’ interests). However, it was a busy season in our family business and I needed something already put together that didn’t require much prep for me. The unit study did the trick (but I will admit I couldn’t help adjusting it and customizing to my kids’ learning styles). … RELATED POST … The Best Homeschool Unit … [Read more]

Educational Games for Kids that Teach STEM

Educational Games for Kids that Teach STEM

STEM – that 21st century academic subject that integrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. For the past few years, STEM clubs and STEM classes have been popping up all over the place as we try to prepare kids for a tech-reliant future. We homeschoolers need to keep up with the trend and make sure we teach STEM concepts to our kids. One easy way to do that is to add some of these STEM-inspired games into your family fun schooling.   Educational Science Games   Totally Gross: The Game of Science Totally Gross: The Game of Science tests your knowledge of wacky science facts and presents you with hilarious challenges. This unique, game is perfect for a family game night filled with fun, and education. … [Read more]