How to Keep Track of Digital Homeschool Files

How to Keep Track of Digital Homeschool Files

Techie homeschool moms, I hear your cries. “I download too much and can’t remember which folder I downloaded it to” “Homeschool organization is getting more and more complicated. I have so many courses, e-curriculum, and e-books that I don’t even know what I have.” “I struggle with not knowing what resources I have to begin with. Also not knowing how to incorporate all of the resources we have – most of them end up sitting on my computer, either forgotten or not being used” “I need to know how to  find all of the materials I find online that I cannot just download and save on my computer or tablet/how to share information between my desktop and tablet/how to keep my downloaded files organized so I can find … [Read more]

Flexible School Schedule: A New App for Techie Homeschool Planning

Flexible School Schedule: A New App for Techie Homeschool Planning

I love it when I come across other homeschooling families who are sharing their techie-ness with others. Enter the Gore family. Phillip, a web app developer noticed his wife filling out her paper schedule to plan their family’s homeschool lessons and got a great idea. Seeing that she used flexible time frames rather than rigid dates on a calendar, he realized how valuable a flexible homeschool scheduling app would be. With Lanaya’s help, Phillip has designed Flexible School Schedule, a homeschool planning app that plans around the pace of each child and the life of the family, not rigid dates and times on a calendar. It’s structured enough to keep you on track but flexible enough to let life happen. The Gore’s need your help. … [Read more]

Homeschool Planet: Techie Option for Homeschool Planning

Homeschool Planet: Techie Option for Homeschool Planning

I received this product for review purposes only, and was compensated for my time. I was neither asked nor required to share a positive review; all opinions are my own. READ HERE for more information. Every techie homeschool needs an online homeschool planner. I had read so many good things about Homeschool Planet that I jumped at a chance to write a formal review. I love the flexibility of homeschooling and typically take a DIY approach to our home education. I create my own unit studies, switch up our 3R resources pretty often and have been known to call off our designated “learning time” to go explore outside or stream educational shows all day. [RELATED POST: How We Homeschool: Our Daily Routine]  But I’ve grown … [Read more]

CTRL Key Shortcuts for Techie Homeschoolers

CTRL Key Shortcuts for Techie Homeschoolers

One crucial skill for digital natives is keyboarding. Techie homeschoolers need to know who to type efficiently, not only to create words but also to navigate around their documents and online. That’s where all those extra keys on a keyboard come in. F-keys, Tab, CTRL, ALT. Have you or your kids ever wondered what all those extra keys are for they are all for? [RELATED POST: What Homeschoolers Don’t Know (& what they need)]   CTRL (stands for “Control key”) is a common key I use, and one that I make sure my kids are familiar with. It can be used in conjunction with other keys to perform special operations. COMMON CTRL KEY FUNCTIONS CTRL+Z: undo CTRL+Y: redo CTRL+C: copy CTRL+V: paste CTRl+X: cut CTRL+A: select all … [Read more]

Techie Homeschool Student Project: Animated Photo Showcase

Techie Homeschool Student Project: Animated Photo Showcase

This techie homeschool project comes from the Techie Homeschool Photography Club. It shows how to use Animaker to create an animated video with images and text.     … SCROLL DOWN FOR TUTORIAL … Even though it’s specific to the Techie Homeschool Photography Club, you can apply the instructions for creating a simple animated video to other types of homeschool lessons.  Consider these ideas…. “How-to” video: Take pictures during the different steps of a process you want to explain. Then make an Animaker scene for each step, upload your images and add text or voice over.   Explainer video: No matter what you’re studying, you can find images online, include some details and add music. Nature journal: As you observe nature, take pictures. Upload them and record facts … [Read more]

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 … [Read more]

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 … [Read more]

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 … [Read more]

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, … [Read more]

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. … [Read more]