Tips for Buying Gifts for Techie Kids

Tips for Buying Gifts for Techie Kids

When it’s time to buy a gift for a tech-loving kid, you might feel like a fish out of water. If you’re not into tech yourself, it’s confusing to know what gift is best for your child. And when you see the price tag, you may wonder if the investment is worth it. Let me tell you, it is! It’s important to consider your techie child’s interests when buying gifts. There are all kinds of tech gifts for kids … everything from child smartwatches (like this one from VTech) to remote control interactive robots (like CleverBots) to tablets and laptops.  So, how do you know what tech gift to get for your child? These four questions will help you decide. … RELATED POST >> 7 Things to Consider When Buying a Homeschool … [Read more]

How to Sync Devices for Homeschooling

How to Sync Devices for Homeschooling

How often do you deal with needing to get a child where they need to be online? Wouldn’t it be nice to avoid the dreaded… “Mom! I can’t log in” or “Mom! He’s using the computer I need to use.” or “Mom! Where do I go next?” or “Mom! She closed all my windows.”  All this can be avoided if you sync your devices. Is your homeschool in sync? No, I don’t mean do you bust out the old CDs and jam to the ’90s boy band (although that may be necessary on some rough homeschooling days). Have you SYNCHRONIZED your homeschool so that every child is able to pick up any device to access their homeschool lessons and resources without a lot of work from … [Read more]

10+ Gifts Any Instagram Fan Will Love

10+ Gifts Any Instagram Fan Will Love

Got someone in your life who is a huge Instagram fan? One who is often posting and commenting? And sharing images that they like? I fully recognize that an Instagram-obsessed teen does need to demonstrate self-control. It’s important for them to develop healthy tech habits. However, I also realize that their obsession may stem from a natural interest in photography or design. Why not nurture that interest with some of these gifts? You can turn your media consumer into a techie creator. …CLICK HERE to discover 100+ Fun Gifts for Kids and Teens Who Love Tech…   Chatbooks – Want to create a photo book of your Instagram pics but just don’t have time? With Chatbooks, your photo book will create itself!   Selfie Light – … [Read more]

Best Tech Gifts for Kids: 2017

Best Tech Gifts for Kids: 2017

No matter if you’re shopping for Christmas or birthdays, you’ll find something your techie kids will love in this 2017 collection of the best tech gifts for kids.   I know that it’s hard for us digital immigrants to find quality (yet affordable) gifts for the digital natives in our lives. We want to find gifts that are fun, but still educational, right? We don’t need yet another toy that gets forgotten a week after your child gets it. If your child is into electronics, they’ll be delighted by any of these gifts. …CLICK HERE for 100+ Fun Gifts for Kids and Teens Who Love Tech… 12 Best Tech Gift for Kids Piper Piper is the perfect gift to capture the attention of any kid … [Read more]

7 Things to Consider When Buying for a Homeschool Computer

7 Things to Consider When Buying for a Homeschool Computer

So you’re looking to buy a new homeschool computer? Feeling overwhelmed by all the choices out there? Not sure what which home computer is right for your family? You’ve come to the right place. The best homeschool computer is the one that does what you need it to do. In other words, before you even look at your options, you need to determine exactly how you’re going to use it. For example, there’s a world of difference between the computer you’d need for heavy video editing and one you’d use for web surfing and e-mail. Features to Consider When Buying a Homeschool Computer Portability: If you plan on taking your computer from one place to another (field trips, gatherings), you’ll want to get something portable … [Read more]

Create Homeschool Video Projects with mysimpleshow

Create Homeschool Video Projects with mysimpleshow

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. If you hang out with me for more than a minute, you that I geek out over webtools. I love finding apps and software, most of which are designed for schools or businesses, and figuring out how homeschoolers could use them. It’s part of my personal mission to inspire you to add more tech to your home education. Let’s face it…. with all the online learning opportunities available, our kids learn way different than we did at their age. They are both “consumer” and “creator”. Digital natives want to do something with the information … [Read more]

Techie Homeschool Organization: Managing Digital Files

Techie Homeschool Organization: Managing Digital Files

Homeschool organization is an area we moms struggle with a lot. We want to have things in their place so that learning runs seamlessly, but we don’t have the time and focus to get it all together. And now, as we start to use more digital resources, there’s one more area of our homeschools we need to keep organized, right?   Techie homeschool moms, I hear your cries. Techie homeschool moms have shared…. “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 … [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]

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]

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 … [Read more]