200+ Live Online Homeschool Classes

200+ Live Online Homeschool Classes

Check out over 200 live online homeschool classes in this Outchool review by a homeschool mom. Outschool is a great fit for eclectic techie homeschoolers. 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 was 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 … [Read more]

Techie Homeschool Project: Illustrated Quote Graphic

Techie Homeschool Project: Illustrated Quote Graphic

You see them all over social media…a beautiful photos with inspiring quotes. It brighten your day, get you thinking and encourage you to keep on going. Illustrated quote graphics are a great project to add to any homeschool study. No matter what you are studying, you can find a memorable quote. It might be wisdom from a notable person or a quote from a favorite story. When your children create their own illustrated quote graphics, they’re activating deep thinking. They’re evaluating memorable words of others, then discovering the perfect picture to go with those words.  Plus, they are developing a techie skill and maybe igniting an interest in graphic design. When selecting a photo for your project, be sure to follow the rules for using online images. … [Read more]

Techie Homeschool Project: Filtered Photo Collage

Techie Homeschool Project: Filtered Photo Collage

In this day and age, it’s so easy to just click a few buttons to alter a photo. Whether you’re editing right inside a social media app or using an outside photo app, you can get just the right effect. But if you have a child just slightly interested in digital photography, it’s important for them to know the “how” behind those filters. What are exposure and saturation? What does “sharpening” do? What is the foundation of photo editing? And which looks do you like best?   In this project from the Techie Homeschool Photography Club, homeschoolers use PicMonkey to experiment with photo editing features and create a Filtered Photo Collage. Not only will your child be learning the basics of digital photography, but they’ll expressing themselves artistically as … [Read more]

Saying “Goodbye” to Netflix

Saying “Goodbye” to Netflix

Last week, I broke up with Netflix after 10 years. I remember the geeky joy I felt when we first found each other. I didn’t need to load up my (then) toddlers and babies to go rent a movie…Netflix would just send me one and I could return it whenever I wanted. And quickly, our relationship went to a whole new level and, they started streaming the movies directly to my TV. STREAMING …what a concept!   But, things change and people change and my devotion to Netflix has waned. It hasn’t been wooing me with a great movie selection. And so many titles don’t fit with our needs and values. I don’t feel as “understood” so, frankly, my eyes have wandered. When Netflix and … [Read more]

50 Udemy Online Courses for Kids

50 Udemy Online Courses for Kids

Udemy is a great resource for any techie homeschool family. This online learning marketplace is used by over 10 million students taking online courses in everything from programming to yoga to photography–and much, much more. Each of Udemy’s 40,000+ courses is taught by an expert instructor, and every course is available on-demand, so students can learn at their own pace, on their own time, and on any device. With so many courses available, it can be hard to find one that is right for kids.  But…I’ve got you covered, my friend.  Here is a list of 50 courses for kids on Udemy. Keep in mind that I haven’t tried all these courses, so you’ll want to check out the previews and decide if the course … [Read more]

Olympics STEM Activity: Creating Graphs with Google Sheets

Olympics STEM Activity: Creating Graphs with Google Sheets

Let’s be real, my friend. We homeschool moms like to turn whatever we can into an educational experience, right? With the Olympics fast approaching, we’ve got the perfect chance! And this Olympics activity for kids will teach your kids some math and technology skills. Tackling Phys Ed is a given because you’re learning about different sports. And you can totally cover geography by learning about the different countries competing. History? No problem…just learn about the ancient Olympics. And there are plenty of notebooking and lapbooking options to practice writing. But, how about techin’ your Olympics study? Have you considered ways to reach STEM standards by learning about the upcoming Olympics? Try out this STEM activity from the Olympics Online Unit Study. By tracking medal standings during … [Read more]

Techin’ Your Homeschool: Favorite Webtools

Techin’ Your Homeschool: Favorite Webtools

Techin’ Your Homeschool is a video show, intended to inspire and equip you, my friend, as you guide your digital learners. I alternate between Periscope and Facebook Live, so follow me both places to find out when I’m “live”. CLICK HERE to follow me on Periscope. CLICK HERE to follow me on Facebook. “Like” the page and edit notification settings for videos. For more techie homeschool inspiration, join the Techin’ Your Homeschool community on Facebook.   Click each image to watch an episode of Techin’ Your Homeschool.  

Homeschool Webtools: Educaplay

Homeschool Webtools: Educaplay

Remember using graph paper as a kid to make word searches? Growing up, I would spend hours making crossword puzzles and word searches for my sisters. I’d put them in little books with riddles and mazes. That was my jam, my friend. So, I’m sure you can imagine the degree of geekiness that kicked in when I discovered a webtool that takes word puzzle. Educaplay is designed as a tool for teachers, allowing them to gamify the information they are teaching. But, I see it as having more value by letting our kids create games and puzzles. We all learn by doing, right? Today’s digital learners don’t want to just learn information, they want to take action related to their learning. [Related Post: Are You Homeschooling … [Read more]

Online Learning Sites Our Family Uses

Online Learning Sites Our Family Uses

When people hear that we do most of our learning online, they are curious about which resources we use.  These are the websites that we have liked best. Khan Academy Mango Languages Dreambox Learning Starfall Typing.com Math Aids Handwriting Practice Online Unit Studies Skrafty Creative Live Coursera Udemy DIY.org Code.org We watch lots of shows and movies to learn about things.  These are our favorite streaming sites. VidAngel Netflix Amazon Prime Video   How about you, my friend? What online resources do you use for your homeschooling?  

How Our Digital Homeschool Evolved

How Our Digital Homeschool Evolved

I recently discovered this video by BestReviews trending on social media, and it caught my attention.   This  “Evolution of the Desk” got me thinking about the evolution of our homeschool room and resources over the past 12 years. I considered all the materials I had when we started homeschooling my now 17-year-old. We had a whole bookshelf dedicated to curriculum, workbooks and activity idea books. Two shelves were reserved for the 100+ books that we’d have checked out at the library at a time. We dedicated half of our family room as the “school area”. Now that we’ve embraced digital learning tools, many of our homeschool supplies and material have been substituted with webtools. These are the things that have been replaced (for the most … [Read more]