The Homeschool Mom’s Guide: Using Social Media as a Learning Tool

The Homeschool Mom’s Guide: Using Social Media as a Learning Tool

Have you ever considered social media sites as learning tools? Is social media a part of your homeschool lesson plans?  You probably haven’t considered this because we are the first generation of digital immigrants raising digital natives. So it isn’t very natural for us to consider the multiple uses of online tools. But, it is second nature to our kids. And they learn differently than we did when we were their age. [Related Post: What Homeschoolers Don’t Know (& what they need)] I am one of those who believes that social media isn’t all that bad…if it is used properly.  Consider this….most people focus on the “social” aspect of social media.  It’s a way to connect and interact with others, and there is much debate … [Read more]

Digital Homeschool Project: Virtual Art Gallery

Digital Homeschool Project: Virtual Art Gallery

I’m always on the lookout for nifty webtools for home learning projects. Our kids are digital natives and have different learning needs than we did at their age. Navigating online and using digital tools is second nature. We need to guide them towards productive tech use and assign some digital projects as part of their home education. [Related post: What Homeschoolers Don’t Know (& what they need)] I discovered Emaze, a phenomenal tool for creating presentations. It’s Powerpoint on steroids and a “must have” for your techie homeschool’s webtoolbox. How would your kids like to create a virtual art gallery using Emaze? They can use this project to share their own artwork or to demonstrate what they’ve learned about famous artists and artwork.   Check out … [Read more]

What Are You Teaching Your Kids About Social Media?

What Are You Teaching Your Kids About Social Media?

Let’s talk about social media. For us parents, it’s a hot topic. We wonder, “Should I let my kids engage in social media? When? Is it safe? What if they see something they shouldn’t? What if they get addicted? What rules do I need to set?” The uncertainties go on and on. That’s because we are the first generation of digital moms who need to figure this out. We can’t ignore it. Social media and online relating are here to stay. If we do our job properly, our kids will one day leave our care and make decisions on their own. And, most likely, one of those decisions will be “I will use social media”. So, you’ve got a responsibility now. It is up to … [Read more]

The Homeschool Mom’s Guide: Using Online Images in Student Projects

The Homeschool Mom’s Guide: Using Online Images in Student Projects

Let’s face it, my friend. Our kids learn differently than we did at their age. They have access to all the information they need in their back pockets. They can run circles around us when it comes to navigating apps and computer programs. And they are bold about trying new learning webtools. [Related post: What Homeschoolers Don’t Know (& what they need] And here we are, digital immigrants, with the duty to guide our digital natives toward healthy media habits and productive tech usage. We need to teach them how to use technology appropriately and responsibly.  Now, you wouldn’t want your child to walk into an art gallery and steal a picture off the wall, would  you? I’m pretty confident that you would want them … [Read more]

A Homeschool Mom’s “Must Have” Webtools for Teaching Writing

A Homeschool Mom’s “Must Have” Webtools for Teaching Writing

This week I read a post at My Learning Table with ‘7 Tips for Teaching Teen Writers’.  As a former English teacher and current facilitator for a homeschool teen literature group, Anne shared her discovery that ”many homeschool moms don’t even know where to begin teaching writing to their teens.” In her post, she identified two types of writers and ideas for guiding teens through the writing process of Prewriting, drafting, editing, revising, proofreading and publishing. You may remember the good ol’ writing process from your days as a student.  However, you may not realize that the “how to” of each step of the writing process has changed with the development of technology. So, you, my friend, need to change the way to teach writing … [Read more]

What I Discovered on My Teen Daughter’s Pinterest

What I Discovered on My Teen Daughter’s Pinterest

Recent conversation with my 14-year-old… Me: “What are you working on, Sweetie?” Her: “Oh, I’m just on Pinterest.” Me: “Really? What are you doing?” Her: “Just getting ideas” Doubts that hit my brain…. “Again? She’s always on Pinterest.” “Should I let her be on so much?” “Is she being productive?” “Is this helping her grow?”   (These is the same “in-my-head” conversations I had when she was younger and always had her nose in a book.) We’ve been teaching our 5 daughters to develop healthy tech habits. [Read 5 Tips for Healthy Tech Habits in Your Family] So, I needed to trust her. I bit my tongue, walked away and prayed, asking God to work in Julia if she was developing unhealthy habits. I reminded myself of … [Read more]

25 Free Webtools for Creating Homeschool Projects (Free Download)

25 Free Webtools for Creating Homeschool Projects (Free Download)

“25 Free Webtools for Creating Homeschool 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 Timetoast – application for creating timelines complete with expanding windows, pictures, text descriptions, and hyperlinks. Powtoon – webtool for creating engaging professional “look and feel” animated presentations …and so many more.  Download your copy of “25 Free Webtools for Creating Homeschool Projects” To discover more digital learning tools and resources, follow me on Pinterest.  Visit Techie Homeschool Mom’s profile on Pinterest.

5 Ways to Create a Timeline Online

5 Ways to Create a Timeline Online

Timelines….a common discussion topic in the homeschool community. So many popular homeschool methods and curricula encourage timeline creation, so most likely it is part of your home learning. I was going to let you know all the wonderful things about using timelines, but realized some other bloggers have said it better than I can. Check out Why You Should Make Time for Timelines @ The Unlikely Homeschool or Why Timelines Matter When Teaching History @ Our Journey Westward. I am a history lover, organization freak , and visual learner, so I pretty much geek out over timelines. To add history to our unit studies, our family has used multiple methods over the years to create timelines. We’ve done the a drown-yourself-in-paper timeline notebook, the large hide-it-under-the-bed posterboard and the take-over-a-wall-in-your-home timeline … [Read more]

15 Projects Homeschoolers Can Create With Canva

15 Projects Homeschoolers Can Create With Canva

I don’t think anyone can argue that we live in a visual world.  90% of the information sent to our brains is visual, and we retain 80% of what we see as compared to 20% of what we just read or 10% of what we hear. [Check out this infographic] And this doesn’t just apply to adults, my homeschoolin’ momma friend. Your kiddos respond to visual information the same way, if not more. Now combine this with the fact that 21st century learners need to apply what they learn. They want to do something with the information they take in, putting the knowledge into action. [Related post: What Homeschoolers Don’t Know & What They Need] So, why not add more visual design projects into your homeschool lesson plans? … [Read more]

8 Homeschool Webtools for an Aspiring Designer

8 Homeschool Webtools for an Aspiring Designer

Do you have an aspiring designer at home? A child who… Is always itching to make stuff Likes things “just so” Gets  excited about art or building supplies Carries around a notebook just in case they see anything they need to draw Sees shapes in everything Uses color names like “coral” and “salmon” instead of “orange” Likes to take things apart to figure out how they work Explains things in pictures     Whether it be graphic design or industrial design….fashion design or interior design….it is up to you, my homeschoolin’ momma friend, to nurture their interest. You don’t need to be a design expert to guide your child.  In fact, it’s OK if you don’t have the slightest clue. You just need to direct … [Read more]