How to Protect Your Computer from Viruses and Malware

How to Protect Your Computer from Viruses and Malware

Nothing can thwart your techie homeschool lesson plans more than a slow, lagging computer (or worse yet, a totally non-functioning device). Lots of times these problems stem from your computer being infected by a virus or malware. Malware refers to an umbrella term that comes in the variety of malicious and harmful software containing viruses, trojan, worms, spyware, adware, and such. There is almost no difference between malware and viruses and both have hazardous impacts on the computers, like disruption of operations, stealing of information, unauthorized access, slow functioning, hanging and sudden shutting and even more. All of these harmful effects can be eradicated or at least minimized if we follow the following practices to ensure computer safety. As your family’s IT specialist, it’s important … [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]

3 Steps to Techie Homeschool Foreign Language Study

3 Steps to Techie Homeschool Foreign Language Study

I know my limits, and learning foreign languages is one of them. That’s why I’m thankful to know Anne Guarnera, a foreign language study expert and today’s guest blogger. Anne writes about language learning for homeschoolers at Language Learning at Home.  She’s a fellow “techie homeschool mom” with a PhD in Spanish, and she is currently raising and educating her two sons bilingually in the suburbs of Washington, DC. For more tips and encouragement about foreign languages and cultural learning, sign up for Anne’s newsletter here! ​ Did you study a foreign language as a student? Perhaps then, like me, you remember some of our “old school” language learning tools: heavy textbooks and workbooks, stacks of flashcards, maybe even cassette tapes with listening exercises. And while those tools worked … [Read more]

PC Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Family’s Computers Working Great

PC Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Family’s Computers Working Great

Using more technology for our homeschooling means lots of little (and big) hands using our arsenal of PCs, Chromebooks, and mobile devices.  That means, we need to maintain the health of our tech devices so they run efficiently for a smooth learning process to occur. It’s crucial that I direct my kids on how to use them properly and safely. But, I’m sure you know that you can’t rely on your children always follow directions, right? That’s why it’s important for techie homeschool moms to know these PC maintenance tips to keep your home learning from being stalled by computer problems. Tip 1: Find programs that can keep your devices secure There are quite a number of programs that have come in handy in protecting our family’s devices … [Read more]

Cool Stocking Stuffers for Tweens and Teens Who Love Tech

Cool Stocking Stuffers for Tweens and Teens Who Love Tech

It’s hard to know what to buy your tech-lovin’ tweens and teens for Christmas. You may not have the budget for a new computer or expensive gadget, but these cool stocking stuffers are sure to please any kid who likes technology. From earphones to texting gloves to mini-arcade games, you’re sure to find something special to give. …CLICK HERE to discover 100+ Fun Gifts for Kids and Teens Who Love Tech… Christmas Stocking Ideas Vomach Wired Stereo Sound Earphones with Mic Great quality sound and noise control for a reasonable price, plus a mic to use with a gaming system, make these earphones a perfect stocking stuffer idea for tweens. Pop Sockets Never lose your grip on your cell phone or tablet again, Pop Sockets … [Read more]

Perfect Gifts for the Future YouTuber in Your Life

Perfect Gifts for the Future YouTuber in Your Life

Shopping for someone who has a passion and a drive can be really fun – like when shopping for an aspiring YouTube star! These are the type of gifts that will see some serious usage and not just collect dust under the bed. From lighting to microphones to editing software, any future YouTuber will be thrilled to dive deeper into their new venture. These gifts are geared towards older kids who have an interest in more than just selfie style videos and are looking to create professional style videos. We’ve collected a great variety of accessories, books, editing software that any vlogger will appreciate and use over and over! …CLICK HERE to discover 100+ Fun Gifts for Kids and Teens Who Love Tech… LimoStudio Photo … [Read more]

15 STEM Toys that Teach Coding

15 STEM Toys that Teach Coding

Whether you already have a code loving child or want to have your child explore engineering and programming, this gift guide of top toys that teach coding is full of great ideas. All of these ideas are both fun and educational ways to explore the world of coding, and are geared towards children of at least 5 years old. I will admit though, some of these are pretty awesome and you might find yourself wanting to check them out with the kids! These are all budget-friendly gift ideas, so don’t be afraid to share this list of STEM toys with the grandparents so they can have a “win” come gift-giving day. …CLICK HERE to discover 100+ Fun Gifts for Kids and Teens Who Love Tech… Toys … [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]

Best Books for Kids Learning Coding

Best Books for Kids Learning Coding

So, your child wants to learn to program computers. And you have no idea how to teach them to code, right? Well, that’s a great recipe for self-directed learning. Hook your kids up with one of these books for kids learning coding, and soon they’ll be teaching you to code. Learning to code isn’t reserved just for techie kids. Coding and computer programming should be a part of every homeschooler’s education. Technology isn’t going away and your child will need to be comfortable with tech for their future jobs. Teaching coding helps your child understand the nuts and bolts of technology. Plus, learning to code requires problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Your child won’t just be consuming content, but he/she will be a tech creator. … [Read more]

6 Tips for Finding Black Friday Deals on Electronics

6 Tips for Finding Black Friday Deals on Electronics

Everyone likes to find the best Black Friday sales, no matter what is on their wishlist. There are many things that people shop for on Black Friday, but few as popular as techie gadgets. It seems everything goes on sale on Black Friday these days, but saving up for this big day to make an electronics purchase is almost a tradition for many families, including techie homeschoolers. By being strategic, you’ll be sure to score some awesome Black Friday deals on electronics.  [Related Post: 7 Things to Consider When Buying a Homeschool Computer] Black Friday is a great day to stock up on all the tech you need for your homeschooling, both the fun and the functional electronics. But, how do you find the best … [Read more]