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! LimoStudio Photo Video Photography Studio 6x9ft Green Muslin Backdrop Background Screen with 5x Backdrop Holder Kit … [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.   Toys that Teach Kids to Code Code Master Programming Logic Game Ultimate Kit 2.0 … [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. …RELATED POST: A Mom’s Greatest Struggle in this Tech Driven World… 12 Best Tech Gift for Kids Piper Piper is the perfect gift to capture the attention of any kid and inspire … [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]

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]

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]

How to Become a Savvy Techie Homeschool Shopper

How to Become a Savvy Techie Homeschool Shopper

“Thank you, thank you, thank you! I was searching for the past couple days for something just like this so I could see all the items and choose the best value!” “You made this shopping experience SO MUCH BETTER than last year! I feel like I’m making a (semi) educated choice instead of an overwhelmed “grab it all!” “Yes!! Seriously sped up the process for me and introduced me to an app I didn’t have” This is the feedback I got about the Digital Shopping List I created for the recent Build Your Bundle Sale. And it got me wondering if you would like a similar tool to help you with all your online homeschool shopping, not just for one particular sale. I realized that … [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]