Techie Homeschool Workshop: Teaching Your Kids to Search Safely Online

Techie Homeschool Workshop: Teaching Your Kids to Search Safely Online

One easy way to start techin’ your homeschool is to let you kids search online. But, to us digital immigrants, that seems scary. We’ve heard enough about the horrors of the Internet that we know it’s not 100% safe. But consider this…neither is the real world. Just like you teach your kids how to stay safe in the physical world, you need to teach them how to stay safe in the digital world. Chances are you don’t let your kids loose in strange places, right? You keep them close until you’re comfortable with the environment. Once you feel a place is safe, you’ve set some guidelines for behaviors and your kids have demonstrated that they can make wise choices, you loosen the grip. Same goes … [Read more]

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Krysta

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Krysta

Krysta has been “officially” homeschooling her 3 children for 2 years, but does feel their home education started when their oldest child was born 6 years ago.  Her family has a “Eclectic with a Techie Montessori lean” style of home education. How do you include technology in your home education? IPad apps, YouTube, Netflix and iMessaging What kind of devices do you use for techie homeschooling? IPad, TV and Laptop What traditional homeschool supplies and tools have been replaced by techie homeschool tools in your home? Paper and pen are rarely used. Flashcards, most teaching books and many Montessori materials What motivated you to add more tech to your family’s home education? I’m a first wave tech-native married to a tech pioneer. Our eldest has cerebral … [Read more]

My Techie Mistake and Its Effect On My Daughter

My Techie Mistake and Its Effect On My Daughter

I feel like I’ve messed up a little bit with my youngest daughter. Born in 2008, she is the truest digital native in our family. She has never known life without Google, smartphones, and apps.  For the first few years of her life, I loved that I could hand her my phone or tablet to keep her occupied. I mean, how cool was it that she could pop bubble wrap right on the screen or complete a jigsaw puzzle with a few swipes? As a tech lover, I was in awe of all the new ways she could learn. In hindsight, I wish I had done things differently. And, I suspect that you can relate. As the first generation of parents raising digital natives, we’re still … [Read more]

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Amber

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Amber

Amber has been homeschooling her 10 children for 13 years. Her family has a “Literature Based, Classical meets Eclectic” style of home education. What kind of devices do you use for techie homeschooling? Kano Computer Kit, Lego Mindstorm Robotics, Personal devices with Video, Blog, WattPad, Instagram, and NaNoWriMo. Computers for online classes, YouTube What traditional homeschool supplies and tools have been replaced by techie homeschool tools in your home? My daughter does a lot of her writing online with a group of friends in an Instagram group. WattPad has been a new platform this year as well for upper high school writing with community review and interaction. We use Kindles for reading World Magazine for current events and news in place of paper periodicals. What are your … [Read more]

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Sarai

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Sarai

Sarai has been homeschooling her family for the past year, after 5 years of supplementing her older kids’ public school education. Sarai describes her homeschool style as going with the F.L.O.W. (fun learning our way). She uses anything & everything to teach, following more of an unschooled approach.   What kind of devices do you use for techie homeschooling? Smartphones, laptops, and webcams What traditional homeschool supplies and tools have been replaced by techie homeschool tools in your home? I bought a lot of workbooks when we started, but he refused to learn because they were boring. So we do things like “sound out your favorite game website” if you want to play. What are your favorite techie homeschool tools and supplies? YouTube for sure. … [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]

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Tatiana

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Tatiana

Tatiana has been homeschooling four of her children  for four years. Her family has a interest-led, classical Charlotte Mason style of home education. How do you include technology in your home education? We school on the go quite a lot, and listen to audio books on the road. We use YouTube videos as an introduction for nearly every lesson. We’ve also learned to film, create and edit videos for YouTube. I created a YouTube video production course to help the girls start, manage and monetize their individual channels. All essays and research papers are written on Evernote and assignment files are shared on Google Drive. What kind of devices do you use for techie homeschooling? Mac desktop, MacBooks, iPads, iPhones and iPods (we like Apple apparently). We … [Read more]

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]

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Lauren

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Lauren

Lauren has been homeschooling her 10-year-old for two years. Her family has a relaxed, eclectic style of home education. How do you include technology in your home education? I use technology as a resource and tool to make learning fun, efficient, meaningful, and to prepare my son for 21st century life-long learning. We use apps, digital books, audio, video, social media, on-line learning, gaming, websites, and more that are integrated into our content learning. What kind of devices do you use for techie homeschooling? Desktop computer, Android phone, iPhone, iPad, GoPro camera, Kindle, Amazon Echo Dot What traditional homeschool supplies and tools have been replaced by techie homeschool tools in your home? I haven’t totally replaced supplies and tools, but rather teach my son that he has options … [Read more]

Techie Visionary, Steve Jobs: A Mini-Unit Study

Techie Visionary, Steve Jobs: A Mini-Unit Study

  This mini-unit study is an excerpt from the …Famous Birthdays Online Unit Study…     Read or listen to Steve Jobs: Technology Innovator and Apple Genius on Epic!. To access the book, Login (or create a new account) at Epic! HERE. You can get a 30-day trial for free (but if you’re a techie homeschool family, you will probably fall in love with it and sign up for a monthly plan!) CLICK THIS LINK to read the book. (If you’re not directed right to the book, search by “Steve Jobs: Technology Innovator and Apple Genius” in Epic!) Steve Job’s vision has changed the world, but not just because of his technological innovations. He also left a legacy of wisdom about pursuing your passion and … [Read more]