Basic Computer Maintenance Tasks Everyone Should Do

Basic Computer Maintenance Tasks Everyone Should Do

Every mom needs to have a system in place for managing household chores. You’ve probably got something in place that involves the whole family in keeping your living spaces maintained and livable. But, do you have any techie tasks on that list? If you use any computers for your homeschooling, it’s important to keep them maintained so that you don’t experience techie frustrations. Here’s a list of basic computer maintenance tasks you can add to your household chore lists.   … RELATED POST … PC Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Family’s Computers Working Great Basic Computer Maintenance Chores … Download a Copy of this List Below … One Time Set up your operating system to update automatically – get instructions for Windows HERE or Mac HERE … [Read more]

YouTube Parental Controls that Help Keep Your Kids Safe

YouTube Parental Controls that Help Keep Your Kids Safe

If your child searches for videos online, then you might be curious about how to set up YouTube parental controls. YouTube is wildly popular with children and adults alike, but children may not always have the maturity to know what is safe to watch and what isn’t. There are likely some videos on YouTube that you wouldn’t be comfortable with letting your kids watch, but banning the site altogether means they miss out on the benefits, including educational videos that can be found on the site. So, what’s a parent to do? If you have a tech-loving kid who wants to use YouTube, you can try these options to help keep them safe.  YouTube Parental Control Options Use YouTube Kids – Keep in mind it’s … [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]

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]

Parenting the Heart of a Digital Native

Parenting the Heart of a Digital Native

We had a little “incident”. My daughter downloaded an app that I told her not to go. It was innocent, and she wasn’t harmed in any way. You know, the equivalent of sneaking a cookie when I had told her not to, but deceptive nonetheless. I’m extremely proud of my girl because she confessed (as if I wouldn’t of known anyway when I read the app download notification email from Amazon). I’m thankful that she responded to the conviction of her wrongdoing and was confident to come to me about it. This got me thinking about how I’m parenting my little techie’s heart.  You see, the foundational issue wasn’t the “the screen” or the Internet. The issue was her heart and character.  She was tempted, … [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]

Choosing the Best eBook Subscription for Your Family

Choosing the Best eBook Subscription for Your Family

One of the best ways to start techin’ your homeschool is to include eBooks. Now, I’m not particularly fond of reading eBooks myself. I’m a digital immigrant who tends to stick with what works. But, my kids (and yours) are digital natives. Technology is and always will be a big part of their lives. We need to guide our kids toward using tech in healthy and productive ways. and one way is getting comfortable with them reading eBooks instead of printed books. [CLICK HERE to read “Why Your Kids Should Read eBooks] And the advantages of eBooks are appealing to me as a homeschooling mom…. They take up less space They are usually less expensive than print books They can (usually) be accessed instantly We … [Read more]

Techie Gift Ideas for Homeschoolers

Techie Gift Ideas for Homeschoolers

I’ll admit it. I’m a little sneaky when it comes to gift giving. If you’ve been hanging out with me for long, you know that I’m all about efficiency and function. And when I give a gift, I want it to be something that will be useful, especially for homeschooling.   So, to go along with my goal of inspiring you to add more technology to home education, I’ve got some techie gift ideas that can double as learning experiences for your family. Watch this series of “Techin’ Your Homeschool” replays on Periscope to get some fresh gift ideas. Just click each image below to see the videos.   CLICK HERE to learn more about VidAngel’s gift options. CLICK HERE to discover “100 Online Courses for Delight-Directed … [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]