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A successful homeschool program is about more than the quality information your kids receive. It’s also about the opportunities your kids have to share and demonstrate what they've learned. When it’s time for your kids to show you what they know, you may wish to give them multiple options for how they want to present their knowledge, offering both traditional and digital options for homeschool projects.
Remember, techie homeschooling isn't just about using online resources to learn information. It also means that your kids use online tools to share what they learn. They can be uber creative as they create homeschool projects with apps and webtools. Plus, they learn techie skills that will benefit them in higher education and potentially their future careers. Your kids may discover that they especially like a certain type of project or may choose a different kind each time, but giving them options encourages them to stay creative and engaged with their education.
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A Fun Online Tool For Homeschool Projects
For digital homeschool projects, I encourage the use of Genially, a freemium all-in-one online tool for creating interactive and animated presentations, interactive images, infographics, escape games, and more. It offers thousands of templates and the ability to start from scratch as well as an easy way to insert external content (Youtube videos, Google maps and documents, audios, images, etc.)
Below are 3 types of simple projects students can create with the tool. You can search for any templates seen here in the search bar within the tool itself using keywords.
Interactive Images are a great way to upgrade student posters by making them interactive. You can also use a horizontal infographic template such as the one shown in the final example to create bio-like pages for books or units. Here’s a simple tutorial on how to make an interactive image in Genially.
If your child is learning about earth science you may want to show them different kinds of formations and have them put together an interactive image showing what they’ve learned.
Older children can create their own presentation and study materials as seen here with this review of the cell.
Here’s an example of a homeschool project where children were asked to research a country of their choice and share what they’d learned.
Finally, here’s a simple book report put together on Charlotte’s Web. This template can be found in the horizontal infographic category.
Creating a Newspaper can be a fun way for your kids to put themselves in the shoes of those living at the time of the historical events they’re studying. Here’s a newspaper that was made on three events from early June 1944 during World War II. This template is available in the Presentation category within Genially.
An Infographic is a perfect format for teaching kids to summarize key points about any material they’re exploring. They can be made complex with maps, statistics and other information or they can be as simple as a list.
Here’s a simple list of key facts about gold fever during the California Gold Rush.
Getting Started with Genially
If you and your child are new to Genially, I suggest starting by making an interactive image as a first creation. While getting started, you may find it useful to consult the Help Center. If you’d like a more extensive starter, check out the Genially Academy for free full courses on the basics of Genially as well as advanced applications and concepts like visual storytelling and learning landscapes.
I hope you take the plunge to let your kids try creating something different this year, working effective new tools into your homeschool program. Tell me, what homeschool projects do you think your kids would like to create with Genially? Comment below.
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