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The Homeschooling with Technology Podcast is a weekly show, hosted by Meryl van der Merwe, where she shares ideas on how to use technology to be more productive as a homeschool parent and on how to use technology to make lessons more engaging. In addition, she covers techie skills your children need to learn and how to easily incorporate them into your homeschooling. Meryl homeschooled her 4 children after working as a computer programmer for many years. She uses technology whenever she can when teaching both live co-op classes and online classes for homeschoolers. In this podcast, she shares all the best tech resources she finds with you.

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The Homeschooling with Technology Podcast is a weekly show, hosted by Meryl van der Merwe, where she shares ideas on how to use technology to be more productive as a homeschool parent and on how to use technology to make lessons more engaging. In addition, she covers techie skills your children need to learn and how to easily incorporate them into your homeschooling. Meryl homeschooled her 4 children after working as a computer programmer for many years. She uses technology whenever she can when teaching both live co-op classes and online classes for homeschoolers. In this podcast, she shares all the best tech resources she finds with you.

    How to use Google Lens in your homeschool

    How to use Google Lens in your homeschool

    Episode 102: How to use Google Lens in your homeschool with Dr. Kristin Moon



    Today's interview is with Kristin Moon from Kristin Moon Science and she explains what Google Lens is and how to Use Google Lens in your homeschool. You can also follow her on Facebook



    Dr. Moon teaches Chemistry for show sponsor FundaFunda Academy and Biology at True North Homeschool Academy.



    Be sure to listen to our other interviews with her including the one where she talks about PHET Simulations



    This is a useful blog post that highlights some of the features of Google Lens.



    Google Lens is part of the Google App on the App Store. Once you open the Google App you can access Google Lens from the top right-hand corner (see below)







    You can find it on the Google Play Store here



    Be sure to listen to the episode to learn how Google Lens will help you in so many different ways including identifying plants, translating foreign languages, and even finding homework help!



    Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast!



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    Moving and Creating with Minecraft Earth

    Moving and Creating with Minecraft Earth

    Episode 101: Moving and Creating with Minecraft Earth



    Minecraft Earth is an augmented reality app that could be described as a cross between Minecraft and Pokemon GO. It gets students moving because they have to move to collect resources and it gets them creating as they build their own worlds.



    Students can not only build, but can also participate in Adventures and take on Challenges. As they progress through the game they accumulate points and level up. Leveling up as well as completing challenges earns rewards.



    Students can take items they collect and can either use them as is or, turn them into something else by selecting the "make stuff" option and completing a recipe.



    I have also just played alone, but there is also the option of playing with friends.



    The app is free and available in the App Store and Google Play Store



    You can find show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy's online classes and web-based unit studies here.



    Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool. If you know of other online stock market resources please share them with the other listeners there.





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    100 Free Digital Resources for Homeschool Families

    100 Free Digital Resources for Homeschool Families

    Episode 100: 100 Free Digital Resources for Homeschool Families



    This is the 100th episode of the podcast and to celebrate I created a document that lists 100 free digital resources for homeschool families.



    Some of the items on the list have paid versions as well as free, but the free version is enough to be useful.



    All of the resources have multiple uses or will take a while to play through if it is just one game. Many have been featured in previous shows.



    In this episode, I highlight a few of the items that haven't yet been mentioned here.



    Enjoy! And don't forget to bookmark this list!



    You can find show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy's online classes and web-based unit studies here. And look for their free resource in the list above!



    Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool. If you know of other online stock market resources please share them with the other listeners there.





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    Online Election Resources For Students

    Online Election Resources For Students

    99: Online Election Resources For Students



    With the upcoming election, this seems to be a good time to talk about online election resources for students.



    iCivics

    Lots of teacher resources

    Also games - Win the White House, Cast your Vote







    Scholastic

    Race to 270 - simulation that teaches about the electoral college

    The Issues - choose reading levels for explanations on what different parties believe about different issues

    Kid Reporters - articles about the election written by students

    Quizzes



    Redistricting Game

    5 missions that teach what gerrymandering is



    Balletopedia - who is running

    List of all candidates by state running in 2020



    Isidewith

    Take a quiz on different issues to see which party and candidates your beliefs align best with





    Fanschool

    Listen to we did with the creator of this game, Eric Nelson

    In October, a game specific to the 2020 election will be added

    Fanschool Politics allows students to draft "teams" of states or Congress representatatives and track how "well" they do. Visit the website to read all about it







    Electing a President web-based unit study

    This 4 module self-paced unit study from show sponsor, FundaFunda, uses many engaging resources to teach about US elections and the office of the president. Listen before the end of September 2020 to get a coupon for a 75% discount.





    You can find show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy's online classes and web-based unit studies here



    Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool. If you know of other online stock market resources please share them with the other listeners there.





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    Digital Resources for Music Appreciation

    Digital Resources for Music Appreciation

    98: Digital Resources for Music Appreciation



    Our guest in this episode is Gena Mayo who blogs about many topics (including homeschooling and fashion) at I Choose Joy specifically about music and homeschooling at Music in Our Homeschool.







    Digital Resources for Music Appreciation For All Ages



    Philharmonia.co.uk

    This orchestra provides live (online through YouTube during the pandemic) concerts. Especially check out the Instrument Guides and the Family Concerts (also on their YouTube channel)



    Naxos.com

    Naxos Records is the world’s leading classical music label. Use this site to search by composers and hear their music right there.



    Britannica.com

    An online encyclopedia. Search composer’s name, style of music, etc.





    Digital Resources for Music Appreciation For High School



    MusicAcademyOnline.com

    Find composer biographies, music and composers in the news and a lot of resource links. They have a weekly podcast where they meet with artists, composers, performers, and scholars who share their art and love for what they are doing.



    MusicianGuide.com

    This site provides biographies for musicians and groups such as bands. There are a lot of 20th and 21st Century options here if you’re studying more modern music history.



    TheatreHistory.com

    Learn about musical theater here. This page provides links to individual musicals to learn more about them.



    Digital Resources for Music Appreciation For Elementary School



    ClassicsforKids.com

    One of my all-time favorite music sites for kids! Includes games, biographies, podcast episodes about composers, and specific pieces.



    DSOkids.com

    Their “Learn and Listen” videos are great for instruments, composers, and “building blocks of music.”



    Chrome Music Lab

    Online games and activities to explore sounds and music composition



    SFKids

    Great site, but requires Flash (won’t work after Dec. 2020). Learn about instruments, listen to music, etc.



    Creating Music

    Fun games, but requires Flash (won’t work after Dec. 2020)



    Learn.MusicinOurHomeschool.com

    Gena Mayo's self-paced music appreciation classes for all ages (including ones for high school elective credit)



    You can find show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy's online classes and web-based unit studies here

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    Profile of a Successful Online Learner

    Profile of a Successful Online Learner

    97: Profile of a Successful Online Learner



    So many students in high school and college are now learning online, and they don't always know how to navigate and excel in a different environment to the physical classroom.



    As I have been teaching online for many years now, I hope this episode helps those of you with online learners - and those of you who will have online learners in the future.



    Here are the tips covered in this episode to help your child from an early age be ready to be a successful online learner.





    1. Read instructions / syllabus



    2. Be on time



    3. Be tech-savvy (screenshot/details if there are issues)



    4. Remove distractions



    5. Follow rubrics



    6. Communicate when problems or confusion



    7. Be polite



    8. Check grades



    9. Don't plagiarize



    You can find show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy's online classes and web-based unit studies here



    Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool. If you know of other online stock market resources please share them with the other listeners there.





    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and give a rating and maybe even a review! Subscribing will help you make sure you never miss an episode.

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