technology


  • Webucation Free Coding Courses WebucatorDoes your child want to learn more about the world of computers and coding? Here’s an opportunity for them to learn for free, thanks to the folks at Webucator. Offering their self-paced courses for free to homeschooled students, you can now have your kids register for online classes such as: Microsoft Word Photoshop JavaScript PHP Flash XML Windows Writing Business Management Social Media and more! To register for a course, students simply: Go to the Self-paced Courses page. Browse through the courses. For coding, the recommended courses are: Java training, PHP training, JavaScript training. Click the Order Now button next to the course. Enter CODE4KIDS for the Coupon Code and click Validate Coupon. Complete the registration. Students will need to verify ... Read more
  • Tech in the Homeschool Classroom Tech in the Homeschool ClassroomTechnology is a wonderful gift in the homeschooling world – access to more information than any generation before us! This month, the Canadian Homeschool Blogging Team share how they use technology in their homeschool. Leanne – 4 ways we use technology for French I have a love-hate relationship with technology. I love the way it has opened up different avenues for learning all kinds of things (including French and other languages), but I hate the way it’s so easy to get sucked into it and have it take over our lives. In order to get the tech-benefits without the vortex effect, we ... Read more
  • Teach Your Kids About …. Computer Safety The world our kids live in is digital. As parents, it’s vital we give our children the tools they need to conduct themselves safely online, and to teach them how to protect their technology. Resources and Information for Parents Internet Safety 101 – about pornography, predators, online gaming, mobile devices, cyberbullying, and social media Growing Up Online – an eBook to start the conversation with your kids Teaching Internet Safety to Teens from CovenantEyes ThinkUKnow(Teacher Site) – Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Great Britain) ThinkUKnow (Parent Site) – specific tools and resources for parents Keep Your Child Safe Online – information and suggestions on parental control ... Read more
  • Gamifying Your Homeschool Gamification is a buzzword these days – the idea of taking the key features of a video game structure and applying them to non-gaming situations, turning otherwise potentially mundane activities into play and adventure. Education is a prime example of an environment where gamification works, and we can see that trend emerging through so many websites and resources available. Classrooms, and even schools, all over are embracing a gaming attitude towards learning. Research is showing that gamifying education is leaning towards providing students with the ability to reach personal goals, to become more engaged at what they are learning, to realize that ... Read more
  • Media Smarts media smartsMedia Literacy is an important skill  in today’s world. Children are inundated with messages from television, music, video games, movies, and the internet on a daily basis. They need to learn how to filter the messages appropriately and how to be safe in their digital environments. Media Smarts is a website that focuses on education, public awareness, and research and policy surrounding children and both traditional and digital media. They have a lot of great resources for teaching – including lesson plans and even online games. The games are well done (although a few have some lag issues that can be a tad ... Read more
  • Teach Your Kids About …. Keyboarding These days, computer skills are a must-have for our children. An important skill to learn is how to type quickly and properly. Here are some resources to help make learning keyboarding fun and easy. Practice Games: DanceMat Typing – Popular typing game by the BBC Upbeat – Guitar Hero style music game using ASD space and JKL only. Typing Chef – type words related to cooking Fun to Type -16 typing games like Typing Ninja, Clockworks, and Keyboard Climber I & II Learning Games for Kids: Keyboarding Skills – 21 games and tutor courses Free Typing Game – 10 different typing games like Keyboard Revolution and Spacebar Invaders Typing ... Read more
  • Video Game Review Worksheet If your kids are anything like mine (aka video game junkies), you might wonder how in the world to use their passion for something good instead of just mindlessness. After much mulling it over, I thought that encouraging their love of gaming to help them learn the art of reviewing and critiquing would be a great idea. Because I couldn’t find a simple worksheet that kids could use, I decided to make one of my own. Combing through many articles that explain how to write a game review, I pulled in questions about all sorts of elements of games that factor ... Read more
  • RPG Maker If your child is a video game enthusiast and you are trying to find a way to expand on that, I encourage you to check out RPGMaker. Taking the classic approach to RPG gaming, this program allows designers to get behind the game and make their own from scratch. This site has several different options, but the one that we ended up going with was RPG Maker VX Ace. RPG Maker VX Ace : Simple Enough for a Child; Powerful Enough for a Developer The graphics are old-school: 2D, top view, 8-bit. (Think of the original 8-bit style games like Legend of Zelda on Nintendo.) At first glance, you ... Read more
  • Gynzy.com Gynzy Interactive WhiteboardAlthough homeschoolers don’t have interactive whiteboards like the new current phase of technology in the public school classrooms, we can still use our computers to access some of the amazing resources available for this. Introducing Gynzy – a website full of interactive educational resources that you can use right on your computer screen (with your mouse, instead of your fingers!) Although they don’t currently have any explicitly Canadian content, they do have a remarkable (and continuously expanding) collection of resources on a variety of subjects related to math, language, science, social studies, etc. Everything is easy to use, and if you need more help, ... Read more
  • Creation Crate : A Build It Yourself Tech-in-a-Box Review Building our Creation CrateCreation Crate is a tech engineering kit in a box. Designed for kids ages 12 and up, the goal of this monthly subscription is to provide the opportunity for students to get hands-on and build electronics for themselves. Included in the box is everything you need to make a particular project – circuit boards, LED lights, amps, a pocket-sized computer, etc., along with all the complete instructions on how to build the actual hardware on the board and the programming code to tell it how to work. There are pictures and step by step instructions to help make it easier to put together. They even ... Read more
  • Minecraft Story Mode: A Game Review Choose your own adventure with Minecraft: StoryMode from TellTale GamesBringing the world of Minecraft to life, Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode takes the game and turns it into an adventure. Using the iconic cubic graphics and detail that every kid seems to instantly recognize, Telltale has put together a “choose your own adventure” story that follows a group of friends – Jesse (or Jessie), Olivia, Axel, Petra, and their pet pig, Reuben – as they work to save the world. I think it’s fantastic that you as a player have the option to pick if your main character is male or female and choose from a selection of skins for what they ... Read more
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S – Tablet Review I recently got a Samsung Galaxy Tab S from Staples. Since I’ve never had a tablet before, I was super excited to see how it could be used in my every day life to help me be more organized and get more things done. This tablet is very nice. With an 8.4′ screen, it’s extremely large and completely useable for things like movies or clear games. It has 3GB RAM and 16GB SSD. Being a Samsung, it runs as an Android. Mine came in a really elegant bronze colour. It is extremely thin – so much so sometimes I don’t even notice it ... Read more
  • The Impact of Gamified Learning There has long been the question of how to keep kids engaged in the classroom, especially in math class where lessons on blackboards often struggle to hit home in the practical minds of kids. With the short attention spans of young minds and the abstract concepts involved in math class it can be challenging to keep students engaged and actively learning, and this is where the emerging practice of Gamified Learning comes into play. What is gamified learning? Gamified learning is the approach of expanding the classroom by having kids continue to strengthen the learning process through popular video games. Unlike ... Read more