Homeschooling with Technology

Meryl van der Merwe

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.

All Episodes

160: An easy way to get your children coding Do you need an easy way to get your children coding? Do you know they need to learn and have no idea where to start? Well, this episode is for you. In it, I share about the Hour of Code and how it can get children […] The post An Easy Way to Get Your Children Coding appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Dec 1

18 min 19 sec

159:10 websites you will be thankful I told you about The 10 useful websites for homeschooling that I talk about in this episode are: Canva Flippity Vocabulary.com iCivics PHET Grammarly Slidesmania – find their tips and tricks page here The Kids Should See This BookBub Standard eBooks ————————————————————————————————– Take a look at show sponsor, FundaFunda […] The post 10 Websites You Will Be Thankful I Told You About appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Nov 24

17 min 14 sec

158: Online Primary History Sources In this episode, you can learn why you would want to use online primary history sources as well as where you can find them. One use would be if your child is competing in National History Day which I talk about in episode 5. The 4 sources I mention are: […] The post Online Primary History Sources appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Nov 17

15 min 9 sec

157: Technology and Handicrafts: An unlikely pair with Amber O’Neal Johnston Amber O’Neal Johnston from HeritageMom shares how technology and handicrafts go hand-in-hand in their homeschool. If you think your family is more about crafts and prefer not to spend time using technology, then this episode is for you! Follow her on Instagram at @heritagemomblog! […] The post Technology and Handicrafts: An unlikely pair appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Nov 10

20 min 45 sec

In this episode, you will learn about various free eBook creation websites and how you can incorporate using them into your homeschool. This month is NaNaWriMo and if your children participate in that they can use one of these ideas to create an eBook that is easy to share with others. The 5 eBook creators […] The post eBook Creators to use in your Homeschool appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Nov 3

18 min 4 sec

155: Screens and Guilt with Julie Bogart Julie Bogart from Bravewriter talks to us in this episode about a subject many parents struggle with: Screens and Guilt. Follow Julie on Instagram at JulieBraveWriter! That’s where I saw her talking about this issue. Julie answers the following questions in this episode: What makes video gaming controversial? […] The post Screens and Guilt appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Oct 27

22 min 26 sec

154: Online Resources for Brain Teasers with Christy Rickman Guest Christy Rickman shares with us her favorite online resources for brain teasers. Christy first explains why it is beneficial for your children to be doing brainteasers. These are the resources Christy mentions in the episode 1. A website with lots of brain teasers – Puzzlebaron […] The post Online Resources for Brain Teasers appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Oct 20

10 min 50 sec

153: How tech skills helped one homeschooler pay for college with Samantha Shank Samantha Shank from Learn in Color is our guest and explains how tech skills helped her pay for college. Listen to the episode as she tells her story of how she started out as a 14-year-old – who didn’t have techie parents […] The post How tech skills helped one homeschooler pay for college appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Oct 13

15 min 3 sec

152: How to add tech to any curriculum In this episode, I discuss how to add tech to any curriculum – whether it is heavily dependent on books, completely online, or somewhere in between. 1. Review games/quizzes 2. Further exploration – webcams, virtual tours, youtube 3. Simulations – Phet, videos of experiments 4. Readalouds – […] The post How To Add Tech To Any Curriculum appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Oct 6

17 min 36 sec

151: Meterhero: A practical STEM project In this episode, Nate Conroy explains how he came up with the idea for Meterhero and your children can get involved. Meterhero gets students to monitor their own home’s gas, water, and electricity usage and then use the data to see trends, figure out ways to save money and […] The post Meterhero: A practical STEM project appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Sep 29

21 min 3 sec

150: Creating online review games for your children The free resources to create online review games for your children that are mentioned in this episode are Flippity – Matching game, Hangman (Snowman) Classtools – lots of different arcade games to choose from Quizlet -Match up, Gravity All these resources have digital flashcards you can create […] The post Creating Online Review Games For Your Children appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Sep 22

11 min 8 sec

149: Using Trello to organize your curriculum with Richie Soares In this episode, Richie Soares from Homeschool and Humor shares tips on using Trello to organize your curriculum. Richie explains what Trello is and how to set it up in various different ways to easily keep track of all the curriculum you are using – […] The post Using Trello to organize your curriculum appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Sep 15

16 min 35 sec

148: Google’s Free Applied Digital Skills Lessons I first learned about Google’s Free Applied Digital Skills lessons from Coach Victor Hicks in an interview he did on the 10 Minute Teacher podcast. Listen to it to hear he how has used these lessons with students. You can find all the lessons here (currently 160 of […] The post Google’s Free Applied Digital Skills Lessons appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Sep 8

13 min 59 sec

147: Using technology to foster curiosity In this episode, the discussion revolves around using technology to foster curiosity. Children are naturally curious and tech makes it easy to help our children explore topics of interest. Here are 7 specific ideas: 1. Use Google Lens to identify plants and other things. 2. Explore.org and other live […] The post Using Technology to Foster Curiosity appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Sep 1

14 min 30 sec

146: 4 Ways Challenging Yourself as a Homeschooling Mom Leads to Leveling Up Your Homeschooling Life In this episode, guest Sarah Miller-Snyder shares 4 ways challenging yourself as a homeschool mom leads to leveling up your homeschool. Sarah has been a guest on the podcast twice before. She has shared about Podcasts for hhomeschool families […] The post 4 Ways Challenging Yourself as a Homeschooling Mom Leads to Leveling Up Your Homeschooling Life appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 25

23 min 34 sec

145: Technology and the Middle School Years In this episode we look at technology and the middle school years from two different perspectives: 1. How much technology is too much? The first topic I discuss is video gaming. The article I reference is here. The Instagram account to look at is @juliebravewriter. Click on “Video […] The post Technology and the Middle School Years appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 18

19 min 31 sec

144: Non-tech skills students learn from coding There are many non-tech skills students learn from coding. This means learning to program is useful even when students don’t decide to pursue a degree where programming is core to it. These are the skills i talk about in this episode: Critical Thinking Logic Problem Solving Project Planning […] The post Non-tech skills students learn from coding appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 11

18 min 22 sec

143: Asynchronous vs Synchronous Online Classes In this episode, we take a look at asynchronous vs synchronous online classes and consider which might be a better fit for your family. Synchronous Classes * Live class – Zoom / Google Meet * Interaction? Passive? Discussion? * Homework outside of class? * Specific day/time * If you […] The post Asynchronous vs Synchronous online classes appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 4

18 min 33 sec

142: Techie Teen Jayda: Coding and Digital Art Techie teen Jayda Murray is the guest and talks to us about her interest in digital art and coding. Jayda’s sister was a guest on this series talking about app creation and her mom, Ayanna was a guest on the podcast in episode 105 and shared Online […] The post Techie Teen Jayda Coding and Digital Art appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jul 28

18 min 1 sec

141: Techie Teen Brandon: Drone Videography In this episode, Brandon Duty explains how he got into drone videography, and what he hopes to do with this skill. These are the questions Brandon answers – listen to the episode to hear his full response, but the links and specific tools he mentions are included below. 1. […] The post Techie Teen Brandon: Drone videography appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jul 21

12 min 8 sec

139: Techie Teen Callie: Digital Photography Our guest is techie teen Callie Fulghum who talks to us about her hobby doing digital photography. During the episode, Callie responds to these questions. Be sure to listen to the episode to hear her answers. 1. What are your interests outside of tech? 2. When did you start […] The post Techie Teen Callie: Digital Photography appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jul 7

8 min 53 sec

138: Techie Teen Natalie: Virtual Assistant Our guest in this episode is techie teen Natalie Vaughn who works as a virtual assistant. In this episode, she talks about how she learned the necessary skills and what her job entails. Resources mentioned in this episode: Scratch online coding class Natalie took Google Drive Unit Study – […] The post Techie Teen Natalie: Virtual Assistant appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jun 30

13 min 7 sec

137: Techie Teen Eli: Game Creation My guest is Eli Fergusson and in this episode, he talks about video game creation without using coding. The websites Eli mentions: RPG Maker Steam During the episode, Eli responds to these questions. Be sure to listen to the episode to hear his answers. 1. What are your interests […] The post Techie teen Eli: Game creation appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jun 23

17 min 8 sec

136: Techie Teen Addie: Digital Print Designs This week’s techie homeschooled teen is Addie Snyder who creates Digital Print Designs. Be sure to listen to the episode to hear exactly what she is doing. And here are brief notes and links to the resources she mentions. 1. What are your interests outside of tech? Level […] The post Techie Teen Addie – Digital Print Designs appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jun 16

12 min 55 sec

135: Techie teen Jake: Cybersecurity Our summer series of interviews with techie teens kicks off as I interview Jake Stough. Here are brief notes and links to things he mentions, but you need to listen to hear him explain what he has done. 1. What are your interests outside of tech? Hockey 2. When did […] The post Techie Teen Jake: Cybersecurity appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jun 9

18 min 1 sec

134: Introducing the SummerSeries: Techie Homeschooled Teens During June and July, I will be interviewing a number of techie homeschooled teens. They will share about what they are doing using a wide range of technology – game-making, app creation, T-shirt designs, video creation, cybersecurity, and more. In this episode I share what my own children […] The post Introducing the summer series: Techie Homeschooled Teens appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jun 2

16 min 35 sec

133: Intentional Summer Screen Time with Sara Radginski Sara Radinski joins us to share her idea of intentional summer screen time – instead of having battles with your children over screen time all summer. Listen to the episode to understand her plan. Here are some resources she mentions: Epic! for a “techie” reading option Coding […] The post Intentional Summer Screen Time appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

May 26

13 min 35 sec

132: Using Tech to Enjoy Nature This episode shares resources on using tech to enjoy nature. Technology doesn’t need to take us away from nature but can be used to enhance our enjoyment of nature. Be sure to listen to these previous podcast episodes; Geocaching is basically an outdoor treasure hunt for all ages Google […] The post Using Tech to Enjoy Nature appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

May 19

9 min 27 sec

131: Digital College Prep These are the websites I mention in this episode on Digital College Prep. If your high schoolers participate in the High School Challenge offered annually in the summer by show sponsor FundaFunda Academy, they will participate in assignments using websites like these, as well as many more. Scholarship websites – Moolahspot, […] The post Digital College Prep appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

May 12

13 min 21 sec

130: Exploring Media Bias My guest is Randi Smith from Peanut Butter Fish Lessons, who talks to us about Exploring Media Bias. The resources she mentions are: All Sides Media Bias Chart Scholastic Decoding the News Daily Lessons in Media Bias (Randi’s product) Instagram accounts: @sharonsayso @allsidesnow @groundsnews @smarthernews You can find Randi at Peanut […] The post Exploring Media Bias appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

May 5

25 min 5 sec

129: Digital Resources for Learning Geography These are the digital resources for learning geography mentioned in this episode: 1. World Atlas 2. Youtube and streaming services. Look for 360 degree videos and drone videos on Youtube. 2. Online Geography Games Listen to my previous episode on Free Online Geography Games Purpose Games Action Quiz Stack […] The post Digital Resources for Learning Geography appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Apr 27

15 min

128: “Is this okay?” How to know if a game or app is safe for your child with Lisa Honold Guest Lisa Honald provides guidelines in this episode to help us decide if a game or app is safe for our child. Lisa is a cyber safety educator and director of the Center for Online […] The post “Is this okay?” How to know if a game or app is safe for your child appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Apr 21

17 min 41 sec

127: Online Poetry Resources This episode is about online poetry resources for poetry appreciation and to teach students how to write poetry. Here are the resources mentioned in this episode. Online Resources for Poetry Appreciation Poetry 180 – one poem for 180 days of the year and poets read favorite poems and talk about them […] The post Online Poetry Resources appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Apr 14

13 min 55 sec

126: How to modify online curriculum for special needs students: Part 2 Guest Lindsay Leiviska explains how to modify online curriculum for special needs students. You can find Lindsay online at A Heart For All Students. Her podcast is also called “A Heart for All Students”. Be sure to listen to part 1 first if […] The post How to modify online curriculum for special needs students Part 2 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Apr 7

22 min 41 sec

125: How to modify online curriculum for special needs students: Part 1 Guest Lindsay Leiviska explains how to modify online curriculum for special needs students. You can find Lindsay online at A Heart For All Students. Her podcast is also called “A Heart for All Students”. Variables to Consider: Time: Short lessons (less is more) […] The post How to modify online curriculum for special needs students Part 1 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Mar 31

21 min 58 sec

124: Teach your children about their digital footprints It is important that you teach your children about their digital footprints from an early age. The resources I mention in this episode are: A lesson plan from code.org – especially the “Follow the Digital Trail” assignment which uses a story to teach the concept to younger […] The post Teach your children about their digital footprints appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Mar 24

14 min 7 sec

123: Free Online Typing Programs with Charlene Hess Guest Charlene Hess from Hess Un-Academy shares with us which free online typing programs worked for her children. Be sure to also listen to the other interview I did with Charlene some time ago when we talked about Learning History Through Video Games. In this episode, Charlene […] The post Free online typing programs appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Mar 17

9 min 58 sec

122: Take Time to Save Time with Tech In this episode, I talk about how to save time with tech. I discuss 2 aspects: 1. Taking time to select the correct software to use 2. Taking time to learn how to use the software Specific resources I mention in this episode are Evernote Trello Canvas […] The post Take Time to Save Time with Tech appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Mar 10

15 min 30 sec

121: Pros and Cons of Virtual Tutoring with Lea Bosse In this episode, guest Lea Bosse discusses the pros and cons of virtual tutoring. Lea has been doing ACT tutoring for years, and during the pandemic switched to primarily tutoring virtually. You can find her tutoring sessions on FundaFunda Academy. These are the questions Lea […] The post Pros and Cons of Virtual Tutoring appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Mar 3

12 min 26 sec

120: Fitness apps and websites for your homeschool Here are the fitness apps and websites mentioned in this episode to get you and your children moving and exercising. For brain breaks and active indoor fun GoNoodle – animated movies to dance and sing to Sworkit – workouts you choose the age range, length etx Other […] The post Fitness apps and websites for your homeschool appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Feb 24

16 min 44 sec

119: Podcasts for Homeschool Families Sarah Snyder is our guest in this episode on Podcasts for Homeschool Families. She was the guest on the second most popular episode of this podcast last year, Podcasts for kids of all ages, so be sure to listen to that one if you haven’t already. Sarah now has her […] The post Podcasts for Homeschool Families appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Feb 17

19 min 51 sec

118: Free Digital Resources for Black History Month There are so many great digital resources for Black History month, so I decided just to primarily share ones with you that I actually use in my own classes. These are the sites I mention where one can find many primary resources related to Black History. Library […] The post Free Digital Resources for Black History Month appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Feb 10

15 min 16 sec

117: Tips for completing online scholarship applications Guest, Monica Matthews, shares tips for completing online scholarship applications that will help students be successful. Monica has helped her own children and many many others win scholarships to college. Find Monica at her website, How 2 Win Scholarships, her Facebook page and her Facebook group, Scholarship Help […] The post Tips for completing online scholarship applications appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Feb 3

20 min 54 sec

116: Using digital timelines to study history Digital Timelines are a great way to help students see the flow of history in a visual way. Here are some ways to incorporate them into any history curriculum 1. Include Interactive Timelines of the periods you are studying 2. Get students to create digital timelines. These 4 […] The post Using digital timelines to study history appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jan 27

9 min 53 sec

115: Online Comic Strip Creators In this episode, I share with you some free online comic strip creators, and I give you ideas on how to incorporate them into your homeschool lessons. 1. Makebeliefs Comix Makebeliefscomix.com is easy to use. Just drag and drop elements into the frames. It has limited graphics but is a […] The post Online Comic Strip Creators appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jan 20

11 min 29 sec

114: Academic Integrity in Online Classes In this episode, Suzette Laporte-Ayo and Dr. Dana Underwood, FundaFunda Academy‘s Spanish and Biology teachers, join Meryl to discuss the problem of academic integrity in online classes. Suzette has also been the guest on episode 25 where she shared how to use Quizlet to learn foreign language vocabulary. Dana […] The post Academic Integrity in Online Classes appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jan 13

29 min 16 sec

113: Fun with Flippity Flippity is a free online resource that offers 25 different activities, most are games. Some can be played online, others allow you to create a pdf for offline fun. The games use data from Google Sheets (that you input to customize each game). Flippity gives you the option to try out […] The post Fun with Flippity appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jan 6

14 min 23 sec

This is a rerun of episode 42 which covers 4 Free Online History Games. I know many listeners are looking for free online games so enjoy! You can find the show notes on the original episode here. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and give a rating and maybe even a […] The post Replay: 4 Free Online History games appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Dec 2020

12 min 29 sec

If you are looking for some new fun educational activities for your children in the new year, ClassTools is a great place to go. Listen to this replay as I tell you how I like to use some of the tools. The original episode and the show notes can be found here. If you enjoyed […] The post Replay: Classtools – online educational fun appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Dec 2020

10 min 40 sec

112: Virtual Gift Ideas for Homeschooling Families If you are looking for a last-minute gift, these virtual gift ideas will help you out. 1. DIY Virtual Gifts – listen to our previous episode for ideas. Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy has a unit study to guide your children through creating digital gifts – you can find […] The post Virtual Gift Ideas for Homeschooling Families appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Dec 2020

13 min 41 sec