HomeschoolBuzz Reborn

Okay, I’m sure most of you didn’t notice any big changes here. However, the past few days I have been struggling to change my blog from Blogger to WordPress. Blogger recently announced they are no longer allowing FTP which would indirectly mean lots of the cool bells and whistles I’ve developed over the years would no longer work, or I’d have to change some of the URLs here.

I tried to make the wordpress version of the blog look much like the old version. This is because much of this site (the books, blog buzz, reviews, etc.) was custom coded and would never work inside wordpress or blogger. A redesign will perhaps come at a different time.

Yes, I realize a few things are missing such as the blog buzz preview at the top of the news page and some other things. I do plan to restore those things but first I needed to get the blog working again.

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Facebook welcomes homeschoolers

Facebook welcomes homeschoolers

Way back in February I posted a story about how Facebook inadvertently discriminates against homeschoolers. Now they finally changed their account creation process to allow minors join without listing a school affiliation.
From the facebook blog:

We’ve been working on ways to solve this—we want minors to use Facebook safely above all. Today, we’re happy to announce that we’ve recently come up with a way for homeschoolers to join. We’ve created a new verification system—one that doesn’t depend on being in a high school, but still provides the level of security we believe is required. So welcome, everyone, to Facebook. Read more…

Hat tip to Spunky for first posting about this yesterday.

Who better to teach about unschooling?

Who better to teach about unschooling?

An unschooler named Andi wrote this comprehensive how-to on unschooling aka”worldschooling.” It’s fairly balanced and informative for anyone who’s considering homeschooling or unschooling. You can even add to parts of it.

Hi, I’m Andi. I wrote this lens. (In case you don’t know, a ‘lens’ is Squidoo’s name for a user-made page about a topic.)
From the time I was six, I was homeschooled. From the time I was twelve, I was worldschooled. Then, this spring, I graduated.
So I’ve been through the whole thing – all the way until I was accepted into my top choice college and awarded 60% tuition in grants.
And you know what? You can do it too. You can follow your interests during your teens years and have an incredible launch into your adult life.
That’s what this lens is about. Read more…

Google maps the sky

Google maps the sky

Most of us have seen Google maps of the earth. Less have heard of Google Moon and Google Mars. Now Google has mapped the sky with Google Sky.
Nice for budding astronomers during daylight hours or on a cloudy day. Just don’t forget to go outside once in a while. Go there…

Does Facebook Discriminate Against Homeschoolers?

Does Facebook Discriminate Against Homeschoolers?

From the “OFF/beat Real, Strange News” section of the Washington Post today:

Like a lot of people his age, Teran McKinney wanted an account on Facebook. But when the 15-year-old from Hendersonville, N.C., began filling out the online application, he hit a roadblock. Facebook requires all people under 18 to give the name of the school they attend, but McKinney is homeschooled. And without a school affiliation, minors can’t join.
So McKinney did what thousands of kids in his position have already done. He selected a nearby school, in his case Hendersonville High, as his school. “After joining Facebook, I became fairly fascinated with it,” he wrote Read more…

10 Geeky websites

10 Geeky websites

GeekParenting has this list of 10 websites for geeky kids. (HT: Wired: GeekDad)

Though my kids have yet to do anything with my computer other than rip off the shift keys, I do try to keep my eye out for coolhttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif sites for children. I actually write for a few, so I make a mental note whenever I see something interesting.
Mind you, this list is far from exhaustive and I urge you to suggest more below, but these are my picks for the top 10 Websites for geeky kids. Read more…

Homeschooled teen runs cookie business

Homeschooled teen runs cookie business

See her site at: www.homemadecookiesbyemily.com.

When most 15-year-olds go to school, they write English papers, run around in gym shorts and play on computers.
When Emily Savine goes to school, she writes content for a Web site, runs a business and plays the stock market. Read more…

Free trial: the Quiz Hub

Free trial: the Quiz Hub

I just got this email from Dyann Schmidel of Quiz Hub. I thought I’d pass it on.

The Quiz Hub is a fun online interactive learning center that features educational quiz games for language arts, mathematics, geography, history, and science.
All HomeSchoolBuzz readers can preview the Quiz Hub through January 1, 2008 via the following account.
account: buzz
password: home Read more…

Homeschool Search now actually works

Homeschool Search now actually works

I assumed because my new homeschool flavored search worked in Firefox, it would work in Internet Explorer. Thanks to Henry Cate’s patient emails explaining it wouldn’t work for him, I discovered the problem and fixed it.
My apologies to the majority of you who use IE as your browser. Please give me a second chance and try out homeschool search.

New Homeschool flavored search engine

New Homeschool flavored search engine

HomeschoolBuzz.com is launching a Homeschool flavored, Google custom search engine. What is homeschool flavor? Some say it tastes like chicken but it’s actually a Google custom search limited to only homeschooling related sites and pages. You can search hundreds of homeschool sites, blogs, articles, vendors and resources to get search results with a homeschool focus.

If I left out some of your favorite sites, it was unintentional. I can only add a site if I know about it. I want them ALL! That’s where you come in…
Leave a comment to tell me about the homeschool sites I missed. You can also send a list of sites yourself. I’m sure there are hundreds of them. The only requirement is that the site is homeschool focused or an educational resource that could be used by homeschoolers. The list is not limited by politics, religion or educational philosophy, only topic. (Search for the site’s name to see if it’s included.)

(NOTE: Earlier, I requested contributors but this is hard for me to manage so please comment to leave info about sites you want included. I usually add them quickly.)
Homeschool Search plug-in
I also implemented a search plug-in for Firefox or ie7.
Google provides a way you can put the search box on your blog or site or add it to your Google homepage (iGoogle).
Try it out. Tell me what you think.

Site Problems

Site Problems

Sorry if this site is a little… strange. It had been moved to a new server, not without some problems. I don’t have time to fully fix everything until later today. Bear with me. – Gary

Future’s channel: Free Career Videos online

We got an email recently from Jenna, the head of distribution at the Future’s channel telling us about their website.
She writes,

We make “micro-documentary” videos that explore different careers that are both interesting and innovative to find how they use math and science.
Our website has more than 70 of these different videos, and they’re completely free to access. The subjects of the videos cover a wide variety of professions including a backpack designer, a landscape architect and a robotics engineer. They can really help kids think about what they can do with the math and science they’re learning. All are welcome and we’d like to let the homeschool community know that this resource is out there for them.

This is a really cool educational website Be sure to check them out.Visit the site…

Free teacher workshops online

Matt Navitsky contacted us on behalf of Motorola and its recent Chicago teacher workshop event co-hosted by the Department of Education. The workshop focused on science and math education. (They also have other educational initiatives.) All of the presentations from the workshop are online and free. You might find some useful nuggets for your own homeschools. Below are links to just a few of the presentations. There are many more:

More presentations are available at the Motorola site. Read more…

Homeschooler’s anti-war Web site draw 2 million a month

Turns out the new world looks a lot like the old one: a white house in a leafy neighborhood of a Southern milltown; a soccer decal stuck to the trunk of a car parked in the driveway; a pink bicycle with training wheels in the backyard.
Even inside, there’s nothing that hints this is ground zero for a 16-year-old home schooled redhead whose videos on her anti-war Web site have lit up the blogosphere with as many as 2 million visitors a month. Read more…