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December 31, 2014  

17: Unschooling Resources: Discoveries of 2014


This week's podcast is all about interesting resources I discovered in 2014. Along the way, you'll find out the answers to these questions...
  • How do I discuss at least 17 resources in only 30 minutes? Do I talk very fast?
  • How many free trial accounts can I sign up for?
  • How many times can I say, “I Googled it”, in one podcast?
  • Has anyone ever become a successive pianist/composer without ever having a single music lesson?
  • Can an effective animation be made quickly and easily?
  • Is there a better presentation program than Powerpoint?
  • Is there a perfect method for keeping unschool records?
  • What's a glog, and can they be used for homeschool records or portfolios?
  • And what about mindmaps?
  • Can a computer screen image be projected onto a big TV screen?
  • What are historical reality series and where can they be found?


And for anyone following my learning-to-podcast adventure…


  • What new technique did I try this week?
  • And was it successful?
I hope you'll listen to find out!
The program notes, including lots of resource links, can be found on my blog, Stories of an Unschooling Family.
Music featured: The Time to Run (Finale) by Dexter Britain, (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)


December 17, 2014  

16: Why We Are Rotten Parents and Other Christmas Stories

This week my youngest daughter, Gemma-Rose joins me for my Christmas edition. We talk about:


  • A magical Santa Christmas
  • A magical Christmas without Santa
  • Advent and Christmas traditions
  • Why the Three Wise Men set out to find Jesus before He is even born
  • Why St Nicholas isn't very reliable
  • Why we are rotten parents
  • Why midnight Mass isn't at midnight
  • The worst Christmas job that I no longer have to do
  • Australian Christmas traditions and carols
  • Why Santa wears his singlet, shorts and thongs
  • What Orana means...
.. and lots of other things!

And we listen to some beautiful Christmas music sung by my daughter Imogen.

The program notes can be found on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family.
I hope you have a very happy and blessed Christmas!
(I apologise for any poor quality transitions. I'm still learning!)
December 8, 2014  

15: Books, Music, Burnout and a Mystery!

This podcast is a few days late or a couple of days early, depending on how you look at it. It's also not the same podcast I originally recorded. This week I reveal what happened to the first one and I also talk about...

  • Beginnings: How do we capture an audience's attention?
  • Books, especially Australian ones
  • Free music which can be used for podcasting, video making and any other purpose
  • My new Zoom audio recorder and how it performs
  • What not to do if you are afflicted by blogging burnout


I also try something new: My podcast, for the first time, is not one long unending passage of speech!


The program notes (with lots of links) can be found on my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family.


Music used in podcast: mighty lilbumble bee by Origami Repetika(CC BY-NC 3.0)

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