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TED VIDEO: Juan Enriquez: Your online life, permanent as a tattoo

What if Andy Warhol had it wrong, and instead of being famous for 15 minutes, we’re only anonymous for that long? In this short talk, Juan Enriquez looks at the surprisingly permanent effects of digital sharing on our personal privacy.

Via Annette Schmeling, Dennis T OConnor
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Our children are growing up in a digital world that is completely foreign to how we grew up. We didn't have the Internet as a ubiquitous prescence in our lives. To make things worse, the landscape keeps changing on us, the parents, and the children. It is now, more than ever, crucial to teach our children how to be more than "street smart."

 

It used to be that having street smarts was helpful, because that way you could protect yourself from being taken advantage of. It carries an element of shrewdness, for one's own protection this is a good thing. Nowadays we need to apply that online.

This video is short, but it makes a powerful illustration. Juan Enriquez likens our online activity to an electronic tattoo, virtually permanent. Something we adults need to learn also, but moreover our children, as they grow up in the Internet jungle. And it is a jungle. 

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Your reputation is now threatened by immortality. How do you want to be remembered? 

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What do you think of the speaker's recommendation that we don't look to deeply into the past of those we love? Is the Electronic Tatoo a curse we all have to live with beyond forever? Or is awareness of our permanent online footprint enough to flip the technology and allow us to build an electronic reputation to be proud of?
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10 Kid-Friendly Day Trips from Jax!

10 Kid-Friendly Day Trips from Jax! | homeschooling-florida | Scoop.it

Here are 10 day trips or weekend trips that offer plenty of fun, educational activities for the kids (and us parents too)!

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For North Florida families, here's a great little blog about interesting things to do within a few hours of Jacksonville. Another cool place to go, not mentioned in the article, is Olustee State Park, which is the site of the Battle of Olustee, and an annual re-enactment ever February on President's Day weekend.

 

Fernandina Beach is also an interesting historical town, and along with Jekyll Island, Amelia Island, and St. Mary's, Georgia, forms an interesting day trip. You can take a ferry from Fernandina Beach across the sound to St. Mary's.

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Why It’s Still Important to Follow Your Heart

Why It’s Still Important to Follow Your Heart | homeschooling-florida | Scoop.it
Last month, astronaut Chris Hadfield returned from a five-month stint in space as something of a celebrity. The 53-year-old, social-media-savvy Canadian astronaut lived on the International Space
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Very encouraging little article about Col. Chris Hadfield, who states, "Don't let life randomly kick you into the adult you don't want to become."

 

It's a short, but very interesting article to share with your children about finding work that they love, and making their dreams a reality.

 

Not everyone knows what they "want to be when they grow up."

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Put the Wind in Your Sails! - The Homeschool Magazine - June 2013

Put the Wind in Your Sails! - The Homeschool Magazine - June 2013 | homeschooling-florida | Scoop.it

Children benefit greatly from participating in sailing: it sharpens their senses, gives them confidence, and best of all, it brings to life science and mathematics in a fun and exciting way.

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This article shows parents how sailing can benefit a child's education. There are many aspects of sailing that can be applied to academic subjects, everything from history to literature, science, physics, geometry, art, geography, economics- the list just goes on and on.

As parent-educators our goal is to find meaningful ways to enrich our child's education. There is no better way to do this than through hands-on experiences, and sailing is among the very best ways to accomplish that goal. Children of all ages, sizes, physical and mental abilities can participate in sailing - it does not discriminate on physical or mental prowess.

 

This article appears in the June 2013 issue of The Old Schoolhouse, a national homeschooling magazine.

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TED | TEDx | Events in Florida in 2013 - Perfect for homeschoolers #homeschool

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I found a list of TED events in Florida, which I am really excited about! I have always wanted to go to a TED conference. There are several this year in all areas of the state.

 

Most of the events are free. Some of them you have to apply to go, others you can just RSVP to get a ticket.

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Homeschooling’s Most Harmful Myth—Debunked

Homeschooling’s Most Harmful Myth—Debunked | homeschooling-florida | Scoop.it
Mom and author Quinn Cummings shares why there’s no one-size-fits-all model in education.
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Homeschooling? "I could never do it!"
 

Truth is, many people are part-time homeschooling already, and they don't even know it.

This is a very interesting article, with some helpful perspectives in dealing with the naysayers in your life.

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Location/Contact

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St Johns River Festival of the Arts
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Something different and fun to do in Central Florida this weekend! 

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Top 10 Things for Families to do in Florida

Top 10 Things for Families to do in Florida | homeschooling-florida | Scoop.it
When Spanish explorers led by Ponce de Leon landed on the Eastern Coast of Florida 500 years ago, they were searching for gold and the magical Fountain of Youth. Impressed by the variety of tropic
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Here's a nice list of fresh ideas to consider for a nice field trip or two. Although a few of these a tourist-oriented, there is a nice emphasis on Florida's historical and natural heritage. Florida has so much to offer!!

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House Speaker Will Weatherford's fast rise started from humble beginnings - MiamiHerald.com

House Speaker Will Weatherford's fast rise started from humble beginnings - MiamiHerald.com | homeschooling-florida | Scoop.it
House Speaker Will Weatherford's fast rise started from humble beginnings
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Details were crucial.
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Always encouraging to hear how homeschooling plays a part in the lives of successful people, especially in Florida!

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Why Pinterest is a Part of our Homeschool | Homeschooling etc

Why Pinterest is a Part of our Homeschool | Homeschooling etc | homeschooling-florida | Scoop.it
Megan Zechman – Homeschooling is a way of life for my family and many days you will find us out of our house doing something fun and educational. My passion is to unite homeschoolers in Central Florida to strengthen families and the ...
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Visual learners will really thrive with tools such as Pinterest because it engages them in a medium that really speaks their language. Great post to inspire the creative side of homeschooling, which is very enriching and satisfying for the parent and student.

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Top universities want you to homeschool

Top universities want you to homeschool | homeschooling-florida | Scoop.it

It's not that top universities are telling people to directly homeschool their kids. Instead, top schools are using a selection process that gives homeschooled kids a huge advantage. Here's why:

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In the age we are living in, education is continually being redefined, so much so that the old rules no longer apply. What it took for me to get into a good university will not work anymore to get that same spot at the same university. Competition is more fierce, and good grades no longer set anyone apart from the pack. Good grades are the basic requirement, but now as a student you must show how you will contribute to the student community and the global community as a whole, in order to stand out as a candidate.

 

Homeschoolers have an advantage in this setting because our school day is intrinsically set up to maximize the part of our academic careers that does set up apart. Do not waste this opportunity! If you don't know where you are going, how will you get there? Is "getting into a good school" the goal, or is the goal getting into a specifc school with a specific program? Even if you don't know what you want to study yet, you can still maximize your time by enriching your life and curriculum with real-world experience and community service. There are lots of ways to set yourself apart from the crowd, so take advantage of the opportunity that homeschooling affords you.

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Pigeon Key’s Summer Marine Science Camps Offer Hands-On Learning and Fun - Homeschooling Florida

Pigeon Key’s Summer Marine Science Camps Offer Hands-On Learning and Fun - Homeschooling Florida | homeschooling-florida | Scoop.it
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46 Education App Review Sites For Teachers And Students

46 Education App Review Sites For Teachers And Students | homeschooling-florida | Scoop.it
Katie and I can't cover the entire education app industry by ourselves. Luckily, there are dozens of other sites specifically devoted to education app reviews for teachers and students.

Via John Evans
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Educational apps are popping up daily, but the question for parents is, how to know which ones are worth using, and which ones are not? Because let's face it, the app industry is out to make money, and many times app developers are very astute at making an app that "looks" educational, but in reality is just full of ads and sneaky ways of getting your children to buy something.

 

This article lists 46 different websites that review apps for teachers and students. This should help cut through the clutter and help pinpoint the useful from the fluff.

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Education Apps

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Have used some of these apps but there are more to look at.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, June 4, 2013 2:45 AM

Try them out see what you think. I'm investigating

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TED VIDEO: Juan Enriquez: Your online life, permanent as a tattoo

What if Andy Warhol had it wrong, and instead of being famous for 15 minutes, we’re only anonymous for that long? In this short talk, Juan Enriquez looks at the surprisingly permanent effects of digital sharing on our personal privacy.

Via Annette Schmeling, Dennis T OConnor
Homeschool FL's insight:

Our children are growing up in a digital world that is completely foreign to how we grew up. We didn't have the Internet as a ubiquitous prescence in our lives. To make things worse, the landscape keeps changing on us, the parents, and the children. It is now, more than ever, crucial to teach our children how to be more than "street smart."

 

It used to be that having street smarts was helpful, because that way you could protect yourself from being taken advantage of. It carries an element of shrewdness, for one's own protection this is a good thing. Nowadays we need to apply that online.

This video is short, but it makes a powerful illustration. Juan Enriquez likens our online activity to an electronic tattoo, virtually permanent. Something we adults need to learn also, but moreover our children, as they grow up in the Internet jungle. And it is a jungle. 

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, May 2, 2013 10:18 AM

Your reputation is now threatened by immortality. How do you want to be remembered? 

Dennis T OConnor's comment, May 2, 2013 11:01 AM
What do you think of the speaker's recommendation that we don't look to deeply into the past of those we love? Is the Electronic Tatoo a curse we all have to live with beyond forever? Or is awareness of our permanent online footprint enough to flip the technology and allow us to build an electronic reputation to be proud of?
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Meet the family who sent six kids to college by age 12 - TODAY.com

Meet the family who sent six kids to college by age 12 - TODAY.com | homeschooling-florida | Scoop.it
Seth Harding grabs a two-handed rubber sword, adjusts his helmet made with electrician’s tape, and starts to teach. "Try to block her...
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This is a very encouraging story about a homeschool family, especially for those parents who wonder how far their children can go in homeschool. Thanks to Jeff Atwater, CFO, Florida Dept. of Financial Services for sharing this with us!

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From Truancy to Criminal Charge: Flagler Schools Take Parent to Court Over ... - FlaglerLive.com

From Truancy to Criminal Charge: Flagler Schools Take Parent to Court Over ... - FlaglerLive.com | homeschooling-florida | Scoop.it
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Florida law is clear. All children who turn 6 Feb.
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There is a lot of misinformation in this article about the homeschooling law in Florida, and what counties can and cannot do.
 

A child can be homeschooled in the state of Florida and never have a meeting with the county. That is because this is not a requirement of the FL statute. A county does not have to ever have a meeting with a parent, and if they do, the child does not have to be present. The meetings can only be about the student's progress, and to review the child's portfolio.

The way this article is written makes it seem as if the county is being super accommodating to the parent, when in reality, they are just complying with the law.
 

To homeschool in Florida a parent must be able to prove that their child is progressing according to his or her own abilities. This is done with a portfolio review, which is able to be done by any person possessing a valid and current Florida Teaching Certificate. That is why there is no requirement that the county ever meet with the parent.
 

Furthermore, if the county finds the parent is not keeping up with the requirements of the statute, they must put the homeschool on probation for one year. After that year probation, if they still find fault with the family's homeschool, then they are able to terminate the homeschool.


This article is clearly written by someone who is biased in their opinion against homeschooling. It would have been better to have fact checked the article and balanced it with an interview of a homeschool evaluator, or better yet, with someone from the Florida Department of Education Office of School Choice. They are constantly setting counties straight with the haphazard application of random requirements on homeschooled parents that does not comply with the Florida statute on homeschooling.

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Ron Paul launches his own school — RT USA

Ron Paul launches his own school — RT USA | homeschooling-florida | Scoop.it
Although Ron Paul has left Congress, he will likely remain an influential voice: the libertarian-leaning Texas Republican has launched his own homeschooling curriculum for students, which he hopes will be “revolutionary” in restoring limited...
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Ron Paul is a man you can trust. This is the most exciting news I have heard in a long time! Truly fantastic. Once again, Ron Paul puts his money where is mouth is. The curriculum will be free through 5th grade, and then there will be a cost.

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'Tebow Bills' for Homeschooled Athletes Advance in Three States ...

'Tebow Bills' for Homeschooled Athletes Advance in Three States ... | homeschooling-florida | Scoop.it
These so-called "Tebow bills" earn their nickname from New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, who was homeschooled as a high schooler in Florida but still played football for a public school team. In Texas, the Senate ...
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Seems like a win-win for students, coaches, and schools, but these bills are very controversial, especially with anti-homeschool teachers. They think it makes it unfair for public school athletes because it gives homeschoolers an unfair advantage over those enrolled in schools, because homeschoolers have more time to devote to practicing and becoming athletes. They argue, what is to stop a parent from pulling their failing child out of school to "homeschool" them, and then immerse them in sports practice to they can then get on a team which they would otherwise not qualify for with failing grades.

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Home School Evaluations in Fl County – Standardized Test?

Home School Evaluations in Fl County – Standardized Test? | homeschooling-florida | Scoop.it
I will be happy to do whatever test you like though a test is NOT required for the annual evaluation and most parents do NOT use a standardized test score for the evaluation sent to the county even when I do a standardized ...
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This blog post lays out in clear terms the requirements that homeschool parents need to comply with in order to legally homeschool in FL. Curtis Tucker is a well-respected expert in the Florida homeschool community.

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