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The Wired Homeschool

Tech, tools, & tips for homeschooling the digital generation.

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Top 5 Homeschooling Podcasts in Apple Podcasts – WHS 211

There is a growing number of homeschooling podcasts in Apple Podcasts (also known as iTunes) and they cover a variety of topics from the sacred to the secular. In this episode of The Wired Homeschool, I’m reviewing the highest-ranked homeschooling podcasts found in Apple Podcasts (iTunes) in the K-12 category. I’ve listened to the latest […]

26mins

12 Jul 2017

Rank #1

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10 Internet Safety Tips for Teens and Tweens – WHS 202

Sometimes being on the Internet is like driving into oncoming traffic. It’s bad enough there are potholes, reckless drivers, and traffic jams to deal with when making your way down the “information superhighway” (bonus points for 90s tech references) but if you’re not careful you and your kids can inadvertently swerve into oncoming traffic. Following […]

15mins

10 Oct 2016

Rank #2

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Managing Your Kids’ Screen Time with Kirk Martin – WHS 219 [Interview]

Managing your kids’ screen time when you homeschool can sometimes feel like a daunting task. How much is too much? How do you get your kids to step away from the computer? Kirk Martin is the founder of Celebrate Calm and has given over 600,000 parents and teachers in 19 countries very specific, practical strategies […]

36mins

27 Oct 2017

Rank #3

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10 More Internet Safety Tips for Homeschoolers

As our kids grow up, we begin to give them a little bit more freedom. Maybe they get a smartphone or a laptop for themselves. This can be a scary time for parents who are concerned about the safety of their children. If your teen has a device and you’re concerned about their online activity, […]

20mins

9 Nov 2017

Rank #4

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Acer Chromebook Tab 10 vs 2018 Apple iPad: Which is Better for Homeschooling?

At the end of March, Acer and Apple announced new tablets targeted at education. Acer’s Chromebook Tab 10 and Apple’s 2018 iPad are priced competitively but which is better for homeschooling? Acer Chromebook Tab 10 Google has dominated the public education market with Chromebooks for many years now. Their low price and suite of free […]

16mins

16 Apr 2018

Rank #5

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5 Dangers to Avoid in Digital Homeschooling – WHS 199

Parents choosing to homeschool in this digital age can sometimes get overwhelmed with all of the devices, apps, and software that can be used to educate their children at home. Avoiding these five key dangers in digital homeschooling can save you time, money, and sanity. Sponsor: Visit K12.com/LISTEN or call (855)-628-9529 for more information. Thanks […]

19mins

12 Sep 2016

Rank #6

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10 Ways to Use an Amazon Echo Dot in Your Homeschool

When the Amazon Echo Dot was originally released many people saw the smart speaker as nothing more than a novelty. Many people bought it and its older sibling the Amazon Echo and quickly realized how helpful it could be in their day-to-day lives. The Amazon Echo Dot has a lot of functionality in it that […]

10mins

20 Jul 2018

Rank #7

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How to Homeschool Like Bill Gates – WHS 195

Sponsor: Visit K12.com/LISTEN or call (855)-628-9529 for more information. Bill Gates didn’t build a successful company or become the world’s richest man by chance. There are specific things he did in his life and career that got hime to where he is today. Let’s take a look at how Bill Gates managed and led Microsoft […]

18mins

13 Aug 2016

Rank #8

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Emergency Homeschooling and COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led a number of school districts across the United States and the world to close. Due to these unforeseen circumstances, many parents are now considering or have been compelled to homeschool their children. For many of these parents, this is an especially stressful time full of uncertainty.It’s important that we in the homeschooling community do not panic and show kindness and compassion towards each other during these difficult times. If you’re new to homeschooling or if you’re looking for additional resources I’ve listed a few below. 7 Online Writing Classes for Homeschoolers10 Educational Shows for Tweens and Teens5 Online Science Classes for HomeschoolersHomeschooling With Hulu? 10 Documentaries You Can Watch NowKathy Ceceri has a great article about emergency homeschooling and has also provided some resources. HSLDA Quick-Start Guide to HomeschoolingCoronavirus (COVID-19) and Homeschooling: 5 Things to Consider If you have any resources you’d like to share, please reach out to me on Twitter or via the contact page. If you enjoyed this episode of The Wired Homeschool, consider supporting the podcast by buying me a coffee. Follow the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and more. Music for the podcast is “RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. In some cases, I may have been given a free sample of a product to review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement.

2mins

13 Mar 2020

Rank #9

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5 Traits Your Child Can't Learn from Textbooks or Online Curriculum

Our children can learn a lot of things from textbooks and online curriculum but there are some intangible things that cannot be learned through typical schooling. Often, it’s intangible traits or characteristics in our children that determine whether or not the will succeed. This list is by no means exhaustive but it’s a good start […]

15mins

15 Apr 2019

Rank #10

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How to Include STEM in Your Homeschooling Every Day

Looking for practical ways to teach your kids STEM topics? Today I share some suggestions for teaching your kids about STEM topics through everyday things like visiting the gas pump or watching sports. Briefly, the three examples I give in this podcast are: At the gas pump – How is fuel made? Watching sports – […]

17mins

15 Dec 2018

Rank #11

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7 YouTube Channels for Homeschoolers to Learn How to Fix Cars

A major part of homeschooling involves teaching practical life-skills like how to fix cars. OK, maybe not everyone needs to learn to fix a car but basic maintenance or knowing when to take your car to a mechanic are skills every homeschooler should learn. If you have a budding mechanic or if you don’t think […]

17mins

30 Jun 2018

Rank #12

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5 3D Printers Under $500 for Homeschooling – WHS 223

When you think of 3D printers, what comes to mind? Do you think technology like 3d printing is beyond the reach of homeschoolers? It’s not! 3D printers have become affordable and easy to use. There are many 3D printers that have been specifically designed for home use and homeschoolers can use them to teach STEM […]

19mins

30 Jan 2018

Rank #13

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Dave Stotts – Drive Thru History Adventures – WHS 235

About Dave Stotts and Drive Thru History Dave Stotts has spent the last two decades in professional video and media production. His career in documentary production has taken him to nearly 30 countries to shoot and edit films on a wide variety of topics, including history, science, religion, homeland security, and Bible archaeology. In 2004, […]

43mins

30 Oct 2018

Rank #14

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X-STEM Symposium Free for Homeschoolers and Other Tech News – WHS 206

Top Story Special offer for Homeschool Families – STEM Conference for Middle and High School Students – The USA Science & Engineering Festival’s X-STEM Symposium in Washington DC this April! On Friday, April 28, 2017, the USA Science & Engineering Festival – the largest and only national science festival – will be holding its annual […]

15mins

11 Mar 2017

Rank #15

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CES 2017 Wins and Fails with K. Michael Prince – WHS 204

This year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) companies debuted a number of exciting new technology from smart trash cans to virtual reality suits. K. Michael Prince from BecauseFamily.org joins me to talk about some of the great tech we saw and some tech that most people can probably live without. Please note: There is […]

27mins

12 Jan 2017

Rank #16

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How to Homeschool Like Ursula Burns

Ursula M. Burns became the first black woman to head a Fortune 500 company when she was appointed CEO of Xerox. She also became the first woman to succeed another as head of a Fortune 500 company. Burns led the STEM program of the White House from 2009 to 2016 and is the current chairman […]

17mins

30 Mar 2019

Rank #17

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Amazon Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa Review – WHS 214

On Prime Day, I purchased 3 Amazon Fire 7 Tablets for our family. We’ve been Fire users since the first generation and now that the 7th generation is out I thought it was time to review their newest model. For this review I used the criteria from an archived episode of The Wired Homeschool. I’ve […]

23mins

9 Sep 2017

Rank #18

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Top 5 Blog Posts & Podcasts of 2018

Throughout 2018, there were a number of blog posts and podcasts that readers and listeners found helpful. Some of them were published this year, and some are more popular now than they have been in the past. Here are the top five blog posts and podcasts for 2018. Top 5 Blog Posts of 2018 7 […]

29mins

31 Dec 2018

Rank #19

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Experience Astronomy with Luke Gilkerson

Many kids and parents are fascinated by the night sky but don’t know where to start with nightly observations. With Experience Astronomy homeschool parents and students can learn to navigate the heavens and figure out if that bright light is a planet, star, or just an airplane. About Luke Gilkerson Luke Gilkerson is the creator […]

35mins

30 Aug 2018

Rank #20