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The Wired Homeschool

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

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

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The 'cool' Homeschool Podcast

By calenelson - Jan 26 2015
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Give John a listen to connect with all things Homeschool and Tech!!!

First time listener

By Charlie Rodarte - Dec 03 2012
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I work with church media at Dunamis Pasadena Church. I like this podcast.

iTunes Ratings

35 Ratings
Average Ratings
30
2
0
1
2

The 'cool' Homeschool Podcast

By calenelson - Jan 26 2015
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Give John a listen to connect with all things Homeschool and Tech!!!

First time listener

By Charlie Rodarte - Dec 03 2012
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I work with church media at Dunamis Pasadena Church. I like this podcast.
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The Wired Homeschool

Latest release on Jul 11, 2019

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Managing Your Kids’ Screen Time with Kirk Martin – WHS 219 [Interview]

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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 …

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Oct 27 2017

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Rank #2: 10 More Internet Safety Tips for Homeschoolers

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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, …

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Nov 09 2017

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Rank #3: How to Become Fluent in a Foreign Language with Duolingo

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I stumbled across a video on YouTube a few weeks ago by Evan Edinger wherein he talked about how he learned German using Duolingo. If you’re not familiar with Duolingo, it’s a website and app that helps you learn to speak a foreign language through gamification. It’s also free. It uses a very novel approach …

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Apr 30 2018

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Rank #4: Scratch That Coding Itch with Ryan Swanstrom

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Scratch 3.0 was released in January 2019 and includes a number of great new features including the ability to create and play projects on a tablet.

Ryan Swanstrom joins me today to discuss Scratch 3.0 and how homeschoolers can use it to teach their kids how to code, for free!

Ryan is a homeschool dad, computer programmer, and data scientist who helps homeschool parents integrate programming and technology into their curriculum with online courses and a weekly/monthly newsletter. He and his wife homeschool their 5 children in South Dakota, USA.

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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

Feb 15 2019

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Rank #5: Homeschooling With Hulu? 10 Documentaries You Can Watch Now

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Educational content is available all over the Internet. As streaming services become more popular, more educational documentaries become available to homeschoolers.

Previously, I’ve shared YouTube channels and documentaries on Netflix that are educational. In this episode of The Wired Homeschool, I share 10 documentaries you can find on Hulu right now that you can use for homeschooling.

The list reflects my leaning towards science and technology (especially, space) but you can find other interesting educational content on Hulu that covers topics like humanities, finances, and history.

Telescope


A new generation has been inspired to design and build the greatest TELESCOPE yet – NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, and will be a veritable time machine capable of taking us back to the origins of our universe. Runtime: 43 minutes. Rating: PG. Watch now.

Life After: Chernobyl


Thirty years after the worst nuclear radiation catastrophe in history, 100 times the combined amount of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs, two scientists have now been allowed total access to the area surrounding the infamous Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Runtime: 42 minutes. Rating: PG. Watch now.

9/11 Fifteen Years Later


CNN Films Presents collaborated with director/producer Gédéon and Jules Naudet and retired Manhattan firefighter James Hanlon for a new anniversary edition of the film, “9/11.” Now, 15 years on, the filmmakers talk to the surviving members of the firehouse, as well as their family members, about that day, and their lives in the days and years since. This edition of the film includes a poignant introduction by actor and producer Denis Leary. Running time: 103 minutes. Rating: NR. Watch now.

Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow


Directed, produced, and narrated by Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy®-winning Rory Kennedy, the film examines the ways NASA has changed not only our vision of the universe, but also our planet, and ourselves. Running time: 90 minutes. Rating: NR. Watch now

Born in Light: Tesla


Claiming to be in contact with aliens, Nikola Tesla was ultimately prevented from pursuing his greatest inventions by a ruling elite concerned he would derail their systems of mass control. Running time: 61 minutes. Rating: NR. Watch now.

Curiosity: Life of a Mars Rover


A chronicle of the journey of NASA’s Curiosity rover, the most powerful robot ever launched from Earth, from the drawing tables at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory through the rover’s first six years discovering the ancient lakes of Gale Crater. Running time: 47 minutes. Rating: TV-G. Watch now

Freakonomics


A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the science of economics. Based on the book by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Running time: 93 minutes. Rating: PG-13. Watch now.

How It’s Made


How It’s Made shows viewers how many of the everyday objects we seldom stop to think about become the things they are. Viewers will be amazed to see the process of how many common items are manufactured in high-tech factories around the world. Running time: 22 minutes per episode. Rating: TV-G. Watch now.

Revolt


In this documentary series, we explore the future of energy in America’s Heartland and how that will shape the future of our climate. Running time: 11-15 minutes. Rating: NR. Watch now.

Zero Days


A black ops cyber-attack launched by the U.S. and Israel on an Iranian nuclear facility unleashed malware with unforeseen consequences. The Stuxnet virus infiltrated its pre-determined target only to spread its infection outward, ultimately exposing systemic vulnerabilities that threatened the very safety of the planet. Delve deep into the burgeoning world of digital warfare in this documentary thriller from Academy Award® winning filmmaker Alex Gibney. Running time: 114 minutes. Rating: R. Watch now.

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You can call 518-290-0228 to leave me a message or use SpeakPipe to record a message with your computer.

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Want to be notified of any upcoming news regarding the podcast or if I’m speaking in your area? Join my spam-free mailing list. You’ll receive quarterly updates and news about future projects and I’ll let you know if I’m speaking in your area at a homeschooling convention. The Wired Homeschool is a proud member of the Tech Podcast Network. For more family-friendly tech podcasts visit techpodcasts.com Music for the podcast by Kevin Macleod.

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

Jan 30 2019

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Rank #6: Experience Astronomy with Luke Gilkerson

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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 …

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Aug 30 2018

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Rank #7: How to Include STEM in Your Homeschooling Every Day

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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 – …

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Dec 15 2018

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Rank #8: Acer Chromebook Tab 10 vs 2018 Apple iPad: Which is Better for Homeschooling?

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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 …

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Apr 16 2018

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Rank #9: Rob Jensen and Art for Kids Hub

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Rob Jensen graduated from BYU with a BFA in Industrial Design. After graduating, he moved to Michigan to work for Ford Motor Company where he designed future cars for 7 years.

After moving back to Utah and starting a business, Rob began drawing with my kids and realized it would be fun to share their art-time with other families. Art For Kids Hub was born.

You will probably hear an unfamiliar voice in this episode because it’s one of the rare episodes where I’m joined by my wife, Lisa.

This episode was originally released in February 2015, please refer back to the show notes for episode 139 for any links.

You can find Rob’s videos and more at artforkidshub.com.

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Want to be notified of any upcoming news regarding the podcast or if I’m speaking in your area? Join my spam-free mailing list. You’ll receive quarterly updates and news about future projects and I’ll let you know if I’m speaking in your area at a homeschooling convention. The Wired Homeschool is a proud member of the Tech Podcast Network. For more family-friendly tech podcasts visit techpodcasts.com Music for the podcast by Kevin Macleod.

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

Mar 01 2019

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Rank #10: 10 Ways to Use an Amazon Echo Dot in Your Homeschool

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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 …

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Jul 20 2018

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Rank #11: 7 Alexa Skills Homeschoolers Can Use With Their Amazon Echo – WHS 231

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Last week I talked about 10 Ways to Use an Amazon Echo Dot for Homeschooling and one of those ways was to use educational skills. This week I’ll share 7 Alexa skills homeschoolers can use with their Amazon Echo. If you’re using an Amazon Echo for homeschooling, let me know how you’re using it in …

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Aug 04 2018

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Rank #12: 5 3D Printers Under $500 for Homeschooling – WHS 223

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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 …

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Jan 30 2018

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Rank #13: 7 YouTube Channels for Homeschoolers to Learn How to Fix Cars

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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 …

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Jun 30 2018

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Rank #14: Top 5 Blog Posts & Podcasts of 2018

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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

  1. 7 Online Writing Classes for Homeschoolers
  2. 10 Educational Shows for Homeschooling Tweens and Teens on Netflix
  3. 5 Online Science Classes for Homeschoolers
  4. A Lesson for Homeschooling Parents: These are the 10 Apps to Use!
  5. Body Image and Instagram – Infographic

Top 5 Podcasts of 2018

  1. How to Become Fluent in a Foreign Language with Duolingo
  2. Experience Astronomy with Luke Gilkerson
  3. Connect Movie Review and Discussion with Michael Prince of Family Tech Blog
  4. 7 YouTube Channels for Homeschoolers to Learn How to Fix Cars
  5. 10 Ways to Use an Amazon Echo Dot for Homeschooling

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The Wired Homeschool is a proud member of the Tech Podcast Network. For more family-friendly tech podcasts visit techpodcasts.com

Music for the podcast by Kevin Macleod.

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

Dec 31 2018

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Rank #15: Online Great Books with Scott Hambrick

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Every homeschooler understands that reading is essential. However, sometimes we may not know what our children should be reading. Or, perhaps we know what they should read but we don’t understand the essential themes and ideas of a piece of great literature. At Online Great Books you’ll find a community that will help you understand …

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Aug 15 2018

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Rank #16: Shawn Barrieau of My Fun Science

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Shawn and Heather Barrieau founded MyFunScience in 2016 to fill a need they saw in the homeschooling community. They noticed that parents were struggling to teach math and science starting in the middle and high school grades. The classes are taught from a Christian perspective and they believe: A well-rounded STEM curriculum is critical to …

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Jun 15 2018

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Rank #17: Connect Movie Review and Discussion with Michael Prince of Family Tech Blog

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Kirk Cameron’s new movie Connect aims to make parents aware of the dangers of social media for teens and provide parents with tools to steer kids away from social media’s traps. Does it succeed? Michael Prince from Because Family joins me to review the movie and to provide some practical advice and tools to help …

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Mar 03 2018

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Rank #18: Getting Devices Ready for Giving with Michael Prince

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Michael Prince from BecauseFamily joins me again to discuss safe digital parenting. With the holidays just around the corner, you’ll want to make sure any gifts you’re giving to your kids are safe and ready to use when they’re unwrapped. Michael and I talk about some of the things you’ll want to do before handing …

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Nov 30 2018

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Rank #19: Code Apprentice Online Curriculum and Mentorship

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Today I’m talking with Paul Drake. Paul is a homeschool alumnus, software designer, and founder/director of Code Apprentice, a program that provides high school students the skills and guidance they need to get a job in tech after graduation. Paul is also a committed Christian, a passionate sports fan (Go Cubs!) and a classical piano …

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Nov 15 2018

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Rank #20: CES 2019 Round-Up

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This year at CES, there were a number of themes amid all the tech that was on display. This is the third year in a row I’ve covered CES from afar and each year things get more and more interesting.

Last year, I had reports from people at CES but I was unable to coordinate any interviews or recordings from participants. Instead, I will take a look at three trends I noticed at this year’s event.

Voice Assistants Everywhere

Voice assistants are showing up everywhere: cars, bathrooms, kitchens. How do we train our kids to responsibly access information when it’s always a voice command away?

Parent-Focused Tech

With so many well-connected parents these days, tech companies are focusing on parents that have always had devices in their hands. How is this information used? Should we be concerned about our kids being under constant surveillance?

Robots and Automation

Robotic pets, autonomous vehicles, and closets that fold your laundry were on display at CES. Automation is great but can we become too dependent on it?

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Want to be notified of any upcoming news regarding the podcast or if I’m speaking in your area? Join my spam-free mailing list. You’ll receive quarterly updates and news about future projects and I’ll let you know if I’m speaking in your area at a homeschooling convention. The Wired Homeschool is a proud member of the Tech Podcast Network. For more family-friendly tech podcasts visit techpodcasts.com Music for the podcast by Kevin Macleod.

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

Jan 15 2019

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