The Wired Homeschool

Tech, Tools, & Tips for Homeschooling a Digital Generation


By John Wilkerson

https://www.thewiredhomeschool.com

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The Final Episode

July 11, 2019

This is the final episode of The Wired Homeschool. Thank you to everyone who has supported the podcast by listening, advertising, or donating. Your support has been greatly appreciated over the past 9 years!

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Noah Tetzner - Homeschooler to Full-Time Podcaster

June 10, 2019

About Noah Tetzner Noah Tetzner is a homeschool graduate who enjoys sharing his passion for history with the world! He is the host of multiple historical podcasts that feature interviews with some of the world brightest scholars. Recently,

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

April 15, 2019

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 o...

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How to Homeschool Like Ursula Burns

March 30, 2019

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...

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What Homeschoolers Need to Know About Stadia

March 25, 2019

Google recently announced a gaming service that requires no console. They’ve made some big promises about this new product and it looks to be the future of gaming. Michael Prince from BecauseFamily joins me today to discuss what parents and homeschoole...

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Rob Jensen and Art for Kids Hub

March 01, 2019

Teaching art online with YouTube

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Scratch That Coding Itch with Ryan Swanstrom

February 15, 2019

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 kid...

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Homeschooling With Hulu? 10 Documentaries You Can Watch Now

January 30, 2019

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 educatio...

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CES 2019 Round-Up

January 15, 2019

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,

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Top 5 Blog Posts & Podcasts of 2018

December 31, 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.

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How to Include STEM in Your Homeschooling Every Day

December 15, 2018

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,

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Getting Devices Ready for Giving with Michael Prince

November 30, 2018

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.

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Code Apprentice Online Curriculum and Mentorship

November 15, 2018

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.

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Dave Stotts – Drive Thru History Adventures – WHS 235

October 30, 2018

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 topic...

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Podcast on Hold

October 17, 2018

Due to some technical issues, the podcast is on hold until further notice.

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Experience Astronomy with Luke Gilkerson

August 30, 2018

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,

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Teaching With Film - Hannah Ruth Earl From The Moving Picture Institute - WHS 234

August 30, 2018

Today I’m speaking with Hannah Ruth Earl of The Moving Picture Institute. Hannah works on MPI’s talent development programs, including recruiting and acquisitions for grants, internships, and masterclasses.

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Online Great Books with Scott Hambrick

August 15, 2018

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 liter...

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7 Alexa Skills Homeschoolers Can Use With Their Amazon Echo – WHS 231

August 04, 2018

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.

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10 Ways to Use an Amazon Echo Dot in Your Homeschool

July 20, 2018

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.

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Episode Delayed - The Wired Homeschool

July 15, 2018

Due to some technical issues, today’s normally schedule episode has been delayed. Once those issues have been addressed, I’ll release the episode. Until then, you may want to check out the conversation I had with Michael Prince from BecauseFamily about...

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7 YouTube Channels for Homeschoolers to Learn How to Fix Cars

June 30, 2018

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 lea...

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Shawn Barrieau of My Fun Science

June 15, 2018

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.

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How to Become Fluent in a Foreign Language with Duolingo

April 30, 2018

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 gam...

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

April 16, 2018

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 educa...

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5 Steps to Protect Your Facebook Privacy – WHS 225

March 31, 2018

Facebook has been in the news quite a bit lately because of privacy concerns. A third-party (Cambridge Analytica) used data it collected from Facebook to profile users. That information was used to serve ads and articles to people via the social media ...

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Connect Movie Review and Discussion with Michael Prince of Family Tech Blog - The Wired Homeschool

March 03, 2018

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...

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Winter Olympic Games and STEM - The Wired Homeschool

February 16, 2018

I recently became a grandfather so there is no full podcast for February 15th. Instead, I’ve provided links to some videos that explain the science behind some of the Olympic events. Please check out the Homeschooling and Liberty Summit to hear my sess...

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

January 30, 2018

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 desig...

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CES 2018 with Matt Kamla and Michael Prince – WHS 222 - The Wired Homeschool

January 18, 2018

CES 2018 has passed but coverage still continues. There’s no doubt you’re seeing many articles about the gadgets and gizmos from CES 2018 that will make your life easier or more connected. Matt Kamla (a listener of the podcast) and Michael Prince from ...

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Top Posts and Podcasts for 2017 – WHS 221 - The Wired Homeschool

December 14, 2017

Throughout the year it’s interesting to see which posts and podcasts are the most popular with my readers and listeners. I’m not counting only those posts published this year. I’m counting the ones that got the most reads or listens.

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10 More Internet Safety Tips for Homeschoolers - The Wired Homeschool

November 09, 2017

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.

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Managing Your Kids’ Screen Time with Kirk Martin – WHS 219 [Interview] - The Wired Homeschool

October 27, 2017

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,

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Your Devices Are Listening to You – WHS 218 - The Wired Homeschool - Tech, Tools, & Tips for Homeschooling a Digital Generation

October 16, 2017

Looking for a fun game to play with the whole family? I’ll review a new game from Osmo and briefly cover some tech news in this week’s episode of The Wired Hoemschool. News Google Home Mini Always Listening to You See What’s Saved in Your Voice & Audio...

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Your Devices Are Listening to You – WHS 218 - The Wired Homeschool

October 16, 2017

Looking for a fun game to play with the whole family? I’ll review a new game from Osmo and briefly cover some tech news in this week’s episode of The Wired Homeschool. News Google Home Mini Always Listening to You See What’s Saved in Your Voice & Audio...

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Google Pixel 2 Event Initial Reaction – WHS 217 - The Wired Homeschool - Tech, Tools, & Tips for Homeschooling a Digital Generation

October 11, 2017

Google’s recent Pixel 2 event revealed some exciting technology that homeschoolers will be able to take advantage of in their homes. Not everything announced looks to be immediately useful in the homeschooler’s toolbox but there are a few interesting t...

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Google Pixel 2 Event Initial Reaction – WHS 217 - The Wired Homeschool

October 11, 2017

Google’s recent Pixel 2 event revealed some exciting technology that homeschoolers will be able to take advantage of in their homes. Not everything announced looks to be immediately useful in the homeschooler’s toolbox but there are a few interesting t...

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Osmo Genius Kit Review – WHS 216 - The Wired Homeschool - Tech, Tools, & Tips for Homeschooling a Digital Generation

September 30, 2017

The Osmo Genius Kit includes 5 hands-on games that foster creativity & problem solving skills: Masterpiece, Newton, Tangram, Numbers, and Words. In this episode of The Wired Homeschool I’ll share my thoughts on the Osmo Genius Kit and preview some upco...

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Osmo Genius Kit Review – WHS 216 - The Wired Homeschool

September 30, 2017

The Osmo Genius Kit includes 5 hands-on games that foster creativity & problem solving skills: Masterpiece, Newton, Tangram, Numbers, and Words. In this episode of The Wired Homeschool I’ll share my thoughts on the Osmo Genius Kit and preview some upco...

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iPhone X Initial Reaction and Cassini’s Grand Finale – WHS 215 - The Wired Homeschool - Tech, Tools, & Tips for Homeschooling a Digital Generation

September 20, 2017

Apple’s announcement of the iPhone X was a bit underwhelming but Cassini’s “grand finale” left me grinning from ear-to-ear. In this episode of The Wired Homeschool I’ll share my initial reaction to the iPhone X, go over Cassini’s grand finale,

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iPhone X Initial Reaction and Cassini's Grand Finale - The Wired Homeschool

September 20, 2017

Apple’s announcement of the iPhone X was a bit underwhelming but Cassini’s “grand finale” left me grinning from ear-to-ear. In this episode of The Wired Homeschool I’ll share my initial reaction to the iPhone X, go over Cassini’s grand finale,

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Amazon Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa Review – WHS 214 - The Wired Homeschool

September 09, 2017

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 episo...

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Amazon Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa Review – WHS 214 - The Wired Homeschool - Tech, Tools, & Tips for Homeschooling a Digital Generation

September 09, 2017

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 episo...

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2017 Eclipse Wrap-Up – WHS 213 - The Wired Homeschool

August 31, 2017

My trip to see the 2017 eclipse was a great success. Here are my thoughts on the trip, the event, and planning for the next one in 2024. No show notes for this episode because I was speaking with little preparation. Thanks to Aaron, Lori, Matt,

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2017 Eclipse Wrap-Up – WHS 213 - The Wired Homeschool - Tech, Tools, & Tips for Homeschooling a Digital Generation

August 31, 2017

My trip to see the 2017 eclipse was a great success. Here are my thoughts on the trip, the event, and planning for the next one in 2024. No show notes for this episode because I was speaking with little preparation. Thanks to Aaron, Lori, Matt,

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Special Eclipse Update – WHS - The Wired Homeschool - Tech, Tools, & Tips for Homeschooling a Digital Generation

August 20, 2017

A quick update ahead of tomorrow’s eclipse. Hope to hear from you if you’re watching it! ➡️ Support this podcast on Patreon. $1 per episode helps me create more podcasts. ⬅️ Connect Socially! Join the Facebook page Follow @wiredhs Circle on Google Plus...

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Special Eclipse Update – WHS - The Wired Homeschool

August 20, 2017

A quick update ahead of tomorrow’s eclipse. Hope to hear from you if you’re watching it! ➡️ Support this podcast on Patreon. $1 per episode helps me create more podcasts. ⬅️ Connect Socially! Join the Facebook page Follow @wiredhs Circle on Google Plus...

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Games in Education Symposium Wrap-Up – WHS 212 - The Wired Homeschool - Tech, Tools, & Tips for Homeschooling a Digital Generation

August 05, 2017

The 11th annual Games in Education Symposium (GiE17) brought together educators from the United States and Canada to learn how to supercharge their classrooms with video games. While this conference’s target attendee is the public school teacher,

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Games in Education Symposium Wrap-Up – WHS 212 - The Wired Homeschool

August 05, 2017

The 11th annual Games in Education Symposium (GiE17) brought together educators from the United States and Canada to learn how to supercharge their classrooms with video games. While this conference’s target attendee is the public school teacher,

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Top 5 Homeschooling Podcasts in Apple Podcasts – WHS 211 - The Wired Homeschool - Tech, Tools, & Tips for Homeschooling a Digital Generation

July 12, 2017

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 podca...

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