Taking Time Off – WHS 189


Taking time off is important in all areas of life. As homeschoolers, we know that we can’t always turn every trip, t.v. show, movie, or walk in the park into a learning experience. If we constantly try to make everything we do educational, our kids will either come to loathe learning or loathe the “fun” thing you have planned for them this weekend. So we take time to go to a ballgame just to spend time with our family and enjoy the experience.

Similarly, podcasters can sometimes come to find what they do as a chore. The fun and excitement that was once there is gone. Sometimes we get distracted by other interests or have an idea for a new podcast (or five). I really admire podcasters who can do this week-in and week-out for years on end. I’m not one of those podcasters.

The Wired Homeschool has been around for nearly six years. It’s the most popular podcast I’ve ever produced and the audience just keeps growing. It’s growing so much I’m having trouble keeping up with all the requests for guest posts, interviews, and actual show production. I’m a one-man show and don’t really earn enough income to justify hiring a VA to help with some aspects of maintaining the podcast and blog. With all the growth you might wonder why I would stop now.

My passion for this podcast has cooled a bit, OK, a lot. I see producing an episode every week as something I need to do rather than something I want to do. I feel like I’m taking half-measures and you deserve better. The thrill is gone and if I’m not having fun you’ll hear it in my voice and see it in the inconsistent quality of the podcasts. It’s difficult to say this, but it’s been clear to me for a few months that I’m no longer interested in producing this podcast.

I asked for nominations in this year’s Podcast Awards and thought I would use that as a gauge for whether I should continue this podcast. That’s the wrong measurement. It’s really up to me. If you have nominated the podcast, thanks. I don’t know how this will affect my nomination but if I’m pulled then I’m happy to donate the $10 registration fee I paid to the awards organizer.

So, I said all that to say I’m taking time off. I need time to reconsider and reevaluate whether or not I want to continue this podcast. If you’re a long-time listener you’ve probably heard this before. I’m sorry to put you through it again. The current plan is to take May through the end August off. If I decide to continue the podcast it will be back in September.

The social media accounts associated with the podcast will go on autopilot. You’ll still see Twitter updates from @wiredhs for previous episodes and popular blog posts. I’m not sure there will be much activity on Facebook or Pinterest. Perhaps I’ll occasionally post an infographic or article excerpt that catches my eye to the blog and share it.

To all of you listening, especially those who’ve listened year after year, thanks for sticking me in your ears and don’t forget to keep your homeschool wired.

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How Teens Consume Digital Media [Infographic]

Teen Digital Diet
As parents and educators, we’re very aware of the food that goes into our kids’ bodies. Some days we may serve cereal for dinner, but on the whole, we make sure that our kids are eating nutritious meals.

Have you ever thought about what your kids are consuming digitally? When your kids get a little older you loosen the reigns and let them make decisions about what digital content they consume and as homeschooling parents they may consume digital content more than traditional content like books and magazines.

In this inforgraphic from Rawhide, you’ll see that teens are consuming more content on screens than ever before. As parents and home educators it’s important for us to make sure we’re aware of the type of content they;re consuming as well as how much. Continue Reading →

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Michael Prince: What’s in Your Pocket – WHS 188

In 2013 Michael Prince and his wife Melinda founded Because Family to inspire parents to be the first influence in the lives of their children. They believe that to accomplish that goal parents have to be aware of what their children are doing on their devices.

Since hitting the road with their children, Michael and Melinda have covered thousands of miles while homeschooling. Along their journey they’ve written a valuable resource for parents: What’s in Your Pocket? The Parent’s Guide to Protecting Your Children Online.

Michael Prince and Family

Michael and Melinda Prince with their family.

Thanks to all the individual patrons who have supported the podcast. Special thanks go out to Matt Kamla, Lori Silsbee, Winston Crutchfield, & Craig Tingey. Continue Reading →

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I Need Your Nominations

Podcast Awards 2016

Nominations for the 11th annual Podcast Awards are underway! This is a people’s choice award so all the nominations and votes come from podcast listeners like you.

The Wired Homeschool has never even been nominated for an award an I think this year I have a pretty good chance of being nominated but I need your help.

Go to PodcastAwards.com and nominate The Wired Homeschool in the Education category. While you’re at it, you may want to nominate some other podcasts. Below are a few other suggestions. Just copy and paste the text into the appropriate fields on the nomination form.

Education
The Wired Homeschool
http://thewiredhomeschool.com
Business
The Productive Woman
http://TheProductiveWoman.com
Technology
The Audacity to Podcast
https://TheAudacitytoPodcast.com
TV & Film
ONCE – Once Upon a Time podcast
http://ONCEpodcast.com

Nominations close at 11:59 p.m. on April 30th, 2016 so be sure to get your nominations in now. Thanks you for your nomination and support!

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Roadschooling with Technology

Roadschooling with TechnologyMy wife (Melinda) and I decided to hit the road full time with our four children almost a year ago. We had been homeschooling since our first was school age, but we knew that life on the road would make it a requirement. Because we travel all over the country, We were excited for our children to not only learn about the US but to experience it. Obviously, our homeschool looks different than most. The biggest difference is that we don’t want to be on the road full time and just sit in the RV doing school work. Our goal is to make our experiences a major part of how our children are learning. Plus, we have to be creative with how we do education with limited space in our motorhome. We aren’t able to stockpile curriculum or spread our children out all over the house to do their bookwork. Because of this, we use technology regularly to supplement their education.
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