Author Archive | John Wilkerson

Interview with Jeff Schmitz of Scholaric – WHS 21

Note: Since this interview the application has been re-branded as Scholaric and the links and information may be out of date.

This week I’m happy to feature an interview with Jeff Schmitz, the creator or Cogniti.us.

Jeff joined me over Skype and discussed his excellent homeschool planning system.

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Next week I plan to provide a review of 4 browsers that you can use on your Mac or Windows computer.

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HSR: ClashEntertainment.com – The Wired Homeschool

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Along with a weekly app review, I’m also going to have a weekly Homeschool Resource.  I hope these blog posts help you find resources that will benefit your homeschool.

This week’s Homeschool Resource (HSR) is the websiteClashEntertainment.com

Clash Entertainment is website which aims to provide entertainment news and reviews to Christian teens.  They cover topics like movies, video games, books, comics, sports and more.

Most of the news and reviews appear to be geared towards specifically Christian entertainment but there are a few categories such as video games and movies where they cover non-Christian content as well.  There’s a verse of the day and devotion section too.

Looking through the site, I didn’t realize there was so much stuff geared towards Christian teens.  That’s probably because I haven’t darkened the doors of a Christian bookstore in almost 10 years.  I knew it was out there but had no idea how much was available to Christian teens.

Parents might be interested in the site as well so that they can get opinions and news about what teens are watching, reading and playing.  With the holiday season approaching, it might not be a bad site to check out for some great gift ideas.

The quality of the writing in each of the articles varies from author to author but in general the reviews are on par with what you’d find in your local newspaper.  The editors of the site clearly give the writers room to express their personalities in each of the reviews.

Overall, I’d say ClashEntertainment.com is worth a look.  Head over today and let them know that I sent you!

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App Review – Word of the Day – The Wired Homeschool

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It’s Friday and that means it’s time for an iPhone app review.  This is a new series of blog posts I’ll be releasing every Friday here at The Wired Hoemschool to supplement the podcast.  I hope you like this series.  If you have an app you’d like me to review, please contact me via email: wiredhs [at] gmail [dot] com

Word of the Day is available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch running iOS 3.0 or later.  For 99 cents you get a new word every day that you can teach yourself and your children.

Features include:
  • A full year of words and definitions
  • The ability to go back and forth to see up to 15 words per day
  • Email an interesting word or definition to a friend, or just to send a reminder to yourself to use that word in a sentence

This is a great way to bolster your vocabulary.  It has a simple interface and a great list of words.  If you’re not up for spending 99 cents on the app you can download the ad-supported lite version.  It’s free but you lose the ability to send email.

You can find more “of the day” apps at the Ethan Productions website.

Now I need to find a way to use “louche” in a sentence.

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Scholaric Review – WHS 20

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Note: Since this interview the application has been re-branded as Scholaric and the links and information may be out of date.

Jeff Schmitz has put together a promising online lesson planning tool for homeschoolers: Cognitius.  Today’s podcast will feature a review of Cognitius as well as some other news about the podcast.

Cognitius prides itself in being simple but effective:

The simplest homeschool record keeping system available. Fewer settings. No unnecessary features. Only one field required to enter a lesson.

It delivers on that promise and is quite easy to use. This is a beta application, meaning it’s still being actively developed, so it’s important to remember that everything will not be perfect. However, Jeff is listening to feed back and your use of the software and feedback will help to improve Cognitius over time.

I highly recommend that you check it out, give it a test drive and let Jeff know what you think about the tool.

Please remember to “Like” this podcast on Facebook by going tohttp://www.thewiredhomeschool.com/facebook

Next week I plan to provide a review of 4 browsers that you can use on your Mac or Windows computer.

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If you’d like to leave feedback about this or any other episode you can call and leave a voice mail by calling 518-290-0228, send email to feedback@thewiredhomeschool.com, or leave a comment on the blog. Follow me on Twitter: @jwilkers. Also follow the podcast on Twitter: @wiredhs. Join the Facebook page over at http://facebook.com/wiredhs

Music: Poofy Reel by Kevin Macleod.

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

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Thanks for Listening – WHS 19

Just a quick podcast this week to say, “Thanks for listening!”

Please rate and review in iTunes.  Also, please nominate this podcast in the “Education” category at Podcastawards.com

If you’d like to leave feedback about this or any other episode you can call and leave a voice mail by calling 518-290-0228, send email to wiredhs [at] gmail [dot] com, or leave a comment on the blog. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter: @jwilkers.

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