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Smart Homes, Smart Toys How Kids Use Technology at Home – Infographic

Smart Homes Smart Toys How Kids Use Technology

Smart Homes Smart Toys

If you’ve made the decision to homeschool your children, remember that technology can be your ally. Children living in this digital age are already used to interacting with technology every day, so integrating it into the learning curriculum can facilitate the learning process.

Even so, there are important reasons why you need to be mindful of the extent to which your children use technology. Consider some examples from tech titans present and past. Bill Gates did not permit his kids to have their own smartphones until they reached 13 years old, and Steve Jobs never allowed his young kids to use iPads. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider technology for younger children — but you should be more vigilant with younger kids.

There are indeed some interesting ways that you can use smart home technology and smart toy technology to make homeschooling a more interactive experience for you and yours. What follows is a look at specific smart home technology and smart toy technology to consider. Continue Reading →


Games in Education Symposium Wrap-Up – WHS 212

Games in Education Symposium 2017

Presenting “There’s and App for That! STEM Homeschooling with Games and Apps” at GiE17

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, I was able to present as well as attend. While there, I learned a lot about game-based education and will be sharing how homeschoolers can use games to teach STEM topics.

In this episode, I provide a wrap-up of my time at GiE17 and share some thoughts about future episodes and collaborations with some of the people I met at the conference.

Games in Education Symposium 2017 Live Stream Day 1

Games in Education Symposium 2017 Live Stream Day 1

EK Theater Performance at Games in Education Symposium 2017

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Top 5 Homeschooling Podcasts in Apple Podcasts – WHS 211

Top 5 Homeschool Podcasts

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 episode of each podcast for five minutes. Why only five minutes? Two reasons: 1.) I don’t have 6+ hours to listen to homeschooling podcasts and 2.) the first five minutes is the amount of time I give to a new podcast before I decide to skip it or subscribe.

I’ll be rating each podcast on the following criteria: quality, content, host personality, and relevance. Continue Reading →


Cyber Security 101: Tips On Teaching Your Children About Being Safe Online While Homeschooling [Guest Post]

Cyber Security 101: Tips On Teaching Your Children About Being Safe Online While Studying
Nowadays, schools and teachers require students to do homework online. Additionally, the internet has become the primary method for children to study for projects, tests, and assignments. Unfortunately, that does not mean that it is a completely safe way for children to learn. In fact, the Internet poses many potential problems for a child’s safety when studying online. Continue Reading →


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