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Covenant Eyes Now Available on Android – The Wired Homeschool

Many people have been waiting for a version of Covenant Eyes on the Android platform. It has finally arrived!

It is free for subscribers to Covenant Eyes’ accountability software.

If you download and install it, I’d love to hear what you think about it.

We are proud to announce the new Covenant Eyes app is available on Google Play. After many months of testing, we are pleased to release this new product.

Give the app a try and tell us what you think about it!

For more information about the app and how to configure and install it, please visit the Covenant Eyes Breaking Free Blog.

Description from Android Marketplace:

Covenant Eyes is an Internet Accountability service. To use this app you must have a paid subscription, available at CovenantEyes.com.

This app monitors all the browsing and searching on your stock browser. It also monitors the apps you use. This information is compiled into an easy-to-read report and e-mailed to the friends you choose. All websites are rated for maturity (with age-based ratings like T for Teen or M for Mature). Apps are listed by title, along with their App Market genre (like Media & Video) and the amount of time spent using the app each day.

With the increased use of mobile web comes a greater risk. More anonymity and more secrecy can lead to increased inappropriate behavior. Nearly 1 in 5 searches made from mobile devices is for pornography. 25% of smartphone owners admit to having porn on their mobile device, and 84% say they keep it a secret from their romantic partner. Covenant Eyes helps you to get rid of the anonymity and decreases these online temptations.

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Initial Thoughts on iBooks 2, Author App, and Textbooks – The Wired Homeschool

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Today Apple announced a new app for authoring e-books: iBooks Author. The app is free in the Mac App Store and makes creating an e-book a drag-and-drop process.

Publishers will now have a great tool available to create e-books by simply dragging a Word file into the application. The application then takes over and automatically formats the book. Images can then be re-sized and dragged around in text and terms and definitions can be added.

Once the book is complete it can be previewed on an iPad or uploaded directly to the iBook store.

Additionally, Apple’s Phil Schiller announced there would be a new textbook experience in iBooks 2.

While Schiller announced that they plan to include “every subject, every grade level, for every student,” they’re focusing on high school for now.

Textbook publishers McGraw-Hill, Pearson and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt have partnered with Apple and two text books are available today for $14.99 each in the iBook store.

This is great news for the homeschooling community. Homeschoolers will now be able to purchase e-textbooks at a fraction of the cost of their dead tree counterparts and changes to those books can be made available without having to reprint the books or send out addenda.  Publishers of homeschooling textbooks now have a way to offer digital, interactive books to their customers for a fraction of what it used to cost.

I’m hoping homeschool publishers jump on this bandwagon and take this opportunity to easily digitize their books and get them in the iBooks store soon!

Other iBooks related posts: WHS 34: The Textbook Reinvented, How to Install iBooks Author on Snow Leopard, WHS 38 – The Resolutionary New Homeschooling iPad

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Rebecca Black Homeschooled Due to Bullying – The Wired Homeschool

With the school years starting all of the the country, many parents are stepping into homeschooling for the first time.  There are many reasons they may choose to remove their children from public schools one of which is bullying.

The Internet can make someone famous or infamous in a matter of days and that’s what happened earlier this year when Rebecca’s Black’s video Friday appeared on YouTube.  Little did Black and her parents know that it would lead to thousands of derogatory remarks and eventually bullying in school.

The Daily Caller is reporting that Rebecca Black is now being homeschooled because she could no longer endure being bullied at school.

Speaking to ABC’s Nightline, the 14-year-old Los Angeles native said she faced so much teasing and harassment this past spring that her parents resorted to homeschooling.

“When I walk by they’ll start singing ‘Friday’ in a really nasally voice,” Black told the network. “Or, you know, they’ll be like, ‘Oh hey, Rebecca, guess what day it is?’”

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It’s unfortunate when parents feel their children are no longer safe in public schools.  Granted, children chide each other all the time and homeschooling will not shield them from this.  When it occurs within families parents are quick to deal with it accordingly.  I cannot imagine the overwhelming feeling’s Rebecca Black and her parents must feel after all the jokes, distasteful remarks, and rumors that are spreading withing the school and on the Internet.

I hope that Black’s parents find joy in homeschooling and continue to explore the vast options available to homeschooled parents and children when it comes to a fulfilling education.

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New Law in Minnesota Decreases Paperwork For Homeschoolers – The Wired Homeschool

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Recently passed legislation in Minnesota now only requires homeschooling parents to report their intent to homeschool at the beginning and the end of the school year.

Previously, quarterly report cards had to be sent to the school district’s superintendent if the parents lacked a college degree.

Additionally, the requirement to have the superintendent visit the homes of each homeschooling family was removed as well.

According to GrandForksHerald.com, the new law lets homeschoolers “save the time and money” and allows them to “continue to do the good job they are doing.”

Some other changes include the ability for parents to teach driver’s education classes and a change to the reporting requirements regarding immunizations.

Read the complete article here.

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New Jersey School Will Continue Fight For Equal Access – The Wired Homeschool

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A homeschooling family in Midland Park New Jersey will need to wait a little longer to find out if the state of New Jersey will allow school districts to include home-schooled students in high school sports.

A recent appeal “of a decision by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association denying the home-schooled an opportunity to compete in public high school athletic programs” to the Commissioner of Education by Superintendent Dr. Marie Cirasella was rejected by the state Commissioner of education.

The school district intents to continue to seek equal access for home-schooled students to high school sports programs and are “merely asking the state to uphold its own rules allowing each district to decide whether to allow the home-schooled to participate in public school sports programs.”

Read the complete original news article at NorthJersey.com.

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