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Apple’s App Rating System Explained and Google Family Link- WHS 207

Apple Rating System Google Family Link

More and more, companies are finally starting to realize that parents want a way to let their children safely use digital devices.

Apple and Google have been providing app ratings similar to the ESRB ratings for video games for years now but what do those ratings mean?

In this episode of The Wired Homeschool I take a look at the Apple app rating system and give a brief overview of Google’s new parental control feature: Family Link. Continue Reading →

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10 Battery Saving Tips When You’re Van-Schooling – WHS 163

The homeschooling year has started for many. That means long days sitting around the kitchen table reading books and listening to mom or dad lecture about Algebra or World History.

Maybe that’s the way thing go in your house but my family is out of the house a lot. That means having to do school work in the van sometimes. Maybe the kids can catch up on some reading or do math drills with one of the Kindle Fire tablets.

If your family is like ours you may find yourself running out of power for all of those devices if you’re out of the house for a few hours. That may lead to multiple devices needing to be charged at the same time. Here are 10 Battery Saving Tips When You’re Van-Schooling that will settle squabbles over the power outlets in your van.
10 Battery Saving Tips When You're Van-Schooling

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How To Back Up your Smartphones and Tablets – WHS 90 – The Wired Homeschool

You backup your computer, right? What about your smartphone? Backing up your smartphone is something a lot of people don’t think about doing. If you’re a busy homeschooling mom or dad you’ve probably got your contacts, homeschooling events, and more stored on your smartphone. Losing all of that data would set you back for days because you’d have to recreate it all.

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It’s pretty easy to backup your smartphone and with these simple steps you can make sure you never lose your data even if your phone is lost or destroyed. The methods vary from device to device so here’s a rundown of the 3 major phone providers and how to back up your stuff so you don’t miss a beat when you replace your old one of if your current phone gets lost or stolen.  Show me now before it’s too late!

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8 Free Educational Android Apps for Home Educators – The Wired Homeschool

iPhone and iPad apps seem to dominate most blogs post when it comes to lists of educational apps so I thought I’d put together a list of apps for home educators with Android devices who are looking for a little love.

I haven’t used any of these apps because I don’t own an Android device but my research indicates that these are wonder apps and will be very useful.

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nasa1. NASA App: This one will always make everyone’s list because it gives you and your kids access to so much great information about our universe. Description: Come explore with NASA and discover the latest images, videos, mission information, news, feature stories, tweets, NASA TV and featured content with the NASA App for Android.

TED2. TED: TED Talks are always full of fascinating information and are great for discussion starters or supplementing curriculum. Description: TED’s official Android app presents talks from some of the world’s most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus, and music legends. Find more than 1400 TEDTalk videos and audios (with more added each week) on the official TED app — now for tablets and smartphones.

common-core3. Common Core: Interested in finding out what’s in the common core? Here’s your chance. Description: View the Common Core state standards in one convenient FREE app! This app includes a simple way to view each Common Core standard. A great reference for parents and teachers to easily read and understand the core standards. 

viewer-for-khan4. Viewer for Khan Academy: Khan Academy has been offering free educational tutorilas on YouTube for years. Now you cab easily access them from the palm of your hand. Description: Viewer for Khan Academy makes it easy to view Khan Academy’s library of over 3,000 educational videos. 

physorg5. PhysOrg.com Science News Lite: STEM is important in education these days and you can stay on top of the latest news with this app. Description: Daily spotlight science and technology news stories from Phys.org. This includes stories in the fields of physics, medicine, nanotechnology, electronics, space and earth sciences, biology, chemistry, computer sciences, engineering, mathematics, etc. 

whitehouse6. Whitehouse.gov: Great for current events ideas and for keeping tabs on what’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Description: General American history information, as well as current news pertaining to the President, press briefings, proclamations, executive orders, and any speeches the president has made on the radioG

springpad7. Springpad: Every homeschooler wishes they had an assistant. Springpad is the next best thing! Description: Save anything from anywhere, free. Springpad enhances anything you save with useful details and relevant suggestions so you can get what you need, when and where you need it.

homeschool-helper-icon8. Homeschool Helper: Available for various platforms, this app will help home educators power through their planning and grading. Note: For tablets only. Description: Homeschool Helper is a feature rich tool designed to assist with the many aspects of homeschooling. Unlike other school based apps, Homeschool Helper was designed specifically for homeschooling from the ground up.

What Android apps would you recommend for home educators?

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5 Things Homeschoolers Need to Know About Facebook Home – The Wired Homeschool

Last week Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announce to the world his companies plans for Android-based phones. It’s called Facebook Home or Home. This new direction for Facebook intends to put “people first instead of apps.”

Home isn’t a new OS or derivative of Android but it does modify your device’s home screen and provide you with an app launcher. Let’s look at some things you need to know about Facebook Home before you decide to install it on your device.

Facebook Home Changes the Way You Use Your Phone

By modifying the home screen and including an app launcher, Home will change the way you use your phone. Facebook is at the forefront and in your face every time you turn on your phone.

Your lock and home screen will default to Cover Feed. The Cover Feed features notifications, status updates, and photos that you would normally see in your News Feed on Facebook. Notifications from other installed apps will also be pushed to Cover Feed.
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