Tech & Homeschooling Special Needs Children with Mary Fratianni – WHS 143

Many parents are unaware that it is possible to homeschool special needs children. Many states like New York offer services to parents of special needs children to assist them. There are also homeschool groups specifically for parents of special needs children.

Tech & Homeschooling Special Needs Children

Photo credit: Francesco Guarnieri

Mary Fratianni is the Special Needs Coordinator for NYS LEAH and oversees a special chapter within the organization for parents homeschooling special needs children: PICC – Parents Instructing Challenged Children.

PICC LEAH is a network of parents homeschooling, or thinking about home schooling, their child with special learning needs.

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3 Chromecast Tips to Level Up Your Streaming Experience

By EricaJoy (Flickr: Chromecast) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By EricaJoy (Flickr: Chromecast) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Google’s Chromecast is great little streaming stick that can help you in your homeschooling. With Chromecast, instead of huddling around your computer monitor to watch a YouTube video or online class, you can display your computer’s browser to your large-screen HDTV (if you have one).

Here are a few additional things you can do that might make things in your house a little less stressful. Continue Reading →


Steve Jobs on Technology and Art

In his keynote address when introducting the iPad 2, Steve Jobs stated:

technology alone is not enough — it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing.

I couldn’t agree more.

Steve Jobs on Technology and Art

So much focus is being placed on teaching STEM topics that we’re losing an appreciation for art. Classic inventors like DaVinci and Galileo were also artists. It was their creative minds that led them to invent and solve problems.


Is Twitter Safe for Teens? – WHS 142

In last week’s podcast I gave a general overview of how you can promote a safe mobile experience for your kids. I want to expand on that in the upcoming weeks by discussing various social media platforms, how teens are using them today, and whether or not it’s safe for your teens to be using these platforms.

Is Twitter safe for teens?

Note my use of the word “teen”. This is important. Many social media networks unless they are specifically designed for younger kids have a minimum age requirement of 13. There are many good reasons for this and hopefully you’ll learn why I’ve chosen to wait to introduce my kids to social media.

This week I’m talking about Twitter. Continue Reading →


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