Back to Homeschool Tech Tune-Up – WHS 160

If you homeschool year-round or take a break over the summer you’re probably still beholden to your school district’s school schedule. Getting your documentation prepared and making sure you have the correct curriculum in place is probably at the forefront of your back-to-(home)school preparations.

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5 Ways to Increase Your Tech Budget for Homeschooling – WHS 159

This week’s topic is inspired by a recent episode of Homeschooling in Real Life, Can We Afford to Homeschool?

I understand that many homeschooling parents are on a tight budget. My family is on a tight budget. The challenges of maintaining a household on one income can really put a lot of stress on homeschooling parents.

With that in mind, I want to share with you 5 Ways to Increase Your Tech Budget for Homeschooling.

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5 Lies Homeschoolers Believe About Their Kids and Tech – WHS 158

I’ve spoken about the use of technology in homeschooling for five years now. Occasionally, I encounter a parent that is either confused, confident, or concerned about their kids using smartphones, tablets, and computers to learn.

Some of the parents I talk to fear exposing their kids to too much tech while other think nothing short of total immersion will prepare them for life in the 21st century. Both of these points of view are extreme and today on the podcast I’m going address these and other misconceptions about homeschooling and tech.

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Periscope Safety Tips for Parents and Teens

Periscope has gained a lot of momentum since Twitter acquired it in March 2015. If you’re not familiar with Periscope your teens probably are.

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Periscope is a live-streaming app that allows users to broadcast video to the Internet from their smartphone. Replays are available for 24 hrs and then they are gone “forever”.

Along with the live broadcasts, there is a chat feature that allows people watching the broadcast to interact with other viewers and the broadcaster.

Additionally, if location services are enabled, viewers of your broadcast can find your precise location. Not good.

There are some legitimate concerns about what type of content your kids could see. The safety tips in this video will not eliminate the chance of your kids coming across inappropriate content but an ounce of prevention goes a long way.

TL;DR

1. Disable location services.
2. Only watch broadcasts from trusted scopers.
3. Disable chat for non-followers.
4. Broadcast your scopes privately.
5. Supervised use for teens is highly recommended.
6. Parents should follow their teens on Periscope.

Are you using Persicope? Follow me: @jwilkers

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