How I Avoid Digital Distractions

My iPhone dings for the 97th time that day. I try to ignore it but I’m drawn to it. I reach into my pocket and nonchalantly glance at the screen. It’s another Google+ notification. I can’t check it now because I’m in a meeting at work.

On my way back to my office from the meeting I check my social media notifications: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Vine. I’m take a quick look at my blog stats because I want to see how my latest post is performing. I have about a 5 minute walk so that should be enough time for me to accomplish these “quick” tasks. Continue Reading →

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Homeschool Dads Hangout – Digital Distractions to Homeschooling

Do you find you or your kids getting distracted by digital technology? How does it affect your homeschooling? Does technology creep in and hinder your homeschooling rather than enable you to be more effective?

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Listen and watch as I hangout with three other homeschooling dads to talk about the digital distractions we face in our families.

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Confessions of a Digitally Distracted Homeschooling Dad

I have a confession to make: I’m a distracted homeschooling dad. My problem isn’t golfing on the weekends, working long hours, or hanging out with guys shooting hoops every night. No, my problem is in my pocket. I’m a digitally distracted dad.

When my wife and I started homeschooling there wasn’t much to distract us or my son. We had a gaming console (original Playstation) but it was rarely used, dial-up Internet was still prominent, we had no cable TV, and I had a pager for work that rarely beeped. Continue Reading →

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Tech & Toys of the Past 50 Years [Infographic]

It’s amazing how much technology has come to dominate our lives. Sometimes it slowly creeps into an aspect of our lives unexpectedly and other times we welcome it with open arms.

One of the ways to tell how much gadgets and gizmos have taken over our lives is to look at what’s popular at Christmastime. While there are not figures and facts to go along with the infographic below I can remember seeing crazed parents running around from store to store trying to find the latest gaming console or handheld device to put under the Christmas tree. Continue Reading →

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Looking Back at 2013 and Ahead to 2014 – WHS 100

2013 was a very up and down year for me. I spoke at a homeschool convention (twice) which was a high point but I failed to finish the book I started writing. I was also a little discouraged on the podcasting front but got a late surge of encouragement from all of you.

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This week I’ll talk about some of the milestones from last year and layout my plan for the podcast in 2014.Goals spelled out using multi-colored paper and clothespins on a twine clothesline. Continue Reading →

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