Amazon Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa – How to Setup for the First Time [Video]

Thinking about buying an Amazon Fire 7 tablet? Not sure how to configure it? Here’s a quick video that shows how to set up a Fire tablet. This applies to the 2017 version of the device.

Featured in this video: Amazon Fire 7 with Alexa – $49.99 (incl. special offers)
Amazon Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa - Marine Blue

  • The next generation of our best-selling Fire tablet ever – now thinner, lighter, and with longer battery life and an improved display. More durable than the latest iPad.
  • Beautiful 7″ IPS display with higher contrast and sharper text, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, and up to 8 hours of battery life. 8 or 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 256 GB of expandable storage.
  • Now with Alexa, for quick access to the information and entertainment you want. Ask questions, play music, check your calendar, get the news, weather, and more – just press the home button and ask.
  • Enjoy millions of movies, TV shows, songs, Kindle eBooks, apps and games – including Netflix, Facebook, HBO, Spotify, and more.
  • Prime members get unlimited access to over a thousand books and magazines, millions of songs, and thousands of movies and TV episodes – at no additional cost.
  • Watch downloaded videos anywhere with a Prime membership, Netflix plan, or Showtime subscription.
  • Enhance your entertainment experience with features you only get from Amazon, including ASAP, X-Ray, On Deck, Blue Shade, and FreeTime Parental Controls.

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CES 2018 with Matt Kamla and Michael Prince – WHS 222

CES 2018

Photo credit: Ryan Boyles


CES 2018 has passed but coverage still continues. There’s no doubt you’re seeing many articles about the gadgets and gizmos from CES 2018 that will make your life easier or more connected.

Matt Kamla (a listener of the podcast) and Michael Prince from Family Tech Blog both attended CES this year and shared some of the things they were excited to see. In addition, I shared three things from CES that caught my eye.

From VR to conductive ink, here are the things we’re excited about from CES 2018. Continue Reading →

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Tech for Teaching: Modern Tools to Boost Up Homeschooling | Guest Post

Tech for Teaching: Modern Tools to Boost Up HomeschoolingHave you ever wondered how kids perceived learning? We want this to be a pleasant experience for them. We want them to be inspired by all the things they learn. We want them to keep wondering and exploring. With all those expectations, we tend to make learning a stressful experience for our kids. They are curious, but we’re usually not satisfied with that. We always expect them to impress us.

When parents are homeschooling their kids, the expectations can be truly burdening. That’s why we need structure, which will set our own expectations to acceptable limits but will also make learning a bit easier for the homeschoolers.

Is there something that brings a parent’s approach closer to the needs of a homeschooled child? Of course, there is! It’s called technology. Traditional homeschooling techniques, which position the parent as a teacher and the kid as a usual student, no longer works. These are modern generations, with needs we have to respect.

What types of tools can you use when teaching your own kids? We’ll list 4 up-to-date options that will definitely make the experience more pleasant for you and the learners. Continue Reading →

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5 Online Science Classes for Homeschoolers

5 Online Science Classes for HomeschoolersHomeschooling parents know science can be a difficult subject to teach. Even if your student understands basic scientific principles, some children simply do not like science and that can lead to a lot complaining. Add to that, the cost of equipment and materials for labs and it’s understandable why so many parents shy away from teaching science at home.

Online science classes allow parents to hand over some of the responsibility to online classrooms. Your kids can engage with a teacher during a live class or with interactive courses that help homeschool students learn at their own pace.

While not a replacement for your teaching, an online course can help fill in any gaps in your homeschooling or supplement your current curriculum.

Here are 5 Online Science Classes for Homeschoolers that I’ve found that will help homeschooling parents teach science to their kids. Continue Reading →

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