Scratch That Coding Itch with Ryan Swanstrom – WHS 242

Scratch 3.0 was released in January 2019 and includes a number of great new features including the ability to create and play projects on a tablet.

Ryan Swanstrom joins me today to discuss Scratch 3.0 and how homeschoolers can use it to teach their kids how to code, for free!


Ryan is a homeschool dad, computer programmer, and data scientist who helps homeschool parents integrate programming and technology into their curriculum with online courses and a weekly/monthly newsletter. He and his wife homeschool their 5 children in South Dakota, USA. Continue Reading →

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How does a whip break the sound barrier? [Video]

You probably already know that the crack from a bullwhip is a mini sonic boom. It’s amazing to think that something you can control with your hands can move faster than the speed of sound.

In this video from Destin Sandlin at Smarter Every Day, he uses a recording technique that shows you the exact moment a whip breaks the sound barrier.

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Dash and Dot Pick the Super Bowl 53 Winner

For the past four years, my kids and I have programmed Dash and Dot to randomly pick the Super Bowl winner.

Last year, they picked the Eagles. Who will they pick this year and will their prediction be correct?

You can watch the previous years’ predictions in the playlist below.

What other things could we do with Dash and Dot?

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Homeschooling With Hulu? 10 Documentaries You Can Watch Now – WHS 241

Homeschooling With Hulu


Educational content is available all over the Internet. As streaming services become more popular, more educational documentaries become available to homeschoolers.

Previously, I’ve shared YouTube channels and documentaries on Netflix that are educational. In this episode of The Wired Homeschool, I share 10 documentaries you can find on Hulu right now that you can use for homeschooling.

The list reflects my leaning towards science and technology (especially, space) but you can find other interesting educational content on Hulu that covers topics like humanities, finances, and history. Continue Reading →

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