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App Review – Kids Quotas – The Wired Homeschool

Time is precious in a homeschooling house.  Computer time is like pixie dust that can be sprinkled upon your children and they’ll magically do their chores and school work.  However, if your kids don’t know how much of that pixie dust to expect then they start arguing.

With Kids’ Quotas from Active Mind Apps you can monitor your kids’ activity time.  Originally intended to monitor iThingy (iPod, iPhone, iPad) usage, Kids’ Quotas can be used to track all kinds of things like TV time, reading time, play time and quiet time (especially important for Mommy).

Once you’ve established times for a particular activity it is very simple to setup that quota.  After the quota is established just tap it and a countdown begins after a confirmation dialog.  Multiple quotas can run simultaneously and you can drill down through the usage time and have a detailed look at quotas used.  If you forget to stop one of the timers you can edit the amount of time used.

Kids’ Quotas allows you to:

  • Track one or more children
  • Quickly setup as many different quotas per child as you’d like
  • Configure each quota to track time by day, week, or month
  • See clear visual indicators of the running status of each quota
  • View detailed histories with average and total usage summaries
  • Just touch and go to track time and end the arguments

A couple of things I’d like to see added to the app are an audible or visual notification when a quota has expired (I let one run for over 9 hours) and a password or PIN required to edit the time used. I find this app very useful and I think we’ll be using it in the future to track our kids’ quotas.

Kids’ Quotas is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later and costs $2.99.

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App Review – How Stuff Works – The Wired Homeschool

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What makes a clock tick? How do spiders spin their webs? How does GPS work? You can answer these questions and more with the How Stuff Works app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

I found this gem browsing around the Apple store and downloaded it immediately. I’m a big fan of How Stuff Works and this app is a great way to have access to their vast library of articles.

The HowStuffWorks app not only gives you instant access to a massive collection of articles and podcasts right on your iPhone or iPod Touch, but also you gives you direct access to our famous podcasters and HowStuffWorks experts! Tweet with the HowStuffWorks crew while you listen!

The interface is very easy to use and well-designed. When reading articles, you can resize the text and share it via Twitter, Facebook or email. Videos play in landscape mode and load quickly (especially over wi-fi). Some of the videos are a little pinched due to the iPhone’s aspect ratio.

Podcasts stream quickly and you can continue listening to them while reading articles and exploring the rest of the app.

I won’t try and list everything that you can access with this app. I literally puts an encyclopedia at your finger tips. Download it today to answer those weird questions your kids ask you.

How Stuff Works is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later and is FREE.

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App Review – Word of the Day – The Wired Homeschool

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It’s Friday and that means it’s time for an iPhone app review.  This is a new series of blog posts I’ll be releasing every Friday here at The Wired Hoemschool to supplement the podcast.  I hope you like this series.  If you have an app you’d like me to review, please contact me via email: wiredhs [at] gmail [dot] com

Word of the Day is available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch running iOS 3.0 or later.  For 99 cents you get a new word every day that you can teach yourself and your children.

Features include:
  • A full year of words and definitions
  • The ability to go back and forth to see up to 15 words per day
  • Email an interesting word or definition to a friend, or just to send a reminder to yourself to use that word in a sentence

This is a great way to bolster your vocabulary.  It has a simple interface and a great list of words.  If you’re not up for spending 99 cents on the app you can download the ad-supported lite version.  It’s free but you lose the ability to send email.

You can find more “of the day” apps at the Ethan Productions website.

Now I need to find a way to use “louche” in a sentence.

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