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How Students Can Use Their Smartphones Productively

Smartphones are important for students

Technological advancement and development of several smartphone apps have made a big contribution in how education is being undertaken. One major area that has been considerably improved is in conducting detailed, fast research in school. The number of students having smartphones in school is overwhelming. In fact, almost every student in school has a smartphone. These phones come with a variety of apps, which can support storing, receiving and easy access to files and useful information, which students require in advancing their studies. Unlike computers, which are heavier and require a lot of space, smartphones are easy to carry and flexible at the same time. This makes them more suitable as a tool that a student can use for quick reference and conducting research. There are several ways that smartphones have been vital to the success of many students in school and much is attributed to their portability and various apps.  Continue Reading →


4 Interesting and Educational Podcasts for Youngsters – The Wired Homeschool

People rarely mention podcasts when they talk about useful educational technologies. Articles about useful smartphone apps for students abound, but there are far fewer shout outs to the podcasts that predate most of the trending educational apps. That’s a shame because there are some really great educational podcasts out there for students of all ages.

As proof to the utility of educational podcasts, I’ve listed 4 podcasts below that offer expansive lessons to any students willing to listen. Continue Reading →


5 Steps to Gain College Credit Online During High School – The Wired Homeschool

There are many home school students who take advantage of online programs during high school. The best part is that many of these courses can be applied to your college credits and help you get some of those basics out of the way.


Finding the right online course can be tricky, though. Here is a rundown of some of the best ways to go about enrolling: Continue Reading →


The Mercy Project – Guest Post by Heather Hendrick – The Wired Homeschool

Today many in our country will take a day off from our jobs to celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers.  No matter if we’re celebrating at home or at the beach, we’re entering into a tradition that has largely been shaped by Labor Unions – organizations that are dedicated to protecting workers’ interests and improving their wages, hours, and working conditions.  Today as we lounge around or hang out with friends and family, we’re not only celebrating hard work, we’re honoring fair, ethical working practices and the laws that prevent discrimination, abuse, and child labor in our country.  Without these laws in place (and enforced), the most vulnerable members of society suffer.  Who are the most vulnerable? Children.

mercy project1Today as we’re celebrating the systems in our own country that strive to prevent injustices like child trafficking and child labor, we’re mindful of the many child slaves around the world who are unprotected and the organizations, like Mercy Project, who are working to free them.

As a mother, it’s difficult for me to imagine my children working 14 hours a day, 7 days a week.  I’m unable to wrap my brain around the thought of my children engaged in long, hard days of physical labor, eating one meal a day, and then falling asleep at night on a dirt floor filled with other slave children.  Yet this is the daily reality for kids who have been trafficked into the fishing industry in Ghana, Africa.  As with much of Africa, there is a great deal of poverty in Ghana. Unfortunately, this leaves many mothers in an unimaginable position: sell their children to someone who can take better care of them or watch them starve to death. Most of the mothers are told their children will be given food, housing, and an education. Instead, the kids are often taken to Lake Volta where they become child slaves and their mothers never see them again.  Thankfully, Mercy Project is working to break the cycles of trafficking around Lake Volta by providing alternate, more efficient, sustainable, fishing methods for villagers – ultimately eliminating the need for child slaves.  Because of the work Mercy Project is doing in Ghana, the first group of children will be freed this month from Lake Volta.

There’s an estimated 7,000 children who work in the Ghana fishing industry. Some of these children are as young as 5 and 6 years old. All of these children are slaves. –Mercy Project

We invite you to watch this moving, 10 minute documentary about the issues surrounding child labor and trafficking in Ghana and most importantly the hope Mercy Project is bringing to children and entire communities in Africa.  Mercy Project is the only NGO working on Lake Volta addressing the injustice of child labor and child trafficking at its root – by strengthening the Ghanaian economy and eliminating the structures that cause the demand for trafficked children.

mercyproject2Whether these ideas of child labor, child trafficking, and modern-day slavery are new to you or you’re aware of these injustices, but need to hear some good news every once in awhile, we invite you to become a part of what Mercy Project is doing in Ghana.  When Mercy Project frees their first group of children this month, we can all celebrate together.

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Although child trafficking, child labor, and the unstable economies that result in these injustices are a tragedy, we’re grateful for what Mercy Project is doing to protect the vulnerable and for allowing us to be a part of this story.   While we’re commemorating labor laws and ethical work in our own country today, we invite you to follow along on this journey with Mercy Project to protect and free children in Ghana.


Tips for Buying a Telescope for Your Homeschool Astronomer – The Wired Homeschool

Having spoken at least briefly to about 3,000 homeschool families who have a telescope or want a telescope, the big problem does not seem to be affording one, but making it work right and finding the motivation to use it.

If you have a telescope and are not using it, put it fully ready to use in a convenient place like the porch. I am much more likely to move the scope out front for a quick look at something if it is right there and ready to go than I am if it’s in the basement or attic.

If you have a telescope and can’t get it to work right Google “Star Party” and your city name and take the scope to the gathering. You will be deluged with a 100 geeks like me who can’t wait to fix the issue and be your hero.

Actually finding objects in the sky is another challenge. The easiest way is to download a program like Stellarium for your computer. It could not be easier to use and find what is available in the sky that night. Couple that with an App like Google Sky on your smart phone which will tell you what you are looking at in the sky when you hold your phone up to an object, and you can’t go wrong. Continue Reading →


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