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Acer Chromebook Tab 10 vs 2018 Apple iPad: Which is Better for Homeschooling? – WHS 226

Acer Chromebook Tab 10

At the end of March, Acer and Apple announced new tablets targeted at education. Acer’s Chromebook Tab 10 and Apple’s 2018 iPad are priced competitively but which is better for homeschooling?

Acer Chromebook Tab 10

Google has dominated the public education market with Chromebooks for many years now. Their low price and suite of free applications make them very appealing to cash-strapped school districts.

Homeschoolers have been able to use G Suite for Education for a few years now and that gives homeschoolers access to tools and resources that were once only available to public schools.

With the Chromebook Tab 10, the ease of use and affordability of Chrome OS has moved from a laptop to a tablet. Homeschoolers will like the affordability of this product (when it’s released) and the free tools available from Google.

What we don’t know yet is how it will perform over time and whether or not it will hold up to the abuse of being handed down from one child to another.

Pros:

  • Google Classroom & G Suite for Education
  • Includes stylus
  • Expandable storage

Cons:

  • Less privacy (potentially)
  • Longevity and durability unknown
  • Weak cameras

Apple 2018 iPad

2018 Apple iPad

When the iPad was first released many people (including myself) saw the great potential for its use in education. Unfortunately, price and the lack of a basic educational application suite hindered the iPad’s adoption in public schools.

“Educational” applications soon emerged but many were either filled with ads or required additional in-app purchases. This either led to distractions for the student or additional costs that parents weren’t expecting after paying $400-$500 for a tablet.

Since then, more robust educational software has emerged and the prices have dropped. Homeschoolers can trust that their investment in an iPad will last for years (I still have an original iPad Mini).

Pros:

  • Apple eco-system
  • More privacy
  • Faster processor

Cons:

  • Cost ($329)
  • No stylus included ($99)
  • No other improvements

So, which tablet is right for you?

If you want more bang for your buck and access to a reliable education suite, the new Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is right for you.

Already invested in the Apple eco-system and want a tablet you know you can still use in 5 years? Go with Apple’s 2018 iPad but realize you’ll be paying more in the long run.

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5 Steps to Protect Your Facebook Privacy – WHS 225

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Facebook has been in the news quite a bit lately because of privacy concerns.

A third-party (Cambridge Analytica) used data it collected from Facebook to profile users. That information was used to serve ads and articles to people via the social media network and influence their behavior online.

Many people have deleted their Facebook accounts (not an easy task) as a result of this revelation and others couldn’t care less. If you want to delete your account, keep in mind that it takes 90 days of inactivity for it to be “permanently” deleted.

In this podcast, we’ll take a look at what happened (briefly) and explore all of our options so that we can make an informed decision about whether or not to leave Facebook. Continue Reading →

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Connect Movie Review and Discussion with Michael Prince of Family Tech Blog – WHS 224

Connect Movie Review


Kirk Cameron’s new movie Connect aims to make parents aware of the dangers of social media for teens and provide parents with tools to steer kids away from social media’s traps.

Does it succeed? Michael Prince from Because Family joins me to review the movie and to provide some practical advice and tools to help parents of teens address the concerns brought up in Connect. Continue Reading →

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5 3D Printers Under $500 for Homeschooling – WHS 223

When you think of 3D printers, what comes to mind? Do you think technology like 3d printing is beyond the reach of homeschoolers?

3d printers under $500

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It’s not! 3D printers have become affordable and easy to use. There are many 3D printers that have been specifically designed for home use and homeschoolers can use them to teach STEM topics.

Your kids can learn about 3D modelling, engineering, and other scientific principles while designing their own creations. Who knows, maybe your child might design a better mousetrap with his or her 3D printer.

In this podcast, I’ll cover the basics of 3D printing, some basic guidelines to consider when purchasing a 3D printer and talk about 5 3D printers under $500 for homeschooling. If you’re already familiar with 3D printing you can skip ahead to the list.

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