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Google Pixel 2 Event Initial Reaction – WHS 217

Google Pixel 2 Event


Google’s recent Pixel 2 event revealed some exciting technology that homeschoolers will be able to take advantage of in their homes.

Not everything announced looks to be immediately useful in the homeschooler’s toolbox but there are a few interesting things that parents may want to keep their eyes on.

In this mini episode of The Wired Homeschool I give you my quick takes on most of the products that were announced. Continue Reading →

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Does Your Kid Suffer From Smartphone Addiction? – Guest Post

Does Your Kid Suffer From Smartphone Addiction?With today’s youth growing up with easy access to smartphones, the instant accessibility of messaging, social media, games and other distractions is always one finger click away. Popularity is now measured in likes, comments and friend requests, and the ding from a new text or an alert from social media creates instant gratification for peer approval and acceptance.

Yet, it’s the tantalizing lure of connectivity—the online social world, the updates, the apps and the powerful feelings of happiness associated with the device—that lulls teens into an almost dependence or addiction. Social media and virtual communication can make and break reputations. Both good and bad images can go viral, and the attention a teen receives from the wired social world also can inflate or implode their self-esteem. The phone that once served as a means of communication has evolved into a digitized nightmare. Continue Reading →

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Solar Eclipse Timer – STEM App of the Week

Solar Eclipse TimerIf you plan to view the total solar eclipse this year, it helps to know when certain events will occur. Solar Eclipse Timer can help you determine if you’re in the path of totality and the times each significant event will occur during the eclipse.

Description

Solar Eclipse Timer is your smartphone guide for a total solar eclipse. It’s like having your own personal astronomer help you on Eclipse Day! It is extremely simple to use and has unique features that are ONLY found in this app! Just get into the path of the solar eclipse, and then with just 2 taps on your device, the app is ready to “talk” you through the eclipse.

Cost: $1.99
Platforms: Android and iOS
Rating: E (Google Play Store)/4+ (Apple AppStore)

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Apple’s App Rating System Explained and Google Family Link- WHS 207

Apple App Rating System Google Family Link

More and more, companies are finally starting to realize that parents want a way to let their children safely use digital devices.

Apple and Google have been providing app ratings similar to the ESRB ratings for video games for years now but what do those ratings mean?

In this episode of The Wired Homeschool I take a look at the Apple app rating system and give a brief overview of Google’s new parental control feature: Family Link. Continue Reading →

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Super Mario Run Initial Reaction

I downloaded Super Mario Run yesterday and played it a bit.

If your kids are fans of Mario and running games, they’re going to want you to buy Super Mario Run.

About Super Mario Run

A new kind of Mario game that you can play with one hand.

In this game, Mario constantly moves forward through the courses while you use a variety of jumps to navigate. Mario will behave differently depending on the timing of your taps, so it’s up to you to show off particularly smooth moves, gather coins, and reach the goal. the day it was available.

Cost: Free to download, $9.99 to unlock all levels.
Rated: 4+
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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