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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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Amazon Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa – How to Setup for the First Time [Video]

Thinking about buying an Amazon Fire 7 tablet? Not sure how to configure it? Here’s a quick video that shows how to set up a Fire tablet. This applies to the 2017 version of the device.

Featured in this video: Amazon Fire 7 with Alexa – $49.99 (incl. special offers)
Amazon Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa - Marine Blue

  • The next generation of our best-selling Fire tablet ever – now thinner, lighter, and with longer battery life and an improved display. More durable than the latest iPad.
  • Beautiful 7″ IPS display with higher contrast and sharper text, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, and up to 8 hours of battery life. 8 or 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 256 GB of expandable storage.
  • Now with Alexa, for quick access to the information and entertainment you want. Ask questions, play music, check your calendar, get the news, weather, and more – just press the home button and ask.
  • Enjoy millions of movies, TV shows, songs, Kindle eBooks, apps and games – including Netflix, Facebook, HBO, Spotify, and more.
  • Prime members get unlimited access to over a thousand books and magazines, millions of songs, and thousands of movies and TV episodes – at no additional cost.
  • Watch downloaded videos anywhere with a Prime membership, Netflix plan, or Showtime subscription.
  • Enhance your entertainment experience with features you only get from Amazon, including ASAP, X-Ray, On Deck, Blue Shade, and FreeTime Parental Controls.

(Description from Amazon)

You can also get a refurbished Amazon Fire 7 Tablet for only $39.99.

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Amazon Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa Review – WHS 214

Amazon Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa Review


On Prime Day, I purchased 3 Amazon Fire 7 Tablets for our family. We’ve been Fire users since the first generation and now that the 7th generation is out I thought it was time to review their newest model.

For this review I used the criteria from episode 108 of The Wired Homeschool: How to Choose the Best Tablet for Homeschooling. I’ve found that the Amazon Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa still fulfills my prerequisites when buying a tablet. Continue Reading →

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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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Setting Parental Controls for Kindle Fire HD [Video]

Kindle Fire Parental Controls
Keeping track of how to set parental controls on various devices can feel like a full-time job. Fortunately, there are videos from great companies like Covenant Eyes that can help you stay on top of things.

This video shows how to set parental controls on the Kindle Fire HD. It also has some great tips for communicating with your kids about device ownership and responsibility.

The steps for doing this can be found below: Continue Reading →

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