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5 STEM Apps for Homeschooling Mathematics – The Wired Homeschool

As the school year quickly approaches, you may be wondering how you can cover STEM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in a fun way while homeschooling.

Mathematics is one of those subjects a lot of homeschoolers don’t feel equipped to teach, especially once their children start highschool. Most parents feel comfortable with teaching elementary mathematics but once letters start appearing in the equations some parents break out in a cold sweat. Have no fear! There’s an app for that! While these apps won’t necessarily teach certain math topics, they will help reinforce what your child is learning.

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Did you miss all of the other lists? Check out all the other subjects: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, and ENGINEERING. Now on to MATHEMATICS! Take me to the apps!

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5 STEM Apps for Homeschooling Engineering – The Wired Homeschool

As the school year quickly approaches, you may be wondering how you can cover STEM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in a fun way while homeschooling.

Homeschoolers don’t have big budgets so really elaborate science experiments are usually out of the question. Fortunately, there are some great apps that you can use to teach your kids STEM topics. They think they’re having fun and you can feel better knowing that the games being played are educational.

Teaching Engineering with Apps for Homeschooling

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5 Lessons Homeschoolers Can Learn From Doctor Who

Have you ever seen the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who? It’s about a time-travelling alien who has an affinity for earthlings and getting into trouble. On his adventures through time and space The Doctor often finds a way to save humanity while at the same time being fascinated by human nature. Having watched the show for many years (yes, I’m a Whovian) I’ve found there are many life lessons homeschoolers (parents and children) can take away from this fun show.

5 Lessons Homeschoolers Can Learn From Doctor Who

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5 Tips to Speed Up Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod – The Wired Homeschool

Is your iPad, iPhone, or iPod running a little sluggish? Here’s a few things you can do to improve the performance of your device.

Close apps that you’re not using

close-open-appsDid you know that when you exit an app it doesn’t really close? It remains running in the background using up resources. To close any apps that are running but you don’t use double-tap the “Home” button and a row of icons will appear. Swipe to the left to see all the apps you have running. There are probably more than you think. To close one or more of these apps tap and hold the icon. It will start to wiggle and there will be an “” in the upper left-hand corner of the icon. Tap the “” and the app will close. Do this for all the apps you want to close.

Restart your device

This is one tip that will go a long way. I try to do this at least once a week to keep my devices running smoothly. Press and hold the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons together until your device restarts. Wait for the Apple logo to appear and then release both buttons. This resets the device clearing the memory.

Delete Unused Apps

You’ve probably installed many apps that you no longer use. Take soem time to delete those unused apps or apps that are using up a lot of space on your device. Go to Settings>>General>>Usage. You’ll see a list of apps and how much space they’re taking up. Tap Show All Apps to see all the apps you have installed. This is easier than flipping through screens and opening folders. Tap on an app. Then tap Delete App to remove it. Do this for all the apps you’re not using.

Turn off Notifications

notification-centerThere are a lot of apps that use Notification Center but you could do without getting notifications from some of them. By disabling some or all notfications, not only will you free up valuable space in RAM but you’ll also improve battery life. Tap Settings>>Notifications then look at what’s in Notfication Center. Go through and remove any apps from Notfication Center that you don’t need there. Start with any games, they’re notorious for trying to get your attention and pull you back into playing them. Tap the app and then move the slider to “Off” and you’ll no longer receive notifications from it. You don’t need to worry about the other settings because your notifications are completely turned off.

Disable Spotlight

I don’t know about you, but I never search for things on my iPhone so having Spotlight enable is using up valuable resources. Spotlight maintains an index that uses up RAM and if disabled can speed things up on your device. Tap Settings>>General>>Spotlight Search and take a look at what’s being indexed. Maybe you do want to keep Spotlight turned on for email or your contacts but you may determine that you don’t need it for anything else. Simply tap the category to remove the checkmark. Spotlight will no longer index this information and your device will run faster.

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