App Review – Khan Academy – The Wired Homeschool

If you want all the great videos from Khan Academy available at your fingertips then you’ll want to download the Khan Academy app for your iOS device.

In addition to making the thousands of videos from Khan Academy portable, this app adds social features which will allow the user to interact with Facebook friends, ask questions on the discussion forum, and see how others rated a particular lecture.  You can even takes notes on a lecture and review them which watching the video again.

[The Khan Academy app] uses the VIRT2GO mobile video platform created by Irynsoft. VIRT2GO offers a new way to view educational content on your mobile phone. It makes learning a social experience allowing users to update and keep tabs on their Facebook friends, to post to a forum, and to leave ratings and reviews of individual videos.

Khan Academy: A Classroom in Your Pocket is free and compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later.  Download Khan Academy for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.


Looking Back at 2010 – WHS 23

In this week’s episode of The Wired Homeschool I take a look back at the topics covered in the 22 eipsodes in 2010. I also talk a little about what I’m planning for 2011.

If you’d like to leave feedback about this or any other episode you can call and leave a voice mail by calling 518-290-0228, send email to wiredhs [at] gmail [dot] com, or leave a comment on the blog. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter: @jwilkers.  Also follow the podcast on Twitter: @wiredhs


New Report Shows Homeschooling is Still On the Rise – The Wired Homeschool

A new report released by NHERI (National Home Education Research Institute) indicates that homeschooling is still on the rise.

According to the report released on January 3, 2011 there are approximately 2.2 million children being homeschooled between the ages of 7 and 12 in the United States.  The number of homeschooled students increased by approximately 7% since 2007.  This accounts for about 3.8% of all school-aged children in the U.S.

The report also indicates that it is difficult to calculate the number of “underground”homeschoolers.  “Underground homeschoolers are parents who choose not to comply with state laws.  A conservative estimate is that 10% of homeschoolers are “underground” in states that require registration of homeschooled students.

You can download and read the entire report here:


HSR: CurrClick – The Wired Homeschool

Every once in a while your child may suddenly develop an interest in the Civil War or perhaps a particular inventor like Thomas Edison.  You want to nurture and develop that interest but where can you find a curriculum in short order and not pay a bundle for it?  CurrClick has got you covered!

Currclick describes itself as:

Your one-stop shop for electronic lapbooks, affordable curriculum, and homeschooling resources. Unit study, novel study, bargain home study online downloads for home education!

My wife has been using Currclick for a few years now and we are so happy with the great products they have to offer. There is a huge library of free materials that you can download and many times things will go on sale for $1.

In addition to their downloadable products, they also offer live online classes taught by other homeschooling parents. It’s a great way to supplement your child’s current curriculum.

Don’t miss out! Sign up at CurrClick today and start getting the most bang for your homeschooling buck. You won’t be disappointed.


HSR: Khan Academy – The Wired Homeschool

If you haven’t heard about Khan Academy yet then you must be living under a virtual rock (I was for a while too).

Khan Academy is a free, online video library that covers topics within the fields of mathematics, science, and economics (just to name a few). With over 1800 videos that you can online watch for free, I doubt you’ll run out of material any time soon.

Originally started to help his niece, Salman Khan now shares his videos with the whole world.

The Khan Academy is all about using video to explain the world…we hope to empower everyone, everywhere with a free, world-class education.

There’s really no way to explain the Khan Academy with words. You need to watch the videos in order to understand how useful this is to homeschoolers.

You can get more information about Khan Academy and watch videos at


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