This is the final episode of The Wired Homeschool. Thank you to everyone who has supported the podcast by listening, advertising, or donating. Your support has been greatly appreciated over the past 9 years!
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About Noah Tetzner
Noah Tetzner is a homeschool graduate who enjoys sharing his passion for history with the world! He is the host of multiple historical podcasts that feature interviews with some of the world brightest scholars. Recently, he has launched a new podcast called Lessons from a Homeschooler where you can join him in learning about topics such as history, education, and literature from acclaimed speakers across the homeschooling world.
Make sure you have a listen to both of...
Our children can learn a lot of things from textbooks and online curriculum but there are some intangible things that cannot be learned through typical schooling.
Often, it’s intangible traits or characteristics in our children that determine whether or not the will succeed. This list is by no means exhaustive but it’s a good start when considering what we want to encourage in our children.
Determination, or grit, will sometimes differentiate your child from others. In sports and...
Ursula M. Burns became the first black woman to head a Fortune 500 company when she was appointed CEO of Xerox. She also became the first woman to succeed another as head of a Fortune 500 company.
Burns led the STEM program of the White House from 2009 to 2016 and is the current chairman and CEO of VEON, the eleventh largest mobile network operator in the world based on subscribers. Burns is also on the board of Uber.
Much like we did with the previous “Homeschool Like” series, we’ll take a...
Google recently announced a gaming service that requires no console. They’ve made some big promises about this new product and it looks to be the future of gaming. Michael Prince from BecauseFamily joins me today to discuss what parents and homeschoolers need to know about Stadia.
For more information about Stadia and cloud gaming, check out these links:
* Stadia by Google
* Stadia: a new way to play
* BecauseFamily Article: What Parents Need to Know About Stadia by Google
* Vortex –...
Rob Jensen graduated from BYU with a BFA in Industrial Design. After graduating, he moved to Michigan to work for Ford Motor Company where he designed future cars for 7 years.
After moving back to Utah and starting a business, Rob began drawing with my kids and realized it would be fun to share their art-time with other families. Art For Kids Hub was born.
You will probably hear an unfamiliar voice in this episode because it’s one of the rare episodes where I’m joined by my wife,...
Scratch 3.0 was released in January 2019 and includes a number of great new features including the ability to create and play projects on a tablet.
Ryan Swanstrom joins me today to discuss Scratch 3.0 and how homeschoolers can use it to teach their kids how to code, for free!
Ryan is a homeschool dad, computer programmer, and data scientist who helps homeschool parents integrate programming and technology into their curriculum with online courses and a weekly/monthly newsletter. He and his...
Educational content is available all over the Internet. As streaming services become more popular, more educational documentaries become available to homeschoolers.
Previously, I’ve shared YouTube channels and documentaries on Netflix that are educational. In this episode of The Wired Homeschool, I share 10 documentaries you can find on Hulu right now that you can use for homeschooling.
The list reflects my leaning towards science and technology (especially, space) but you can find other...
This year at CES, there were a number of themes amid all the tech that was on display. This is the third year in a row I’ve covered CES from afar and each year things get more and more interesting.
Last year, I had reports from people at CES but I was unable to coordinate any interviews or recordings from participants. Instead, I will take a look at three trends I noticed at this year’s event.
Voice Assistants Everywhere
Voice assistants are showing up everywhere: cars, bathrooms,...
Throughout 2018, there were a number of blog posts and podcasts that readers and listeners found helpful.
Some of them were published this year, and some are more popular now than they have been in the past.
Here are the top five blog posts and podcasts for 2018.
Top 5 Blog Posts of 2018
* 7 Online Writing Classes for Homeschoolers
* 10 Educational Shows for Homeschooling Tweens and Teens on Netflix
* 5 Online Science Classes for Homeschoolers
* A Lesson for Homeschooling Parents:...
Looking for practical ways to teach your kids STEM topics? Today I share some suggestions for teaching your kids about STEM topics through everyday things like visiting the gas pump or watching sports.
Briefly, the three examples I give in this podcast are:
* At the gas pump – How is fuel made?
* Watching sports – How does a pitcher throw a curveball?
* In your house – Calculate the volume of various objects.
Listen to the episode to hear more.
This is a presentation that I’m...
Michael Prince from BecauseFamily joins me again to discuss safe digital parenting.
With the holidays just around the corner, you’ll want to make sure any gifts you’re giving to your kids are safe and ready to use when they’re unwrapped.
Michael and I talk about some of the things you’ll want to do before handing a pocket-computer over to your kids this Christmas.
iOS 12’s Screen Time App Changes Everything!
The Best Way to Keep Your Kids Safe On Youtube
Circle With Disney...
Today I’m talking with Paul Drake. Paul is a homeschool alumnus, software designer, and founder/director of Code Apprentice, a program that provides high school students the skills and guidance they need to get a job in tech after graduation.
Paul is also a committed Christian, a passionate sports fan (Go Cubs!) and a classical piano composer. He currently lives and works in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina.
About Code Apprentice
If you’re a high school student or a parent of a high...
About Dave Stotts and Drive Thru History
Dave Stotts has spent the last two decades in professional video and media production. His career in documentary production has taken him to nearly 30 countries to shoot and edit films on a wide variety of topics, including history, science, religion, homeland security, and Bible archaeology.
In 2004, Dave stepped in front of the camera to host the award-winning television series, Drive Thru History. DTH is a fun, fast-paced, content-rich history...
Due to some technical issues, the podcast is on hold until further notice.
Today I’m speaking with Hannah Ruth Earl of The Moving Picture Institute.
Hannah works on MPI’s talent development programs, including recruiting and acquisitions for grants, internships, and masterclasses.
She previously worked in independent film production at Bold Films and Rumble Films.
Hannah was also homeschooled and has been reaching out to homeschoolers about the free resources MPI has to offer.
The Moving Picture Institute is a modern-media production house and talent incubator...
Many kids and parents are fascinated by the night sky but don’t know where to start with nightly observations. With Experience Astronomy homeschool parents and students can learn to navigate the heavens and figure out if that bright light is a planet, star, or just an airplane.
About Luke Gilkerson
Luke Gilkerson is the creator of Experience Astronomy, a series of online courses for homeschool students of all ages. For the last several years he has taught astronomy at his local homeschool...
Every homeschooler understands that reading is essential. However, sometimes we may not know what our children should be reading. Or, perhaps we know what they should read but we don’t understand the essential themes and ideas of a piece of great literature.
At Online Great Books you’ll find a community that will help you understand the classics of the Western world. As parents, it’s important for us to continue learning even as we’re teaching our children and Online Great Books is a...
Last week I talked about 10 Ways to Use an Amazon Echo Dot for Homeschooling and one of those ways was to use educational skills. This week I’ll share 7 Alexa skills homeschoolers can use with their Amazon Echo.
If you’re using an Amazon Echo for homeschooling, let me know how you’re using it in the comments below. What other skills would you suggest?
Learn Greek & Latin Root Words
This skill provides a Greek or Latin root word, the definition of that word, and examples of English...
When the Amazon Echo Dot was originally released many people saw the smart speaker as nothing more than a novelty.
Many people bought it and its older sibling the Amazon Echo and quickly realized how helpful it could be in their day-to-day lives.
The Amazon Echo Dot has a lot of functionality in it that helps with day-to-day activities. With it, you can set reminders, message other people, and buy milk when you’ve run out.
Homeschoolers can make use of the Amazon Echo Dot too. Here are 10...
Due to some technical issues, today’s normally schedule episode has been delayed.
Once those issues have been addressed, I’ll release the episode.
Until then, you may want to check out the conversation I had with Michael Prince from BecauseFamily about eSports in the Olympics.
A major part of homeschooling involves teaching practical life-skills like how to fix cars.
OK, maybe not everyone needs to learn to fix a car but basic maintenance or knowing when to take your car to a mechanic are skills every homeschooler should learn.
If you have a budding mechanic or if you don’t think you can’t teach your kids to change the oil in a car, you can lean on these 7 YouTube channels to help you and your kids learn how to fix cars.
1. Scotty Kilmer
With 50 years of...
Shawn and Heather Barrieau founded MyFunScience in 2016 to fill a need they saw in the homeschooling community. They noticed that parents were struggling to teach math and science starting in the middle and high school grades.
The classes are taught from a Christian perspective and they believe:
* A well-rounded STEM curriculum is critical to each student’s success in school, college, and life.
* Our future generations and future job markets require solution-oriented thinkers and the...
I stumbled across a video on YouTube a few weeks ago by Evan Edinger wherein he talked about how he learned German using Duolingo.
If you’re not familiar with Duolingo, it’s a website and app that helps you learn to speak a foreign language through gamification. It’s also free. It uses a very novel approach that I’ve previously discussed on the podcast.
I though I’d pull out some of the points in his video and share them with you if you’re thinking about using Duolingo to teach your kids a...
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...