The Wired Homeschool
By John Wilkerson
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The Wired Homeschool provides practical advice for homeschooling parents who use technology as part of their homeschool curriculum. Topics include STEM education, responsible Internet use for families, and how to apply the use of digital devices and media to homeschooling. John Wilkerson combines his 20+ years of professional experience in IT and 17 years of homeschooling 7 children with his wife Lisa to give parents easy to understand advice on the application of technology in their homeschool. In addition to instructional content, you’ll find articles and podcasts on topics like homeschooling philosophy, how the digital age influences our daily lives, and product reviews. Send your comments and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (518) 290-0228.
||CleanCode Apprentice Online Curriculum and Mentorship||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.||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDave Stotts – Drive Thru History Adventures – WHS 235||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 topic.||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeaching With Film - Hannah Ruth Earl From The Moving Picture Institute - WHS 234||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.||9/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExperience Astronomy with Luke Gilkerson||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,||8/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOnline Great Books with Scott Hambrick||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 lite||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7 Alexa Skills Homeschoolers Can Use With Their Amazon Echo – WHS 231||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.||8/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10 Ways to Use an Amazon Echo Dot in Your Homeschool||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.||7/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7 YouTube Channels for Homeschoolers to Learn How to Fix Cars||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 lea.||6/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShawn Barrieau of My Fun Science||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.||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Become Fluent in a Foreign Language with Duolingo||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||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAcer Chromebook Tab 10 vs 2018 Apple iPad: Which is Better for Homeschooling?||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 ed||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5 Steps to Protect Your Facebook Privacy – WHS 225||Facebook has been in the news quite a bit lately because of privacy concerns. A third-party (Cambridge Analytica) used data it collected from Facebook to profile users. That information was used to serve ads and articles to people via the social media .||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnect Movie Review and Discussion with Michael Prince of Family Tech Blog||Kirk Cameron’s new movie Connect aims to make parents aware of the dangers of social media for teens and provide parents with tools to steer kids away from social media’s traps. Does it succeed? Michael Prince from Because Family joins me to review||3/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWinter Olympic Games and STEM||I recently became a grandfather so there is no full podcast for February 15th. Instead, I’ve provided links to some videos that explain the science behind some of the Olympic events. Please check out the Homeschooling and Liberty Summit to hear my ses||2/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5 3D Printers Under $500 for Homeschooling – WHS 223||When you think of 3D printers, what comes to mind? Do you think technology like 3d printing is beyond the reach of homeschoolers? It’s not! 3D printers have become affordable and easy to use. There are many 3D printers that have been specifically desi||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCES 2018 with Matt Kamla and Michael Prince – WHS 222||CES 2018 has passed but coverage still continues. There’s no doubt you’re seeing many articles about the gadgets and gizmos from CES 2018 that will make your life easier or more connected. Matt Kamla (a listener of the podcast) and Michael Prince fr||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTop Posts and Podcasts for 2017 – WHS 221||Throughout the year it’s interesting to see which posts and podcasts are the most popular with my readers and listeners. I’m not counting only those posts published this year. I’m counting the ones that got the most reads or listens.||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10 More Internet Safety Tips for Homeschoolers||As our kids grow up, we begin to give them a little bit more freedom. Maybe they get a smartphone or a laptop for themselves. This can be a scary time for parents who are concerned about the safety of their children.||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanManaging Your Kids’ Screen Time with Kirk Martin – WHS 219 [Interview]||Managing your kids’ screen time when you homeschool can sometimes feel like a daunting task. How much is too much? How do you get your kids to step away from the computer? Kirk Martin is the founder of Celebrate Calm and has given over 600,||10/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Devices Are Listening to You – WHS 218||Looking for a fun game to play with the whole family? I’ll review a new game from Osmo and briefly cover some tech news in this week’s episode of The Wired Homeschool. News Google Home Mini Always Listening to You See What’s Saved in Your Voice &||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGoogle Pixel 2 Event Initial Reaction – WHS 217||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 interestin||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOsmo Genius Kit Review – WHS 216||The Osmo Genius Kit includes 5 hands-on games that foster creativity & problem solving skills: Masterpiece, Newton, Tangram, Numbers, and Words. In this episode of The Wired Homeschool I’ll share my thoughts on the Osmo Genius Kit and preview some upc||9/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleaniPhone X Initial Reaction and Cassini's Grand Finale||Apple’s announcement of the iPhone X was a bit underwhelming but Cassini’s “grand finale” left me grinning from ear-to-ear. In this episode of The Wired Homeschool I’ll share my initial reaction to the iPhone X, go over Cassini’s grand final||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmazon Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa Review – WHS 214||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 epis||9/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2017 Eclipse Wrap-Up – WHS 213||My trip to see the 2017 eclipse was a great success. Here are my thoughts on the trip, the event, and planning for the next one in 2024. No show notes for this episode because I was speaking with little preparation. Thanks to Aaron, Lori, Matt,||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial Eclipse Update – WHS||A quick update ahead of tomorrow’s eclipse. Hope to hear from you if you’re watching it! ➡️ Support this podcast on Patreon. $1 per episode helps me create more podcasts. ⬅️ Connect Socially! Join the Facebook page Follow @wiredhs Circle on||8/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGames in Education Symposium Wrap-Up – WHS 212||The 11th annual Games in Education Symposium (GiE17) brought together educators from the United States and Canada to learn how to supercharge their classrooms with video games. While this conference’s target attendee is the public school teacher,||8/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTop 5 Homeschooling Podcasts in Apple Podcasts – WHS 211||There is a growing number of homeschooling podcasts in Apple Podcasts (also known as iTunes) and they cover a variety of topics from the sacred to the secular. In this episode of The Wired Homeschool I’m reviewing the highest-ranked homeschooling podc||7/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2017 Solar Eclipse Viewing Guide for Homeschoolers||The total solar eclipse that will traverse the United States is quickly approaching. Where will you be on August 21, 2017? Don’t miss this opportunity to see a phenomenon you and your kids will talk about for years.||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOsmo Coding Jam Teaches Kids to Code and Rock Out – WHS 209||I was recently given early access to Osmo Coding Jam to review the product ahead of its launch. It’s a game combined with tactile elements that teach kids to code using pictograms on tiles. A nifty stand and mirror allow your iPad to see the tiles lay||5/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStar Wars Homeschooling Resources, STEM & Security – WHS 208||Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th (Force) be with you. With fans celebrating Star Wars all around the globe today, I thought it would be appropriate to share some great Star Wars homeschooling resources that you can use in your homeschool for all your l.||5/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanApple’s App Rating System Explained and Google Family Link- WHS 207||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 th.||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanX-STEM Symposium Free for Homeschoolers and Other Tech News – WHS 206||Top Story Special offer for Homeschool Families – STEM Conference for Middle and High School Students – The USA Science & Engineering Festival’s X-STEM Symposium in Washington DC this April! On Friday, April 28, 2017,||3/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNintendo Switch Initial Reaction and Other News – WHS 205||The Nintendo Switch console will be released in less than a month. While the system isn’t really something parents would consider educational, it’s possible some homeschoolers out there who like gaming will be getting the system.||2/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCES 2017 Wins and Fails with K. Michael Prince – WHS 204||This year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) companies debuted a number of exciting new technology from smart trash cans to virtual reality suits. K. Michael Prince from BecauseFamily.org joins me to talk about some of the great tech we saw and som.||1/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRecycling and Re-Using Old Tech – WHS 203||As Christmas approaches, many of us are going to have tech that is either broken or going to be replaced because it’s too old. Disposing of it responsibly can be difficult. For the purpose of this podcast, we’ll assume that you’ve decided not to r||12/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10 Internet Safety Tips for Teens and Tweens – WHS 202||Sometimes being on the Internet is like driving into oncoming traffic. It’s bad enough there are potholes, reckless drivers, and traffic jams to deal with when making your way down the “information superhighway” (bonus points for 90s tech referenc||10/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Get More Mileage Out of Your Older Devices – WHS 201||Device manufacturers want us to buy new smartphones and tablets every year. Sometimes we need to buy a new phone but other times there a less expensive alternatives to buying the latest and greatest. In this episode of The Wired Homeschool I shared six.||9/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanApple iPhone 7 Event Summary – WHS 200||Apple’s recent press event was met with the anticipation one would normally expect despite leaked details about the new iPhone 7. Many rumors were confirmed and some were clearly found to be false. What, if anything,||9/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5 Dangers to Avoid in Digital Homeschooling – WHS 199||Parents choosing to homeschool in this digital age can sometimes get overwhelmed with all of the devices, apps, and software that can be used to educate their children at home. Avoiding these five key dangers in digital homeschooling can save you time,.||9/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThrowback Episode: Choosing a Tablet for Homeschooling – WHS 198||Choosing a tablet for homeschooling can sometimes feel overwhelming. In this throwback episode, I’ll talk about the 7 things you need to know when choosing a tablet for homeschooling. Sponsor: Visit K12.com/LISTEN or call (855)-628-9529 for more infor||9/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGive Your Kids Their Own WiFi Network with KoalaSafe – WHS 197||Kids start using Internet connected devices at earlier ages these days and it’s nice to finally have some choices when trying to manage their devices and filter out undesirable content. KoalaSafe is one of those devices and in this podcast Justin Lowm||8/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMichael & Melinda Prince from BecauseFamily.org – WHS 196||When friends come to visit it’s important to get them on your podcast! This week, Michael and Melinda Prince from BecauseFamily sat around the table with me to talk about their ministry and life as a roadschooling family. Sponsor: Visit K12.||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Homeschool Like Bill Gates – WHS 195||Sponsor: Visit K12.com/LISTEN or call (855)-628-9529 for more information. Bill Gates didn’t build a successful company or become the world’s richest man by chance. There are specific things he did in his life and career that got hime to where he is||8/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Hack-Proof Your Accounts Online – WHS 194||Sponsor: Visit K12.com/LISTEN or call (855)-628-9529 for more information. Our online identities are connected to personal information about us that could be used to steal our identities and hard-earned money.||8/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAre Road-Crossing Workshops Really Necessary? – WHS 193||Sponsor: Visit K12.com/LISTEN or call (855)-628-9529 for more information. When your kids were little, you taught them to cross the road by holding their hands. Once they grow up their hands are occupied with smartphones and if they’re not careful,||7/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Homeschoolers Need to Know About Pokémon Go – WHS 192||Sponsor: Visit K12.com/LISTEN or call (855)-628-9529 for more information. Pokémon Go has swept the globe and Pokémon trainers are walking all over the place trying to catch the most elusive Pokémon. You may have heard some good and bad things about||7/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15 STEM and STEAM Ideas for Homeschoolers - WHS 191||Sponsor: Visit K12.com/LISTEN or call (855)-628-9529 for more information. There are a number of creative ways to incorporate STEM topics into your homeschooling. During this year’s Podcast Awards I released 15 mini-episodes that shared 15 STEM and ST||7/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Brexit May Affect US and UK Homeschoolers – WHS 190||The Brexit (British Exit) referendum in the UK passed and now Britain will begin the process of leaving the European Union. What is the Brexit? How might it affect homeschoolers in the US and the UK? I talk about that and more in this top-of-mind,||6/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Your Child the Next YouTube Superstar? – #PCA16 Day15||Today is DAY 15 of a special Podcast Awards edition of The Wired Homeschool. If you want to listen to any previous episodes in this series, you can find them all here. Let’s get started! Film Your Experiments I thought about this one for a long time a||6/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCatching Fire in STEM Based Homeschooling – #PCA16 Day 14||Today is DAY 14 of a special Podcast Awards edition of The Wired Homeschool. If you want to listen to any previous episodes in this series, you can find them all here. Let’s get started! Set Things on Fire I know what you’re thinking.||6/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTechEd in a Box Every Month Delivered to Your Door – #PCA16 Day 13||Today is DAY 13 of a special Podcast Awards edition of The Wired Homeschool. If you want to listen to any previous episodes in this series, you can find them all here. Let’s get started! Creation Crates IF you’re looking for monthly projects that fo||6/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Great for afterschooling too!
These podcasts are not just for homeschoolers, but afterschoolers like us! Since my son doesn't use too much technology in school I like using it as a nice complement. Thanks for doing this!
Helping families use technology for education
John Wilkerson knows technology, with his long success with his previous Jesus Geek podcast. This podcast will equip parents with the knowledge they need to make the most of technology to help their kids learn.
John also keeps listeners up to date with new and upcoming technologies that will help in the home classroom.
Even if you don't homeschool, this is a great supplement for parents to use technology in aiding their children's education.
This is a great podcast that helps you incorporate technology into your homeschool. The techy lingo is replaced (for the most part) with layman terms that makes this podcast easy to listen to. I would recommend this even if you aren't a homeschooler.