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The Wired Homeschool

John Wilkerson

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The Wired Homeschool
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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 feedback@thewiredhomeschool.com or call (518) 290-0228.

Latest Episodes

The Final Episode

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! Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. In some cases, I may have been given a free sample of a product to review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement

2 MINJUL 11
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The Final Episode

Noah Tetzner - Homeschooler to Full-Time Podcaster

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 Noah’s podcasts: The History of Vikings and Lessons from a Homeschooler. Check out the Great Connections Gap Year Program for high school graduates. Mention “Wired Homeschool” when you submit your application. Connect Socially! * Join the Facebook page * Follow on Twitter * Follow on Instagram * Follow on Pinterest Leave a Voicemail You can call 518-290-0228 to leave me a message or use SpeakPipe to record a message with your computer. Etc. Want to be notified of any upcoming news regarding the pod...

33 MINJUN 10
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Noah Tetzner - Homeschooler to Full-Time Podcaster

5 Traits Your Child Can't Learn from Textbooks or Online Curriculum

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. Grit Determination, or grit, will sometimes differentiate your child from others. In sports and other activities, sometimes the person with the most grit gets the best results. Cooperation Although we hear a lot about “self-made” men and women, there really isn’t anyone who did it all themselves. Look beyond the facade and you’ll see many times when that person needed to work with others in order to obtain success. Curiosity People who are curious want to know more about the world and how it works. These are inventors and big thinkers who sometime challenge the status-quo to go on to do rem...

15 MINAPR 15
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5 Traits Your Child Can't Learn from Textbooks or Online Curriculum

How to Homeschool Like Ursula Burns

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 look at her business acumen and apply that to homeschooling. 1. Be Authentic. In an interview with Time, Ursula Burns said in the early years of her career the one thing she would not give up is her hair. She encourages women, especially women trying to get into STEM to use their uniqueness as an opportunity to distinguish themselves from others. We need to encourage our children to embrace what’s unique about themselves (being homeschooled) and use that as a way to stand out from the crowd. ...

17 MINMAR 30
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How to Homeschool Like Ursula Burns

What Homeschoolers Need to Know About Stadia

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 – Cloud Gaming Connect Socially! * Join the Facebook page * Follow on Twitter * Follow on Instagram * Follow on Pinterest Leave a Voicemail You can call 518-290-0228 to leave me a message or use SpeakPipe to record a message with your computer. Etc. Want to be notified of any upcoming news regarding the podcast or if I’m speaking in your area? Join my spam-free mailing list. You’ll receive quarterly updates and news about future projects and I’ll let you know if I’m speaking in your area at a homesc...

17 MINMAR 26
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What Homeschoolers Need to Know About Stadia

Rob Jensen and Art for Kids Hub

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, Lisa. This episode was originally released in February 2015, please refer back to the show notes for episode 139 for any links. You can find Rob’s videos and more at artforkidshub.com. Connect Socially! * Join the Facebook page * Follow on Twitter * Follow on Instagram * Follow on Pinterest Leave a Voicemail You can call 518-290-0228 to leave me a message or use SpeakPipe to record a message with your computer. Etc. Want to be notified of any upcoming news regarding the podcast or if I’m speaking in you...

25 MINMAR 1
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Rob Jensen and Art for Kids Hub

Scratch That Coding Itch with Ryan Swanstrom

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 wife homeschool their 5 children in South Dakota, USA. Connect Socially! * Join the Facebook page * Follow on Twitter * Follow on Instagram * Follow on Pinterest Leave a Voicemail You can call 518-290-0228 to leave me a message or use SpeakPipe to record a message with your computer. Etc. Want to be notified of any upcoming news regarding the podcast or if I’m speaking in your area? Join my spam-free mailing list. You’ll receive quarterly updates and news about future projects and I’ll let you ...

24 MINFEB 15
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Scratch That Coding Itch with Ryan Swanstrom

Homeschooling With Hulu? 10 Documentaries You Can Watch Now

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 interesting educational content on Hulu that covers topics like humanities, finances, and history. Telescope A new generation has been inspired to design and build the greatest TELESCOPE yet – NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, and will be a veritable time machine capable of taking us back to the origins of our universe. Runtime: 43 minutes. Rating: PG. Watch now. Life After: Chernobyl Thirty years after the worst nuclear radiation catastrophe in history, 100 times the combined amount of the Hiro...

12 MINJAN 30
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Homeschooling With Hulu? 10 Documentaries You Can Watch Now

CES 2019 Round-Up

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, kitchens. How do we train our kids to responsibly access information when it’s always a voice command away? Parent-Focused Tech With so many well-connected parents these days, tech companies are focusing on parents that have always had devices in their hands. How is this information used? Should we be concerned about our kids being under constant surveillance? Robots and Automation Robotic pets, autonomous vehicles, and closets that fold your laundry were on display at CES. Automation is great but can w...

26 MINJAN 15
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CES 2019 Round-Up

Top 5 Blog Posts & Podcasts of 2018

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: These are the 10 Apps to Use! * Body Image and Instagram – Infographic Top 5 Podcasts of 2018 * How to Become Fluent in a Foreign Language with Duolingo * Experience Astronomy with Luke Gilkerson * Connect Movie Review and Discussion with Michael Prince of Family Tech Blog * 7 YouTube Channels for Homeschoolers to Learn How to Fix Cars * 10 Ways to Use an Amazon Echo Dot for Homeschooling Connect Socially! * Join the Facebook page * Follow on Twitter * Follow on Instagram * Follow on Pinterest Leave a Voi...

29 MIN2018 DEC 31
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Top 5 Blog Posts & Podcasts of 2018

Latest Episodes

The Final Episode

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! Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. In some cases, I may have been given a free sample of a product to review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement

2 MINJUL 11
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The Final Episode

Noah Tetzner - Homeschooler to Full-Time Podcaster

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 Noah’s podcasts: The History of Vikings and Lessons from a Homeschooler. Check out the Great Connections Gap Year Program for high school graduates. Mention “Wired Homeschool” when you submit your application. Connect Socially! * Join the Facebook page * Follow on Twitter * Follow on Instagram * Follow on Pinterest Leave a Voicemail You can call 518-290-0228 to leave me a message or use SpeakPipe to record a message with your computer. Etc. Want to be notified of any upcoming news regarding the pod...

33 MINJUN 10
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Noah Tetzner - Homeschooler to Full-Time Podcaster

5 Traits Your Child Can't Learn from Textbooks or Online Curriculum

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. Grit Determination, or grit, will sometimes differentiate your child from others. In sports and other activities, sometimes the person with the most grit gets the best results. Cooperation Although we hear a lot about “self-made” men and women, there really isn’t anyone who did it all themselves. Look beyond the facade and you’ll see many times when that person needed to work with others in order to obtain success. Curiosity People who are curious want to know more about the world and how it works. These are inventors and big thinkers who sometime challenge the status-quo to go on to do rem...

15 MINAPR 15
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5 Traits Your Child Can't Learn from Textbooks or Online Curriculum

How to Homeschool Like Ursula Burns

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 look at her business acumen and apply that to homeschooling. 1. Be Authentic. In an interview with Time, Ursula Burns said in the early years of her career the one thing she would not give up is her hair. She encourages women, especially women trying to get into STEM to use their uniqueness as an opportunity to distinguish themselves from others. We need to encourage our children to embrace what’s unique about themselves (being homeschooled) and use that as a way to stand out from the crowd. ...

17 MINMAR 30
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How to Homeschool Like Ursula Burns

What Homeschoolers Need to Know About Stadia

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 – Cloud Gaming Connect Socially! * Join the Facebook page * Follow on Twitter * Follow on Instagram * Follow on Pinterest Leave a Voicemail You can call 518-290-0228 to leave me a message or use SpeakPipe to record a message with your computer. Etc. Want to be notified of any upcoming news regarding the podcast or if I’m speaking in your area? Join my spam-free mailing list. You’ll receive quarterly updates and news about future projects and I’ll let you know if I’m speaking in your area at a homesc...

17 MINMAR 26
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What Homeschoolers Need to Know About Stadia

Rob Jensen and Art for Kids Hub

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, Lisa. This episode was originally released in February 2015, please refer back to the show notes for episode 139 for any links. You can find Rob’s videos and more at artforkidshub.com. Connect Socially! * Join the Facebook page * Follow on Twitter * Follow on Instagram * Follow on Pinterest Leave a Voicemail You can call 518-290-0228 to leave me a message or use SpeakPipe to record a message with your computer. Etc. Want to be notified of any upcoming news regarding the podcast or if I’m speaking in you...

25 MINMAR 1
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Rob Jensen and Art for Kids Hub

Scratch That Coding Itch with Ryan Swanstrom

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 wife homeschool their 5 children in South Dakota, USA. Connect Socially! * Join the Facebook page * Follow on Twitter * Follow on Instagram * Follow on Pinterest Leave a Voicemail You can call 518-290-0228 to leave me a message or use SpeakPipe to record a message with your computer. Etc. Want to be notified of any upcoming news regarding the podcast or if I’m speaking in your area? Join my spam-free mailing list. You’ll receive quarterly updates and news about future projects and I’ll let you ...

24 MINFEB 15
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Scratch That Coding Itch with Ryan Swanstrom

Homeschooling With Hulu? 10 Documentaries You Can Watch Now

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 interesting educational content on Hulu that covers topics like humanities, finances, and history. Telescope A new generation has been inspired to design and build the greatest TELESCOPE yet – NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, and will be a veritable time machine capable of taking us back to the origins of our universe. Runtime: 43 minutes. Rating: PG. Watch now. Life After: Chernobyl Thirty years after the worst nuclear radiation catastrophe in history, 100 times the combined amount of the Hiro...

12 MINJAN 30
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Homeschooling With Hulu? 10 Documentaries You Can Watch Now

CES 2019 Round-Up

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, kitchens. How do we train our kids to responsibly access information when it’s always a voice command away? Parent-Focused Tech With so many well-connected parents these days, tech companies are focusing on parents that have always had devices in their hands. How is this information used? Should we be concerned about our kids being under constant surveillance? Robots and Automation Robotic pets, autonomous vehicles, and closets that fold your laundry were on display at CES. Automation is great but can w...

26 MINJAN 15
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CES 2019 Round-Up

Top 5 Blog Posts & Podcasts of 2018

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: These are the 10 Apps to Use! * Body Image and Instagram – Infographic Top 5 Podcasts of 2018 * How to Become Fluent in a Foreign Language with Duolingo * Experience Astronomy with Luke Gilkerson * Connect Movie Review and Discussion with Michael Prince of Family Tech Blog * 7 YouTube Channels for Homeschoolers to Learn How to Fix Cars * 10 Ways to Use an Amazon Echo Dot for Homeschooling Connect Socially! * Join the Facebook page * Follow on Twitter * Follow on Instagram * Follow on Pinterest Leave a Voi...

29 MIN2018 DEC 31
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Top 5 Blog Posts & Podcasts of 2018