I’m very pleased to present another guest interview. This time we are chatting with John from the Wired Homeschool. After reading this, please take a few mins to go check out his site. You’ll find all kinds of cool techie stuff for your homeschool!
Please tell us a bit about The Wired Homeschool.
The Wired Homeschool is a blog and podcast for homeschooling parents who want to learn more about using technology in their home schools. Each week there is a podcast that covers topics that will help parents utilize technology to assist them in their day-to-day homeschooling. Throughout the week I blog about topic that are directly or tangentially related to homeschooling.
Many homeschooling parents drive a lot and reading while driving just isn’t safe. My podcast allows parents to learn about technology while keeping their hands on the wheel. Since it’s family-friendly they don’t need to worry about letting the kids hear something that’s objectionable.
What is your favorite thing about being a homeschool dad?
I’d have to say taking a day off from work to go on a field trip. I love going places with my kids and talking about all the things we learned while having fun at an interesting place.
If you don’t mind sharing, what are the ages of your kids?
I have seven kids. Four boys – 17, 9, 7, & 4. Three girls – 12, 10, & 6
How do you see your kids benefiting from technology?
Primarily it allows them to learn and apply concepts at their own pace. We can individualize their education much easier using technology. In addition, it allows them to explore topics of interest which isn’t always possible with conventional means.
What would you say to encourage other homeschool parents to embrace the technology that is available for educators?
Don’t feel like you have to embrace it all. If you’re not comfortable with social media sites like Facebook and Twitter then don’t use them. If you don’t want your children using a computer until they can write, go ahead and wait. Do what’s best for your family but don’t completely avoid it.
How do you see technology changing the future of education?
I think technology will do two things for education in the future:
1. Make a variety of subjects more accessible to more people.
2. Lower the cost of education.
Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I just want to re-iterate that what you decide for your family is best. I don’t even use all of the technology mentioned in my podcast or on the blog. I’m just trying to curate ideas and share them with the homeschooling community. Some families use a lot of tech while others are more traditional but I think all use some technology. I want to help parents use whatever technology they have to benefit their children and themselves.