What It Is
This is an online collection of classes that your children are able to do at their own pace by following video lessons, quizzes and written answers. The collection of Homeschool classes that are available on SDA are AP American Government and Politics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP English Language and Composition, AP US History, Algebra, Arithmetic, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English Composition, Fundamental Mathematics, Nutrition and US History.
Each person in the family will have access with their own email. As the parent/teacher, you will be able to add students to the classes of your choice by simply emailing them a code. Once they enter the code, they are in and able to go through that course at their own pace.
Each lesson has 4-5 different parts, depending on class and lesson. They all start with the video. The video explains the lesson, and you are able to follow along with that video with the notes on the side. These are also printable if you would like them to be kept for extra notes.
After watching the lesson and taking your notes, you get to move on to the vocab words. Each word is listed, and has the definition right there. You are able to listen to the word being spoken if you are unsure of the pronunciation of that word. Once again, you get the choice of either just studying these words on the computer, or printing them for the extra notes and study time offline.
Following the vocab words, your child will be moving on to a diagram. Here is where they get to “play” a little. Each diagram is different, but usually a drag and drop of some kind depending on the lesson and the subject. While these drag and drops are fun, each time you try an answer to see if it sticks, that counts towards your score. This is where Moe Man got in trouble the most…
Finishing up the lesson is the lesson quiz. There are 5-10 multiple choice problems that your child will answer. Once your child has answered the questions of the quiz, they get to “Throw it against the wall to see if it sticks”. What a fun way to say, let’s grade this! They get to find out instantly what they got wrong or right. On the problems that were wrong, your child has the option to watch the video on that part. This helps to build the information in the brain, and “make it stick”!
The final stop in the lessons are the written answers. Here is where your child will have the chance to show you what they know. They are able to look at the question, find their answer and write it out. They will than turn this part in for you to grade.
You as the parent/teacher, will have your own account. Once your child completes their work, you are able to view their scores and work on grading their written work. This is the fun time, to see what they were able to learn from their lessons. While most of the grading in done for you, you will have to work on the written answers.
To make the grading easier for you, which is always awesome, you have a rubrics for each class. You just have to follow the guidelines listed there to make the best grade possible for your child.
What We Thought
Moe Man used this for his Algebra lessons, and had a hard time. However, when I let him explore, he fell in love with US History (go figure, my history buff). I could instantly see the difference between those two classes and which one he liked better. I liked letting him do the lessons at his pace and allowing him to be his own teacher. This made it more fun for him, and less of a struggle for me!
Moe Man did not like the questions in the Algebra lessons. He felt he was unprepared for them and that the lesson did not help him. However, the same type of lesson and question setup had no problems when it was US History, so I think this was more of a user issue than a program issue.
I really enjoyed seeing all the different options for the classes. I loved having a rubric right in front of me when it came to the written question and my turn to grade. This gave me the confidence to know what needed to be done. This was also nice, because I did not have to make one up and wonder if I was too easy or too hard on him.
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