Online and multimedia learning are essential parts of our school day.
They’re a great way for both my older and younger students to work independently, and they free me up to work one on one with another child. They also provide instruction that I can’t offer in some subjects (I’m thinking particularly of higher level maths and sciences), and give my kids an opportunity to experience different methods of learning and teaching styles. So, I was thrilled when we were given a subscription to the Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Courses to use this year.
Standard Deviants has long been known for their outstanding educational videos. The Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Courses use these videos alongside complementary interactive activities to create online courses in core subjects for middle and high school students. There’s a large selection to choose from in a variety of subjects.
Here’s the list:
- Fundamental Math
- Earth Science
- English Composition
- U. S. History
- AP Biology
- AP Chemistry
- AP U. S. Government & Politics
- AP English Composition
There’s several on this list that would be good for both of my high schoolers, but so far I’ve focused on using Biology with Kyle (14). He absolutely loves science but he tends to find traditional curriculums a bit dry. If he could watch Mythbusters and/or Discovery Channel 24/7 and call it a science credit, we’d be set! 😉 I thought maybe the format of these classes would appeal to him.
I was right! He’s really enjoying the Biology course! The videos are entertaining and informative, and the interactive activities offer variety and are a great reinforcement for the lessons. This course has 7 chapters, covering:
- Molecules & Cells
- Heredity & Inheritance
- Molecular Genetics
- Evolutionary Biology
- Organisms & Populations
- Human Physiology & Immune Response
Each chapter has about 4 to 5 sections followed by a chapter review. The sections have tabs for the video lesson, vocabulary, a diagram or other activity, a quiz, and a written answer section. The student begins by watching the video lesson, and then goes through the tabs before advancing to the next topic. The course wraps up with a subject review and final quiz.
The video lessons vary in length from just a few minutes to close to twenty, and feature teens explaining the concept, along with catchy graphics and illustrations. They’re fun and educational at the same time! I like the ability to take notes while watching and save to your “locker” to refer to later! The interactive activities reinforce the lesson, and the quiz and written responses are an effective way to gauge how well the student is retaining the information. I like the course format. It’s straightforward and easy to navigate.
I think that by adding in some hands on activities and labs, and maybe a little bit more reading, this could be used as the backbone for a nice, full fledged Biology course! I do want to mention that it’s definitely taught from a secular viewpoint, which may be a concern to some, especially the section on evolution. With that caveat, this course is working really well for us! I’m looking forward to exploring and adding a couple more to the schedule.
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