Technology Tuesday #11 ~ Standard Deviants Accelerate Review for Educents

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What is Standard Deviants Accelerate?

The Standard Deviants Accelerate online homeschooling program guides students through complete core curriculum courses. Through the clever way our instructional videos use humor to make difficult topics fun and simple, we are able to keep students attentive and engaged. A well-balanced range of assignments provides students with different outlets to demonstrate their understanding. Make homeschooling more fun with SDAccelerate!

SDA will teach and re-teach, allowing your student to learn, progress, and then master a subject, requiring little time from parents.

Parents: We want to make life and homeschooling easier for you by saving you time and money. As a condensed supplemental course, SDA provides instruction covering all necessary topics in each subject through video content, so you don’t have to. Most of the assignments are automatically graded, and you have access to those scores at any time via your parent account. For assignments that are not automatically graded, parent accounts include customizable rubrics that make grading quick and easy. With one subject costing only $24.95/month or $99/year, SDA is an affordable homeschool curriculum choice.

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Learn and Review<
Video breaks down content and provides in-depth instruction
Multiple-choice Quizzes following each video re-teach by replaying clips corresponding to questions that have been answered incorrectly
Multiple-choice Tests at the end of each chapter and at the end of the subject continue to check knowledge and are customized according to student’s prior quiz performance
Drag and Drop Diagrams test knowledge using a visual component
Red flag alerts report low scores to the parent every step of the way

Progress
Standard Deviants Accelerate engages students in higher orders of thinking, and has students relate their findings back to the central thematic question.

Student is prompted to examine and re-examine the same subject-wide thematic question after each lesson in the Written Answer assignment.
Critical thinking questions at end of each chapter are customized according to student’s quiz scores, and prompts student to apply and analyze knowledge

Master
Student demonstrates mastery of topics by teaching what they have learned to their parent or peers in a new context in the Group Activity
Writing feature in the Final Word at the end of each subject prompts student to synthesize all that they have learned and apply it toward creating a new solution or product.

What appealed to me?

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The I really love the progress report for each class. It highlights the section of each subject a student struggles with and where they may need assistance.

You can go through their different Homeschool Courses and select which subjects are suitable for your children.

Their homeschool courses start at Grade 3, which is a pity since my homeschooled children are currently in Grades 1 and 2 and I have fallen in love with their science program. I did, however, go through their Grade 7 work and found it rather engaging and practical for my public school child to work through and navigate without any issues.

My only gripe is that the back end, for the teacher/parent, was not as easy to navigate as the student site and did frustrate me quite a bit in the beginning. However, once I had gone through all the Video Tutorials that were sent with my login information, I mastered it fairly quickly.

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