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Monday, November 2, 2015

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review #hsreviews #SDAccelerate

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review
We love real books at our house. Even for school we use a lot of real books, reference books, and text books, but sometimes it's easier and more flexible to use an online program. We have been using the Homeschool Courses from Standard Deviants Accelerate the last couple of months and we have really needed that flexibility. 

Standard Deviants Accelerate has been offering educational videos for over 20 years. They have now taken those videos and added activities to create a better curriculum supplement. The homeschool courses offer science, math, writing, nutrition, and government and they range from third grade to AP high school classes. There are also progress reports to keep track of the children's progress. 

We received access to all of the homeschool courses for one year. I have my own parent account and then each one of the girls have their own. All the students must have their own email address to log into SDA. I can assign courses to each one of my girls from my account. I originally assigned the Nutrition class for grades six and up to Amber and Earth Science to Delaney. Alaina started sitting with either one of the other girls to watch their videos every day because she thought they were so funny, so I assigned her the nutrition class. She is my class clown, she finds humor in everything she does. When she started watching her own videos she would continually back it up to watch the funny parts again. Then she would want everyone to come over and watch it with her. 

After getting started with Nutrition and Earth Science, the girls wanted to know what other classes we had access to, so I let them choose more. Delaney wanted to do English Composition, and Amber is getting ready to start AP American Government and Politics. 
My girls accessed SDA on their iPad mini, and each day they would watch the video first. The video plays on the right of the screen and the dialog is in a box to the left. At the bottom of the screen is a box where they can take notes. The full transcript and the notes that were taken can be printed directly from this page. 

Next they would access the vocabulary words. If you click on the vocabulary word it will be read to the student for correct pronunciation. These words may also be printed. Each screen has an SOS button on the side. This allows the student to send a question to the teacher immediately when they are thinking of it. 
In the diagram tab the student answers the same example that was included in the video by dragging and dropping the correct answer. 
The quiz tab takes you to a multiple choice quiz.
There are also long answer questions relating to the video for each day. 
Each chapter has a review section that contains a post-test, an act it out section, and a critical thinking section. The act it out section has instructions for homeschooled students. The post-test questions are multiple choice, but they are questions from the daily quizzes that the student missed. If all the questions were answered correctly during the chapter then random questions are chosen for the chapter review test. After taking the post-test the answers are immediately available. If the student misses any questions a yellow arrow is displayed that will take them to the video segment to review that topic. The critical thinking question is not visible until the post-quiz is taken. I love the way the critical thinking question instructions are worded. It tells the student to not get overly concerned about getting everything correct in the answer but to take an educated guess. 
Standard Deviants Accelerate Review
My oldest son just separated from the Army and has been home for a month. He flew out of the Denver airport for an interview in Florida while he was here. My oldest daughter lives in CO, so Amber and Delaney wanted to stay at their sisters house while he was gone. They took their school work with them to work on while their sister was at work. It was so easy for them to use SDA while they were there, all they needed was the internet. They took one iPad and took turns using it while the other completed other assignments. 
Standard Deviants Accelerate Review
Standard Deviants Accelerate has been a great addition to our school. The flexibility is so nice when school has to be completed while out of town. My girls all found it very easy to maneuver through the course. 
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