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WeDo 2.0 Curriculum Pack – One cent sale! (regular $289.95) February 13, 2016

Filed under: STEM,Upper Elementary — lifeatwarpspeed @ 6:43 pm
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Built on Next Generation Science Standards, the WeDo 2.0 Curriculum Pack aids second through fourth grade educators in delivering key science content.

If you have the Lego WeDo kits which introduce robotics to 2nd to 4th graders…this upgrade kit (targeted to teachers) is only ONE PENNY right now.  Quick jump on this here:  WeDo 2.0. It’s legit…I just got this for my Jr. First Lego League team. We will now be able to get to interface with our iPads. Learn more about WeDo here: WeDo

L@WS

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Touchpress’s Chemistry Apps – currently 75%-80% off for a limited time July 26, 2015

Filed under: High School,Homeschooling Apps,Middle School — lifeatwarpspeed @ 12:40 am
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The Elements: A Visual Exploration on the App Store on iTunes.

This deal is not to be missed!

This Chemistry app is on sale today for a steal at $2.99. (Normally $13.99) It is a visually stunning and great supplement to anyone studying chemistry. This is far better than a run of the mill periodic table poster and really bring chemistry to life. This app was named one of the year’s top apps by the Apple Store.

My son just loves this app as he has mad love for all things related to chemistry right now. We were lucky enough to score a free one last year. After having it, this is a great deal. It really bring the periodic table to life with amazing, breathtaking images of various elements. The companion Molecules app is currently $2.99 and the Elements in Action is $0.99. The Elements Flashcards app is free. All of these are really fantastic supplement for studying chemistry.

“Elements is based on the internationally best-selling hard cover edition of The Elements by Theodore Gray, Popular Science Magazine’s Gray Matter columnist. ”

Highly recommended for anyone studying chemistry.

L@WS

 

Camp Google: What’s it all about? July 12, 2015

Filed under: Upper Elementary — lifeatwarpspeed @ 4:19 pm
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Camp Google: What’s it all about?.

Google is offering a free weekly series of fun interactive science activities throughout the summer. It blasts off this week with a week about oceans. So far, they  have weeks planned about music, nature, and space. Camp Google is designed for ages 7 to 10, but younger students can participate with parental assistance. You will need common household items to complete some of the science activities. This is a printable list of the supplies needed by week. https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-camp.appspot.com/pdfs/camp-google-supplies_1507101027.pdf

Camp Google was designed in partnership with Nat Geo, the National Park Service and Khan Academy. Professionals in various disciplines participate and interact with students during the live streaming events.

This is a great interactive way to keep kids engaged and enthusiastic about science over the summer. I love that there are hands on activities that the whole family can do together as well. If you happen to miss a week and are just now finding out about this program, all the content is available to you on the website.
Recommended for age 7 to 10.

L@WS

 

 

Educational Tech Picks March 6, 2015

This is the October 2014 column that I wrote for my co-op’s newsletter. I realized that I should share these gems with all of you as well! So, I will be posting up my other past columns when I have some more time. I just love finding interesting and sometimes unusual educational resources online that can be leveraged for homeschooling. Keep in mind that these are not necessarily Christian resources and as always please preview and decide for yourself if a particular resource is appropriate for you and your family to use. These resources may be of interest to families that supplement on the weekends, after school, or summer vacation.

ABC Jesus Love Me: Free                                                                                             Grades: Toddler to Pre-K
If you have littles in the house that are chomping at the bit to do “school” just like their older siblings and have no time to pull something together, then abcjesusloveme.com (AJLM) is my solution for you! AJLM is a great free biblically based, play based curriculum designed to take you from ages 2 to 5. Each year has a 36 week plan covering literature, music, character, Scripture, pre-math, pre-reading, and age-appropriate concepts and skills. This is a well-laid out curriculum with an intentional progression leading you to being ready for formal schooling at school age.

I really appreciate the way the AJLM lays out each week beginning with the supplies that you need to have on hand. Then you are given a good overview of learning objectives for the week. This is followed by a list of all the different activities and links to all the printable resources. If you scroll all the way to the bottom you will find a schedule grid with everything scheduled over 4 days.

I must say that you should not to feel compelled to use everything which might be challenging for those who are compulsive box checkers. Depending on your situation, this might feel overwhelming to you. Feel free to pick and choose what is most important to you or even slow this down and work over a whole year rather than 36 weeks schedule.

Magic School Bus Science Lesson Plans: Free                                                                                       Grades: K-3

Homeschoolbelle has made her Magic School Bus DVD series lesson plans for the primary grades. She has pulled together a schedule that takes you through each episode with suggested books to read, a project or experiment that you can do, related Brain Pop videos, and writing assignments  from about the topic. This is such a fun way to do make science interesting and accessible for younger children.

http://homeschoolbelle.blogspot.com/2013/08/free-science-plans-using-magic-school.html

VocabularySpellingCity: Free. ($29.99 for premium access for full features. ).

Spelling City is available as an app for Apple, Droid, and Kindle users. It is also available online as well. This is a pretty fun way to practice and test spelling words though various games and activities. The premium membership does give you many more features that expand this to be a good vocabulary resource as well. The annual family premium access is for up to five students.

There are literally thousands of user created spelling lists in their database. Their spelling list search function is rather underwhelming though and not that effective to narrowing down what you are looking for. The trick though is that you either have to know the user’s account name or the list name. I have been able to find lists for most common homeschool spelling curricula (SWR, on Spelling City with a little key word searching of the Spelling City forums (forum, spelling city, ). Sometimes, when my hands are busy with making lunch or dinner, I will run the practice test and have my son write out his spelling on paper the SWR way…cursive with all the markings. It does free up some time as I can have him work on spelling and vocabulary while we are en route somewhere on our iPad. We really enjoy using it.

I was able to organize a way for our co-op to take advantage of the special pricing by having parents share access to a teacher account. If you can get enough people together and organize it, it is a great deal at about $2 per student for 12 months.

http://www.spellingcity.com/

The Online Engineering Academy: ($400-$550)                                                                       Grade: High School
I just love this concept that meets a real felt need for high school students that are interested in engineering. This is something that is very challenging to provide to students without going with a college level course which usually requires calculus as a prerequisite. This is a great resource for families seeking to provide their high school students a good bridge and solid foundation for future collegiate level study in engineering.

The Excellence in Engineering Education Initiative Foundation in partnership with Auburn University has made this elective credit, four-year engineering curriculum available as an online course. These courses are taught by an engineer that is also a high school teacher and has teaching assistants who are graduate engineering students who worked through this curriculum as high school students.

The pacing and design of these on-demand courses reflects math skills that follow a traditional college preparatory progression of math that culminates with Calculus in their senior year. So, students, on a progression ending with pre-Calculus, should consider starting this series a year behind so that they are able to work successfully through the course.

http://www.theonlineengineeringacademy.com/ 

L@WS

 

Solar Walk™ – Planets of the Solar System App – free for a limited time June 29, 2014

Filed under: Apps,High School,Homeschooling,Middle School,Upper Elementary — lifeatwarpspeed @ 3:07 pm
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Solar Walk™ – Planets of the Solar System on the App Store on iTunes.

This is award winning app is currently free to download. It is normally $2.99. It is a beautiful app with stunning graphics. It is an amazing 3D model of our solar system. There are lots of interactive features to explore and mini-movies to learn more about different planets and features of our solar system.

One of the best features of Solar Walk is that is sync’d with the time zone you are in. It will show to the proper position and orientation of Earth and the other planets relative to the sun.

Don’t miss out on this fabulous app which is a great addition to anyone studying astronomy especially homeschoolers.

L@WS

 

Walking with Dinosaurs: Inside their World – free for a limited time. May 25, 2014

 

Walking with Dinosaurs: Inside their World on the App Store on iTunes.

This award-winning app has been completely revamped the BBC Worldwide and BBC Earth with the original developer to bring you this amazing interactive dinosaur encyclopedia. The encyclopedia is professionally narrated by Stephen Fry, British comedian and actor. There are 280 3-D renderings of dinosaurs to explore and hours of narrated content. This app is normally $4.99 and is being offered for free download for a limited time.

Hurry and grab this before it disappears! It is perfect for anyone dinosaur enthusiast of any age.

L@WS

 

Kids Zoo app gone free! April 18, 2014

 

Kids Zoo on the App Store on iTunes.

Kids Zoo app is a pretty good live animal webcam app. It is currently free for download for the iPhone and iPad. (Normally, $0.99) Don’t get frustrated if you don’t see the animals because you need to take into account time zone differences. Plus animals don’t hang out right in front of the camera all day long! These are live webcam feeds from zoos and aquariums from all over the world. I love that the feeds are gathered in one convenient place. This is perfect for any child that loves animals. It is also a good supplement for zoology studies for homeschoolers.

Recommended for ages 2 and up.

L@WS

 

 

 
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