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  1. To note, there are experiments like the one Regentrude describes in the QSL kit. Ones where it has the student set up the equipment and then are asked to move things, redesign things, try it in a new way, etc. I remember my kids doing that with measuring the sound waves, for example. First they had to set up the water, the tubes, the sound fork thing... Once the steps had guided them through thinking about it, they had to decide how to move things, how to change the water level, the variables, etc. There were a lot of these in between sorts of things - ones where there was a sort of demo lab a
  2. This year in particular, no. Not unless you have a student who is going to blow it out of the water and you already have found a test site. Don't do it. Not worth it.
  3. I'd be curious if a K12 centered publisher like Pearson or Scholastic has ever actually gone after a small or even a chain tutoring business for using their materials in the way they were intended just by a tutoring and outside class business instead of by a school. My guess is not. And as I pointed out, some of the curriculum providers in question here, like IEW, very explicitly expect their materials to be used in a tutorial business and include it as part of their licensing agreements. Because of the nature of homeschooling, the homeschool materials seem to expect that tutorials will be a p
  4. FYI, homeschoolers specifically have longer to secure a spot than others. The AP guidelines specifically name homeschoolers and say that adding homeschoolers to the final addition of students testing will not incur a late fee like others. I have heard that the reason for this is probably that by the final date for late registration, it will be clear if home-based AP testing is happening again. And if so, many more schools may be totally willing to take on homeschoolers when they weren't before.
  5. The vast majority of Outschool classes are not recording at all. Or keeping the recordings if they are. A few are recording and then you can watch for the next week to keep up. The FLEX classes - yes, I agree with you. That's where you potentially get into issues. I understand what you're saying about the difference between fair use - but I disagree about a continuing education class through a nonprofit entity like a university. As long as the provider is a nonprofit, then the course is a nonprofit. Otherwise, every single university and private school in the country wouldn't be able to follow
  6. Like, I'm just trying to get clear here. Does anyone actually think that a teacher can't use a generalized image of a book that they took themselves or paid for to use as the cover image, then teach a class where they read a recent novel on Zoom and discuss it? Because discussing a book is not a violation of copyright. Discussing a movie is not a violation of copyright. Writing fanfiction and creating fanart (two more things you see a lot on Outschool) are not violation either - this has now been pretty well established. Additionally, teaching from a textbook or curricula if it's intende
  7. But that doesn't violate anything. Each person in the Zoom call and the class has paid for the materials and they're discussing them together. The teacher has (we'll assume) paid for the IEW materials and any license to use them with students. A lot of materials geared toward teachers are for the teacher to use with any students they have who have accompanying student materials. Or sometimes they cover that as well. If the teacher materials cover a method, that method can be used with any students. I think some people in this thread are being way too harsh on Outschool overall. I'm not a
  8. Even the law makes a huge distinction here though between infringement that has no monetary gains (and if there's anything with less monetary gains than a student plagiarizing for an ungraded cheap Outschool enrichment course, I don't know what is) and something that is - like showing a movie or using images to sell a class. You may put these in the same moral category for yourself, but they're obviously very different legally. No author would have real standing to go after a 9th grader who copied their work for English class.
  9. I know someone who teaches on Outschool and she has multiple times had parents ask for a pdf of the entire book she's teaching. And she's like, um, no. Most of the classes I've seen don't violate anything. They can have students watch a movie on their own legally or read a book. They can discuss anything they want. Some companies clearly don't care. Like, there are a ton of Lego classes on Outschool and I seriously doubt Lego cares any more than they care about all the Lego afterschool enrichment companies. It's these new classes that are a huge problem... But really, in the end, it
  10. Adult or older teen or either? My 16 yos don't have specific chores. I generally ask them to do laundry, dishes, yardwork... They clean their rooms. I make them pitch in when there's a big cleaning going on. But we don't have scheduled chores. I just wrangle them and make them pitch in, which they mostly do with a decent attitude.
  11. I would not say I'm extra vigilant about male teachers, coaches, etc. But also, when it turned out that the head of my son's former theater was accused of improper conduct, dh and I were the ones who contacted the media and raised an enormous stink. And people were nasty and threatening to us about it. Because it doesn't matter how vigilant people think they're being... I'm telling you - when it goes down in a group that you're a part of, the vast majority of people immediately rush to protect the accused person because they just don't want to believe it could really have happened and they don
  12. I can answer about the answer key as we did the QSL kit (which is only algebra based physics so it's not what the OP asked for, but it is a very comprehensive kit). I would say about half of the lab questions were background information tied to the lab or were questions about how to do the calculations (which formula would apply to what and how, etc.), so those answers were just straight up. Then they had sample data which was clearly marked as just a sample and did the calculations based on that. I would have personally found it invaluable to have the work for the calculations fully shown bec
  13. One of my boys had Lyme quite awhile back and he had the full presentation. Fever, chills, vomiting... and the rash. Not everyone gets all of them, but they're all part of the initial disease. If anyone else sees a tick bite or knows you're exposed to ticks but no rash and then gets a mystery fever, then if you're in a Lyme endemic area, it's a very good guess and a good doc may give you the abx just in case.
  14. This article described in detail a lot of real issues and problems... then kept reaching the wrong conclusions about them. Does this happen here? Yes.
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