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My dd12 did Lightning Lit 8 last semester and is doing Caesar's English this semester. She loves it. I love it because I don't have to teach it or grade it and it all just happens.

 

She will be doing other classes next year. I am looking into it for my ds10 for next year too. He will be a sixth grader then.

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I'm not exactly sure. She is doing it online because I have a hard time teaching writing, grammar, and literature. I do know that she hasn't had any previous grammar experience, other than watching School House Rock, and is enjoying the course.

 

The course information says:

 

Students will:

 

* study parts of speech, sentence structure, phrases and clauses through videos and stories

* practice with exciting games and activities

* learn Michael Clay Thompson's 4-level sentence labeling system

* study word roots and vocabulary in the context of great literature

* discover word roots and vocabulary items

* write stories and create presentations with new vocabulary words

* participate in live webinars

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What did they do for Caesar's English?????

 

They do a combined Town/CE I or a combined Voyage/CE II. Magic Lens gets combined with Word Within a Word at various levels.

 

We signed up last year for the forums only, in order to get access to Brainpop for about a third of the price I could find it otherwise. It's the only thing we used, but the experience was fine. They've added a version of Discovery Streaming along with Brainpop now, which is a nice plus. We might join again in the fall for those (IIRC it's $55), have to see. I wish we could afford the classes, but they are currently out of reach. I need to save the funds for other classes.

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OH they combined CE w/ PT....I get it now!

 

KarenNC - can you tell me more about the forums? I didn't see anything about that on the website.

 

They come under "other services" http://www.onlineg3.com/course/category.php?id=8. We didn't actually use the forums or tutorials, just the Brainpop subscription, when my daughter was in 3rd grade. I emailed with the headmistress and she was fine with that.

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Dd did Critical Thinking 1 last semester and is doing Critical Thinking 2 this semester. After reading various threads about how the Critical Thinking books needed lots of discussion, and the ensuing time where I freaked out about how I was going to teach ds and all of dd's teacher-intensive curricula, it's been a huge relief. *sheepish* It's also been a great format for dd learning about online courses, IMO, and that was somewhat important to me, as I anticipate her taking 1-2 semester from this point onwards.

 

I'm still considering which course(s) I want to sign her up for in the fall. :)

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I signed my ds up for the History of US 1A course last summer. It was a condensed version of the usual course and moved very rapidly - too fast for my ds. However, this course normally covers Hakim's Story of US series over two years and I think the regular pace would be fine.

 

There is a one hour weekly interactive session using Elluminate technology which features a whiteboard, audio of teacher/students, and a simultaneous chat session. Recorded sessions are available if you can't make the live sessions. In addition to the weekly session, there are assigned readings and web links such as Brain Pop videos, interactive games etc. and usually one major assignment. The assignment is usually something creative using new technology such as designing trading cards for explorers or an interactive poster for an event.

 

The highlight of the course is the weekly class session. The instructor keeps it lively and challenging but relevant to a younger student. For example, she'll use a mystery question as an opener for discussion or a Jeopardy game to review facts. The focus is on the big picture and using critical reasoning skills to understand the context and events in history. For instance, the students were asked to analyze two paintings of the same event - one by an American and one by an Englishman to see how their POV was reflected in the painting. Similar exercises looking at written accounts of the same event were used from the book Critical Thinking in US History.

 

My ds did not participate in the live sessions due to a scheduling conflict but the students seemed enthusiastic and there was a nice class rapport. I think the program strikes just the right balance in presenting challenging material in an age appropriate way. This course is marketed to gifted younger students and some of the students are quite young but I think it would work well for a middle schooler too.

 

We did not continue with the history since I am trying to combine a 1st and 4th grader and it moves too fast for my younger ds but I'm considering the Caesar's English for next year.

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They do a combined Town/CE I or a combined Voyage/CE II. Magic Lens gets combined with Word Within a Word at various levels.

 

We signed up last year for the forums only, in order to get access to Brainpop for about a third of the price I could find it otherwise. It's the only thing we used, but the experience was fine. They've added a version of Discovery Streaming along with Brainpop now, which is a nice plus. We might join again in the fall for those (IIRC it's $55), have to see. I wish we could afford the classes, but they are currently out of reach. I need to save the funds for other classes.

 

Do you know which version of DE they use? Is it the Plus or Basic as offered at Homeschool Buyer's Co-op?

 

https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/index.php?option=com_hsbc_epp_order&Itemid=1036

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I have it but I am not sure. :001_huh: That is how bad I am at computers! :lol:

 

Plus has Planet Earth and Basic does not.

 

From HSBC:

 

Plus Has Everything in Basic and More, Including:

Nearly TWICE as many videos, such as:

 

Freedom-A History of US and more from PBS

Ken Burns and NOVA specials

McGruff's Kid Files, Teen Files, Real World Science and more from Aims Mulitmedia

Rabitt Ears Children's Literature Collection

Weston Woods' audiovisual adaptations of children's picture books

and thousands more!

Thousands of audio resources:

Famous speeches

Audio books

Foreign-language instruction

Poetry readings

Classical music

Sound effects and much more

PLANET EARTH:

Fourteen-programs chaptered into core-concept clips

Teachers' Guides that include learning objectives, discussion questions, academic standards, and more

Writing Prompts

 

Both Basic and Plus have thousands of videos to choose from but Plus has more:)

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Based on the list of videos posted above, looks like it's the Plus version of Discovery Education.

 

Wow:) I have been interested in these classes for ds but now I am interested even more:) Does joining the forums give you unlimited acces to Discovery Education for a year?

 

Can you definitely watch Planet Earth on your version of DE via onlineG3? The Plus has Planet Earth whereas the basic does not:)

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Yep, it definitely features Planet Earth. The Brainpop subscription is great too. We use that a few times a week. Have not used the discussion forums - they are very student driven (Legos, Pokemon, Movies, etc.). Definitely, a great buy for $55 a year.

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I emailed the G3 folks about that last year, and the reply was that it wasn't exactly the same as either of the versions available on HSBC. It's a special package put together for their school. She sent me a listing of the titles they had and I've been searching my computer for them, but can't lay my (virtual) hands on it right now.

 

Could someone who has access let me know if it includes any Spanish language learning curricula, Horrible Histories or Time Warp Trio? I know G3 does Rosetta Stone, but I'm hoping that doesn't mean they don't have a DE Spanish language option.

 

I'll keep looking for that table of titles.

 

Also, does anyone know of a way to stream DE to the tv using the Roku box? We have a wireless network, but don't have a gaming system of any kind or any other way to get computer content to the tv (and we've really enjoyed having the Roku let us watch Netflix on the tv).

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Can't find Horrible Histories but Time Warp Trio and Liberty's Kids are there. They have Elementary Spanish and Spanish for Kids.

 

Thanks! I was hoping they'd have the middle school level Spanish. I found the email with the link to the videos that are available to G3 subscribers, but the server there keeps timing out on me so I'm having trouble accessing it. Maybe someone else will have more luck before I manage it.

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Here's what they wrote:

G3 now has a contract with Discovery Virtual Streaming so that G3 students may access 7000 educational videos from Discovery, PBS, Standard Deviants, BBC, and more. The complete video list is available here: http://drop.io/g3vidlist

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Thanks! I was hoping they'd have the middle school level Spanish. I found the email with the link to the videos that are available to G3 subscribers, but the server there keeps timing out on me so I'm having trouble accessing it. Maybe someone else will have more luck before I manage it.

http://drop.io/g3vidlist'>http://drop.io/g3vidlist'>http://drop.io/g3vidlist'>http://drop.io/g3vidlist

 

Here's what they wrote:

G3 now has a contract with Discovery Virtual Streaming so that G3 students may access 7000 educational videos from Discovery, PBS, Standard Deviants, BBC, and more. The complete video list is available here: http://drop.io/g3vidlist

 

I just received an email from G3 stating they have been experiencing server problems due to a recent upgrade. This might be why you are having trouble loading the list.

 

They hope to have everything working by tomorrow so you should try again in a couple of days.

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I just received an email from G3 stating they have been experiencing server problems due to a recent upgrade. This might be why you are having trouble loading the list.

 

They hope to have everything working by tomorrow so you should try again in a couple of days.

 

Thanks, I'll do that. It's a fabulous price for what they are offering. I'm hoping to see if they have the materials that it can take the place of some of the other things I was thinking I would have to buy for next year.

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Dd did Critical Thinking 1 last semester and is doing Critical Thinking 2 this semester. After reading various threads about how the Critical Thinking books needed lots of discussion, and the ensuing time where I freaked out about how I was going to teach ds and all of dd's teacher-intensive curricula, it's been a huge relief. *sheepish* It's also been a great format for dd learning about online courses, IMO, and that was somewhat important to me, as I anticipate her taking 1-2 semester from this point onwards.

 

 

I was planning on doing Critical Thinking 1 this year and 2 next, but we haven't even gotten to 1 this year. I'm thinking this would be a great way to get 'er done.

 

But at 13yo next year, my kids would be the "right" age for CT1 and 2 - they wouldn't be young gifted kids working ahead. What's the range of ages for this course - would they be way on the old side?

 

Anyone know how they'd handle two kids working from the same household? Maybe I need a second laptop?

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I'm thinking of having my son do Critical Thinking 1 next fall through onlineg3. Does anyone know if the access to discovery streaming is for the full year or only during the course? I'm not sure yet whether we'll commit to CT2 in the Spring.

 

Brainpop was a full year with, at the time, only a one semester access to the forums (this was last year). I would think that it would be the same with the courses.

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I was planning on doing Critical Thinking 1 this year and 2 next, but we haven't even gotten to 1 this year. I'm thinking this would be a great way to get 'er done.

 

But at 13yo next year, my kids would be the "right" age for CT1 and 2 - they wouldn't be young gifted kids working ahead. What's the range of ages for this course - would they be way on the old side?

 

Anyone know how they'd handle two kids working from the same household? Maybe I need a second laptop?

 

There are actually two section of CT right now-- one is 'anyone' and the other is '12+.' So absolutely they'd be fine!

 

I think you'd want at minimum two microphones so they could both contribute to the webinar, and they'd each need their own 'account' to check their assignments, post on the forum for the class as themselves, etc., but I think you could *probably* manage on one computer.

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Thanks! I was hoping they'd have the middle school level Spanish. I found the email with the link to the videos that are available to G3 subscribers, but the server there keeps timing out on me so I'm having trouble accessing it. Maybe someone else will have more luck before I manage it.

http://drop.io/g3vidlist'>http://drop.io/g3vidlist'>http://drop.io/g3vidlist'>http://drop.io/g3vidlist

 

Here's what they wrote:

G3 now has a contract with Discovery Virtual Streaming so that G3 students may access 7000 educational videos from Discovery, PBS, Standard Deviants, BBC, and more. The complete video list is available here: http://drop.io/g3vidlist

 

Have you been able to view DE without any problems on online G3? Can you view whenever you want to? Is this a year long subscription or does it only last the traditional school year? I appreciate your help:)

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Have you been able to view DE without any problems on online G3? Can you view whenever you want to? Is this a year long subscription or does it only last the traditional school year? I appreciate your help:)

 

I don't know---haven't had the DE subscription yet. We did have the Brainpop one two years ago and it was fine, lasted the entire year (July 1-June 30). I was able to view whenever we wanted to, as I remember (ie not limited to school hours).

 

I have continued to try to get the video title list, but have received no response yet to my email request and the page still won't load. Anyone else had any better luck?

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I don't know---haven't had the DE subscription yet. We did have the Brainpop one two years ago and it was fine, lasted the entire year (July 1-June 30). I was able to view whenever we wanted to, as I remember (ie not limited to school hours).

 

I have continued to try to get the video title list, but have received no response yet to my email request and the page still won't load. Anyone else had any better luck?

 

Anyone else have luck with DE via OnlineG3 recently?:lurk5:

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They do a combined Town/CE I or a combined Voyage/CE II. Magic Lens gets combined with Word Within a Word at various levels.

 

We signed up last year for the forums only, in order to get access to Brainpop for about a third of the price I could find it otherwise. It's the only thing we used, but the experience was fine. They've added a version of Discovery Streaming along with Brainpop now, which is a nice plus. We might join again in the fall for those (IIRC it's $55), have to see. I wish we could afford the classes, but they are currently out of reach. I need to save the funds for other classes.

 

They come under "other services" http://www.onlineg3.com/course/category.php?id=8. We didn't actually use the forums or tutorials, just the Brainpop subscription, when my daughter was in 3rd grade. I emailed with the headmistress and she was fine with that.

 

I'm so excited about this! Thank you all for posting it! I have wanted BrainPop and Discovery Education for so long, but can't afford it at the usual prices. Even the G3 price will be a stretch for us.

 

I'm so disappointed though! When I went to the G3 website enrollment is closed for the forums. Does anyone know if and when it will open again?

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I'm so excited about this! Thank you all for posting it! I have wanted BrainPop and Discovery Education for so long, but can't afford it at the usual prices. Even the G3 price will be a stretch for us.

 

I'm so disappointed though! When I went to the G3 website enrollment is closed for the forums. Does anyone know if and when it will open again?

 

Since it runs with the school year, I would expect it to open up by early summer. I keep checking periodically. You may want to email them and say that you are interested in enrolling when that is an option and ask them to put you on a notification list.

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