Standard Deviants Accelerate is an online learning tool. It was born out of the idea of taking the Standard Deviants videos and turning them into a complete learning package. It was designed as a supplement tool for middle and senior high school students. Their videos approach learning with a dash of humor to increase student interest in the learning process. The use of humor and snappy video helps the student to retain the information as well. Each subject approaches learning with the idea to continue to build and reinforce the material being taught in that subject area. As technology has grown so has what SD has been able to offer first with VHS and now online streaming and class structure.
Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Courses offers the next step. First the classes were offered to school and now they are being offered to the homeschool community. There are a variety of courses offered. Each course has its own recommended age range starting with some basic mathematics for the those as young as third grade through AP classes for those finishing up high school.
SDA at Our House
Our family is currently testing out 3 of the offered courses. Joshua is doing Chemistry and Hannah is working Nutrition and Earth Science. Each of the courses are set up in similar fashion. When the student logs in they will see the “table of content” and they will work through each lesson.
Each lesson is set up with a set of tabs that they work through until they complete the lesson with a quiz. There are suggested written and group work as well. We didn’t do any of the group work because I only had one child taking each course. I did have them do some of the written work either as a written assignment or as a discussion point. The first tab for each lesson has the video portion for that lesson. The transcript can be scrolled through on the side or it can be printed out to aid in note taking. Notes can also be taken directly on the screen, saved, and printed out. The vocabulary tab not only provides the definition of the words for review but also has a speak button so that you can hear how the words are pronounced. The diagram tab gives students a hands ou assignment similar to a worksheet that might be done in a typical classroom. The Quiz tab gives the students a chance to show what they have learned for this lesson. When they submit their answers they get immediate feedback so they know that they missed and they can also click to go back to the corresponding place in the video to review the information. The Written Answer tab has the students think about the topic and how it relates to the big question being asked. Again, they can type their answer into the space provided. Then they can save and print out their response.
For the teacher you can sign in and from there you have different options. You can view the lessons for any classes you have assigned and even take the quizzes but your score will not be recorded. Under the grading tab you can check the progress of your student including which lessons they have completing and their score for each quiz. There is also an over all grade for the whole class. And rubric for grading the critical thinking questions is also provided to help you grade your child’s response to the questions. You can also use the start grading section to add your score for the written assignments. There are also several videos on the website to help you in using the program.
Learning Fun with Standard Deviants Accelerate
So far I have really enjoyed being able to use SDA. Since I am at work during part of the day it is nice to know that my children can get online and accomplish their school independently. I can easily go in see what they have accomplished each day. We encountered one problem with Joshua during the review with his quiz stores not storing and recording. I contacted customer service by email and they got back with me right away. Turns out he wasn’t hit the submit button at the end of the quiz because he didn’t release that was where he so supposed to click since it said “Through it at the Wall and See if It Sticks.” I was impressed by how quickly someone responded and that they weren’t bothered by our own silly mistake.
One thing to remember is that while you can retake the quiz the first submission is the one that will be recorded. As a homeschooling I would like the option to be able to reset the score after I had my child retake the lessons because I like to have them work through mastery and not just keep moving on regardless of the score but it isn’t that big of a problem. The other thing I would like to see that in addition to the lesson and score for the each assignment completed online I would like to be able to see have the date available as well so that I could use that information in their portfolio’s. I also loved that their answers and notes could be recorded and saved in within the program which makes for easy retrieval and no lost papers.
I found the program easy to use as a parent and other than Joshua’s one glitch found that it was easy for my kids to get online and complete each lesson. Both of them remarked how easy it was to use and both of them liked that fact that each lesson was contained on a page with the different tabs to move through. Joshua really liked how the humor made the topics interesting and fun to learn from.
We had some interesting discussion at the dinner table as both of them shared what they were learning.
Standard Deviants Accelerate Facts
The Standard Deviants Accelerate is for grades 3 through 12. The recommended grade level is provided on the class listing page.
The price for the SDA Homeschool Course will be $99 per student – per core curriculum course and they student will have up to a full year to complete the course work. You can also choose to pay $24.95 a month. Currently the AP course are only offered for a month fee of $14.95.
Check Out More Reviews
Check out the graphic below to see the experience other families had with Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Course.