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#1 of 6 Old 06-13-2010, 03:07 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Has anyone used this Head of the Class ?

It's supposedly free and looks kinda neat.

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Someone linked it here before and I signed up for it and promptly forgot about it . Thanks for the reminder to check it out
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I was unimpressed. Maybe I'm just dumb, but I didn't "get it" and it seemed kind of pointless and uninteresting. I guess it didn't quite fit my experience with other online currics.
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I was unimpressed. Maybe I'm just dumb, but I didn't "get it" and it seemed kind of pointless and uninteresting. I guess it didn't quite fit my experience with other online currics.
In looking it over, it seems like the issue is that, while it seems like an online curriculum, it really isn't. The lessons are actually in the ebooks that you download - sometimes they have things online to go along with it. and you print the lesson supplies (work sheets, pictures for activities, etc) from the "dashboard". The little videos with most of the lessons (at least the ones I looked at) didn't really seem to relate to the lessons themselves. I think it could be useful as a source of ideas, but not something that kids can just long on to and go (like I assume something like Time4Learning is, though I've never used it).
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i actually like it. i probably wouldn't use it since it would just be additional work to what we already have planned - but i think it looks pretty cool. i set up accounts for my kids to see how it works, and i felt it was fairly easy to navigate. i liked that it gave the option of skipping assignments & i also like that you can adjust the subjects to be easier or more difficult, etc. it seems to cover a lot but leaves space to tailor it for the learner.

anyway ...for free, it certainly is a good find! if you don't like it, no big loss, ykwim? it sort of reminds me of another free curriculum site that was also fairly good & was discussed here about a year ago or so...i wish i could remember the name of it. if i think of it, i'll post back though. you may like that one as well.


ETA: found it! http://www.lessonpathways.com/

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I love it. I found it fairly easy to navigate and well worth the effort. You can select "custom curriculum" and only had the lesson plans you like as well as outside assignments from other sites. You can assign assessments by grade level as often as you like and then print them out for your records. It will also keep track of all the online assignments and grades. There is loads of online work to assign as well as many printouts. For the printout worksheets you have the option of entering the grade into the computer and the site will calculate it in with the online work and give them a grade for each subject. I like Lesson Pathways as well but this is by far my favorite. 

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