The Importance of Characters in Online Homeschooling by Mimi Rothschild
The Jubilee Academy
Saturday, 23 May 2015 10:11
The Importance of Characters in Online Homeschooling
by Mimi Rothschild
Online homeschooling courses that are emotionally compelling are the most engaging. These are the type of courses we create for our Christian homeschooling curriculum. Adding characters to an online homeschooling course can make a big difference in the engagement factor. Regardless of who the students are, characters have the same unique effect of increasing realism and reliability.
1. We start by creating a character profile and a script.
Before proceeding to integrate characters in an online homeschooling course, we devise a plan of who the character will be and what will be the mode of interaction with the subject matter. We accomplish this goal by designing a profile that clearly states the traits of this character, its mannerism, the tone it will be using and even the back story behind it. A script has to be written in advance to ensure that we have reached the learning objectives for the online homeschooling course. We hire outstanding writers who are well versed in the subject matter we are presenting.
2. Roles Characters Play
Our instructional designers decide on the role your character is going to play. Characters in our online homeschooling courses play a wide range of roles. They are either the narrator or the guide for a course when you want the students to be taken through the online homeschooling course in a more exciting, entertaining and engaging way. The character sometimes poses questions that get your students to think about the specific module. We also have the option of having the character point out tips or key points to ensure that the learning process is more captivating. With all these options at our disposal you should have a clear plan of what role the character will adopt.
3. Selection of the character image should be wise
The characters used in online homeschooling courses are portrayed in the form of animations, photos, cartoons, or even as real people as is the case for webinars. Our choice of the image to use as a character should be a prudent one as this will heavily impact the effectiveness of our online homeschooling course. For example, a character for our Intro to Business online homeschooling course could be dressed in a polished and professional business attire.
4. Our Instructional Designers Conduct Research on your audience to align your character’s dialogue and personality.
Our target audience is always taken into consideration while selecting the character.The characters appearance as well as the tone that they will use as these should be in line with the audience. We research any technical terms that may bused to grant authenticity to the situation. The tone that is desired and other significant points are reviewed and critiqued. Our students must be able to relate to to our characters.Stereotypical or archetypal personalities in a given subject are integrated into our character’s portfolio to make it more real. This has the effect of making the character recognizable as well as helping the learner to easily connect with the subject matter in a better fashion.
5. The audio should be realistic and relevant.
Our instructional designers often include audio in our online homeschooling courses. Character dialogue or narration should always be as relevant and realistic as possible. The character speaks in a way that is natural and fitting for a particular environment. Diverging into tangents will only distract the student from the important pieces of information which they need to acquire. We hire the services of a professional voice over actors whose narration of scenes make the course more real and powerful.The key thing to keep in mind when our instructional designers are developing and integrating online homeschooling characters is that they must have an additive effect to the learning experience. They should not be a distractor to the learner from the intended objective or subject matter.
Online Homeschooling Programme – 5 Best Videos for Teaching Homeschoolers about 911
The Jubilee Academy
Tuesday, 2 December 2014 20:18
Al Qaeda is an Islamic terrorist group that launched a series of four deadly and well-coordinated attacks on United States of America on September 11, 2001. These attacks resulted in the killing of about 3000 people and the damaging of properties and infrastructural facilities with a cost of over $10 billion. That attack has since been referred to as September 11 or 911.
The destruction of the Twin Towers, the international trade center that the attacks were focused upon led to the closing and collapse of many businesses. The pain and destruction of this day will forever be implanted in the minds of many Americans. Many memorials have been put in place to mark the day and the evil event.
These attacks on American soil are now another part of American history that all young people must know about. Terrorism and global crimes against humanity are the new faces that threaten the world today.
The study of these events can become part of an education program for your child, especially if you want your child to do online homeschooling. It can become part of your homeschooling curriculum. You can complement the homeschooling program with suitable videos that will further boost his understanding of the subject. These are 5 of the best videos for teaching homeschoolers about 911.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCuPnepWD6Q The hidden secret behind 911 World Trade Center attacks of 2001. A documentary film for online home schooling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ww_z6Teynow The aftermath of September 11th terrorist attacks in the United States.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Er_Qznjik7E Conspiracy theories about September 911 attacks.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jw8eAeGkIc The truth about September 911 attacks on the World Trade Center, a home schooling curriculum material.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDFf4eClROk Everything you need to know about 9/11.
Online Homeschooling: What’s Wrong With Public Schools?
The Jubilee Academy
Friday, 14 November 2014 18:02
There is no doubt that all is not well with our public school system. This is one reason why many parents are withdrawing their children from the public school system and enrolling in a better educational system like an online homeschooling program.
Many thought that the problem of the public school system is just the issue of funding, and that the Government is not funding them enough. Looking at things critically, one will note that the problem goes beyond funding and into other identifiable issues.
One area to look at is the lack of accountability. Public schools are not really accountable to anyone. Since parents are not paying fees to send their students to these schools, their voice really does not count when it comes to educational decisions being made. When students are not reaching performance levels, what is really being done to address this issue?
We hear daily how funds are allocated to schools, but do parents actually get to see the difference in these programs or the actual effects of such funds on the performances of the students that are being turned out? Are unbiased reports given to parents so they are able to see these changes? Funding being spent on educational programs is not always accounted for. Schooling is almost becoming a wasted venture.
The school systems are politically inclined at the expense of the students. Though parents do not have any say in the running of schools, politicians and business people do. They come up with educational plans that are geared towards promoting their own agenda at the detriment of the future of the students. The old scratch my back and ill scratch yours mentality of thinking!
Another problem students face is a school system program that has a one size fits all mentality. All students are considered to be the same and are taught this way without any consideration for the needs of each child. Students struggling to keep up, fall behind and get lost. This is in contrast to online homeschooling where students are given individual attention catered to their learning needs.
Homeschooling online programs give parents the flexibility and control of their students’ educational paths. Parents design the programs to fit the needs of each student. This makes homeschooling online a more probable solution.
Homeschooling Curriculum – 5 Best Videos for Teaching Homeschoolers about Terrorism
The Jubilee Academy
Wednesday, 5 November 2014 14:30
Since terrorism has become a global problem without any meaningful solution, there is need to create adequate awareness about it. Homeschooling curriculums should feature lessons about terrorism and the act of using force or violence against others. All people, especially the young need to be educated in order to ensure their safety.
The homeschooling curriculum should contain lessons on how students can recognize security threats, take precautions when traveling or be able to report unusual movement or events witnessed. Such information will help them to be more security conscious and will adequately prepare them in the event of such an attack.
The use of learning videos can be very helpful in developing this curriculum. Footage of evils that terrorists have done and their threat against humanity, will further help students to understand and to join the war against terrorism. The following 5 best videos for teaching homeschoolers about terrorism are good educational materials in this regard.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlsnnhn3VWE Terrorism and United States history, must watch for online home schooling programme students.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaKefXE2sisWhat is terrorism and its evil effects, learn the basic truth about terrorism.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7L4nPpzN1ak 25 worst acts of terrorism ever committed against humanity, a home schooling curriculum for questioning minds.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOTyVBhpTEMThe new face of terrorism in an emerging world order.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZUCJIsr2lo International terrorism since after the second world war.
Getting Started with Homeschooling
The Jubilee Academy
Friday, 24 October 2014 19:30
In recent years homeschooling has skyrocketed in popularity. Beginning the process to homeschool can seem intimidating as there are many decisions a family must make for this choice to proceed smoothly. Here are four great tips to begin your homeschooling adventure with confidence.
- Make a List of What You Want
Before beginning to research what’s available both for co-ops as well as self taught online homeschooling curriculums, decide on what your family needs are from a homeschool program. Consider what your ideal schedule would look like. Ask yourself questions like: What subjects should be taught or who should teach them? Make a list of all your concerns.
Conduct an online search for local homeschooling resources available in your area. Many resources are divided by country, state, or smaller locale. The homeschooling community is a very welcoming group and will be able to further direct your curriculum search based on your family’s needs.
- Research Online Homeschooling Curriculums
With the popularity surge of homeschooling families, many quality online homeschooling curriculums are currently available. Whether you’re looking for pre-k or advanced mathematics, many online resources exist for you. Make comparisons between curriculum providers!
- Decide Upon A Homeschooling Model
One of the biggest decisions you need to make is whether you want to “do it yourself” or work with a co-op. For the DIY route, you’ll be in charge of your student’s curriculum. You will be the one who makes the weekly teaching lessons. In a co-op, parents decide upon curriculum mutually and often hire certified teachers to teach certain subjects. Educate yourself on the different models available and discuss the options with your family members.
Sometimes the hardest part of beginning something new is taking the initial steps. In order to get started with homeschooling, you simply need to take a breath, do the research and take the plunge! Remember that you are not alone; thousands and thousands of other families are homeschooling. You can too!
5 Best Homeschooling Online Videos for Teaching about Juvenile Detention
The Jubilee Academy
Thursday, 16 October 2014 17:46
A juvenile detention or a youth detention center is a residential facility for minors who are awaiting hearing in court, and as part of what is available in our society,all young people who are homeschooling online need to know about. It is a facility specially made for young people who are not hardened criminals so that they will not mix with adults who are also awaiting hearing.
When youth commit crimes, the government wants to believe that they can still be reformed easily, and that they shouldbe given fair hearing in a court, hence they make sure that there is a separate judicial system arranged for them that will cater for this and that will help restore the youth to normal life.
When students learn about juvenile detentions early in life, they will not want to be there hence they will make sure that they behave well in a way that they do not break the law. This is the essence of having it in the homeschooling curriculum.
Students will also learn better and faster when they see things for themselves on videos. They will be able to know what a juvenile detention looks like and what happens to those who go there. Use the 5 best videos for teaching homeschoolers about juvenile detention.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDSekK66dHM Supreme court ruling on mandatory life without parole sentences for juvenile offenders for students home schooling online.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vjn59b7veGEWhat it is like inside a juvenile prison.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edwXHQX1F-0 Home schooling curriculum: Juvenile arrests and detention process.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diXmUvZb_eg Inside Juvenile detention: The court day.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrnGKhp7EBw Juvenile Detention facilities.
Online Homeschooling – Why Your Homeschooling Needs Videos
The Jubilee Academy
Wednesday, 8 October 2014 17:07
Any online homeschooling program that does not make use of videos for teaching is not complete and cannot really impart the knowledge on the students in ways that media can. A good school program
should fashion their training method based upon what will help the students to learn best. Visuals have proven to be effective for teaching, as students learn better when they see things for themselves, and
they are able to retain what they have learned too.
Some years back when all that was available was black and white television no one ever thought that a day would come classrooms would be equipped with audio and visual learning equipment, and that
students all over the world could be learning using these equipment. With videos, students can see past events related to what they are being taught. These are events that have been recorded when they
happened which you can learn from, for example events like sports, wars, elections, etc.
You can also leverage on the power of videos through seminars, teachings given by experts in the field of the course you are studying. These are people that you cannot meet ordinarily, or that you have to
pay thousands for before you can be under their teachings, but your online homeschooling program coordinator can make the arrangement to have you learn from them through their video presentations.
When you are searching for the online home schooling program you want to register for, you must ensure that you get one that makes use of videos. Ask for it before you register and ensure that they are
actually using it.
5 Best Videos for Teaching Homeschoolers about Activism
The Jubilee Academy
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 18:21
Activism has been with us for ages. It is an effort made by a person or a group to control,
promote or direct changes in the society. It is usually a peaceful form of resolving conflict and it
has really helped in many parts of the world to put things in the right order.
You can teach your child early about activism so that s/he can have the right focus about life, and
also be in the right frame of mind that will help him be an instrument of change and all that is
good for man in the future. You can start this by arranging a homeschool program for the child
that includes activism.
These 5 best videos for teaching homeschoolers about activism will be a good tool that you can
use for this cause.
Slacktivists and Activists.
Learn how to gear up activism by creating awareness using online tools.
Turning youths to activists.
A guide from a youth who become an activist and has led many activism projects successfully.
Social media and online activism.
Learn how social media can aid activism, online.
A new innovation to activism made possible by the social networking sites and has proven to be
Youth activism and the media.
Activism has changed ever since the emergence of the social networking sites. Youths are now at
the center of struggle for change through this.
5 Best Videos for Teaching Homeschoolers How to Love One Another!
The Jubilee Academy
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 19:56
The bible teaches us that we should love one another. This is only second to loving God as our creator.
That will tell us how important this law is to God and to us His creatures.
We cannot know how to love outside the instructions and guidance of God. He is love according to I
John 4:8. He demonstrated this by giving His only begotten Son to be killed as propitiation for our sins,
that is the highest form of love, He wants us to love that way too, hence He said love your neighbor as
you love yourself. Where there is love towards others, we will never plan to do evil against them in any
way, and the world will be a better place to live for all.
You will need to teach your child about genuine love because it is not part of the human nature, our
own kind of love is selfish in nature. Arrange for a Christian homeschooling for your child, make sure
that the subject of love is included in the program’s Christian Curriculum so that your child can receive
a deep teaching about the topic, and he can be given the opportunity of getting all his questions
Videos will also help in this area, use the 5 best videos for teaching homeschoolers how to love listed
below to further enhance his understanding.
1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB8mSxapv_g How to experience the real love of Christ and
share it with others.
2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ealledf2dI A rock song that teaches kids about the love of
God for others.
3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2RqZXShfQo Love one another. The greatest
commandment. An Acapella for Christian home schooling.
4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8tzswROt70 How to help other people through love.
5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT-HBl2TVtI love, a video that will completely transform
your life. A Christian curriculum material.
The Benefits of Online Homeschooling
The Jubilee Academy
Friday, 12 September 2014 20:22
Homeschooling is an idea that’s becoming more and more acceptable to parents as they become less contented with their child’s formal education. As with all new ideas, it has a lot
of detractors and critics. Most people still believe that children can only be educated in a conventional school. That however, is no longer true in this age of information. Never before
has the idea of online homeschooling been more possible than today.
But there are other reasons why parents are loving the idea of homeschooling even more. Here are some of the problems they wish to avoid through homeschooling.
1) Schools have become dangerous places
With the recent news of shootings in schools, parents can no longer be assured that their child is safe. Their child’s life may be in danger from lunatics who just felt like
gunning everyone they see in that particular school or from schoolmates who suffer from the same lunacy.
We’ve all heard stories about children being bullied in school. How much of an adult’s insecurities and emotional issues were caused by being exposed to bullies? School
officials discourage this behavior but cannot fully monitor and stop this behavior among their students.
3) School curriculum is not commensurate to their child’s learning capability
Children learn at a different pace. Some are very gifted and some are rather slow. The fact is, in school, children are forced to take the curriculum along with all the other
children – at the school’s pace. A slow learner who only needs more attention might even be labeled negatively by their own teachers and become stigmatized. Online
homeschooling gives parents the option to educate their child at the level of their intelligence. They find that grade-level standards limited children’s capability to learn.
4) Negative influence of peer groups
Fitting in and belonging are requirements of a successful school life and a child will try to fit in even if it means doing things they don’t like to do. They will act and behave like
their peers so as not to be labeled outcasts. This need to belong diverts a child from developing their own unique personalities and even encourages behaviors that are
detrimental to their personal growth.
5) Children are not being educated enough
There’s more learning opportunities nowadays and children are not getting the education they need. The school curriculum limits what a child learns. Homeschooling
parents feel that there is more to learn out there that can better prepare their children for adulthood and the real world.
These are valid reasons that needs to be considered and researched thoroughly before coming up with an opinion on homeschooling. It’s a big decision to take on the education of a child and
homeschooling parents should be admired for their commitment and determination to mold their children into the best person they can be.