For this review, we were given access to CrossWired Science and the Sound, and Fluid Dynamics projects of their program. This review was a bit different as the program is not completely developed yet, though they hope to have it all ready for use by families like ours very soon. Overall, our experience with this company has been wonderful and we look forward to watching them develop and grow as they continue to create content and programming on their website.
CrossWired Science is Biblical based science that integrates subtopics into deeper topics, crosswiring them across the program to link from one to another and create a program that all ages can use to learn while providing a solid Biblical foundation as you learn. The program will cover lessons that go from Pre-kindergarten level to Chemistry leveled courses for your students to gain knowledge and have fun while they do so. The program also hopes to keep a low fee so that the projects are affordable for those who use it. They are still in the planning process and working out the kinks but overall they have high expectations that seem to be workable.
Above is a picture of the CrossWired Science dashboard. On it you can see bold lettering that links to various aspects of the page. Under the General Info tab, there are many questions answered. They speak about the Biblical relation of the program. They speak about the ages 4-adult that can gain knowledge and enjoyment of the site. They suggest doing Parent-Kid quiz teams, which helps the parent gain knowledge while teaching the child and creates a fun way to bond while learning science together. You will find a wealth of information here that helps solidify your choice to purchase the program. All wonderful stuff.
The next tab is Ed Whys? This is the About section of the program: why CrossWired is what it is. Why they chose to create this program. How it developed. And so much more. It’s a good read to find all the ins and outs behind the program’s beliefs and creation.
Then we move into the good stuff: Curriculum. Curriculum is currently broken down in to two levels: First Timers and Second Timers. They look a lot alike but each of the levels provides different lessons to help you learn deeper information about the project you’re working on.
Once you choose a project: at this time, either Sound or Fluid Dynamics, you will be taken to the next page that has a huge selection of choices to learn from. We started with the first lesson but you could skip around and learn from the one that grabs your student’s attention best. All of the lessons are fun and informative.
The lessons feature different things but most have a video available to watch, feature a worksheet download that is related to the lesson being covered, and you will find directions and info related to how to use the program as well. Worksheets are generally simple, black and white text in question answer form and line drawings. These can be colored by the student for extra fun.
Beneath the lesson video, you will find quizzes about the lessons details just covered through the video provided. These are simple and easily answered by the student. Once you complete this, you can submit for results and then you can move on to the next lesson.
On the Student tab, you will find results of the quizzes, info on completed lessons and your student can pick up where they left off there. The parent tab is a little more in depth with the ability to manage students as the program is able to accommodate multiple students for lessons. You can see student progress in this section, view quiz results, find teacher resources, view calendars, find worksheets, and general and unit links that go along with the program as well.
The CrossWired Science program is a wonderful curriculum that can be used as a full science program or as a supplement to your regular program as you choose. As more is developed, this program is only bound to become better and better, creating a wonderful experience for any student to learn through. We look forward to using this program more in our future lessons as well.
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