Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thrifty Thursday: Solving the Biology Problem

Paperboy has finished his Biology 101 course, in about 8 weeks. Before you gasp in wonder at how amazing he is, catch your breath. The truth is the course was way.... too....easy. I should have known when Little Guy, who is only in second grade, was enraptured by the movies. I'm all for enjoying the process of learning, but now we have a problem. He still needs a biology credit. I understand he won't need 4 years of AP science for his career as an electrician, but I must insist on two high school level sciences, one with a lab. So in the middle of his 10th grade year we are restarting Biology.

I was about to go online and order another program. The one I looked at may not be a right for him, so before I drop another penny on high school curriculum when I already own Apologia Biology, I decided to Google it.

I am amazed at the courses available online. For free. So many colleges are offering their courses on the web. Anyone can access these courses. They are not taught from a Christian perspective, but I am confident in Paperboy's ability to spit out the bones.

I discovered most of these at the Homeschool Diner. In 2007, Julie Shephard Knapp compiled an excellent list including some free resources. Five years later, there are many other free sites. Kahn Academy is one incredible site that has taken off in the last few years.For the self-motivated student there is the Online Biology Book from Michael J. Farabee, Ph.D of Estrella Mountain Community College. NROC has a great selection, while Hippo Campus has 3 Biology courses to choose from.

I have settled on this online Biology from Open Access. Here's the course description:
 The Biology course is a first-year course in biology at the high school level. The course emphasizes a multi-representational approach to algebra, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, analytically, and verbally. The course uses four themes to organize important concepts throughout the course: science, technology, and society; evolution; the relationship between structure and function; and science as a process.
The Biology course involves the scientific study of living organisms. The course considers the interactions among the vast number of organisms that inhabit planet Earth. It presents the basic form and function of these organisms, from cells to organ systems, from simple viruses to complex humans. It delves into interactions between organisms, and between an organism and its environment. It also looks into how biotechnology is used to improve our health and daily living.
Hopefully, this will not be the adage, you get what you pay for. In a few weeks, I'll let you know what I really think!
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1 comment:

Marty said...

If you need something to enhance the Apologia Biology a bit, I find and post videos to go along with each module.
You can see them on my blog.