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FreedomProject Media and the Dr. Duke Show – Our Product Reviews

Are you familiar with FreedomPoject Media, and their Dr. Duke Show podcast?

FreedomProject Media offers original programming, educational media, and current events-oriented content – geared towards conservative audiences.

A main program on FreedomProject Media is the Dr. Duke Show. These politically conservative podcasts cover the broad topics of modern education and U.S. political current events.

The Dr. Duke show is hosted by Dr. Duke Pesta, along with Katie Petrick.

You can hear the Dr. Duke Show on iTunes.  You can download and subscribe to the weekly podcast.

FreedomProject Media – Who is Dr. Duke?

As mentioned, Dr. Duke Pesta is the host of the Dr. Duke Show podcast.  He is also  the Director of FreedomProject Academy, and a tenured professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

He has taught at major research institutions and small liberal arts colleges on a wide variety of subjects at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, the Bible, Russian literature, Christian Apologetics, and C.S. Lewis. His teaching has garnered seven teaching awards at four universities.  He has published scholarly essays on Renaissance Literature, American Literature, Shakespeare, Spenser, Byron, Michelangelo, and the History of Medicine, Surgery, and Anatomy. His book, The Renaissance and the Postmodern: A Study in Comparative Critical Values, was published in 2016.

Dr. Pesta’s experiences as an educational reformer, university professor, high school teacher, and the administrator of an online classical school give him a unique viewpoint regarding the current state of education in our country.

Because of these experiences/viewpoints, Dr. Pesta is a well-known speaker at homeschool conventions and educational conferences across the nation on topics including homeschooling, the Common Core, the decline of morality and critical thinking in the public school system, and more.

And as you can imagine, Dr. Pesta is anti-Common Core, having delivered more than 700 talks in 46 states on the topic of CC. He has testified about Common Core and educational reform before 20 state legislatures and participated in more than 5000 radio and television interviews on the topic.

His collective videos and presentations top more than three million views online, and much of his work is available at FreedomProject.com and FPEUSA.org.

FreedomProject Media –  Who is Katie Petrick?

Katie Petrick has earned baccalaureate degrees in political science, communication, and secondary education: broad field social science. While completing a master’s degree in political science at Northern Illinois University, Katie taught undergraduate courses in American government and political statistics. Her international experience includes a summer internship in the British Parliament and a study abroad trip to Greece. Before completing her education degree and joining FreedomProject, Katie served as editor of a weekly newspaper, gaining insight into local education and politics.

A smattering of Dr. Duke’s current shows (as of October 2018) are below.

Dr. Duke is not for everyone. If you’re a Democrat or Progressive, you may not agree with much of what is said – even if you agree with his anti-Core sentiments.

I found the podcast interesting – some of his stances surprised me – and I did learn a thing or two (or three).  🙂

You might want to listen to a few – and see what you think. and then subscribe to the weekly podcast.

And what is FreedomProject Academy?

FreedomProject Academy is a fully accredited, Common Core Free, online, Classical school, for kids K-12 – built on Judeo-Christian values. The academy offers:

Check out the video below:

And you can view their program guide here.

BTW – my neighbor uses FreedomProject Academy and really loves it.

 

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TeacherVision Product Review

Do you use teacher-oriented websites in your homeschooling endeavors?  I do!  They have great info, all in one place, that make homeschool lesson planing a breeze.  Recently I found TeacherVision (it’s part of the Fen Learning family of websites) and I really do like it.

 

TEACHERVISION (Homeschool teachers too!)

This site offers a ton of teaching resources – all in one place (think easy) – for early learning12th Grade.

 

Homeschool parents who subscribe to TeacherVision.com have access to over 22,000 worksheets, workbooks, whiteboard-compatible digital books, lesson plans, activities, DK Instant Expert materials, DK Practice Makes Perfect materials, digital books; a library of over 180 printable teacher workbooks; project-based learning in their FutureFit section (more on this later); plus, graphic organizers, bulletin board samples, clip art, special education resources, and much more.  Whew!  That’s a ton! Did I pique your interest?  Want to learn/see more?

You can view TeacherVision as a visitor, a registered user or as a subscribed user/member.

  • As a Visitor you can click on an item that does not have the “Premium” band and then preview the item onscreen. This can be done for as many non-premium items as desired.
  • You can register with TeacherVision by just providing your name, email, and grade levels and then you can save and download non-premium items. You can also  preview three items that are marked with the “Premium” band.
  • A Subscribed user is any user who has selected a subscription plan and provided a payment method (more on this below). This includes users in a free trial status and in  paid status.  Subscribed users are able to view an unlimited number of items, including premium and non-premium content. Also, subscribed users are able to view the TeacherVision site without advertisements.

Not sure which route you want to take?  I started as a visitor, then I registered and previewed three items.  Then I subscribed – kind of thinking I’d unsubscribe during the 7 day free trial. Turns out, I like this site so much, that I didn’t unsubscribe.  That’s right, I’m a bonafide subscribed user!  🙂

Two reasons why I didn’t unsubscribe/why I continued as a member –

1. the super content  

2. the TeacherVision dashboard

Regarding the Content

TeacherVision content is created by curriculum professionals at trusted publishers and curated by TeacherVision’s experts.  Since there are over 22,000 resources, you’re bound to find something great.  And you’re probably going to find it quickly – as their search feature is very good.  All you do is enter a general search term and then use the filters to find exactly what you need.

Regarding the Dashboard

TeacherVision content is created by curriculum professionals at trusted publishers and curated by TeacherVision’s experts.  Since there are over 22,000 resources, you’re bound to find something great.

And you’re probably going to find it quickly – as their search feature is very good.  All you do is enter a general search term and then use the filters to find exactly what you need. When you sign up and fill out your profile, you check off grade levels and subjects you’re interested in, and then like magic, popular and recommended resources, daily ideas for lessons and more show up on your dashboard. There’s an Add to Favorites button to store your finds, which I appreciate.  I can organize my Favorites in folders for quick and easy access (Earth Day is months away but I already have a full Earth Day/Earth Month folder).

Here’s most of my personal page for 10/3/2018 (the bottom is cut off slightly below – my apologies).

BTW- the Concept Map is really cool (see below) – and we did discuss Today In History (East and West Germany being reunited).  Since it’s Family History Month – and I just found my birth family (I was adopted) – we’re also focusing on genealogy and DNA.

What do I like about TeacherVision.com?

  • Again, the content.  See all the specifics below.
  • I LOVE the FutureFit projects. FutureFit is a curriculum enhancement framework designed to integrate social-emotional learning and character education into traditional academic curriculum. With the FutureFit specially-curated resources, project-based lessons, and mini-activities, you can easily add life skills to your homeschooling endeavors.

  • I also appreciate TeacherVision’s daily reading and math warm-ups as well as related information that’s available to coordinate with the warm-ups.
  • The Mini Lessons are fun.
  • I’m a fan of the Monthly Calendars (here is the September calendar). The calendars pair a hands-on activity or lesson with holidays, events, and festivities – every day of the year.  So it’s easy to add a little fun to your homeschool schedule.
  • Plus, you can build lessons around themes.  Here are resources for the theme Autumn.  The site also offers themed printable packets and worksheets.
  • Bulletin board materials – I love a decorative homeschool area, don’t you?
  • Graphs and charts – These templates save so much time!
  • The organization tools are amazing!  Here’s an example of a story pyramid that I’m using tomorrow.

  • And who doesn’t love Awards & Certificates?  My kids definitely do!  🙂
  • There are a lot of resources for Special Needs.
  • As mentioned previously, I’m a fan of the personalized My TeacherVision dashboard.
  • See below – it’s a breeze to sign up and fill out your dashboard profile.

  • There are free and premium versions.  I’m a fan of options.

And I’m a fan of this website.  I think you will be too.

 

By the way, Fen Learning offers other educational sites as well.  These include:

FACT MONSTER

Factmonster.com educates, engages and entertains. Factmonster.com combines essential reference materials and fun facts for kids. From the solar system to the world economy to educational games, Factmonster has the information kids are seeking, in a safe learning environment that parents can trust.

We’ve been using this site for a while.  We like:

  • The monster graphics!  I admit it, I’m a sucker for cute graphics – as are my kids.

  • The games!
  • That so many subjects are included (these include the Women of Influence, the holidays, math, science, and more).
  • The Math Tables and Formula info (see below).

  • The conversion tools (again, see below).

FAMILY EDUCATION

FamilyEducation.com has so much info! From pregnancy – teen – family life – even food/recipe info.  For instance, here’s 8 delicious cranberry recipes for Thanksgiving (in case you’re like me and have trouble coming up with a cranberry dish your family will actually eat.  🙂  I know this is a little thing, but I like that you can scroll through all the recipes rather than have to click onto a new page for each one.

And there’s a School & Learning section – and a Homeschool section!  You do have to click through pages for some Homeschool articles – for instance, the article Responding to Other People’s Concerns About Your Decision to Homeschool is 5 pages.

INFOPLEASE

Parents, homeschool teachers and librarians turn to Infoplease.com for factual information on all types of subjects.  Parents and teachers can confidently point students to this site, assured that it’s a safe place for them to explore.

 

 

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