Educeri was developed in 2015 by the owners of DataWORKS Educational Research. Educeri provides ready to use lessons to help teachers and parents (homeschoolers) to provide lessons ready to use on a variety of subjects in a multi-media environment. With hundreds of “Ready to Teach” lessons available on their website, with a click of a mouse, you can be ready to go on a variety of lessons topics for grades Kindergarten through High School.
With lessons in a variety of subject areas from math to music, Educeri provides traditional school teachers and homeschool teachers with lessons that are ready to present. Each lesson has the teacher power point ready to use and a .pdf handout to provide the student to use to work through the lesson.
HOW TO USE IT
We decided the best way to use the lessons for us was to pick a topic that we were wanting to work on or were studying in our other areas and use Educeri to supplement it. One area of focus for us this semester is telling time. My 7 year old son is working on getting better at his telling time so we decided to begin using Educeri with their time lesson to make sure there were no gaps in our understanding and presentation and work through more advanced telling time lessons.
Each lesson has the lesson “Ready to Teach” my clicking the TEACH LESSON button. This activates the lesson so you can begin. Additionally, screen has a description of the lesson as well as the link to the student handout to print for your student. We started with a lesson on telling time to the nearest quarter hour, which could be found when I searched for “TIME” in the search engine. You could also find it by selecting the grade level and subject area to find related lessons. For instance, if you search ‘2nd’ in GRADE and ‘math’ in SUBJECT, you will find this lesson as well as several other grade appropriate lessons.
Most lessons are common core aligned and each lesson includes:
- cover page
- objective and prior knowledge
- concept development presentation and exercises
- skill development presentation and exercises
- lesson relevance
- exit activity and closure
- independent practice
Many of the lesson also include core review and additional practices and exercises. Graphics, supporting tables and charts, and other information is available in each slide. Answers to questions appear in read as the teacher or parent clicks through the lesson. The student sheets have the same exercises for the student to work through then the parent/teacher can display the answers on the presentation once the students have had time to work through questions and problems.
There are boxes on most slides highlighting what to ask to Check for Understanding (CFU) and vocabulary words are highlighted on appropriate slides. Graphics are good and layout of slides is easy to understand. Student worksheets are black and white and very easy to read and use.
Marker tools are available on each slide if you want to use them to highlight or write on the whiteboard during the presentation. I can see this being very effective in the classroom environment.
We were also studying the Crusades in our history this semester so we decided to see if Educeri had anything to offer in that arena. And they did. We decided to use the 7th grade presentation on the Crusades in the history section to supplement our study of the Crusades. This provided some additional information, resources, vocabulary definitions, and even discussion points for our studies.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Overall, I think the concept is good to have “Ready to Teach” lessons available for popular and common subjects. Educeri is very much made for the classroom environment in my personal opinion. The common core alignment, the traditional educational terms used throughout to ensure the lessons are meeting common core requirements, the whiteboard approach, and way they are presented are very group environment friendly and not typically what we use in our small, homeschool environment. However, they were thorough lessons that could be used in whatever manner you wished in your homeschool environment to cover a subject you needed new or additional information on that may or may not have been covered in other areas of your homeschool.
I found the lessons very formal and typical of a classroom environment presentation; however, if you are looking for additional assistance on a subject or a different way of teaching something and you don’t want to have to go to the trouble of putting together another lesson, this might be a good way to do that. Educeri has done the work for you and prepared the lessons and provided the teacher/parent with the resources, information, and student worksheet, along with guidenace on reading, discussions, pictures, and answers. Quizzes are states to be available soon on many of the lessons as well to further complete the lesson comprehension check.
I think Educeri is definitely meeting a need in the educational world. I’m not sure that Educeri is something that would have a consistent place in our homeschool; but i certainly feel that it would have it place in some less Classical model homeschools like ours. I think the lesson prep appears to be thorough on the lessons that we used and the information very complete. Though the choices for many of the grades is limited, Educeri states that are adding new lessons all the time and I can see this being an excellent resource bank for traidiotnal educators and homeschool educators alike.