Malaysia: Biology and History (A Virtual Field Trip)$120
About this course
THIS COURSE IS ONLY OFFERED IN THE SPRING SEMESTER!
Recommended Ages: 8-15
Start Date: January 7. Class runs for 10 weeks. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete the course. No live classes- do the lesson plans on YOUR schedule.
I had the privilege of living in Malaysia for 2 months during the summer of 2017. While there, I went on location to many amazing sites to film educational videos for my students! I can not even tell you how amazing Malaysia is!! But I’m going to try! Through our weekly lesson plans that go in depth on each topic, combined with the virtual field trips I filmed, your child will be immersed in the wonder and beauty that is Malaysia! This is such a unique and wonderful class- you’ll be booking a trip there so you can see it all in person!
In this session, we will be covering topics such as:
The Geography of Malaysia (it’s both a peninsula AND an island!)
The Indigenous Peoples of Malaysia: This is a topic that is always near and dear o my heart on my travels. We’ll visit the Mah Meri people of Peninsular Malaysia, and visit 5 indigenous tribes in Borneo!
History: How did Malaysia become a country of 3 cultures- Malaysian, Indian, and Chinese?
The Religions of Malaysia: We’ll discuss Islam, Hindu, and Buddhism, with lots of visits to various temples (that will take your breath away!)
Animals of Malaysia: So many unique animals call Malaysia home. We are going to go in depth on a mini-zoology course through Malaysia! We’ll get up close and personal (sometimes REALLY up close and REALLY personal!!) with orangutans, Elephants, Proboscis Monkeys, Sun Bears, and more- both in the wild and learning about the sanctuaries that are helping to save these precious creatures.
Conservation Issues: With rainforests being decimated at an alarming rate, what impact is this having on the wildlife and the future of the country?
This class is offered in 2 levels. Younger students 8-11 should usually be placed in Level 1. Students age 12 and up, or younger students who are academically gifted, should be placed in Level 2. Level 2 students will have more rigorous homework.
LESSON PLANS: This is a 10 week class. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete all work. Weekly lesson plans are posted on Tuesdays by 5pm Pacific Time. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy students who need to work on their own schedule, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.
Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated for students who prefer to hear material read to them. There is no textbook for this course.
DISCUSSION: We offer an “open talk” forum where students can discuss their lessons and have fun getting to know their classmates!
ASSIGNMENTS: Material is the same for both levels, it’s the depth of the assignments that is the main difference. Most weeks, students get to choose from a list of exciting and fun hands on projects to let them really dig deep into topics in the lesson plan that interest them the most! The goal is to allow students to explore the topic while allowing their creativity to flow. We encourage out of the box thinking! Generally projects can be submitted in any format of the student’s choosing…written, presentation, poster, stop motion animation, minecraft, song, skit…we’ve seen it all!! Check out our facebook page for examples of student projects. All students receive instructor feedback on submitted work.
QUIZZES: Online quizzes are available each week as a tool for students to see how well they understand the material. Format is generally multiple choice, matching, true/false, and fill in the blank.
GRADES: All quizzes, labs, and online assessments automatically receive a grade in the system. You have the option of having your student’s individual projects graded or not (all assignments receive instructor feedback). Report cards are issued at the end of the course- one for ungraded students and one for graded students. These mean nothing other than for your own records or reporting purposes. We do not maintain copies.
TIME: In general, expect 1-1.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time).
Our course begins with the first step for generating great user experiences: understanding what people do, think, say, and feel. In this module, you’ll learn how to keep an open mind while learning.