NEW!! Wonders of the World Series: Seven New Wonders$60
About this course
This is the second installment in the Wonders of the World Series. Other courses in the series include:
Recommended Ages: 10-17.
Start Date: November 2. Course consists of 4 lesson plans. Students have 2 weeks after the last lesson is posted to completed the class. No live classes- view lessons on YOUR schedule.
This four-week course is a continuation of Next Level’s “Wonders of the World” series. The Seven New Wonders of the World come from a list that was voted on by people around the world to determine the absolute pinnacles of engineering and architecture in 2006. In this class, we will be examining those monuments, learning about their history, and finding out what makes each one so wondrous. Students enrolled in this course will have a unique opportunity to travel the world and virtually visit some of the greatests wonders humanity has built.
LESSON PLANS: This is a 4 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: There are weekly discussions about the lesson plan with the instructor. We also offer an “open talk” forum where students can 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 students will have access to our online learning system where they can view their lesson plan and assignments, take optional quizzes, access our discussion boards, submit assignments, and view instructor feedback on those assignments. You have the option of having your student’s assignments graded or not. In a given semester, you choose whether you want all or none of that student’s classes to receive grades (for example, if they are taking 3 classes, all 3 classes must be either graded or not graded). You can change the option the following semester. Graded students will be required to take the weekly quiz and will receive a number grade for their assignments in addition to feedback. They will also receive a final report card that you can print and keep for your records. Please note: All quizzes and some homework assignments that require an online “quiz” like entry will receive a grade.
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).
Week 1: An Introduction
The first week of the class introduces the seven wonders we will be discussing and sets the context for the decision-making process. We will also be looking at the first wonder on our list: the Statue of Christ the Redeemer located in Rio de Janeiro.
Week 2: American Wonders
Wonders left behind by pre-European Native Americans are the focus of the class’ second week. First, we will venture down to the Yucatan Peninsula to explore the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. From there, we will move south into Peru. The high Andes Mountains play home to the third wonder on our list, Machu Picchu.
Week 3: The Wonders of Asia
In the third week, we will be looking at wonders in China and India. The Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal act as the centerpieces of the week. Though both wonders served drastically different purposes, they both found their way onto our list. Now, come find out what those purposes are!
Week 4: The Ancient Wonders
This week will be a look into the final wonders on our list. The Colosseum in Rome and the city of Petra in Jordan make up the oldest wonders on the list, and we will be learning much about their ancient mysteries.
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.