Tuesday, February 23, 2016

HelpTeaching.com Pro Plan Review

My family had the privilege of trying the Pro Plan of HelpTeaching.com for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Schoolhouse Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

HelpTeaching.com Landing Page.

Whether you homeschool, tutor, are an elementary educator, or just want to have an educational activity for your kids to do after school this year, HelpTeaching.com has got you covered with their vast selection of printable worksheets, printable activity pages, lesson plans, online quizzes, and self-paced online lessons. This website offers hundreds of online printable pages in PDF format and other educational resources accessible through their membership database. This database covers a huge range with subjects in: Arts, Early Education, English Language Arts, Life Skills, Math, Physical Education, Science, Seasonal and Holidays, Social Studies, Study Skills/Strategies, Common Core English Language Arts (ELA), and Common Core Math. They also have Math Worksheet Generators, Printable Game Generators, and Test Maker. They offer content for Pre-K through 12th grade.

HelpTeaching.com Test Maker

HelpTeaching.com Pro Plan is a very affordable option and gives you access to many great features. The price for a Pro Plan membership for teachers and parents is only $24.95 (U.S. Dollars) per year which gives you access to all grade levels. You can create up to 500 student profiles with the Pro Plan and have unlimited access to Test Maker, to create custom tests and worksheets. You can create them with multiple choice, true or false,  fill-in-the-blank, open-ended, or short answer. You can create the tests and worksheets with up to 100 questions and have images in them as well. You can select from their vast library of 1000+ images or upload your own. You can save the custom tests and worksheets as PDFs and have the ability to print them as well. Pro Plan also includes access to the HelpTeaching.com Test Room which lets you administer online tests and lessons. You also have access to premium pre-made content in the subjects above. Their library has over 20,000 Common Core State Standards (CCSS)-aligned questions by standard that you are able to browse and search with Pro Plan. HelpTeaching.com Pro Plan has all these great features for this affordable price.

HelpTeaching.com Tests & Worksheets.

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:

Since TOS wanted this review of the HelpTeaching.com Pro Plan to focus on the older materials I had my boys who are in 8th and 9th grades use it 3 days a week on average since we got signed up. The middle school and high school sections of HelpTeaching.com focuses on language arts, math, and science. Besides math, ELA, and science we also found tests and worksheets for other subjects too. All printables are listed by grade and subject so they are easy to find. We found a lot of content that went well with what they were already being taught and enhanced their learning even more with media and hands on learning. We were a little disappointed that the Math and English are Common Core Based though.

HelpTeaching.com Online Self-Paced Lessons.

The middle school and high school lessons are meant for self-directed online learning and are set up similarly throughout all subjects. You can easily assign lessons to your student(s) by emailing them. All you do is choose the lesson you want your student to learn, click on the Assign tab or the Share Link tab at the top and follow the instructions. Each lesson starts out with a short introduction. Some contain embedded videos from different sources. They also contain links to other free online resources to help explain the lesson better, online practice questions, and printable worksheets and tests. You can also see which students have taken the lesson if you click the Report tab at the top (of note you do have to set up your individual students through the Online Testing tab first to see this correctly). I love the ability to be able to have my boys work online or have the option of also printing out the worksheets, quizzes, and tests as well.

Since my sons and I are very visual learners we love videos and images that amplify this. We absolutely loved that a lot of the lessons on HelpTeaching.com have embedded videos to help visualize better what is being taught. These videos come from reputable sources like: Khan Academy, Educator.com, Flocabulary.com, Grammar Bytes, and Bozeman Science. They also have original videos from HelpTeaching.com too. If the lesson has media from these sources they have icons for each that easily tells you that they do and from where they come from. Also if they don't have videos the lessons sometimes have images to help visualize too. If you do follow a link off the site just be aware that there might be 3rd party ads.

I do want to point out that HelpTeaching.com doesn't host a complete curriculum of subject matter on their website, so it should primarily be used for supplemental content only. They are, however, adding new content regularly. We hope they add a History section soon to the lessons and more science! Also, you can create your own content through the Pro Plan as well which is a big plus if you don't see what you are looking for already.

Delbin doing a Biology Lesson on Fungi.

My son, Delbin, who is in 9th grade is in Biology right now so even though these lessons are listed for 10th and 11th grade we found them perfect for supplemental learning to go along with what we are teaching him. We didn't find much listed in the 9th grade section, but 10th and 11th grade stuff was more abundant. He loved playing the BioGames and watching the videos. We had him go from the beginning for review and online science practice. We found that their curriculum for Biology is fairly complete.

Jaedan doing a Earth Science Lesson on Igneous Rock.

My son, Jaedan, who is in 8th grade is in Earth Science. He loved the lessons on Erosion, Layers of the Atmosphere, etc. He especially loved the videos and virtual labs that were included with the lessons. There were a lot of interactive things to make the lessons more fun. We also let him go onto 9th grade lessons in Earth Science too because he advanced quickly through the 8th grade lessons.

HelpTeaching.com is great for online math, ELA, and science practice or use for supplement. They have a great selection of middle school and high school lessons, tests, and assessments. We enjoyed using HelpTeaching.com and will continue to explore its growing content.

You can try a limited amount of features out for yourself with a free membership. This gives you complete access to their Test Maker with up to 10 questions, but you are limited to a number of tests/worksheets you can store on their site. The Pro Plan of HelpingTeaching.com is just $24.95/year and gives you up to 100 questions with many other features too. You can pay with a credit card, debit card, or PayPal. They accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. See more specifics here.

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