In this article, I will cover all of the essential programs and software that you will ABSOLUTELY need to homeschool all the way through to the end of high school! These resources and programs are how I created my proudest projects. These software programs can be used for most grades, and I have all of your middle school and high school necessities here! (*You will need a laptop with Wi-Fi access and a 10.10 macOS, or a Windows 7 or greater operating system.*)
You Need The Google Suites: (Youtube, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Drawings, Google Sheets, Google Sites, Gmail, Google Meet, Google Classroom, Jamboard, and Calendar)
EPSB issues all students a Google Account under the umbrella of the public school system (usually around Grade 1). This can be used in public school, and homeschooling, and the application gives you all of the necessary templates for writing up documents, reports, slideshows, posters, websites, infographics, spreadsheets, charts, graphs, and you are given a school email where teachers contact you to keep you updated in your courses. There are a multitude of other things that can be used in Google suites, and it is absolutely essential to any student project, in any grade. Alternatively, you can use your own personal Google account for projects if your family already has an account. Just know that after you graduate Grade 12 (or if you choose to leave the public education system sooner for say, private school), your school Google account and all of your work will be terminated. So you've got to make sure that you download and transfer your files (either to another Google account, or download it on a USB stick).
These credentials are issued by EPSB for all parents and students (for students, it will usually be the same credentials as your Google account.) There are teacher updates, extracurricular activity notifications, a school events calendar, student achievements for Provincial Achievement Tests, Highest Level Of Achievement Tests, and Interim/Progress Reports.
Alberta MyPass (for high school students) mypass.alberta.ca
This website provides answers & examples for any Math, Chemistry or Physics problem.
This website provides answers & examples for any Math problem.
Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/
Resources For All Grades and Subjects (Including Post-Secondary)
Texas Instruments (For Graphing Calculator Software)
Comic Life 3
Bridge Designer 2016
Bridge Designer (2016) Is A Free Software For Windows & Mac To Design Bridges & Engineer Hydraulic & Vertical-Lift Bridges (Great For Junior High & High School Science; Also Beneficial For Engineering Studies)
Sweet Home 3D
SketchUp 3D Warehouse
Google Earth Pro
Create coded, animated live action videos for school projects for free.
Math Worksheets For Grades 1-10
Visit this website https://penne.epsb.ca/my/ and use your school Google account credentials. There are resources for parent directed homeschooled students of all grades, and course outlines and resources for teacher directed homeschooled students. I have attached some of these resources in my website resources article.
Free Online Survey https://freeonlinesurveys.com/
This website allows students to create online quizzes, and polls for free, and email them around their community to gather results. Whether it's a Social Studies project on culture, or a Language Arts quiz for a novel excerpt.
Help Teaching https://www.helpteaching.com/
Learn Alberta (Universal username: LA13 and password: 9418) https://new.learnalberta.ca/
Quizlet is free to use with no strings attached, but if you create a free account, you can access unlimited study notes, exams, and fun interactive flashcards & study note remembering games.
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