Conceptual Academy for High Schools
“I truly admire your ability to help students make connections between science and everyday life. You really do bring the concepts to their level and it has helped me tremendously. I am a second year chemistry teacher and used several of your videos last year, to help supplement our classroom activities. I saw a huge benefit from using them and I am interested in the other resources you have available.”
Ferris High School, Ferris, TX
Our conceptual textbooks are used primarily for college courses designed to meet the needs of students majoring in a field other than science. The main focus of this curriculum is to help the student build a strong foundation in the basic concepts of science, which are presented in the context of our daily lives. Because of this orientation, our books have also become popular among high schools, which led us to create dedicated high school editions.
With this history, we know our resources here at Conceptual Academy will also have an appeal to high school audiences, especially given that our video lessons are organized by each textbook’s table of contents and offered free of charge. As described elsewhere, this site has been developed to become much more than a host for our video lessons. In the college model, support for this development is obtained from students who are expected to pay a modest fee to register for these added services. For high schools, we expect a different sort of model: one where a department or district pays a similar modest fee for a site license. Your input as to how Conceptual Academy might work best for your particular situation is of great interest to us.
If you are a high school instructor, we ask that you encourage your students to watch our video lessons as a complement (not a replacement!) to their textbook reading assignments. The idea here is to provide the support you may need to implement the “flipped classroom” model where your students are introduced to academic content before coming to class so that they are ready to apply this content during class as you guide them through engaging student-centered activities. To access the public side of our video library, just click on a textbook from the home page. This will bring you to that textbook's "landing page". Scroll down and you'll see the "Table of Videos", which you'll find complements the table of contents of the textbook.