Welcome to your student dashboard. If you’re not sure where to start, you’ll find some hepful information on how to use this website below. Otherwise, happy learning!
Quick Overview of CWS
3 Steps to Doing CWS
Step 1: Select the Curriculum You Want To Use:
First Timers or Second Timers. See below for a description of each.
Step 2: Select the “Global Topic” you want to begin with.
There are two Global Topics for this website, Fluid Dynamics and Sound. Each GT has 28-30 lessons. You may do lessons in one or both at the same time according to the directions of your instructor.
Step 3: Select the “Lesson” you want to do.
In the information below, we try to help you understand our suggestions as to the order of doing the lessons.
There are two CWS strands you can chose from in each Global Topic, “First Timers” of “Second Timers”. If it’s the first time through the curriculum, then do the First Timers. If it’s the second time through the material, do the Second Timers. If you have a wide background in Science, do Second Timers, although we suggest doing the sections that are different in both.
THERE ARE TWO THINGS THAT ARE DIFFERENT IN THE TWO STRANDS:
1. The questions for the 8 Core Videos, the Digging Deepers of Sound and the Gold Digs of Fluid Dynamics are different . The questions are oftentimes much more difficult for the “Second Timers”.
2. The written part of the Digging Deepers of Sound and the Bone Gold Digs of Fluid Dynamics are written with less complexity and more explanation for the “First Timers”. The pictures and basic concepts are the same.
You can work in either strand.
The student can work in either strand, “First Timers” or “Second Timers”. To say it again, someone with great background in Science might want to begin with the”Second Timers” or may enjoy getting a little extra dose by doing both by starting with First Timers and then moving to Second Timers.
This is ok, because a student can work in both strands. But the grades of both strands have to be manually combined because the system will treat each strand as its own course.
Be sure to always work in the correct strand. The title of each strand is at the top of the “Lesson Page”.
1. From Your Student Dashboard
To open up your student dashboard, go to the top right of the black “Registered Courses” bar. There is tiny blue print that says “Expand All”. Click this and everything will expand out.
Registered Courses is a Gateway to the Entire Website
If you look at the box that has “Registered Courses” at the top, you’re in an area that will navigate you around the site. If you click on “First Timer Curriculum” or “Second Timer Curriculum”, you will instantly be there.
If you click on the arrow next to “First Timer Curriculum” or “Second Timer Curriculum” and then click on the Global Topic of Sound or Fluid Dynamics, every single lesson of the global topic will spring out in a drop down menu. You can click on the lesson you desire and it will take you there.
You can also navigate from the top menu bar.
2. From The Main Menu
Hover over “Curriculum” in the top menu bar. Select the strand you prefer, either “First Timers” or “Second Timers”.
Once the “Global Topics” page appears, select either “Fluid Dynamics” or “Sound”.
Once the “Lesson Page” appears, select the “Lesson” you desire to do.
3. From The Sidebar
Once you are in the “Lesson Page” you will see a “Course Navigation” column all the way to the right. As you complete lessons, the circle will darken in front of the lesson you have completed. This helps you to see what you have done and what you have left to do.
If you click on one of these “Lessons” in the side bar, it is another way to navigate to the actual lesson.
1. Regular quizzes
Pay careful attention to the lesson, then take the quiz at the bottom of the page.
You can only take the quiz once.
2. Essay quizzes
Pay careful attention to the lesson, then take the quiz at the bottom of the page.
Some essay quizzes have multiple boxes to fill in. If you only need to fill in 1 or 2, leave the others empty. This won’t have an effect on your score. Your instructor will probably grade these personally.
DO NOT SUBMIT THE QUIZ WITHOUT FILLING IN AT LEAST ONE BOX. You’ll get a 0 for the quiz if you don’t fill in any box.
3. Digging Deepers or Gold Digs Quizzes
These quizzes can be quite long. DD’s are 20 questions. GD’s are 50 questions long.
The suggested way to do both the “Gold Digs” of Fluid Dynamics and the “Digging Deepers” of Sound is to do the worksheet first, then sit down another day and do the quiz. (The “Worksheet” may be accessed through the button that says “Worksheets”. Print it in color or black and white. Hole punch it and keep it in your CWS notebook.)
YOU CANNOT DO A PART OF THE QUIZ AND COMPLETE IT AT ANOTHER TIME. THE ENTIRE QUIZ MUST BE DONE IN ONE SITTING. Completing the worksheets at a leisurely pace ahead of time makes this an easy task. (The questions on the worksheets exactly correspond with the quiz questions for most questions.)
To open up your student dashboard, simply go to the top right of the black “Registered Courses”. There is tiny blue print that says “Expand All”. Click this and everything will expand out.
To see your test scores, look on the dashboard and click the arrow next to the course on your student dashboard. Your quiz results are listed at the bottom
A Few Quick Suggestions About Each Lesson Type
Much more extensive directions are given with the “Directions” button at the top right corner of every lesson.
Each “Global Topic” is designed to take 4 weeks.
Watch Core Videos 1-4 on Monday of week 1. Watch Core Videos 5-8 on Tuesday of week 1 or Monday of week 2. Answer the questions. (For greatly added benefit, do both the “First Timers” and “Second Timers” Core Videos on different weeks. The questions are much more difficult for “Second Timers”.)
Many like to do the “First Timers” Core Videos week 1 and 2 and “Second Timers” Core Videos weeks 3 and 4. An added option is to do the printable Worksheets for each video weeks 1 And 2 and the website quiz weeks 3 and 4.
There are 8 Core Videos (CV’s) for each Global Topic Introduction. (Both Global topics in this Project are “Broad Introductions”. We will take things further as we go forward. Some CV’s are mild in the amount of informations they present and some are very detailed.
You can watch the videos and fill in the blanks on the worksheets you may print. Then you can take the quiz. Or you can watch the videos then take the quizzes and skip the worksheets. Your instructor will give you directions.
Once you have submitted a quiz, the quiz cannot be retaken. We want to give instructors the ability to reset a test when it would be helpful. Getting the code inserted is one of our Prayer Requests.
We ask that you please not use the two strands for two students. Thanks!
Core Video Worksheets
(These will be added April 2019)
These need to be done if the instructor requires it.
The worksheets may not be used for the quizzes, except for Gold Digs and Digging Deepers.
We encourage Field trips, especially those as a family. See the “Lesson Directions” at the top right of the lesson.
We have many experiments for each Global topic. Take your pick. We encourage instructors to assign 1 or 2 hours a month for experiments. You can do many more too.
We encourage monthly collections for students of all ages. Some of us took Botany in the University and had to compile extensive plant collections of flowers, leaf types, bark types etc. It opened our eyes to see so many things in the world around us! You never grow too old for a good science collection!
Collections like shells, succulents, rocks, bones, flowers (living), etc. can have quite a ministry to the heart of the love and beauty of God to anyone from 4-99. There is always at least one collection in each Global Topic. (You can “grow” a collection, ie cacti, succulents, flowers, etc.)
William Carey had quite a love of gardening and planted a beautiful spot next to his home in India. It brought him a great deal of rest, peace and joy.
Cam Townshend, the founder of Wycliffe Bible Translators had a vegetable garden mixed with a whole lot of other plants and trees. This beautiful garden in a dusty remote Mexican village opened the door for a wide ministry to the villagers he lived with and was instrumental in forming a deep lasting friendship with the president of Mexico! Collections can be quite blessing and turn into part of a ministry too!
We love to give monthly collection assignments to every age of student. They are a great break from the “over-mental” and help to train the eyes and the heart to see God’s beauty and often open surprising open doors for relationships, conversations, opportunities to share the Lord, etc.
These are a bit concentrated and lengthly, but very interesting! See the lessons for directions.
See the Lesson for directions. Every student needs to be trained to be able to seek information and glean the precious from the worthless (Jeremiah 15:19). This is especially true in the serious info overload we are facing.
This lesson is just meant to be fun. Creativity rules the roost here. We love to give “art and craft” and all kinds of other creative projects the place they deserve. Innovative assignments create delight and help to form tremendous life-time memory of the tremendous amount of material we present through CWS materials and the hundreds of links we endorse.
See the Lesson Direction button in the Lesson for more ideas and the Lesson itself is filled with ideas.
These are links that talk about all sorts of amazing and wonderful things. Watch whichever ones of these you desire for 2-4 days. (Your instructor will give you specific directions.)
These are links that talk about various aspects of the “Global Topic” of Sound or Fluid Dynamics. Watch whichever ones of these you desire for 2-4 days. (Your instructor will give you specific directions.)
In studying God’s creation, there are so many routes to go and so many different “mediums” to choose from. U-choose is just a big free-for-all. Do you like science audio dramas, magazines, nature hikes, collections, talks to engineers, or science evangelism? Whatever a student’s and family’s heart throbs are can be pursued in this lesson.
Tying the Word in is absolutely critical.
In God we live and move and have our Being. God’s wisdom is the beginning of knowledge and the Word is God-breathed. We LOVE the word of God and have found that it blesses unspeakably. Giving students a love for the Word is one of our great objectives and one of our greatest prayers.
Read a science book or science magazine each week, or for as long as your instructor says.
Miscellaneous Important Info!
What are the Direction and Info Lesson Buttons?
Each Lesson has important Information on how to do the lesson for the most benefit at the top under the “Directions Button”. The “Info Button” has important information telling why we do what we do in that lesson.
What if I don’t want to do some lessons in a “Global Topic”?
Skip them. You can still mark the lesson complete.
How Do I Do CrossWired Science for the Whole Year?
You have enough material to keep you busy for the first two months of the 2019-2020 School year. You are on our master email list. We will notify you as the other 3 “Projects” for the year are completed. (This website, “CrossWired Science” is the first “Project”.)