Hi, my name is Frazier O'leary and, for the past few years, I've been running the O'Leary Academy with lots of original content (HTML 101, Memory Master, Diplomacy Simulation, etc) aimed at teaching, challenging, and supporting homeschoolers and parent-educators. I invite you to explore the Academy to see which of the programs will help you and your student accomplish your goals!.
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About Frazier O'Leary
Frazier is a homeschooling dad to two kids in Alexandria, VA. A former high school history teacher in D.C. and Arlington, VA with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Masters of Teaching from the University of Virginia, he's been involved in technology, education, and entrepreneurship for 20 years.
In 2013, Frazier began creating a collection of online courses and activities to support local homeschoolers from HTML 101 to Diplomacy Simulation to Memory Masters. Two years and more than 5,000 families/students later, he launched the O'Leary Academy for Gifted Youth to provide more resources and support for homeschooling families and students.
In 2016, Frazier joined Tandem Conglomerate as a senior project manager and is excited to be currently working to roll out a powerful platform to provide support to homeschoolers and parents (as well as public/private school parents who want to more fully leverage online learning tools).
Frazier grew up in Arlington, VA and Washington, DC. Over the past twenty years, he's worked on technology, education, and entrepreneurship projects for the Network for Teaching Entrepreurship, the Stargazier Foundation, the Entrepreneurship Center, and Follett School Solutions. He's a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, a movie enthusiast, and the founder, activities director, and sometimes only participating member of his local chapter of SOFA (the Slightly Overweight Fathers Association).
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I've been very thankful for the positive feedback we've received over the past three years for HTML 101, the advanced programming, Chess Club, Diplomacy Simulations, the Stock Market Challenge, and Memory Master. I'm looking forward to hearing YOUR success story!
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Here are some ideas for how/where to share the word that have been suggested by other parents:
Hopefully, you and your students are enjoying the course! Why not share the course with other parent-educators and independent learners?
In addition to earning my undying thanks and the gratitude of the parents and students, I want you to get SOME CREDIT to use in case you're excited about some of our other/upcoming classes or programs!
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Your Term Planner/Teaching Dashboard - The Tools You Need
We are excited to be creating what we're hoping will become your "Must Have" tool for supporting your students in the coming year. We'd love your feedback in making the Teaching Dashboard the best tool to help you integrate the resources from the catalog into your teaching, plan your activities, assignments, and track your students' progress (while making recordkeeping and reporting even easier). Take a look at the list of features and benefits to see what we are planning to include in the launch of the Planner/Dashboard.
Click the button below to become part of our Focus Group to help shape the Dashboard (Focus Group members will get 2 months of complimentary access to the Dashboard once we launch as well as the opportunity to test it out early as part of the July Pilot!)
So, I like to think of "Learning Paths" as Comments on STEROIDS. Here you can tell other parent-educators specifcally HOW you used this particular resources - what grade levels, what subjects, and WHICH activities/resources within the sites. And your commentary will be searchable for parents so when they're trying to decide which resources to use for THEIR kids, they can "follow the path" that you've laid out!
As you can see, there is a lot of fun stuff brewing here. I'm not COMPLETELY ready for you to start saving the results here. - Frazier
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want to get started using all of the tools in the Academy? Be my guest. Press the button below to activate your membership and you'll have access to the cool content and features of the academy - no risk, no credit card, no commitment. You and your kids will have 30 days to fully explore and use all of the programs including the Quiz Creator, the Parent Dashboard, and the Academy Classes and Programs.
If at the end of the thirty days, you want to continue, you can choose to confirm your membership - either at the monthly membership of $15/mo or you can pick and choose which clubs, programs, content to take advantage of for you and your students and only pay for what you really, really want! Enjoy your month and welcome aboard!
That was easy wasn't it. There are all sorts of ways that I will help you explore what is here.
tour, email series, share to earn credits, get stuff for your group, start using the dashboard, enroll in some classes, creat quizzes, plan a bit, connect with other parents, ** one caveat - some of the communication/community tools are restricted to members whose identities we can authenticate with an address. If as you're exploring you run into that barrier, you have two choices: (1) you can activate your membership early with a credit card payment OR (2) if you're not ready yet, but you really, really want to get moving, you can make a $1 donation (via credit card) to our Scholarship fund. This will give us an address on file and you and your students will be able to connect with other parents, students.
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We’ve prepared a short tour for you to help you get into action and begin to use the site.
Click on the HTML/YPC button above to "Get Started" with the HTML 101 course (adding students, accessing the cheat sheet, and taking the class tour.)
You can explore some cool stuff.
After you’ve explored the catalog to see what our staff and other parent-educators have suggested, here’s your chance to ensure that this catalog meets your specific needs. Click on 'Suggest a Resource’ to add your own resources.
These can be web sites you like, books, other curricula, or even local co-ops or schools.
Why do this?
As you’ll see when you move to the next step on the tour, when you add resources that you like and use, not only are you potentially helping introduce other parent-educators to valuable resources, but you are creating your personalized selection of ‘My Resources’.
You’ll be able to use these resources in creating and sharing Subject Plans and, more importantly, integrating these resources into our Teaching Planner (coming in August) where you’ll be able to manage ALL of your online (and off-line) resources and activities in one place!
Whether you’re looking for ideas for new resources to use or just interested to see how other parent-educators are using the curricula or online resources you’re already using, start to explore our ‘Course Catalog’.
You can search by name or use one of the filters – by Subject, by Grade Level, or by available resource types (e.g. video, online lessons, curricula) – to find resources that other parent-educators are using…and HOW they’re using it.
Click on any resource to see commentary from other parent-educators include WHAT SUBJECTS, WHAT GRADE LEVELS, and WHAT TYPES OF RESOURCES they used this specific course or curriculum to teach.
As you’re exploring, we encourage you to share your own experiences and to choose to ‘FLAG’ specific resources, adding the resource to your personal section for future use (see Subject plans and the teaching dashboard below).
The Subject Plans are a way for Parent-Educators to share their answer to the BIG question that Homeschooling parents ask, “So, how are you teaching ____?”.
You can follow our Subject Plan creation wizard to quickly and easily incorporate the answers to the following:
TYPE - Is this your PLAN (for the upcoming term) or is this what you did (in the past)?
SUBJECT – What subject
HOW MANY KIDS – how many kids were you teaching?
GRADE LEVELS – For what grade level was this plan? (You can easily do a plan for each kid/grade level if you want)
RESOURCES – What resources did you use (this is where your “My Resources” starts to bear fruit. Any site/curriculum (either existing or that you added yourself) shows up on the list for you to choose from.
ACTIVITIES/ASSIGNMENTS – What resource types did you use (from the selected resources) did you use to support your students (e.g. online lessons, videos, field trips, etc.)
DURATION – How long did you use this plan? A month? A Semester? A Year?
FREQUENCY – How frequently did your students do the activities?
PHILOSOPHY – How would you characterize your teaching philosophy (selecting from the list – if your philosophy isn’t listed, let us know!)
DESCRIPTION – Here’s a place to add any additional commentary that you want to share with other parent-educators!
We are busily working on the core teaching tool of the O'Leary Academy site, the functionality that brings our slogan “The Resources You Choose, the Freedom You Want, and the Tools You Need” to life – the Term Planner/Teaching Dashboard.
Take a sneak peek at what you (and your students) will be able to do with this tool and learn how you can help shape and test the Dashboard as part of our focus group.
The O'Leary Academy site gets better as more parent-educators connect, comment, and contribute. You can even create your own mini-community of trusted parent-educators.
Click the button below to get your personalized link and suggested text (for an email or posting to your group) to share. You can even choose to get notified when people you invite register and join (so that you can add them to your Circle of trusted members).
Have your kids watch the interactive map to see markers pop up around your state, the country, and even the world as you see the impact of your willingness to share resources with other parent-educators.
Quick Tip: First select whether this is a Plan/Report. Then you can move forward by clicking on the 'Move to the Next Section' or you can click on the box to select an option.
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HTML 101 for Kids:
Basics of Web Programming
14 Lesson Self-Paced Course starts November 07
Hi, I'm Frazier O'Leary, a former Northern Virginia H.S. teacher, computer consultant, and father to two children in Alexandria, VA. (Check out my "About the Instructor" section at the bottom of this page) During this online class, I will introduce the basics of the HTML, using
HTML "tags" to create and design Basic Web Pages:
Class is open to any students 9 years and older
Some familiarity with keyboard is
Parents are free to register and explore to see if this is right for them/their kids. You can then confirm your registration to get full access (including certificate of participation/completion). (I'm also asking the
participants share their feedback with me to help me improve its value
and ease of use.)
Pre-register by filling
out the form to the right.
Students will learn:
Basic HTML Tags
Understanding of fundamentals of Web Design and Internet Pages
Sample Video From Lesson #1:
The class will go live on Monday November 07. A new lesson will be available each day after that for the next 3 weeks;
students can catch up and review missed lessons on their own
Interested? Please pre-register by filling out the form at the top right of this
Advanced Courses (after completion):
Using CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to modify web site format and style
How the Class
Students will log in to the web site and download a "cheat sheet" of HTML tags.
Students will watch a video presentation of each component of the HTML Lesson. (Course can be self-paced, with
students moving to next lesson after completing the previous)
Students will use HTML tags and create/modify web pages using an online "sandbox".
Students will receive feedback from Instructor (Frazier) on web pages created and modified.
Students can submit questions and issues and receive feedback from Instructor.
Students' completion of Lesson Steps will be tracked for certification.
Students will create and upload web pages that incorporate:
Interested? Register below to reserve a slot in the session beginning Monday November 07, 2016 or 12/05/16: Get Pre-Course and Lesson Guide Today!
Bill Gates, Founder and Chairman, Microsoft "Learning
to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better,
creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all
Steve Jobs, Founder, Apple "Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer...because it teaches you how to think."
Instructor: Frazier O'leary
I first learned HTML when I was teaching high school in Arlington, VA in 1997. I quickly got excited about teaching my students to take a blank (computer) page and create whatever they wanted to out of it, and share their knowledge/ideas/businesses with the world. I created this HTML 101 class for my daughter, Savannah, so she could feel that same sort of power. My wife and I (well, mostly my wife) homeschool (or "world"school) our 10 year old daughter and our 7 year old son in Alexandria, VA.