Now that Accordance is available in Windows and Mac our online school is going to begin to require students to purchase Accordance as part of our classes (also taking advantage of the academic purchasing program---thanks Accordance!!). Our online school has a strong emphasis on learning the original languages.
With this in mind our school is going to field a course in our next term that will train on various aspects of the Accordance program. We are going to require our future enrolled students to purchase the Original Language Collection as a minimum. So the lessons I'm developing will mainly focus on the resources provided in that collection. Although, I will highlight other tools in the training hoping that our students will consider the Essential collection as a better option-just not required at first.
I am designing 10 modules to be taught one per week - each with their own emphasis, title, and assignments where applicable. I would love to hear any suggestions others might have for using/training Accordance.
Here are my first 6 ideas.
1. "Accordance Features" I will use one of Dr. J's podcast to introduce this unit. He has one called "One Sweet Suite" that in about 17 minutes
(http://www.accordanc...esweetsuite.mov) goes through 25 different features of Accordance. Not only is it an excellent overview of Accordance but it will reinforce from the start all the tools Accordance has developed to train and teach (Thanks Dr J. your podcasts are awesome!!!) In this module I will link to his video first and then do a second video of my own that reviews or goes more in depth into some of the features he lists.
2. "Life-long Study Bible" (develop the philosophy behind Accordance[using their documentation/help files/ and website verbiage] and show user notes, user tools, highlighting, and introduce a few basic features)--the assignment will be to create user notes for a list of verses (to be determined) and upload/share the user note file. In part, I will be selling the idea of creating notes that can be handed down to children or grandchildren. This would be the modern approach to giving a treasured study bible with all your notes and highlights to a son, daughter, or grandchild. Except in this case you wouldn't be limited to giving it to just one person. It would be as easy as emailing them a few files and they would all now have your study notes with them wherever they might be.
3. "Semantic Range--Living life beyond Stong's numbers" -- this will focus on searches - simple and complex. A list of words will be provided and some report formats based upon copy and pastes from Accordance. Word's could be chosen for this module that are often misunderstood based upon a "Strong's number only" approach to Bible Study. Studying scripture from a historical-grammatical frame of reference would be the focus of this module. This lesson would also teach a few simple rules about hermeneutics.
4. "Vocabulary Building" Using Accordance to study original languages (basic level for those who have limited language skills and an intermediate level for those with more skills) The focus would be on showing the language tools (parsing and instant details). I will also show how one could use Accordance to create vocab cards for various passages, charts that might be used in a home school setting, and how to create reader versions of Hebrew and Greek text (this puts a parallel column that list definitions for words that appear...say....less then 50 times). An assignment would be to create some spreadsheets, vocab cards, and a Hebrew reader for a Psalm or a Greek reader for some section in the gospels.
5. "Amplifying a Passage--Learning and Teaching in Context" This will leverage a wider range of Accordance tools to amply given passages. Using Timeline, Maps, Photo guides, and Bible dictionaries to dig deeper into a text. The exercise will be to create a simple Keynote or PowerPoint. This unit would be based somewhat on a presentation Roy Brown did at the SBL Bible Software Shootout a few years back entitled "How Can Accordance be used in a Teaching Environment?" [see the Accordance exchange for a copy of this document http://www.accordanc..._Shootout-2.pdf ]
6. "Daily/Weekly/Annual Bible Reading Plans" I would like to develop this concept beyond just the simple showing how to use the daily readings feature of Accordance. My goal in the unit (really the whole course) is to train people on how to use Accordance every day and to attempt to inspire them to get maximum benefit from the tools it contains. For example, I've made it a habit throughout my life to rotate readings of Psalms and Proverbs based upon daily schedules (like reading a chapter from Proverbs based upon the day of the week or going through the Psalms the same way--reading 5 chapters a day to make it all the way through in a month--for example on December 5th reading Psalm 5, 35, 65, 95, 125). This module/lesson needs more ideas...
I need at least 4 more modules/lessons...does anyone out there have some ideas? Thanks in advance!
P.S. Dr J. you may already have done some of these other areas in your podcasts...I will have to search through them and see--I would like to link to your podcast whenever applicable in the course I'm creating...sorry to say, while I have watched many, I've not watched all your videos...You won't think the less of me will you?
Edited by G Springer, 06 December 2013 - 02:23 PM.