Switched-On Schoolhouse is a computer program, used primarily by homeschoolers and students in private school(specifically Eagle's Nest Christian Acadamy). It was created by Alpha Omega Publications, a Bible-based education company. The program spans a wide amount of subjects, including History, Science, Language Arts, the Bible, and more. New versions are released annually.
First released in 2003 as a new feature in Switched-On Schoolhouse 2.0, the SOS Calculator is the first of the three core reference features in Switched-On Schoolhouse. The SOS Calculator is not all that different in design and function from the Windows Calculator, though it lacks the Scientific Mode.
In Switched-On Schoolhouse R², the feature was expanded to allow the teacher to add or remove words to or from the dictionary database.
The SOS Periodic Table, as its name implies, is an interactive, color coded version of the Periodic Table of Elements. Each unique page contains a detailed description of its corresponding element. It describes in detail the name of the element, the element symbol, the atomic number, the atomic weight, and the electronic configuration. It also provides the student with detailed information on the element's origin, composition, discovery, and use.
Trivia: Although it was released with the Dictionary and Calculator in 2003, the SOS Periodic Table is the only core reference feature that originated in the original Switched-On Schoolhouse.
The SOS Timeline is the fourth reference feature in Switched-On Schoolhouse. Unlike the previous three, however, it is not one of the core reference features that can be accessed through Reference Tools menu. To access the timeline, the student must click on a hyperlinked date within a lesson.
In the original Switched-On Schoolhouse, the timeline feature was a simple picture based application. It offered little flexibility, and only allowed you to view events within one century before or after the featured date.
When Switched-On Schoolhouse 2.0 came out, few changes were made to the timeline. Though it now loaded faster, and had slightly better graphical quality.
Finally, in Switched-On Schoolhouse 2007, the timeline feature was given a complete makeover. It was now powered by a more complex Macromedia Flash engine, instead of the simple picture based system of its predecessor. It also allowed the student to enter and search for dates within the timeline, as well as freely scroll the interface with the mouse.
Trivia: In the 2002 edition of Switched on Schoolhouse, the timeline listed the 2001 Terrorist Attacks in its database. In the 2003 edition of Switched on Schoolhouse 2.0, however, the 9/11 entry seems to have been removed. It hasn't since reappeared.
Story: Vocabulo City is dark and freezing. You are the city's only hope. You must bring the inhabitants enough energy to restore light and heat to the city. You must collect energy by flying and enerjet through seven energizing units located on each of the seven planets.
If you succeed in collecting energy from all seven planets, Vocabulo City will spring to life! If you fail, Vocabulo City will remain in total darkness...forever!
Story: Alpha 14, the space station orbiting the planet, is in danger. Its Hypercore is collapsing. All on board have been evacuated. Scientists on the surface have determined that if it is not repaired, Alpha 14 will be on a collision course with Vocabulo City. Your mission is to pilot a shuttle craft to Alpha 14, make your way to the Hypercore, and make the necessary repairs before the station loses orbit.
A new feature introduced in Alpha 14, is the ability to have three chances before you lose the game, instead of just the one chance in Vocabulocity.
In the 2001 edition of Switched on Schoolhouse, Alpha 14 had its own theme.
Tiny Tutors are small in dimension, but bring in big ideas. These videos offer specific tips, instruction or commentary, or general information to support important ideas in the Switched-On Schoolhouse curriculum. When you see a Tiny Tutor Icon, click to view the video. The controls for stopping, playing, or pausing a video can be found directly beneath it after you click it.