Sunday, July 1, 2012

What is CC Connected?



CC Connected, otherwise known as Classical Conversations Connected Community, (or simply just C3,) is an on-line subscription service available through the Classical Conversations website.  It is one tool that I personally would not want to live without, for it's where I download our songs, slides, worksheets, games, Science Snippets, History Highlights, and other resources related to what we're studying in Classical Conversations.

If you've ever read about the tri-fold board we at one time used in our home (especially for my youngest children), CC Connected is where I download all the slides for that board. I also download things like free lapbook templates (there are some great ones!) and activity sheets to use in our home.  [Note:  Classical Conversations produced files are currently uploaded under fmoderator1.]

Once you have subscribed and have logged in, the following drop-down menu is activated under the "Connected" heading at the top of the Classical Conversations home page:


When you select Foundations Learning Center, the following screen appears.


There are four main parts to the CC Connected subscription:
  1. Learning Center (with Timeline Hand Motions video)
  2. Forum
  3. File Sharing
  4. Memory Work Tutorials (for all three cycles!)
The Classical Learning Center includes helpful videos and links to other resources. By selecting "Choose a Category," you can access the Timeline Hand Motion Videos.



On-Line multimedia Flash tutorials are available for memory work in all three cycles of Classical Conversations - just one of many ways that children can review their memory work.  Links to relevant files, such as History Highlights, can also be found for each week's memory work.




The Forum offers a way for parents to ask questions, gain wisdom, and glean ideas from each other.


And, my favorite part, File Sharing.  There are over 1,400 files for Cycle 3!


After selecting the cycle (or week or category) you are searching for, hit the "apply" button on the right.  If you would like more files to load, also be sure to select "60" in the Show __ Entries drop-down menu.  A long list of resources will appear that Classical Conversations and CC parents have shared with the members of the C3 Online Community.

If you have a subscription to CC Connected, you will likely not need to purchase the Audio CD or the Memory Work Resources CD, as many of these files are posted to CC Connected by Classical Conversations (but only one semester at a time, currently under username fmoderator1).  In addition to those files, there are tons of resources developed by gifted CC users.  (Let me just say that I am so very thankful for the talented musicians who post songs they've created for subjects like science, which only has spoken audio available from Classical Conversations.)  An extra note:  You can click on the headings to sort the files according to those headings. By default, files are sorted by most recent upload date.

Free downloads and resources (without a subscription)!
If you do not have a subscription to CC Connected, you can still download the U.S. Presidents song, the Orchestra song, and the Bible Memory Work Model (under the Free Learning Center) along with a few other materials. You can also participate in the free public forum.


Watch the video Introduction to CC Connected for more details (this is the old format of CC Connected before the release of the new website in July 2014):


For families that are enrolled in a community, the subscription price for Foundations is $6/month. Visit Classical Conversations Connected Community to find out more or to subscribe. [Note:  Before purchasing a subscription, you may need to first register under the Free Resources section as mentioned above.]

26 comments:

  1. I have a CC connected question. I've been on CC connected for a year - mainly using it for tutoring information. Do you use CC Connected as the only way you get your mp3s for the year? If so, when do they post the new information? Did you ever feel like you were waiting for a song to post? When do you think they'll post the new timeline song?

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  2. CC Connected is the only way I get our mp3s for each year. Classical Conversations is supposed to post all the resources for the fall semester by the end of May. In fact, they have already started uploading songs and other resources from the MWRCD, and they recently announced that they will include the timeline song in those uploads. Other songs that are created by the parents and tutors will come available as the tutors and parents make and share them. (These are the ones I'm usually waiting for, but I would not even have access to them if it were not for CC Connected.) When I see it uploaded, I'll try to remember to respond to this post again to let you know!

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  3. Last year, I used the C3 online tutorials with my son. They were one of the highlights of his day!

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  4. CC Connected now has the Timeline Song, Presidents Song, History Songs & History Highlights, Latin Songs, Tin Whistle Masters, Science Snippets, Cycle 1 GeoNotebook, and Math, Science, English Grammar, History, Timeline & Geography Spoken Audio (and slides if you use a tri-fold board). Remember to sort files by date by clicking the "updated" heading twice. Happy Downloading!

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  5. Sorry I forgot to respond to this post. "I'll try to remember..." did not work for my feeble brain. (I wish there were a way to highlight these things and make reminders for myself!) All of the mp3s for Cycle 1 are now available by username foundations and nogreaterjoy5. I'm sure other talented folks will upload songs as well, but this will provide you with songs for every piece of memory work (aside from Bible, which is not part of memory master testing). Blessings!
    Brandy

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  6. Are they down again? I started to subscribe today and saw that they finally were letting me but I needed to wait until tonight. Now it's not allowing me. Glitches? Bummer...really looking forward to it!

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  7. Not sure why that is happening, but it could be some final glitches...? I know of others who have been able to successfully subscribe today, so hopefully that means it will be worked out for everyone very, very soon!

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  8. This is our first year with CC and homeschooling (my oldest is 5, starting Kindergarten). Is CC Connected that helpful for such a young age, or a little more suitable for students who are a bit older?

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  9. Our children have not really used the tutorials, but I have used so many other resources for them: copywork pages, art ideas, printouts for the tri-fold boards, and especially the songs. At the start of each semester, I burn a CD that contains songs for the entire semester's memory work, and I attribute our success with memory work to that more than any other things I have used or done. You can always wait to see how it goes without it, but I use CC Connected for all of my children (ages 3 through 9). Thanks for the question!

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  10. Thank you so much for the "click uploaded twice" info!!! I've always wished there were a way to sort them by date to make finding the new stuff easier!! I should have known there was!

    I have found C3 to be moderately helpful but sometimes wonder if just printing stuff from the resource CD would be more time and cost effective. I know my kids prefer navigating the resource CD for the turorials much better than on C3 (and I prefer it too bc they don't have to be online, even though the resource CD is not super easy to navigate either). I never use anything downloaded by CC onto C3 but I have appreciated some of the stuff other families share.

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  11. Thanks for mentioning this! I speak only from our own experience, and when we have bought the resource CD and audio CD from Classical Conversations in the past, we never used it. But we have used SO MUCH of CC Connected. Every family is different, which is great to point out!


    For us, our subscription is worth it just to have the songs for science and geography. I also am a sub tutor, and as a tutor, CC Connected is so helpful for all the activities and ideas - especially for Great Artists and Composers!


    Thanks for your comment!

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  12. I tutored two yrs ago and agree that it was a great resource for a tutor! I used it much more for tutoring than with our family.

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  13. Do you know how much it is if you are not in a community? We had to step out this year because of a job change.

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  14. It's $60/month if you are not a member of a community. Thanks for your question!

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  15. I would like to get the file to make the flip book. Can you tell me the best way to search to find that file on C3? I am in a CC community (3 in Foundations) but not currently a member of C3, so I will need to join that. Thanks in advance. :)

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  16. Hi Amy! They are uploaded by user melodystroud. Visit http://andherewegomama.blogspot.com/2013/01/cycle-2-memory-work-flip-chart.html for more information or to email her directly! Blessings to you!

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  17. Kimi Pellegrino MillerAugust 4, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    I'm still new to the CC thing. I've signed up for the fall, already purchased my memory audio CDs and all, but I'm gathering from this that I might not have needed to purchase the CD, I could have downloaded these files by joining CC Connected? #overwhelmed :)

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  18. All of the audio CD files are on CC Connected, but it's a bit tough to find them right now with the new web design. The good news is that you won't need to make a playlist or CD because you purchased the Audio.
    {I need to update this tutorial now that the new website has gone live! I'll probably take this post down until I have the time to do so.} Thanks for your comment!

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  19. It is certainly helpful! And I'm especially grateful for your blog. I think I would have rathered trying to download it but I don't yet have access to the site.... I'll figure it out eventually I'm sure! :) Thank you for all you do!

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  20. I've been on CC connected, looking everywhere for the songs and they don't have the CC Latin song posted. Someone on the forum confirmed this with me and also said they won't post any songs/info from weeks 13-24 until January. Also, fmoderator1 is the official CC person. It isn't obvious until you have spent some time on that site....

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  21. Is $60 a typo? I know it is $6 for those in the community and $3 for tutors. Just checking since $60 seems really high.

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  22. I'm sorry - you're right. I updated this post from the old design and responded to this comment assuming we were talking about one semester of memory work at a time (just because that's what's on my mind right now and I've lost a lot of sleep lately). I'll fix my previous comment...

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  23. Hi, thank you so much for your website. I have come to undestand so much about classical convo.because of all your helpful information and have chosen this for our curriculum this year. We do not have a cc communty in our area, the closest one is about 2 hours away.
    My girls have been listening to the cd for a few months now and have memorized the timeline song and some others, they love the songs, but wish we could have more songs for the science and geography parts.
    My question is c3 is so expensive if your not in a community.. is it possible that I could sign up for a month or 2 and download the songs and printables/worksheets etc. that I would need for this year and then cancel my membership? Or would it be better to just purchase the resource cd?
    Thanks so much!

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  24. Heather Robinson FaveloAugust 27, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Hi Brandy! Thank you so much for all of your information and help! I am looking for songs on CCC and was wondering if there were certain users that you found their files especially helpful? I am looking for geography and science in particular. Latin and English grammar would be great too. Thank you so much!

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  25. Yes! Look under Sbrooks, marykbry, and nogreaterjoy5.

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