Studies have shown that students can lose 2 months of knowledge and growth from the school year through inactivity over the summer. Reading, using knowledge, and gaining new knowledge can help reduce that, or actually cause summer gains. The district’s reading lists are up on our school website already. As for other topics, consider checking out Khan Academy, specialized youtube channels, iTunes U, or a mooc or two.
Below, I’ve included some upcoming moocs you may find interesting. At the very bottom of the post, I’ve included a table of a variety of free online courses and content. Do something to stimulate your brain this summer.
Paradoxes of War, Advanced Competitive Strategy, Intro to Finance, Fantasy & Sci-Fi Open2Study:
Foundations of Psych, Food Nutrition & Your Health, Mining Engineering FutureLearn:
Creative Coding, Forensic Psychology, Preparing for Uni Canvas:
Inside the FIFA World Cup, Thinking Like a Writer, Math Refresh w/ College Tips
At the Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University, Ido Bachelet led a team of scientists in building tiny robots that can respond to chemical cues and operate inside a living animal. > Read more >
Free Online Course: Programming for Everyone
Took a course with him earlier and enjoyed it, so going to try this one out too. It makes use of Python, and his aim is to make this a good introduction to a programming language for people who do NOT have experience with a programming language. Space is limited, if you’re interested, join quick. > Read more >
If you haven’t seen it yet… some of the TOP JOB listings for 2014 are out… and if you like technology, notice technology is in the top slot on all three of the top lists, as well as fills in a few other slots here and there. So, if you’re into technology, keep learning about technology.
You’ll be making course selections soon, if you haven’t already. Things to consider? Classes like Digital Design and Digital Art both use professional level software, utilized by a wide variety of industries- and Digital Art can count as your art credit (unless your in 11th). Programming and code-related classes like Robotics, Web Design, and Computer Science are related to a huge area of job growth in software and application development (this includes everything from games, to music, to banking, to scientific modeling).
If you interested in classes like these, the more you and others sign up, the more we’ll be able to offer. We’d like to be able to offer stuff like Game Design, Web Game Design, App Development, 3D animation, etc, but we can only offer more if you guys are choosing technology classes.
Programming & Coding is an area of job growth that by 2020 they are expecting to have to outsource 1,000,000 programming positions because they can’t find capable americans for it. Unemployment rate is currently under 3% in this field, and some predictions state that there are as many as 5 open job positions currently available for each capable american coder.