Thursday, April 3, 2014

Summer Learning Opportunities

Grades K-8 Online Summer Enrichment

Don’t let your child fall behind throughout the summer months!
Studies suggest, “Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation and reading skills over the summer months.”
• E-KIDS Program is open to all students entering grades K-8
• Individual student username and password will be issued to access enrichment lessons
• Lessons included within the E-KIDS program: Math, English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Spanish and a concluding Summer Enrichment Project
• Each student will be assigned a certified, highly qualified teacher to monitor coursework and answer questions
• At the conclusion of the E-KIDS program, each student will receive a “Certificate of Completion”
• 24/7 access: anytime, anywhere there is Internet available
• Students will have access to the E-KIDS lessons from: May 15, 2014 – August 15, 2014
• Student Enrollment Fee: $125 per student
• Sibling Discount (-$25): $100 per student
Grades 9-12 Game Design Bootcamp

  • 5 six-hour days of hands-on activity
  • 15 minute break—1 snack and beverage provided per day
  • 30 minute lunch break—Bring lunches M-Th
  • Pizza lunch provided by JCESC on Friday
  • Game Design Bootcamp T-shirt provided to all participants
  • Participants take home game from week’s work
  • Certificate provided to all participants upon completion

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Wolfram Alpha Website

From Tammy's Tech Tips

WolframAlpha is considered a computational knowledge engine. Instead of giving you websites, it gives you facts and answers!

Try it for yourself:
Go to: http://www.wolframalpha.com/
Enter something like: 2x + 15 = 45
And the results will show:

Where was this when I was taking Algebra?
. . . . . . . . . .
If I enter something like: Bogue, Kansas
The results will show:

Note – When I scroll down, I also see a local map, the current time, the current weather, the economic properties, the geographic properties, nearby cities, and the county.

Other searches to try:
  • Enter Kansas and Texas and it will build a table to compare the two states.
  • Enter your birthdate to find out: what day of the week you were born; how old you are in years, weeks, and days; and famous people who share your birthday.
  • Enter a food (apple, donut, Big Mac) to see the number of calories and the nutritional value.
  • Enter your height and weight to see your body mass index, fat mass, lean body mass, and ideal body weight.
  • Enter any number to see it written as a roman numeral and in binary form (along with lots of other info).
  • Enter a person’s name for all sorts of facts.
  • Click the “Examples” link on the home page for tons more search options!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Entertainment Technology

Check out VLA for new entertainment technology! New Skills for New Careers!

Online, project-based learning. Unleash creativity through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics with newly-released courses in:

 - Gaming 

-  Modern Storytelling

-  Digital Art

-  Mobile App and Game Design

For more information:


Thursday, January 9, 2014

U Class offering

Today we proudly announce our annual “I Have a Dream” lesson in tribute to social equality and civil activism for the MLK Day holiday. This year, we are asking students to create videos, PowerPoints, and essays about their dreams for a better country and a better world.

We want to hear how your students are inspired by leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela to change the world for the better. So, open the lesson and get going with your students today!

All entries are due by February 7.
To participate, just:
  1. Log in to UClass
  2. Click into the lesson, here
  3. Click "Assign"
Yeah, it's really that easy  :)

Happy uniting,
The UClass Team

This is not affiliated with the Virtual Learning Academy

Monday, December 9, 2013

Who Done It?!?

Check out this website:



Each mystery is a report written in the 1st person perspective about a fictional crime. Your students read the investigation while role-playing as private detectives, and then either write about, or discuss, the possible culprit. Only then do you reveal to them the "resolution" for the case. You'll be amazed at how much your students love these reading assignments.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

2013 Summer Camp for Gifted Students

Summer Opportunities
Program Information:
Program Name: BoomWriter Storytellers Camp
Begin Date: Monday July 22, 2013
End Date: Friday July 26, 2013
Registration Deadline: Thursday July 18, 2013
rolling deadline for each camp session
Area: | | | | | |
City: online
County: online
State: OH
Location: online writing camp (virtual)
Grade Level: 5-9
Residential or Day: Day Program
Cost: $99.00
Program Description: BoomWriter Media, in association with WGBH, is delighted to invite gifted and talented kids ages 9-14 to sign up for BoomWriter Storytellers Camp – an innovative and enriching week-long online camp that brings campers together to write, edit and publish original works with first chapter “story starts” created by the award-winning Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney. Kids learn the magic of collaborating with others to create their own stories and come away with published books (with their names in it!). Campers get writing tips and can even participate in a Skype chat with Jeff Kinney. BoomWriter Storytellers Camp helps prevent summer learn loss while inspiring kids to write and showcase their creativity. Registration is open for camp sessions starting July 22, 2013. Register TODAY: http://boomwriter.com/summercamps
Program Website: www.boomwriter.com/summercamps
Contact Information:
Name: tara greco
Title: VP, Marketing
Department: marketing
Organization: BoomWriter Media
Address: 1 Broadway
City: Cambridge
State: MA
Zip: 02142
Phone: 617-401-3136
Email: tara greco
Additional Contact Information: Ken Haynes VP of Product Development and Co-Founder BoomWriter Media ken@boomwriter.com 617-401-3136

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Look at the Creativity!

Artist Scott Weaver had already begun work on this insanely complex kinetic sculpture, Rolling through the Bay, that he continues to modify and expand even today. The elaborate sculpture is comprised of multiple “tours” that move ping pong balls through neighborhoods, historical locations, and iconic symbols of San Francisco, all recreated with a little glue, some toothpicks, and an incredible amount of ingenuity. He admits in the video that there are several toothpick sculptures even larger than his, but none has the unique kinetic components he’s constructed. Via his website Weaver estimates he’s spent over 3,000 hours on the project, and the toothpicks have been sourced from around the world.  
 Check out the following webpage and the Vimeo after the pictures to see the amazing masterpiece he created. Toothpick Masterpiece