Attn: Juniors and Sophomores

Juniors and sophomores may want to consider taking a community college class this summer.

Enroll in a community college class. College admission officers at 4-year colleges and universities like students who challenge themselves with community college classes. Take a class in a subject of interest that may become your college major (for example, students interested in science may want to take a biology or engineering class), or take a general education class that will allow you to transfer credits to your future college or university. Check with your favorite 4-year colleges and universities to make sure earned community college credits will transfer to those 4-year schools.

Go online to your local community college’s website to see classes offered. Don’t wait too long to register – classes fill up fast.

Do well in the class. Admission officers at 4-year colleges and universities will strongly consider the grade you earn when evaluating your application for admission next fall. This is especially true if your high school does not offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

 Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG)

The Summer Institute for the Gifted has been providing summer enrichment opportunities for talented youth for over twenty-six years.  This summer we will be hosting residential and day programs at many top colleges and universities across the country, including Princeton University, Yale University, Vassar College, Dartmouth College, Emory University, UCLA, and University of Texas at Austin, just to name a few. 

For more information, please visit the website at http://www.giftedstudy.org/.

To: The 21st Century Educator, Student, or Parent

Over the last few years, I have attempted to become a 21st Century Educator to mirror that of our students who are 21st Century Learners. Through speaking with parents (the first and primary teachers) of both students and other teachers, I have discovered that not everyone is familiar with what 21st Century means in terms of learning and education. I have also discovered teaching with one-to-one devices in the classroom that there is a degree of fear of the unknown and how the technology fits in the classroom. To help calm the fears of the unknown and if I could stand on my soapbox and share my edtech ‘geekiness’ with all parents and teachers out there about 21st Century Learning I would share three things to help share how necessary Educational Technology is:

1. First, I would share a YouTube video titled A Vision of K-12 Students Today. I would point out the video was created in 2007 and is in my opinion out of date at this point. Then I would ask them to think about how far things have come (or should have come) in education and how different the picture of the classroom should look from what it was when they were in the student desks.

2. I would then share the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Students. I would point out the title terms such as creativity, communication, collaboration, research fluency, information fluency, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making. These are all things that we would hope our students and children are capable of and that will help them be successful in any job or career.

3. Finally, I would point out the Common Core Standards which have been adopted in most states. I have found some of the same words from the NETS sprinkled in the Common Core standards. In my opinion, this means that (educational/instructional) technology is absolutely necessary.