Steubenville, Ohio… For those of you who are starting to think about Summer programs to keep your children’s minds active, the Jefferson County Educational Service Center (JCESC) will be offering two Summer Programs available to students in grades K-12. These two offerings are great ways to keep children active over the summer months. These new offerings are just another way JCESC continues to seek new vehicles in order to provide opportunities to the students of Ohio, in order to become citizens prepared for the global workplace.
Studies suggest, “Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation and reading skills over the summer months”.
Don’t let your child fall behind throughout the summer months!
The E-Kids Online Enrichment Program is offered to students entering grades K-8.This program is completely online, and can be completed any time of day. Students will be provided with a username and password to gain access to our Learning Management System, where our Virtual Learning Academy is housed. Lessons included within the E-KIDS program: Math, English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Spanish and a concluding Summer Enrichment Project.
Students will have access to a full lesson covering material taught in the selected grade level, giving them a head-start on the coming year. Lessons will include content and assessment, as well as enhancements like interactives, games, worksheets, videos, podcasts, audio files and more!In addition to expanding their knowledge base in the core subjects and the Spanish Language, students will culminate the experience with The Summer Enrichment Project. This projectwill provide students with an opportunity to develop 21st Century Skillsin an online learning environment. Students can explore their creativity and build confidence in their skills, while becoming more proficient in information, media and technology skills.
Each student will be assigned to a certified, highly qualified teacher to monitor coursework, answer questions, and provide feedback for content comprehension. Students will have 24/7 access to the Learning Management System; anytime, anywhere there is Internet available. The program start date is May 15, 2014 through the completion date of August 15, 2014. All work can be accessed and completed anytime throughout the program dates. At the conclusion of the E-KIDS program, each student will receive a “Certificate of Completion.” The Student Enrollment Fee is $125 per student. Those families with more than one child will receive a Sibling Discount of $100 per student ($25 off), for each additional child.
For those students entering Grades 9-12, a Game Design Bootcamp will be offered in collaboration with Zulama. This is a mini-course created by faculty at Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center.
Today’s professional game designers understand and implement dynamics from many different types of games, this Bootcamp will take students on a journey to explore ancient cultures, the games played, and how game were designed, using available technology and resources, and about the benefits game playing has within a society. Students will prototype and play games, as well as get hands-on experience creating their own original game, which they will keep.
Bootcamp attendees will learn the mechanics of game design, the creative process of designing a game, and practice what is learned when making a game. Attendees will design, build and decorate a game that will be tested and played. The Game Design Bootcamp will be held July 14-18, 2014 from 9am to 3pm daily, at Eastern Gateway Community College’s Pugliese Training Center. A Game Design Bootcamp T-shirt and a certificate will be provided to all participants upon completion. Bootcamp attendees will also be treated to a Pizza Party on the last day of the camp, in order to celebrate their successful and fun week. The fee is $325 per attendee.
The Bootcamp is being introduced as asupplement to the newly released Entertainment Technology Program through the Virtual Learning Academy (VLA). Through a partnership with Zulama, JCESC/VLA will serve as an exclusive provider of Zulama courses within the State of Ohio offering a variety of courses in: gaming, modern storytelling, digital art and mobile app and game design. The Bootcamp would be a great introduction to gaming, for those students that might be interested. For those students interested in furthering their learning in Entertainment Technology can do so with their school district using VLA.
The Jefferson County Educational Service Center Virtual Learning Academy is a cooperative, online
educational delivery system. It offers 100 full year and semester courses for students in grades K-12. Since
the organization began in 2001, the VLA staff is continually expanding the courses with the latest Web 2.0
Learning Tools to offer students the most fulfilling and engaging coursework available. With these new
additions and enhancements, VLA can provide 21st Century Skills to students, as well as meet the many
varied needs of student learners.
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