Two New Courses: Introduction to Computer Science Principles and Spanish 3
The National Education Association reports that employers need workers who can speak another language but as the need for foreign languages in school grows, access continues to shrink. The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.), a non-profit empowering schools with the industry’s best online learning programs, is helping to change this trend by developing courses that increase student engagement and proficiency in world languages. Its newest offering, Spanish 3, along with other VHS offerings including Russian Language and Culture and Mandarin Chinese Language and Culture, help students be better prepared to contribute to our increasingly global workforce.
Also in keeping with student preparation for the 21s-century workforce, VHS is now offering a new semester-long, Introduction to Computer Science Principles course. The course gives students an introduction to programming as well as in investigation into computer security concerns and defensive measures – critical information in our technological society.
Both new courses will be available in the fall 2017 semester. Fall registration for all courses is currently open, and the fall semester begins on September 6.
Spanish 3 builds on the skills students developed in VHS’ Spanish 1 and 2 courses. The first semester will begin with a review of Spanish 1 and 2 skills, and as the year progresses, students will participate in discussions related to cultural topics and other course materials, listen to authentic Spanish audio and video files, practice reading authentic and relevant materials and engage in collaborative projects. All vocabulary units and student projects directly correspond to at least one of six themes outlined by the College Board. Throughout the course, students will gain insight into Spanish and Hispanic cultures and discuss relevant and engaging subject matters.
Introduction to Computer Science Principles
This course provides students with a overview of the world of computer science and its technologies. Students will begin by exploring computational systems, including hardware, software and data interpretation. They will then study connectivity and communication on the Internet and the World Wide Web, gaining a basic understanding of computer networking, big data and digital media. Students will also investigate security concerns such as individual identity theft, mail and network hacking, virus attacks and defensive measures. This course also features an introduction to computer programming using Scratch as a primary tool for developing interactive games, menu systems and animations. Throughout the course, students will be presented with a variety of challenges to address, to uncover the approach and use of technology to solve problems. Through discussion and evaluation, students will gain a greater understanding and a true appreciation for ethical dilemmas and proper conduct in the computer science field. In the final weeks, students will explore the vast opportunities and associated skills for future careers in technology.
“Today’s workers collaborate with colleagues around the globe as a standard practice. Knowing more than one language can greatly boost your chances of success in the modern job market,” said Carol Ribeiro, President & CEO of VHS. “Furthermore, study in computer science is valuable for students because it helps develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary not just in the technology field, but in every career.”
About The Virtual High School
The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.) is an online learning pioneer. Since 1996, the nonprofit organization has set the standard for quality online education. VHS provides middle and high school online courses for students and professional development for educators. The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development, individualized course offerings, and support for blended learning initiatives. VHS design and delivery standards are the model used by the National Education Association in their recommended standards for online learning. The organization has won numerous awards, including the Stockholm Challenge Award for Global Excellence in Information Technology and is a three-time winner of the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) award for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices. For more information, visit www.VHSlearning.org or call (978) 897-1900.
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