Saturday, March 15, 2014

How to Get Your K-12 Student to a 6 Figure Salary? (No singing, dancing, or super natural athletics required!)


Parents,


The summer is coming for good or for bad! We all have heard of the infamous "brain drain", but now is the time to put a plan in motion to prevent the educational loss. According to Gary Huggins, chief executive of the National Summer Learning Associationstudies show that kids lose as much as two to three months of math and reading skills over the summer, with the losses being more marked among lower-income kids.[1]   The million dollar question is how can you help your now cute little (or not so little) one be able to move on after high school into a stable career path that keeps them out of your house and wallet?

Did you know that African-American and Latino communities are still suffering disproportionately from higher unemployment rates?  The good news is that there are certain education and career paths that have:

 Great Career Benefits!
 The group of careers that offer these benefits are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)! And in the STEM arena, there are certain careers that have VIRTUALLY NO UNEMPLOYMENT, especially in the Computer Science and Technology fields, particularly in Computer Security. Do a quick search of "computer security" on www.indeed.com or Monster.com and you will  find there are too many jobs to count.

Regrettably the vast majority of our K-12 schools are NOT teaching our kids the computer science skills to make them viable in these high paying, low unemployment jobs! "U.S. students already significantly lag their global counterparts where math and science skills are concerned. But computer science is in even worse shape. Of 12 technical subjects examined in a recent study by the National Center for Education Statistics, computer science was the only one that declined in student popularity from 1990 to 2009."  [2]

Well if you have read this far, you are probably wondering how do I get my kid in on this racket? OK, great let me lay out an easy path for RIGHT NOW and this summer. Introduce them to the wonderful fun world of computer programming. How? You can't program? No problem, I taught myself 3 programming languages between 11 and 14. Parents just gave me a computer and encouragement. You probably have already given them a computer and Smartphone so they have half the equation.  Encourage them (along with their friends) to download these great FREE programming and web development languages and offer some incentives for them creating programs they show you. 


FREE Web Development / Programming Languages
Descriptions and FREE Download 
FREE Tutorial Links!
SCRATCH
Programming Languages


About: With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.
Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.
Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

Website & Download: scratch.mit.edu

Tutorials:
  1. http://www.scratchprogramming.org/
  2. http://learnscratch.org/
Google App Inventor


About: App Inventor lets you develop applications for Android phones using a web browser and either a connected phone or emulator. The App Inventor servers store your work and help you keep track of your projects.

App Inventor for Android is an open-source web application originally provided by Google, and now maintained by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It allows newcomers to computer programming to create software applications for the Android operating system (OS).


Website: http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/

Tutorials:
  1. http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/ai2/tutorials?
  2. http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/hour-of-code.html
Wordpress.com Blogging


What is a blog?

A blog is a collection of commentary posted on the internet. There are all different types of blogs including personal, corporate, political, podcasts, photographic, and more. Blog posts are typically displayed in reverse-chronological order with the latest posts at the top. Many blogs allow readers to comment on the blogger’s post, which can create a sense of community and encourage discussion.

What is WordPress.com?

WordPress.com lets you easily create your own blog and write about the things that interest you. It is a blogging community managed by makers of the open source WordPress software. WordPress.com blogs are free with the option of adding upgrades such as personalized domain names, custom CSS, video storage, and more.


Tutorials:
  1. Beginner WordPress Tutorial (Step By Step) – 2013 (80 Minute Youtube video)

  2. 56 brilliant WordPress tutorials http://www.creativebloq.com/web-design/wordpress-tutorials-designers-1012990

 
JavaScript programming


Explaining Java: Originally developed by Sun Microsystems and now maintained by Oracle, Java has become an increasingly crucial cog in the worldwide Internet. Each year, over 930 million downloads of Java Runtime Environment take place, according to java.com. An up-to-date installation of JRE 1.6 (Java 64 bit) offers performance, versatility and security that make it an absolute necessity for users of Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP.

All it takes is the free and simple download and subsequent install from this page. From that point forward, you will have the most up-to-date and stable version of Java software—Java 7. And best of all, as it works its magic in the background, you will never have to actively tinker with the Java program again.

Website & Download: Java Home Page

Tutorials:
  1. http://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Javascript-Fundamentals-Development-for-Absolute-Beginners
  2. http://www.adobe.com/devnet/html5/articles/intro-to-javascript-for-the-total-beginner.html 
  3. http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/755/JavaScript-For-Beginners

Great Summer Computer Programs!


Many programs offer scholarships, however they may be on a first come, first served basis so you should pursue NOW!

  1. FREE Library of Philadelphia - Ongoing FREE Beginner Computer Class, Open Computer Lab , Teen Time in Computer Lab, and E-Gadget Helpdesk  (click link here)
  2.  SEEK (Summer Engineering Experience for Kids)  by NSBE Jr. http://www.nsbe.org/seek.aspx
  3. The Franklin Institute Summer Camp (various STEM themed weeks) http://www.fi.edu/discovery/summer.php
  4. Summer Scholars Program, Rutgers University, New Brunswick Campus - http://summerscholars.rutgers.edu/?gclid=CPHV6qSXkL0CFY1xOgodwgIA0g
  5. Bernard Harris Science Summer Camp for Girls, Temple University (click link here
  6. Drexel University Programs for High School Students http://www.drexel.edu/engineering/resources/prosp_students/highschoolstudents/
  7. Emagination Summer Camp @ Villanova http://www.computercamps.com/index.html
  8. Univ. of Penn The School of Engineering and Applied Science Summer Programs http://www.seas.upenn.edu/education/summer-programs.php
  9. 2014 Summer Camps and Programs at Penn http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v60/n20/summercamps.html 

You do not have to be an entertainer or professional athlete in America to do well and have a comfortable life, but you must Be Prepared!  Help your student to develop IT skills and they will enjoy added confidence now, increased analytical prowess, and most certainly a great career in the future.

by Joel Wilson, President & CEO, JCW Computer Consulting, LLC
@JCWCC_IT TechPreneur / STEM Advocate / Aspiring Serial Entrepreneur 
www.JCWCC.com   fb: facebook.com/jcwcc   blog: News.JCWCC.com


[1] (http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/on-parenting/how-to-prevent-summer-brain-drain-tips-from-teachers/2013/06/04/32ca7de2-c14d-11e2-8bd8-2788030e6b44_story.html)

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