K-12 Online Learning Supplements
School is out, and we have no way of knowing with certainty when we will be able to educate our youth again in a traditional fashion. This means that the burden of making our youth as useful as possible to both themselves and to society in general is on both the parent and children’s shoulders more than ever before.
The advent of cyber education has made it possible to augment our intelligence and even self direct our own education and endeavors to acquire skills.
In this article, we will provide a summary of resources for learning subjects that are taught in traditional bricks and mortar schools. We will provide resources that can help prepare students for college entrance exams. We will also provide resources for skills that are not taught at traditional schools, but are considered valuable by employers.
Before continuing, I want to impress upon you that it is possible to become highly knowledgeable and useful without attending a traditional bricks and mortar institution. Take a look at the following names and their contributions.
The Wright brothers: Inventors “who achieved the first powered, sustained, and controlled airplane flight (1903).”
Benjamin Franklin: Inventor, writer, scientist, co-drafter of the US Constitution, diplomat
Abraham Lincoln: 16th president of the United States of America
John Rockefeller: Founder of the Standard Oil Company, philanthropist
None of them received a high school diploma.
Granted, these men are regarded as extraordinarily brilliant, but something else about them often gets overlooked. They took advantage of knowledge that was at their disposal. Cyber education resources today have put many resources at our disposal, those resources are low lying fruit you can pick from your living room. Will you become the next billionaire philanthropist? Who knows. But, it’s certainly in the realm of possibility to become useful and prepared for many jobs or for college as a result of cyber education.
Khan Academy is a non-profit that offers personalized learning in subjects typically taught in US elementary and high schools. There are also tools for parents, teachers, and mentors to encourage students, track their progress, and even homeschool children and teenagers.
Khan Academy can also be used to prepare for the SAT and other college entrance exams.
Students can learn math according to their grade, they can study sciences, arts and humanities, history, and more. Adult learners can also use Khan Academy for personal enrichment. Some of the subjects cover the same material that is covered in college such as calculus, economics, finance, or programming.
What’s more, is the fact that the educational content comes at no cost to the learner or parents!
Learners aged 13 and above have an unbelievable breadth of topics to choose from on Coursera. Courses are created by universities from all over the world. No entrance exams are required. Most courses may be taken for free and learners have access to all content. Courses are self paced. If learners want a certificate of completion or just wants to support the school or platform, they may choose to pay the fee for the certificate. Some of the courses do require a fee or subscription, but typical high school and many college level subjects are often free without a certificate of completion.
Students may also take courses for a particular skill or trade that employers find valuable and that may not be taught in high school or college. Some of these courses can also help prepare learners for a professional certification. For example, students wanting to get into IT can take the Google IT support course (paid, but financial aid is available).
Their paid courses or courses or courses that require a fee for a certificate of completion are often eligible for some form of financial aid.
Their courses can be used to supplement traditional learning, for personal enrichment, or just a way to keep learning while school is out.
Udemy has a mix of free and paid content for learning anything from academic subjects, to certification preparation, workforce training, and subjects for personal enrichment. Free courses are often introductory in nature, but can be used to learn basics and gauge (subjectively) a learner’s interest.
Paid courses are often more in depth and depending on the subject may be a great value. For example, a high school student who wants to learn office computer skills, programming, or some other hard skill before they go to college could take a udemy course and pay much less than what they might pay at a university or community college. The platform regularly has sales in which up to 95% discounts are offered. It’s not unusual to see a 40 hour course sell for $9.99.
Subjects for personal enrichment and exam preparation can be taken as well. For example, courses to learn Chinese and prepare for the HSK Chinese proficiency exam are sold on Udemy.
Nearly any subject taught in high school can be found on Udemy. They can be taken to supplement learning, prepare a student for college level work, or for fun!
https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/wright-brothers/online/who/1859/orville.cfm Orville Wright did not finish high school.
https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/wright-brothers/online/who/1859/wilbur.cfm Wilbur Write did not get a high school diploma.
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Benjamin-Franklin Benjamin Franklin’s formal education ended at the age of 10
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Abraham-Lincoln Abraham Lincoln’s formal education was no more than one year.
https://www.britannica.com/biography/John-D-Rockefeller John D. Rockefeller dropped out of Cleveland’s Central High School.