|Professional Development News|
Would you like to be a movie maker and have your movie premiered in Charlotte? Then get working on this contest! http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/News/Pages/CamNewtonFoundationlaunchesvideocontesttoboost.aspx
Cam Newton School Spirit Video Contest instructions:
This is a monthly contest from now until March so keep your video to enter again. If chosen, you can have dinner with Cam Newton!
If you don't know how to edit or upload a video, see this link for how to make and share video
Good Luck and see Ms. Gurthie if you want any help or advice!
You modern kids are NO JOKE! I just learned a ton from a 12 year old who is a specialized front-end developer already so here are his recommendations if you want to know about coding.
basics of coding - Computer Programming readiness:
Code Academy- a fun way to learn how to code and you can do it with your friends! http://www.codecademy.com/#!/exercises/0
Learn to make Apps
TOP 10 Computer Science Recommendation from QUORA.
Muhamed Halilovic, Developer -
1. GitHub - thousands of projects with their code, examples, etc. - invaluable for your projects, school, work or life as a software/CS engineer.
2. Stack Overflow - answers to thousands of questions on all kinds of topics related to programming, work, math, software, etc. (You can also answer, and it has Careers 2.0 (invitation only after you answer and gain points) similar to LinkedIn which you can leverage to find software/cs jobs).
3. Khan Academy - math, statistics, economics - everything you missed out on in college and high-school and wanted to re-learn, re-visit, etc.
4. tutorialspoint.com - has easy-to-follow tutorials on major topics in programming and cs concepts, which you can cover in hours and literally be an expert in amongst your peers.
5. TopCoder - MONEY, recommendations, algorithms, experience (I wish I knew about TopCoder while in College). There is rarely a website that can do so much for you as TopCoder can.
6. Hacker News - The only place you need to follow when it comes to latest news on technology, whats hot, whats cooking, etc. Thats the place where all other hackers come to get and post the news.
7. No Excuse List - This lists out all the major places on the web for courses, materials, and other stuff CS people need and basically empowers you to learn anything and everything you ever needed/wanted. You simply have no excuse anymore as to why you didn't know or learn something.
8. http://www.businessballs.com/ - Place to learn economics/buisness/job/work terminology and about starting your business, organizing your time, people skills, people management and utilizing your knowledge to finally start making money out of it. All sorts of tools and general knowledge which you will need at some point in your life. Everything you should know about business, management and stuff that no one teaches you at college, but you find out you really need to know later on in life when you want to create your own startup/business or as such.
9. Memory Improvement Tips - How to Improve Your Memory - website you need to learn about your brain and how to improve your focus, memory, etc - website I would use in combination with this book: Your Memory : How It Works and How to Improve It: Kenneth L. Higbee Ph.D.: 9781569246290: Amazon.com: Books - it teaches you how to memorize, what affects your memory, focus, etc. I wish I knew about these things in college. If you follow what is taught in this - you could probably become sort of an "Einstein" in your college/school as well later on when you start working.
10. http://www.quora.com/ - The place where you find out about answers like this one :).
Your fellow Piedmont Student Duncan says the best way to code is to sit down one on one with a coder and begin coding with word doc and made a website by typing in code and being amazed that something else will pop up on the other side. Sites he uses:
KNOW YOUR STRENGTHS Test Links:
There are lots of kinds of leaders.
Some young people are born leaders. You probably already know if that is you. People tend to listen to you, to do what you say. YOu are probably good in a crisis.
Some people lead with bravery. They
These skills can be developed if you don't have them but I want to share with you my advice for leadership if you don't have it already.
I use a backward method of leadership that is based on my own knowledge of what is my greatest gift and strength in myself and committment to what I am passionate about. I am who I am and in being me I inspire others to be the best in themselves and to stop hiding.
I used to do that with my students. I would recognize, name and develop their strengths as a way to minimize their weaknesses.
Now I will try to give it to you via this post. Here's what to do:
Now act on those answers. Be awake and aware looking for ways to help others because the best way to know yourself is to forget yourself and act.
Servant Leadership is this new buzzword. You have to know what you are good at in order to serve.
Do not fear failure. Part of being a leader is being willing to fail and knowing that all great leaders have failed many times before success even at their greatest strengths:
Hey students! Are you interested in writing fiction? Are you looking to improve your craft? I would suggest blogging your stories and inviting comments. You can't be sure your comments will always be helpful, but if not you can always delete them. To get started if you want to post links to your work here in the comment section feel free!
A Great Starting Spot:
Resources to Spark Your Imagination:
Fiction Contests to Enter
Places to share and read other fiction wriiting:
How to find good things to read on the internet
Reading:Fun stuff to read that's also intelligent:
The best way to increase your skill is to read things just a little harder than you usually do. In fact, if you really like what you are reading it can be plenty harder than what you usually read so...
Learn Language and general topics:
This is Ms. Gurthie's place for students at Piedmont and elsewhere to find resources to fuel their passions. Besides making fun lesson ideas for teachers, I wanted this space to provide PD for students too!