educateONE : The Successful Results

Millions of school-age students in America live in poverty. You don’t have to teach in a high-end urban area or a rural region to teach students who are from a poor family.

Economically disadvantaged students sometimes have a difficult time with succeeding in school. One of the most unfortunate results of their economic struggles is that students often drop out of school, or choose a low waged job to afford the luxuries they have been denied instead of an education.

At Knodemy, we believe that education should know no boundaries. We believe in educateONE to transform lives. Thus, we embarked on the educateONE campaign: for a total of 50 shares (of educateONE posts) on Facebook, we promised to deliver a lesson to children in undeserved areas. With the help of all of our fans, we were able to not only meet, but exceed our campaign goals.

Here are the results:

Testimonial 1: “The tutor explained very well, he was very thorough walking us through the problem. I really liked that he drew the geometrical figures for us to see on the whiteboard.” – Lorena

We delivered the lesson in partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Center (HHC) from Livermore, CA. The lessons took place at the local library and all the students were in seventh grade from Junction K-8 School.

We delivered the lesson in partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Center (HHC) from Livermore, CA. The lessons took place at the local library and all the students were in seventh grade from Junction K-8 School.

Testimonial 2: “I liked it. He didn’t see me, but I could see him, and that made me feel more comfortable to ask him a question or to have it explained again. He explained the concept differently than my teacher but I got it.” – Stephania

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Testimonial 3: “It was cool (esta bien chido!) the way he drew the picture of the problem on the whiteboard. Interesting.” – Jose

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Spring Break Essentials

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It’s almost that time of the year to begin packing for that short, yet refreshing, one week vacation we all know as Spring Break! Most young children usually go on small trips to grandma’s house or even in a neighboring state with their families, but what if you are over 18? Or perhaps a college freshman ready to take on their first real spring break mini-vacation with friends? What should be in your tiny suitcase for that one special week? Here are some tips of important must-haves in everyone’s travel bag.

First off, make sure you have a sturdy, durable suitcase or travel bag. No one wants their luggage bursting open in the middle of an airport or hotel lobby.

If you are traveling abroad, especially for the first time, make sure you have the proper visas and a passport. Some countries may provide tourist visas when you arrive in the airport, others will require you to obtain one several weeks beforehand, so check the embassies of the countries you wish to visit to be fully prepared. If you are unsure of what to do in a new country, a guidebook for the prospective location is always a good option. A power adapter is also a good choice if you plan to do some cell phone or laptop charging.

If visiting a foreign country, research the currency exchange so you can be prepared with a budget.

Make sure to always carry plenty of water with you to keep hydrated for those hot weather destinations and bring along protective sun gear such as large beach hats, sunscreen, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the harmful rays.

Last but not least, bring a digital camera (or a polaroid camera) to take plenty of pictures of you, your friends, the scenery, and all the good memories you’ll make. Every spring break is different, so making memories will help you relive those fun times over and over.

– SuzannaKnodemy tutor

Knodemy’s Code Academy

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At Knodemy, we want to redefine the meaning of ‘camp’ for the 21st century, which is why we’re offering a state-of-the-art Code Academy program for ages 11+. Learn computer programming, game design, app development and interactive web design. We want kids to kick-start their dream jobs and gain a competitive edge for college starting now.

Knodemy’s built in whiteboard allows students to learn coding at any time of the day virtually from the comfort of their home or their dorm room. Using a code editor, both student and the instructor can write and debug the code in real time, allowing the student to see the results instantly. Code Academy offers three different programs for students:

One-on-One: This course is customized with a learning environment where the curriculum is tailored to the needs of the student. The first “Hour of Code” is completely free and the students will be taught any programming language that they wish to learn. knodemy offers HTML5 and JavaScript as the core languages but any other language can also be needed based on the needs of the student. All classes will be virtual and students will get a chance to work on a project under the supervision of the instructor.

Girls Code Camp: The future is here and we don’t want to leave any girl behind. This program offers girls from 6th – 12th grade an opportunity to get comfortable with computer science education. The four week long program (2hrs/week) includes project-based learning and allows students to build real world software in a fun and a collaborative environment. Students gain confidence as well as explore a potential future in this field.

Code Camp: Knodemy Code Camp is offered on a weekly basis for students interested in learning HTML5 and JavaScript. The camp can accommodate up to five students at a time. For any additional unused spots, camp is donated to a student from an underserved community sponsored by knodemy, through knodemy’s educateONE program (http://www.knodemy.com/educateone.php).

Students have an option to chose a scheduled camp or they can opt for a flex camp schedule by choosing the dates that work best for them. The flex camp schedule works best for a group of students who want to bring their friends and learn together. Students create projects while collaborating in a fun and engaging virtual environment.

This program involves a small group of similar students building the critical 21st century STEM skills. You’ll learn the basics of JavaScript and HTML5 through fun activities and hands on development in an online virtual classroom. You’ll get a chance to collaborate, design, and build an interactive website in an engaging and fun environment.

Beginner or advanced, you’ll get inspired by our energetic, tech-savvy instructors. So sign up and get ready to create something great!

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Should Students Have to Wear School Uniforms?

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There has been much debate amongst students in various countries regarding school uniforms; and of course, opinions vary. Some claim it to allow students to learn in an “equal” environment, without the distraction of provocative clothing, while others say it is a form of constraint, not allowing a student to express themselves.

In the US, it is common to see students of all ages wear their own clothing. Some public elementary schools still have student uniforms until middle school age (about 11), and then the student moves on from a uniform to using their own pieces of clothing.

In my opinion, the elementary uniforms were a bit uncomfortable and not as stylish as private school uniforms. The US is known for wanting to express individuality, thus resulting in such free form of fashionable expression. But does it really help a student to be unique or does it set a ground for distraction, or even bullying?

In other countries around Asia and Europe, the school uniform is highly admired not only for it’s practicality, but also for it’s stylish appearance. The typical high school uniform is among one of the most fashionable outfits in countries such as Korea and Japan. Many people wear it on many occasions other than school, such at music videos, or just out in public for show. Although since many students in these countries wear the same uniforms all over, it has caused some to have unwanted attention because of the outfit.

It seems there are both pros and cons to either party whether you choose to go for a cute uniform or wear your own unique pieces of clothing. What’s your opinion on school uniforms?

– SuzannaKnodemy tutor

Activities Outside the Classroom

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Some students have multiple hobbies outside of school hours such as music, video games, or even exercise. But what if you’re looking for a hobby that pertains to your major or future job interests? Well, here’s tip for a unique hobby if you are either a Science major, Art major, or even in some cases, a Business major: Soap Making.

Yes, Soap Making. What is so unique about it and how does it pertain to these three subjects? First, science plays a big part in the hobby of Soap Making because you are basically utilizing quite a few intricate chemicals and oils. It can be a bit hazardous, so parental supervision is required if you are underage; otherwise, you get a small taste of playing mad scientist by mixing up chemicals such as Sodium Hydroxide, countless base oils, and plenty of different colorant micas and fragrances. Sound like a fun science project right?

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The images of these beautiful soaps speak for themselves in an art sense. There are not only countless color combinations for soaps, but you can use a wide variety of molds to give your personal creations a unique shape. Besides shape and color, other ways you can uniquely create these soapy masterpieces is my adding smaller soap inserts or even natural botanicals. The possibilities are really endless when it comes to soap designs.

Now how does this hobby pertain to Business majors? Speaking from personal experience as a Business student, I picked up the hobby of Soap Making about a year ago and created my own small business of selling soap and other bath products. This Soap business has helped me to experience all aspects of small businesses such as pricing, supply and demand, stock, selling, customer service, business management, and pretty much every other corner of the business life you can think of.

Having a unique hobby such as Soap Making can help you find what subjects you like (or don’t like). It can help you practice and improve your skills in the respective subjects. If you perhaps like more than one subject, this hobby also comes in hobby. You can let out your inner artistically scientific business self!

– SuzannaKnodemy tutor

Coding for Girls

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Today we’re going to build upon what we started last week. Technology is everywhere. No matter what field you choose to be in, you will need to understand technology and connect with it closely. So, is there any question that learning to code today is much like learning Science or Math? We don’t think so.

Coding is a language. A tool set that allows you to bring ideas to the table, but moreover, turn those ideas into a reality.

Enter girls who code. Girls who are exposed to coding early on have a greater chance at innovating in the future. Trying to close the gender gap in tech also starts by nurturing the next generation of girls.

According to the U.S Department of Labor, women hold less than 25% of STEM jobs, and only 19% of students enrolled in AP Computer Science courses are female. In response to this, Knodemy has created a program especially for girls. Knodemy’s Girls Who Code initiative will extend beyond the typical coding class, and provide a stimulating environment for students seeking more hands-on involvement. Knodemy is eager to provide exposure to girls by creating a fun and collaborative environment because we believe the next generation of female entrepreneurs will be fearless, and will take technology to the next level.

So what’s in it for girls who code?

1. Empowerment – Encouraging girls to code gives them empowerment to put these skills to use for many reasons including economic opportunity, giving back to the community, and much more. Besides, the ability to communicate with computers and technology is probably one of the best super-powers one could have.

2. Employment – Web development jobs are growing by the second and programmers are high in demand; the skills needed for these positions are easily transferable and application to almost any other industry. In fact, if you possess a hot skill (like coding) that many of your peers lack, you instantly appear more desirable in the eyes of potential colleges and employers.

3. Child Development – As parents and/or educators of the next generation of students, we can positively influence the choices and options that young people have as they pursue further education and career opportunities.

4. Fun – While programming is logic-based, it’s also an extremely creative activity. If you know how to code, you can develop apps, video games, web sites, and more! Don’t be intimated by the stereotypes you hear about. Take this opportunity to prepare for the future, while achieving your dreams.

The Art of Cooking

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As much as some people may or may not love cooking, I’m sure we can all agree that we absolutely love food! We love how it tastes, we love how it looks (as you can see on Instagram), and we love how it makes our tummies warm after we finish eating. Cooking teaches us how to multi-task and appreciate foods from other cultures.

In some countries, food is an art form where presentation and appearance is just as important as how good it tastes. Take Japan for instance, the Japanese are well known for their very creative styles and designs of the infamous Bento box. It takes lots of time and patience to create such detailed pieces of food. Just as their are cook books to make simple meals, their are also books on how to create daily cute and creative bento box meals.

One form of cooking art known in the USA are the amazing food plates designed specifically for the Oscars awards show held in Hollywood, CA which has just recently past last week. Famous chefs that cook for the famed show have expressed that food has to be not only appealing to the palate but to the eyes as well because when you see a good looking plate, you already have the expectation that it will taste delicious as well.

It’s not hard at all to create such beautiful masterpieces for the average small kitchen cook. All it takes is a bit of patience and creatvity. Of course, Google helps a lot when you search for images for creative eye-catching dishes.