Fewer than half of the nation’s K-12 public school districts offer technology courses. It can be difficult to find educators with the appropriate skillset for teaching technology courses, and it can be a challenge to find effective curriculum to support student learning. Yet technology has become ubiquitous in the lives of today’s students. It is as essential as reading, writing, and arithmetic to prepare students for the future. Technology proficiency builds more than programming and coding skills; it builds critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills.
For that reason, beginning in January, Apex Learning is offering a suite of technology courses spanning coding, animation, and design. The new technology courses empower students to go beyond being tech users and become creators. Students use industry-standard tools to complete projects such as developing an iOS or Android app, creating a 3D video game, or designing a fashion collection.
- Project-based learning—In these courses, students are able to actually build an app, create a 3D video game, or design a fashion collection. In our quickly changing world, they are building critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will set them up for their futures.
- Industry-standard tools—Using the same tools as professionals (for example, Java for coding, Unity for game development, and Blender for 3D design), students gain real-world experience. Students will understand the real-world applications of these tools, which can put them on a future technology career path.
- Support from experts—Because many teachers may not have experience with the professional tools used in these technology courses, students can access support from experts online to ensure they can successfully complete their projects and coursework. Any student taking a course will be able to email, call, or chat online with experts if they need assistance.