Author Archives: Nic

Make Tiny Films (Nic)

Several hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every second. Being able to express oneself well in video may soon be as important a skill as being able to express oneself well in writing. Let’s do it!

(My credentials: prior to working at PSCS, I made a living as a video editor and producer.)

In this course, we’ll focus on generating a lot of product. Make stuff, talk about how to improve it, then make more stuff. You won’t make a perfectly polished work of art, but you will make a lot of short pieces.

We’ll start with very short pieces, and work up from there. There will be assignments ranging from instructional to narrative to abstract. Nothing you turn in will be longer than 60 seconds.

You’ll need something to shoot video (a phone is fine) and something to edit video (chances are we can find some adequate free software that will work on your laptop). Nothing fancy.

Each week will include some limited synchronous discussion and instruction, some asynchronous time watching and giving feedback on your peers’ work, and time to make your own work. You will likely have to spend some time beyond scheduled class hours shooting and editing your stuff.

Math: 1x/week sync (Nic)

Sticker this math class if you want the same structure in winter term as you had in fall term. I will sort you into sections (Prealgebra, etc.) based on what I know of your skill level. See below for more info.

Winter term “Math With Nic” will have two options, differing only in the amount of synchronous class time:

  1. Continue with the 1x/week group synchronous sessions, and leave an hour in your class schedule for async work
  2. Participate in synchronous group work 2x/week, and find your own time for async work

I will continue to use the synchronous sessions to develop your sense of the beauty and fun of math, solving puzzles, playing games, and—for the 2x/week folks—developing some projects. (For those of you skeptical that this is “real math”: we’ll be working on the eight standards for mathematical practice.)

In both cases, you will still be expected to do self-paced asynchronous work to learn and practice new skills.

And while I still think that ~4 total hours/week is a good target for math learning, most of you this past term showed that you weren’t willing/able to manage that. I’ll work one-on-one to set appropriate individual goals for the self-paced work.

 

Math: 2x/week sync (Nic)

Sticker this math class if you want more synchronous time in winter term than you had in fall term. I will sort you into sections (Prealgebra, etc.) based on what I know of your skill level. See below for more info.

Winter term “Math With Nic” will have two options, differing only in the amount of synchronous class time:

  1. Continue with the 1x/week group synchronous sessions, and leave an hour in your class schedule for async work
  2. Participate in synchronous group work 2x/week, and find your own time for async work

I will continue to use the synchronous sessions to develop your sense of the beauty and fun of math, solving puzzles, playing games, and—for the 2x/week folks—developing some projects. (For those of you skeptical that this is “real math”: we’ll be working on the eight standards for mathematical practice.)

In both cases, you will still be expected to do self-paced asynchronous work to learn and practice new skills.

And while I still think that ~4 total hours/week is a good target for math learning, most of you this past term showed that you weren’t willing/able to manage that. I’ll work one-on-one to set appropriate individual goals for the self-paced work.

 

Constitutional Law, Continued (Nic)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

 

 

 

 

Open only to participants from the fall term course.