Last night, late, one of my former students reached out to me via Facebook Chat. Nice to hear from him, and we had a short conversation. He is wanting to go back to school but is pretty tied down right now. So, I mentioned he could learn online and self teach. Well, I'm taking it a step further, and I'm guiding it. Anyone is welcome to jump in. I'm going to find a way to get some advertising dollars out of it, and if you do get some work, it would be nice if you toss some money or work my way.
Here's what you get out of it. I've taught this stuff for over 25 years. I tutored when I was in college, and taught in a local school district for 23 years. I have a master's degree in teaching online and with computers from UNT, and I wrote curriculum for that same school district and it is still in use. For the past two years I've been teaching web design and computer science for Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. I've also written some courses for them.
Here's what I get out of it. I need a refresher of my technology skills. I'm more driven to accomplish that if I've helping others. Just my makeup. So feel free to play along. I might take side journeys now and then but I'll be here.
Just comment here if you need help, and we'll find a channel to communicate. Which ever works for both of our styles.
You don't even have to play along at the same speed. You find this two months from now and you want to jump in go for it.
By the way, there are lots of people out there that will be happy to take your money, either now or later. I don't like the idea of that. I'm against private colleges, though University of Phoenix seems to do well, and I've known people who teach for them. If you can sit in a classroom for the equivalent of four years, I recommend a good public university, UTD and UNT are my favorites. You get a lot out of that, mostly the proof that you can complete a four year project following someone else's guidelines. There are scholarships out there, even more after you get a semester or two under your belt.
Stay far, far away from the diploma mills. We've already had a local one shut down and leave people hanging.