Stay involved in learning this summer!

An on-going global pandemic caused the traditional academic year to end early for most schools across the nation. In response, both parents and educators quickly began navigating the new norm, seeking alternative methods to education. For many, the quick solution was virtual learning.

The start of the academic year this fall still poses many questions, but the more pressing question involves summer camp. What will summer camp look like this year?

States and counties across the US are slowly implementing their own re-opening strategies. Face-to-face summer camps may be possible for some. For others, virtual summer camps will be a safe alternative.

Virtual summer camps offer opportunities to students who might not have been able to attend in previous summers. Virtual also means that you don’t have to stay local anymore!

From tech camps, to STEM, Robotics, or reading camps, the options are virtually limitless!

There are countless virtual summer camps available for students of all ages.

K12 Inc. Summer Camp

This virtual summer camp is geared toward high school students who are interested in careers related to Business and Marketing, Healthcare, or Information Technology. Students can earn partial high school credits through this tuition-free opportunity! Click here to learn more.

Varsity Tutors

Varsity Tutors virtual summer camp is for K-12 learners. This camp offers virtual learning opportunities in a wide variety of subjects brought to you by expert instructors. Click here to learn more.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Although the official first day of summer is still a month away, many view the upcoming holiday, Memorial Day, to be the unofficial start of summer. The air gets warmer, the pools open, and the smell of hamburgers on the grill wafts through neighborhoods across the country.

You don’t have to wait until Memorial Day to start up the grill, though. In fact, the entire month of May has been celebrated as National Hamburger Month since 1993 when the infamous hamburger restaurant, White Castle, founded the holiday.

Teach your students to make the perfect hamburger!

In DEPCO’s Culinary Arts curriculum, students learn how to weigh and measure food, how to properly prepare the food, and then present the food in an interesting way. By using equipment and techniques similar to those used by actual culinary artists, students follow recipes to create simple foods that introduce them to this exciting field. Students also apply weighing and measuring skills, safety and sanitation guidelines, and creativity to the completion of recipes for quesadillas, cookies, soup, and even a basic oil and vinegar dressing. They also prepare the perfect hamburger! Click here to learn more about Culinary Arts.

A Time to Thank Our EMS Professionals

National EMS Week is a tradition dating back to 1974 when President Gerald Ford declared the third full week in May to be recognized as National EMS Week, a time to celebrate American EMS professionals’ dedication to serving their communities.

This year, May 17-23 marks the 46th annual celebration of National EMS Week. The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is dedicating each day during National EMS Week to the following themes:

  • Monday: EMS Education Day
  • Tuesday: Safety Tuesday
  • Wednesday: EMS for Children Day
  • Thursday: Save-A-Life Day (CPR & Stop the Bleed)
  • Friday: EMS Recognition Day

With an ongoing global pandemic, it is important now more than ever to continue to honor our nation’s healthcare workers.

Click here to learn more about how you can celebrate our nation’s EMS practitioners.

Teach First Aid & CPR

DEPCO’s First Aid and CPR curriculum offers students intensive computer-based training and hands-on skill practice in basic first aid and CPR procedures. First Aid and CPR prepares students to effectively deal with emergency scene management and render aid for a wide spectrum of injuries. Students cover infant, child, and adult CPR techniques. Training to treat cardiac emergencies using an automated external defibrillator (AED) ensures that students will be using the most current recommended procedures. Students follow safety guidelines and recommended protocols to provide first aid or CPR in accordance with accepted legal, ethical, and precautionary practices.

Click here to learn more about First Aid and CPR.

Third Annual Dental Care Month

Have you ever wondered how hard it would be to create a nationally recognized holiday? In 2017, Dr. Tim Stirneman and Jim Wojdyla pondered that very question. Turning thought into action, the two set out to create two new holidays: National Dental Care Month and National Smile Day.

Stirneman and Wojdyla began the application process with National Day Calendar, the company responsible for most of the nontraditional holidays we celebrate throughout the year – you know, like how we celebrate Grilled Cheese Day on April 12th.

Their application was accepted, and both National Dental Care Month and National Smile Day were celebrated for the first time in the Spring of 2018.

May 2020 will mark the third celebration of National Dental Care Month, while National Smile Day will be celebrated for the third time on May 31, 2020.

Do more with Dental Practices

In DEPCO’s Dental Practices curriculum, students are guided through many dental diagnostic procedures. Students study dental anatomy and physiology, follow universal precautions employed in the dental field, and implement communication and subjective evaluation techniques while addressing clients. Activities include dental hygiene assessment, plaque assessments, dental radiography, creating dental impressions, and performing dental bacteria cultures. Students also practice dental charting procedures using an industry standard practice management software.

Click here to learn more about the Dental Practices curriculum.

Celebrate photography in May

Since 1987, the month of May has been recognized as National Photography Month.

Why is photography so important?

Many would argue that it is because photography allows us to capture a moment in time and keep it forever. It doesn’t matter if you are preserving the memory of your grandmother on her 100th birthday or simply documenting that Instagram-worthy cheeseburger from your favorite local restaurant. The motive is the same. The photographer believes the moment, the person, the meal, to be worth remembering.

Today, digital photography has given more and more people the ability to capture moments in history, both big and small. Birthday parties, 4th of July celebrations, presidential elections, global pandemics – it can all be captured with the press of a button and saved for future generations to one day look back on.

This May, whether you’re a professional photographer or simply the owner of the latest smartphone, get out there and capture history!

Celebrate Digital Photography in the Classroom and Beyond

Digital cameras allow the photographic process to be fast, functional, and fun. In DEPCO’s Digital Photography curriculum, students take advantage of digital photography properties, such as instant viewing and editing capabilities, to acquire skills necessary to become a photographer in today’s job market. Students explore image enhancement software and are encouraged to apply and practice their newly developed skills by taking many pictures and creatively altering them to fit specific needs.

Click here to learn more about the Digital Photography curriculum.

Discover More about Your Pet’s Needs

This May, take the time to learn more about what you can do for your pet to ensure that they are living their best life.

Since 1981, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has sponsored National Pet Week during the first full week of May. National Pet Week is a time dedicated to celebrating pets and promoting responsible pet ownership.

Each day from May 3-9, 2020 is dedicated to a special theme.

  • Sunday: Choose well: Commit for life
  • Monday: Socialize now: New doesn’t have to be scary
  • Tuesday: Nutrition and exercise matter
  • Wednesday: Love your pet? See your vet!
  • Thursday: Travel with care
  • Friday: Emergencies happen: Be prepared
  • Saturday: Plan for their care: Give them a lifetime of love

Click here to learn about each theme.

Expand Your Knowledge of Veterinary Science

Do your students want to learn more about proper care for animals? DEPCO’s Veterinary Science curriculum explores the variety of careers available in the animal health care field. Students discover a wide range of skills and procedures from basic animal care and first aid to surgical procedures, suturing, and CPR. By using realistic trainers, students practice and explore many of the common skills used in the veterinary environment.

Some skills include

  • Proper venipuncture technique
  • Suturing and wound closure
  • Gauze muzzling techniques for both cats and dogs
  • Virtual dissection of a cat and pig for exploration and comparison of mammalian anatomy
  • Canine CPR

Click here to learn more about Veterinary Science.

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!

It’s hard to think that something positive can come from COVID-19, but it’s also undeniable; we all have a new love and appreciation for our teachers! How fitting is it then that the first full week in May is celebrated as Teacher Appreciation Week?

An otherwise normal academic year came to a halt when teachers were forced to abandon their classrooms in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. For some, this meant summer came early. For others, this meant navigating new challenges in education by providing alternative approaches to learning, such as virtual classrooms, for their students.

It hasn’t been easy, but teachers have continued to stand up to the challenge. If they couldn’t see their students virtually, they held parades, driving from house to house and waving to students from their cars. They left chalk art in students’ driveways just to let them know they miss them and they care. They called their students each week to see how they’re doing. Teachers may have been forced to abandon their classrooms, but they have not abandoned their students.

This year, the National PTA is challenging us to get emoji-tional and use emojis to share how we feel about our teachers.

Click here to learn more about how you can celebrate your teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.

Find the Library at Your Place

This week (April 19 – 25, 2020) is National Library Week, a week to celebrate and support American libraries. 

National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). The ALA had intended for this year’s theme to be “Find Your Place at the Library.” However, the COVID-19 global pandemic prompted a slight change. Instead, the ALA is encouraging you to “Find the Library at Your Place.”

With stay-at-home orders in place across the nation, digital content is in high demand. American libraries are stepping up to the challenge, providing ebooks, movies, virtual content such as virtual story-time, and much more. 

To learn more about how you can participate in National Library Week, click here

What is a makerspace? 

Commonly found in schools and libraries, a makerspace is an environment for creativity, exploration, collaboration, and learning. A makerspace might include legos, markers and crayons, cardboard, paper, glue, and scissors. It may also include sewing machines, 3D printers, or even laser cutters! 

A makerspace is simply an environment that encourages creativity. DEPCO offers a variety of makerspace kits that are perfect for the classroom! 

KANO

A computer anyone can make. Build apps, learn code, create the future, and it contains a Raspberry Pi 3 inside! Kano is powered by cutting-edge hardware and open-source software. Students develop projects  and games using the Scratch language. They also master textual programming techniques using the Python language.

DEPCO’s Programming Basics curriculum features the KANO and introduces students to coding using the Python and Scratch languages. To learn more about Programming Basics, click here

littleBits

littleBits makes a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small.

MakeyMakey

Makey Makey is a STEM kit that works exactly like a USB keyboard or mouse, sending keyboard (WASD, spacebar, etc) and mouse (left click, right click, etc) signals to your computer. Ever try controlling your computer with bananas? With the Makey Makey, you can! 

For a complete list of DEPCO’s makerspace kits, click here

National Nutrition Month: Sports Medicine

Don’t forget, March is National Nutrition Month!

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers the National Nutrition Month Campaign Toolkit — a toolkit complete with activities and other educational resources that promote a healthful lifestyle! 

You can find the toolkit here: https://www.eatright.org/food/resources/national-nutrition-month/toolkit

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Want to promote a healthful lifestyle beyond the classroom? Check out DEPCO’s Sports Medicine curriculum! 

This curriculum introduces students to a growing field in the health care industry that is creating many exciting job opportunities. 

Sports medicine is a circle of care that begins on the playing field, advances to treatment, progresses to rehabilitation, and returns to the playing field.

Students use hands-on activities that introduce them to proper stretching techniques, athletic taping, on-the-spot treatment of athletic injuries, rehabilitation, nutrition, and much more. 

To learn more about Sports Medicine, visit: https://www.depcollc.com/products/modules/sports_medicine.aspx

Online Learning Options with DEPCO

DEPCO Enterprises, LLC

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, school closures are increasing across the globe, causing educators to look for alternative methods to facilitate student learning outside the classroom.

DEPCO offers several distance learning solutions that students can use remotely in conjunction with free software, trial versions, or shared school software licensing agreements.

Allow DEPCO to assist in facilitating curriculum to your students by calling 800.767.1062 or emailing sales@depcollc.com.

Computer Animation

Animate means to bring to life, which is exactly what students do in this project-packed curriculum. Students bring objects and characters that they create or import to life using Adobe Animate CC. Along the way, they discover important movement principles, numerous animation techniques, and the functions of animation in today’s society.

To learn more about Computer Animation, click here.

Note: Adobe Animate CC is required to complete this curriculum. Adobe will be providing “at-home” access through May 31, 2020 to students who are enrolled in higher education and K-12 institutions that are existing Creative Cloud customers.

Culinary Arts

Students learn how to weigh and measure food, how to properly prepare the food, and how to present the food in an interesting way. By using equipment and techniques similar to those used by actual culinary artists, students follow recipes to create simple foods. Students also apply weighing and measuring skills, safety and sanitation guidelines, and creativity to the completion of recipes for quesadillas, cookies, soup, and even a basic oil and vinegar dressing.

To learn more about Culinary Arts, click here.

Desktop Publishing

In this curriculum, students will explore the field of desktop publishing. They will learn about the various tools and concepts used in this field. Students will also learn to create various documents while adhering to important publishing principles. After the students complete their publications, they will learn how to export their publications for various media.

To learn more about Desktop Publishing, click here.

Note: Adobe InDesign CC is required to complete this curriculum. Adobe will be providing “at-home” access through May 31, 2020 to students who are enrolled in higher education and K-12 institutions that are existing Creative Cloud customers.

Digital Video Production

In this curriculum, students will explore the history of film and the various uses for camcorders. They will discover various camera angles, movements, and shot techniques. Students will have the opportunity to make their own film projects using video editing software, as well as use their imagination to create an original children’s story and PSA. They will also learn all about film budgets and use problem-solving skills to work through various budgeting and filming scenarios.

To learn more about Digital Video Production, click here.

Note: Adobe Premier Elements is required to complete this curriculum. Adobe will be providing “at-home” access through May 31, 2020 to students who are enrolled in higher education and K-12 institutions that are existing Creative Cloud customers.

Finance

DEPCO’s Finance curriculum helps students develop the skills needed for making successful financial decisions. Students will be introduced to personal financial planning, budgeting, investing, credit, business management, and insurance protection. Students will learn to improve their decision-making skills, which will enable them to become more responsible consumers, producers, and business owners. Students will also be provided a better understanding of the importance of their financial decisions. 

To learn more about Finance, click here.

Note: Microsoft Excel is required to complete this curriculum. Office 365, which includes Excel and other programs, is available for free to eligible institutions.

Mastercam

Manufacturing is undoubtedly a driving force in the United States’ economy. Increasingly, industries related to manufacturing rely on competent and skilled designers, fabricators, and machine operators. In this curriculum, students learn the basics of the industry-standard Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software Mastercam. While learning how to manipulate the software, students are introduced to concepts such as coordinate positioning (both Cartesian and polar), determining efficiency ratings, the challenge of controlling splines, and the importance of speeds and feeds. This curriculum not only teaches the importance of accurate manufacturing, it also challenges students to have fun while they are learning.

To learn more about Mastercam, click here.

Programming Basics

DEPCO’s Programming Basics curriculum introduces students to the Kano Computer Kit which features the Raspberry Pi 3, a lightweight, powerful brain. Students use a uniquely designed operating system, Kano OS, as well as the Linux command line to complete visual programming techniques using the Scratch language and textual programming techniques using the Python language.

To learn more about Programming Basics, click here.

Note: The Scratch and Python interfaces are available as a free download.

SOLIDWORKS

The SOLIDWORKS program is used to design and document three-dimensional parts and assemblies. It provides two-dimensional and three-dimensional tools, creates quality products with fewer revisions, and efficiently manages the design process. In this curriculum, students will learn to draw, extrude, cut, fillet, and chamfer parts, and animate an assembly.

To learn more about SOLIDWORKS, click here.

Web Page Design

The invention of the internet fundamentally changed how the world gathers information and does business. With a few clicks of a mouse, any company in the world that has a web page is accessible, thereby eliminating distances that once hampered business transactions. The internet has made the world a global economy for essentially all businesses.

In this curriculum, students will learn about the history of the internet and the World Wide Web. They will be introduced to the common steps in the web page design process, and they will use those steps to complete an original web page using both HTML and CSS.

To learn more about Web Page Design, click here.

Note: Adobe Dreamweaver CC is required to complete this curriculum. Adobe will be providing “at-home” access through May 31, 2020 to students who are enrolled in higher education and K-12 institutions that are existing Creative Cloud customers.

Healthcare Data Management

In DEPCO’s Healthcare Data Management curriculum, students explore medical office career opportunities and develop essential skills while focusing on the medical office environment. 

Students learn how to interact with patients and manage healthcare information in an efficient and effective manner. Activities involve managing telephone calls, health insurance claims, and financial records. Students also practice scheduling appointments, preparing purchase orders, and much more.

To learn more about Healthcare Data Management, click here.

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