If you love fashion, architecture, game, graphics, or interior design, this class is for you. All design has the same basic principles at the core, and you’ll learn about how to use the elements and principles of design to design a Doc Martens boot, a skateboard, a tee shirt, and more!
Online drawing is a course for the beginning drawer. The course covers introductory concepts that will help beginners learn skills to improve their drawing abilities. Additionally, the course covers the elements and principles of design, color theory and art history. Standard semester course, .5 credits; however, course can be shortened to accommodate students working on a quarter or trimester credit. Students will be placed in groups within the course based on their credit needs.
The Intermediate Chess course reviews and builds upon the foundations that were laid in the Introduction to Chess course (a prerequisite). The course teaches new strategies, how to better begin your chess games, new and more difficult checkmating patterns, how to better finish off your opponent, how to use chess engines to become a stronger player, provides opportunities to analyze chess situations, and also reviews many of the standard chess openings known throughout the chess world. The course ends with a final project that allows the student to participate in a chess tournament or do their own independent research on a specific chess opening.
EmpowerU – An elective course to build student resilience, persistence and success.
Northern Star Online is excited to partner with EmpowerU to bring a proven, data-driven SEL curriculum to students in an effective and meaningful way. Now more than ever, students need support and skills to engage, learn and focus. We help them do that in a credit-bearing course.
EmpowerU equips students with the skills to build persistence, resilience and success by pairing interactive daily lessons with 1:1 support from dedicated online instructors. These instructors serve as life coaches and personalize the course content to apply to each student’s goals and barriers.
Over 93% of students who complete EmpowerU report increased confidence and wellbeing, and make meaningful progress towards their goals.
It has been proven that effective SEL programs increase student’s academic performance, classroom behavior, stress management, and attitudes.
High School (9-12)
EmpowerU high school Tier 2 program functions as a high school MTSS SEL semester intervention for students who need additional support.
Students complete daily online skill-building lessons using the online portal. These lessons help them master critical SEL concepts and coaching skills.
Each day, students receive personalized coaching by their 1:1 EmpowerU instructor through the online portal (text/email).
Program includes curriculum (six units, 44 lessons) , student portal access and six hours of 1:1 coaching. Final pre and post data is reported for each participating student, as well as overall school data.
Middle School (6-8)
This course functions as a middle school MTSS SEL semester intervention and is designed to be used for students who need additional mental health support.
Students use guided study or target time to complete six units of daily middle school SEL skill-building lessons using the online portal. These lessons help them master critical SEL concepts and coping skills.
Each day students also exchange asynchronous text and email messages through the online portal for personalized coaching with their EmpowerU instructor
Program includes curriculum (6 units, 34 lessons), student portal access, six hours of 1:1 coaching. Pre and post data is reported for each participating student, as well as overall school data.
This course is designed for any individual with an interest in learning about the game of chess. The first half of the course starts with some early chess history and focuses mainly on the basics of the game (the board, the pieces, and how to play). No prior knowledge of chess is required. After learning how to play chess, students learn how to read and write chess notation and are given the opportunity to play chess both online and with someone they know.
The second half of the chess course is designed to make the student a better chess player. It teaches various tactics and strategies such as forks, pins, skewers, discovery, attraction, gaining pieces, and how to checkmate with specific chess pieces. In addition, the course also covers the basic understanding needed for playing in a chess tournament, provides opportunities to explore local/national/global chess organizations, and presents multiple lessons in chess history. A final research project on a chess topic is required.
Computer Programming A is the first course in programming. It uses the Java programming language to introduce students to the foundations of all computer programming. Students learn about basic output, working with variables, basic input, mathematics in programming, and basic control methods. Student who would like to continue to learn more programming concepts are required to complete this entire course before they can take the Computer Programming B course.
Have a Facebook account? What about Twitter? Whether you’ve already dipped your toes in the waters of social media or are still standing on the shore wondering what to make of it all, learning how to interact on various social media platforms is crucial in order to survive and thrive in this age of digital communication. In this course, you’ll learn the ins and outs of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and more. You’ll also discover other types of social media you may not have been aware of and how to use them for your benefit—personally, academically, and eventually professionally as well. If you thought social media platforms were just a place to keep track of friends and share personal photos, this course will show you how to use these resources in much more powerful ways.
Do you dream of owning your own business? This course can give you a head start in learning about what you’ll need to own and operate a successful business. Students will explore creating a business plan, financing a business, and pricing products and services.
In today’s world, photographs are all around us, including in advertisements, on websites, and hung on our walls as art. Many of the images that we see have been created by professional photographers. In the digital photography courses, students will learn creative photographic skills and processes. Students will build a portfolio of work and explore the fields of photography and graphic arts.
Digital Photography A teaches creative photographic skills and processes. Students will build a portfolio of work and explore the fields of photography and graphic arts.
Digital Photography B will examine various aspects of professional photography, including the ethics of the profession, and examine some of the areas that professional photographers may choose to specialize in, such as wedding photography and product photography. We will also learn more about some of the most respected professional photographers in history and we will learn how to critique photographs in order to better understand what creates an eye catching photograph.
This course will give students an understanding of the basic accounting procedures used to operate a business. The accounting procedures presented will also serve as a sound background for employment in office jobs and preparation for studying business courses in college.