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Guide • August 30, 2012

First Day of School Guide 2012

Your nine-course syllabus for online education
  • ENGLISH LITERATURE

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    Small Demons
    If novels are tapestries of culture and references, this is the string factory. The site catalogues all the real-life people, places, and things in works of literature. Happy digging.

  • INTRO TO HISTORY

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    On This Day
    Read about important historical events that took place on the current date. Entries are short and snappy, but links to Wikipedia articles are included for further investigation.

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  • ASTRONOMY

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    Star Walk and Google Sky Map
    There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth. Star Walk for iPhone and Google Sky Map for Android let you hold your phone up to the night sky and learn about whichever ones are visible.

    Go to Star Walk and Google Sky Map

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE

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    TripLingo
    This family of 14 language apps for Android, iDevices, and Nook features slang, pronunciation, flash cards, and more. You’ll sound like a local in no time.

    Go to TripLingo

  • PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

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    Aviary
    A complete photo-editing app including useful tools (crop, auto enhance, and red-eye reduction) plus gorgeous filters and drawing capability. It’s even available on Facebook.

    Go to Aviary

  • BUSINESS 101

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    Turf Geography Club
    Take over businesses, run them profitably, and defend them from hostile takeovers. This insanely fun iPhone game turns the real world into your own real estate empire. With much less stress.

  • HOME ECONOMICS

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    How to Cook Everything
    New York Times food writer Mark Bittman walks you through even the simplest recipes, with prep guides, key ingredients, and plain language instructions. In other words, there’s no excuse not to make dinner.

    Go to How to Cook Everything

  • PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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    Wello
    Set up one-on-one virtual training sessions using the webcam on your computer or tablet. There are professional trainers for every discipline, including yoga, cardio, and strength training.

    Go to Wello

  • COMPUTER SCIENCE

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    Codeacademy
    A free, comprehensive way to learn everything from HTML and CSS to JavaScript and Python – even if those words don’t mean much to you now.

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