Getting Ahead in Computer Science

As the world becomes more digitalized, computer science is projected to grow faster than any other industry in the next 10 years. According to Randstad datasets, web developer is one of Canada’s Top 10 most in demand jobs in 2019.

So how do we as educators prepare high school students for high-powered jobs in the field? We expose them to software and web development, computer systems analytics, and teach them the basic languages of coding in various forms— and we do it through our online platform.

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Blyth Academy Online Teaches the Fundamentals of Computer Programming

Blyth Academy Online is an example of how computer programming is changing the way we learn and think. Through our digital platform, we offer students a robust catalogue of Grade 11 and 12 computer studies courses at their fingertips; including courses like Computer Studies ICS2O, Computer Science ICS3U & ICS4U, and exciting interdisciplinary courses like Data Literacy IDC3O, Data Science IDC4U, Artificial Intelligence IDC4U, and Blockchain Technology IDC4U.

Students have the flexibility to study online at their own pace at any time, anywhere. This dynamic approach to learning furthers knowledge and skills while providing an advantage in post-secondary education.

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Learning Computer Programming Online through Interdisciplinary Courses

Blyth Academy Online has introduced several computer-programming courses at the interdisciplinary level. Our most recent additions include the following courses:

Data Science
There is an incredible amount of information becoming available to us online, and the ability to effectively make use of that data is fast becoming one of the most important skills of the 21st century. We work with IBM’s Cognitive Class to offer a credit in Data Science. The course gives students the data literacy needed for great opportunities in Canada’s fastest growing job market.

Artificial Intelligence
Blyth Academy Online offers the first high school credit for Artificial Intelligence in Canada, making this exciting new field more accessible to students in Canada and around the world. Students learn how to use industry-level tools to train their own AI and use it to solve real-world problems.

Blockchain Technology
With the rise of blockchain technology, we are seeing new forms of digital commodities develop – such as cryptocurrency. Blyth Academy Online recently introduced a course in Blockchain Technology, which focuses on how digital information is distributed without being duplicated, and the effects it has on the way we create and communicate information.

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Computer Studies Courses Teach The Basics of Coding

Today, there are a variety of programing languages in circulation, and we curate our computer studies courses to address and teach the fundamentals of the most recognizable forms. Python is taught in AI, Data Literacy, and Blockchain, R is taught in Data Science, while JavaScript is taught in Data Science, and C+ in Computer Science. We recognize that E Sports is the fastest growing sports segment today, which is why we offer Game Maker Language (GML) in our Computer Science ICS3U course.

Blyth Academy Online’s digital learning platform is only made possible by the strides made in computer programming. We recognize the value in learning computer studies and the effects it has on the way we learn, think, and operate. Tackling computer science and programming through online courses in high school helps students narrow down their fields of interest and puts them one step ahead in post-secondary education.

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Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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