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The design of the IDMANN Summer Camp borrows very heavily from the fundamental design of our broader course offerings at IDMANN Institute. Most of the courses at IDMANN Institute focus on technical entrepreneurship and personal development. We believe that learning is not a phase in life but a way of life. Our course offerings endeavor to expose students to what they need to know, and equip them with the tools, confidence, and judgment, to continuously discover more for themselves. We teach our students to question and to probe, and most of all, to develop their own unique perspective on the world around them. IDMANN Summer Camp kickstarts this lifelong - and enjoyable - experience for our youngest students.

The IDMANN Summer Camp is broken into three major components, all of which are covered weekly in the program. They are:

Module I: Academic Development (10 hours per week)

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics

Module II: Professional Development (10 hours per week)

  • Professional Development Seminar
  • Group Research & Report Project
  • Public Speaking Seminar

Module III: Personal Development (5 hours per week)

  • Money Management & Personal Finance
  • Foreign Language Practicum

Due to the pan-geographic nature of our program (we offer the Summer Camp online across several regions and time zones), the academic development module (Mathematics and English Language Arts) is largely based on the Common Core Standard. Given that the Common Core Standard has been adopted by more than 80% of U.S. states and territories (including the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)), it provides the most broad-based framework for providing tutorial support to students.

Our personal and professional development modules are based on courses traditionally offered at IDMANN Institute (primarily in our College of General Studies (CGS)). For instance, the Foreign Language Practicum included in Module III is based on our International Language Program (ILP). The Money Management & Personal Finance course draws from our Professional Development Program (PDP). All these courses have been adapted to speak to younger students.

The courses offered in the IDMANN Summer Camp are outlined as follows:

 Module I: Academic Development (10 hours per week)

  • English Language Arts:
    • This is based on the English Language Arts curriculum defined by the widely adopted Common Core Standard for English Language Arts.
    • Each cohort is comprised of students with comparable language proficiency (by grade) and tutorial support needs.
    • Our English language blocks run for one hour, five times a week. (See typical weekly timetable below.) Each block is followed by at least a half-hour of break time.
    • Our focus is on providing revision and tutorial support for students so that they concretize the concepts learned during the school year, and improve their mastery of the language by reading, writing and grade-appropriate exercises.
  •  Mathematics:
    • Our offering is based on the mathematics curriculum defined by the widely adopted Common Core Standard for Mathematics.
    • Each cohort is comprised of students with comparable mathematical skills (by grade) and tutorial support needs.
    • Our mathematics blocks run for one hour, five times a week. (See typical weekly timetable below.) Each block is followed by at least a half-hour of break time.
    • Our focus is on providing revision and tutorial support for students so that they concretize the concepts learned during the school year, and improve their mastery of key mathematical concepts as demonstrated by completion of grade-appropriate exercises.

 

Module II: Professional Development (10 hours per week)

  • Professional Development Seminar
    • This is a career development seminar led by a trained career counselor. During the three blocks per week (1-hour each), students are guided in a discussion and exploration of their individual career aspirations. Periodically, actual practitioners of the given professions and career paths are invited to share their individual paths and professional experiences with the cohort.
    • Particular effort is made to bring in practicing professionals from fields that are of interest to the most students in the cohorts. 
  • Group Research & Report Project
    • This course will teach students how to research a topic, draft a position paper on the topic, and present it to an audience (see Public Speaking Seminar). It combines elements of research methodology, technical writing and (ultimately) public speaking.
    • Typically done in groups (but with individual presentations in their Public Speaking Seminar), students are assigned a video or similar content to watch and then formulate a position based on the assigned material. The deliverable is their writing which they then present in their public speaking seminar. The course is important for every student given that virtually every student entering the workforce will be required at some point to explore an issue and present their opinion or advice on the issue.
    • Given the time dedicated to the in-class technical writing review process, this subject is addressed in five blocks (1-hour each) per week. That allows sufficient time for each student to take turns (over time) reviewing their writing and receiving collective feedback.
  • Public Speaking Seminar
    • According to a recent survey, public speaking is the second most frightening experience to most people (close behind an intimate encounter with snakes). This course will prepare students (through a very practical process) for a lifetime of comfortable and confident public speaking.
    • Students will be required to write short pieces and then present them to their cohort. Under the guidance of an experienced instructor, the entire cohort will provide gentle feedback to each member with a view to encouraging better public speaking.
    • This subject is addressed in two blocks (1-hour each) per week. That allows sufficient time for each student to take turns (over time) making their presentations and receiving feedback.

Module III: Personal Development (5 hours per week)

  • Money Management & Personal Finance
    • Most people on earth are described by experts as 'financial illiterates'. While this may be a harsh description, it does allude to the disconnect between people's use of money and their understanding of its fundamental workings.
    • People start handling money at a relatively young age but are never taught what money is, how it really works, and how to manage it. Also the vital connection between spending habits and personal values is an understanding most people lack. This course will teach the students how to earn, manage, and retain their money so as to improve their personal finances.
    • The course will also address the common financial decisions faced by most people. It will address debt, interest rates, loan repayments and basic financial calculations. The culture of consumer credit (and credit cards) will be explored alongside student loans, mortgages, car loans (and resulting car notes) and similar matters of personal importance. In addition, the course will explore the personal culture of saving and how financial choices can impact other aspects of one's life.
    • This subject is addressed in one block (1-hour) each week.
  • Foreign Language Practicum
    • Most students desire to learn a second language but are unable to do so within the context of a busy school curriculum. This course in IDMANN Summer Camp enables students to get started on that journey in a comfortable and supportive environment, surrounded by other students of comparable skill, all from the comfort of their homes.
    • Students may wish to learn a language because of professional aspirations or cultural ties. Other students feel a certain affinity for a certain culture and want to reinforce that connection by learning the language. No matter the motivation, this course provides an introduction to a number of  languages. Our focus is on languages that have significant geographic and/or cultural span but are typically under-represented in many educational systems.
    • For obvious reasons we cannot offer all the languages students may wish to learn but our selection covers a broad geographic and cultural base from which most students should be able to find a language of interest.
    • Due to scheduling constraints, students can only sign up for one language during the summer camp. While we make every effort to assign a student their first choice of a language, a small number may have to default to a second or third choice.
    • The following introductory languages are offered during Summer Camp 2020 (in alphabetical order) - Arabic; Chinese (Mandarin); Creole (Haitian);  Hebrew; Igbo; Patois (Jamaican); Russian; and Swahili.
    • This language practicum is covered in four blocks (1-hour/block) each week.

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