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Explore gap years and the benefits of taking one. The official blog of Worldly: The Virtual Online Gap Year program.

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Can the Government Do This?

Can the Government Do This?

I know you are hoping for an anti-government screed about intrusion, listening posts, black helicopters, and Amazon listening devices connected to NSA data banks, but, no this is a different question. Can the government make decent videos about what different careers...

The List – What We Do at Worldly

The List – What We Do at Worldly

It got to me this morning - strong coffee, sunshine, and a cool breeze finally relaxed my mind enough to get all the ideas that have been swimming around the slosh of jelly in my head down in one place. So, here goes nothing. The Features and Services of Worldly XP:...

Can I Learn Online?

Can I Learn Online?

In the spring of 2020, almost every school and university in the United States (and many around the world) resorted to online learning amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It was new territory for many kids - especially grade-school students - who had never before utilized...

Free Online News Material – Is it For You?

Free Online News Material – Is it For You?

When scouring the web for student resources, I was reminded that the NY Times has a huge section for students - meant to be used by teachers - to create assignments. Free online news material is everywhere. Not all of it is good. News and information that is...

Fall? What Fall?

Fall? What Fall?

Not much is known about what school systems are planning for the fall of 2020. One thing is for sure - school in the fall won't be like anything we've seen before. A few ideas are milling about, chatting with each other, each surprised at the lack of audacity in the...

The First “Newsletter” I Ever Paid For

The First “Newsletter” I Ever Paid For

Ok, I've been around the block a few times, not my first rodeo, etc. etc. If you, or someone, would track my movements and activities during a typical day, week, or month, they'd find I am reading almost any time I am not in the shower. I read almost constantly....

Virtual Gap Year Program – Goldie Knows

Virtual Gap Year Program – Goldie Knows

The notion of a virtual gap year program is a necessary idea that keeps gaining traction. Check this out: https://www.chronicle.com/article/What-if-Colleges-Designed-Gap/249041 I saw Goldie Blumenstyk for the first time on a panel last year SXSW-EDU - remember that?...

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