Genius. Talent. Golden Mediocrity. - iversity open course

Genius, talent and golden mediocrity are different dimensions of human existence. This new course shows how these three dimensions manifest themselves in life and how you can fulfill your genius, abilities, talents more fully and completely. Sign up today and gain skills that you can carry into every area of your life, from job interviews, to that new project you are working on.

Starts:  May 4. 2015
Lasts:  9 weeks
Study time:  3-5 hours/week
Subject:  Psychology

Language, Proof and Logic | Stanford Online Open Course

Study the concepts and techniques used in logic. Learn methods to distinguish correct reasoning from incorrect reasoning. Learn how to construct and analyze arguments.

This course is for you if you are interested in how to use language to construct and analyze arguments.

Opens March 4

How to Draw It: Drawing Lessons

These free drawing lessons are great for kids and adults.

Lots of lessons for drawing animals, cartoons, and people.

Yes Kidz Can Community Service Projects

YesKidzCan is a do-good company that helps parents, educators, and community leaders teach kids charitable giving through fun and inspiring community service and other activities.

They currently offer 9 kits in all. You can select from baking dog biscuits for shelters, crafts that lift soldiers' spirits, a unique book donation activity, a slumber party that supports foster kids, and more!

Teachable Moment: Francis Scott Key

Francis Scott Key was born on August 1, 1779, in Carroll County, Maryland. His parents were Ann Phoebe Penn Dagworthy and Captain John Ross Key. He grew up on the family plantation called Terra Rubra in today's Carroll County, Maryland. Francis Scott Key studied law at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, and was tutored under his uncle Philip Barton Key. During Francis Scott Key's life he was a lawyer, author and amateur poet. He died on January 11, 1843, at age 63 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Francis Scott Key's most notable accomplishment and what he is most remembered for is penning the United States of America's National Anthem call "The Star-Spangled Banner". The song lyrics originate from Francis Scott Key's role during the War of 1812, whereby Key was trying to facilitate an American Prisoner Exchange with the British. While on board the British ship HMS Tonnant, Key was unable to do anything while the entire British navy bombarded the American forces at Fort McHenry on the night of September 13 and 14, 1814.

When the smoke had cleared, Francis Scott Key was able to see that the American flag at Fort McHenry was still waiving and reported this fact the prisoners below deck he was negotiating their freedom for. Key was so inspired by his experiences he published the poem "The Defence of Fort McHenry", which was published in the Patriot publication on September 20, 1814. It has latter become know as "The Star- Spangled Banner". - picture and text from

Here are some free online resources to learn more:

A short documentary from Rockbridge Academy on the author of America's "Star Spangled Banner".

The Star Spangled Banner by the Academy Choirs and the US Army Herald Trumpet Corps.

Check out all of the Francis Scott Key resources at CurrClick.