Teachers have a tough job. They work long hours and don’t get paid much. But before this chart, I never realized this was an American phenomenon.
Ima hafta find some cheerful dataviz after this one because this just damn depressing.
The important takeaway from this is kids don’t see anything as “impossible” and depending on how you present new ideas and challenges makes a big difference in their learning processes.
Coursera offers free courses on a wide range of topics which include Comp Sci, Business, Humanities, Biology, Medicine, Mathematics and Social Sciences. Course duration ranges from 4 -12 weeks and start at various times throughout the year. These classes are hosted by Berkeley, Princeton, Stanford, University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania.
Udacity has a much smaller set of classes compared to the previous options but their ~10 classes are all geared towards Computer Science. Classes include CS101: Building a Search Engine, CS373: Programming a Robotic Car and CS387: Applied Cryptography. Udacity promises many more classes to come.
I’m currently taking a course offered by Udacity and plan on sampling some of what the other ones have to offer. Possibly an in depth review on the pro’s and con’s of each to follow."
Adjust the sails.: Free Knowledge!
More university CS101 courses online, for free
Apparently Stanford scared the shit out of Harvard with their enormously successful free online CS101 course:
As the historical model of education continues to come into contact with disruptive technologies, those technologies strike increasingly close to the heart of education’s basic value proposition. Institutions like University of Phoenix leverage the internet to provide students with degrees more flexibly and inexpensively. This means lower profit margins per student for Phoenix, but much greater scalability than the traditional university model. Khan Academy and similar online learning programs ignore the degree/certification aspect. Instead, they aim a level deeper—at the actual provision of knowledge and learning—as the target of their technological optimization.
Our children are the leaders of tomorrow. Whether that excites you, or terrifies you, we need to prepare them for the big, bad world they’ll soon be commanding. With technology starting to affect nearly every aspect of our lives, it’s necessary to ensure they know how to use computers and the internet. However, one non-profit in Ireland recently took things a step further with free classes that teach children to code. Now, thanks to a partnership with GitHub, the organization will soon take on North America.
At any given time I have several Crazy Awesome ideas. One I’m thinking about:
Why not take my 10 year old out of school for a year, and do a curriculum entirely based on high-seas piracy? Because, really, what can’t you learn from pirates? Geography, physics, econonomics, history, literature, music. When you consider modern-day piracy, there are lessons to be learned about failed states and indigenous freedom movements and organized crime. Take all that? Pair it with real-life sailing lessons. Voila! Education!
I’d call it School for Pirates.
GLOBALGIRL MEDIA puts girls at the center of the story, training a future generation of female citizen journalists.
Last summer, GlobalGirl Media trained 22 high-school-aged girls from underserved communities in South Africa to become participant digital video journalists for the 2010…
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What? I didn’t say anything!
“Program or Be Programmed,” Doug Rushkoff. Scary, even for someone like me who is learning to program…my first thought is: how do I get my kids to learn so they don’t end up as serfs in America’s diminished, winner-take-all society? I immediately went to download Hackety Hack, an all-in-one application with built-in lessons to teach kids how to code in Ruby.
Planting seeds that enable small children to grasp the concepts that will help them write good code later in life.
“This post is a follow on from the one I wrote about how we need to start teaching children to code in their junior years… This would address the issue of fewer female coders than male, and the fact that not enough people are equipped with this super awesome skill whether their career ends up being in programming, car manufacture or shoe design.
In this post I am going to answer the question: what resources can we use to learn or teach code?”
Get the resources here.
Frustrated with a curriculum change away from traditional CS courses in publicschools, game developer David Braben built an ultra-low cost single board computer on a USB stick to facilitate a return to programming and learning how computers actually work. Connecting directly to a keyboard, with HDMI out to a monitor, the idea is to build courses around the tiny $25 PC, which is cheap enough to get into the hands of most students. And just because it’s inexpensive doesn’t mean it’s a dog. Sporting a 700MHz ARM 11 with 128MB of RAM and OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics means it has enough power to run Ubuntu.