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February 16

College recommendation for CompSci

I'm running a Girls Who Code club, and was asked for a few college recommendations. [more inside]
posted by pyro979 at 6:33 PM - 8 answers

February 15

Methods/tools for testing my kids’ academic grade levels & proficiencies

Is there a dependable way for me to assess my kids’ academic competencies in basic subjects (math, reading, writing, science, history, geography, etc.) and against generally accepted standards or benchmarks? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 12:38 PM - 8 answers

February 14

What share of a population doing something is "sustainable"?

Let's say you are trying to change cultural practices in a workplace. You get some share of your community to begin modeling these new, desired behaviors. But of course you have turnover in your community. Are you aware of any research that shows a percentage of participation that would make it "sustainable", broadly speaking? [more inside]
posted by rachelpapers at 9:01 AM - 6 answers

Best Practices when you have to cancel a class

(A friend asks): I teach an evening class for adults who signed up and pay their own money to attend (a price that’s a non-insignificant expenditure for many of them). It is a series of six weekly classes. At the last minute, I had to cancel the sixth session. I want to figure out best practices for how to make this up to them. [more inside]
posted by Mayma Hosey at 7:27 AM - 13 answers

February 10

Interesting Histories -- how to find more!

So, I finally saw Hamilton this week, and on top of it being worth all of the hype, it opened my eyes to how very interesting and jaw-dropping some of the American Revolutionary history is. Help me find similar things that will entertain, inform, and most importantly, whet my appetite to find out more about the subject / bit players involved. I am not looking for books (unless they are absolutely exceptional), but more things like movies, podcasts, blogs, etc. [more inside]
posted by Fig at 9:17 AM - 30 answers

February 9

Can VR headsets work in presentation skills training? If so, how?

Boss has an idea that VR headsets / GoPro cameras / other relatively modern technology could be used to improve our currently low-tech presentation courses. Unfortunately, I know little about these things. I guess participants could watch their own presentations in 3D (or something) and that doing so VR might be interesting. [more inside]
posted by Prof Iterole at 11:04 PM - 13 answers

February 8

So Why We Need the Department of Education Anyway?

I have unwittingly become involved in a Facebook discussion about the recent Betsy Devos confirmation and the current Republican bill to abolish the Department of Education. I personally think the two moves are terrible ideas. Please give me internet resources that explain the responsibilities and power of Dept of Education and what we stand to lose with its abolishment. [more inside]
posted by Pantalaimon at 4:29 PM - 9 answers

Help me find an grad school, online, for photography

My colleague has a BA in art. She seeks a Masters, but for numerous reasons has to do it online. She is seeking an accredited institution that offers a masters in photography, or failing that, a masters in fine arts or art education. Or, alternately, a photo program that has a "low residency" feature, requiring only a short (perhaps summer) face to face component but is largely online
posted by cccorlew at 2:37 PM - 3 answers

February 7

International med student for elective rotations in California?

Do you know any hospitals in california (US) which still take in international medical graduates (IMG) for elective rotations? [more inside]
posted by Pippo.z at 12:38 PM - 3 answers

How do I (gently) debunk some myths held by a family member?

I have a family member (by marriage) who appears to have fallen for many of the weirder (and in my opinion potentially harmful) conspiracy theories, including: flat earth, MMR and autism, evolution is religion in disguise, feminism was created by the CIA, and so on. [more inside]
posted by Myeral at 4:02 AM - 25 answers

February 6

Give me your fun, easy adult piano books!

I played the piano as a kid and can read music but would like to add more songs to my rotation. The goal is for this to be relaxing and fun rather than frustrating although I would also like to challenge myself. I'm looking for books that has fun, advanced beginner songs. I'm enjoying the Motown, would also love to find some good jazz and r&b books. I saw this question but didn't seem like there were many recommendations for jazz/r&b/modern songs.
posted by allymusiqua at 10:07 AM - 6 answers

January 31

Need help with understanding English sometimes, native speaker.

I came across the phrase "...without regard to..." in a sentence used by the IRS. My problem is that reading it I feel uncertain of the meaning of the sentence. Can anyone explain this to me or point me to some books/resources that would help me have a less ambiguous understanding? more below [more inside]
posted by Pembquist at 4:06 PM - 10 answers

What to read after Frog and Toad?

What to read after Frog and Toad? [more inside]
posted by pracowity at 1:04 AM - 19 answers

January 26

Advice for procrastination/anxiety issues

I've struggled with avoidance and procrastination connected to anxiety/insecurity throughout most of my time in high school and college. I'm often aware of when the cycle is happening and I try to mentally talk myself out of it, but I almost never succeed in a meaningful way--even if the task does get done at the last minute. What are some strategies I could try that would help me with this issue? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Lurch at 9:33 PM - 21 answers

January 25

Quick skill acquisition

I am 60 years old, a retired teacher, working at a pretty good job as an assistant in a program for emotionally disturbed 8th graders. But I would like to get a quick certification in something, maybe in a medical or IT area, that would get me another, better paying job. I could study in the summer, weekends or evenings. Any ideas? Thanks!
posted by Kazimirovna at 9:34 PM - 9 answers

Reading iPad apps for a 5 year old boy

I would like my 5 year old son to start learning to read. Overwhelmed by the number of options. Gamification seems like a perfect approach, so any suggestions for iPad apps?
posted by aeighty at 11:09 AM - 7 answers

January 23

Opinions of Bastyr University? (I am averse to woo)

I'm trying to figure out how to evaluate people who reference Bastyr University. Please share experiences with this institution. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:59 PM - 7 answers

January 22

Best website for news from Ivory Coast

I'm looking for a good source for English or French language news from Ivory Coast. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 10:41 PM - 8 answers

Found very overdue library items. How to get clemency?

While tidying up my home office today I was going through my "take this to the (university) office" pile, and found 4 government reports with barcodes and call numbers. ACK! This will surely be hundreds of dollars in fines by now (possibly even into 4 digits) which I can't afford to pay. I know I'm a bad person. I feel terrible. But how do I get out of this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:42 PM - 23 answers

Just starting college/uni search. Give me your wisdom....

Just starting the college search process. Want all the advice... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 8:07 AM - 25 answers

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