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April 4

Help setting up high school computer program / club.

Two high schools in my community have fairly modern computer centres. I'd like to help setup a program that would increase the use of these computer centres to help kids improve computer skills and lead some to careers in web/software development. [more inside]
posted by Gomez_in_the_South at 10:10 PM - 3 answers

April 3

Resources on Design Psychology

I was a psych major way back when in undergrad, and one area that always interested me was design psychology--the use of psychological principles as applied to services, goods, institutions, etc. Right now, I keep up with this field by random encounters with articles in newspapers, blogs, and magazines. I'd like to keep closer tabs. Do you know any websites/blogs/journals/etc devoted to the topic? RSS would be ideal, a mailing list would be OK.
posted by benbenson at 12:07 PM - 6 answers

April 2

Career question: museum and math edition

I'm about to graduate with a master's in museum studies. I'm doing a master's project on lesson plans highlighting the math within art pieces at a specific museum. My undergraduate background is not math, but I've become interested in learning more math. [more inside]
posted by azalea_chant at 7:24 PM - 4 answers

Book suggestions needed

Looking for books suitable for 10-12 year-old girls about American settlers and pioneers, the experience of Native Americans during the that time, or the American West in general. [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson at 12:49 PM - 15 answers

March 30

Recommendation for a PhD coach for a chronically ill scientist

I am at the part of my PhD where I need to analyse data and write. I am looking for a PhD coach who would be good at working with someone with a chronic illness. Goals of coaching are 1) Finish my PhD 2) Set myself up for a non-academic career. [more inside]
posted by congen at 5:15 PM - 5 answers

March 29

How much does it matter to graduate with highest honors?

I know it's probably an absurd question, but if I don't graduate with highest honors from my university, how badly have I hurt my chances of getting into a top grad program? I have a very checkered academic past, and I worry constantly about needing to prove that I've turned my life around. I'm working on coming to terms with that, and with what I understand to be a very common confidence problem among students, but just for the sake of hearing it, how much does it matter to graduate with highest honors? [more inside]
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 3:25 AM - 25 answers

March 28

Stand, old ivy

What are the stereotypes of Ivy league students and graduates? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:34 PM - 41 answers

March 26

I hate my (university) students

I am a professor. I teach an advanced course in a technical (engineering) subject at a prestigious research university. I have concluded that my students have completely unreasonable expections, and I hate them for it. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:46 AM - 34 answers

March 23

Explain this exponent

1600 to the power of 16. How can I effectively explain just how large this number is to a non-math audience in common language? My calculator says this number is 1.8446744e+51. That is kind of meaningless to me (e+51?) Is this number a sextillion? Can we put this number in context to other large numbers?
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 6:24 AM - 27 answers

March 22

Books for small children with OCD?

I have two preschool-aged children, both of whom exhibit some classic signs of OCD. I've been aware of it in my eldest since they were very tiny, but only recently my youngest has been sharing that they are having intrusive thoughts about death and dying. They are especially struggling with it at bedtime and asking a lot of questions about it (which I am comfortable answering in an honest but reassuring way. We had a death in the family last year, and my parents are both dead, so I think my kids are old enough to start understanding that all living things must eventually die). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:34 AM - 6 answers

March 20

Metaphors for non-dinosaur designers

I need help coming up with alternatives to a metaphor that no one understands -- specifically, how to teach engineers about the values of an iterative design process. [more inside]
posted by neither here nor there at 7:30 PM - 23 answers

March 19

Peters Projection For Preschool People

Basically, what it says on the tin. I teach preschoolers and kindergarteners, and would like a fun non-Mercator map that I could use in the classroom. From what I can see on the interwebs, all of the Gall-Peters projection maps out there are aimed at older kids and adults. What I'd like is one of those fun, colorful world maps for kids that has pictures of what a country/region is known for scattered about. Does such a thing exist?
posted by SobaFett at 7:51 PM - 5 answers

March 18

Need wearable camera ideas from teachers?

If you're a teacher, or if you know anything about small video cameras, maybe you can help. I'm in a M.Ed. Program in NYC, and I need to record myself delivering lessons for the edTPA (a multi-part certification process NY uses for teachers). I have a normal camera-on-tripod to set up at the back of the class and record my whole-class interaction at a wide angle. My professor's asking me to also record small-group interactions as well. (Specific questions inside) [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 8:27 AM - 7 answers

March 17

Archives studies for librarians?

I'm a law librarian (MLIS) interested in learning more about archival practices, particularly with regard to organization and taxonomies, and preservation issues to a lesser extent. [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg at 11:22 AM - 5 answers

March 16

Practice under test conditions

Writing practice tests: Quiet place, check. Timer, check. Proctor? [more inside]
posted by rebooter at 1:48 PM - 5 answers

March 15

Comics or exciting stories for a five year old

I'd like my son who is five and a half to enjoy reading. He doesn't enjoy the assigned reading books from school (Biff & Kipper) and struggles to be persuaded to get through one each week. [more inside]
posted by Stark at 7:08 AM - 19 answers

March 14

How should we handle camps at daycare for our child?

We have a 2-year old son who is in daycare full time during the school year, and three days per week in the summer. Recently, the room he is now in has introduced special "camps" during the day for holidays and special events - like Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, and there was a "Winter Fun Camp" where the kids got to watch a movie and have a treat. The camps all cost $10, in addition to the regular cost of daycare. Our concern is that, while we can pay for the camps, we don't think that all families can do so, and we are uncomfortable with there being differences between the kids who go and the kids who don't. Right now, our son is too young to recognize the differences - or even care about going to the camps or not - but eventually he and the other kids will figure it out. So, my question is what do other parents do in these types of situations? [more inside]
posted by achmorrison at 8:50 PM - 13 answers

How do I make corporate training videos quickly w/o audience?

How can I make corporate videos quickly? I'd like to start making corporate videos. I want to produce them quickly, but effectively. Tips welcome. [more inside]
posted by shockpoppet at 3:37 PM - 7 answers

Name that essay from the internet...

A few/several years ago, I read an essay on the interney by a female teacher (possibly from upstate New York? possibly grade school level, possibly university level?) about correctly identifying and valuing "caring" as an outcome of expertise in teaching rather than an innate personality trait.... [more inside]
posted by eviemath at 11:54 AM - 2 answers

Tips for conversing with a kid who has expressive language difficulty

Kindergarten aged child appears to have difficulty with expressive language, which makes it really hard to carry on a conversation with them. Assume the ball is rolling on evaluations; I want to know what I (as the adult) can do to grease the conversational wheels and maximize loving interactions. [more inside]
posted by telepanda at 8:34 AM - 24 answers

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