My daughter is on the cusp of being able to read on her own. What can I do to help her while still giving her space and not pushing her too hard? She prefers to do things on her own, though she'll tolerate parental direction in short bursts. She loves games (both in app form and real life), drawing, science experiments, puzzles and writing. She is read to every day at bedtime, but gets frustrated with reading text on a page. I would love resources and advice to help get her going with reading. [more inside]
Does the age of first language acquisition differ by language? [more inside]
I'm going to spend a month or two in Denmark next spring, and although it's likely that everyone I meet there will speak better English than I do, I started the Duolingo Danish course and to my surprise I'm really enjoying it. Can you recommend Danish-language media (movies, tv or radio shows, bloggers or vloggers...) that I can access online, maybe have Danish subtitles, and that I might have a chance of understanding even though I haven't even learned the past tense yet? (Don't worry, I'll get to that soon.)
How do I overcome a stubborn plateau when it comes to learning a language? [more inside]
How can I make sure to learn a strong foundation of computer science principles while pursuing a masters focusing more on scripting and data analysis? [more inside]
Do you know any great apps to help a youth's Hebrew self-study? [more inside]
My 6 year old has started bringing home reading homework from her grade 1 class. She quickly gets frustrated with it and shuts down, which I in turn find very frustrating. It is complicated by the fact that she is in a french immersion school and while I speak decent french, it is definitely a second language for me. Give me ways to help her that she will respond to. Or give me some insight into her behaviour so that I can do better at keeping my cool about it. [more inside]
I've been drawing for most of my life. I'm competent, but not good. How do I get good? [more inside]
What are the "must have" essential books on teaching? Not necessarily about classroom management or working with kids, but about connecting with students (children or adults), helping them process and retain information and build understanding particularly when it is voluntary learning (i.e. there are no grades involved.)
Co-worker is planning a program of hands-on trainings in [esoteric public-sector field] and wants to jazz it up a bit with unnecessarily grandiose names. Specifically looking for current tech-sector jargon for "experiential learning" or something along those lines.
Looking for recommendations on good anime series in Japanese with Japanese subtitles. Any ideas where I might be able to find 'em? (More than happy to pay for the content)
So this happened. I would totally subscribe to the magazine on the right for my daughter. Am trying to find its (English language) equivalent. Does one exist?
I am in search of recorded classroom lectures available online - preferably high school or middle school level (though college is okay if it's not crazy difficult like Nuclear Physics or Advanced Shakespeare). More details inside, if necessary: [more inside]
I just started learning German, through the standard 101 class at my university. While the textbook/classroom studying is great, I would like to have some low-key resources to read/listen to to supplement my learning. I'm looking for relatively simple-language radio, podcasts, TV, or maybe even (children's?) books that I can wash around in during my spare time. Something that doesn't require 100% brainpower, but that I can still catch the gist of -- that will help train my rhythm/pronunciation/listening by osmosis. [more inside]
What should my two year old learn and how should he learn it? [more inside]
I want to learn, from the beginning, with no pressure and a drink in hand. Help me come up with a boozy math/science online course curriculum. [more inside]
I have read quite a few articles that state that there's no such thing as being bad at math, that often it is just the case that you haven't had a specific subject explained to you in a way that made sense to you, or that you just have to work harder at it. That resonates with me, but clearly there's a limit to that and I wonder what that limit is. [more inside]
I am wondering if anyone has taken courses through University of the People. www.uopeople.edu? [more inside]
When diving into a new field, how can you keep 'thinking outside the box' as you learn the traditional knowledge in a field? As you learn the patterns of thinking that a field promotes, I think it's hard to think outside of those patterns in the future. How do you maintain originality in thinking and avoid paradigm blindness? Some ideas inside. [more inside]
I'm giving my 10 year old niece an old iMac and I'd like to load up some awesome programs for her to use and learn from. Help! [more inside]
I am between jobs right now and I'd like to use this time to learn some mostly useless information. [more inside]
In 1996, Sierra released a program called "Power Chess" for Windows 95 and 98. It was based on the WChess engine and had a fantastic teaching mode. Your primary opponent, the King, would learn from you as you played. Games would get progressively harder as he tailored his strategy around your weaknesses. Once each game against him ended, you could play it back move by move and the "Queen" would explain his strategy and suggest how you could have played differently. Power Chess is no longer supported by Sierra/Activision and won't run on Windows 10. Does an Android or Windows equivalent exist? [more inside]
My ten-year old son wants to understand everything. He is a voracious reader and doesn't confine himself to kids books. He loves reading the newspaper (NYTimes, Boston Globe), fiction, and non-fiction books. He's old enough to really learn things by reading. Agatha Christie is fun, but he's ready for more than that. He's full of questions about society, politics, science, economics. I'd like to get him some books that will expand his mind, begin answering his questions, and show him how the world fits together. [more inside]
I am looking for resources on the learning styles of famous inventors and thinkers? [more inside]
Looking for recommendations on reads on machine learning. [more inside]
So let's say a guy is interested in learning how to draw (realistically, not cartoon). Anyone got a free or chap online course they think is especially worthwhile? Specifically I am eventually interested in figure drawing, but need not be that focused at this level, of course.
For years I have played strings but have a craving to learn another kind of instrument, maybe a woodwind. Help me figure out what the most interesting and fun new instrument for me is. [more inside]
I'm looking for some help cutting through the mix of crap that Google throws up and finding some quality free (or very inexpensive) resources for learning the statistical programming language R. [more inside]
How can I become fluent in french as quickly as possible? I have studied French on and off for several years but still feel that I am no closer to fluency, and I hope to visit France and possibly even work there for an extended period within the next few years. [more inside]
Looking for iPad apps and learning games for a four-year-old. [more inside]
I'm looking for the best app to help a middle-school age kid learn the very basics of music theory. Assuming virtual lessons + practice mode and a virtual keyboard of some kind?
I work for a general contracting company and I'd like to learn more about scheduling construction projects. Can you recommend any resources? Books, online resources, webinars, classes, anything. [more inside]
I'm an early middle-aged creative professional who's feeling like I've reached a sort of professional plateau, and looking to learn some new things (skills, activities, etc.) that would be a.) engaging, mentally or otherwise and b.) not too costly or time-consuming — I don't have 10,000 hours to become expert in anything besides what I already am and c.) might even open new perspectives on life, my job, etc. Although professional development per se is not the goal. I've thought about another language, but I'm not feeling the particular pull of any *one* in particular. I did guitar a while back and, while I enjoyed it enough, I never felt I wanted to go further. Some kind or art or craft — but which? Or should I try to 'go back' and conquer some academic subject I was always bad at/afraid of (math in general). What new things have people learned that they found particularly rewarding? What sorts of skills might not only be fun to learn but provide some kind of hidden, ancillary benefits? Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
What puzzles, games or new activities can I do to keep improving my critical thinking, analytical, and logical abilities? AKA "Continuing Ed" for liberal arts graduates who have a hard time with "2 + 2" (when they're intoxicated, anyway...). [more inside]
Last year I quit my job and went freelance/work-from-home. I'm also single & early 30's, so healthy and no big commitments. One of the first things I did was bought the electric guitar (2 actually, an 8-string & 6-string acoustic), because I've always wanted to learn and it's something I can work on during downtime. Now I'm finally getting the expected downtime, and a question popped into my brain - what am I gonna do with this? Help me understand where knowing guitar can take me. [more inside]
I recently got a great offer from my company for a paid sabbatical of one month. Their conditions are to use it on a personal project of some sort and give a presentation afterwards. I. E. "Don't stay at home and watch TV." [more inside]
I really like the short explanations and exhaustive trove of links found in Cosma Shalizi's notebooks. Are there any other similar sites or books out there? [more inside]
I'm getting used to the pace of graduate school now, and to my surprise, I actually have a fair deal of free time on the weekends. Currently, I mostly spend it idle at home doing nothing in particular, which doesn't strike me as a good use of this time. One complication is that the free time I have is not always consistent (some weeks I might have some major coursework due) or predictable (deadlines might pop up with little notice), so it's hard to take on any pre-scheduled commitments. With this constraint in mind, I'm still eager to spend this time on learning some new skills, or taking up a new hobby, or anything productive/interesting, really. Mefites of more advanced wisdom: what are things that you wish you had taken the time to do/learn in your 20s?
I'm an experienced programmer who needs to make an iOS app. I like to learn by inference and lack patience for verbose pedagogy, so I'm asking for resources that you would show to a hacker who needs to get up to speed with iOS development. [more inside]
What are your suggestions/resources for learning Latin independently, outside of school? I am a beginner, with access to a well-resourced library and the Internet. I'll keep this question brief and general, since I am open to any and all suggestions. Thanks!
I take care of a 3-year old boy who is extremely curious about just about everything. Sometimes, I'm utterly stumped. Help us learn together! [more inside]
Thanks to the glory of Duolingo and printable alphabet worksheets, I've started to dabble in Russian language learning. I don't intend to ever visit Russia. Why should I keep learning the language? [more inside]
I'd like to start reading manga in Japanese. I don't know any Japanese. What's the best way to learn it? [more inside]
I have an opportunity to assist on a research project, but my background isn't very data-y. [more inside]
Hi Hive Mind: I would like to record in- person meetings and phone meetings and have these recordings transcribed. How should I go about this? I know that there is a google talk and type function and dragon speak naturally, but how do I go about doing this? If there a small device that I could record on and then plug into the computer via USB and have my recording transcribed? I am looking for simple and easy here. Basically I would like a small slim recorder that is discreet. I would like to tape work meetings and then have the capability to have these meetings transcribed. Also, how can I do this if my meeting is on the phone? Thanks in advance! I am having a difficult time capturing all that transpireS in meeting and feel my notes are woefully lacking. I do have the livescribe pen, though I know it does not do what I am asking, maybe there are other ‘smart’ pens out there.
I'm looking for songs along the theme of teaching -- the only example I can think of right now is "Do-Re-Mi" from The Sound of Music... Not finding Google helpful so far. There must be more! Any type of music is fair game.
How mutually intelligible are sign languages of the same family? And how widespread is International Sign? [more inside]
I'm looking for regular middle schools or high schools in eastern Massachusetts (i.e., the kinds with bricks-and-mortar buildings and classrooms with teachers and students there in person) but that also offer some courses completely digitally. E.g., students might go online to take an AP class or a foreign language not otherwise offered by the school. They might do so from home or from a computer lab at school or similar. [more inside]
I want to start tinkering with electronics/mechanics/appliances, specifically stereo equipment (preferably vintage/obsolete). I have little experience and I've never thought of myself as one with a good sense of "electronics" or even "mechanics" nor do I have any kind of STEM background. What baby steps do I take to get started? [more inside]
I am trying to learn Spanish. I took 4 years of it in high school, many years ago, and I'd like to continue learning about it. What I'd like to see is a website that's like metafilter, but it links to spanish-language websites, and has cool smart people comment on them in spanish. Is that a thing?