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What are some good pieces of new technology for a preschool classroom?

I'm looking to bring the preschool my children attend up to date on the technology side of things. Does anyone have any suggestions, mostly hardware-wise, on what to go with? Does the preschool your child attends make use of any technology? Or their Kindergarten class for that matter? What works? What doesn't? I'm willing to hear software suggestions too, but again, mostly looking for hardware ideas. [more inside]
posted by mrzer0 on Aug 18, 2014 - 17 answers

Learning about artificial intelligence

I'm currently exploring artificial intelligence as a potential field to go into. What books (fiction or nonfiction), films, or resources would you recommend for learning about artificial intelligence, the possibilities of AI, and its future? What should I know? [more inside]
posted by markbao on Jun 26, 2014 - 12 answers

How can I learn to be a very good acrylic painter?

I've been a professional writer all my working life--non-fiction: newspapers, national magazines, books, tv--and now that I'm semi-retired I'm attempting to learn a new skill. Painting. It's thrilling to see the world in a new way and I love it. The instructor is delightful: accomplished and generous with praise. I've taken her beginners' course and learned a lot--by my subjective eye, I went from worst in the class to second best. Now I'm in the follow-up course. But I'm not very good yet and nearly all the 15 or so others in this class have painted for years or have taken lots of courses, and they're embarrassingly far ahead of me. I know that I must "compete" only with myself. I know that I can advance only at my own pace and that should be fine. But I want to learn faster! I want to be the best! I'm reading books, and practicing outside class, and messing around with different paints and colors and substrates, and that helps. Is there anything else I might do that would help me learn faster? Tips? Reading? Materials? Just practicepracticepractice? See, I don't even know enough yet to ask a clear and concrete question. Mefi artists, can you show me the way?
posted by fivesavagepalms on Jun 6, 2014 - 12 answers

If you could take an online class, what would it be?

I have the unexpected opportunity to devote time to an online course of study for the next one to two years at no cost (I'll still be working my fulltime job, though). Rather than provide guidance and potentially narrow the responses, I'd like to know what specific course of study you would take in this instance and why. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on May 7, 2014 - 14 answers

Are the Skillcrush classes worth it?

That's basically it - I'm not finding any reviews online. Has anyone else taken it? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Apr 27, 2014 - 4 answers

the short way is the long way

What are real-life examples of experiences that are 'shortcuts' to accomplishing something, even though they might be very difficult because of the required intensity? For example, military training supposedly develops a kind of physical and mental discipline that would take a civilian longer to acquire. Rapid learning techniques that allow someone to learn several languages faster than most people learn one is another example. What are others?
posted by michaelh on Apr 10, 2014 - 16 answers

Studies concerning faculty perception of students.

I'm looking for a study which investigated college faculty's perception of an average student in science classrooms. [more inside]
posted by Evernix on Apr 2, 2014 - 2 answers

Teach me things... awful things...

I need to learn about financial instruments and trading at an intermediate level. I have a basic, 101-type understanding of how CDOs and CDS-es work and what hedging is, but I need to get to the next level, because I'm still getting lost in conversations where people are talking about complex synthetic CDO strategies, delta hedging, correlation trading, ABCP, and similar topics. Is there a book I can read, a course I can take online, anything you can recommend I do to start getting much more comfortable with this securities stuff at a high level? Thanks in advance for your help!
posted by prefpara on Feb 13, 2014 - 8 answers

I wish life wouldn't get in the way of my lifelong learning

How do you balance "life" (ie. full-time work, family, chores etc) with hobbies/projects that can't be done in short time periods or occasional bursts of action, but require a longer sustained activity? [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Jan 12, 2014 - 11 answers

Tablet piano instruction?

I have an electric, piano-weighted keyboard that I want to learn how to play. I can't afford lessons right now. It has MIDI in and out connectors. Is there a hardware/software combo that will take that MIDI out connection, plug it into an Android or iOS tablet, and provide a more interactive teaching experience? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 23, 2013 - 4 answers

How do I level up in Cooking?

I am a moderately skilled cook, I rarely make mistakes or destroy meals and there are few dishes I do really well ( mostly roast related). I know my around around knives, understand the basic chemistry and flavor profiles going on, and can keep a large amount of things going at different speeds and heat until everything is ready. Since I've come into some free time, I'd like to up my game, go from moderate to skilled home-cooking of weekday staples to more difficult, labor intense, fussy, and visually appealing cooking. How do I go from " Beef daub served with fresh bread" to "slices of brandy soaked pears and quince elegantly arranged around applewood smoked tenderloin in a lavender sauce."? What should I be looking at, reading, listening to, and practicing? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Oct 11, 2013 - 25 answers

How do you help people have an epiphany about difficult concepts?

How do you describe the basic concepts of a difficult subject you know a lot about that makes it "click" for a beginner? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 11, 2013 - 18 answers

How can I try out camping?

I would like to find a way to try out camping, without buying a lot of gear. Can I rent gear somewhere? Maybe from an outfitter or outdoor education sort of place? My ideal would be to fly or drive to a U.S. National Park, put myself in the hands of an expert who will rent me gear and take me to a camp site, help me set up the gear and give me basic instructions about how to use it and cook stuff, then have the expert leave while I try things out for a long weekend. Does such a service exist? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Sep 9, 2013 - 25 answers

Looking for a 10+ year old book about a stuffed bear in a classroom cave

Years ago I picked up a book at random that I thought had "Creative Education" or "Classroom" in the title, but every search I've done comes up empty. It's written by a teacher that used a stuffed bear that lived in a cave in the corner of an elementary classroom. I also recall a chapter on a 'Mr. Pen'. I'd like to find it again. [more inside]
posted by lysdexic on Aug 22, 2013 - 2 answers

Completing my prequisites online

I have a Quebec high school diploma. I want to apply for to distance learning programs provided by schools based in other Canadian provinces, but since Quebec high school ends at grade 11, I'm missing a whole slew of pre-requisites I'd already have under my belt if I had done grade 12... [more inside]
posted by ohmy on Aug 20, 2013 - 6 answers

What are the best online communities besides metafilter?

I am interested in meeting people that like learning and value their education. I have come across a forum that I like a lot: PhysicsForum. I also like coursera, udacity and edX communities but, unfortunately, there are seldom meetups in my country. I would like to make some "geek" skype friends to know how the education is on other countries and exchange some ideas.
posted by tsuwal on Aug 19, 2013 - 1 answer

Where to find free non-literary book summaries?

This summer I have a lot of reading to do: some books about physics and math applied to sports, others about evidence-based sport conditioning, objectivism, ... stuff that built up because I didn't had to read it. When I read books I like to have a top down view of the subject but most books' introduction fail to do so, either because it is too short and not enough to give a good overview of each chapter or because they not even try to summarise the contents of the books and on how to use the book. [more inside]
posted by tsuwal on Aug 2, 2013 - 2 answers

Downtime Learning?

To what productive use can I put the (soon to increase) downtime hours at my job? Learning something would be great, other suggestions welcome. Complications: no internet, limited space, no phone access and more inside. [more inside]
posted by Hobo on Jul 25, 2013 - 19 answers

I was banned from collegeconfidential just for asking for some help?

Summer vacations are coming up and I am going to use some of my free time to learn physics and math, subjects that I love. In order to do that i asked collegeconfidential.com if anyone had "exclusive study materials" from their university which they could share. I mentioned that I would like to have acess to tests and exams from other universities and I could give some good materials collected by my colleagues of the physics and math course in exchange. [more inside]
posted by tsuwal on Jul 12, 2013 - 27 answers

Tips for learning english on vacation.

Hi. I'm a Portuguese student and I'm going to spend two weeks of my summer vacations on Leeds, England since I have an aunt there that invited me. I would like to spend my time practicing my English but I don't know what to do or where to go. Where can I meet new people (of my age range preferably: 20's), have a good conversation, listen to other people talk, ...? Your help will be much appreciated!
posted by tsuwal on Jul 3, 2013 - 6 answers

What is the best non-fiction book for kids in your field of study/work?

My kids (currently 6 and 9) have become voracious readers. We have a large and varied collection of excellent fiction for them, but the non-fiction collection is more haphazard. They love learning new facts as they read (the type of thing that makes them look up from the book and say, "Did you know...?"). I want to make sure that the collection of books gives them a good introduction to fields where I myself may not have enough knowledge to judge the quality/accuracy of the book. So what's the kid's book in your field that makes you say, "If only every kid got to read this book, people would understand [topic] better."? [more inside]
posted by winston on May 18, 2013 - 19 answers

How can I relearn high school subjects?

I want to relearn algebra, chemistry, basic mechanics, and basic physics this summer. For free? [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Apr 25, 2013 - 12 answers

I have to take a video-based course. This is not how I best learn. Help!

I am taking an on-line course that is mostly video-based. This is not the best way for me to learn. I am falling very behind and struggling with it. More inside. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Mar 27, 2013 - 11 answers

Name my university learning blog

Looking for a descriptive and short name for a blog about university study. Save me from bad puns and opaque acronyms! [more inside]
posted by Paragon on Jan 29, 2013 - 12 answers

Using ten days to prepare for an online course, then acing it?

I’m about to start a six-month-long online course that I'd like to do really well on. The next ten days are very quiet at work. How can I use this time to help myself prepare, given that I’ll need to be in the office for part of each of the ten days...and then keep up with the course while going back to full-time teaching? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Jan 24, 2013 - 8 answers

What should I use this free elective on?

I have a free elective in my final undergrad semester. What should I take? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Dec 16, 2012 - 40 answers

What are the best "best ways to learn X"?

What are the best curated syllabi for learning something new on the internet? [more inside]
posted by oqrothsc on Dec 13, 2012 - 3 answers

How does a college class get accredited?

Education filter: How do you get a class accredited at a community college? Does it depend on the individual state or local system? Who would be the right people to talk to understand this process? Thank you!
posted by tessalations999 on Nov 30, 2012 - 11 answers

Best way to learn French in my spare time?

Hi everyone, I am a 24 y/o English native about to start a PhD in London. During the next 3 years, I would very much like to begin learning French alongside my doctoral studies, and I am interested in finding out the most effective and efficient way of going about this. Realistically I will probably be able and willing to dedicate between one and two hours a day to studying French. I am interested in learning to both speak and write the language in equal measure. Any advice is much appreciated.
posted by FuckingAwesome on Nov 23, 2012 - 13 answers

Education as Heresy in the Middle Ages

Did the Catholic Church actively suppress literacy and education during the Middle Ages, or was it simply a byproduct of the era? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 4, 2012 - 28 answers

Like something from Yoda, but not...

Quote suggestions from science fiction/fantasy books or stories related to teaching? [more inside]
posted by xenization on Oct 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Gauss, Escher, Bach. Give me math that doesn't read like math!

I have a very strong background in humanities but I've completed three-year undergraduate course in math. Though I passed it without trouble, I feel like traditional textbooks didn't teach make me understand a lot. What are best math resources (books, but not necessarily) that instead of trying to look like PM read more like literature or work on your intuition and talk about big picture implications instead? Something like Godel, Escher, Bach for various areas of mathematics. [more inside]
posted by desultory_banyan on Sep 27, 2012 - 25 answers

Digital Learning in a School

Educators of MeFi, help me find some great digital learning techniques and resources. [more inside]
posted by brilliantmistake on Sep 25, 2012 - 3 answers

Basic steps to put some zoom in my Zumba?

I'm a dude, pushing 40, relatively uncoordinated with very little rhythm, and taking a Zumba class. Can you assign me some homework? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Sep 19, 2012 - 16 answers

My son was just diagnosed with Nonverbal Learning Disorder. Tips and advice for coping please!

My 12 year old son was just diagnosed with Nonverbal Learning Disorder. Please help me to not catastrophize. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2012 - 11 answers

educationfilter: I am becoming a teacher this upcoming year and I'll like to solicit the Hive mind's advice for the best, most innovative, effective educational bits of wisdom, advice, and methods you've done as a teacher or had a a teacher do with you or your class. Examples of precisely what I mean below the fold

educationfilter: I am becoming a teacher this upcoming year and I'll like to solicit the Hive mind's advice for the best, most innovative, effective educational bits of wisdom, advice, and methods you've done as a teacher or had a a teacher do with you or your class. Examples of what I'm looking for below the fold. [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue on Jun 20, 2012 - 25 answers

Best place to learn english.

I have spoken english fluently since I was a child but I know many people that would like to learn or are trying to learn how to speak english. In my opinion the best method is full on immersion in an english speaking country. What would be the best country or place for this to happen? [more inside]
posted by mikeanegus on Jun 8, 2012 - 17 answers

Role and efficacy of hand "scribing" in learning

Is there any research either supporting or negating the importance of manual symbol making in learning? I'm thinking that manual symbol making, going back to diagrams in the earth, must be a well evolved capability, and that when we write something down all sorts of neural pathways are employed, and that those pathways and associations facilitate learning. [more inside]
posted by Kevin S on May 20, 2012 - 2 answers

Where can I find studyblue alternatives?

My favorite study website removed its note-taking feature. I want to find another virtual backpack service with as many options as studyblue used to have. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by mekko on May 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Successful Project-Based Learning You've Seen?

Project based learning and interdisciplinary teaching! I'm a high school science teacher working with an enthusiastic English teacher and we're trying to find the best project ideas to use in summer school (and beyond if successful). [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Mar 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me help my son learn about planes. And about learning.

My 11-year-old son wants to learn about jet planes. Help me help him learn. [more inside]
posted by eleyna on Mar 14, 2012 - 15 answers

Citizen Science in the Middle School Classroom

I am looking for great citizen science projects for my students to get involved in! [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on Feb 14, 2012 - 15 answers

We don't need no thought control...

I'm going to college! (fo' realz this time, yo). So, what should I study? (or, How do I learn to stop worrying I won't get to do everything and love just one subject?) [more inside]
posted by Seiten Taisei on Feb 9, 2012 - 19 answers

Make me Handy!

I'd like to get better at fixing things and diagnosing problems--particularly electronics and household stuff. Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl on Jan 27, 2012 - 5 answers

How to become a mechanic? With SA?

How does a person become a mechanic, ideally, and is this line of work compatible with social anxiety? [more inside]
posted by MrFish on Jan 16, 2012 - 27 answers

Documentaries on inspiring music education

What are the most inspiring, exciting documentaries on music education? [more inside]
posted by ChristopherS on Jan 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Looking for titles to learn beginner world religions

I'm very interested in world religions. I have picked up a few titles but I find them extremely difficult I am hoping people here can recommend some starter titles. I am a masters degree educator. I know very little on this subject and I seem to get it twisted quickly. Please recommend titles to start reading to build upon. [more inside]
posted by femmme on Jan 2, 2012 - 15 answers

Grasping a Liberal Arts Degree and Practically applying Structured Education- Where to start?

Grasping a Liberal Arts Degree and Practically applying Structured Education- Where to start? •What practical resources are available that will help me build a perspective and prepare myself for the work of structured education? •What resources are available that will help me sharpen the pathway I am attempting to find and pave? •What sort of experiences will be very applicable to immediate, real-life circumstances and livelihood? •How to "best apply" a Liberal Arts Degree, and other options? •Other tricks, tips, and hints for using college as a filter to a more enriched life? [more inside]
posted by thewolfandewe on Dec 8, 2011 - 12 answers

help this non clinical administrator get a clinical education!

I am currently an Administrative Fellow in a 3 hospital system (graduated with my Masters in Healthcare Administration in May.) What is the best way for me, being non-clinical, to learn clinical "lingo"/get a clinical "education"? [more inside]
posted by knockoutking on Oct 19, 2011 - 9 answers

Show Me Don't Tell Me

Please recommend educational video podcasts that really make good use of the video component, with demonstrations, artwork, or animations. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Oct 6, 2011 - 5 answers

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