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January 21

COPPA woes- 13 to use the internet

I'm a teacher of Year 7 (ages 11-14, generally 12-13). There's a character strengths survey we'd like to use, however, this is age restricted, and most of our students are under 13! [more inside]
posted by freethefeet at 11:19 PM - 6 answers

January 20

Is a master's in public policy going to still be valuable with the rise

I have been contemplating on doing a master's in economics or public policy (or one first and the other second). Will public policy still be valuable with the rise of computer science/STEM? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 5:28 PM - 4 answers

January 18

ISO Paid Service/Consultant to Help Me Find Right Online Degree Program

Too much noise on this subject and I'm "too unique" of a student to find applicable advice. [more inside]
posted by BeatriceB at 4:06 PM - 4 answers

January 16

Standardized tests, as a way to evaluate and rank public high schools

In Ontario, we have EQAO testing. Fraser Institute (which has conservative ties) uses this data to rank schools. I don’t believe these standardized tests and rankings are particularly useful in evaluating whether a given high school will better serve the average student than a lower ranking high school (assume no special needs or disadvantaged socio-economic circumstances etc). Give me your succinct arguments supporting this position.
posted by walkinginsunshine at 12:34 PM - 15 answers

Quiz my french via android

I want an app to do French drills. Verb conjugations, pronouns, agreements, stuff like that or some subset if that. Less interested in vocab. Please recommend apps for Android. I tried VerbSquirt but I dislike 1. The timer that won't give you full "points" unless you produce in less than 1 second and 2. that it doesn't have all verb tenses (e.g missing past tense and subjunctive among others)
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 10:47 AM - 2 answers

January 15

Songs to use as Grade 5/6 poetry appreciation

I have to cover poetry with my Grade 5/6 class and was hoping to devote one class a week to a 'song of the week' activity where we could use song lyrics as an entry point. Looking for some good songs to use. Snowflake details inside :-) [more inside]
posted by ficbot at 6:40 AM - 33 answers

January 10

What does ace mean in this context

I have a quick dumb question. If you look here, I have no idea what "ace" means. I mean yes obviously Parvati is the best. However I don't get what ace means.
posted by Pyrogenesis at 10:06 AM - 8 answers

Refresh my french fast online - Grammar/verb tenses/conjugations mostly

After many years of not taking or using french, I will be taking a french course to refresh my French. My french was pretty decent once upon a time. I feel like when I get back into it, I will remember A LOT in just a 2-5 hours of instruction. So I'd like to get those 2-5 hours done BEFORE the placement test. Where can I do this online? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 6:54 AM - 10 answers

January 8

Careers in tech company with a statistics and programming background?

I am interested in working for a tech company, but I have a non-STEM degree. I would eventually like to do a master's that some how combines statistics, r programming/python, and some economics if possible. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 11:35 AM - 8 answers

January 7

Title I schools + college admissions?

People who know about college admissions: Does being from a Title I high school benefit a student when applying for colleges? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 1:44 PM - 3 answers

Help My Teen Son Find A Vocation/Trade/Profession

My stepson (17 almost 18, slightly on the spectrum) pretty much wants to hide in this room and play video games and watch YouTube all day. I know this is standard teen operations, but my wife and I would like to help him discover a career, a trade, a profession that he could get excited about. Help us help him! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:08 AM - 24 answers

January 6

Why Do We Dread Learning?

Hi folks, I'm a self-taught software developer trying to make the jump to a big tech firm. I am currently studying algorithms and data structures to prepare for interviews. I always feel a bit "frightened", I would say, before I start studying; it is something that I am not looking forward to. However, once I actually sit down and start learning, I honestly find it to be very enjoyable. I've noticed I feel this way almost any time I am learning something new - the time leading up to the studying is not pleasant, but once I sit down to learn, I am have a good time. Does this "fright before the storm" have a name? Has it been studied by psychologists?
posted by stevenpl at 8:02 PM - 15 answers

Seeking an online intro to programming course for college credit

2020 update to this question. I'm looking for an introductory programming course that can be taken this spring for college credit. Any suggestions/ recommendations/ other input would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by oceano at 4:36 PM - 5 answers

January 5

data science + libraries + education + research

I've been teaching data skills with a masters in and out of libraries. I ALSO see the appeal of pursuing a phd to go a more traditional faculty route. How would you compare instructional librarianship to faculty/professor roles? [more inside]
posted by Sock Meets Body at 10:28 PM - 3 answers

January 4

Apps and resources for the unscheduled life

I'm recently curious about a life that is rich and full of meaningful activities, where one does the things one wants to do frequently enough for growth, but without scheduled/daily consistency. Think an artist without a fixed job or daily routine. I'm wondering about your favourite apps to track and journal each day of this life in order to reflect upon it and improve it, or books, articles and examples of people who live it.
posted by miaow at 6:35 PM - 5 answers

World history books for a sheltered young teen?

Looking for books on world history (i.e. not solely or primarily focused on Europe and the US) that are suitable for an inquisitive 14-year-old from a sheltered background. [more inside]
posted by Harvey Manfrenjensenden at 12:26 PM - 23 answers

January 2

Computer Science Fair Experiments

My kid (7 yo, 2nd grade) attends a program where they're doing an optional science fair in March. He's never done such a thing before and he's going to need some help coming up with an experiment. It must be a true experiment rather than a demonstration (it must follow the scientific method, have a hypothesis, etc...). His primary interest is computers and coding. I'd like to be able to suggest a few possible projects to get him started. [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen at 6:16 AM - 15 answers

December 29, 2019

Almost 10 year old just diagnosed with ADD. Now what?

After testing with a child psychologist, she confirmed what I had suspected which is that our almost 10-year old son has ADD (but NOT ADHD). He has pretty significant deficits in working memory (nothing in the lower average range, but definitely way below normal). [more inside]
posted by tafetta, darling! at 9:08 AM - 5 answers

December 23, 2019

Best Bible for the Kindle?

I'd like to read the Bible on my Kindle. This could be an annotated version, or just the straight up Bible. I don;t know anything about it, so do mention all kinds of Bibles. I wanna read all the weird stories, the glorious stuff, the terrible stuff, the digressions, the revelations, the Hebrew Bible, the pre-Jesus stuff, the whatnots, the what-have-yous. So please do recommend.
posted by beshtya at 10:52 AM - 10 answers

Resources for telling stories to kids ages 5-8

I tell stories to kids professionally. I've written a bunch of stories that have science concepts in them and together with some inventions I've made I put on a show for them. My stories work great for kids ages 9 and up or so, but I often get asked to perform to students in US grades K-2 (ages 5-8) and I sometimes lose these younger audiences. What resources should I seek out to improve my performances for these kids? [more inside]
posted by Archibald Edmund Binns at 9:16 AM - 1 answers

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