Anybody here familiar with that old school technology of making presentations (usually for pre-school children) using a cloth backdrop (maybe felt) and sticking cut out objects on and off of it, for storytelling? I need to rig up something like that for online teaching of kids. Pretty sure it doesn’t use Velcro (what they call “magic tape” here in Japan) because the objects affixed to the background come off very easily, and quietly. Anyone who knows about exactly what it is that they use for this, please inform! Thanks.
After many years of teaching high school world language classes, I will be switching to teaching ESOL/ELL in elementary school. Educators who have made the switch either way, I'd love your advice and anecdotes! [more inside]
Looking for a product I saw in an ad a while back - basically an electrical engineering course mailed to you in a box, but with a fictional wrapper where you're a stranded astronaut completing these engineering projects in order to escape. [more inside]
I went to college 2 hours from home, in an easily accessible big city. Now KidBlahLaLa will be going to college in the fall at a school that is far away + in a remote area that's hard to get to. Parents who've dealt this, how did you manage the practical and psychological ramifications of having your kid so far away? [more inside]
I have some Kids in my life who are doing online school like every kid. They are struggling, and their teacher is... out of her element. [more inside]
How should I approach developing an intuition for how to create the sounds I want with the (very expansive) palette of Ableton Live? 女人与马z00z0o[more inside]
At the tender age of 32, and with no college degrees whatsoever, I have decided that I am going to become a scientist. I'd like to start pinning down, however roughly, which STEM field I'm aiming for. Are you a scientist or otherwise working in a STEM field? Do you love, hate, or just tolerate your job? Does your job fit any of my criteria below, or do you know of one that definitely does - or definitely does not? Please let me know! [more inside]
For people who are in the know about medical jobs, what are some great jobs that pay well, are in demand, and would be a good fit for someone with a strong background in chemistry? [more inside]
I teach a comparative text study to high school students and am considering Educated as a possible text of study. Can you recommend some films, plays or a novella that would compare well, thematically? [more inside]
Where to donate laptops for NYC public school remote students in need? [more inside]
I'm looking for great essays/articles (non-academic/academic) on any aspect of climate change. The target audience is non-science undergrads, with an interest in this issue. I'll be supplying two or three weeks of basic science as a background against which to read the essays. Thank you! [more inside]
I'm teaching an Intro to CS course in high school and want to use the short week before Thanksgiving to introduce them to a command-line OS — namely, Bash on some vanilla Linux (Debian, I assume). How do I induce them to conclude anything other than "wow, command-line is a pain in the ass?" [more inside]
Which people or groups are working against credentialism/education inflation in the US? How can I get involved in this? I'm specifically wanting groups I could join that work towards eliminating unnecessary higher education degree requirements (and therefore making students take out huge loans for jobs that will never pay enough to cover them).
I have an 8-year-old boy who wants to learn how to program games. What are the resources I should assemble? [more inside]
Hey University Students! Some of my law classes this year offer a take-home exam option. I have never written a take-home exam and have been out of school for a decade... I've never even written an exam on a computer! How do you approach a take-home versus classroom exams? Any advice for take-home exams, especially in the context of high-pressure, post-graduate degrees? [more inside]
I have some professional development funding to use up, and would like to use it for courses related to data analytics and visualization, but there are a few catches that are making this harder than it should be... [more inside]
So, I'm considering some longshot applications. I'm a CS Major I didn't take as much math as stats majors or math majors. I took the usuals Calc, Linear Algebra, Stats, Probability, Operations Research and I guess you could say AI and Operating Systems involve a lot of math. I don't suppose this is common? I'm mainly looking at programs in Canada with universities that have strong research in mathematical finance and actuarial science. [more inside]
My 8-year old son is wild for Gravity Falls, and is very into things that have a similar vibe: Ancient Egypt, Mesoamerican cultures, secret codes, mysterious secrets, hidden rooms, cryptids, conspiracy theories, myths, black holes, space-time. I am homeschooling him due to COVID-19, and the key to keeping him engaged is to make use of his interests. What fiction and non-fiction books, tv or movies, video games, subjects of interest, historical events, etc. would a Gravity Falls-loving kid be interested in? [more inside]
So, I guess this comes from grad school applications. I'm applying to grad school in Canada. I want to get an MSc(thesis) in math or computer science. I'm also an international student. Quite frankly I hate the process of applying. It takes incredible effort and there's really no certainty of anything. I don't know how to cope with that. [more inside]
What is your advice for setting up meetings in Zoom that are more like panel discussions rather than open meetings, but not large enough to require a Zoom Webinar? [more inside]
I am teaching on Zoom. [more inside]
Our child is doing online classes via Microsoft Teams. We do not have a laptop or webcam so we use an iPhone, which is not great. We were thinking about getting a webcam but now we're thinking it may be a better value to get a tablet in the upcoming Amazon Prime sale. However, Fire tablets apparently don't do Teams. What other <$100 CDN Teams-friendly brands or models should we keep an eye out for, either available from Amazon Canada or another Canadian retailer? [more inside]女人与马z00z0o
I am taking a class (online) for the first time in 30 years. I have no idea how to take notes. Like, I literally do not know what to write down. Help? [more inside]
Ok nerds, help me out! In the past I've played a very large flashcard game with my classes (in person) regarding rhetorical strategies and definitions and examples. The game plays in that I randomly distribute the 70+ cards to my students, we start with one student reading a definition from a card, and the students have to figure out the word that matches the definition. That card is then read "I have , who has ?" [more inside]
The problem is I know almost nothing, not even what I don't know. [more inside]
Without consciously meaning to, I’ve spent the past ten-plus years in academia. I’m eager to get out, but to what? Help me brainstorm some job options. [more inside]
My family spent some time last year trying to parse how Los Angeles Unified School District works: how elementary schools are assigned, magnets, gifted programs, charter enrolement, etc. We struggled! We felt dirty! And now we're trying to do it all over again for NYC. Please help! [more inside]
I did a microagression and I'm considering whether and how I should apologize further. Details within. [more inside]
I teach online webinar classes in Drivers Ed for teens. I also train employees how to conduct in-car driving lessons. I found out that my company recorded some webinars I've given and is using them as training videos. Aside from my (many) safety concerns, is it legal to use an employee's likeness/voice to bring in money for the company without the employee's rights being waived, or a compensation agreement in writing? [more inside]
I have been realizing more and more that I've forgotten most of the history I learned in primary school and college. I work/study in a STEM field, but in my free time I am very interested in leftist politics and organizing. However, I think having a good baseline understanding of US history as well as major events in international history is really important to discussing politics with people at a deeper level. Details on the types of resources I'm looking for below the line. [more inside]
It's looking like my district is planning on going back and I'll be in the school building anywhere between one day to five days per week. I'm scared about getting the virus and I'm horrified about passing the virus to my kids to bring home to their families. I'm trying to figure out what supplies I want, and starting to amass them now (in case they get even scarcer as we get closer to the date). I'd like to hear from other teachers and people with knowledge of PPE about what makes sense for the classroom/school building that an individual can reasonably acquire and use. [more inside]
Would you recommend any podcasts, or individual episodes, on edicational community engagement? Specifically, university-level STEM educators engaging with school-age children or the wider community but anything similar will be useful.
If I'm going to be homeschooling my kids I'd love to at least avoid messing them up. I know this body of research changes all the time, and it's a thorny topic for all sorts of reasons, and all kids are different, and we need to lower our expectations during this awful pandemic. But all that being said, there are people whose job it is to study how to teach children better. Are there any good places where I can learn what to do and what not to do, at least according to some reasonable consensus of experts? If nothing else it would be comforting for me. Thank you!
I’m doing some research on funding for homeschoolers and charter schools catering to them. I know that California has placed a hold on increased enrollment in online charter schools. I also know Florida received a federal waiver to increase charter school funding, but for very limited categories. Are there any states allowing charter schools to increase enrollment at the moment? It seems so unfair to all the parents choosing to homeschool their kids this year for very understandable reasons.
Calling all parents and educators! Where are the good online classes and resources to get kids engaged and interacting with each other? My kids (4 and 5) are going feral at home and I feel like I'm failing at their education. Help. [more inside]
I have a 15 yr old daughter who is bright, curious and bored during the social isolation. Am searching for an online tutor/guide for a small group of 14/15/16 year olds to show them amazing not so academic things. [more inside]
Does anyone know of an add on for Zoom that will let you show your face and a document in the same window? [more inside]
Pedagogy for many decades has emphasized active learning, using lots of teaching aids, hands-on tools, and art materials to undertake projects and complete labs in a highly social environment that often involves small groups of students close together. It seems difficult to accomplish anything comparable with everyone 6-feet apart and wearing masks. What kind of active learning can reasonably happen in the era of COVID-19? Have any good guidelines been published yet? I am very unclear about what the in-person classroom experience will and should be like this year.
Dissatisfied with what I’m currently doing, thinking about next steps. Should I go to grad school for library science, education, or something else? [more inside]
A fairly substantial part of my job (Environmental, Health and Safety Manager) is to train coworkers. I've never had any formal training on this, it's all been on-the-job learning, trial and error of what seems to get concepts to stick, and repeating techniques that have worked well for me. I'd like to take a class on how to teach adults, and basic educational theory. Googling around, I've found several options, but wanted to see if the hive mind had any specific recommendations on adult education or train-the-trainer type of classes. Online preferred, and probably the only real option at this point in time. Thanks!
I'm about to take a short, 6 week course on film history from 1945 onward. I'm unfamiliar with many of these films, several of which are from other cultures than my own (USA). If you have some subject matter knowledge on any one or more of these and can recommend short, essay length readings that I can read in advance of viewing to prepare me to appreciate the films more, I'd love to have those recommendations. Film list inside. [more inside]
I'm an expat music educator and am contemplating a return to my home country in a few years' time. Given the complications and considerations that COVID is presenting for the field of education, I am seriously considering a change of career on my return home. More details inside... [more inside]
My 5-year-old has recently discovered Google Earth. How can I turn this into something at least somewhat educational? [more inside]
I am a university lecturer in Oz. I teach, among other things, film and media. Part of that is showing films to the class, everything from contemporary cinema and blockbusters to public domain but difficult to source material. Group screenings previously happened via DVD on campus but we have moved online. [more inside]
What to purchase with a small budget to improve a HyFlex or totally online course? [more inside]
Help me up my game for recording zoom sessions and asynchronous tutorials for this fall's classes. What equipment do I need? Extra level of difficulty: closeups of soldering/stitching/making. [more inside]
The public high school I graduated from years (decades) ago has always had a lot of ignorant racist students. And in some cases the teachers were no better. Obviously this is a multi-faceted problem with no easy solution. But are there any discrete things I could do, perhaps through donation or endowment, to make a dent?
What is the best free TTS to mp3 downloads for foreign languages, specifically for learning German? [more inside]
First, I've asked a ton of questions related to this, it's annoying yes, but I want to apply to a masters degree and part of doing that is doing research and asking questions to narrow down the scope. [more inside]
I'm going to have some time on my hands, so I'm looking for free online training courses that focus on building skills for teaching online with undergrads. Areas of interest include online pedagogy/instructional design in general, as well as the following topic areas among others: climate change, social science, qualitative methods/ethnography, technology/society/ethics, history of technology, communication, and so on. Thank you! [more inside]