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How students apply what they've learned is more important than a letter or number grade.
- Schools are places where learning happens, but how much of what students learn there matters? "Almost all of our learning happens through experience and very little of it actually happens in these kinds of organized, contrived, constrained environments," argues Will Richardson, co-founder of The Big Questions Institute and one of the world's leading edupreneurs.
- There is a shift starting, Richardson says, in terms of how we look at grading and assessments and how they have traditionally dictated students' futures. Consortiums like Mastery.com are pushing back on the idea that what students know can be reflected in numbers and letter grades.
- One of the crucial steps in changing how things are done is first changing the narratives. Students should be assessed on how they can apply what they've learned, not scored based on what they know.
Don't worry about grammar rules at first. They'll only trip you up.
- Learning a language can be a tricky process, but it's important to remember that it is a process.
- Having learned 20 languages so far, Canadian polyglot and LingQ founder Steve Kaufmann's advice is to not focus on the grammar. Constantly thinking about the rules while attempting to speak only makes it harder.
- Investing time (often several months) into listening, reading, and practicing words before trying to speak a language will help you feel more comfortable with it. You will make mistakes, but you will learn from them and people will be patient with you.
It takes a special person with a special set of skills to reach students on an emotional level.
- Teachers have arguably the most important job on Earth. It's their responsibility to help shape who young people will become by inspiring them and connecting with them as human beings.
- Trust has to be earned before any meaningful learning can happen.
- The superpower that poet and children's fiction author Kwame Alexander learned from his mother is the ability to connect emotionally with his audience first so that they are open and interested in tackling heavier subjects and having challenging conversations.
With the coronavirus pandemic upending summer plans, now's the perfect time to learn something new.
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Harvard and MIT founded edX, a massive open online course platform, in 2012.
Education free of charge<p>Granted, universities have been creating MOOCs for longer than novel coronavirus has been around. edX and Coursera were both introduced in 2012. But in light of the need induced by the pandemic, universities and course providers have stepped up their efforts to issue free, far-reaching education materials.</p><p><a href="https://www.classcentral.com/about" target="_blank">Class Central</a>, a listing for online courses, maintains a page dedicated to free courses issued in response to COVID-19. Continuously updated, it's a massive resource for those looking to upskill or increase their knowledge while shelter-in-place restrictions remain in effect.</p><p>The website maintains a robust catalog of free online classes and <a href="https://www.classcentral.com/universities" target="_blank">the universities offering them</a>, too. As of this writing, <a href="https://www.classcentral.com/collection/ivy-league-moocs?page=3" target="_blank">it lists more than 400 free online courses</a> from Ivy League universities. Available subjects were as diverse as mythology, Linux basics, data science, religious literacy, Roman architecture, and the ethics of eating. The catalog is simply too expansive to do it justice here.</p><p>Because these courses are from Ivy League schools, many are taught by instructors at the top of their field. For example, Harvard professor <a href="https://english.fas.harvard.edu/people/stephen-greenblatt" target="_blank">Stephen Greenblatt</a> teaches the currently available classes on "<a href="https://www.classcentral.com/course/edx-shakespeare-s-othello-the-moor-11951" target="_blank">Othello</a>" and "<a href="https://www.classcentral.com/course/edx-shakespeare-s-hamlet-the-ghost-7016" target="_blank">Hamlet</a>." He's also the general editor to the "Norton Anthology of English Literature."</p>
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Will coronavirus change education?<p>Summers will return as we remember them, but many experts wonder whether education has been irreversibly changed by the pandemic.</p><p>"The horrible loss and fallout of the pandemic are unmistakable, but for so many in education, this is a crisis that simply cannot be wasted. Historically, transformation comes primarily when there are forcing conditions— when the current model simply cannot be sustained," <a href="https://bigthink.com/future-of-learning/education-innovation" target="_self">Craig Vezina</a>, executive director of Z-17, wrote.</p><p>As schools and parents scramble to teach children spread across towns, and university students increasingly receive their education through screens, online learning will continue to expand its share of educational systems. Whether online learning is better or worse than traditional education is a question with many nuances—one too complex to answer here. Either way, the barriers to online education will continue to become more permeable, allowing more people to access it.</p>
A new study may help us better understand how children build social cognition through caregiver interaction.
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Babies imitated by the researcher (shown in green) gave their imitator more attention, smiles, and approaching behavior than babies who received a non-imitative response (blue).