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Category Archive: ADULT ONLINE LEARNING: Current trends

Oct
12

Quality university classes from your own home for free. For real.

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What if you could learn from outstanding professors in a class with students from all over the world, without ever leaving your home?  Even while wearing  pyjamas!? If you’ve been itching to further your education, but can’t work campus into your busy schedule, then you’ll be excited about Coursera.  Read on about this new wave …

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Dec
14

Four Educational gifts adults and kids will love

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If you’re looking for a gift that is brainy and entertaining, here are  four  recommendations for a variety of ages that are sure to please. WISE ALEC. I love Trivia games, but it’s difficult to find one that levels the playing field so everyone in the family can play. Wise Alec makes it easy to …

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Nov
30

In honour of Mark Twain’s birthday: “I’ve never let school interfere with my education.”

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Happy birthday, Mark Twain! Born in Missouri on Nov. 30th, 1835, Twain (real name Samuel Longhorne Clemens,) was an American novelist and humourist.   He is best remembered for his novels “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” I happen to adore Twain’s witticisms, and for a man whose formal schooling …

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Nov
01

READ TO ME! Audible.com lets you and your kids listen to books any time, anywhere.

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Problem #1: You’re at the gym at the 15 minute mark on the elliptical, desperate for a distraction that will take away the tedium.  The magazine in front of you just isn’t cutting it, and what’s worse you’re getting blurry-eyed from trying to read while bobbing up and down. Problem #2:  You’re stuck in the …

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Oct
22

Quick art history clips on Khan Academy!

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  Because it wasn’t enough for Khan Academy to draw millions of students to their math lessons, they have also included clips on famous paintings.  It looks like the project is not 100% complete yet, but getting there.  Collaborating with “Smart History”, the lessons are organized by paintings categorized under various themes and periods.  In …

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Oct
07

Math with Khan Academy online: Believe the hype!

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At first I didn’t really get it. For years educators and governments have been breaking their heads trying to figure out how best to teach kids math.  We’ve seen cool graphics, manipulatives, games, and fancy technology.  Yet, the familiar refrains return: “I hate math!” “Math’s so boring!” “It’s too hard!”  Along comes Khan Academy.
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Sep
27

Are you an apostrophe abuser or neglecter? Take this test to find out!

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Last week I blogged about two horrible fashion faux pas:  Apostrophe abuse, and apostrophe neglect.  Thanks to Educationdiva subscriber Tamar, who found the Apostrophe Protection Society based out of the U.K. (where else?)  The APS has devised a short quiz to test your apostrophe usage.  Test yourself, and pass it on to your spouse, kids, …

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Sep
16

LEARN ITALIAN WITH A PRIVATE TUTOR ON SKYPE!

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Who doesn’t dream of learning Italian while meandering through the narrow streets of Rome? I have wanted to learn Italian for a long time, and have found the next best thing to immersion in Italy.  The only downside is the lack of gelati and art, but it will have to do until we can travel …

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Sep
06

The Great Courses: A treasure trove of knowledge one click away!

This September my kids and I went back to school.  Only I get to show up whenever the spirit moves me, and sometimes even in jammies late at night.  I don’t have any grades or tests, and no make-work projects due.  I get to choose whichever courses and teachers most interest me (and there are …

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