"Teaching" as we know it is going to be replaced. We will always have teachers and people that foster learning but it will not be done as it is done now.
Yep, teachers are just going to keep incorporating new technologies... like blackboards and whiteboards and textbooks and transparencies and TVs and computers and projectors and the internet and laboratory equipment. But kids that can learn on their own will continue to learn on their own, and teachers will be there to try to keep those students engaged and motivated and get the best that they can out of the rest.
Why does a tiny small school in the middle of nowhere need both a French AND Spanish teacher when you could have someone in Spain and France teaching them through Youtube and interacting through Skype. Look at how Duolingo has taken off. That's something that can be introduced to a 3 year old and they will intuitively pick up without fighting 13 years of trying to 'unlearn' some things in English.
I'll check out duolingo, but usually it's relatively difficult for a native speaker to teach their "milk" language to a mature student learning it as a second language. My wife is a native Russian speaker, but she only professionally teaches her other languages (German, Spanish, ESoL) since her knowledge of those is more academic than guttural. Later on when you're ready to try to pick out the nuances of native speakers, then you're much better off doing a full immersion program abroad if you really want to work on fine-tuning your accent and tone and colloquialisms. It's actually pretty silly that many foreign language education programs really insist on hiring native speakers for beginner - intermediate language education.
Eh, we're not going to get rid of teachers. They're just going to have more tools and instructional models at their disposal.
This sounds like a good instructional model. After all, one of the best ways to truly learn a topic is to attempt to teach it to someone else.
I'm pretty sure they're going to find out they still need someone in a "teacher" role to monitor progress, resolve conflicts, keep students motivated, adapt the curriculum to individual students' abilities and learning styles, and so on.
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Just like the tablet editions, the phone versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint won't cost you a penny, allowing for the viewing and editing of a range of files when on the move. There is a cloud focus with support for not only OneDrive, but also Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box, and Microsoft says it has made changes based on the feedback received during the preview period.
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You are absolutely right. And the reason for that is that I am a cheapskate.
Most museums have language saying how much of the membership fee is tax deductible, so you wouldn't be able to deduct a portion of your membership fee that represented the "fair market value" of any merchandise or "admission tickets" that your annual passes represent. But then the bulk of the fee actually goes on to support the operation and is tax deductible. And of course you can simply donate more than the minimum recommended membership amount. But money that goes to a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit is charity as far as the IRS is concerned, so why not include it in your calculation for your charitable giving? It's not like the girl-scout cookies you buy from your neighbors is tax deductible (well, apparently it is if you donate the cookies to someone else).
Anyway, we may all hate playing taxes, but why not take some joy in the tax incentive meta-game?
I've been pretty happy using python for prototyping, and it's actually fairly fast using a JIT wrapper like pypy. And the C++ bindings are there for when you have to rewrite one of your modules for performance. There's even an interface to Boost and maybe even ASIO if you want to tinker with those for some reason... I played with some Boost libs briefly years ago but found they added too much complexity and got by fine using much cleaner "pure" python modules instead.
On the other hand, network access is also a critical part of the project and I am worried about the effort it takes to make cross platform code for both network and disk access. I have been working in the Java / C# world for the past decade and things like TCP/IP and SSL have just been done for me by core libraries. Do libraries like Boost or Asio do a good job of abstracting these aspects away? Or are there other options for doing granular memory and disk management with more high level languages that have better cross-platform library support? I am willing to brush up on my C/C++ skills if necessary but want to spend as much time as possible developing the unique and potentially innovative parts of my project. Thanks for any advice you can provide.
Not a complete filesystem-level solution. But I'm pretty happy with KeePass for sensitive stuff.
Using the KeePassX client on Linux, with the
KeePass2Android on our phones. We have a secret key not stored on Google Drive, and a passphrase to unlock that. Haven't had any trouble with the automatic sync of the
If encfs works fairly well on Linux, what's stopping you from getting http://linuxonandroid.org/ working on Android and mounting your encfs file in a full Linux chroot environment? Then on Windows just run a Linux VM that exports a Samba share of the unencrypted files.
The other thing I've always done since forever is just use my phone / internet kiosk to VNC+SSH back to my home PC.
What is YMMV?
"Your mileage may vary"
Oh, I dunno, I haven't regretted making tax-deductible membership contributions to educational stuff run by our evil government, such as:
* National Parks Annual Pass - usually pays for itself within 4 visits, and always provides the best experiences our country has to offer.
* Science Museum Annual Pass - this is typically a state-funded thing, but the passes often have reciprocity at science centers across the country. Some are more amazing than others, but all are great places to take kids on rainy days.
* Smithsonian Institution - yeah, more useful if you live or visit near the nation's capitol, but these museums house or nation's treasures and make them free for all.
Can't really go wrong with any of these, all are staffed by amazing, capable, motivated, and certainly underpaid US gov't workers. But of course, YMMV.
That's pretty impressive, I always enjoy your posts and hope I'm half as awesome as you when I get to that certain age (though it's not actually that far off nowadays).
What percentage of income do other people spend on directing support to charity? I always feel woefully inadequate since we only do maybe a few hundred dollars per year, which comes out to fractions of a percent of our joint income. OTOH, we feel like we're pretty frugal with money and don't really waste anything... no entertainment budget for movies or Netflix, eat out cheap just a couple of times a week, maybe one vacation per year, and the rest goes to mortgage and utilities and education activities for the kids, as well as some minimal token amount for 401k and 529 savings plans.
I hear Muslims are more or less required to donate something like 5% of their income to charity, so I wonder what that says about my prospects towards society if I'm only puttering around at one tenth of that