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Khan Academy: First programming challenge champs

First programming challenge champs
2012-11-29 00:03:00

Sal picked three submissions to our first programming challenge and made companion videos for them. Congratulations to our challenge champs: Peter Collingridge, tetef, and Justin Helps! Thanks to everyone who spun off a program for the challenge! Peter CollingridgeView Peter’s simulation at http://www.khanacademy.org/cs/challenge-unbiased-estimate-of-population-variance/1169428428 tetefView tetef’s simulation at http://www.khanacademy.org/cs/will-it-converge-towards-1/1167579097 Justin HelpsView Justin’s simulation at http://www.khanacademy.org/cs/unbiased-variance-visualization/1167453164…

 

ALISON: Free course on Introduction to the Human Nervous System launched by ALISON

2012-11-29 00:00:00

Interested in learning about the human nervous system but don't know where to start? Feeling a bit 'nervous'?!

 

ALISON: New course on Basics of Electrical Technology launched by ALISON

2012-11-29 00:00:00

Electricity has transformed our lives and shaped modern society.

 

ALISON: Free course on Understanding the Laws of Supply and Demand launched on ALISON

2012-11-29 00:00:00

How are the prices for a products determined? And how does a producer know how much of a product to make for the market?

 

Udacity: The Original, Free Online AI Class, now on Udacity!

The Original, Free Online AI Class, now on Udacity!
2012-11-28 23:43:00

In the summer of 2011, I saw an announcement about an online course called AI-class. It was taught by two well known experts in the field and seemed like an opportunity that should not be missed. I was lucky to participate in the original class, and it had a great impact on me in many ways. But after the course ended, and especially since I started to work at Udacity, I have talked to a lot of people who missed this opportunity. I was really looking forward to open it up in our new platform. But before I get ahead of myself, some history.* * *This is the story about the beginnings of AI-class - the class that made MOOC history. It was the first online class to graduate more students in the field of Artificial Intelligence than all other brick and mortar classes combined. This class has touched thousands of students and marks the beginning of what you now know as Udacity. The story starts in March 2011 at the TED conference. Sebastian Thrun had presented about self-driving cars, but was…

 

Udemy: How to Learn a Programming Language: 5 Tips from a Professional Trainer

2012-11-28 22:46:00

I’ve spent the last ten years teaching people to program. From groups of students just out of school to developers who’ve been programming since before I was born. In doing so, I’ve noticed there is a right and a wrong way to learn a programming language. Here are five tips I wanted to pass along to you: 1. Understand the “Philosophy” Behind the Language When I was first learning the earliest versions of Java, the language seemed verbose and unnecessarily... Continue reading »…

 

Learning Solutions Magazine: Research for Practitioners: Can Text Messages (SMS) Support Learning? by Clark N. Quinn

Research for Practitioners: Can Text Messages (SMS) Support Learning? by Clark N. Quinn
2012-11-28 06:01:00

Support for learners, especially “at risk” learners, is valuable, but providing learners support beforehand tends not to have long-lasting effects and ongoing methods of support can be cumbersome. Could a lighter weight intervention help? Here is a report on a study that looked at using text messaging to provide ongoing support without being a headache to learners or to staff.

 

Khan Academy: CS challenge: Accretion disk

CS challenge: Accretion disk
2012-11-27 18:54:00

Sal has a new programming challenge — create a simulation that demonstrates how when gravity pulls together a cloud of particles, the matter accretes into a rotating disk like our solar system or galaxy. Vist the challenge here to spin off a copy of the base program and start working! http://www.khanacademy.org/cs/challenge-modeling-accretion-disks/1176457365…

 

: Common Core State Standards Highlight the Use of Technology

2012-11-27 12:01:59

The US educational system is constantly changing to better prepare our students for college and careers and to help us participate in the global community. The Common Core Standards Initiative is a program to help bring a “Clear and Consistent” framework to the American Educational System.… Read the rest…

 

Learning Solutions Magazine: Toolkit: ZebraZapps Goes Pro with New Release! by Joe Ganci

Toolkit: ZebraZapps Goes Pro with New Release! by Joe Ganci
2012-11-27 06:01:00

Allen Interactions has released ZebraZapps Pro. While it contains all of the many features of the earlier version, now called ZebraZapps Creator, it adds several important elements that any serious eLearning developer will want. This review covers all of the new features available in the Pro version.

 

Khan Academy: Door number one, door number two, or door number three?

Door number one, door number two, or door number three?
2012-11-26 22:33:00

Khan Academy volunteer Peter Collingridge has created a computer science simulation that demonstrates what happens when you play “Let’s Make a Deal” with Monty Hall and have to choose what’s behind door number one, two, or three. Watch the simulation here: Monty Hall Simulation Peter’s simulation illustrates Sal’s lesson that it makes sense to change your initial pick after Monty reveals to you that one of doors you didn’t pick has a goat behind it instead of a car.  Monty Hall Problem…

 

Khan Academy: History of the Alphabet

History of the Alphabet
2012-11-26 21:17:00

Instructor Brit Cruise dives into the History of the Alphabet, the fourth video in his series on Information Theory. If you understand the alphabet, you’re ready for information theory! The full series starts here. History of the Alphabet…

 

Udacity: Sebastian Thrun wins Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Education for Udacity work!

Sebastian Thrun wins Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Education for Udacity work!
2012-11-26 18:28:00

We were honored to hear that Sebastian has won the inaugural Smithsonian Ingenuity Award in Education for Udacity! Here's a short intro video from the announcement:As one of nine winners, we're honored to be in the company of such folks as Esperanza Spalding, Elon Musk, Benh Zeitlin, Bryan Stevenson, Pardis Sabeti, Jim Anderson, Anne Kelly Knowles, and high school sophomore, Jack Andraka (amazing!).The full article, How Artificial Intelligence Can Change Higher Education, can be found here.

 

Udacity: Why a Functional Verification Course? (Cross Post from Cadence)

Why a Functional Verification Course? (Cross Post from Cadence)
2012-11-26 17:30:00

This is cross post from Cadence about their Functional Verification Course.  (Original post here.) On-line education pioneer Udacity is partnering with Cadence to offer an upcoming free class in functional hardware verification – but Udacity’s overall mission is quite a bit broader than that. Says David Evans, vice president of education at Udacity: “Our mission is to make high-quality higher education available to everyone in the world, and to keep it free.” It’s an ambitious goal for the young company, which started last year when two artificial intelligence experts – Prof. Sebastian Thune, now Udacity CEO, and Peter Norvig, now Google’s director of research – decided to go on-line with a class they were teaching at Stanford University. It went viral, was picked up by the New York Times, and within a few weeks 160,000 students in over 190 countries had signed up for Udacity’s first class, “Introduction to Artificial…

 

Learning Solutions Magazine: Is it Time for a Change? The Environment Model by Neil Lasher

Is it Time for a Change? The Environment Model by Neil Lasher
2012-11-26 06:01:00

Is the handwriting on the wall for eLearning? The design, development, and delivery of content intended to facilitate learning have undergone many changes. Perhaps it is time to change the way we are doing things. If you believe that eLearning is not providing sufficient value for anything other than “tick box compliance,” read this for a different direction that you may want to consider.

 

Coursera: Professor Profile: Jonathan Tomkin, University of Illinois

Professor Profile: Jonathan Tomkin, University of Illinois
2012-11-25 23:34:11

Editor’s note: Professor Jonathan Tomkin from University of Illinois recently finished his Introduction to Sustainability course. The course will run again starting January 14th. We caught up with him and asked him a few questions about his course and his experience teaching it. Q: Tell us a little about yourself. A: I’m an Aussie living in the Midwest of the United States. My research interest is glaciers and ice sheets, so I’ve always travelled far from home for work. I miss the beach, but I love the people, and the craft beers are pretty good too. It’s a huge blast to be working at the University of Illinois – the folk here are enormously talented, and the opportunities are incredible – such as teaching a course with tens of thousands of participants! Q: What course are you teaching? A: I teach “Introduction to Sustainability ” Q: Why should students be interested in this course? What is the one thing that you hope students…

 

: Conversation with Russell Stannard

Conversation with Russell Stannard
2012-11-25 01:10:46

Conversation on WizIQ The WizIQ conversations are a great way to learn what others are  doing and think about our work as teachers and educators. What tools are we going to use to help our students learn? I have interviewed incredible people.… Read the rest…

 

Khan Academy: First Computer Science Challenge

First Computer Science Challenge
2012-11-22 01:30:00

Sal has created the first Computer Science programming challenge. The challenge is to create a fun, visual CS program that demonstrates a principle from statistics that Sal describes here: Unbiased Estimate of Population Variance Challenge Check out the challenge and start your entry!

 

ALISON: Free course 'Nursing Studies - The Nurse as Team Leader and Teacher' launched by ALISON

2012-11-22 00:00:00

Increasingly, nurses not only treat ailments but also teach people about healthcare.

 

ALISON: Free course on Basic German Language Skills launched by ALISON

2012-11-22 00:00:00

If you would like to sprechen Deutsch, then get started today with our new course!