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Are university rankings the death throes of a dying institution

When China started the rankings I would think it was just to give their universities something to strive for, so they could upgrade their universities to a world acceptable standard. Since then the fabric of the western world has been stretched rather thin, and now a university degree doesn’t automatically mean you are going to get a job. Since the financial crisis unemployment in the EU and the US is still a problem, and a lot of that is in the middle income brackets where university students find jobs. It used to be, you would work in fast food while at university, but now it looks like you keep working there even after you graduate.
Also debt is a big problem in the world and that includes student debt. When the government stops guaranteeing student debt then that will cause a problem for universities. Universities just can’t survive unless they are subsidized. They have come to the point that when the gravy train stops they just don’t know what to do.
And right now there is a trend starting that is away from a university education in favor of short course diplomas that set you up to do one job really well, especially internet related jobs. The top 10 in demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004. What can set you up faster to get into the workforce – a 4 year degree of which up to 50% could be obsolete before you graduate, or a 6 month diploma course you can do on the internet while you are working.
Now the rankings and joining up with sister universities around the globe could be classed as the death throes of a dying industry that is very close to its use by date. The whole education machine could be going the way of newspapers and anything to do with printing including the local printing shop on the corner, because the internet is here. And the internet is changing the world as we know it. The internet could have a bigger impact on the world than the printing press or fire for that matter..
But the biggest change will be when the internet generation or the igens or egens or internet natives or whatever they are called go to university. This is the generation that will be brought up with the internet. They are the generation that do not know life without the internet. And when they start going to university where will they go. Online or on campus what do you think? And in some countries they are already looking at university courses. Why have MOOCs taken off, they have only been around for a few years.
We are the baby boomer generation and we are on the way out. We have sold the house and most of the possessions, brought the camper van and driven off into the sunset, leaving the internet generation to change the planet in ways we never dreamed of. And one of those ways will be education. Already education standards are popping up in many countries, but that wont be able to stop the internet generation from changing a claustrophobic establishment, into something more streamlined and accessible from anywhere on the planet.
The baby boomer generation are running universities, and they are up against change. Are they willing to forgo everything they have dreamed of, to keep their universities as ivory towers of learning or will they join the cyber generation. Virtual universities are still empty now but what will happen when the igens start going to university. We are a few years away yet but we wont have to wait very long.
Why go to a physical campus when you can go to a cyber campus

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In Most Asian and European Countries Now the Children Learn English

In the growth economies of the world most parents want their children to learn English. And they are prepared to pay cold hard cash for after school and weekend classes even though the children learn English in school. While in the supposedly Developed English speaking world the experts have changed the way children learn to read and now kids are leaving school with below standard reading levels.

They changed the system from a very effective reading method to what we have nowadays. Yet in most foreign countries where English is taught in the classroom, the children are taught English using phonics. It is no wonder the children are leaving school better educated that we are in the west. English is a part of their way of life, and if they want to get ahead in the future they must know English. So children and English go together.

Now when children start to learn English as a second language they usually learn it very early. In Asia that usually means while they are still at kindergarten. Then at school they bring in the phonics in grade 5 when the children are 10 to 11 years old. Which is a good time to start the serious learning of English.

In families where the parents speak different languages you usually find the children struggle at school learning the language that is taught at school. But when they get to high school they are proficient in both languages. It is no wonder that Asian children are some of the best students even though English is not their first language. So it looks like English as a second language and children go together overseas. But here in the English speaking world the powers to be are doing their best try and stop struggling learners learning to read English.

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Preparing Schools For The Future

Peter Legrove will be giving a speech to his daughter’s school about the future of education as it could evolve. The internet has changed the world as we know it, but education is a bit slow to change. Just remember the mighty dinosaur was replaced by a rodent the size of a cat. At the moment we do not know what is the dinosaur or what is the cat.

Hello parents, students, teachers, Members of the Board, I’m after a bit of information, thank you.

Has anybody here had anything to do with the Khan Academy, please? Khan spelled K H A N, Thank you, thank you. Has anyone taken part in the Khan Academy, please?
Now, we are at school so you can raise your hands. Thank you, thank you.

Now. What about OpenCourseWare please. Has anyone here had anything to do with opencourseware, like know what it is, or what it does, or have you doen anything from opencourseware. Thank you, thank you.

Now has anyone got any idea what a MOOC is, please. M O O C thank you. Has anybody actually done a MOOC. Thank you.
Raise your hands please we are at school, thank you.

One more thing ‘have you heard of “The Hole in the Wall Project” thank you.

OK thanks.
Now my question to you is. “How can you steer this school into the future, when you do not even know what the present situation in education is?

We are at school now, so for homework preferable this week, but definitely before you make any decisions on the future of this school, google, yahoo, bing or whatever search engine you use.
Khan Academy and watch one of the videos, or better still watch one with your daughter. Khan academy was one of the first threats to the schooling system of today. It started when one person wanted to help his school age relatives to get better at math. And it has now gone around the world. Khan Academy started in 2006.

Next up google MOOCS and find out what they are, then do one or better still, you and your daughters do a different one each. So you know what the present situation in education is. MOOCs are a disruptive technology, that is upsetting the entrenched bureaucracy of the established education industry around the world. MOOCs are changing education as we speak. They are less than three years old. If you do not understand what a Disruptive Technology is, there is a MOOC about it. Do it and find out the future.

Opencourseware is a free online lectures for world class universities around the world, We are talking M.I.T. Yale, Harvard. To be honest Massey is not there.

Now we move onto the “Hole in the Wall Project” An internet connected computer was put in a slum in India to see how the slum kids would react. And they taught themselves English with no teachers, no textbooks and no classroom. They knew English was important so they learned it. The kids taught themselves and each other. Do you know what this means for your daughters? It means your daughters are competing with the slim kids of Calcutta. To find out more, google it. This project was the winner of the TED talks award in 2013. To find out more go to TED talks and listen in on some of the videos, they are usually only 15 minutes long and are very informative.

Your daughters are up against the lifelong learners who learn math from the Khan academy, get qualifications doing MOOCs.

The internet has leveled the playing field in ways you cannot even imagine.

The top 10 most in demand jobs in 2013 did not exist in 2006.

That means life long learning is the future. The jobs your daughters do after they start their working life have not been invented yet. There are two skills your daughters need to survive the future in any profession. Does anybody know what they are? The first one is typing at 60 words a minute plus. Can your daughters type at over 60 words per minute? It looks like video is taking over the future, but the internet is still text on a page. And you have to type to put it there.

The internet is information and to absorb the information you need to survive the future. Your daughters need to be able to read fast and understand what they are reading. Therefore speed reading is part of your daughter’s arsenal for the future. And these two skills you have to learn yourself. Your daughters should start learning these skills now in their spare time, because they will need them.

After the financial crisis of 2007 the world changed. The middle class was destroyed, now the middle class is dead. How does that affect your daughters? Primary school prepared kids for secondary school, secondary school prepared students for university and university prepared young adults for the middle class. Now there is no middle class. If you want to find the middle class you have to go to Asia, Russia, China and India and possible South America. In Europe, America and possible in the Pacific the middle class is dying.

So you can ask, why send your daughters to university, when about half what they learn is obsolete before they graduate. Why let your daughters go into student debt when there is no guarantee of a job. The future is lifelong learning. So what are your daughters going to do. At present university is still on the road to the future and it is still recommended. But for how long.

The system we have in place now does not prepare you for the future. To become a master in your chosen field you need to do 5,000 hours of learning. To become a grand master you need 10,000 hours of learning. So start reading now and doing MOOCs.

The future is Asia. After your daughters graduate from university let them have the option to go to China, Russia, India or possibly South America, to teach English so they can also learn the language. The languages of your daughters generation are Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish, and Portuguese for Brazil.

The future of this school is in the choices you make, but before you make them, google it.
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Learning Is Only A Click Away Even If You Can’t Get To School You Can Still Get On The Internet

Peter Legrove will now talk about how to use the internet to get an education even if you are physically and learning disabled. The internet and internet education have opened up a brave new world where the slum kids of Calcutta, and wheel chair bound persons, are competing with university educated young adults. All on a level playing field. It is up to you the individual to make a difference in your life. And you can with an internet connected computer. The “Hole in the Wall Project” showed that slum kids can teach themselves English with no teachers, no classrooms and no textbooks. So that means you can too.

If you are physically able to use a computer and a keyboard then education is yours for the asking. Being disabled should not stop you from getting an education. There is a whole world out there in cyberspace that wants to teach you. Admittedly money could be a problem depending on which country you live in and your government programs. You should pick a subject that you like and most importantly a subject you can do with your disability. Don’t try and limit yourself and don’t say you can’t do it before you even try. But with the internet you have to be able to write, so that means sitting on a keyboard, and typing the day away and thinking about what to write. If you can do that you’ll be set up for life. The internet is still text on a page and to put it there you have to type. Video seems to be catching up fast but I don’t think it will surpass the written word. Because you can read faster, a lot faster that watching a video. When I listen to podcasts or educational videos, I use vlc video player and I set the speed at 1.5 or 1.6 times, so I can speed listen and that way it doesn’t take so much time.

If nothing else write a book. If you can write a book and sell it then you will have an income. You should first look at how to sell a book because that is the hard part. On the internet there is heaps of free stuff, but you have to work out yourself what is good and what is a waste of time. Very hard to do. Writing a book is the easy part. Selling it is when the problems arise so that is what you have to learn. But it is a good experience. Anyway nearly everything is free on the internet. I use blinkweb.com for my website and with their website builder you can easily make beautiful websites like http://onlinechurch.blinkweb.com/ and it costs you nothing.

Also I am into teaching so http://secondlife.com/ is the place to go. You can set yourself up and meet in http://secondlife.com/ to teach. It is an amazing place. I went to an inworld teaching conference and there were avatars everywhere. In secondlife avatars are real people so when you see an avatar there is a real person there. If you want to set up a shop or a place to teach on secondlife you will have to pay something but if you just meet in secondlife it is free. I’ve been on secondlife for years now and it has always been free.

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The internet is the future and education on the internet is the future. So become part of the future by learning what you want to be, from the internet and setting yourself up on the internet. The best skill I learned on the internet was http://copyrighting.blinkweb.com/ and now I have set myself up and am trying to get ahead http://copywritercv.blinkweb.com/ It takes time but it is worth it. So have a go. Get on the internet and see what you can find. On the internet you will find something you can do. You don’t need to work for the man, you can now work for yourself.

The internet is information. You can learn anything you want from the internet. Everything you have wanted to know is only a click away. And if you can’t find what you are looking for, just ask. As they say in the Bible, “Ask and you shall receive.” There are many places to ask, just a click away, like the new site quero.com, or the old site askjeeves.com, or just plain old Yahoo.com. There is somebody out there in cyberspace who knows the answer, you just have to ask. Or find a related forum or blog and drop the question. People love helping others and there are some beautiful people out there.
To add more colour to you CV or resume start doing MOOCs. MOOCs are mini courses set up from some of the world’s most famous universities. And they are excellent. I use coursera.org for all my MOOC needs. There are other MOOC suppliers out there in cyberspace but I like coursera. I have passed the learning curve, so I can get things done with their interface. Just google MOOCs and see what comes up, then pick one that is about ready to start and have a go. Go for the “Certification of Completion with Distinction” and put it up on your CV. A word of warning they can be addictive, but it is better to be addicted to MOOCs than being addicted to MOGs. In my view MOOCs are the future. They seem to have taken on a life off their own, so expect them to be around a bit longer. Anyway check them out and give one a go, they could transform your future.

After you have added to your online CV and or portfolio, you are in the marketplace for work. Set up a profile on Linkedin then head over to Elance and start looking for work. Except on Elance you have to quote for the jobs. There are jobs out there that only require a keyboard and an internet computer and skills and that is it. They don’t even want to know what you look like, or where you live. All they want is the completed task, and if you do it well they will ask for more. But first you need to upgrade your skills, learn to speed type and speed read then cyberspace is yours for the asking.
At the moment we are catching up fast with the future, so be a part of the future.
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MOOCs and how to survive them

MOOCs And How To Survive Them
Peter Legrove is in the process of writing a new book. One of his other books in education is about teaching your children to read using phonics and Montessori sandpaper letters. This book is about MOOCs, what they are, how to do them, and the effect they might have on the future of education as we know it.
MOOCs are just something that hit the free scene on the internet last year and have somehow taken on a mind of their own. Well it seems that way from a MOOCers point of view. Whether they are as popular as they were is hard to determine. Because each MOOC is different you cannot compare across MOOCs. Whereas one MOOC might have an active forum, others do not. And it depends on the students.

One thing I have noticed is the quality of students has increased dramatically over the past few MOOCs. I do not know if that is over most MOOCs or just the ones I’ve had a go at. I would like to see some completion figures from the MOOCs I take like, How many students get a certificate? How many get the free certificate and how many get a paid certificate. Just a few stats to see what I was up against. In my humble opinion I would say MOOCs have gone from a novelty to something serious. There are some serious students doing the peer assessments and the quality is amazing.
But MOOCs haven’t done what I thought they were going to do, when they first came out. And that was an advertisement for the university and the lecturer who wrote a book. I have only received one advertisement for a paying course from a university, and it wasn’t even the university that had the MOOC. Maybe the universities should take a MOOC about how to use MOOCs to get paying students. As has been said before, academics don’t always follow their own advice. They must have one hell of a mailing list and they are just not using it. I thought I would be bombarded with emails for courses and books the lecturer had written. But not so.

So I don’t really know where they are heading. Unless this is the future of higher education and is a prelude to lifelong learning. A very few popular internet people – I couldn’t call them gurus – who live in the NOW, like James Altucher, are against sending young adults to university. Mainly because the middle class is dead and universities prepare students for the middle class. Also because life experience is possible more important going forward. And why start your working life deep in debt.

Since the financial crisis of 2007, high paying jobs of the middle class are few and far between. That could be the future. So start your lifelong learning with a MOOC or two and build up your resume or CV, while you are working making money. And not piling on debt while at university. Another thing about the future is “The top ten in demand jobs advertised in 2013 did not exist 2006” so why spend four years at university when, some say, half of what you learn will be obsolete before you graduate. If lifelong learning is the future then MOOCs are definitely changing the future. When employees accept MOOCs on a resume or CV, then they will be a force to be competing with.
Now what are MOOCs are why have they suddenly popped up on the internet. Well a MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course. Could be an extension of the MOG. Which have been around for a while and have dominated the internet since it’s inception nearly. And I would say have been and still are, a driving force on how the internet will head into the future. A MOG is a Massive Online Game, and even people who are not gamers have seen the impact of MOGs on their kids.

Most MOOCs are real time courses, that have strict time limits, and you have to complete parts of the course before the deadline. And before moving on to the next part of the course. Each course has different criteria for completion, but most have peer reviewed assessments, and you have to do so many forum entries. These usually are questions posted as well as answering other posts.

And the forums can make or break a course. In some courses there is a lot of interaction on the forums, while others the threads just don’t seem to hang together. It all depends on the students, and I think how many are aiming for a Certification of Completion with Distinction. Or if you get students really interested in the topic then forums are a ton of fun. And you can sometimes get excellent links to other related stuff on the internet. I’ve been introduced to some amazing stuff on the forums. Stuff I’d never have found otherwise.

Also, since the MOOCs are the latest, they are very up-to-date. And you are introduced to the latest in research and where it is heading in the future. One thing I do like about MOOCs is they show you available free software and other interesting things available on the internet. They have helped me to upgrade my internet experience to new tech. I’ve been on the internet for years now, and I am stuck using old tech, because I am comfortable with it and I have had no reason to upgrade. Now I’ve been shown the latest and I’m impressed with it, so I’ve changed. That is what MOOCs have done to me. I’m sad to say I haven’t made any friends that have lasted longer than the MOOC, but I have enjoyed them all.
Now, are MOOCs the next best thing or just a passing phase. Are they a disruptive technology or the future of education. We shall see. Are universities and institutes of learning worried about MOOCs and how they have changed education so far. Or is it, education hasn’t changed for the past 150 years. Don’t you think it is about time it changed.

 

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Using internet to teach multi classes with one teacher

 

Evolution of internet classroom teaching

This is how a primary school class evolved into an internet class.

This is a case study about the evolution of how teaching ESL in China evolved from teaching one class to a multi-media classroom with over 300 kids in one grade all being taught by one teacher.

To teaching one class to teaching all the classes in that grade in one school over the internet.

To teaching all the same classes in the one grade over the three different schools in the one private school company.

It is about the trials and tribulations and how having young modern teachers with internet experience and a principle who wanted to use technology even though she didn’t know very much about it herself.

The young teachers were using power point in the classrooms and the classes all had internet access. Just standard stuff nothing spectacular.

I’ve been teaching ESL to kids for a number of years so I know what I am doing. But in China you, as a foreign teacher are expected to do the unusual without any warning.

I started off my China experience in the standard classroom in a primary school with anywhere between 30 and 70 kids in a classroom. That was standard and i perfected my flashcard and drawing on the blackboard teaching.

But then In China nearly every school has a lecture hall they call a multi-media classroom, seats probably 300 and you have a book projector and a white board at the front plus a hand held microphone. It is like a lecture hall with the teacher at the bottom and most students staring down at you. To save money they figured if they put me in there I could teach all the classes at once, except they forgot to tell me that they had changed the schedule. When I got there there was every grade one student, 6 year olds, about 400 of them sitting everywhere. On the stairs and they brought in extra seats for the gap at the front. The kids were actually seated in their class, in the big hall with their English teacher controlling them. I think there was 8 classes in there.

It was a very successful class, I turned it into an entertainment event and the kids loved it, but they all knew me so that was a plus. I taught all the kids in the whole school this way. That was from grade one to six. This was my first experience of teaching a very large class.

Now we get onto the internet bit. I was back to teaching one class at a time and the school, being a private school had to upgrade to get a higher rating in the private school list in the city. So they put these huge 2 meter TV screens hooked up to the internet in all the classroom. There was one young English teacher there who spoke perfect English and had never left China, but she spent a lot of time on the internet. And she figured with my help we could join up all the classes in one grade and I could teach one class and the other classes could watch the class on the TV.

That was easier said than done as the principle said we could give it a go as long as it cost nothing. First we tried secondlife.com. I had a strange feeling that is where she went to speak English. It looked good but not really very engrossing and the kids faded out very early on in the class. It was easy to set up we just downloaded the software to most of the computers in grade 1 — 5 and 6 year olds. We had one avatar on each computer. Secondlife dropped the under 13 level I think so we were all on the main virtual world. The little kids were fascinated but the parents were not to impressed, which is nothing unusual.

But in secondlife I couldn’t do anything like the flash cards or writing on the board. So the kids could only repeat what I said. And they could yell and scream as much as they liked and they could hear themselves and they loved it. I used to call out the class number so they could repeat what I said, instead of all the classes answering at once. We all met at the Library of Primatives Sandpit in secondlife. And we could make as much noise as we wanted and nobody cared.

It was really good and we did what we set out to do. Which was one teacher over many classes. To be honest I faded out before the students as I was just repeating myself. After 15 minutes I think we were all pretty bored, so we started looking for something else.

So we tried ustream.tv. Now ustream.tv has two big glaring issues, one the screen size is fixed, you can’t go to full screen and there is no return audio, everything is done through a chat box. But it is very easy to set up and very easy for the classes to hook up to ustream.tv and watch the class. But they couldn’t join in.

It was live and I could use the flash cards and write on the whiteboard, which kept me happy. The size was an issue and after the kids realised that I couldn’t hear them they lost interest. When we were on secondlife the kids knew I could hear them so they yelled as loud as they could, and they tried to drown out the other classes.

So we went looking for a free audio and video conference call with as many windows as we could get. To teach all the classes in one grade we needed seven screens. I already had an account with oovoo.com and had used them before when they had 6 screens. Now they have 12 screens, just what we were looking for. We had to download the software just like secondlife, but the learning curve to get it all set up was pretty easy. That meant showing the other teachers how to get online and join in the class. In most of the grades there was an internet apt student that could put it all together.

Anyway we played around with the screen sizes and somehow managed to keep my screen on top so I hogged most of the screen, while the classes videos were on the side bar. Anyway the kids loved it as they could see themselves and me and they knew they were live. In most cases there was just my screen and the class screen visible to one class. We started off with all the classes on the one screen but then we slowly cut a few off. Also we could record my screen and the kids could watch it again whenever they liked.

We thought we were set and we were. The principle took a liking to ustream.tv since the whole school was linked on ustream. And the principle could give talks live to every class and to the whole school. Before she used to use the speakers now she used both.

We finally got all the bugs out of the system and everything was back to normal until. I worked for a private school company and they had a number of schools scattered around the edge of the city. The owners came and had a look at what we were doing and they were very impressed. They wanted to make sure we were not breaking any rules to do with putting stuff up on the internet. Then when they realised we were not uploading anything except me they were quiet happy.

Everything was going well until the foreign teacher left one of the other schools. Then we had to go and set up that school, so they could also receive the video lesson. It was just enough as there were 6 classes in each grade. We had a few more teething problems but we got it together. I first had to go to the other school to give lessons so the kids got to know me. And this way I could alternate between the schools to give the main lesson to different classes. I was doing that now at the main school, so I was actually teaching a different class each time.

When we had a guest teacher in who was just going to give a talk. We would either hook them up to secondlife, so the whole school could join in and listen and ask questions or ustream it. And the kids could just listen.

Having all the classes linked together gave the school a lot more options. Some teachers were worried they would lose their jobs but they were still needed to keep control of the classes during the video lessons.

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