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Prepare Your Children For The Future NOW

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The future of education, as well as nearly everything we do is changing, and to be a part of the change your children need to be internet savvy. And one of the best ways to be internet savvy, is to let your children get onto the internet as young as they can. Then when they go onto school, university and beyond they will be prepared for the future. The alternative is quite simple, they will be overtaken by the children who have been brought up on the internet.
Let the internet be the teacher. Show your children how to search the internet to find what they are looking for. Youtube.com, khanacademy.com and whatever the internet can provide, will be the teacher. Then if you want more, find it on search. And if you can’t find it, put it on the internet yourself, and you can become the teacher to any child who wants to learn.
That is the future of education, where anybody and everybody can be the teacher, and the internet is the classroom.
The world is changing so fast it is nearly impossible to keep up. The internet is changing life as we know it. Your children are growing up in a Brave New World. And we the parents and your children’s teacher are just not keeping up. Everything your children will learn at school, is available at the click of a mouse, or just a touch on a screen. But are they learning how to click a mouse or touch a screen. Are we really teaching them, what they need to know to survive the future.
To survive the future your children need to know how to read and read fast. At the moment we are still teaching them to read. If they are learning phonics, so much the better. But can they understand what they are reading. Reading comprehension is the key to the internet. Nearly everything your children will do on the internet, will have something to do with reading, understanding what they are reading and typing something.
You have all this information at your fingertips. And the internet is information, but your children have to read and understand to make use of it. Also to survive the future, your children have to be able to find the information they are looking for on the internet. And that means SEARCH. They must know how to search the internet to get the information they are looking for.
These are the skills for the future. Are your children learning them? If your children can master these skills, they can find and understand everything they want to know. Everything else at school is just a click away. But your children can learn these two skills by themselves on the internet. There are learn to read programs on the internet. And you can search to find out how to search the internet.
The Internet is changing everything we know.

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MOOCs And What To Do With Them – From a MOOCer

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MOOCs are what the internet is all about. They epitomize the internet as it is – a library at your fingertips. And they are amazing. They say the half life of information is getting very short. By the time you have finished four years at university, half of what you have learned is already obsolete. Now MOOCs come in to keep you up to date. Since the MOOCs are so new they are very up to date. I was on one MOOC about archaeology and the videos were taken on a archaeological dig nearly in real time. If MOOCs evolve to instant information you’ll be getting live cams in real time. Now that is education.

Anyway what is a MOOC what do you do with them?

MOOCs are the future, but with the internet some fads are just passing phases that don’t last very long, One minute they are all the rage, and the next they have been replaced with the next major fad. I hope MOOCs don’t go the way of the dinosaur, then I’ll have nothing to do in my spare time. I’m really selfish.

Doing a MOOC is about you and your time management skills, your ability to juggle –
job,
wife,
kids,
time
and whatever else makes up your life.

And setting short term goals that last about a week, so you do everything you have to complete the MOOC.

It also means reading instructions
and interpreting them correctly,
so you know what you are doing,
and what has to be completed,
and when it has to be handed in,
so as to speak.

Just like being at school except it is all up to you. No one is breathing down your neck.

Just the thought of getting a “Certificate of Accomplishment”
That could be all you do a MOOC for.
And or the satisfaction of learning something new or old.
Or you are into life long learning, and need something to show for it.
Or you are sick of MMOGs and now what to try the next best thing.
Or you need a few extra papers to put on your CV, just to add a bit of color to your CV.

And the “Certificate of Accomplishment” is an impressive looking piece of paper, as long as you have a half way decent color printer. It has the name of the university in big letters, so it looks like you have done some serious study. And to be honest you have.

You have to set aside at least 2 to 4 hours each week just to cover the workload. But if you get trapped in the forums you could spend a lot more time on the paper. Forums are really fun and you meet many new people, but they come under the virtual friend category. Once the class is over that is goodbye to your classmates, same as in real life. Anyway you can have some wonderful discussions when in the class.

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What Happened to the world-class universities that live in the dying superpowers of the 20th century.

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Singapore did something to combat the rise of China and that is why they are where they are today. They have positioned themselves as a financial center and an educational center, but they are only a pimple on the very edge of Asia. Their rise is partly due to the fall of the 20th century superpowers of the USA, Europe and Japan. If these super powers were not drowning in debt then Singapore would not be as important in the world as it is today. It is very possible that Shanghai and Singapore will be the leading financial centers in the world very soon.
In the past it seems foreign universities flocked to set up in Singapore, but now I think the flocking is to China. They have to flock away from the dying 20th century superpowers to survive. And the only places to go are the far east, the near east, the middle east, the eastern bloc and a few out of the way places that no one wants to go to. Now Russia could be the next education center competing with China, or more likely they will be working together.
When you have to learn Mandarin and Russian to go to university then the balance of power is complete.
If America keeps finding oil and natural gas on their soil and Europe does the same we could wave goodbye to the Middle East as an up and coming education center, where I think education is free.
Free education could have been the start of the demise of education in the west. When the government pays, the price goes up.
In the dying 20th century superpowers, universities lived of government funding and government guaranteed student loans. So the price of education kept increasing, and that has priced them out of the market place. Now if you want an education it is cheaper to leave the dying 20th century superpowers, except Germany, and go to the East. There you can learn the language of the future as well as get a degree. And if you play it right you can get a scholarship from their government, or your government as is the case in NZ.
Then you can stay on and work in one of the 21st century superpowers.
Now the biggest change to hit mankind since the printing press or fire for that matter, is heading to a university near you. And when it gets there, change is the word. Will the universities of the 20th century upgrade or downsize, or go extinct to accommodate the new generation. The generation who have been brought up in front of a screen, in cyber space. The generation who can get what they want at the click of a mouse, or the touch of a screen. Are they going to go to a physical campus or a virtual campus? Are their internet friends who they have never met going to influence them to go to a virtual campus. Or will their classmates from school drag them off to a physical campus. Only time will tell.
http://www.dcl.niu.edu/index.php/labs/virtual-world-lab/124-niu-glidden-campus-in-second-life
MOOCs are an introduction to courses at a physical university, but they are also an introduction to the virtual university world of the future. And they introduce the MOOCers to what they can do in cyber space. How many MOOCers will now attempt an online university instead of going to a physical campus. The change MOOCs are inflicting on the future hasn’t got here yet, not surprising they have only been around for a couple of years. Give them time.
Now with the after affects of the 2007 economic crisis still with us. Where lots of graduates still haven’t got jobs, maybe the mindset of get into university at any cost is no longer relevant. And cost is the factor and so is the major. So where can you get a world class education at a price you can afford. Try going to the East or cyberspace. It is still cheaper to go to the east now, but that might change as the internet generation comes of age. Also as universities have priced themselves out of the market place and the half-life of what you learn at university is getting shorter, why go to university. All you need is a diploma in a specific subject and you could get a job. Better still get the diploma while you are working. Not four years later and anything from $20,000 to over $100,000 in debt. And when companies accept MOOCs on a CV then education is free, anyway so far.

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Lesson Plan For Teaching Reading

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LESSON PLAN For Teaching Reading
A. Students and Setting

The students are kindergarten kids around 5 years old, They have been learning very simple English for 2 years now.
It is a private kindergarten part of a school complex in a big middle class to upper class housing estate in Foshan Guangdong China. There are 27 kids boys and girls in the class. I teach the class one 40 minute lesson everyday. I move from class to class, the kids wait for me.
B. Lesson Background:

This class will be the Thursday class so the kids have already had 3 classes on the same topic, and tomorrow will be the last class. We change topics every week. We are learning a little picture book so the kids should be able to read a few pages, usually they parrot it. Each class we review 2 days before so this class we are reviewing the preceding 2 pages in the book before bringing in the new pages. We do 2 new pages a class.
C. Learning Objectives/Expected Results:

The kids should be able to look at the pictures and read the page. Some can, others can’t, As a class they try to join in, and in small groups they join in, I don’t have them read by themselves, they are two small for that.
D. Materials and Sources:

What I do is photo copy a little book onto A3 size paper, basically I blow up the size of the book so the kids can see it. I use magnets to stick the paper onto the blackboard.
A book you can enlarge with a photocopier and something to stick it on the board.

E. Procedures / Timing:

To start the class we have a warn up song and a chant , then we play a little game usually the ‘bee’ game to try and wear the kids out a bit so they will sit down. I’m the bee and I buzz around chasing the students and if they are sitting down to bee chases somebody else. For the song we will use “wheels on the bus” , the kids like doing the actions. Then we will do another action song “AAA say OK” there is a lot of arm waving and moving so they kids love it. Also we do the song quite often so the kids know it and they like doing it. Usually between 5 to 10 minutes

http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/preschool_kindergarten_videos.html

We learn 2 pages a day
The kids are in a half circle around the blackboard. And I bring out the pages from 2 days ago and the kids read them off, as long as one starts the rest join in. To get them going I’ll sometimes say the first and second words, they ‘ll usually take off then, and I can’t stop them. Then I’ll use boys, then girls, then cut the class up into smaller groups.
I’ll point to the pictures and the kids should say in English what I am pointing at. I’ve been teaching this class for 2 years now so the kids know what to do. Again 5 to 10 minutes

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Now I’ll put up yesterdays pages and see how much they know, usually not much, then after pointing at a few pictures and saying sentences they know we get off the ground. As long as someone starts the others will follow. If some don’t want to join in I’ll leave them, I do the same again breaking the class down into smaller groups, everything is fast, sometimes I get groups of over 5 students come to the blackboard to read the page. This takes longer as some sentences are still new. 10 to 15 minutes.

Now it is time for a new page. I usually just say the new words cause the sentences are very similar, and the kids can usually work it out as long as they know the new words. This is just an introduction to the new words so it takes 5 to 10 minutes

To close the class we sing another action song, this time ‘bar bar black sheep’ and ‘head shoulders knees and toes ‘ I try to keep it simple. The I try to sneak out before I get mobbed by the kids Less than 5 minutes.
Teacher does/says . . .
Students do/say . . .
Approximate Time
Can …….cat
Can I get a cat

cats
I like cats

pig
Can I get a pig

pigs
I like pigs
F. Alternative Assessment:

We don’ do much assessment, usually I am assessed. As long as the kids learn a few words everybody is happy. The kids are too little to write and they can barely speak. So the assessment is on class participation and reading the sentences and knowing what I point at in the picture. Some students are very good at reading the sentences and others are no good so I like the kids to join in the class and try. Even if they say nothing I still don’t let them get in a situation where they will be embarrassed.
The kids are learning new words from pictures and sentences that can be used in everyday situations.

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G. Reflection – Phase 1:

This lesson is appropriate to the kids as it is simple and the pictures with the words help the kids to understand what is going on. We are not really getting into too many integrated skills, just looking at the pictures and saying the words in English as well as reading the sentences in English and hopefully understanding them. The kids won’t assess themselves, if they can say English words and sentences after I leave the classroom that is a plus.
G. Classroom Management:
Kindergarten is not really as organized as a primary school classroom but I do try to arrange my classes into 2 groups so they can compete against each other. It is either in a half circle or 2 sides depending on the size of the class, and the amount of space in the classroom. This class is quite large so it is in two distinct groups. In China the students all have a number so I just call out a number and the student will answer. I don’t like to single out students so I usually get the whole group to answer or the boys or girls in the group.
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As I have been teaching this class for a while now they know what to do and how to get into groups. I ask the kids for the name of the group and they call out a name, the name changes everyday. It is usually a word they know. To keep the class under control I use the 2 groups competing against each other and the group with the most points wins. The kids love it. They get stickers. I used to give them lollies but then I went healthy. Most students who take part in the class also get stickers.
I have used the group system in a very large class where I had the whole primary school grade 1 in a big lecture hall and the kids were in there class groups. They loved it as long as they knew the number of their class.

H. Reflection – Phase 2

I didn’t really change anything. We are teaching kindergarten and these kids love to play and mess around. But with the competing in the two groups it manages to keep them under control. As long as I manage to keep adding and rubbing out points or stars. We always have the warm up and the songs as the kids don’t like to sit still for very long. The songs do not change very often. If the kids like a song i’ll keep using it as when I bring in a new song they don’t always like it.
Integrated skills
The integrated skills are mainly speaking, listening and looking, matching objects with words and actions. Something like Asher’s TPR, we try and get the kids speaking in sentences as well as just words. ‘We are walking’ we are running’ while they are doing it. They all say ‘good morning’ but that is as far as we got they don’t say ‘good afternoon’ Kids love to show what they learn as we encourage them and give them stickers.

Alternative assessment
With this class the kids have to say words in English as they walk around the kindergarten. The Teaching Assistants will point to something and ask ‘What is that in English’ that is an ongoing that happens all the time. I’m also expected to that when I am with the kids.
The other form of assessment that is used is a little board with all the kids names on it and under everybody’s name there are stars and little stickers for things they do. And after they reach a certain number they get a small gift.

Differentiated instruction/individual learner differences
In the class I could have set up smaller groups so some kids could draw a picture of one of the animals and others could act like the animal. In the class we have kids act like the animal and I have face masks the kids can use. Even though I teach Montessori we haven’t mastered the art of letting the students do their own thing, so we try to keep the class together. In China it is all about control. When in groups I usually have a very good student showing the other what to do. When I bring out the sandpaper letters I need a student to show the others what to do. China Montessori hasn’t managed to bring in the mixed age group all the time, just for some of the classes.
There are learning stations set up in the class but in my class we do not use them as the kids are supposed to speak English. As I am the foreign teacher my classes are slightly different and there are Teaching Assistants in the class.

Classroom management
We set the ground rules for the class at the beginning so the kids know what to do. They give their own groups a name and that changes everyday. They wait for me to call on them then they have about 3 seconds to answer before moving on. All boys or all girls answer and the loudest gets a sticker. Even the ones who do not answer get a sticker. Motivation is for stickers and the more stickers they get the more stars and circles they get under their name.
In China classroom management is very important because of the large class size, so the students know what to do. I fit into their system. It is very flexible and the classroom teachers usually let the kids have fun.

Here is the pdf of the lesson plan
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I like the Montessori system of teaching writing and reading and this is the course I recommend

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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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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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