Explore Avenues of Learning
“The sweetest path of life leads through the
avenues of learning, and whoever can open up
the way for another, ought, so far, to be esteemed
a benefactor to mankind.”
—David Hume (1711−1776)
Certainly, Hume wasn’t envision- ing paths such
as massive open online
courses (MOOCs) when he
mentioned the “avenues of
learning.” But his acknowledgment that there is more
than one avenue to learning seems even truer today.
Not only has technology
dramatically expanded possibilities for providing education to scads of students
in online learning environments, but opportunities
to do it simultaneously and
less formally have also increased exponentially. TED
Talks are a great example of
some less formal learning
opportunities available now.
See Resources for a link
to Daphne Koller’s talk on
what we are learning from
Wouldn’t it be great if we
could measure the amount
of learning that the internet
allows us to achieve infor-
mally? This kind of learning
happens in ad hoc ways,
when someone asks a ques-
tion at a party or you stum-
ble on an interesting factoid
that you then explore. And
before you know it, you’re
off the main thoroughfares,
heading for side streets, and
lurching down alleys on a
journey that would have
been too slow and too dif-
ficult to undertake in the
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tech we like Check out the useful sites the L&L team
discovered while producing this issue.
Digital Learning Report:
Andra Brichacek is interested in what this
report from the U.S. Department of Education
has to say about ed tech (page 10).
Mrs. Davison’s Kindergarten:
Tamara Kidd loves how this kindergarten
teacher’s blog models real-world applications
of digital age tools for her students (page 26).
Google Chrome Store:
Diana Fingal likes the free educational apps
available from the Chrome Store (page 30).
Adaptive Curriculum Math:
Paul Wurster likes the compelling graphics
this software uses to engage middle and high
school math students (page 44).
MOOCs Benefits & Issues:
Kate Conley is excited about Last Byte, L&L’s
new section featuring infographics (page 48).