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Bassett Blog, 2011/09: Insights from the College Front [Bassett gets it right, but seems to take credit for ideas that predate him & are contrary to some of what he pushed during his first many years at NAIS.]
"The university leaders also confirmed…that 30–40% of the undergrads on anti-depressants, and 10% of girls suffered from eating disorders. While the university leaders were quick to point out that their universities were mirroring national data, it is particularly interesting to me that the students at these colleges had already “won the lottery” by matriculating at places that were nearly impossible to get into for mere mortals, and yet so many were still stressed beyond belief and needing medication (prescribed or, probably in much larger numbers, self-medicating — see the next bullet point).

Footnote to “success-driven parents and college counselors”: beware what you wish for: What we actually do well is place students in the “best match” college, where they will be successful and can pursue interests that will keep them engaged and balanced."

[Also covered: alcohol abuse, demonstrations of learning / digital portfolios, foreign language requirements…]
patbassett  2011  criticalthinking  creativity  communication  admissions  highereducation  highered  collegeadmissions  technology  collaboration  character  antidepressants  students  parenting  education  stress  schools  learning  policy  balance  society  competition  digitalportfolios  nais  alcohol  demonstrationsoflearning  resilience  risktaking  foreignlanguage  languages  fluency  testing  standardizedtesting  self-medication  eatingdisorders  socialnorming 
september 2011 by robertogreco
italki - Language Exchange and Learning Community
"italki.com is where you can find everything you need to learn a language. italki is a social network and an online resource for learning foreign languages."
learning  education  languages  language  english  spanish  italian  japanese  portuguese  french  chinese  dictionary  community  collaboration  foreignlanguage  students  teaching  onlinetoolkit  reference  resources  dictionaries 
may 2008 by robertogreco
language lab unleashed: Twitter as news feed: more amazing connections with strangers
"I was thrust into his reality and I was reading the news of Colombia via his tweets, verbatim as it were, and many hours before the conventional media picked up on it, processed it, packaged it."
education  language  foreignlanguage  teaching  twitter  reality  consciousfeeds  othersrealities  gamechanging  comments  via:hrheingold 
march 2008 by robertogreco
TravelinEdMan: New York Times article on online language learning and 10 such sites
"the field of online language learning is exploding! Listed below are 10 online language learning sites (the first two, Livemocha and Chinesepod are reviewed in the NY Times article)"
language  learning  online  podcast  podcasting  web  foreignlanguage  spanish  chinese  onlinetoolkit  internet  communication  languages  español  mango  ipod  audio  video  via:stephendownes  speaking  listening  voice  voip 
february 2008 by robertogreco
lingro: multilingual dictionary and language learning site
"Enter website to make all words on page clickable for definiions/translations. Each word you translate is saved in personal word history...create lists of vocabulary you'd like to learn from your word history...play games to review your vocabulary"
dictionary  language  learning  tools  reading  onlinetoolkit  foreign  vocabulary  translation  snsih  english  español  german  italian  polish  french  reference  pronunciation  collaborative  community  creativecommons  languages  foreignlanguage  flashcards  dictionaries 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Mango Beta Launched!
"I am proud to present Mango. The first Free enterprise language learning course available on the Internet. Eleven of our courses are now available in our beta release. Each course has 100 lessons available."
language  learning  education  foreign  japanese  teaching  software  web  online  travel  howto  foreignlanguage  e-learning  interactive  tutorials  japan  french  mandarin  portuguese  spanish  español  glvo  onlinetoolkit  audio  classes  internet 
september 2007 by robertogreco
Learn a Foreign Language Online » Second Language Acquisition Market Forecast
"The Second Language Acquisition (SLA) market comprises individuals aged 6 and older seeking to learn and acquire a secondary (L2) foreign language that is not their own native (L1) mother tongue language."
education  language  learning  statistics  foreignlanguage  markets  communication  international  global  world 
june 2007 by robertogreco

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