martes, 24 de mayo de 2011

S e l f - t a u g h t

Autodidact / 10 ways

Become an Autodidact:
10 Ways to Become a Self Taught Master
Some of the greatest people in history have educated themselves to a large degree using a process known as autodidacticism.
This is something that's more easily undertaken these days with the great wealth of online tools available to anyone.

Whether you've gone to college or not, you can learn just about anything these days on your own. Want to learn about the classics? Carpentry and home maintenance? Philosophy or cooking? Chess or computer programming? It's all online, and with a little bit of excitement, you can motivate yourself to learn a subject in a growing number of ways.

Why self-education?
Well, besides the obvious reasons of wanting to improve yourself, prepare yourself for success, and just learn as much as you can, self-education offers a few extra benefits: you can learn at your own pace, and in your own way. You can follow your passions, and learn about things that excite you. There's no price for failure, but there's every reward for success.

How do you go about becoming an autodidact?
The answer is simple: any way you want. I would suggest you set aside just a little time each day to learn a specific subject, but that really depends on your learning style. Some people learn all in one great rush: they'll stay up late hours for a few days in a row, consuming everything they possibly can about a subject. Others are overwhelmed by an approach like that, and would rather learn a little each day.

However you go about it, here are some of
the best tools for the modern autodidact:

A vast repository of great and useful articles, Wikipedia is the autodidact's dream. You could surf it for hours, days on end, or you could use one of many tools to make daily learning a breeze. One of the best is the Articles of the Day feature --sign up to get it in your email box. Another great option that I've tried is making Wikipedia's random page your home page.

Online Courses
Today you can learn from the best colleges and universities, from the comfort of your own home. Just a few of the online offerings: Berkeley, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame.

Chapter a day
Don't have time for books? Read them the easy way: a chapter a day is emailed to you or added to your RSS reader by, which has a growing selection of free books.

Word a day
Improve your vocabulary by leaps and bounds through the FreeDictionary, which has some great features you can subscribe to,including these RSS feeds: Article of the Day, In the News, and This Day in History.

Take quizzes
One of the most fun ways of learning is through games and quizzes. If you do a quick Google search, you can find quizzes on just about any topic, including math, grammar, the U.S. Constitution ... you name it. Also try flashcards for effective learning.

Art a day
If you'd like to learn about art, one of the best tools is Your Daily Art. Subscribe to the feed, and every day you'll get a famous piece of art, along with some notes to help your contemplation.

Not a fan of heavy reading? Get your knowledge through listening. You can listen to a course while driving, while relaxing in the bath, or while your boss thinks you're working. Just kidding about that last one. Here are just a few of the available podcasts: UCLA podcasts, Berkeley on iTunes, Stanford on iTunes, Purdue University Podcasts, University Channel (Princeton).

Free ebooks
Of course, there are thousands of great books online, available for free. Read them during your spare time, print them out for bathroom reading ... it doesn't matter how you use them, they're free! Here are some sites to start you out: Project Gutenberg, Wikibooks, Free Audio Books, Free Academic Textbooks.

Learn languages.
Tons of language courses are available online (BBC languages, FSI Language Courses to name a couple), and you can even learn them through iTunes: Chinese, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Greek and much more.

A growing number of courses are being offered through a great resource, Wikiversity. Also try BBC Learning.
Written for Dumb Little Man by Leo Babuata of Zen Habits

viernes, 20 de mayo de 2011

Laptop for everyone


Imagine If Every Student Had a Laptop by Ryan
Filed Under (blogging, technology, writing) by Lee Kolbert on 20-02-2010

Imagine if each student got a free laptop in school and you are allowed to use it. It’s an outstanding idea because it has learning games that can give your teacher a break, it can help you understand technology and I can leave a comment on my classmates or teachers’ blog on our school’s website. I bet laptops will make school ten times better!

Let’s go to Brainpop or Learning Tools! With all these learning games online, we can learn anything we want or do anything our teacher assigns. All these games you can play and learn can also lead to terrific grades and magnificent report cards. You can not believe how fun learning can be when playing a learning game. Learning games online can also give your teacher a break while you learn. There are a variety of learning games you can play during school. For example, Brainpop has videos, activities, and games you can play. You just click Learning Tools and you will see it along with many other games as well. Learning games are extremely helpful when it comes to learning, you have to just wait and see.

Having a laptop can also help you learn about using technology. It can teach you to type, how to use a computer and a whole lot more. Soon I will be an expert at technology just like my teacher Mrs. Kolbert. She loves teaching us about technology when we ask her. When you get a new computer it usually comes with an instruction manual that tells you exactly what to do. Always read the directions given to you or something wrong will happen. The computer might also have some information about setting it up. Getting a laptop at school would be a great way to learn about technology.

Let’s Blog! Blogging is another reason why we should have a laptop at school. I get to comment on many of my teachers and classmates and they are amazing to read and comment every day. Guess what? I can make my own blog post too! I type what I want and put a picture on top. When my teacher edits and approves it, my blog is ready for people’s comments. I haven’t blogged yet, but know that my teacher is making it better, so there’s no time to lose. Now I know that blogging can be as easy as ABC, and I can blog about whatever I want to when we get a laptop for school.

Oh Yeah! Having a computer at school can be an astonishing experience. We can play learning games, learn about technology, and blog anytime we want to. Having a laptop computer at school will make me as happy as a pig in a mud puddle!


martes, 17 de mayo de 2011

Sur le chemin de la sagesse

Nous explorons aujourd'hui
En el camino a la sabiduria *
Sur le chemin de la sagesse

1er paso es el silencio * C'est le silence
2º paso es escuchar * C'est à l'écoute
3º paso es recordar * Est de se souvenir
4º paso es practicar * E pratique
5º paso es enseñar a otros * Enseigner à d'autres


domingo, 15 de mayo de 2011