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Links 1 through 10 of 12 by Charlie Schick tagged learning

"The primary school children's research not only went some way to addressing that scarcity of understanding, but also toward opening the world of scientific research, Lotto says. The study may not mark a major leap forward in scientific understanding, but it was well designed, correctly executed and the findings are genuinely novel. And while the presentation certainly wouldn’t have gotten any PhD candidates published, the research demonstrates that with the right thinking and encouragement, anyone can be a scientist. As Lotto puts it, “If an amateur, or someone who doesn’t know the historical scientific context makes a discovery, does that mean the science isn’t relevant?”"

Brilliant. Relevant to those promoting citizen science and DIYscience.

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I don't know if I'd call it 'controlled'. It's really just regular serendipity. Just more actively looking for it. No?

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"Between this, Popular Science+, and Schooloscope, you can see a little of our philosophy about product invention. Work in the popular market, and be inventive, beautiful. Respect the materials. I believe with Michel Thomas we’ve taken what’s best about the experience and made a hybrid with what’s best about the iPhone. We’re best when we partner with people who are just working out what they want to do, and we can discover together."

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"Historically, Mechanics' Institutes were educational establishments formed to provide adult education, particularly in technical subjects, to working men. As such, they were often funded by local industrialists on the grounds that they would ultimately benefit from having more knowledgeable and skilled employees (such philanthropy was shown by, among others, Robert Stephenson, James Nasmyth and Joseph Whitworth). The Mechanics' Institutes were used as 'libraries' for the adult working class, and provided them with an alternative pastime to gambling and drinking in pubs."

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"However, what the thirteen year old kid in South Central LA needs is not a cheap thermocycler, but a safe and stable environment to grow and learn, a community where there are fulfilling jobs that provide a living wage, where immigrants have legal rights, where the opportunity to learn about high level science is available in the first place."

Very well said.

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"“The book will never die. But the textbook probably will,” says Inkling CEO Matt MacInnis. Inkling is working directly with textbook publishers. First, they’ll port their existing tomes onto Apple’s iPad as interactive, socialized objects. Then, they’ll create all-new learning modules — interactive, social, and mobile — that leave ink-on-paper textbooks in the dust."

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"Inkling makes it easy to bring rich, interactive learning content to tablet devices like iPad."

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"An amateur is full of wonder and speculation, tinkering towards the truth but suffering from a lack of knowledge and idleness; he's not even sure if someone else has already made these discoveries. "Is this a worthwhile pursuit?"

"A scientist performs experiments to confirm or disprove a hypothesis, and in that way he grinds out the truth.

"A genius has three abilities, which are actually the union of amateur and scientist: 1. to know the state of the art, what is known and what is not known. 2. To be able to think "out of the box". 3. To be disciplined enough to concentrate on the tedium of a formal investigation of his wondrous speculations."

[via @mrgunn]

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