Project Euler: Programming skills through play

October 15, 2015

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I recently learned about Project Euler, and have found it addictive. It’s a wonderful site for learning programming. It’s not powerful tools that make it great. The site’s design looks ancient; it has no programming editors; it doesn’t even have any tutorials. But it has wonder, and a series of progressively harder challenges, and lets you […]

Posted in: Learning, Programming

The use of incoherent fragments

October 15, 2015

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When I started this blog, it was a tentative thing–a platform whose significance I downplayed, but one through which I secretly hoped I’d accomplish something world-changing. I didn’t know what, but after all…who really needs just another “data dump” made public? I wanted to write valuable things, important things, things that earned respect. Writing content that’s worth […]

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More on “testing to learn”

October 27, 2014

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Today, I stumbled on this 2011 New York Times article on testing as a learning tool. It seemed worth posting as a follow-up to my recent “Test to learn” post.

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Make It Stick: Test to learn

October 24, 2014

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This post is one of an (intended) collection interacting with the book Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. All in the collection are linked from the Introduction post. [Edited to add, a few days after initial post: this New York Times article is an interesting read on the subject.] Test…to learn? First–please forget about standardized testing and […]

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Make It Stick: What is learning, anyway?

October 15, 2014

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This post is one of an (intended) collection interacting with the book Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. All in the collection are linked from the Introduction post. So, I’m thinking and writing about the book Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. The title itself raises one question that’s worth thinking about: what is “learning”? What […]

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Make It Stick: Introduction

October 14, 2014

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I recently read the book Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. I found the book impressive, and it joins the short list of those I’ll too-enthusiastically recommend to anyone who will listen–especially those who are “learners” or “teachers”, groups which should encompass most people. Make It Stick is a well-woven collection of stories and hard data on […]

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Musings on learning Bangla

August 31, 2012

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These days, I’m spending a lot of time studying the Bangla language, also known as Bengali. Bangla is the basis for the country of Bangladesh’s name: Bangla (বাংলা) is the name of the language, and “desh” (দেশ) is Bangla for “country”. Thus, Bangladesh is simply the country of Bangla—an especially meaningful fact given the nation’s […]

Posted in: Bangla