That’s right. 4th and 5th graders Enrichment students have logged in each week to Stanford University where they were enrolled in the the online class taught by Professor Jo Boaler on How Kids Learn Math.
MOOC is an acronym for “Massive Open Online Course.” It is an online class offered through a college that anyone (at least anyone with access to the internet) can attend for free. It means a student in Bangladesh (or rural PA or downtown LA) can attend online the lectures, download and complete classroom activities, and enter into discussion groups to master the equivalent of a semester long three credit course in areas as diverse as programming, global health, creativity, and music theory.
A breakthrough in MOOCs happened with the course taught by Stanford professors Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig in the fall of 2011 on Artificial Intelligence. The enrollment burgeoned to 160,000 students. The number of MOOCs available through major Universities exceeds several thousand. Check out Udacity or Coursera – make this a movement for kids, parents and grandparents to be lifelong learners!
I didn’t get a picture of Mrs. Walaan’s or my 5th grade graduates. If you take one at home and want to share it, please forward!