Seeing through photographs
Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners!
Book of the Week
Our emphasis this week is on photographs, so along those lines, we recommend Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera. Veteran photographer Bryan Peterson “explains the fundamentals of light, aperture, and shutter speed and how they interact with and influence one another.” This book has an extraordinary 5 star rating on Amazon, with 151 reviews.
MOOC of the Week
We’re at the Coursera Annual Conference here in Boulder, Colorado now, and it’s really quite spectacular seeing all the latest trends in worldwide learning! We were fortunate to attend a presentation about the MOOC Seeing Through Photographs, taught by Sarah Meister from the Museum of Modern Art. This is an extraordinarily popular course that will help you to look critically at photographs.
Making It Stick — A Developer’s Implementation Plan
One of the best books in the genre of learning is Make It Stick: The Science of Learning. (There’s an audio version, too!) If you are into coding, however, you may find it difficult to put the ideas of Make It Stick into practice. If this is the case, we recommend James Bowen’s interesting article on using flashcards and coding to improve your retention of concepts.
Foreign Reactions to US Schools
Here’s a fascinating article that speaks shines an intercultural spotlight on differences between US and foreign schools: Foreign Students Say U.S. High School Classes Are Absurdly Easy.
A Bump in the Road
So you may wonder why last week’s “Cheery Friday’ email was sent out on Thursday (at least in the Western hemisphere). Well, Barb and her husband Phil were driving to Montreal, with Barb as usual in the passenger seat, typing away on her laptop. She was doing the final edits on last week’s email when—boom, the car hit a bump in the road, she accidentally hit a space bar, and off the email went a day early. Apologies!
That’s all for this week. Have a happy week in Learning How to Learn!
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