“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”
– John Steinbeck
“If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t“
– Michael Pollan
We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.
– Carl Sagan
These days, there are several dozen ways to learn to code online. Python, in particular, is the language of choice for several online courses. This has allowed me to “shop around” for the online tool or tools that suit me best. It has also given me a chance to think about the different elements that go into a successful online learning experience.
I have been thinking about learning some computer programming for quite some time. In fact, as I’ve told a number of people recently, not taking CS is my biggest regret about my own college experience (oh, so many years ago!)
When I first read about the mechanical MOOC, I decided that it was time. It would use Python, which is the language I had settled on, and it would use existing online resources in combination: Opencourseware and online textbooks courtesy of MIT, exercises from Codecademy and online discussion in OpenStudy. Continue reading
“Science, math and engineering can give you the exhilarating power to become not mere spectators or consumers, but the active explorers, makers and doers who will help invent the future.”
– Susan Hockfield
“Problems worthy of attack, prove their worth by hitting back”
– Piet Hein