What do You Think About This Idea for a STEAM-ESL GED MOOC?


Continuing this thread.  After some thought, I think it makes sense to focus on developing two modules.  The first is the use of the public library’s GED collection through Learning Express that my colleague showed me to generate content for the website that I am building with LearnDash.  The second is to work with Foldit! to create an interactive game module that teaches students how to have fun with a science problem that is simple but complex, protein folding.  To this end, I think it makes sense to install Foldit! on all the computer laboratory computers to set up a network for learning.  I can setup a group with the Foldit! software to hold all the scores and for the clients to communicate about the results.  I think that second module will be hard, but worth it.  It will be a proof of principle that inquiry based learning can work in GED online education with refugees.  The work with the first module will be the focus for a while, but the two modules will be pursued in parallel.  What do you think about that idea?

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I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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