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MOOC Proposal Introduction for Teenagers

MOOC Proposal Introduction for Teenagers

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Introduction to
Massive Open Online Courses for Teenagers: A proposal to helpstudents complete a MOOC with their friends and with the guidance of a face-to-faceteacher.
The concept of the “Introduction to MOOCs for teenagers” has been curated by Steve McCrea 
This document should be in the public domain. National Public Radio aired an interesting topic(MOOC) and the contents of the transcript are copyrighted.I'm posting the document here and I hope that it will be considered a fair educational use. I am notseeking to profit from the posting of this document. I just want to see this information in use=========Create a course in high school to support teenagers who want to take a Massive Open Online Course(Open = Free).
“Introduction to MOOCs – a proposed course for teenagers”
This is an email message to the principals in high schools that I respect.(targeted especially at Diane Grondin in Amelia Academy and Enrique Gonzalez in California)----
The transcript below is from NPR ... it is about a MOOC ... I'mvery interested in seeing teenagers collaborate and get
through as a group. It would be a notch in theirresume/transcript.I can see summer camps evolving courses that would betimed to take place during a MOOC... and the goal would be toget the course completed, even if it means registering oneperson and having a team of three getting through it... or haveeach student register but they can help each other get theanswers ... but they need to submit original responses.The idea of the course is to get teens used to working online --which can be VERY intimidating to teenagers who are used tothe guided support of a teacher.=====I'm sending you this information with the following suggestion:
consider creating a course or project that is timed to takeplace during a MOOC -- a fully guided instruction abouthow to work online ... I can imagine that each studentwho completes a course on coursera.org will have aspecial feeling of pride in their accomplishment, even ifthey completed the course with the aid of their teammates
and coaching by a face-to-face teacher.
I think MOOCs are pretty intimidating. There is a high level of independence and initiative that most have... I've signed up for three of them and abandoned them after two or three attempts. There are log-on issues, the need to do a LOT of reading, ... it looks lonely for most teenagers to participate in ... but what if they could work with friends at school (during high school) and with the guidance of a high school teacher? 
Here is the transcript 
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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:A number of elite universities across the country, including Harvard, Stanford and MIT, havestarted offering some of their most popular courses online and free of charge. These MOOCs, asthey're known, or massive open online courses, are available to hundreds of thousands of peopleat a time all around the world. And our math guy, Stanford University professor Keith Devlin, hasrecently finished teaching one. He joins us now.

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