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Latest Trends in Language Learning

Latest Trends in Language Learning

In our globalized and diverse economy, proficiency in one or more foreign languages is often seen as necessary for employment. In many cases, this results in an investment in learning for employees. But the done-to-death ways of bygone eras can put the most dedicated of people to sleep.

So, here are some latest trends in language learning to spice up the learning process!

Online Language Learning

With the rise of technology and internet access, online
language learning has become very popular. There are many language learning
platforms and apps available that offer courses in various languages. These courses are
accessible anywhere and anytime, making it easier for people to learn at their own pace
and schedule.

Gamification

Gamification has been a popular trend in language learning for a while
now. This learning method uses games and activities to make language learning more
fun and engaging. Many language learning apps and platforms incorporate gamification
in their courses to make the learning experience more enjoyable.

Personalization

Personalization is becoming increasingly important in language
learning. Many language learning apps and platforms use algorithms to create
personalized learning paths for learners based on their proficiency level, learning style,
and goals. This approach makes learning more effective and efficient.

Virtual and Augmented Reality

Virtual and augmented reality technologies are being
used in language learning to create immersive and interactive learning experiences.
Learners can practice their language skills in real-life situations, such as ordering food in
a restaurant or navigating a city, in a virtual or augmented environment.

Collaborative Learning

Collaborative learning is a trend that is gaining popularity in
language learning. This approach involves learners working together to achieve a
common goal, such as completing a task or solving a problem. Collaborative learning
helps learners practice their language skills in a more natural and interactive way.
These trends are making language learning more accessible, engaging, and effective.

Which one do you think is meant for you? Tell us in the comments!

Why Online Tutors Are Essential for Homeschool Education

Why Online Tutors Are Essential for Homeschool Education

Homeschooling is becoming an increasingly popular choice for many families. However, there are a number of challenges associated with homeschooling, from finding the best instructional materials to providing adequate guidance and support to students. Online tutoring can be a great way to address these issues. It provides individual attention and help with specific topics or skills that may not be adequately addressed through online resources alone. This article highlights some of the top reasons why online tutoring can maximize the impact of homeschooling for students around the world.

One of the main benefits of online tutoring is that it provides personalized learning experiences that are tailored to students’ needs. By hiring an online tutor, parents and students can get the help they need to ensure that the subject matter is understood and used effectively. In online tutoring sessions, students can get help understanding difficult concepts or gain more insight into subjects like languages, math, science, and social studies. In this way, they receive more targeted instruction than they could with online resources alone.

Online learning for homeschooled students

Online tutors provide additional support to families who homeschool. Private online tutors allow parents to ask questions about their student’s progress and resolve any issues as quickly as possible. They can also offer advice on how to better engage with their student’s learning process and tailor lessons to their child’s specific needs.

Another benefit of online tutoring is that students have access to a variety of resources. With online tutors, students can explore new topics or gain advanced knowledge on existing topics. Tutors can also provide links to online worksheets, tests, and other class materials that may not be available in traditional school.

Finally, online tutoring provides the opportunity for an interactive learning experience with real-time feedback from the tutor. This helps students stay motivated and engaged in their learning process as they receive immediate feedback on their work. In addition, online tutors are often experienced educators who have extensive teaching experience and offer more support than online videos or written materials.

MyCoolClass is a great way to maximize the impact of homeschooling. It provides personalized learning experiences tailored to each student’s unique needs and an additional layer of support for homeschooling families. In addition, online tutoring gives students access to a variety of resources and the opportunity to have an interactive learning experience with real-time feedback from the tutor. If you’re looking for ways to get the most out of your homeschooling experience, online tutoring is definitely worth considering.

At MyCoolClass, we’re dedicated to providing the best learning experience for all of our students, whether they attend a traditional school or are homeschooled. Our online teachers offer personalized learning experiences tailored to every student.

Find a teacher at MyCoolClass and book a free demo lesson today!

13 Activities to Help Your Child Study

13 Activities to Help Your Child Study

Parents often ask how they can help their child review what they’ve been learning in class. One way to do this is by using flashcards. Flashcards are fun and versatile learning tools that can be used for a variety of games and ESL levels. Here are just a few of them.

Memory games
Use 3 cards, or more for older, more capable children. Place the cards face up, and then turn them over and try to remember which card was where.

Timed memory game
Put the flashcards face up, and then turn them over. Set a timer and ask the student to find a particular card. If they choose the wrong one, they need to put it face down again and keep trying to find the card.

Noughts and crosses
Flashcards can be used to play some common pen and paper games, like tic tac toe. Place three lines of three cards face up. If you’re using alphabet cards, you can ask your child to say a word starting with one of the letters. If you’re using word cards, you can your child to read the word or use it in a sentence. When the child does this correctly, they can take the card or put a removable sticker on it.

Make a story or word
This is a fun way of playing with the English words, letters, and concepts your child knows well. Take some flashcards at random and place them face up on the floor. Ask your child to make a word, sentence or story with the words or letters on the cards.

Quick glance
Quickly hold up the card and then turn in face down so your child can’t see it. Ask your child to guess what is on the card. If they’re not able to, hold it up for a little longer and then turn it face down again. Keep playing until they can tell you what is on the card.

Categories
Hold up a card so only you can see it. Start saying things that are in the same category as what is on the card. For example, if the card says “B” you could say “banana”, “ball” and “bear”. If the card says “verbs” you could say “running”, “singing”, “raining”. Your child needs to guess what is on the card.

Treasure hunt
This is a fun game for energetic children. Hide some flashcards around the room and ask your student to find them. There are a few variations of this game. You could play “hot and cold” by telling your child they’re hot when they’re close to a card and cold when they’re far away from any cards. You could also hide some “trick” cards. Tell your child a word or sentence like “book” or “he read yesterday” and ask them to find the flashcards with those letters or words. But you’ll have hidden other cards with different words or letters on them, and your child needs to identify the correct ones.

What’s missing?
Spell out a word except for one letter and the student needs to say which one is missing. To make this more challenging, take out more letters. You can also use this game for making sentences.

Odd one out
This game is a good way of practising grammar concepts, but it can also be using for identifying rhyming words or even words in your child’s favourite English story or poem. Place some cards face up and ask your child to identify which one is different. To make sure your child is learning, ask them to tell you why the card is different.

Snap
The good thing about this game is that you don’t need much space to play it, and it is something you can do while you’re waiting for a train or at a restaurant and trying to keep your children entertained while the food arrives. Give every player several cards and you each take turns putting them down, face up. When a child puts down a card that “matches” or is in the same word category, they say “snap!” and win the game.

Is it a….?
Young children often really enjoy this game. Hold up a flashcard and ask your child if it is something different. So you could hold up a “yellow” card and ask them if it is a sun, purple or an animal.

Find me a…
Give your child a set of flashcards and ask them to find particular cards, like the “R” or “ball” card. For more advanced learners, you can ask them to find you a word in a certain category, like a colour or a noun.

Musical flashcards
This is another good one for energetic students. Place the cards face up on the floor and play their favourite songs. Your child needs to walk, jump or dance around the room until you stop the music, and then they need to tell you what is on the nearest flashcard and a little bit more about it. For example, if the card says “M” your child could say “M mmmmm, mouth.” If the card says “green” your child could say “green, my favourite colour” or “green, like my school bag.”

There are many flashcard games you could play with your child to review what they’re learning in class.

Try a few of these and see which ones you both like!

Sharing is Caring: Kindergarten Lessons & Philanthropy

Sharing is Caring: Kindergarten Lessons & Philanthropy

Anyone who has ever fundraised for a worthy cause knows the roller coaster of emotions associated with asking for money. Nervousness and apprehension are hushed by self-imposed confidence, and passion for the mission takes over. Hopefully, all that is followed by the exhilaration from receiving a donation, grant, or sponsorship.

For those of us who are uncomfortable asking for money, this process can be especially difficult. Personally, I’ve never been great at asking for money in-person, but if I can write a proposal instead, I’m happy to ask for hundreds of thousands of dollars–and I have.

Recently, MyCoolClass launched their community shares offer, which allows anyone to invest in the cooperative and become a member. It doesn’t go against our teacher-owned mission; it strengthens it. More supporters, awareness, and funds all support the vision and organizational goals.

Does this speak to me as a former nonprofit employee and fundraiser? Absolutely! However, that’s not the main reason it warms my heart. Teachers, especially early childhood education teachers, can appreciate the direct connection between philanthropy and the lessons we want to instill in young learners, hoping that they will become kind and generous adults.

The community shares offer speaks to me as a teacher.

On that note, I’d like to talk about why the offer should make teachers, parents, and nostalgic adults smile–and why you should invest.

Kindergarten Lessons: Share Your Toys (aka Generosity)

Making kids share their toys, animal crackers, or crayons is arguably one of the most difficult tasks for any early childhood or elementary teacher. Small hands grabbing a toy from another small hand can result in instant tears, ear-piercing wails, and horror filmesque screams. Teachers cope with this several times a day, every day. Parents know those sounds, too.

Eventually, we teach kids to compromise and share. Giving to others earns you gold stars, praise, and new friends. Friendly competitions about who can make the best (tower-shaped) rocket ship is much better than simply stacking blocks by yourself. (Plus, cleanup is faster when those towers ultimately can’t defy the laws of physics.)

In higher grades, students often need to borrow pencils, sheets of notebook paper, and notes. Generous tweens and teens do this easily, often without thinking about it. We’ve all lost our pencil, forgotten our notebook, and missed class. In fact, generous students help the learning process continue with fewer interruptions. Without generosity, middle and high school would be even more chaotic.

As adults, we usually don’t need to share pencils. Instead, we share responsibilities. We collaborate on work-related projects, co-parent, run errands, and divide housework. We’re still sharing our crayons, just in a more grown-up fashion.

Supporting new cooperatives, nonprofits, and small businesses brings back those lessons. Maybe the gold stars are gone, but the praise and gratitude we receive from our support system and the organization remains. We make connections, and possibly forge friendships. Honestly, we feel good about ourselves, which is its own reward.

Comfort Your Friend (aka Empathy)

Learning to put yourself into another person’s mind and feel what they’re feeling is an incredibly difficult task. Those of us who studied Jean Piaget’s experiments and those who followed him know that “theory of mind” typically develops around age four. If you can help a three-year-old gain a different perspective, you basically possess magical teaching or parenting powers.

Asking a toddler to comfort their friend is a hard request; the child can see their friend is upset–thanks to the aforementioned ear-piercing wails–but they struggle to understand exactly what their friend is feeling and how to comfort them. Slowly, they develop theory of mind, learn that everyone has feelings that can be hurt, and find a way to stop their friend from crying.

Life is difficult, and it can harden us. We all have those terrible days that shatter our patience and empathy. We deal with rude drivers, helicopter parents, and difficult children. Sometimes, it’s hard to find the humanity in adults who are constantly belittling, angry, and disrespectful. Often, these people aren’t our friends; we have no personal reason to comfort them or see the world through their perspective.

But many of us try anyway. Understanding that this person is also having a hard time, their criticism is coming from a place of fear, or life has recently been unkind, can help us tap our empathy. At the very least, we don’t make things worse.

Empathy and philanthropy are as inseparable as the playdough your student rolled into one giant ball. Philanthropy requires us to see that things could be better, put ourselves in the shoes of those affected, and make an effort to lessen the hurt. Sometimes, we do that by giving directly to charities that mend damage; sometimes, we donate to organizations that spread positivity. Regardless of how or where we support others, we want to make the world a little bit better, just like the four-year-old hugging their friend.

Education is vital, and online education can open new opportunities to students and their families. Supporting organizations trying to change the way online education affects the world is certainly a cause for which any teacher, parent, or social worker can empathize.

Stand Up to Bullies (aka Integrity)

I don’t know a single adult who doesn’t have a bullying story. If you were even a little bit different, you could be a target; if you stood up for the underdog, that was just as bad. Throughout my education, I was surrounded by kids who were anti-Semetic, racist, and homophobic–and proud of it. School politics and the personal beliefs of teachers made adult interference difficult.

Bullying is often what happens when kids don’t learn to share their toys and comfort their friends, although it’s much more complex and multi-faceted than I can discuss in this post.

I do believe that schools have improved in recent years but bullying still exists–both by peers and adults. I have taught more than a dozen kids who joined online classes after recurring bullying led their families to remove them from in-person schools. Although I’ve had kids disagree with each other, I have never had a student bully a peer in my classes. Kids receive greater attention, and I make it clear that disrespect is not allowed.

Online education can provide a safe space for students who have been victims of bullying.

Furthermore, I think it is important to specify that MyCoolClass is different from the other online education platforms. There’s a reason you won’t see other platforms promote a community share offer.

Many online education platforms received their “seed money” (start-up funds) from large investors, especially venture capitalists. These investment firms provide an enormous influx of capital (often hundreds of thousands of US dollars) in exchange for a high payout, advisory role, or other returns on investment. If the company does well, it can often return to that capitalist and others, compounding the investment. For example, a company that earned $1 million in seed money, may earn $7 million two years later, $50 million the year after that, and nearly $200 million the following year.

I’m not describing a fairy tale. Venture capitalism is real, and it can be an enormous help to businesses trying to have a significant impact.

In fact, as of last year, at least one online education platform is considered a “unicorn”–meaning it is valued at over $1 billion.

That means that virtual, real-time education joins industries and companies such as aerospace (SpaceX), personal shopping (Instacart), crowdsourcing (Patreon), and ridesharing (Uber). Several other online education-related companies have made their mark, too, including Udemy, Quizlet, and Course Hero.

Online education is no longer a “developing industry”. It is active, pulsating, and lasting.

Am I comparing unicorn companies to schoolyard bullies? Not exactly. I’ll support artists on Patreon, tip drivers on Instacart, and use resources from Course Hero. We certainly have yet to figure out a way to live without capitalism.

However, while taking kindergarten lessons, your teacher and the teachers that followed taught you to stand up for the underdog, so picture this: You are standing on a typical street corner. To your left, you see the independent, locally owned bookstore. They have a display on the sidewalk reminding you that a semi-famous author will have a book talk later that week. To your right, only a few blocks away, you see a large chain bookstore. The parking lot is full, and they are advertising 10% off your favorite genre.

Do you walk left or right?

Kindergarten Lessons: Ask Questions (aka Wonder)

The less you understand about the world, the more magical everything seems. How do fish breathe underwater, and why can’t I? Why does the sun leave at night? Where does the rainbow end? As teachers, we have to provide answers to hundreds of questions without crushing kids’ spirits or sense of wonder.

I’m glad that I understand how gravity works, but I think I was happier when I thought I could fly if I just swung high enough.

So, I actively try to keep a spark of wonder inside me, and I constantly ask questions. Some of them I type into Google, but the rest are ponderings no search engine can answer. How do we make life better for our students? How do we think bigger? How do we increase our ripple effect? How do we try to make the right decisions in a world of commercialism, sensationalism, and consumerism?

One of the reasons I joined MyCoolClass was because it spoke to me as a business. I joined my other platform when they were relatively small, and I was an advocate for them; I really felt they were changing the way we could teach. After COVID happened and the company significantly expanded (literally almost overnight), I felt the change. I felt that teachers were underappreciated, profits were overvalued, and the regulations had become too restricting.

So, I asked questions. I read MCC’s business plan, their blogs, website, and other opinions about them. I reached out before I joined, posted questions in our forum, and had a Zoom meeting with a founder. I asked dozens of questions, and every time, I received straightforward, honest answers.

So, I moved one student over to MyCoolClass. Then another. Then three more. Hopefully by next month, that number will be in the dozens.

I know that transferring my students is an enormous risk. My previous platform will not be happy, and I should accept that I’m burning that bridge. I’m tearing down something that is actually quite successful–and other MyCoolClass teachers are doing exactly the same.

Most teachers on MyCoolClass were teaching on other platforms. As a whole, humans are resistant to change, and convincing every parent to transfer with us is a tough sell, especially if their students are taking multiple classes on the other platform.

But we do it. Because we have faith in each other, the cooperative, and the future. The possibilities make us wonder, and that wonder reminds us of a simpler time.

Lesson 5: Dream Big (aka Optimism)

Teachers have found a platform that exudes integrity, and we have our sense of wonder. Those traits lead to another: optimism.

Young kids seem to have an unending well of optimism, which is why it’s so easy to convince them things will work out. “You’ll do better tomorrow.” “Try again; I’m sure you can do it.” “That scrape will only hurt for a little bit.” “Everything will be okay.”

Sure, they threw a 10-minute tantrum because their mittens weren’t gloves, but tomorrow, that will be old news, and they’ll have moved onto something else. They believe us, and we believe ourselves. Optimism is contagious.

However, optimism alone is not enough to succeed. You need a plan, action, and follow-through, just like your coach said.

The only way to compete with unicorn companies is to fundraise, and that’s what MyCoolClass is doing.

Why doesn’t MyCoolClass just ask for money from venture capitalists? It obviously works.

That’s a reasonable question that deserves an honest answer.

Primarily, it’s because MyCoolClass is a cooperative, which is basically a blend between a for-profit company and nonprofit organization. Cooperatives are member-owned (in this case teacher-owned) and have a different organizational structure. Members work as a team for the common good, but everyone is an independent contractor, so we do not answer to a supervisor in the same way that an employee would.

Therefore, investing in a cooperative is not appealing to a venture capitalist. Although MyCoolClass plans to compete with the most popular education sites, we never intend to become a unicorn. Our goal is to have a revenue of roughly $9.6 million by 2025. (You can find our business plan here.) Profits will be used to be more competitive, further the mission, start a nonprofit arm, and give back to teachers. We have no intention of being publicly owned, and by UK law, we can’t.

Secondly, many of us had poor experiences with companies funded by venture capitalists or other large investors, and some felt that the company would side with the investors over teachers. This could create a difficult, sometimes toxic, situation, which is opposite to MCC’s vision. None of us are comfortable working in that type of environment again.

Thirdly, cooperatives are intended to work with people in the community and with other cooperatives. It’s important to us that our investors are real people and organizations that support MCC’s mission. We want to have investors that care about the organization, are willing to participate in the process, and are proud to support us. We don’t want to simply be another investment for a firm that has hundreds of accounts.

Therefore, offering a community share for investment is truer to the creation and sustainability of MyCoolClass. I’m proud of MCC for choosing this route and asking for support from individuals and partners. That is a sincere example of optimism.

However, if you’re concerned investing is too much of a risk, let me assure you that I, one of most risk-averse people I know, do not share that opinion. MyCoolClass will succeed. I don’t believe that simply due to optimism; I believe it as a person who has raised money for nonprofits, run my own business, and worked for a handful of for-profit companies. If I believed MCC would fail, I would not have tied my career to it.

Leaving my other platform for MyCoolClass is a greater risk than the community shares offer. I’m sure other teachers can testify the same.

We’re optimistic about the future, and I hope that you are, too.

Conclusion

In elementary school, we learn to be generous and empathetic and how to maintain integrity, wonder, and optimism. All of those lessons ultimately affect philanthropy.

Joining the community share offer is a wonderful act of generosity.

Wanting to create a brighter future for students participating in online education requires empathy.

Choosing to support a young cooperative shows integrity.

Envisioning a future in which education is available globally to anyone who wants to learn takes wonder and optimism.

I hope you choose to give and be a part of the wonderful journey that is to come.

Your teacher would be proud while taking kindergarten lessons.

MyCoolClass Challenges Online Learning Sector with Global Teaching Talent Serving Students

MyCoolClass Challenges Online Learning Sector with Global Teaching Talent Serving Students

LONDON – April 20, 2022 – MyCoolClass, a start-up cooperative of independent teachers and tutors, as well as workers and investor members, today announced its new funding endeavor called community shares. MyCoolClass is a democratized learning platform in the online learning sector that helps teachers with fair payment for their teaching and tutoring services. MyCoolClass is dedicated to fairness and equity for teachers and educators previously exposed to inequitable, traditional employment parameters. The community shares offer is available beginning April 20, 2022, with share opportunities ending on October 15, 2022.

“MyCoolClass is an online learning platform cooperative owned by independent teachers and tutors, workers and investor members,” said the creator and founder of MyCoolClass, John Hayes. “The education sector has been defined by rampant profiteering in which both teachers and students are subject to platform capitalism. We are building an alternative to venture capital-owned giants that are trying to dominate the online learning sector. Since we founded MyCoolClass in 2020, thousands of teachers have expressed support by signing up for our mailing list. They really want to see MyCoolClass succeed.”

Hayes explained, “Platforms live or die by the teachers who teach on them. After years of poor pay and job insecurity, we believe that teachers are ready for something new, better and different. MyCoolClass is undertaking a share issue to raise the funds needed to make the cooperative successful and challenge industry giants in the online learning sector. Community shares is a common fundraising practice in the UK among cooperative societies.”

MyCoolClass features courses for any age group on almost any subject and attracts high-quality global teachers and students. Teachers are especially engaged and dedicated to the learning platform that offers fair compensation. Fair pay for teachers is not easily available when educators sign employment contracts with corporations.

MyCoolClass has an objective of raising a maximum target of £500,000, with a minimum share subscription per person of £100. Interest of 5 percent will be paid annually after one year of membership. The withdrawal of capital is targeted after three years, and UK investors may be entitled to tax relief of up to 50% on their investments.

Community shares is a user-friendly name for withdrawable, non-transferable share capital: a form of equity uniquely available to cooperative and community benefit societies. Since 2012, over £155m has been raised by over 104,203 people in community shares across the UK.

For more information visit https://mycoolclass.com.
To invest, visit https://www.mycoolclass.com/community-shares.

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7 Tips to Keep Motivated While Learning Online

7 Tips to Keep Motivated While Learning Online

If you’re having a hard time motivating yourself to learn online, there are some things you can do to keep your online learning strategy on track and full of motivation. Here are seven tips that can help you stay on track with your e-learning without getting bored or discouraged!

  1. Make a plan

Make yourself a plan to stay on track and keep you motivated. Plan which days you’ll work on each subject, how long it’ll take you, and how you can reward yourself for sticking to your schedule. Schedule breaks into your day and think about how you’ll use them – whether it’s for a nap or to catch up with friends. Having a plan will help you stay focused and motivated at every stage of your learning.

  1. Break your goals into small steps

Start with small goals and make sure you have multiple sources of information to learn from. This is a common strategy in e-learning. If you follow it, you can keep motivation high for your online courses. The best way to use the course materials is to think of them as a whole new resource – you can learn something that surprises you and challenges your existing beliefs. Let your curiosity motivate you.

  1. Organize your space and resources in online learning

Keep your resources (your computer, external hard drive, books, etc.) in a well-organized space reserved just for learning. If you work at home in your office and want to leave work behind, it’s easy to keep your learning stuff in a separate room or closet.

  1. Take breaks when you need them

When you’re sitting in front of a screen learning something new, it’s easy to burn out. Take breaks every now and then, or even use them as a strategy to learn more. Watch a learning video on YouTube or read your favorite blogs on topics not necessarily related to what you’re learning online or visit websites you find interesting.

  1. Celebrate success

Reward yourself after each e-learning success. Whether you passed a quiz or completed an entire course, treat yourself and keep your spirits high! The more confident you are in your abilities, the more successful you’ll be overall. And nothing is worse than losing motivation due to boredom or lack of confidence in your abilities; these feelings can easily cause you to snowball and give up altogether!

  1. Have someone to hold you accountable

If you spend a lot of time learning online, you should find someone to hold you accountable. You can find study groups or people who are also interested in what you’re learning and work through the lessons together. That way, you can motivate each other, challenge yourself, and find out which strategies work – and which don’t.

  1. Keep track of what’s important

The classroom, whether online or otherwise, is a very distracting environment. If you want to succeed with e-learning and motivate yourself, it’s important that you don’t lose sight of what’s important: learning and future success. Don’t let all of life’s distractions get in your way – focus on completing each course and making progress toward your long-term goals.

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