Living in a digital world with ever-changing technology, the education system looks – and feels – very different from how students learned 20 years ago. From new devices to increased expenses, this can be an overwhelming change for parents. Aside from this, online school has become a mainstream form of education since the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. With this abundance of educational resources and countless new options for learning, where do you even begin? That’s where we come in.
While growing up in Portugal, my favorite TV program was Cartoon Network. I woke up early on Saturdays to watch the Power Puff Girls, Samurai Jack, and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends… In English. With no subtitles.
I and many other people my age were exposed to English early on, which allowed us to start getting used to the language while relatively young. This, allied with the fact that it’s uncommon to dub films in Portugal, made learning English a lot easier for a lot of people.
While there aren’t a lot of widely available cartoons made in Portugal, there’s a wide variety of dubbed cartoons. In this article, we’ll cover cartoons for all ages.
Picture this: you have a test coming up. You go to the library or a café to study. You get there early, get your best markers out (the pastel ones), and open your book. There’s so much to do, you don’t even know where to start. So, you read and underline a bit, then get distracted, then stop working, and put off studying, ending up pulling an all-nighter before your assessment to prepare. Does this sound familiar?
Studying can feel like a dreadful chore to many. But it doesn’t have to be. So, let’s look into how to study effectively.
Are you feeling overwhelmed with your own musical practice, or unsure how to help your students on their musical journey? Do you ever feel like you're staring at a messy room, not knowing where to start cleaning? Don't worry, this week's guide is here to help! We'll give you some tips on how to effectively practice and stay organized, so you can make the most of your musical journey. So let's get started!
Homeschooling and online school can seem very similar at a first glance. They’re both an alternative or complement to traditional schooling. And while they share some commonalities, it’s their differences that will affect a parent’s choice. So, how do they differ and why does that matter?
Homeschooling is a type of education that is parent-led and home-based, as the name suggests. Parents decide, for reasons we’ll discuss, that traditional schooling is not the best option for them, and take their children’s education into their own hands. There is some freedom for the parent to build their own curriculum, though in some states there’s mandatory testing that will condition what’s taught.
Online school, also called virtual school or cyber school, is an umbrella term that refers to an educational service whose content is shared only through virtual means. This can include public and private online schools, university sponsored-schools, credit recovery programs, and any sort of specialized education that might be hard to find in your area.
This specialized education can include upper education like nursing school and law school, and also education in subjects like language and music.
Sometimes it can be crazy to figure out what resources you’d need to be able to get started in learning a new language. It seems scary, but exciting at the same time. What’s great with the internet is that you can find resources very quickly but considering the plethora of resources out there, which one would you pick? Here are a couple of recommendations that we have at the Music and Language Learning Center to help you support your journey.
Teaching music online may not sound like the easiest thing to do. How do you engage students? How do you help them solve problems when you’re not there with them? How can you show them examples when you’re limited to a tiny little screen? While there are some obstacles that we may encounter, there are a variety of benefits that actually make it so that you are able to create meaningful connections with students.
Now, sometimes, it is not an easy feat as we deal with a variety of different students. There are some students that take online music classes because they were ‘voluntold’. However, there are students who are genuinely interested and if you are able to create a meaningful connection, they will stay with you.
Being able to create meaningful connections through music has always been important for me in my life. I remember the first time I was able to make someone smile by playing a piece that reminded them of something they had gone through recently or being able to inspire joy through sound. ‘El Sistema’ was one of the first musical projects that combined the idea of performance with social impact, which has since become a world phenomenon.
I had learned a great deal about its benefits while I had worked for the Philharmonie de Paris Projet Demos that was inspired by the teaching principles of ‘El Sistema’. Throughout the time I worked there, I had worked with great colleagues who helped guide me through the process, the importance of knowing each child’s individual story and why they were there, and have firsthand experience in helping facilitate community building with children who came from difficult home situations.
The pandemic in 2020 forced families into online learning as it was the only way to be able to learn. We saw online educational organizations boom with students from different parts of the world sharing a virtual space with other students that they would not have otherwise met. While studies have shown the psychological and social effects the pandemic had on the human population, the concept of online learning has since evolved and has since changed how we receive education. There is no replacement for in-person lessons, but instead online classes have evolved as another form of learning.
While the pandemic turned our world upside down (literally), online learning allowed students the time to be able to further develop their knowledge and skills in other areas.
Throughout their early education, children are taught basic subjects like math and science to help them better understand the world around them. Artistic courses were often deemed less important, despite exposing children to a new realm of interests. This is where The Music and Language Learning Center, or the MLLC, comes in.
The MLLC provides a wide variety of courses regarding the study of music, along with three language classes: French, Spanish, and Portuguese. All levels of education are welcome; in other words, no prior experience is needed to take these courses.
Each course is held online with three different types of classes: flexible, multi-day, and private tutoring, or one-on-one. Flexible courses do not meet live and are instead taught through assignments. Multi-day courses meet at scheduled times over a period, and private tutoring is individual teaching.
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