Doctor Mom calls in to ask Leo what can kids do if they have to use a computer that runs Flash for their online schooling? Leo says that there's a browser called "Dolphin" that used to support Flash. But it doesn't anymore. If they're using courseware from YouTube, that would be automatically converted to HTML5. Apple may have support or a workaround since it is working heavily to get into the education space. Call Apple.
Tuesday, Apple is holding an education event in Chicago, and many believe that they will be offering a lower cost iPad for education along with the Apple Pencil. But they may also update the MacBook Air. Leo says that Apple will need to get the price down to around $250 in order to compete with Chromebooks in the education realm.
The internet has always been an incredible resource for information, but if you're motivated enough, you can take that a step further and get a free or inexpensive college education. MOOCs, or "Massive Open Online Courses," are real classes that have been made available online from schools and universities. Many of these courses are free, but if you decide to pay, you can actually get a certificate of completion or a MicroMasters from it. Here are some of the places you can find these MOOCs:
Lately, Leo has been taking advantage of MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses. These are college and university courses that are available online for free. There are a lot of ways to do this — iTunes U is a great way to find free courses on the Mac or iOS device. MIT has its CourseWare, and there are even courses provided by Yale and Harvard. There are also commercial MOOCs like Udacity and Kahn Academy. A lot of high school students looking for help on difficult subjects like Calculus and Physics can go to YouTube and watch Kahn Academy videos.
David is a teacher and he wants to use Netflix as a teaching aid, but the school district won't allow streaming it into the classroom. What can he do as a work around? Leo says that there really isn't one, as he would have to have permission from the district. He could bypass the school's internet by using his cellular data and making his mobile device a hotspot.
Eric's daughter has a Mac Mini and she's thinking of bringing it to school, but the monitor is so huge. So she's thinking of going with a Windows laptop. Leo says that the base model MacBook Air is $899 and that's a good choice, And the educational discount saves another 10%. Eric could also go to the Apple Refurbished site to save a few hundred dollars more.
Terry wants to know if there's a way he can get a discount on Lynda.com. Leo says he can get a free trial, but isn't sure about a discount on it. Leo recommends checking out iTunes U, since there are a million free courses there, many of them from universities. For casual use, he should start with iTunes U and Kahn Academy. Another option is to look for tutorials on YouTube.
Nick wants to find out how to get started in learning how to code. It will take about a year to learn and become adept enough at coding to try and find work doing that. Nick already has certifications though, and he's in a good place to start. Leo says the worst case scenario is he'll just have fun doing it in his free time. Knowing how to code won't guarantee a huge success like with WhatsApp, and in fact the coding is the least of what they did. What made that app succeed is the design and user interface of it.
There are a number of sites that teach programming:
Georgia Tech has accepted 375 candidates to take their first online Masters Degree course in Computer Science in a partnership with Udacity. Leo says it'll be a fifth of the cost of going to the campus, and that the internet is revolutionizing education.
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Harry wants to know Leo's thoughts on parental controls on the Internet. Does he know about TimeBoss by Nice Kit? Leo says that TimeBoss is a great piece of software but he's stunned it's still around. It basically allows kids to earn time. But does it really help kids manage their time? As adults, we have to understand our kids are growing up in a different culture than we did. The internet is how they socialize, and how they learn. Minecraft is light years better than getting hooked on Candy Crush.