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Silvia Marinova


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How about a VIRTUAL classroom?

What do you imagine as the perfect classroom?
Me and my students were wondering ...
Is it big and full of light?
Is it in the middle of the jungle?
Are there many books in it?
Is there music in it?
What about a VIRTUAL classroom where you study in a virtual environment as if in a video game? Can we learn more from the virtual world than we actually think? Please, share some ideas and opinions ...
Waiting for your replies: Radina, Iliana and Silvia Marinova (teacher) from Sofia, Bulgaria.

Topics: education school

Closing Statement from Silvia Marinova

Thank you all for answering our question! It's been a pleasure answering and reading all the suggestions. :) We learned a lot as well. So you guys were very helpful and gave us some great insights!
A classroom has to be most of all effective and fun for both teachers and students. :)
Have a great time and enjoy the lifetime learning.

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    Jan 23 2013: When it is a matter of learning it can be any one or more of the list you and students thought about.....
    e.g. In ancient India , many teachers used to live in jungle and learners also stay with teacher. In limited way in sub continent still to learn classical music in few cases learners have to stay the maestro they want to learn from in his/her home ......Rabidranath Tagore the Noble winner poet of my laguage , with his prize money established an University named Shantiniketon..where class rooms are in field under tree..

    Think of Lyceum of Aristotle in Athens.....
    With development of IT and communication network , Virtual Classroom is a reality now I feel....Khan Academy or Coursera are example of such....what do you think?
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      Jan 30 2013: Great examples you have pointed out, Salim. :) Haven't been here in a while but I'm trying to get back on the track. As for all those amazing school - you're right - they were pretty amazing! Now in Bulgaria we even try to educate people online which hasn't been done successfully so far but I hope we will work it out in the future. As for me practice makes perfect! ;) Sooo I would say that learning from a human who knows more on the subjest matter is much better than anything else ... FYI I'm reading a book now from Elif Shafak about women writers and motherhood called Black Milk ... it's very exciting. Slow paced reader I am but I enjoy every word and I think we can learn a lot from anyone with more experience than us.
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        Jan 30 2013: Hi Silvia, great to hear from you ....I am not that regular here these days as well.
        Yeap...learning from thru sharing is one of the best.....
        Thanks for sharing the link...will check...
        My reading strategy is...if I like something scan through quickly and then go for the 2nd round in a slow pace to have deep dive....you seems deep dive from the begining....sounds good :)

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