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    >>> flight here and ready to take everything that we have been taught and turn it into action. which may begin with learning some more. throughout this week we are either introducing or reintroducing to you community heroes who are already -- have proven you can get a lot more pretty much everything for a lot less with a lot more fun and a lot bigger and more abundant results. basically saying wow. today's wow stat, you may not have known this but they discovered how our brains work so they set us up properly and anybody can do it. you can learn 50% more, 75% faster, and have a heck after lot more fun and the teachers have more fun. they are not doing it that much. one practitioner who is -- on the web proving it is possible. he says he simply let people learn from their mistakes and is not the only way saying it but is somebody that offered up the youtube version of things. take a look at this.

    >> to learn something effectively you must make mistakes and pay attention to those mistakes. let's look at a similar test. everyone was given a paper with some facts. group a studied the paper for four separate sessions. group b studied only once. but then was tested three times and shown their mistakes after each test. a week later, both groups were tested ask -- brought back and tested again. group b scored 50% higher than group a. and that means that they study one-fourth as much but learned far more.

    >> sivers is one of many education pioneers who learned through the work of nick ne zb roponte and others are learning the brain works and learns faster when it is presented with a partially completed problem, clear mission to finish it, and a directive to solve it in a group. so whether -- whatever -- however you apply that is in the eye of the practitioner. ultimately once you know how the brain works, you can create higher quality education for a lot less cash and lot more fun and we are breaking it down today with a couple of the pioneers in this world. frank moss and sebastian thrun . google fellow and founder of udacity, high level course online. people confuse a lot of with this is the internet teaching or had is this and that. tell us how it is that what you learned about -- what have we learned about the brain and how is -- our understanding of the brain and at the center of all of this new teaching?

    >> i think you are totally right. brain learns from being -- trying things out by i have a 4-year-old son experimenting all day. somehow the way they teach in colleges, teach lectures, talking down on people. what we are trying to do is have this website, online college . they can take college level classes and be confronted with fascinating puzzles you have to solve. and we won't show thank you answer. we show thank you answer after you tried it so you are perceptive what we think the right answer was.

    >> frank, when did we figure this out? obviously a way we all went to school was in a different paradigm which was largely rote memorization , age desegregation. when did the sort of brain research we are seeing apply to -- even come to be known?

    >> centuries ago, dylan. i think if you look at europe or artists and how they were mentors to their apprentices, they -- inspired them with problems. they worked in groups, painting or sculpture or work of art , they realized through that process of 'prenticeship, building and learning , growth occurred. this is really decades old. it has been realized and manifested more recently in places and you have a book in brooklyn today, third ward, great little outfit where you provide this environment and where freelance people can come in from the local area and they can use machines and build, create and work and work together. it is not really all about the technology as much as about the relationship between masters and apprentices and this build and learn cycle. that really is at the core of education.

    >> really what prank is talking about, sebastian the culture of learning more than the rules and resources of learning , explain to us the cultural response at stamford, these practices and why you think the culture is a little bit -- places anyway hesitant to -- at least doesn't now how to do more of it even if it wants to.

    >> i think that -- this has been on for a long time. really good teachers do a lot of this. i think that the latest new thing can be done at scale. instead of doing this one-on-one with one gray instructor and one great student, five great students, you can -- 100,000 students at the same time. more technology, internet. next generation of online education , online classes , nothing to do with internet teaching the way we do it. all to do with setting up puzzles and games and interesting stuff kids can go crazy about.

    >> if you were to look at the cost to these -- in other words, if there was -- absorb this model, like how expensive is what you are doing compared to traditional teaching, sebastian ?

    >> so first the cost for any one student was 60 cents per class. this is about three orders of magnitude less than what it costs. the reason is, regular college you pay a lot for the professor's salary, number one cost. they don't scale that well because view student ratio 1 to 30 or one to 40. one to 100,000, you can turn the content, class itself into a high-quality production. very similar to the way movies are high quality productions.

    >> i see you are nodding in agreement here.

    >> i'm a huge fan of online learning . and i think that the ability to scale and bring the quality of great teachers and many different kinds of great teachers to students everywhere is terrific. i think that we shouldn't ignore the fact technology itself doesn't deal with relationship between the teacher and the student itself. you can create a great consumer online site but if the product you are selling are not great you can reach billions but you don't have a great product. i think we have to also think about the relationship between teachers and students and have it evolve more to a teacher or mentor apprentice kind of rich. where our teachers are taught to enable their students to take risk. to fail and to learn and to iterate. we can take that to the web and billions. between can't ignore the technology itself other than technology medical records can cause health and decrease the cost --

    >> culture defined by human beings acting with each other, period.

    >> i think it is defined by relationships between human beings and i think that in the world of education, we have to think more in terms of mentor apprentice and teachers taking responsibility for working with students and teaching them this process of learning and trying and to taking risk and failing. of course we can scale that. that's terrific.

    >> mentor apprentice thing seems like it would be awful lot of more fun than teaching to the task. i rather be a teacher with a team of people that was -- as much learning from them as they for me than making them memorize something.

    >> couldn't agree more. the truth is that we are still figuring all of this out. that's the beginning of an era. not the end. as we -- it is remarkable that the is amazing amounts of interaction between students. you don't have to teach -- teach spend meaningful time with the student. it turns out even a class of 10,000 students doesn't generate 10,000 original questions. finding the important ones and come back to the students and say here is what the teacher says. the students by and large actually are very, very happy about this. it is free. so maybe expectations are not high. learning results are significantly better than what i achieved in class teaching my sfwlefl.

    >> you both taught me and inspired me. i appreciate your sharing -- your work publicly and not just with me but with the audience here. thank you both.

    >> congratulations on a great run.

    >> thank you.

    >> it has been a pleasure to be with you.

    >> yeah. thank you. i will see you in california. sebastian will have to teach me some things. i will see new boston. i have a lot of learn do. coming


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