Showing posts with label ed. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ed. Show all posts

+ed is live and ready to go!

My MOOC, ed, is about as done as I would like for now (shout-out to Maddie for modeling for me☺️). Certain things will need to be fully automated (ie. seamless OneNote,YouTube integration instead of just code embedding), but that won't happen until the next phase of the program. I'll continue to improve it over time, but improvements will be based on feedback. So, use it, complain, and we'll grow it together.

Happy schooling๐ŸŽ! →

+'ed' is open/live and looking for tutors

The ed app is up-and-running. It seems desolate at the moment... because it is. The pages need intermediation (tutors and students) so we can kickstart this thing. If you're interested in tutoring, read the syllabi carefully. Remember that each sheet (chemistry, math, physics) is a live document in its own right; meaning that it is editable and self-contains a page history.

Ready. Set. Learn.

+Apple Dapple redux

Apple Dapple / ed logo

In 2014, I unveiled an independent 'numeracy complement to Reading Rainbow's literacy initiative' (and to a smaller extent, Mr. Wizard) called Apple Dapple. It was an app (supposedly, when apps were the big news) that lived inside a user's mobile device. Again, this was designed to be a mathematics pedagogical twin for Reading Rainbow's contemporary makeover (with career-based 'field trips' and everything). Back then I was asking for a substantial sum of money ($2million) to deliver the app to secondary schools across America (@ $10,000 per school district adoption, just like with Reading Rainbow).


Looking back, I can see that it addressed a compulsory pedagogy need that was kind of already being met on public television outlets, as well as with various websites. The supplement was framed juvenily, because it was, well.. an activity meant for kids (gradeschoolers). My effort back then centered around exploiting a study (factoid) that correlated the effectiveness of teaching mathematics (ie. quantitative comprehension) in two stages: ages 8-11 (understanding shapes in relation to movement) and 16-17 (application of equations). Apple Dapple had been readied to bridge that gap.

Well, that was years ago. The app went into hibernation, ..and some other stuff. Now, I've learned a few things here and there about educational marketing (education is the biggest market in the world, especially when it's free), network advertising (ie. renting ad space), and streaming. I'm giving Apple Dapple another go (this time sans docent April Appleberry in the feature slot, for now, and with a new parent name - 'ed'*). It's been re-branded from a pure origami (ie. convertible geometries) platform (the lessons involved using paper-folding to understand trigonometric principles), into a standardized credentialing service (including certifications preparation+training) platform tailored to adult learners (andragogy) that will sit under my 'edUUe ("ed")' banner. Video๐ŸŽž content will be hyperlinked back-and-forth from a YouTube playlist and/or livestream (@LinkStarbureiy [
]). A student/teacher/coach helpdesk may utilize Google Classroom (get a Google Account if you don't already have one). There is still an abundance of attention placed on the progress and wellness of an individual, who in turn and without restriction, is able to advance at their own pace. Oh, yeah, the logo stays.๐Ÿ™‚

Typically, in today's over-zealous world of timely product launches, people always emphasize how "excited" they are. As any educator can attest, curriculum planning is hard work, pupils can be rambunctious, and the pay could be better; hardly anything to get too "excited" about. But, I like to win.'ed' is the short form of 'edu'. Since the jukebox is named 'UUe', I thought about branding it 'UUedu', but there already exists a domain ( that points to a real university, so that was out. I then tried 'edUUe' (and it did sound cool voicing the spelling) before truncating it to just 'ed'.

Note (+): I do not proctor exams.

Realizing that there is lots of competition out there in the vocational training space, I'm "curious" to see what kind of a dent I can make this time around. Nothing will be sold. I promised myself that I wouldn't overtax anybody trying to be super-innovative here. -- That's not to say that you can't count on machine learning being a huge factor in threading submitted queries. -- I simply want to see how far libre test preparation - mainly for STEM development / bug bounty programs / mathletics - can go if people know where to look (free or not, an education should pay off). That said, if you want to help out, donate some of your time and/or money. Thanks.


Wish me luck.

+advancing the Millennium Prize Problems with Apple Dapple

It appears as though there hasn't been any real progress on Yang-Mills (mass gap) in over a decade (since 2004).  This problem, as well as the other five (5) [unresolved] problems known collectively as the Millenium Prize Problems (Clay), offer a reward of $1million for a solution that stands after two (2) years of scrutiny.  I imagine part of the bearing is that there is so much other fun stuff to work on in applied math, that pure math doesn't get the attention that it deserves.

I wonder what would happen if and when the bounty (or a percentage thereof) is matched and participants are actually given a deadline (?).  This is to say that if enough monies were raised with specific goals, would a crowdfund be the vehicle to expedite progress?  Only one way to find out; I'm initiating a crowdfunding campaign. .. but not for the Millennium Problems.  Instead, I want to focus on my large-scale education initiative, Apple Dapple.

We're looking to raise money and awareness for this on many different fronts, but the pot always boils down to the product, which, in this case, is an investment in the next generation.  We turn to the mathematics community to help sponsor either an individual (pupil) or a school district with the app that is to debut later this year.  So, in order to accomplish this, we'll game the MPP (i.e., put each Problem on an l-string and solve for the variables) full speed ahead.

Beginning February 2015, each Millennium Problem will be given fifty (50) days (approximately seven weeks) of attention, per. Although it is possible to have all of the Problems tackled simultaneously, only one (1) is reported at the end of a work period. This will happen in succession throughout calendar year 2015.

As stated, each Prize is offered at an award of $1million. We seek one-percent (1%) of that total amount.

[($1million x 0.01) x 6 = $60,000)]

This should be enough to supply six (6) school districts with the app.  Any surplus will also be factored.

Our aim here will be to standardize all elements of the remaining six (6) Millennium Prize Problems offered on behalf of the Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI).  These problems present their own subset(s) of potential applications to various string theoretic and computational geometry solutions. Each Problem has - over the years - had subtantial work done on it already, so there is no need to start from scratch. Instead, they can be gamed; a technique that should provide radical insight into what exactly needs to be computed. From there, it's just a matter of patchwork.  Of course, these solutions/standards will be added to the Trust as part of the UUe curriculum.


All solutions are to be published on the UUelcome Matte (ISSN 2165-6738) and archived with the Library of Congress.

+Apple Dapple for public school systems

//This is part of a pitch made specifically to Hillsborough County Public Schools (SDHC)

+teaching assistance

This very well could be called 'teaching assistants'. ;)

There will be a standard-form course available for Apple Dapple on Udemy, but I also want to get and give feedback for the UUe curriculum right here in UUhistlegrass.

The first edition of Apple Dapple (to be issued June 2015) will have eight (8) modules in a basic-to-advanced origami practicum.  I want to use this area (#UUedu, UUhistlegrass%AppleDapple) as a forum as a telling of exactly what topics you want covered in later editions of the origami set (even help with the first edition may be useful).


+sponsor Apple Dapple

Help kick-off the 2015-2016 academic schoolyear by sponsoring the Apple Dapple app with a donation.

+Apple Dapple crowdfund

An app deserves a webpage.

The webpage for the Apple Dapple app crowdfund is homebrew and can be found at: (note: the subdomain may revert to pointing to the UUelcome Matte later on).

+an Apple Dapple app?

With my recent sign-up on Udemy, I'm wondering if there is a market for an app for Apple Dapple (?).

The Udemy site just offers courseware in the form of video, but there may be a need for lite-weight version of the Stewdio geared just towards classroom settings (I keep going back-and-forth with this, and I'm not sure why).

Let's take a look at the postcards from Opus MAD:
You can see that the main point of the app is to generate interest in school districts.  I can't rely on one new site to deliver that at this time (although a good thing is that the next school year cycle won't begin until Summer 2015, so it's fair to anticipate a trajectory in its user base).  It would seem like a supplement is actually requisite.

The education market is the biggest market in the world, especially when it's at fair-cost.  One has to be committed long-term I think to make a substantial impact.

+Apple Dapple morphs into UUelcome Matte

So, Apple Dapple, having the reverent and hackneyed title that it does, needed to be re-thought.

I've had UUelcome Matte (ISSN 2165-6738) since it first debuted in 2011, and 'Apple Dapple' in the same year, so an overlap at some point seemed inevitable.  That had me thinking, why not incorporate elements of one (Apple Dapple) into the other?  And that's what I did.  'Apple Dapple' is now part of 'UUelcome Matte'.

But what does this mean?

Before, UUelcome Matte was strictly a journal of scholarship.  Now, it's both a journal AND certifications outliner.  This makes it entirely academic, and profitable in the long run.

The (UUelcome Matte) logo is left unchanged.

As for the hostess/mascot April Appleberry, she'll still be around in a capacity as teacher (same role).  Apple Dapple will be her favorite pastry, and she'll only treat her best students to the delectable. ;)


👆 open coachware

Howdy๐Ÿค .

This MOOC hosts a robust library of STEM widgets for workforce augmentation, all FREE.

ed ('educational development') is for anyone who is interested in improving their earning posture. Figuring that pedagogy ('teaching children') only solves at most half the equation, we turn our attention to 'lifelong learners' who value career advancement/placement. As a resource, ed is applicable to adults seeking post-secondary readiness (industry certificates, nanodegrees, digital retraining, etc.) so that they can stay abreast of emerging technologies. Something like this should exist because the notions of work and learning are converging. That thesis prompts a re-training of an able growth base at scale in sectors that are challenged by automation.

this started because...

United States Army logo Every year in the United States, persons discharged from the military re-enter the workforce (private sector) as the second largest (depending on how you count) group of job seekers after college graduates.[a][b] Although some veterans already hold substantial training and backgrounds in technology, many lack the suggested credential(s) potential employers are demanding (these range from diplomas/degrees to vocational credits offered in-house by companies).[v][m] To assuage this, the Army may offer translatable civilian equivalents. However, without proper classroom rigor (as you would get in a college setting), lessons take longer to mature.[p]

# of available GIs/yr: 1.6million+

Generalizing all population tables, in order for workers to remain competitive, there should be available an easy-to-use exam preparation platform for adult learners to develop critical new skills.

target// The purpose of ed is to build a database of test materials that measure quantitative skills + analytical aptitude (query layer) gathered from methods of test delivery (eg. multiple choice, delayed/direct response, etc.) provided by different credentialing services. Then, with machine learning, automate (compute layer) all of those question-answer sessions so that it continuously outputs randomized exercises at rapid bursts that adapt to learning behaviors. The resource will show what to do and also what not to do. The eventuality (in theory) is an A+ grade/highest score in a reduced timeframe; research has shown that the 'flashcard' actualization is best for long-term retention[s].

ed's foci are information technology (IT) - specifically: networking, OS/serverside, cloud, plus cybersecurity, fundamentals+principles of engineering+surveying (eg. chemical, civil, computer/electrical, environmental, industrial/systems, and mechanical), as well as actuarial sciences (which largely tests for economic practices in the context of statistical modeling).

20% of all jobs now require a STEM background

We are using provisions from CompTIA, NCEES, and SOA, respectively (note that ed is not endorsed by or partnered with said organizations). At some point in the future (probably Phase 2), the program may issue its own certifications (ie. "ed Certified") as a derivative of course completion, but, for now, it is designed to align users with major endorsements.

ed's andragogy is open+organic: we emphasize 'threaded instruction' (ie. topics are branched from post-to-post, allowing for wiki-style on-demand feedback and collaboration), so anybody can tutor (similar to online encyclopedias, where anyone can edit).


School is always in-session with active peer tutoring on the Web 24/7.

1-on-1 or 1-on-x, tutoring is surjective and flexible.

Monetize streams in your AdSense for YouTube (YPP) account.

This doesn't cost nary a dime. You are free to go.

The subjects of chemistry, mathematics, and physics were chosen because they most broadly represent STEM [๐Ÿ‘infographic]. It can be argued that biology and computer science should be included in this matrix, but after asking exactly what that entails in terms of usefulness, I resigned to placing their topics under the umbrellas of chemistry (eg. biochemistry) and math, respectively. Physics is essentially just sub-chemistry (the study of particle interactions up to hydrogen); so the arrows would look like such: physics ↔ mathematics ⇒ chemistry.

Note that subjects are meant to supplement credentialing. Meaning that if you need further explanation (help) on a knowledge gap, you can then defer to an intermediary (coach) in realtime for details utilizing a whiteboard environment. The level of scholarship is on par with an ABET-accredited college/graduate program (ie. familiarity with the exam topics). The system is not designed to be flooded with elementary curiosity; if you have general math and/or science questions, you should take those elsewhere.

clean + quick

Also, if you are a tutor, plan on keeping your tutorial videos brief and right to the point. The shorter, the better (1 minute is the sweet spot). Successful outcomes are paramount; students are looking for answers and understanding, nothing more. Consider people's attention spans; long watchables of something like 1, 2, or 4 hours is unacceptable. I know it is tempting to explode your AdSense with lots of ad markers on vids, but it's better to rely on traffic for revenue rather than duration in this case. Remember, we're tutors, not teachers, so lecturing is out. If you want to express yourself with greater latitude, try Google Classroom. This is only a suggestion. You can do what you want, but going against the grade won't get your content put on ed's playlists.

ed is accessible+self-paced (Udacity, Coursera). Unencumbered by clutter (Udemy). Engaging in realtime (Khan Academy). And economical (Varsity Tutors).

There are companies (eg. Lambda School, 2U) today that are mixing-and-matching funds across investment vehicles to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars trying to push the MOOC industry forward.[c][t] Without knowing details of their expenditures or how they plan to settle the future, I can say that most, if not all, of the technologies needed to accomplish something like this already exist, and are public to-boot with near-empty accounting. So, my solution to this problem is largely synthesis, which enables ed to be a continuing education service provider at a fraction of the cost+time.

Encourage a world of wisdom.
๐ŸจLink Starbureiy
(chemistry, math, physics)
(IT certs, FunE, P/FM...)

+April Appleberry

April Appleberry is the mascot and docent of the Apple Dapple๐ŸŽ program (ed). Pedagogically, her role is to coach* using the artificial intelligence supplied by the prepare a candidate for credentialing.
/// The character is inspired, in part, by real-life kindergarten teacher, Sidney.