A principios de año muchos escolares en todo el mundo comienzan a dar forma una idea: efectuar el próximo curso escolar en otro país. El principal motivo –como pudiera ser medianamente lógico- es aprender y/o afianzar una lengua extranjera. Sin embargo, detrás, en muchas ocasiones hay otras motivaciones: aprender una cultura, embeberse de hábitos de una sociedad novedosa (máxime cuando hablamos entre continentes distintos), y/o buscar lazos que permitan desplegar redes de contacto para el estudiante de cara a su futuro profesional y personal a través de grupos de lobby; donde el alumno pueda entrar en contacto directo con hijos de reputados profesionales tanto de la empresa privada como pública, deportistas de elite, etc.
Apenas hace 5 meses que Mynaparrot desembarcó en España y su presencia ya se ha hecho notar entre instituciones educativas, universidades y centros de formación de español para extranjeros. Mientras que éstas tienen que buscar alumnos (clientes) a pie de calle, a miles de kilómetros aguardan decenas de millones de potenciales clientes (alumnos) deseosos de aprender el español. Y, además, Mynaparrot lanza nuevos servicios para la comunidad educativa.
Con la tecnología actual podemos pensar que poco se podrá modificar en relación con el e-learning. Disfrutamos de unas velocidades de conexión en fibra más que suficiente para la mayoría de las necesidades; nuestros equipos vienen dotados de un hardware (procesadores, RAM, almacenamiento) nunca antes visto. Pero, ¿dónde se puede mejorar? En los periféricos…
With a projected 269 billion downloads in 2017 alone, mobile apps are big news. One report saw a 25% increase in time spent on mobile apps worldwide between 2015 and 2016. Although this growth is starting to plateau, it’s safe to say that in the battle between mobile and desktop, our pocket-sized pal has clearly come out on top.
The trends are clear – if you want a training program that fits your learners and lets them get the most from it, mobile is the way forward!
Echando la vista atrás, el aprendizaje a distancia tiene ya su propia historia. De hecho hay constancia de unos primeros cursos de formación estrictamente no presenciales a principios del siglo XX, en torno a 1910. A mediados del pasado siglo, sobre todo en la década de los 60, la formación a distancia atraía a miles de usuarios que por determinados motivos–por lo general, la distancia y/o el poco tiempo disponible- les suponía un freno acudir a un centro formativo, fuese o no homologado; de hecho, en EEUU una característica casi intrínseca a su cultura en esos años (década de los 50 en adelante) era adquirir ciertos bienes “por catálogo”. Así las cosas, el aprendizaje online con la llegada de Internet sólo era cuestión de tiempo. Y llegó…
Las plataformas de e-learning llevan más de una década funcionando. Desde entonces han ayudado a millones de alumnos en todo el mundo a cubrir sus necesidades de aprendizaje; unas veces con mayor acierto, otras, no tanto. Quizás en este sentido toca preguntarse, ¿por qué? ¿Cuáles son los motivos que catapultan al éxito a una plataforma de aprendizaje virtual mientras otras quedan arrinconadas en el rincón del olvido? Hace algo más de 2 años arrancó su actividad Mynaparrot, una plataforma de e-learning basada en B2B cuyo foco es el aprendizaje de idiomas. ¿Quieres conocer por qué somos (tan) diferentes y cuál es el valor añadido para las empresas que deseen colaborar con Mynaparrot?
SN Mandarin is an online school whose primary goal is to guide students effectively in improving their language skills in Chinese.
They exist to provide only the best, most effective Chinese language education. Since 2007, over 3000 students from over 40 countries have worked with SN Mandarin to improve and grow.
In this blog we’d like to give you an insight into what our cartoon courses look like, and why we have chosen this method of teaching within MynaParrot.
We believe that using cartoon videos are great for beginners who are self-educating at home. This is due to the fact that watching films of TV programs as a beginner with little to no understanding of the language can be incredibly daunting, and can often deter a student from wanting to continue.
Another year at MynaParrot and we couldn’t be more grateful of how far the platform has come.
We just wanted to take the chance to thank everybody who has been a part of the businesses journey so far. During the past year we have worked on changing the platform to a B2B from a B2C.
Thank you to all of our previous and current clients still using MynaParrot, we wouldn’t be a business without the trade from you.
We would also like to take the chance to thank our employees and freelancers who have been with the business. A huge thanks to Jibon, JMarie, Sharojit & Kenosis for sticking with the business, even when times were tough.
A business is nothing without its employees, and it’s your hard work and dedication to the company that has contributed to its successes this 2016.
Our plans for the New Year are to continue to bring more business to the site, as well as build on our workforce and employ more freelancers! We are really hopeful that 2017 will be even more of a success than 2016.
A very Merry Christmas to all, we wish you good health, and a very prosperous new year.
All the best,
Online learning is quickly becoming a hot topic. Statistics from 2014 show that 5.8 million students enrolled themselves into an online course, and the numbers are increasing.
Unfortunately, with popularity comes competition within the market, as larger companies are trying to take over this new niche. This unfortunately leaves smaller, traditional schools struggling for new business, as they are unable to compete with the presence that corporate companies have.
For example, Udemy and Lynda are two of the biggest platforms within the market of online education, and with their presence being so large, they will automatically attract more new business.
Lynda advertises over 4,000 courses whilst Udemy advertises over 42,000+. This is a huge number to compete with as on the surface it appears to cover all topics necessary.
This is where MynaParrot comes in. We aim to work with traditional schools, as they ultimately need a platform that will give them the kick-start into the online world that they need. Traditional schools have fantastic teachers, who are full of knowledge, but ultimately, have no idea where to start and survive in the market!
What we aim to do is not only help you with the first crucial steps into the online world, but also to give you extensive tech support where needed, and ensure that you bring in business and succeed in the online world.
I am currently learning Spanish online now with a few teachers who teach me via an online virtual classroom.
There is a big problem for me with scheduling live classes with teachers, not only because I’m busy, but also due to the time difference. Then, I find myself trying to shorten the time of the live class since it’s harder for me to schedule, and overall I’m desperately trying to make it more productive.
Then, I came across some of the other sections available during the live class, and how I can use these tools to achieve an even better result.
For example, pronunciation practice would be great if it was taught differently. Or alternatively, a quiz where students can practice as many times as they want.
I think we should change the way of learning, by asking teachers to give us what we want to learn instead of learning what they want to teach us. Overall this will make learning a lot more positive for students.
For example, I got some questions about grammar and also some on pronunciation, which I was struggling to learn independently. I then let the teacher know and we used the live class as a troubleshooting session. This helps me massively!
In a nutshell, we believe that for online learning, you definitely shouldn’t be using the same methods as offline. Teachers must update their content to make it fit with a live, online classroom setting.
Where online material can be accessed and replayed a thousand times, live classes should be used as troubleshooting sessions rather than re-capping on things that have already been said in previous online content!
Online courses are currently a hot topic, and are becoming a trend in the education sector. We classify these as real-time online classes, or e-courses. Ultimately, they come under the umbrella of online learning.
This is something that is more flexible and feasible for the majority of students who have to juggle more than one thing at once, such as a job, a family and so on.
In this blog, we’re going to delve a bit deeper into the world of online learning, and hopefully give you an insight into what it is.
E-courses, firstly, are not real time. These are often live videos that include real people, but are pre-recorded as short snippets which can then be accessed by students as and when it is suitable for them. On top of this, some e-courses (like ours) use other resources and combine them together to make an enriching learning experience.
Examples include practice quizzes and test questions that can be used in conjunction with the lessons. The advantage of this is you can often access these types of resources offline in a downloadable format. So you can be connected in an internet café for a short period of time to download everything you need, then use the info on the go and ‘watch offline’ if you like.
Although these things all sound great, they are still not powerful enough individually to make a difference. They are still independent working cogs which somewhat need to fit together. We need a system that will connect them together better than ever before!
Mynaparrot, an online learning platform, not just offers the aforementioned but lots more. However, the essence of the website is to provide interested learners information and a means for proper education in learning new languages. The languages offered is not limited, from the French language, German, English, Mandarin, or whether you are looking to learn Spanish online or learn Korean online, Mynaparrot has it all.