The Citizen (Tanzania): Education authority to launch free online school library. “The online library, run by the Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE), is a platform that offers free access to books to all public schools in the country, while those in private schools and individuals will pay at least Sh4,000 to access 48 textbooks and Sh2,000 to access supplementary readers.” 4000 Tanzania shillings is a little less than $2 USD, according to Google’s currency converter.
TechCrunch: Google to launch a ‘Chromebook App Hub’ for educational apps and lesson ideas. “Google today announced an expansion of its educational initiatives with the Chromebook App Hub from Google for Education, due to launch later in 2019. The new resource is designed to offer teachers and other curriculum administrators an easier, more centralized means of finding the appropriate educational tools and apps they can use in the classroom.”
Scottsbluff Star-Herald: Nebraska unveils Open Educational Resources Hub. “Nebraska is furthering its commitment to equitable access to open educational resources and services with the launch of the Nebraska OER Hub, a collaboration between the Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council and the Nebraska Department of Education.”
The Cap Times: Wisconsin think tank launches online database of state educational data. “The Wisconsin Policy Forum announced Friday the launch of an online resource for the public to access and compare data for all school districts in Wisconsin. The School DataTool builds on previous efforts to provide educational data resources from the group’s predecessors, the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance and the Public Policy Forum, according to a news release.”
Harvard Business Review: AI Needs to Become Less Elitist. “A survey conducted last year by my company, Sage, in partnership with YouGov, found that one in four children aged 8-18 in the UK is interested in pursuing an AI career. What about the rest of them? Well, 20% of kids who were not interested in AI said they did not think they were smart enough. The most common answer (24%) was that they would prefer a more creative career. Both of these results point to an elitist attitude toward AI from government and in the media. That attitude needs to change if we’re going to prepare for a world where lots of jobs involve using or interacting with AI.”
British Library: Let’s rescue and disseminate the Chilean public education archives. “The School Archives Programme at the Institute of History of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile is convinced of the value of historical documents created by Chilean public educational institutions. Founded during the nineteenth century as key institutions throughout the country, these secondary schools contain valuable and unpublished information concerning the local communities of the former Chilean provinces.”
Rockefeller University: New online resource brings science outreach to a broader audience. “After years of running on-campus workshops for New York City’s educational communities, the RockEDU Science Outreach team has accrued a rich portfolio of science education materials. With the launch of a new website, RockEDU Online, these resources are now available for learners, educators, and scientists everywhere.”