EurekAlert: Free, online course brings together 20 global experts in the field of ethical AI. “The Governance Lab (The GovLab), NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Global AI Ethics Consortium (GAIEC), Center for Responsible AI @ NYU (R/AI), and Technical University of Munich (TUM) Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (IEAI) jointly launched a free, online course, AI Ethics: Global Perspectives, on February 1, 2021. Designed for a global audience, it conveys the breadth and depth of the ongoing interdisciplinary conversation on AI ethics and seeks to bring together diverse perspectives from the field of ethical AI, to raise awareness and help institutions work towards more responsible use.”
Spotted via Reddit: a human-curated database of instructional videos on YouTube. What a brilliant idea. From the front page: “YTT Tech exists to organize, curate, and surface the wealth of instructional content on YouTube. To be a place to discover and explore new skills and tools. We’ve only scratched the surface thus far, there’s a ton of great content that hasn’t been covered yet.” The top section breaks down videos by department (carpentry, cooking, music, etc) and then section (for carpentry that’s framing, sheds, walls, etc). Not a ton here yet but I love the structure.
Mashable: How to learn calligraphy online . “Calligraphy may make you think of parchment scrolls and feather quills, but it’s also a popular modern art and crafts activity that millions of people around the world study and practice. This visual art can be a very rewarding hobby, offering a relaxing, almost meditative creative exercise. A few hours practice a week should give you some decent basic calligraphy skills within a matter of months. (Some talented calligraphers even turn their hobby into a profitable sideline by designing invitations, posters, flyers, and the like.)”
Washington Post: Failing grades double and triple — some rising sixfold — amid pandemic learning. “Failure rates in math and English jumped as much as sixfold for some of the most vulnerable students in Maryland’s largest school system, according to data released as the pandemic’s toll becomes increasingly visible in schools across the country. In but one stark example, more than 36 percent of ninth-graders from low-income families failed the first marking period in English. That compares with fewer than 6 percent last year, when the same students took English in eighth grade.”
Cornell Chronicle: Cornell’s Adult University to offer winter ‘education vacations’. “Building on the success of its online courses for alumni and friends last summer, Cornell’s Adult University (CAU) is offering winter online programming for adults and young people. CAU Winter Session: A Season to Study runs Dec. 28 through Feb. 5, 2021.”
Arizona State University: ASU offers five weeks of free virtual programming over winter break. “ASU is offering five weeks of free virtual programming to engage students, families with kids and the entire community in learning activities covering topics from social justice to the zombie apocalypse to cookie decorating. The catalog of learning opportunities includes nearly 200 activities, which range from single, 15-minute sessions to courses taking place over multiple weeks.”
WATE: New Tennessee online education tool. “Tennessee leaders announced a new website designed to assist parents and teachers with educational resources. It’s called Best For All Central: Tennessee’s Hub for Learning and Teaching. School leaders, educators, and families get free access to an extensive collection of resources to support learning, as well as features for locating specific resources quickly and easily.” This is specific to Tennessee education requirements, but I didn’t have any problems browsing the content. There don’t seem to be any location restrictions.
CNET: Want to learn to code? We found 5 online coding courses for beginners. “My husband is a tech guy through and through — tinkering in code to build simple apps and websites just for fun. I’m not. I knew my way around MySpace HTML back in the day (enough to change my background at least) and could navigate WordPress for my college newspaper, but those skills are quite rusty now. Learning to code is a valuable skill for almost anyone working in our digital world. And though unemployment levels are high due to the coronavirus pandemic, tech companies like Apple and Amazon are still hiring. Picking up some coding skills could help you get a foot in the door.”
MakeUseOf: 5 Free Homeschooling Websites to Teach and Educate Children at Home. “With the internet, education comes to your home as you can teach kids through online classes. Where do you start? Try these best free websites and apps for homeschooling children. If homeschooling is a permanent plan for you, you’ll likely want to spend on premium apps and websites that offer robust packages. But if you are temporarily homeschooling or trying it out for the first time, the internet makes it easy to do it for free.”
USA Today: Online programs used for coronavirus-era school promise results. The claims are misleading
USA Today: Online programs used for coronavirus-era school promise results. The claims are misleading. “Misleading research claims are increasingly common in the world of ed tech. In 2002, federal education law began requiring schools to spend federal money only on research-based products. As more schools went online and demand for education software grew, more companies began designing and commissioning their own studies about their products. There is little accountability to make sure companies conduct quality research and describe it accurately, so they’ve been free to push the limits as they try to hook principals and administrators. This problem has been exacerbated by the coronavirus as widespread school closures forced districts to turn to online learning. Many educators have been making quick decisions about what products to lean on as they try to provide remote learning options for students.”
Mashable: David Attenborough is teaching online geography lessons to kids at home. “From today, the BBC is launching its biggest educational offering in its history, Bitesize Daily, featuring lessons from over 200 teachers and scores of celebrities. The BBC has collaborated with teachers and education specialists to compile a 14-week curriculum for youngsters across the UK. Remarkably, this program has been put together in just four weeks. ” I was able to browse the site but not play any videos because I’m not in the UK.
MIT News: Students and teachers rely on MIT teaching and learning resources now more than ever. “In response to physical distancing set into motion to address the Covid-19 pandemic, MIT Open Learning has created a number of new platforms for higher education students and faculty, as well as for teachers, parents, and K-12 students, while continuing to offer its existing online education resources and courseware.”
Commentary: Here’s what surprised me most about teaching my college class on Zoom (San Antonio Express-News)
San Antonio Express-News: Commentary: Here’s what surprised me most about teaching my college class on Zoom. “After roll call, I opened with William Blake’s ‘The Sick Rose’ as a teaching poem because I was going to focus on tone, ambiguity, tense and symbolism. I asked them to listen to the words and figure out tone. A student volunteered to read the poem aloud, slowly, carefully allowing the diphthongs to rise and fall with deliberate cadence. The poem had an impact. Students focused on the first lines about ‘Rose’ being sick because of an ‘invisible worm.’” When I see poetry referenced I always want the poem. Here it is.
T.H.E. Journal: Updated: Free Resources for Schools During COVID-19 Outbreak. ” In many cases, the companies are making their paid services free through the rest of the school year; in other cases, they’re lifting limits to services and/or adding premium features to what’s free. The following list will be updated regularly as announcements are made.” This list was originally published March 13 and updated April 8.
From David Lawrence: Teach Your Course Online. “Teach Your Course Online is designed to help teachers quickly set up a home teaching space, select and set up a camera, microphone, lighting and all other gear they need to teach and to create a safe and effective online class culture. If you’re a teacher who wants to teach your coursework online and get up to speed as quickly as possible, and don’t know where to start, this course is for you.” The course is free for the next 30 days.