Engadget: GarageBand lessons are now free for aspiring musicians. “GarageBand has long been a useful tool to record music, podcasts and more. Even better, the app is free to download and use on your Mac or iOS devices, making it easy to try. Recent updates have brought enhancements like a portal for free sound packs and a better drum sequencer (on mobile), along with Touch Bar support and realistic-sounding drummers on the desktop. Now, Apple is upgrading its music creation suite yet again, offering it’s previously $5 artist piano and guitar lessons for free, along with more additions to its drummers, loops and sound effects.”
Berkeley: New online course will make blockchain so clear ‘you can explain it to your grandma’. “A popular UC Berkeley course on blockchain — the complex, bewildering technology that underpins things like bitcoin — will soon be a public online course accessible to anyone across the world eager to learn about the decentralized bookkeeping method that many believe could be the future of the digital economy.” The course will be free.
ExpertClick: Mathematical Constants and Symbols Displayed Instantly on New Website (PRESS RELEASE). “MathematicalConstants.com is a brand-new website that instantly displays mathematical constants and symbols. It’s useful for students and anyone else who works with mathematical or physical constants and needs to know their symbol and numerical value.” This is yet another site from Kevin Savetz; he manages a ton of them: “Other math resources include: AsAFraction.com for fractions, AsAPercent.com for percentages and SimplifyFractions.com for simplifying. WhatIsThepH.com lets users see the pH of various acids, bases and common substances.”
TechCrunch: Udacity and Google launch free career courses for interview prep, resume writing and more. “Udacity today announced a new partnership with Google that will make a number of career courses freely available to recent graduates and mid-career professionals. The free career courses, which mark a first for Udacity, will focus on helping employees improve their chances of getting a job, no matter whether that’s a first job or we are talking about a mid-career course change.”
University at Buffalo: UB launches online blockchain course series, available to public . “Blockchain technology is expected to revolutionize the world and is advancing at an unprecedented pace. That’s why, as University at Buffalo computer science and engineering research associate professor Bina Ramamurthy says, there is urgency in supporting those who will propel it forward…. Ramamurthy is the instructor of a set of four new online courses about blockchain offered on the Coursera platform, which features 25 million registered users and courses from 150 universities.”
More good stuff from Larry Ferlazzo: The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2018- So Far . “As regular readers know, it’s time for me to begin posting my mid-year ‘The Best….’ lists. There are over 1,900 regularly updated lists now.” Larry posts so much good stuff I’d have to forego sleep and food to explore it all.
TechCrunch: Google and Coursera launch a new machine learning specialization. “Over the last few years, Google and Coursera have regularly teamed up to launch a number of online courses for developers and IT pros. Among those was the Machine Learning Crash course, which provides developers with an introduction to machine learning. Now, building on that, the two companies are launching a machine learning specialization on Coursera. This new specialization, which consists of five courses, has an even more practical focus.”