US Department of State: Launch of Website on Federally Funded Language Programs . “The website provides a resource for Americans seeking to learn a foreign language by serving as a one-stop platform for U.S. government language programs. Americans can visit Languages.State.Gov to take a quiz to identify language programs that fit their goals and explore U.S. government scholarships and other resources. The website will categorize the language programs offered by the U.S. government by several criteria, including course length, location, and audience.”
KHOU: Will you pass? This quiz website helps bank users outsmart scammers. “Next time you get onto your bank’s website or check their phone app, look for a little button that says, ‘would your bank really ask that?’ It will take you to a quiz, and some of those questions just might stump you.”
Find MBA: Executive Courses, a New Directory of Executive Education Programs Worldwide, is Launched. “Executive Courses, a directory of executive education programs offered by top business schools around the world, has just launched. This new website includes extensive listings of thousands of open-enrollment courses, which can be sorted by topic or location. Users can also read articles about executive education and find information about individual business schools.”
ArtNet News: Is This TikTok Artist Really ‘Bob Ross of Japan’? See the Gentle Watercoloring Videos That Made Harumichi Shibasaki an Unlikely Star. “Move over Bob Ross, there’s a new lovable painting teacher taking the Internet by storm. A white-haired Japanese man named Harumichi Shibasaki has taken social media by storm with a series of low-key how-to art videos featuring a variety of materials including colored pencils, crayons, and watercolors.”
Complete Music Update: BBC launches new classical music discovery service. “The BBC has launched a new archive of more than 600 recordings of classical music performances, under the name Experience Classical. A collaboration between BBC Radio 3 and BBC Archive, the project is being fronted by BBC Young Musician winner Sheku Kanneh-Mason, his sister Isata, and composer Hannah Peel. It aims to provide tools for people – particularly newcomers – to discover classical music. Users can browse music by composer, instrument, mood and the age of pieces.” While the archive seems to be free, it also seems to be geo-restricted.
PRWeb: California Public Media Education Service Integrates Educational Resources from Multiple California Public Media Stations in One Place for Teachers (PRESS RELEASE). “The California Public Media Education Service puts the educational resources from multiple California public media stations all in one place for teachers to easily browse and use, regardless of which region they might live in. The Service is hosted on the PBS LearningMedia platform and features resources for all educators serving children from 2 years old through 12th grade. Resources include professional development courses and webinars as well as classroom media and lesson plans for use with students. The Service also includes a digital collection that teachers can share with their students’ families. Additionally, stations are broadcasting educational content regionally to help create a bridge to learning for those without reliable internet access at home.”
EurekAlert: Human Brain Project launches ‘Brain Matters’ webinar series. “The hour-long sessions will focus on different areas of brain research and feature expert speakers, with the goal of highlighting the HBP’s scientific achievements and the state-of-the-art services offered by its new infrastructure for brain research, EBRAINS.” The webinars are free and open to the public.
Broadway World: Columbus Symphony Unveils Two New Music Education Web Sits For Kids and Teens. “Via an online library of educational videos, students can learn everything from the basics of reading music to the history behind famous orchestral composers. Visitors can view online lessons or get audition tips from a Columbus Symphony musician. Both sites offer the ‘Columbus Symphony Recommends’ page which lists Columbus Symphony concerts featuring their favorite instrument.”
TechCrunch: Toucan raises $3M to teach you new languages as you browse the web. “Toucan has developed a Chrome browser extension designed for anyone who wants to learn a new language but hasn’t found the motivation or the time. Once installed, the extension scans the text of any (English-language) website you’re visiting and will automatically translate some of the words into the language you’re trying to learn. If you mouse over the word, you’ll see the original English word. Think of it as a browser-based version of language flashcards.”
WTHI: Indiana partners with ‘180 Skills’ to open free library of workforce skills courses. “The State of Indiana has partnered with ‘180 Skills.’ Together, they are opening a free online library of courses. These courses are designed to improve general employability skills. This includes acing a job interview, mastering Microsoft Office products, and improving communication skills.”
Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Digital investigations: New online course teaches journalists how to follow the digital trail of people and entities. “The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is offering the free online course, ‘Digital investigations for journalists: How to follow the digital trail of people and entities,’ to help journalists obtain the tools necessary to investigate and monitor people and entities behind social media accounts. The MOOC (massive open online course) will be held from Oct. 5 to Nov. 1, 2020, during four weeks, on Journalism Courses, the distance learning platform of the Knight Center.”
News Center Maine: Maine Dept. of Education launches online learning platform ‘MOOSE’ for teachers, students, and families. “MOOSE features an online library of asynchronous, interdisciplinary, project-based modules aligned to the Maine Learning Results for grades PK-12. Over the summer, more than 200 Maine educators from across the state developed nearly 100 modules to populate the first quarter of content.” It’s not geo-restricted; I wandered around and looked at modules for a few minutes.
Route Fifty: One State Offers Training To Help Teachers Combat Pandemic-Related Stress and Anxiety. “Teachers, counselors and staff members at K-12 schools in Connecticut will be offered free training from Yale University to address the stress, isolation and anxiety that they—and their students—have been experiencing since the Covid-19 pandemic closed schools in March.”
MakeUseOf: 5+ Creative Ways to Learn a New Language for Free. “Learning a new language is one of the best skills to acquire. Here are a few creative ways to pick up a new tongue, whether by reading, writing, or watching. There are two popular ways to learn a language. You can use Duolingo or some of the other best free language learning apps, or you can try the language immersion methodology.”
InformationWeek: Google, Harvard, and EdX Team Up to Offer TinyML Training. “Online learning platform EdX; Google’s open-source machine learning platform, TensorFlow; and HarvardX have put together a certification program to train tech professionals to work with tiny machine learning (TinyML). The program is meant to support this specialized segment of development that can include edge computing with smart devices, wildlife tracking, and other sensors. The program comprises a series of courses that can be completed at home.”