NeverEndingSearch: Nine Chrome Extensions (and a Google Add-On) too good to miss

NeverEndingSearch: Nine Chrome Extensions (and a Google Add-On) too good to miss. “Over the course of the past couple of years, I’ve become particularly fond of a few Chrome tools that I consider too good to miss. These would be handy across the board, but especially in Google Classroom and Chromebook environments.”

Joyce Valenza: Natural Reader and other free text-to-speech tools

Joyce Valenza: Natural Reader and other free text-to-speech tools. “I’ve been working on gathering resources on for our new Emerging Literacies course and wanted to share some of the resources/app lists I’ve gathered for learners with special needs. Among the tools I am discovering are a few free resources for supporting text-to-speech. These resources are so handy for struggling readers, for ESL students, for students with visual and physical disabilities and for busy graduate students and teachers who need to read and cook/or drive at the same time.”

BetaNews: Microsoft is giving away millions of free ebooks covering Windows 10, Office, Azure, and more

BetaNews: Microsoft is giving away millions of free ebooks covering Windows 10, Office, Azure, and more. “Microsoft’s annual ebook giveaway sees the company offering vast amounts of guides for free. These are high-quality titles covering pretty much every Microsoft product or service you care to think of.”

gvSIG Blog: “Learning GIS with Game of Thrones” free book

A wee bit outside my remit but I know there are GoT fans out there. From the gvSIG blog: “Learning GIS with Game of Thrones” free book. “Have you decided to learn to work with a Geographic Information System and you don’t know how to start? Now that the premiere of the new season of Game of Thrones series will be in a few days, we recommend you do it using the book that we have just published: ‘Learning GIS with Game of Thrones’. This book compiles a series of post with practical exercises that have been published in the gvSIG project blog previously. The objective is that anyone, without previous knowledge and through a series of practical exercises, learn to handle a GIS in an entertaining and funny way.”

Edmonds Community College: New online open source library provides access to manufacturing tools, materials

Edmonds Community College: New online open source library provides access to manufacturing tools, materials. “A new online open source library provides teachers and students with access to in-demand resources on manufacturing tools and materials…. The Hub features over 600 open source resources for teachers and students, who can search under topics such as design; synthesis; processing; testing/characterization; structure; mechanical, electronic, optical, and physical properties; and applications. Search results can also be filtered by age group/educational level (from K-5 to college), principal material, completion time, and material format (video, lab, lecture, and more).”

TechCrunch: YC-backed Vidcode raises $1.5M to teach teens to code using Snapchat filters, videos, memes and more

TechCrunch: YC-backed Vidcode raises $1.5M to teach teens to code using Snapchat filters, videos, memes and more. “Vidcode, a Y Combinator-backed startup focused on teaching teens how to code, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding for its curriculum. While there are a number of learn-to-code platforms out there today, Vidcode’s approach is to make coding more interesting to teens by connecting it to their existing interests – like Snapchat filters and memes – while also allowing young coders to leverage their own photos, videos and audio in their projects.”

TechCrunch: Amazon is launching a series of Alexa training workshops worldwide

TechCrunch: Amazon is launching a series of Alexa training workshops worldwide. “With over 15,000 voice-activated apps and growing, Amazon’s Alexa platform has momentum. And Amazon is expected control 70 percent of the voice-controlled speaker market this year, outpacing Google Home and others. Now the company is doubling down on its investment in the developer community, with the debut of a new event series that trains developers to build for Alexa.”