University of Arkansas: Textbooks by University of Arkansas Faculty Added to Open Textbook Library

University of Arkansas: Textbooks by University of Arkansas Faculty Added to Open Textbook Library. “Three openly licensed textbooks written by University of Arkansas faculty are now available in the Open Textbook Library.” The new textbooks cover physics, astronomy, and technical writing.

MakeUseOf: 6 Fun Ways to Learn a New Language by Immersion

MakeUseOf: 6 Fun Ways to Learn a New Language by Immersion. “Instead of relying on memorizing translations, these techniques teach you by integrating lessons in your routine activities. For instance, when you’re reading the news. This enables you to better understand how you can put the language’s fundamentals to use in real-life conversations. Here are the best language immersion apps and services you can try.”

Neowin: Google brings Grasshopper programming instruction tool to the desktop

Neowin: Google brings Grasshopper programming instruction tool to the desktop. “With the expansion onto the desktop, two new classes have been added to Grasshopper which are specifically designed for use on desktops and laptops and use a code editor. The aim of the classes is to give an introduction to developing webpages. The Intro to Webpages course will teach users the basics of JavaScript, HTML, and CSS in order to get them building simple webpages.”

Air & Space Magazine: Girl Scouts, Now You Can Earn a Badge in Space Science

Air & Space Magazine: Girl Scouts, Now You Can Earn a Badge in Space Science. “The Girl Scouts was just a year old when, in 1913, it began awarding badges to young women for electronics and aviation. More than a century later, it is challenging members to aim even higher, with the release this summer of three new space science badges encouraging girls to learn about astronomy and the exploration of other worlds.”

CNET: 10 of the best language learning apps that will actually make you fluent

CNET: 10 of the best language learning apps that will actually make you fluent. “General introductory courses can spark an interest in a language that leads to more advanced courses, studying abroad, masters programs and more. But those of you who don’t want to go back to school still have options for learning a new language to travel, enrich yourself or better connect with your heritage. Here are the 10 best apps that make it easy for you to learn a language at your own pace.”

US Government Accountability Office (GAO): Our New “Science & Tech Spotlights”

US Government Accountability Office (GAO): Our New “Science & Tech Spotlights”. “GAO has launched a new line of science and tech quick reads, 2-pagers providing brief overviews of key topics in the field. To complement our more in-depth evaluations and assessments, these ‘Science & Tech Spotlights’ summarize emerging innovations and the relevant policy context.”

Daily Bruin: New organic chemistry website hopes to be engaging, interactive student resource

Daily Bruin: New organic chemistry website hopes to be engaging, interactive student resource. “The website, R/S Chemistry, focuses on teaching students principles of organic chemistry – a branch of chemistry that deals with carbon-based molecules. The website has three difficulties and two different modes that students can use to practice their skills. There is a learn mode with an interactive model to help students picture molecules in three dimensions, and an expert mode that tests their skills in a timed game.”