How-To Geek: The Beginner’s Guide to Google Docs. “If you’re just getting started with Google Docs, its extensive features and add-ons can be a little overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you get started with this powerful alternative to Microsoft Word.” Very detailed starter guide. If I had a friend getting started with Google Docs, I would point them here.
NiemanLab: The New York Times has a course to teach its reporters data skills, and now they’ve open-sourced it. “It’s unlikely a city hall reporter will ever have occasion to build an iPhone app in Swift, or construct a machine learning model on deadline. But there is definitely a more basic and straightforward set of technical skills — around data analysis — that can be of use to nearly anyone in a newsroom. It ain’t coding, but it’s also not a skillset every reporter has. The New York Times wants more of its journalists to have those basic data skills, and now it’s releasing the curriculum they’ve built in-house out into the world, where it can be of use to reporters, newsrooms, and lots of other people too.”
As you might remember I watch a lot of YouTube. (No worries about political stuff, though Self Sufficient Me might have radicalized me to plant collards in raised garden beds.) Over the weekend, I saw TED-Ed’s video This one weird trick will help you spot clickbait . It’s just over five and a half minutes long and looks at different ways to spot problems with stories based on medical research. It’s simple but well-presented and got my husband and I into a good conversation about headlines and news stories. Recommended.
Medium: The thrill of being lied to, the power of the audience, and more great advice from our new video lecture series. “Each one- to two-hour class is an intimate conversation between the journalist and the viewer, broken down into bite-size chapters that offer a mix of practical reporting techniques, case studies, career advice, and inspiration. The series has a special focus on what we at the Newmark J-School call ‘social journalism.’ It’s the basis for a unique master’s degree we offer that emphasizes listening, community building, and producing tangible impact for the public.” The series is free.
Code (Love): 49 Essential Resources To Learn Python. “Hi, I’m Roger, and I’m a self-taught data analyst/scientist (but only on my good days). I spent a lot of time thinking about Python — and here’s a compilation of resources that helped me learn Python.” Decent annotation, especially for such a big list!
Santa Cruz Sentinel: GameBender teaches children how to code while gaming. “Instead of watching a TV show passively on the couch, children can now make changes as they watch and learn how to code, thanks to GameBender. The education startup, created by the makers of Makey Makey, will release its first gaming system Wednesday. Headquartered in Cocoa Beach, Florida, GameBender gives children the ability to make edits to characters and their actions on video games, science apps and DIY TV shows from the visual programming language nonprofit Scratch.”
MakeUseOf: 5 Dictionary and Vocabulary Apps to Learn New Words. “Improving your vocabulary will enhance your communication, which is an essential skill for progressing in any part of your life. Whether you want to look up the meaning of words or learn new ones, these apps are must-haves for English speakers.”