Phys .org: How well do you know your bumblebees?

Phys .org: How well do you know your bumblebees?. “To mark Bees’ Needs Week, the X-Polli:Nation project launched the fun species identification tool which helps to distinguish bumblebee species in photos, in collaboration with Artificial Intelligence technologies. Users can use an interactive identification key, seek suggestions from automated image recognition and receive formative feedback through automatically generated texts. There are over 100 photos to practice on, organized in four difficulty levels.”

8NewsNow: NDE launches digital learning website to help students with online education

8NewsNow (Nevada): NDE launches digital learning website to help students with online education. “The website, called the Nevada Digital Learning Collaborative (NvDLC), features new tools and resources, such as curricular materials and instructional strategies, that will help students and educators.”

NiemanLab: First Draft launches a text message course to help inoculate users against U.S. election misinformation

NiemanLab: First Draft launches a text message course to help inoculate users against U.S. election misinformation. “Sensing (correctly) that people are fatigued with online trainings, First Draft has rolled out ‘Protection from deception,’ a free two-week text message course to help people prepare for election misinformation ahead of November.”

Nippon: New Site for Learning Practical Japanese

Nippon: New Site for Learning Practical Japanese. “On June 1, the Agency for Cultural Affairs launched a new website for learning practical Japanese through video content. It is aimed primarily at people who have just moved to Japan and are learning the language for the first time or those who live in the country but have had no opportunity to study. Explanations and dialogue translations are available in English, simplified Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.”

CNET: Microsoft offers free digital-skills training amid COVID-19 jobs crisis

CNET: Microsoft offers free digital-skills training amid COVID-19 jobs crisis. “Microsoft launched an initiative Tuesday aimed at offering digital-skills training to 25 million people around the world by the end of 2020. As part of the initiative, the company will be providing free access to educational content on LinkedIn Learning, Microsoft Learn and GitHub Learning Lab.”

CNET: Want to learn to code? We found 5 online coding courses for beginners

CNET: Want to learn to code? We found 5 online coding courses for beginners. “My husband is a tech guy through and through — tinkering in code to build simple apps and websites just for fun. I’m not. I knew my way around MySpace HTML back in the day (enough to change my background at least) and could navigate WordPress for my college newspaper, but those skills are quite rusty now. Learning to code is a valuable skill for almost anyone working in our digital world. And though unemployment levels are high due to the coronavirus pandemic, tech companies like Apple and Amazon are still hiring. Picking up some coding skills could help you get a foot in the door.”

Globe Newswire: Free Virtual Coding, STEM, Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy Programs Launch for Youth this Summer (PRESS RELEASE)

Globe Newswire: Free Virtual Coding, STEM, Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy Programs Launch for Youth this Summer (PRESS RELEASE). (This is for Canada.) “As the school year officially comes to an end, Rogers Communications today announced its national Ted Rogers Community Grant partners have transitioned all youth programming online this summer, offering Canadian families free, self-directed educational experiences to fill the gap with many summer camps being cancelled due to COVID-19. These programs focus on developing critical skills across technology, innovation, financial literacy and education with engaging and empowering programs designed to prepare Canada’s next generation.”

Arizona State University: ASU psychology researcher creates game to promote understanding of how COVID-19 spreads

Arizona State University: ASU psychology researcher creates game to promote understanding of how COVID-19 spreads. “The COVID-19 pandemic has led to widespread unemployment, remote working, school closures, business closures and overwhelmed health care systems. Mina Johnson-Glenberg, a research scientist in the Arizona State University Department of Psychology, created a web-based and augmented reality COVID-19 Modeling Simulation to create an engaging way to teach people how the virus spreads and ways to reduce transmission.” The game is currently available in alpha.

Lockdown Productivity: Top 5 Google Certifications for Free (The Quint)

The Quint: Lockdown Productivity: Top 5 Google Certifications for Free. “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the entire world to a halt and a lot of us have suddenly have a lot of spare time. Searching ways to be productive during these times is a constant habit for everyone staying at home. Fortunately, Google recently rolled out a lot of free courses for beginners and professionals to help people acquire new skills and also improve existing ones. Whether you have a background in IT, management or even want to start a new business, Google has provided courses and certifications for all subsets. Here are the top 5 Google certifications available for free on the learning platforms Coursera and Udemy.”

CNBC: TikTok is the new place to learn about managing your money

CNBC: TikTok is the new place to learn about managing your money. “TikTok recently announced a new initiative, #LearnOnTikTok. The program will fund various educational videos in order to provide learning opportunities during the Covid-19 lockdown. The content is being funded through TikTok’s $50 million creative learning fund, which is apart of its broader $250 million commitment to assisting with the impacts of the pandemic.”

Texas Monthly: 14 Resources for Teaching Your Kids About Racial Injustice

Texas Monthly: 14 Resources for Teaching Your Kids About Racial Injustice. “We’ve talked about racism and the history of violence against African Americans that extends to this day, and their teachers have led discussions on tolerance, fairness, and inclusiveness. Still, as the questions keep coming along with a need for more understanding, I turned to the minds behind the state’s African American Studies high school elective, which was based on an initiative conceived by board member Aicha Davis and piloted in Dallas schools last school year. This past fall, when the Texas State Board of Education was considering implementing the class, students testified to the course’s benefits. Not only did it help them understand more about African American history, they said, it helped them understand the ways that historical events led to oppression today—and think about ways they can promote justice.”

Arizona State University: ‘To Be Welcoming’ curriculum offers tools to counteract bias

Arizona State University: ‘To Be Welcoming’ curriculum offers tools to counteract bias. “Two years ago, Starbucks asked Arizona State University to develop an online curriculum for all Starbucks employees that is intended to drive reflection and conversation on the topic of bias. Now Starbucks is making those courses available to the public at no cost. The curriculum, a set of 15 modules, is called ‘To Be Welcoming’ and was rolled out in September 2019. The interactive courses were created by ASU faculty experts to share research and information that can help people to think about how they view the world and to consider how other people experience it. “

Chronicle Live: Operating Theatre Live goes online with free lessons for teens during coronavirus lockdown

Chronicle Live: Operating Theatre Live goes online with free lessons for teens during coronavirus lockdown. “Award-winning show Operating Theatre Live is now running free online lessons for teenagers in lockdown. The show – described as the UK’s only touring surgical experience – has launched an educational channel to help 14 to 19-year-olds with distance learning. The viewers will follow the role of a trauma doctor as body systems are dissected and can ask questions during a live stream through social media.”

Phys .org: COVID-19 pandemic could decimate outdoor environmental, science education programs

Phys .org: COVID-19 pandemic could decimate outdoor environmental, science education programs. “The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the survival of organizations nationwide that provide critical outdoor environmental and science education to K-12 students, with an alarming 63% of such groups uncertain about their ability to ever reopen their doors, according to a study released this week by the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley.”

Journal & Courier: Ivy Tech offering free classes and training for 10,000 Hoosiers affected by coronavirus

Journal & Courier: Ivy Tech offering free classes and training for 10,000 Hoosiers affected by coronavirus. “Anyone living in Indiana is now eligible to take specific classes and training for free, part of a program offered through Ivy Tech Community College. The free classes are available for 10,000 participants and are part of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s ‘Rapid Recovery for a Better Future’ program, a $50 million initiative under the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, with funding applied toward education, workforce and individual needs.”