Neat: an online simulator for circuits. “Iain Sharp, maker of the popular and addictive LushOne synth – and other kits – also has this Circuit Simulator online. The simulator is based on Paul Falstad’s simulator, however his being Java-based, will require a plugin, whereas Sharp’s version is built using HTML5.”
For all your English majors: a new Web app highlights syntax like it’s code to make it easier to identify all the parts of speech. “You can copy a tranche of text into the box, hit tab, and the secrets of our peculiar language are illuminated before your very eyes.”
This resource is from the beginning of the month, but I just got the corrected URL a few days ago. Two high school students have created a repository of scientific research by students. “Sciacademy accepts any project submitted by a student, he said, as long as it is related to science. [Aram] Baghdassarian and Smith said in response to concerns of unrelated work being published onto the database, there is a process that requires one of them to review the submitted work prior to its posting online under a Creative Commons License.” Please note that the URL in the story is actually wrong and is still wrong! See the comments for the correct URL for Sciacademy. There is very little in the database at the moment but Aram Baghdassarian and Jesse Smith are looking for projects to add to the database. Can you direct them to research?
Google has launched Chrome Music Lab, a showcase for musical experiments. Note: I could not get this site to load until I disabled uBlock Origin. “Chrome Music Lab is a collection of experiments that let anyone, at any age, explore how music works. They’re collaborations between musicians and coders, all built with the freely available Web Audio API. These experiments are just a start. Check out each experiment to find open-source code you can use to build your own.”
One of the things I love about the Internet Archive is all the nooks and crannies that it has. Thanks to a blog post on Three Sources, I heard about David Niven’s jazz collection. Not the actor, the teacher — the teacher who amassed hundreds of tapes of jazz performances and provided background and commentary for the songs. This collection appears to have been up for at least a couple of years, but it’s new to me. Sometimes the audio quality of the commentary is not great and the vinyl-to-tape conversion is not perfect. But wow, what a jazz education this is. There’s a thousand hours of jazz and commentary here.
According to Education Week, Amazon is going to launch a new Web site for open education materials. “Users of the site will be able to add ratings and reviews, and to receive recommendations based on their previous selections. Educators will be able to curate open resources, self-publish material they have developed, and put a school’s entire digital library that is open and freely available online, [Andrew] Joseph said.” I went to Google News and looked for more information about Amazon Inspire, and found only one article, a February 3rd mention in Missouri’s Liberty Tribune.
The Smart Hobby Musician blog took the time to go through YouTube, pull out over 300 drum loop videos, and organize them into a list by musical style. General genres – rock, blues, etc – are sorted by BPM, and then further broken down into subgenres.
Want to know how to search better? Google wants to help. “To help you sharpen those search skills, we’re re-opening the Power Searching with Google online course starting February 8th. Through this free two-week course, we’ll show you new ways to be a great power searcher and share techniques that will sharpen your research skills. We’ll cover a wide variety of topics, from the advanced search operators (such as filetype: and site:), to the proper use of quote marks, to how to assess a web site’s credibility.” The course will be rerun several times, if you’re reading this a bit late.
I love this! Crosswords to help you learn regular expressions. “If you’ve been using regular expressions for a long time, they aren’t very hard. But learning them for the first time can be tedious. Unless you try your hand at regular expression crosswords. The clues are regular expressions and the rows and columns all have to match the corresponding regular expressions.”
New-to-Me: Free Technology For Teachers has a writeup on Choosito, which lets you specify reading level. “When you search on Choosito you can select to refine results to reading levels marked as Early Readers, Emerging Readers, Fluent Readers, or Advanced Readers. In addition to reading level refinement Choosito offers an option to sort results by subject area.”
Deep learning’s getting to be a hot topic, and now Google’s teaching a free online course. “The three-month course, which requires about six hours of work per week, are comprised of four main lessons that teach students the benefits of deep learning systems and train them to build their own learning models. Students will also learn how to use TensorFlow, the open-source machine-learning software that Google uses in its own products.” please note you do have to have some programming background – this is considered an intermediate-to-advanced level course.