Online Simulator for Making Circuits

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.”

High School Students Launch Repository for Science Research By Students

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 Launches Chrome Music Lab

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.”

Facebook Launches Resource Site for Nonprofits

Facebook has launched a new resource to teach nonprofits how best to use it. “Facebook says the new resource will be essential for nonprofits and NGOs looking to create a presence on the social network — or for organizations looking to up their game when it comes to their existing Pages. The site serves as a simple, accessible roadmap of best practices, with tips and tricks coming from the platform itself.”

A Jazz Education in 1000 Hours in the Internet Archive

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.

Amazon Launching New Site for Open Education Materials

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.

Google Rerunning Its Search Course (Several Times)

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.

Using Crosswords to Learn Regular Expressions

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.”

Search Engine With Reading Level Option

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.”

Google Teaching Free Online Course on Deep Learning

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.