Larry Ferlazzo: Kapwing Just Made Their “Pro” Plan Free For Educators And Students

Larry Ferlazzo: Kapwing Just Made Their “Pro” Plan Free For Educators And Students. “Kapwing, a cool multimedia tool that includes video-editing features and easy ways to produce memes, just announced that their ‘Pro’ plan would now be free to educators and students.”

CNET: Free Apps You Need to Download Before Starting College

CNET: Free Apps You Need to Download Before Starting College. “Based on my own college experience, and aided by some informal crowdsourcing on Slack, these are the apps that will help you be prepared and successful during the school year. And in true college fashion, all of them are free to download and will help students save time and money.”

UChicago News: New startup offers students free online tools to learn math

UChicago News: New startup offers students free online tools to learn math. “Through the startup’s free, ad-supported web-based tool, students can learn concepts, solve problems, check their work, and collaborate with teachers and classmates—all digitally.”

Alphr: How To Make Flashcards With Google Slides

Alphr: How To Make Flashcards With Google Slides. “Google Slides is a relatively user-friendly app that works well on both Windows computers and MacBooks. Making digital flashcards involves several steps, from resizing the presentation and adding questions to customizing the deck with images and backgrounds.” Someone has far more patience with annotating screenshots than I do. The visual instructions here can only be described as “lavish”.

Newswise: New Course Helps Awaken Curiosity About Nature

Newswise: New Course Helps Awaken Curiosity About Nature. “Adults who want to connect kids with nature now have some expert guidance, thanks to a new online course from Bird Academy, the e-learning arm of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. ‘Let’s Go Outside: How to Connect Kids with Birds and Nature,’ contains six lessons with dozens of field-tested activities to reduce screen time for kids and boost their curiosity about the natural world.”

World Bank: 70% of 10-Year-Olds now in Learning Poverty, Unable to Read and Understand a Simple Text

World Bank: 70% of 10-Year-Olds now in Learning Poverty, Unable to Read and Understand a Simple Text. “As a result of the worst shock to education and learning in recorded history, learning poverty has increased by a third in low- and middle-income countries, with an estimated 70% of 10-year-olds unable to understand a simple written text, according to a new report published today by the World Bank, UNESCO, UNICEF, UK government Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), USAID, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.”

Stanford University: New online tool developed by Stanford researchers helps schools spot struggling readers in a fraction of the usual time

Stanford University: New online tool developed by Stanford researchers helps schools spot struggling readers in a fraction of the usual time. “The Rapid Online Assessment of Reading (ROAR), developed at the Brain Development & Education Lab at Stanford, introduces a way for school districts to assess their entire student population for struggling readers in the time it currently takes to run a standard assessment on a single student.”

Reykjavik Grapevine: New Website Shows Accessibility Performance At Secondary Schools

Reykjavik Grapevine: New Website Shows Accessibility Performance At Secondary Schools. “The Union of Icelandic Secondary School Students has launched the Support Bank, which ranks school performance on accessibility and services for those with learning needs, RÚV reports. The website was developed with input from students with learning needs. Questionnaires were sent to schools to collect the data for the website.”

ScienceDaily: Just being exposed to new things makes people ‘ready to learn’

ScienceDaily: Just being exposed to new things makes people ‘ready to learn’. “A new study is one of the first to provide experimental evidence that people learn from incidental exposure to things that they know nothing about and aren’t even trying to understand.”

University College London: Top-rated educational maths apps may not be best for children’s learning

University College London: Top-rated educational maths apps may not be best for children’s learning. “The top 25 maths apps for children under five-years-old do not reflect best practices on how children learn and develop their early mathematical skills, according to a new report from IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society.”

BusinessWire: Smithsonian Institution and Varsity Tutors Team Up for a Free Paleontology Class for Learners Around the World (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Smithsonian Institution and Varsity Tutors Team Up for a Free Paleontology Class for Learners Around the World (PRESS RELEASE). “Varsity Tutors, a Nerdy Inc. (NYSE: NRDY) company, and one of the nation’s largest platforms for live online tutoring and classes, today announced a new collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution that will give people around the world free access to Smithsonian content. On Tuesday, May 24th at 7 pm ET, the Smithsonian will spotlight select content from the National Museum of Natural History in a large group online class hosted by Varsity Tutors, “Live from the Smithsonian: Living in the World of Dinosaurs”.”

edX: edX Awards $1 Million to Ten Partners Developing Free Courses on Essential Human Skills for the Virtual Age

edX: edX Awards $1 Million to Ten Partners Developing Free Courses on Essential Human Skills for the Virtual Age. “edX, a leading global online learning platform from 2U (Nasdaq: TWOU), today announced the 10 partner proposals selected to receive grants totaling $1 million to develop courses in Essential Human Skills for the Virtual Age. These courses and programs will be centered on essential human skills such as leadership, communication, and emotional intelligence that are prioritized during hiring and critical in an increasingly virtual world.”

Associated Press: Homeschooling surge continues despite schools reopening

Associated Press: Homeschooling surge continues despite schools reopening. “The coronavirus pandemic ushered in what may be the most rapid rise in homeschooling the U.S. has ever seen. Two years later, even after schools reopened and vaccines became widely available, many parents have chosen to continue directing their children’s educations themselves. Homeschooling numbers this year dipped from last year’s all-time high, but are still significantly above pre-pandemic levels, according to data obtained and analyzed by The Associated Press.”

PsyPost: Reading on a smartphone promotes overactivity in the prefrontal cortex and lowers reading comprehension, study finds

PsyPost: Reading on a smartphone promotes overactivity in the prefrontal cortex and lowers reading comprehension, study finds. “A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports lends support to a body of research suggesting that reading on electronic devices reduces comprehension. The study found that reading on a smartphone promotes overactivity in the prefrontal cortex, less frequent sighing, and lower reading comprehension.”

Open Education Week 2022 Lightning Talks: Recordings and Slides (Creative Commons)

Creative Commons: Open Education Week 2022 Lightning Talks: Recordings and Slides. “In honor of Open Education Week (March 7-11, 2022), the Creative Commons Open Education Platform community offered Lightning Talks, or seven-minute presentations on specific updates or stories in open education. Moderated by Stephen Downes, the lighting talks covered everything from leveraging tax legislation for open education funding, to theories and practices around OER, fireside stories of open sharing, and even a Texas Sing-a-long!”