Chronicle of Higher Education: New Venture Will Offer Free Courses That Students Can Take for College Credit. “The venture, being formally unveiled on Wednesday [This was last Wednesday -TJC], includes a catalog of online courses in more than 40 subjects that were developed by academics affiliated with major universities across the country. Leaders of the Modern States Education Alliance, the New York City philanthropy behind the project, call it an “on ramp” to college. The courses are free to anyone who wants to use them, but were designed especially for students who can use this alternative approach to earn traditional academic credits through the Advanced Placement or College Level Examination Program exams, administered by the College Board.”
TechCrunch: Google Earth comes to the classroom with new educational tours and lesson plans. “In April, Google introduced a revamped, reimagined version of Google Earth, which included a number of new features that go beyond visualizing the planet through the use of maps and satellite imagery, to also allow users to explore the world through tours, and learn about its many wonders. Today, Google announced it’s bringing Google Earth to the classroom.”
Salon: 11 online summer camps to keep kids busy (and learning) while school’s out. “Virtual summer camps — where kids head to the computer instead of the pool or park — are a thing now. But don’t worry: These aren’t the solitary, sedentary, screen-centered experiences you fear. Plenty of virtual summer camps offer kids the chance to make projects, investigate ideas, and explore the world. And many are free.”
Indy Star: Incoming Notre Dame safety taught himself how to play football on YouTube. “Jordan Genmark-Heath didn’t grow up playing Pee Wee or Pop Warner football. He didn’t have coaching gurus or skills academies. Stockholm, Sweden isn’t built to cultivate football talent.”
MakeUseOf: 11 Best Sites for Free Online Computer Programming Courses. “We’re living in the golden age of programming. Not only is there a healthy number of in-demand computer programming jobs, but there is now an abundance of free online courses. These days, you can become a master coder without picking up a traditional computer science degree.”
The FDLP is offering an interesting Webinar on June 13: A Time Machine for Federal Information – Using Web Archive Content in Government Information Reference Work. “The FDLP Web Archive is a collection of Federal agency websites that GPO periodically captures and archives. Learn about GPO’s role in this rapidly-developing endeavor. Also learn the basics about similar Federal agency and Congressional Committee web archive projects contributed by others.” It’ll be about 90 minutes.
The Next Web: Facebook is letting Groups create online learning courses – what could possibly go wrong?. “Facebook, a brand with an untarnished reputation and a pedigree for reliability, is getting into the e-learning game. The social media behemoth is quietly testing a feature that would let anyone running a group to create their own online classes, which would include units and discussions. I have no idea how this could possibly backfire in any way.” Believe it or not the article gets even snarkier.