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.
From GeneaPress: SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2017 Announces Free Live Streaming Sessions. “Thanks to Jamboree 2017 Diamond Sponsor Ancestry, the Southern California Genealogical Society and Genealogy Jamboree are able to offer 14 hours of high-quality family history education to registrants absolutely free. Handouts will be provided with each session.”
Mashable: I learned more from YouTube than my professors in college. “As I get ready to walk at my college graduation next week, I have more gratitude for one thing above all: YouTube. YouTube was my go to while doing homework, prepping for exams or just when I needed to refresh what a term meant.” I have certainly learned more than I ever knew before about geography, languages, and WWI thanks to some great YouTube series.
Jordan News Agency: Google.org provides grant to Queen Rania Foundation to create K-12 Arab online Arabic learning platform. “The Queen Rania Foundation and Google.org agreed to create an online learning platform for Arabic Open Educational Resources (OERs) targeting K-12 students and their educators across the Middle East and North Africa region. Announced in London, the initiative comes at a crucial time to help make sure millions of children across the region have access to quality education. Today, an estimated 13 million MENA children, equivalent to 40% of the school age population, are missing out on an education because of conflict and displacement. The refugee crisis has also strained existing education systems in host countries, like Jordan and Lebanon that have taken in large numbers of refugee students, compromising the quality of education offered to both local and refugee children.”