Columbus Dispatch: Columbus entrepreneur launches BLCK Talks platform to facilitate Black education

Columbus Dispatch: Columbus entrepreneur launches BLCK Talks platform to facilitate Black education. “Inspired by the Marvel film ‘Black Panther,’ entrepreneur Maurice Womack was motivated to build an educational ecosystem for Black learners. Embracing the mantra ‘knowledge is power,’ Womack, 42, and his wife Erica, 41, developed a communal learning platform called the Wokanda App.”

TechCrunch: BeGreatTV to offer MasterClass-like courses taught by Black and brown innovators

TechCrunch: BeGreatTV to offer MasterClass-like courses taught by Black and brown innovators. “BeGreatTV, an online education platform featuring Black and brown instructors, recently closed a $450K pre-seed round from Stand Together Ventures Lab, Arlan Hamilton, Tiffany Haddish and others. The goal with BeGreatTV is to enable anyone to learn from talented Black and brown innovators and leaders, founder and CEO Cortney Woodruff told TechCrunch.”

TechCrunch: Google to roll out slate of over 50 updates for Classroom, Meet and other online education tools

TechCrunch: Google to roll out slate of over 50 updates for Classroom, Meet and other online education tools. “Google today introduced a suite of updates for its online education tools whose adoption and further development have been accelerated by the pandemic, including Google Classroom, Google Meet and the next generation of G Suite for Education, now rebranded as Google Workspace for Education. In total, Google is promising more than 50 new features across its education products, with a focus on meeting educators’ and admins’ needs, in particular, in addition to those of the students.”

Penn State: New online course engages middle, high-school students in ‘The Science of COVID-19’

Penn State: New online course engages middle, high-school students in ‘The Science of COVID-19’. “The course, called ‘The Science of COVID-19,’ includes modules on virology, epidemiology and public health preparedness. Through short content lectures and interaction with embedded online tools, students and other users can develop a better understanding of how pandemics are studied, modeled, prepared for and mitigated.” The course is free.

Smithsonian: Smithsonian Associates Streaming Offers World Art History Certificate Program

Smithsonian: Smithsonian Associates Streaming Offers World Art History Certificate Program. “Smithsonian Associates—the world’s largest museum-based education program—offers its popular World Art History Certificate Program online for the first time. Under the guidance of expert teachers, participants can expand their knowledge and appreciation of art through programs presented on Zoom year-round that examine the major creators, movements and historical periods that shaped art across civilizations and centuries.”

Never trust a single source: The new rules for learning anything online (Mashable)

Mashable: Never trust a single source: The new rules for learning anything online. “If you’d like to learn more on any topic without getting drunk, or just brush up your research skills before annoying your family again, here’s my advice, drawn from years in the internet trenches in the ongoing war between fact and falsehood. You shouldn’t just take my word for it, of course, so I’ve included links to further reading after each guideline.”

Washington Post: Failing grades double and triple — some rising sixfold — amid pandemic learning

Washington Post: Failing grades double and triple — some rising sixfold — amid pandemic learning. “Failure rates in math and English jumped as much as sixfold for some of the most vulnerable students in Maryland’s largest school system, according to data released as the pandemic’s toll becomes increasingly visible in schools across the country. In but one stark example, more than 36 percent of ninth-graders from low-income families failed the first marking period in English. That compares with fewer than 6 percent last year, when the same students took English in eighth grade.”

EdScoop: New website for university faculty will explain remote-teaching tech

EdScoop: New website for university faculty will explain remote-teaching tech. “The Center for Innovation, Design and Digital Learning will support higher education faculty as they continue to deliver instruction to students online during the pandemic and help universities and colleges better use digital tools as they invest in online instruction, the organizations announced last week. The virtual support center will house videos and articles explaining how to use a range of technologies, from creating an editable PDF to designing a website.”

Los Angeles Times: Kindergartners struggle to learn online. But this mother-daughter duo keeps them glued

Los Angeles Times: Kindergartners struggle to learn online. But this mother-daughter duo keeps them glued. “A year ago, mother and daughter taught in classrooms one room apart at Bushnell Way Elementary School in Highland Park — Mrs. Carter with 4-year-olds, Ms. Tai in a mixed group of children ages 4 and 5. Many of the felt puppets and linking cubes they shared there are the same ones Karen Carter used when her daughter was a student in her classroom. Out of respect for her mother’s long tenure, Tai Carter goes by Ms. Tai at school. Now, the pair teach their pint-size students from home, keeping L.A.’s youngest learners engaged online even as kindergarten enrollment has plummeted and online attendance has slumped.”

Reason: An Online Student Attended a Rooftop Party. He Was Reported to NYU and Suspended Indefinitely.

Reason: An Online Student Attended a Rooftop Party. He Was Reported to NYU and Suspended Indefinitely.. “It was a gorgeous August weekend in New York City, and Andy—a college senior at New York University (NYU)—decided to attend a rooftop social gathering with his roommates. The party was consistent with New York City’s Phase 4 COVID-19 guidelines, which allow events of up to 50 people. Many attendees went mask-less, but Andy says he didn’t stand in close proximity to anyone other than his roommates—who are also students—and they left after a short while. But unbeknownst to Andy—whose name has been changed for this article to protect his privacy—someone at the party posted a video of the event on social media.”

WTHI: Indiana partners with ‘180 Skills’ to open free library of workforce skills courses

WTHI: Indiana partners with ‘180 Skills’ to open free library of workforce skills courses. “The State of Indiana has partnered with ‘180 Skills.’ Together, they are opening a free online library of courses. These courses are designed to improve general employability skills. This includes acing a job interview, mastering Microsoft Office products, and improving communication skills.”