TechCrunch: Google Classroom now lets anyone school anyone else. “Google Classroom is opening up even further: After allowing anyone to join classes last month, expanding the learner side of the equation beyond just those with G Suite for Education accounts, Google is now opening Classroom class creation to anyone with a personal Google account, too.”
Marketing Week: How Google is disrupting the education system. “Google has unveiled plans to use its online course We Are Squared to disrupt the education system, as it says it is ‘successfully’ merging classroom and online learning styles, something others have failed to do.”
MakeUseOf: 5 New Ways to Learn History on the Internet . “If you want to understand any place or any people in the world, you need to understand the history of that land. History can be boring though, especially if it’s not told right. And that’s where these five apps and storytellers differ. No one dislikes history. You can only dislike the way we were taught history. Find the right teacher and it’s like opening up a treasure trove of tales. There are stories of heroes and villains, warriors and saints, lovers and siblings. And here are the teachers you need to enrapture your mind.”
Students in Missouri will have more options for summer school (PRESS RELEASE). “This summer, Missouri students will have access to more summer school courses than ever through the Missouri Online Summer Institute (MOSI), a tuition- free online program open to students in grades 7 – 12. Over one hundred online courses are being offered this year, including career-oriented electives and Advanced Placement® courses. MOSI is a program of the Grandview R-2 school district.”
Quartz: Here are 250 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free. “The 8 Ivy League schools are among the most prestigious colleges in the world. They include Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania…. These Ivy League schools are also highly selective and extremely hard to get into. But the good news is that all these universities now offer free online courses across multiple online course platforms.”
From The Journal of Learning Spaces: Using Facebook to Promote a Virtual Learning Community: A Case Study. “The use of social media by members of college campuses, including students, staff, and administrators, is on the rise and a growing body of research is examining such use. In this study, two graduate level courses that incorporated Facebook’s closed group feature into the course logistics are explored. It was found that using Facebook could promote a virtual student learning community. The students involved used the groups for sharing ideas and support, asking questions, and participating in discussions. This article provides a framework for using Facebook to develop a virtual student learning community.” Hit the PDF link for the entire article.
Google is opening up Google Classroom to more users. “We see value in bringing technology to people who want to learn, no matter the setting. That’s why we’re opening up Google Classroom to users without G Suite for Education accounts. Now, teachers and students in many different environments can teach or attend classes, manage assignments and instantly collaborate—all with their personal Google accounts. Starting today, these new Classroom users will be able to join existing classes and over the coming weeks, they’ll have the ability to create their own classes as well. Schools interested in using Google Classroom should still sign up for G Suite for Education.”