Commentary: Here’s what surprised me most about teaching my college class on Zoom (San Antonio Express-News)

San Antonio Express-News: Commentary: Here’s what surprised me most about teaching my college class on Zoom. “After roll call, I opened with William Blake’s ‘The Sick Rose’ as a teaching poem because I was going to focus on tone, ambiguity, tense and symbolism. I asked them to listen to the words and figure out tone. A student volunteered to read the poem aloud, slowly, carefully allowing the diphthongs to rise and fall with deliberate cadence. The poem had an impact. Students focused on the first lines about ‘Rose’ being sick because of an ‘invisible worm.’” When I see poetry referenced I always want the poem. Here it is.

Updated: Free Resources for Schools During COVID-19 Outbreak (T.H.E. Journal)

T.H.E. Journal: Updated: Free Resources for Schools During COVID-19 Outbreak. ” In many cases, the companies are making their paid services free through the rest of the school year; in other cases, they’re lifting limits to services and/or adding premium features to what’s free. The following list will be updated regularly as announcements are made.” This list was originally published March 13 and updated April 8.

Free for the next 30 days: A video class called Teach Your Course Online

From David Lawrence: Teach Your Course Online. “Teach Your Course Online is designed to help teachers quickly set up a home teaching space, select and set up a camera, microphone, lighting and all other gear they need to teach and to create a safe and effective online class culture. If you’re a teacher who wants to teach your coursework online and get up to speed as quickly as possible, and don’t know where to start, this course is for you.” The course is free for the next 30 days.

Larry Ferlazzo: Even More Useful Online Tools If Our Schools Close & We Have To Teach Online (#COVID19)

Larry Ferlazzo: Even More Useful Online Tools If Our Schools Close & We Have To Teach Online (#COVID19). “Yesterday, I posted Here Are Online Tools Some Teachers In Asia Are Using For Remote Learning – Useful To Know In The Face Of #COVID19. Today, I realized that I hadn’t included three lengthy ‘Best’ lists that might also be helpful – they share many sites where teachers can create ‘virtual classrooms’ (the vast majority can be used at no-cost) for English Language Learners and English-proficient students and monitor student progress”

TorrentFreak: ‘YouTube’s Copyright Mess Is Stifling Music Education’

TorrentFreak: ‘YouTube’s Copyright Mess Is Stifling Music Education’. “YouTube does its best to give copyright holders all the required tools to remove infringing material. This works, but in some cases rightsholders have little regard for fair use. This is illustrated in detail by guitarist Paul Davids who had many of his educational videos ‘claimed,’ sometimes for playing as little as a two-second riff.”

The Next Web: Facebook is letting Groups create online learning courses – what could possibly go wrong?

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.

KQED: Using Artificial Intelligence As a Teaching Assistant To Help With Questions Online

KQED:Using Artificial Intelligence As a Teaching Assistant To Help With Questions Online. “A couple of years ago, Ashok Goel was overwhelmed by the number of questions his students were asking in his course on artificial intelligence…. With a limited number of teaching assistants, or TAs, many of those questions weren’t getting answered in time. So, Goel came up with a plan: make an artificial intelligence ‘teaching assistant’ that could answer some of students’ frequently asked questions.”

UMW: 16 Creative Online Educators You Should Follow on Twitter Right Now

From the University of Mary Washington: 16 Creative Online Educators You Should Follow on Twitter Right Now. “What I’ve assembled are 15 online teachers active on Twitter who have inspired me (presented here in no particular order). I’ve also gathered a much longer list of crowd-sourced suggestions. Many of these are fully online teachers. Some teach courses of 25 students. Some teach to thousands. Some write about online learning in critical ways. Some are experimenting at the edge of on-ground and online learning. Some are online learners who have made their learning visible in ways that also makes them teachers.”

Google Makes Some Updates to Course Builder

More Google: it has made some updates to its Course Builder tool. “Over the years, we’ve learned that there are as many ways to run an online course as there are instructors to run them. Today’s release of Course Builder v1.11 has a focus on improved student access controls, easier visual customization and a new course explorer. Additionally, we’ve added better support for deploying from Windows!”

New Tool Wants to Use Livestreaming With Teaching

A new tool wants to use livestreaming to help with teaching. “Scriyb is different from other online class tools in that it uses live streaming video and allows interaction through a moderated chat room, where students can interact with each other, and a teacher can guide his or her lecture by seeing responses from the students. The chat was inspired by the chatrooms of online video games, and the streaming follows similar programing that apps such as Periscope use.” Read the article. Looks well thought out.

Minecraft: Education Edition Available in Early Release

Minecraft: Education Edition is now available in early access. “Education Edition has a few advantages over the vanilla version of Minecraft. Right off the bat, up to 30 students can learn and collaborate in the same world, negating the need to set up a private server through a service like Minecraft Realms. Teachers can create non-player characters (NPCs) to create a more guided experience, and equip them with web links so that students can access additional resources. There’s also a chalkboard item for providing instructions and a camera that students can use to take snapshots of their work, building an in-game portfolio along the way.”

Foundr Offers Huge Guide to Creating Online Courses

Foundr created a huge guide to how to successfully create an online course. This guide is more hype-y than the stuff I usually link to in ResearchBuzz but it’s also extensive and in-depth and I’ll forgive the hype-y-ness (It’s 1:35 AM so I’m just basically making up words.) “Now with more than 1,000 students and counting, we receive daily emails asking us how we’ve managed to build such an intuitive and comprehensive online course. So to help our readers understand just how we did it, and how anyone can do the same, we’ve put together the following definitive guide on how to create an epic online course. In the following article, we’ll walk you through the benefits of an online course, the major steps involved in setting one up, and even a guide to helpful tools and resources that we’ve used ourselves.”