Control Alt Achieve: Hipster Google – 21 Google Tools You Probably Never Heard Of. “Google has also created a wide range of services, apps, extensions, features, and other tools that are not as well known. Even though these tools may not be as popular or as widely known, they are still very useful in school settings. These are the ‘Hipster Google’ tools.” Bonus points for the graphic.
The Next Web: 20,000 unfairly deleted UC Berkeley lectures are now available for free. “Earlier this week, the University of California at Berkeley purged some 20,000 lectures from various academic fields from its YouTube channel following a less-than-sensible ruling from the US Department of Justice. But it seems not all content might be lost. In an effort to preserve the material, digital archive firm LBRY announced it has taken the initiative to copy all 20,000 videos and make them permanently available for free on its website.”
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.”
CNET: Alphabet’s Jigsaw wants to explain tech jargon to you. “On Tuesday, Jigsaw, a tech incubator owned by Google’s parent company, launched a website called the Sideways Dictionary that takes jargon and puts it into terms normal people would understand. Jigsaw partnered with the Washington Post to build the tool.”
Hey! From SiteProNews: New Start-Up Uses Augmented Reality to Create Immersive 3D Globe. “Play Shifu Technologies, a Wyoming-based startup, has created a Smart globe using augmented reality to teach children about different cultures, cuisines, monuments, inventions and animals from all over the world. To use Orboot, the child or parent simply scans the globe with an iOS or Android device to learn about countries worldwide.”
NPR: What Students Can Learn By Writing For Wikipedia. “Today, educators are among those more concerned than ever with standards of truth and evidence and with the lightning-fast spread of misinformation online. And the Wiki Education Foundation, a freestanding nonprofit, is sharing Wikipedia’s methods with a growing number of college students, and striking a blow for digital literacy along the way.”
NewsMail: Government launches website to help families with homework. Government of Australia, that is. “Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the Federal Government’s new website, Learning Potential Resources, was filled with hundreds of ideas, activities, games and videos to help parents of primary school children get involved in their child’s learning.” As an American I was able to access several different items on this site so homeschoolers, you might find this useful. It covers Years 1 through 6 – looking at the learning standards I would guess that Year 1 is roughly equivalent to first grade in America. Teachers or anyone else more knowledgeable about the education system, please chime in the comments.