Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is offering a freeonline course on how to operate drones. “Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Key Concepts for New Users” lasts two weeks and is expected to take about four hours of work each week. Hosted on the Canvas Network, the massive open online course runs from January 22 to February 4, 2018. The course instructors include Embry-Riddle faculty and experts from the drone industry. The program covers everything new users need to know in order to safely operate their drones. Participants will learn about equipment, airspace, legal requirements, and flight planning tools. The two-session class can also serve as a foundation for additional study leading to becoming a commercial drone operator.
Google’s eighth annual Code-inchallenge calls on students aged 13–17 to complete coding tasks on open source projects, with the aim of exposing teenagers to open source software development. To date, some 4,500 students have participated in the Google Code-in challenge, completing more than 23,000 tasks.
IBM’s famous Watson computing system is helping to power a searchable database of mathematics open educational resources (OERs) designed for K–5 teachers. The new tool, called Teacher Advisor With Watson1.0, is open to the public after a lengthy beta-testing period that sought input from state education commissioners, teachers’ unions, school board associations, and more than 1,000 teachers.