• Education

    Empowering Equity In Education With Virtual Reality And Immersive Learning

    VR in the classroom getty By Stephanie Nashawaty, Chief Customer Innovation Officer at SAP North America The pandemic has dramatically disrupted traditional learning. While that disruption has widened gaps in access to education that existed along racial, ethnic, and socio-economic lines, it has also accelerated advances in innovation that could help close those gaps.   More than a year after schools and training providers pivoted to remote learning, two trends have emerged. First, finding innovative ways to teach and learn is here to stay. Second, many educators who have gained a new appreciation for how technology can help students learn will forever be on the lookout for technical tools that support…

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  • Jobs

    Miitopia Guide: How to Unlock the Vampire and Elf Jobs

    Miitopia has two secret jobs that are discovered after defeating the Dark Lord. Here’s where these two classes can be found and how they’re unlocked. Miitopia doesn’t have too many secrets, with most of the game’s content being unlocked just by progressing through the main story. Classes, outfits, weapons and food items are all found pretty easily through normal gameplay. However, like any good RPG, there are a few secret classes that players can unlock. These jobs will have players take on some of Miitopia‘s toughest dungeons, including what may be the game’s hardest boss. The two secret classes in Miitopia are the Vampire and Elf jobs. The Vampire job…

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  • Science

    COVID SCIENCE-Post vaccination infection rare but possibly contagious; study refutes another anti-vax pregnancy claim

    By Nancy Lapid    May 26 (Reuters) – The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.    Breakthrough infections rare, but potentially contagious    As of April 30, when roughly 101 million Americans had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, “breakthrough” infections had been reported in 0.01{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of them, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Tuesday. Roughly 27{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of breakthrough infections were asymptomatic, while in 2{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of cases, patients died. The CDC had genetic data for virus samples from 555 breakthrough infections. Mutated variants of the…

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  • Home Schooling

    6 lessons parents can take from pandemic homeschooling

    Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Now that children in the UK are back to school, parents have the opportunity to reflect on what can be learned from lockdown homeschooling. Or as some rightly took to calling it, crisis schooling. New research we have conducted examines parents’ experiences of homeschooling—and what made their stress better or worse—during the first lockdown in England. A total of 323 parents completed a quantitative online survey between May 1 and July 24 2020. We found that although most parents reported feeling stressed, some had used effective coping mechanisms, which improved their wellbeing. Those who were the most stressed reported not enjoying homeschooling their children and felt…

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  • Exchange Student

    PHS holding special ceremony for foreign exchange student

    After presenting their case toward changing graduation requirements during last week’s regular school board meeting, foreign exchange student Mia Debaisieux and host parent Tiffany Barnfield returned for a special school board meeting May 24 to hear if Mia had earned the right to walk. The regular school board meeting held May 17 ended with the motion to table the discussion until the following week to allow Princeton ISD Superintendent Donald McIntyre and PISD administration to recommend a stance on the issue. Debaisieux finished her senior year in Belgium but did not receive a diploma nor get to participate in any form of graduation because of COVID. As a result, when…

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  • Online School

    Big Brothers Big Sisters moves ‘School Friends’ program online | Local Education

    [Boys and Girls Clubs hope to highlight youth voices through COVID-19 PSA competition] Madison is simply happy “that I have someone to play it with,” especially during virtual school, which she did not enjoy. The digital connection has been an advantage for their relationship’s longevity, as well, as Benau moved back to California after the school year ended — but now she and Madison can continue getting together each Wednesday. Allegra Lewis, who coordinates the School Friends program for BBBS, said they’re looking this summer to allow Bigs and Littles more flexibility on when they get together. Now, they meet once a week for 30 to 45 minutes at the same…

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  • Education

    Education Dept. to Start Reviewing Student Loan Forgiveness Programs

    The Education Dept. announced plans to issue new regulations for student loan forgiveness programs. These programs include forgiveness for borrowers with disabilities and defrauded borrowers. Hearings are scheduled for next month, but it could take some time for changes to be implemented. See more stories on Insider’s business page. The Biden administration is tackling the flaws in the federal student-debt forgiveness programs, but it could take a while to see results. On Monday, the Education Department announced it is beginning the process of issuing new higher education regulations, mainly concerning student debt-forgiveness programs. The first step of the process will be through holding hearings in June to receive feedback on…

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