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OMG: British boys using more text speak in classroom than girls

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LONDON — You might expect to see GR8, IRL, IMHO and BTW in text or Whatsapp messages, but one in seven British school boys uses text speak in the classroom.

New research from the National Literary Trust released this week shows that 14.6% of boys interviewed for the survey agreed with the statement “I write in “txt” speak in class” — more than the 11.3% of girls that admitted the same.

Almost 30,000 students, aged eight to 16, were…

Rock next semester with these 4 step-by-step studying tips

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This question originally appeared on Quora.

I’m a computer science major; could you please give me advice on the best way to study (especially for math classes)? How do you get good grades at top universities? Please give me specific directions (i.e. What you do before lectures, after and during weekends? How do you study from textbooks? How do you take tests? How much do you study?, etc.).

Answer below by David Koh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, class of 2011

The most important thing…

7 essential MOOCs for budding social entrepreneurs

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Starting a business to make the world a better place is a worthy and even fashionable idea. But what does creating a social enterprise really entail, and what skills should you have under your belt before you jump in?

Aspiring social entrepreneurs can find comfort and knowledge in MOOCs, or massive open online courses. Platforms such as Coursera, Udacity and Udemy feature a number of low-cost classes taught by expert faculty in socent and related fields.

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7 essential MOOCs for budding social entrepreneurs

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Starting a business to make the world a better place is a worthy and even fashionable idea. But what does creating a social enterprise really entail, and what skills should you have under your belt before you jump in?

Aspiring social entrepreneurs can find comfort and knowledge in MOOCs, or massive open online courses. Platforms such as Coursera, Udacity and Udemy feature a number of low-cost classes taught by expert faculty in socent and related fields.


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10-year-old asks politician maths question on live TV and it doesn’t go well

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LONDON — She’s the government minister responsible for education, but Nicky Morgan found herself schooled live on air Thursday by a 10-year-old

“What’s the cubed route of 125?” Leon Remphry asked Education Secretary Morgan on Sky News.

“I think it’s probably better that politicians don’t do maths or spelling on air,” she responded

Not happy to leave it there, Remphry asked again, saying that he had to press her for the answer. But Morgan…

The first 5 online resources to use when learning to code

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Even if you think the buzz around “learning how to code” is overkill, you have to admit it’s here to stay.

Just like it’s easier to learn a foreign language if you start in grade school, getting an early grasp on mark-up and programming languages such as HTML, CSS and Java ensures you’ll have an idea of what makes our digital lives and devices tick, even if you don’t plan on becoming a software developer.

Zach Sims, co-founder and CEO of Codecademy,…

UNICEF celebrates global innovation and a children’s rights milestone

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It’s been 25 years since the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child and UNICEF is marking the milestone with an interactive call to action.

The UN agency, which works on behalf of children globally, has published an online version of its yearly “State of the World’s Children” report. While the assessment praises improvements in child mortality rates, water and education over the last quarter century, it also stresses advancements yet to be made and the people…

New York City approves use of Google Chromebooks in public schools

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The New York City Department of Education announced Monday that it had approved Google’s Chromebooks for use in the city’s public classrooms — which represent roughly 1 million students and 1,800 schools.

The DOE also authorized the use of Google Apps for Education, and put together a guide to implementing Chromebooks and Google utilities into the classroom.

Google has touted Chromebooks as useful education tools in the past, and indeed,…

Doing it for the kids: StubHub concerts drum up music education funds

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BROOKLYN, New York — Like many musicians, Walk The Moon frontman Nicholas Petricca rewards his avid fans with something special at the end of each concert

A sweaty teenage boy, who belted every lyric in the front row at a show this week, earned the set list that was scribbled on a paper plate. Another boy, half his age and half his height, rocked out so hard in his pink shirt that Petricca rewarded him with a beat up drum stick.

Doing it for the kids: StubHub concerts drum up music education funds

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BROOKLYN, New York — Like many musicians, Walk The Moon frontman Nicholas Petricca rewards his avid fans with something special at the end of each concert

A sweaty teenage boy, who belted every lyric in the front row at a show this week, earned the set list that was scribbled on a paper plate. Another boy, half his age and half his height, rocked out so hard in his pink shirt that Petricca rewarded him with a beat up drum stick.