When it comes to online learning, safety first

first_imgFor the past six months, if you could work or learn from home, your home has doubled as your office or school. Teachers had to rethink lesson plans, living rooms became classrooms, and we all became our own satellite IT teams.  Virtual learning, which used to be a portion of a college curriculum or an option for those who physically couldn’t make it to a classroom, is now the norm for all grade levels and personal circumstances.With this shift come questions. Is the internet we have in our homes strong enough to support multiple daylong users? How much time in front of a computer is too much, for children and for adults? How do we stay engaged when we can’t be near one another? Should we worry about our children’s safety on the internet?To answer some of these questions, the Harvard Ed Portal partnered with Harvard University IT (HUIT) on a free public event, hosted on Zoom on Sept. 23. Attendees used the opportunity to engage with and ask questions of Harvard’s IT security experts, including a leader in the field of media and technology in education, Harvard Graduate School of Education senior lecturer Joe Blatt.“With Boston Public Schools starting remotely this week, we thought it was important to offer an online security event for educators and families,” said Leah Dodell, Ed Portal program manager, Digital Learning and HarvardX for Allston. “This event was an opportunity for us to bring together experts who could speak to digital safety practices, like making sure students create strong passwords, as well as digital well-being practices, like encouraging students to take breaks and play when learning online. It’s essential for us to keep both types of practices in mind to maintain our security and our sanity in this world of remote learning.”Topics ranged from the practical, with questions about internet security, to the philosophical, like how best to educate students virtually. Ways to stay safe online, what being in front of a screen all day does to us, and how we learn today were central to the conversation. The diversity of topics showcased how complex this new reality is, for teachers, for students, and for parents.Blatt started by asking who in the audience had a child at home attending school remotely. Nearly half the attendees indicated they did, either by raising their hands or using Zoom’s reaction capabilities.“If anyone told me I had to be on Zoom for [seven-plus hours], I’d probably quit,” Blatt said, echoing a participant concern about how long kids are asked to spend online. He said trying to replicate a typical school day on a computer is not the best way to teach online. “[Most often] accounts are compromised not because of some technical hack, but [because] the person who owns the account is manipulated into divulging [account] secrets.” — Louw Smith, HUIT Blatt said lessons must be designed and executed in a variety of ways to be effective. A mix of mental and physical activity is important, he said, and “Play is such an important learning medium for kids.”Many of the participants said they were worried about their children burning out after days in front of a computer. Blatt agreed, adding that more time does not necessarily indicate more learning is happening. Burnout from looking at a screen is real, for children and adults, and he recommended breaks.“It’s not a good idea to push yourself to the limit [using digital platforms],” Blatt said.On the technical side, most questions focused on internet safety, both how to keep children safe online and the safety of applications, including the platform on which the event was hosted, Zoom.“[Most often] accounts are compromised not because of some technical hack, but [because] the person who owns the account is manipulated into divulging [account] secrets,” said Louw Smith, an HUIT security operations staffer. Smith stressed that online security is the same for children and adults: strong passwords and knowing the risks of sharing information are key.About halfway through the event, Blatt asked if any of the participating teachers wanted to contribute to the discussion. He said that learning, especially now, is more than just curricula; interactions between children and parents are essential to determining not only if students are getting the right types of screen time, but that they understand and can process what they’re taught.Rosalyn Lake, a high school Spanish teacher who works in Washington, D.C., said she believes the first step to educating virtually is understanding.“I’m building my relationship with my students — I’m focused on social and emotional [education in addition to a curriculum],” said Lake. “How can we push a curriculum when we don’t know our families, and don’t know our students?”Blatt said what we don’t know about online teaching and learning is as important as what we do know.“It’s impossible to say much and claim research support [in this area] — there has not been enough time to say that there has been reliable research on all these good questions people are asking.”last_img read more

5 key coaching skills you already have

first_imgI have some great news! You have the skills that you require to be a world-class coach! You need to learn nothing new to be fantastic. Well, that’s not quite true. You need to learn how to adjust how you use the skills that you already have to be even more successful than you are currently.Here are the five skills we’ve all learned to use when coaching:Acknowledge. The use of verbals (such as yes, hmmm, and ah-ha) and non-verbals (body language like nodding our heads and making eye contact) acknowledges that we are genuinely listening to the person we are coaching and interested in what they are saying.Question. Questions help us gather information about the person we are coaching, their situation and their challenges. Ask them about their perspective. A good phrase to use is, “Tell me more about that.”Confirm. We use confirm to help us make the progress of our discussion very explicit. In communication, messages can get lost. Confirm allows us to ensure that we have correctly heard the person and that we have not missed any information they have given us. One way to confirm is to paraphrase what we have heard. It is also our opportunity to create value by interpreting, integrating or summarizing information. continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

IN PHOTOS: Fallen state trooper remembered with private ceremony

first_imgPHOTO CREDIT: New York State Police ONEONTA, N.Y. (WBNG) — New York State Police held a private remembrance ceremony for Trooper Jill Mattice. Trooper Mattice was killed when she was sideswiped by a tractor-trailer 10 years ago. She was the first woman with New York State Police to be killed in the line of duty.last_img

Ben Chilwell back in England training as whole squad test negative for coronavirus | Football News

first_imgThe Premier League is confident there is currently no risk that any of this weekend’s matches will have to be postponed, despite a significant spike in the number of positive coronavirus cases.Sixteen positive cases were recorded in the last seven days involving players or staff inside Premier League clubs – four times as many failed tests compared to the previous week, and six times higher than any other week since the extensive testing at clubs began at the start of September. – Advertisement – The Chelsea left-back is fit enough to return to training alongside his team-mates, but it remains unclear whether he will feature against Iceland on Wednesday. Ben Chilwell has returned to England training following a back spasm, as all 22 players in the squad tested negative for coronavirus.Chilwell picked up the injury in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Belgium, which ended England’s hopes of reaching the Nations League finals.- Advertisement – Kick off 7:45pmcenter_img That figure does not include players who have tested positive for the virus whilst away with their international teams. There have been a number of high-profile cases that cannot yet be included in the Premier League’s statistics.Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny have both tested positive while away with Egypt, as has Tottenham and Republic of Ireland defender Matt Doherty, who will miss Saturday’s game against Manchester City.On Tuesday morning, the FAI confirmed there have been no more positive tests in the run-up to their Nations League game against Bulgaria on Wednesday night.- Advertisement – Wednesday 18th November 7:00pm Ben Chilwell (R) was injured during the Nations League match between Belgium and England on SundayImage:Chilwell receiving treatment during the defeat on Sunday – Advertisement –last_img read more

Avian flu pops up in German zoo

first_imgAug 4, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A swan tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza at a German zoo yesterday, signaling the virus’s re-emergence in the country after a 3-month lull.A black Australian swan at the Dresden Zoo in eastern Germany was found dead on Aug 1, but zoo officials weren’t too concerned at first because deaths in the breed are common, zoo biologist Ron Brockmann told Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA). But after the bird tested positive for H5N1 yesterday, he said, the zoo quarantined other animals and sought government permission to vaccinate the rest of the zoo’s collection of 720 birds of 112 species.The swan was the first zoo animal infected in Germany, according to the story.  Brockmann said the virus might have entered the zoo last winter when wild birds visited the zoo’s ponds. The staff is worried that other animals in the zoo may become infected with the H5N1 virus if they eat dead birds, he said.Germany’s last outbreaks of H5N1 avian flu were in February among wild birds and in April in farm poultry, Agence France-Presse reported today.In other developments, a man in Vietnam who was hospitalized with possible avian flu tested negative yesterday, according to news services. The patient is from the southern province of Kien Giang, on the Cambodian border in the Mekong Delta. Vietnam hasn’t had a confirmed human H5N1 case since November 2005.Three people in Thailand have also been cleared of H5N1 infection, according to the Bangkok Post. One is a 9-year-old girl from Lop Buri province in central Thailand who died 2 days ago. The other two patients—a 17-year-old boy and a 42-year-old woman—are from Chachoengsao province, east of Bangkok. The tests indicated that all three patients had a type A flu virus, but not H5N1, the newspaper said.As of yesterday, the Thai Health Ministry reported that 97 patients from 24 provinces were under surveillance for possible avian flu. Those numbers were down from 164 patients in 21 provinces the previous day.Thailand’s only confirmed human H5N1 case this year was in a 17-year-old boy from Phichit province who died of the disease Jul 24. A report in the Aug 3 Eurosurveillance Weekly suggests that the boy’s death indicates that poultry deaths in Thailand are being underreported. The authors observe that poultry deaths in the country were not reported until Jul 24, the day the boy died.The boy’s case may be an example of a “sentinel human,” meaning a human H5N1 case that triggers reporting of the disease in poultry, the report says.See also:Eurosurveillance Weekly report on avian influenza in Thailandhttp://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=3012last_img read more

Marburg home on the market with impressive indoor swimming pool

first_imgThe spacious kitchen at 168 Edmond St, Marburg.With a large lawn area, dog proof fencing, and landscaped gardens, Mr Wales said the home, which is selling for $849,000, would suit people wanting to work from home.He said with large sheds on-site it would be perfect to run a business, or people wanting sheds for storage or warehousing.“It could also suit people wanting to cut some lots off the front for family or their super fund, as it is zoned township residential.” Mr Wales said. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019168 Edmond St, Marburg. Inside 168 Edmond St, Marburg.Set on 1.75ha, there are large outdoor patios and entertainment areas which take in great views. There’s also two massive sheds with large concrete apron areas for a practical workspace. Mr Wales said the owners had run a car restoration/mechanical business from the property and were retiring to Sarina, where they have family. 168 Edmond St, Marburg. 168 Edmond St, Marburg.This four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 168 Edmond St, Marburg features a private indoor swimming pool like no other.Ray White Ipswich agent Aidan Wales said the pool was built indoors as the owner wanted to avoid leaves dropping or being blown into the pool.“He also wanted a pool where it was private and they could also watch the kids easily,” Mr Wales said.last_img read more

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through Feb. 1

first_imgIMCA Modifieds – 1. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 188; 2. Kenny Gill, Peoria, Ariz., 110; 3. Spencer Wilson, Minot, N.D., 101; 4. Roy Poeling, Globe, Ariz., 100; 5. Ross Statham, Redcliff, Alb., 80; 6. Bradley Pounds, Bakersfield, Calif., 79; 7. Steve Streeter, Madera, Calif., 78; 8. Bradley Morris, Romoland, Calif., Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., and Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev., each 76; 11. Shawn Strand, Mandan, N.D., 72; 12. Andy Obertello, Hollister, Calif., 71; 13. Keith Altig, Impe­rial Beach, Calif., 68; 14. Josh Combs, Sacramento, Calif., 66; 15. Chuck Becker, Calimesa, Calif., 65; 16. Brenda Kirby, Bullhead City, Ariz., 62; 17. Marlyn Seidler, Underwood, N.D., 61; 18. Duane Rogers, Imperial, Calif., 60; 19. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., and Terry Hershberger, Co­rona, Calif., both 59.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Dennis Losing, Apache Junction, Ariz., 141; 2. Nicholas Langer, Glendale, Ariz., 101; 3. Joe Bellm, Broomfield, Colo., 78; 4. Vance Honea, Phoenix, Ariz., 69; 5. Mike Shea, Phoenix, Ariz., 68; 6. Gene Henrie, Cedar City, Utah, 67.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Scott Jeffery, Yuma, Ariz., 40; 2. Michael Whissen, Yuma, Ariz., 35; 3. Mike Erwin, Yuma, Ariz., 34; 4. David Irvin, Clarkdale, Ariz., 33; 5. Jeffrey Callis, Yuma, Ariz., 31.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Mark Madrid, Phoenix, Ariz., 154; 2. Bill Miller, Sa­huarita, Ariz., 147; 3. Chase Alves, Chandler, Ariz., 141; 4. Chris Anderson, Williston, N.D., 121; 5. Steven Duffy, Gilbert, Ariz., 98; 6. T.J. Wyman, Laveen, Ariz., 91; 7. Roy Poeling Jr., Globe, Ariz., and Adam Echter, Glendale, Ariz., both 69; 9. Jimmy Davy, Yuma, Ariz., and Marlowe Wrightsman, Peoria, Ariz., both 66; 11. Kyle Smith, Yuma, Ariz., 40; 12. Dale Irby, Buckeye, Ariz., and Charles Hunt, Yuma, Ariz., both 39; 14. Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif., 38; 15. Crystal Hemphill, Yuma, Ariz., 36; 16. Cory Hemphill, Yuma, Ariz., 35; 17. Sean Isaacks, Tucson, Ariz., 34; 18. Chuck Black, Glendale, Ariz., 33; 19. Tom Smith, Brawley, Calif., 32; 20. Mark Harrison, Coo­lidge, Ariz., 31.last_img read more

Gunners strike back in Canaries triumph

first_img Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere returned from an ankle injury, a fit again Theo Walcott was on the bench and captain Thomas Vermaelen returned to defence. Norwich started well as on-loan forward Kei Kamara offered support to captain Grant Holt and Robert Snodgrass in attack. Arsenal, however, were soon on the offensive, as a flowing move down the left saw Gervinho cut the ball back across the face of goal. On 20 minutes, a clever flick from Wilshere at the edge of the Norwich penalty area sent Aaron Ramsey clear, but the ball bounced just too far ahead of the Wales international. There was more purpose from Arsenal following the restart. However, it was the visiting supporters who were in full voice just before the hour as Turner headed Norwich into the lead. Kieran Gibbs tripped Kamara on the edge of the Arsenal penalty area. Robert Snodgrass floated the free-kick towards the back post, where Turner rose to power a header into the bottom left corner after 56 minutes. Wenger then made a double change to bring on Walcott and Podolski, replacing Wilshere and Gervinho. Arsenal were level with just two minutes left from the penalty spot. Following a corner, the assistant on the far side spotted a shirt pull by Kamara on Giroud. Arteta kept his nerve to guide the ball into the bottom-right corner just past Bunn’s dive. Arsenal turned things around when substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain darted to the left and cut the ball back, where Giroud stabbed it home just ahead of Sebastien Bassong’s challenge. After Jonny Howson’s snapshot was saved by Lukasz Fabianski, it finished 3-1 to the Gunners when Podolski turned to drill home from 18 yards. With Chelsea and Tottenham not in action, the Gunners had the chance to put Champions League qualification back in their own hands. However, the Canaries produced a resolute battling display and took the lead on 56 minutes through Michael Turner’s close-range header. With the clock ticking, Arsenal were handed a way back into the match when the assistant referee spotted a shirt pull on Olivier Giroud. Mikel Arteta kept his cool from the spot to level, before Giroud’s close-range effort turned the match around and substitute Lukas Podolski wrapped things up in stoppage time. Arsenal struck three late goals to move back into the top four of the Barclays Premier League and deny Norwich a famous victory in a 3-1 result at the Emirates Stadium.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Ansa McAL Trading Ltd Lucozade Handicap Tournament 2019| Action heats up as squash aces continue battle

first_imgDEJE Dias, Zachary Persaud and Abosaide Cadogan were among the notable winners when the second round of the Ansa Mcal/Lucozade Handicap Squash Tournament continued at the Georgetown Club.In Category A, Zachary Persaud’s good from continued as he took on Dhirren Persaud in a 3-game bout and despite a fight in the second game by Dhirren, as he climbed to 8 points to cut Persaud off before he got into positive score from his -8 start. Persaud then wrapped up things 15-11, 0-15, 15-11.Louis DaSilva bested Safirah Summer in just two games, easily winning 15-11, 15-12 focussed the final. Shiloh Asregado and Matthew Spooner also secured wins in Category A.In the Open Category games heated up as top seed Deje Dias came from the largest handicap in the competition (-15) to out out Regan Rodrigues. Daniel Ince fought an on-form Nicholas Verwey with a one-point handicap difference in another 3-game matchup.The top 3 seeded girls played their first matches last night with mixed results. Abosaide Cadogan was the only victor against Johnathan Antczak after a first-game defeat of 10-15. Her athleticism came through to dominate in the second and third gaining her 10-15, 15-9, 15-7 victory, while Kirsten Gomes and Maddison Fernandes fell to Mohryan Baksh and Nicholas Narain respectively.Play continues in the Open Category, Category A and Plate divisions on Friday at 18:00hrs at the Georgetown Club, Camp Street.Thursdays ResultsOpen CategoryDeje Dias (-15) defeated Regan Rodrigues (7) 11-15 15-11, 15-11.Mohryan Baksh (0) beat Kirsten Gomes (0) 15-13, 15-13.Johnathan Degroot (4) defeated Lucas Jonas (0) 13-15, 15-11, 15-9.Nicholas Verwey (-1) beat Daniel Ince (0) 15-11, 14-15, 15-12.Gianni Carpenter (0) defeated Javed Rahaman (-4) 13-15, 15-12, 15-14.Abosaide Cadogan (0) beat Johnathan Antczak (-2) 10-15, 15-9, 15-7Samuel Ince-Carvalhal (-11) defeated Ethan Jonas (4) 15-10, 15-11.Nicholas Narain (-15) defeated Madison Fernandes (4) 15-6, 15-9.Category AZachary Persaud (-8) defeated Dhirren Persaud (7) 15-11, 0-15, 15-11.Shiloh Asregado (0) defeated Lucas Persaud (6) 15-10, 15-12.Matthew Spooner (0) defeated Kaden Pymeandy (0) 15-12. 15-12.Louis DaSilva defeated Safirah Summer (10) (-8) 15-11, 15-12.Category A PlateBradley Walton (2) defeated Angel Rahim (0) 15-11, 15-11.Teija Edwards (0) defeated Rylee Rodrigues (5) 15-4, 12-15, 15-11.Joshua Verwey (0) defeated Breno DaSilva (8) 15-14, 15-13.last_img read more

Bryans, UW rowers preparing for last Madison regatta

first_imgThe women’s openweight crew team’s season continues with the Midwest Rowing Championships on Lake Wingra this Saturday, as the varsity eight try to avenge a brutal setback and the novice eight looks to continue recent success.At her press conference Monday, UW head coach Bebe Bryans said that a lack of extended practice times — the ice on Lake Mendota prohibited workout sessions up until approximately two weeks ago — has been a small setback, and the team is still working through some of the early-season details.”We are still figuring out our speed, figuring out our lineups, we knew that would be the case,” Bryans said. “It’s the one downside to having less water time than a lot of other teams, we don’t have time to play in private. When we have to make changes, it’s out there in public.”Wisconsin has, according to Bryans, been tested early and often in the 2006 campaign, which has served as replacement for the loss of practices before the first of April.”We’ve had a very challenging schedule, we didn’t hold back anything on the schedule this year for this team,” said the second-year coach. “We’ve had races pretty much every weekend against top ten-ranked teams.”The Badgers — ranked No. 16 in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing Poll — faced two such programs last weekend on Lake Wingra. In the varsity eight race, No. 7 Michigan State and No. 9 Michigan defeated Wisconsin at its Double Dual on Saturday.Bryans said her team would get the opportunity to get back at both the Michigan State and Michigan squads in an even more important regatta, the Big Ten Championships, which will be held April 29 in St. Paul, Minn.When asked if her rowers would be ready for the chance, Bryans replied, “more than I can possibly say.””I think we were not fast enough this weekend, and they were very fast,” she added. “These crews are … serious competition. I know that we can compete with them; we didn’t do a good job this weekend. I don’t need to tell my athletes that, they know it.”We blinked this weekend, and our challenge is to race with them and not blink again.”Students become the masters … for a day: The fastest time of all Saturday was unsurprisingly attained by the Michigan State varsity eight in their morning race, when they defeated their UW counterparts with a time of 6:22.6.However, the bigger shock came when the Wisconsin novice eight, in its first race of the day, accomplished the second-best time of the entire meet. The Badgers nearly overtook the Spartans’ time, clocking in at an even 6:24.”I think that time surprised everybody,” Bryans said. “They have gelled really well, they’ve got a joy in racing, a reckless abandon, so to speak, and they’re fearless.”Bryans said she has entertained the thought of retooling her starting rowers for the varsity eight in light of the novice eight’s effort, which produced a 6-0 record on the day.”I’m open for anything,” Bryans said. “Because of their performance this weekend, and in the weeks leading up to this, they’ve just dominated everybody that they’ve come up against, that isn’t out of the realm of possibility.”Looking ahead: Bryans said there are two advantageous aspects of the upcoming Midwest Championships, one being the opportunity for everybody to get involved.”Some people that haven’t gotten to race or haven’t gotten much race experience will get to race here, both for the men and the women,” she explained. “We’re going to be trying some different lineups, trying some different races, putting people in different boats, perhaps, so it’s a tune-up for the top boats and it’s a great experience for everybody on the team.”Bryans added that the Midwest Championships give the Badgers one final chance to show off their skills before heading off to St. Paul for the conference meet, and perhaps ultimately the NCAA Championship regatta in West Windsor, N.J.”It’s a great regatta for the University of Wisconsin and the city of Madison,” the coach said. “And hopefully, it’ll be a nice weekend, this past weekend was perfect regatta-watching conditions. We’re hoping to have a great day.”last_img read more