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Driver in Italy accused of setting fire to school bus carrying 51 children

Bus driver arrested in Milan after allegedly shouting: ‘Nobody gets off here alive’The driver of a school bus has been arrested in Milan after allegedly setting the vehicle on fire with 51 children onboard.One of the children called the police after the driver stopped the bus on a highway in the outskirts of the city, Italian media reported. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Milan, Education, World news, Italy, Schools


Driver arrested in Milan after allegedly setting school bus on fire

Bus driver allegedly set vehicle alight with 51 children on it and said: ‘Nobody gets off here alive’The driver of a school bus was arrested in Milan on Wednesday after allegedly setting the vehicle on fire with 51 children on board.One of the children called the police after the driver stopped the bus on a highway in the outskirts of the city, Italian media reported. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Milan, Education, World news, Italy, Schools


Visa extension to boost numbers of overseas students in UK after Brexit

New measures will allow international students to seek employment for up to a yearInternational students will be given visa extensions of up to a year to look for work in the UK as part of a package of government measures to boost numbers of overseas students after Brexit.The move represents a break with current policy, where students are allowed to stay for just four months after graduation. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Students, Education, European Union, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Foreign Policy, Higher Education, Universities, International Students, Brexit


When William Faulkner Set the World Record for Writing the Longest Sentence in Literature: Read the 1,288-Word Sentence from Absalom, Absalom!

Image by Carl Van Vechten, via Wikimedia Commons “How did Faulkner pull it off?” is a question many a fledgling writer has asked themselves while struggling through a period of apprenticeship like that novelist John Barth describes in his 1999 talk "My Faulkner." Barth “reorchestrated” his literary heroes, he says, “in search of my writerly self... downloading my innumerable predecessors as only an insatiable green apprentice can.” Surely a great many writers can relate when Barth says, “it was...
Tags: Google, Europe, Books, Maryland, Writing, College, Washington, Literature, Guinness Book of World Records, Lincoln, Sherman, Jonathan Coe, Jones, William Styron, Facebook Twitter, Beckett


When William Faulkner Set the World Record for Writing the Longest Sentence in Literature: 1,288 Words from Absalom, Absalom!

Image by Carl Van Vechten, via Wikimedia Commons “How did Faulkner pull it off?” is a question many a fledgling writer has asked themselves while struggling through a period of apprenticeship like that novelist John Barth describes in his 1999 talk "My Faulkner." Barth “reorchestrated” his literary heroes, he says, “in search of my writerly self... downloading my innumerable predecessors as only an insatiable green apprentice can.” Surely a great many writers can relate when Barth says, “it was...
Tags: Google, Europe, Books, Maryland, Writing, College, Washington, Literature, Guinness Book of World Records, Lincoln, Sherman, Jonathan Coe, Jones, William Styron, Facebook Twitter, Beckett


Who are the next billion users and what do they want?

Entrepreneurs and tech executives are widening their gazes outside of developed nations for their next source of growth. Ubiquitous cheap phones and increasingly affordable phone plans such as Jio in India are helping another billion users join the internet. What do those users want though, and how are they the same and different than existing internet users? That’s the subject of a critical book by Payal Arora, entitled The Next Billion Users: Digital Life Beyond the West. The compact thesis en...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Europe, New York, Education, California, Government, India, Tech, Infrastructure, West, Netherlands, Brazil, Silicon Valley, Detroit, Wall


Inspiring girls and women to pursue their career ambitions

Today is International Women’s Day, and this year’s theme, #BalanceforBetter, is all about achieving a gender-balanced world. If we’re going to achieve that, it’s important to know that boys and girls begin making pivotal decisions about their future at a very young age. But education options, career interests and gender stereotypes quickly begin to widen the gap between the ambitions of girls and their ability to pursue them. This trend often continues into adulthood (a 2018 McKinsey study indi...
Tags: Google, Europe, Education, Africa, Middle East, Mckinsey, Diversity and Inclusion, Miriam Gonzalez, Grow With Google, Inspiring Girls International


The Medieval Masterpiece, the Book of Kells, Is Now Digitized & Put Online

If you know nothing else about medieval European illuminated manuscripts, you surely know the Book of Kells. “One of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures” comments Medievalists.net, “it is set apart from other manuscripts of the same period by the quality of its artwork and the sheer number of illustrations that run throughout the 680 pages of the book.” The work not only attracts scholars, but almost a million visitors to Dublin every year. “You simply can’t travel to the capital of Ireland,”...
Tags: Google, Art, Europe, Books, College, History, Ireland, Middle East, Dublin, Iona, County Meath, North Africa, Moss, Facebook Twitter, Ryan, Trinity College Dublin


Superyachts and private schools: Britain's dirty money problem

Russian money – some legitimate, some the proceeds of fraud – was channeled through a Lithuanian bank into the UK, according to a major leak of banking documents. The Guardian’s Juliette Garside has been investigating for months and describes how Prince Charles and some of England’s most exclusive schools have benefited. Plus: Ben Beaumont-Thomas on the legacy of the Prodigy’s Keith FlintThe leak of more than 1m bank transactions has shown how an estimated $4.6bn (£3.5bn) was sent to Europe and ...
Tags: Europe, Business, UK, England, Education, Vladimir Putin, Russia, US, World news, Banking, Britain, The Guardian, Prince Charles, Armenia, Guardian, Charles


A Tactile Map of the Roman Empire: An Innovative Map That Allowed Blind & Sighted Students to Experience Geography by Touch (1888)

From curb cuts to safer playgrounds, the public spaces we occupy have been transformed for the better as they become easier for different kinds of bodies to navigate. Closed captioning and printable transcripts benefit millions, whatever their level of ability. Accessibility tools on the web improve everyone’s experience and provide the impetus for technologies that engage more of our senses. While smell may not be a high priority for developers, attention to a sense most sighted people tend to...
Tags: Google, Europe, Maps, College, History, United States, Michigan, Facebook Twitter, Howe, Klemm, Josh Jones, Roman Empire, Perkins School, Durham NC Follow, Smithsonian Museums, Rebecca Onion


40,000-Year-Old Symbols Found in Caves Worldwide May Be the Earliest Written Language

We may take it for granted that the earliest writing systems developed with the Sumerians around 3400 B.C.E. The archaeological evidence so far supports the theory. But it may also be possible that the earliest writing systems predate 5000-year-old cuneiform tablets by several thousand years. And what’s more, it may be possible, suggests paleoanthropologist Genevieve von Petzinger, that those prehistoric forms of writing, which include the earliest known hashtag marks, consisted of symbo...
Tags: Google, Europe, College, Africa, History, Portugal, TED Talks, George, Facebook Twitter, Jacobs, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Genevieve von Petzinger, Frank Jacobs, Petzinger, Von Petzinger


Finland’s education system is failing. Should we look to Asia?

Finland scored high on the original PISA education assessment, but its scores have slipped in recent years.Critics argue that Finland's success came from earlier education models, not from headline-making features like late start times, lack of homework, and absence of test assessment.Asia's rigorous education system is now eclipsing Finland's PISA scores. Which approach is the right one? Which is truly shortsighted? None In 2000, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) released...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Japan, Education, Society, Taiwan, Policy, Teaching, United States, Testing, Innovation, Cambridge, Finland, OECD, Fareed Zakaria, The Washington Post


All that glitters not gold? Criticisms of Finland’s education system.

Finland scored high on the original PISA education assessment, but its scores have slipped in recent years.Critics argue that Finland's success came from earlier education models, not from headline-making features like late start times, lack of homework, and absence of test assessment.Asia's rigorous education system is now eclipsing Finland's PISA scores. Which approach is the right one? Which is truly shortsighted? None In 2000, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) released...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Japan, Education, Society, Taiwan, Policy, Teaching, United States, Testing, Innovation, Cambridge, Finland, OECD, Fareed Zakaria, The Washington Post


Skin in the game: do we need to take down nudes – or look at them harder?

The Royal Academy’s major exhibition of nudes features equal numbers of naked men and women. Is this progress?Things look different after #MeToo. And not just after #MeToo, but after several years of a surging fourth wave of feminism. There has been fury against patriarchy – with the term itself, after decades of dormancy, surging back into use to explain everything from the rise of Donald Trump to sexual violence in India to pay inequality in western Europe.Everywhere, dams of silence and fear ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Education, India, Women, Painting, Life and style, Society, World news, Body Image, Culture, Feminism, Art and design, Drawing, Sexuality, Royal Academy of Arts


French teachers give top grades in protest at baccalaureate changes

Protesters use tactic to fight Emmanuel Macron’s proposed changes to high school exam Teachers in Paris and western France have begun giving every pupil in their classes top marks in tests and evaluations in protest at changes to France’s baccalaureate exams.The baccalaureate, which pupils take in their last year of high school, is based on a structure created under Napoleon in 1808. A revamp of the education system by the president, Emmanuel Macron, has been presented as key to his pro-business...
Tags: Europe, Education, France, World news, Paris, Napoleon, Emmanuel Macron


Sebastian Thrun initiates aggressive plan to transform Udacity

“I’m a fighter.  I believe in our people, I believe in our mission, and I believe that it should exist and must exist.” Sebastian Thrun is talking animatedly about Udacity, the $1 billion online education startup that he co-founded nearly eight years ago. His tone is buoyant and hopeful. He’s encouraged, he says over an occasionally crackly phone call, about the progress the company has made in such a short time. There’s even a new interim COO, former HP and GE executive Lalit Singh, who ...
Tags: Google, TC, Asia, Europe, Hollywood, Ge, Education, China, Tech, CMO, Hp, Banking, X, Canada, Middle East, North America


Watch Bauhaus World, a Free Documentary That Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Germany’s Legendary Art, Architecture & Design School

This April 1st marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, the German art school that, though short-lived, launched an entire design movement with a stark, functional aesthetic all its own. It can be tempting, looking into that aesthetic that finds the beauty in industry and the industry in beauty, to regard it as purely a product of its time and place, specifically a 20th-century Europe between the wars searching for ways to invent the future. But as revealed in Bauhaus ...
Tags: Google, Europe, Japan, Design, London, College, Mexico, Germany, Architecture, Tokyo, Nazi, Detroit, Seoul, Bauhaus, Amman, Deutsche Welle


What a European education project can tell us about Brexit – podcast

When the writer Peter Pomerantsev was a teenager, he was sent to a school that was part of the European Schools network, which counts Boris Johnson among its alumni. He discusses what the project can tell us about the EU. Plus: the Guardian’s UK technology editor, Alex Hern, on AI advancements The writer Peter Pomerantsev was 15 when his parents moved to Germany and enrolled him at the European School in Munich. The schools were set up in 1956 with the aim of educating the students to be “in min...
Tags: Europe, UK, Technology, Education, Germany, Eu, European Union, Munich, Boris Johnson, Peter Pomerantsev, Brexit, Alex Hern, Brexit Boris Johnson, Artificial intelligence (AI, European School, Brussels Pomerantsev


Standardized tests: Finland’s education system vs. the U.S.

Imperial China developed the first standardized tests for bureaucratic hopefuls.Finland has all but done away with standardized tests, and its education system remains one of the best in the world.The United States relies heavily on these tests and scores lower than Finland in academic rigor, yet provides a more balanced educational system for boys and girls, as well as immigrantsImperial China developed the world's first standardized tests. During the country's Tang dynasty, bureaucratic hopefu...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Florida, Texas, Education, California, China, Singapore, New York City, Society, Policy, Teaching, United States, Testing, Innovation, Finland


Historic Manuscript Filled with Beautiful Illustrations of Cuban Flowers & Plants Is Now Online (1826 )

The internet has become an essential back up system for thousands of pieces of historical art, science, and literature, and also for a specialized kind of text incorporating them all in degrees: the illustrated natural science book, from the golden ages of book illustration and philosophical naturalism in Europe and the Americas. We’ve seen some fine digital reproductions of the illustrated Nomenclature of Colors by Abraham Gottlob Werner, for example—a book that accompanied Darwin on his Beagl...
Tags: Google, Art, Europe, Books, Science, College, Cuba, Cornell, Darwin, Mary, Facebook Twitter, Josef Albers, Josh Jones, Euclid, Mary Shelley, Goethe


How does Finland’s top-ranking education system work?

Finland has been a top contender on every Program for International Student Assessment survey.The country built a comprehensive education structure designed to offer citizens free education with no dead ends.The inspiration for Finland's approach was American education research and philosophers such as John Dewey.Finland's education system enjoys a lot of buzz lately. It is considered one of the best education systems in the world. It routinely outperforms the United States in reading, science, ...
Tags: Europe, Education, Washington Post, Society, Policy, Teaching, United States, Testing, Innovation, Finland, Universities, Social Change, Don, John Dewey, Dewey, Pasi Sahlberg


Google Cloud offers global support for academic research

Today’s scientific computing demands lightning-fast speed, vast data storage, and intensive processing power in order to advance discoveries across disciplines, from genomics to climate change. Two new agreements and a range of initiatives in Europe and the United States expand Google’s support for academic researchers globally, enabling them to leverage the benefits of Google Cloud Platform (GCP), our infrastructure as a service platform.Giving European researchers easy access to GCP through ou...
Tags: Google, Europe, Education, India, United States, Norway, Google Cloud Platform, NSF, Europe Google, Geant, Google Cloud, GCP, Google Cloud Platform GCP, Europe GÉANT, National Research and Education Networks NRENs, Andres Steijaert Project Leader Cloud Services


2000s Fashion Icons: Beyoncé

All hail Queen Bey! Beyonce in 2003 via Pacific Coast News Over the past few weeks, we've been breaking down the top 10 2000s fashion icons you need to know about. Last time, we talked about pop icon Britney Spears. Today, we're talking about another household name who is even more famous than Britney these days: the one, the only Beyoncé.These days, we don't call her Queen Bey for nothing. She is a multi-platinum artist with countless awards for her music, videos, and performances. Now, she...
Tags: Europe, Music, Beyonce, Australia, College, Jay Z, Inspiration, United States, Britney Spears, Queen Bey, Great Wall Of China, Rumi, Carter, Bey, Britney, Knowles


Egypt frustrates Giulio Regeni investigation, three years on

Italian doctoral student’s family seek truth about his torture and murder in early 2016Three years after the disappearance, torture and murder of Italian doctoral student Giulio Regeni in Cairo, Egypt is stonewalling Italy’s efforts to investigate.In November, Italian prosecutors officially named five members of Egypt’s security services as subject to investigation in the case of Regeni, who went missing on 25 January 2016 aged 28. But two months on, Egypt has barely acknowledged the development...
Tags: Europe, Students, Education, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Higher Education, Italy, Cairo Egypt, Giulio Regeni


pi-top’s latest edtech tool doubles down on maker culture

London-based edtech startup, pi-top, has unboxed a new flagship learn-to-code product, demoing the “go anywhere” Pi-powered computer at the Bett Show education fare in London today. Discussing the product with TechCrunch ahead of launch, co-founder and CEO Jesse Lozano talked up the skills the company hopes students in the target 12-to-17 age range will develop and learn to apply by using sensor-based connected tech, powered by its new pi-top 4, to solve real world problems. “When you get a pi-t...
Tags: Apple, Learn To Code, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Europe, Texas, London, Hardware, Education, Raspberry Pi, Electronics, California, China, Stem, Tech


Around the world and back with Google for Education

Editor’s note: This week, we’re joining thousands of educators and students at BETT in London. Visit us at booth C230, where you can demo a range of Chromebooks designed for education, including the brand new Chrome OS tablet. Follow along on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news and updates. It started with an idea in 2006: how might teaching and learning improve if we brought Google’s suite of productivity tools to schools? 13 years later, there are 80 million educators and students arou...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Japan, UK, London, Education, Australia, Mexico, Asia Pacific, Dartmouth, New Zealand, Brazil, Google Docs, Canberra, North America


Academic who defined news principles says journalists are too negative

Exclusive: preoccupation with conflict fosters insecurity, populism and trust deficit, says Johan GaltungThe academic who first defined the essence of news journalism has said the media have misconstrued his work and become far too negative, sensational and adversarial.Johan Galtung, a Norwegian professor who wrote a key scientific paper more than 50 years ago that listed a series of factors including conflict and immediacy as the hallmarks of news reporting, said his work was intended as a warn...
Tags: Europe, Media, Education, Journalism, World news, Publishing And Public Relations, Norway, Johan Galtung, Johan GaltungThe


Child abuse cases quadruple when report cards are sent home on Fridays

Researchers discovered a four-fold increase in verified cases of child abuse when report cards were sent home on Friday as compared to other days. Corporal punishment is legal throughout America, including in many public and most private schools. A child is hit, on average, every 30 seconds in American public schools. None I certainly remember that feeling when I was young: The dreaded Friday that report cards went home. My grades were mostly good, though there would inevitably be that class I ...
Tags: Europe, Florida, Education, Children, Youth, US, America, Vulnerability, United States, Iowa, New Jersey, Innovation, Paraguay, Finland, Violence, Norway


The UK Needs a Bold Strategy Around Competition to Survive Brexit

There is little doubt that the United Kingdom’s separation from Europe will reduce its competitiveness for the foreseeable future, argues Michael E. Porter. Here's what can be done about it. [Author: by Michael Blanding]
Tags: Europe, UK, College, United Kingdom, Michael Blanding, Michael E Porter, by Michael Blanding


Home Equity, If Used, Offers Big Boost to Retirees’ Income

If converted to income, untapped home equity for seniors in the United States and 10 European countries could make for a significant supplement to retirement income, according to data released by the Urban Institute and highlighted in a blog post at the Boston College Center for Retirement Research (BCCRR). “The typical retired U.S. household has the potential to increase its retirement income by 35 percent,” the blog post writes, based on research conducted by Stipica Mudrazija and Barbara B...
Tags: Europe, Featured, Sweden, Education, Retirement, Finance, Spain, Data, United States, Boston College, Urban Institute, Center for Retirement Research, BCCRR, Stipica Mudrazija, Barbara Butrica



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