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French senior citizens link up with language students in lockdown

ShareAmi scheme aims to combat the isolation felt by many older people during the pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAfter spending a third of his placement in France stuck in lockdown, modern languages student Elliot Bellman was worried his conversation skills might suffer. But his weekly chats with Mme Tolu, a Parisian care home resident in her 80s, have helped keep his fluency up to scratch.“During the pandemic it’s difficult to travel and have those normal ex...
Tags: Europe, Education, France, World news, Languages, University of Warwick, Bellman, Coronavirus, Elliot Bellman, Mme Tolu


The New Enlightenment and the Fight to Free Knowledge: Part 1

Editor’s Note: This month, MIT Open Learning’s Peter B. Kaufman has published The New Enlightenment and the Fight to Free Knowledge, a book that takes a historical look at the powerful forces that have purposely crippled our efforts to share knowledge widely and freely. His new work also maps out what we can do about it. In the coming days, Peter will be making his book available through Open Culture by publishing three short essays along with links to corresponding sections of his book. Today,...
Tags: Google, Europe, Death, England, Media, College, France, History, Harry Potter, William Shakespeare, Sauron, Voldemort, Norwich, Peter, Henry Viii, Facebook Twitter


Meatless school menu sparks political row in France

Temporary decision by Green mayor of Lyon to take meat off menu met by protestsA decision by the Green mayor of Lyon, seen by many as the country’s culinary capital, to temporarily take meat off the menu in school canteens during the coronavirus pandemic has sparked a major political row in France.Government ministers have accused the mayor, Grégory Doucet, of “ideological” and “elitist” behaviour after the measure, which is also being studied by several other cities including Paris, came into f...
Tags: Food, Europe, Education, France, Environment, World news, Green, Farming, Paris, Schools, Vegetarian food and drink, Vegetarianism, Lyon, Meat Industry, Coronavirus, Grégory Doucet


Ireland to start reopening schools as it extends other Covid restrictions

Education and childcare prioritised in cautious lockdown roadmap after disastrous Christmas relaxation Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIreland is to start reopening some schools next week but is extending other lockdown restrictions until April to prevent another explosion in Covid-19 cases.The government has prioritised education and childcare in a cautious new roadmap out of restrictions after a disastrous relaxation before Christmas led to Ireland having the world’...
Tags: Europe, Education, World news, Ireland, Schools, Micheal Martin, Coronavirus


The Roman Roads of Gaul Visualized as a Modern Subway Map

At a casual glance, some travelers may take the map above for a depiction of France’s enviable intercity high-speed rail network Train à Grande Vitesse, better known as TGV. In reality, its content predates that system’s inauguration in the early 1980s — and by nearly two millennia at that. This is in fact a map of Gaul, a region of Europe that, most broadly defined, included modern-day France, Luxembourg, and Belgium, as well as parts of Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, and Germany. Ruled ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Maps, College, France, Germany, History, Rome, Netherlands, Belgium, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Gaul, Roman Empire, France Luxembourg


Thousands of UK language students left in limbo as Brexit hits travel plans

Universities say they have received inadequate guidance on red tape and costs for academic years abroad Thousands of UK students hoping to spend the year abroad are caught in limbo after facing major disruption to their travel plans due to post-Brexit red tape and costs, in respect of which universities say they received inadequate guidance from the government.Coordinators of academic years abroad who spoke to the Guardian said there had been limited information from the Foreign Office ahead of ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Students, Education, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Higher Education, Guardian, Universities, Languages, Brexit, Foreign Office


Discover Scheele’s Green, the Arsenic-Laden Color That May Have Contributed to Napoleon’s Death

“Either the wallpaper goes, or I do.” —Oscar Wilde Looking to repel bed bugs and rats? Decorate your bedroom à la Napoleon’s final home on the damp island of Saint Helena. Those in a position to know suggest that vermin shy away from yellowish-greens such as that favored by the Emperor because they “resemble areas of intense lighting.” We’d like to offer an alternate theory. Could it be that the critters’ ancestors passed down a cellular memory of the perils of arsenic? Napoleon, like th...
Tags: Google, Europe, Fashion, Science, College, France, Russia, New York City, History, Green, Chemistry, New York Times, Denis, TED Talks, Jones, Napoleon


The Color That May Have Killed Napoleon: Scheele’s Green

“Either the wallpaper goes, or I do.” —Oscar Wilde Looking to repel bed bugs and rats? Decorate your bedroom à la Napoleon’s final home on the damp island of Saint Helena. Those in a position to know suggest that vermin shy away from yellowish-greens such as that favored by the Emperor because they “resemble areas of intense lighting.” We’d like to offer an alternate theory. Could it be that the critters’ ancestors passed down a cellular memory of the perils of arsenic? Napoleon, like th...
Tags: Google, Europe, Fashion, Science, College, France, Russia, New York City, History, Green, Chemistry, New York Times, Denis, TED Talks, Jones, Napoleon


Why Public Transit Sucks in the United States: Four Videos Tell the Story

Many different words could describe the state of public transportation in America today. In recent decades, more and more of a consensus seems to have settled around one word in particular: that it “sucks.” Given its “antiquated technology, safety concerns, crumbling infrastructure,” and often “nonexistence,” says the narrator of the video above, “it’s not hard to argue that the U.S. public transportation network is just not good.” That narrator, Sam Denby, is the creator of Wendover Pro...
Tags: Google, Asia, Europe, Politics, Technology, College, New York City, America, San Francisco, History, Atlantic, United States, Vox, Seoul, Massimo Vignelli, United States of America


The “Academic Tarot”: 22 Major Arcana Cards Representing Life in the Academic Humanities Under COVID-19

“Speculations about the creators of Tarot cards include the Sufis, the Cathars, the Egyptians, Kabbalists, and more,” writes “expert cartomancer” Joshua Hehe. All of these suppositions are wrong, it seems. “The actual historical evidence points to northern Italy sometime in the early part of the 1400s,” when the so-called “major arcana” came into being. “Contrary to what many have claimed, there is absolutely no proof of the Tarot having originated in any other time or place.” A bold claim, yet...
Tags: Google, Europe, Education, College, Life, Syria, Egypt, Current Affairs, Italy, Salvador Dalí, Black Lives Matter, VFC, Facebook Twitter, Carl Jung, Josh Jones, Taschen


The way we teach science misses something key: Human context

The teaching of science must and can be humanized at all levels, from nonscience courses to technical advanced courses.By teaching science only as a technical endeavor, we deprive students and future scientists of a more inclusive worldview where science is seen as part of our human need to make sense of the world.The challenges we face in the modern world call for an engagement of the sciences and the humanities that starts in the classroom and becomes an essential aspect of the public sphere. ...
Tags: Motivation, Europe, Science, Education, Children, Teaching, Dartmouth, Innovation, Vatican, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Humanity, Newton, Don, Galileo, Johannes Kepler


UCLA creates new department to focus on languages and cultures of Europe

LOS ANGELES — Despite national trends moving away from language instruction, UCLA announced Monday it established the Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies, which will combine several of its departments and focus on cultures and languages across Europe. “This merger allows us to train an interdisciplinary lens on the rich and varied cultures of Europe while preserving the first-rate language instruction for which UCLA is known,” said David Schaberg, senior dean of the UCLA C...
Tags: Google, Europe, News, Education, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Higher Education, Yale, Los Angeles Times, Black, Ucla, Thomas, San Fernando Valley, Justice Dept


Extra Crunch roundup: 500 Startups’ demo day, smart SaaS pricing and much more

Demo days at startup accelerators are a pretty big deal around here. These events aren’t just a chance to review the latest cohort of hopeful entrepreneurs — they also showcase the technology, products and services that will compete for VC and consumer attention over the next few years. You never know where a hit will come from, which is why these events capture our attention. Here’s just one example from Y Combinator’s Summer 2013 Demo Day: Positioning itself as the “FedEx of today,” it hopes...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Education, Okta, Tech, Best, Artificial Intelligence, SaaS, Venture Capital, Public, Alex, Robinhood, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Union Square Ventures, Databricks


Class adds $30 million to its balance sheet for a Zoom-friendly edtech solution

Class, launched less than a year ago by Blackboard co-founder Michael Chasen, integrates exclusively with Zoom to offer a more customized classroom for students and teachers alike. The inaugural product, Class for Zoom, uses both management and instruction tools to bolster the video conferencing call experience. Formerly named ClassEDU, the startup announced today that it has added $30 million to its balance sheet, upping its total funding secured to $46 million. Raising that much pre-launch giv...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Class, Education, Funding, Tech, Edtech, Sdk, Early Stage, Udemy, Emergence Capital, Zoom, LMS, Chasen, Michael Chasen


Edtech valuations aren’t skyrocketing, but investors see more exit opportunities

Less than a year after we put out an initial temperature check survey, it’s clear that specialist investors are even more bullish on edtech. Bears are hard to find right now: the sector, once undercapitalized, has brought in $10 billion in venture capital funding globally in 2020. As investors told us last week, the biggest consumer opportunity in 2021 and beyond is lifelong learning (and portfolio companies have the profits to prove it). But despite edtech’s noise, the second installment of our...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Education, Tech, Vista, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Edtech, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Union Square Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, SPAC, Skillsoft, Deborah Quazzo, Owl Ventures


Fears rise that Polish libel trial could threaten future Holocaust research

Case brought in wake of rightwing government criminalising blame of Polish nation for Nazi crimes could have implications for further researchTwo Polish historians are facing a libel trial over a book examining Poles’ behaviour during the second world war, a case whose outcome is expected to determine the future of independent Holocaust research under Poland’s nationalist government.A verdict is expected in Warsaw’s district court on 9 February in the case against Barbara Engelking, a historian ...
Tags: Europe, Books, Education, Law, Germany, Israel, World news, History, Culture, Holocaust, Second world war, Poland, Freedom Of Speech, Nazi, Warsaw, Nazism


Extra Crunch roundup: Edtech VC survey, 5 founder mistakes, fintech liquidity, more

Edtech is so widespread, we already need more consumer-friendly nomenclature to describe the products, services and tools it encompasses. I know someone who reads stories to their grandchildren on two continents via Zoom each weekend. Is that “edtech?” Similarly, many Netflix subscribers sought out online chess instructors after watching “The Queen’s Gambit,” but I doubt if they all ran searches for “remote learning” first. Edtech needs to reach beyond underfunded public school systems to beco...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Cloud, Europe, New York, Hardware, Enterprise, Media, Education, Entrepreneurship, Boston, Africa, Tech, Netflix, Digital Media


13 investors say lifelong learning is taking edtech mainstream

The venture potential of a startup that caters to individual students — instead of a slow-moving, small-pocketed institution — has a bullish aura that attracts investors. Add in a pandemic that forced many to embrace remote learning overnight, and it makes sense that we have seen companies like Outschool and ClassDojo turn first profits while startups like Quizlet and ApplyBoard reached $1 billion valuations. Last year brought a flurry of record-breaking venture capital to t...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Education, US, Tech, United States, Venture Capital, Lambda, Edtech, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Union Square Ventures, Cowboy Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Mckinsey, PitchBook


12 investors say lifelong learning is taking edtech mainstream

The venture potential of a startup that caters to individual students — instead of a slow-moving, small-pocketed institution — has a bullish aura that attracts investors. Add in a pandemic that forced many to embrace remote learning overnight, and it makes sense that we have seen companies like Outschool and ClassDojo turn first profits while startups like Quizlet and ApplyBoard reached $1 billion valuations. Last year brought a flurry of record-breaking venture capital to t...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Education, US, Tech, United States, Venture Capital, Lambda, Edtech, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Union Square Ventures, Cowboy Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Mckinsey, PitchBook


Rick Steves’ Europe: Binge Watch 9 Seasons of America’s Favorite Traveler Free Online

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD9b7mP6whk “People who are addicted to European travel, this is kind of a frustrating time for them,” says Rick Steves in a podcast interview with The New York Times‘ Sam Anderson from this past spring. He should know: since becoming a professional travel guide and educator in the late 1970s, Steves has harnessed his own European travel addiction to build a business empire. To his fellow Europhiles — and especially his fellow Europhile but monoglot Americ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Europe, England, Television, College, Germany, America, San Francisco, Atlantic, Normandy, New York Times, Italy, Slovenia, Seoul


After Covid, will digital learning be the new normal?

Schools have embraced apps and remote classes in the past year. Some see benefits in virtual learning but others fear the impact on disadvantaged children and privatisation by stealthHistory is likely to record that Britain’s teachers were better prepared for Covid-19 than government ministers. With cases rising in Europe, 14 schools in England had already closed their gates by the end of February 2020. When senior staff at Barham primary school began drawing up contingency plans on 26 February,...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, England, Technology, Education, Microsoft, Society, Britain, Social exclusion, Schools, Barham, Coronavirus, COVID


Extra Crunch roundup: Digital health VC survey, edtech M&A, deep tech marketing, more

I had my first telehealth consultation last year, and there’s a high probability that you did, too. Since the pandemic began, consumer adoption of remote healthcare has increased 300%. Speaking as an unvaccinated urban dweller: I’d rather speak to a nurse or doctor via my laptop than try to remain physically distanced on a bus or hailed ride traveling to/from their office. Even after things return to (rolls eyes) normal, if I thought there was a reliable way to receive high-quality healthcare in...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Facebook, Asia, Europe, Enterprise, Education, Privacy, Developer, Washington, Finance, US, San Francisco, Tech, Diversity


UK’s WhiteHat rebrands as Multiverse, raises $44M to build tech apprenticeships in the US

University education is getting more expensive, and at the moment it feels a bit like a petrie dish for infections, but the long-term trends continue to show a dramatic growth in the number of people worldwide getting degrees beyond high school, with one big reason for this being that a college degree generally provides better economic security. But today, a startup that is exploring a different route for those interested in technology and knowledge worker positions — specifically by way of appr...
Tags: Google, TC, Europe, UK, Enterprise, Education, Developer, US, Tech, Diversity, Tony Blair, Lightspeed Venture Partners, General Catalyst, Index Ventures, Blair, Cutler


Inside SuperCharger Ventures’ debut virtual edtech accelerator

Before the pandemic, edtech companies went decades without raising financing due to lack of interest from generalist venture capitalists. Now, more than a year since COVID-19 began, the sector is showing signs of maturation, from first profits to unicorns, potential IPOs and a rush of talent. Momentum in mind, cross-border venture capital firm SuperCharger Ventures is launching a debut accelerator exclusively for early-stage edtech founders. The 12-week accelerator, which kicks off today, is bei...
Tags: TC, Asia, Accelerator, Europe, Education, China, Tech, United States, Venture Capital, BSD, COVID, Supercharger Ventures, Janos Barberis, Barberis, NextView Ventures NextView Ventures, Taylor Freeman Axon Park


Arnold Schwarzenegger Reflects on the Parallels Between Trumpism & Nazism, and How We Can Save Our Democracy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_P-0I6sAck He grew up in the ruins of World War II–the ruins created by the Nazism and its ideological commitment to conspiracy theories, violence and white supremacy. Based on that formative experience, the former Republican governor offers his take on this week’s coup attempt in Washington: “Being from Europe, I’ve seen how things can spin out of control… We must be aware of the dire consequences of selfishness and cynicism. President Trump sought to ov...
Tags: Google, Europe, College, Washington, Current Affairs, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rick Steves, Trump, Facebook Twitter, Hannah Arendt, Yale Historian Timothy Snyder


20 Lessons from the 20th Century About How to Defend Democracy from Authoritarianism: A Timely List from Yale Historian Timothy Snyder

Image by Rob Kall, via Flickr Commons Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History at Yale University, is one of the foremost scholars in the U.S. and Europe on the rise and fall of totalitarianism during the 1930s and 40s. Among his long list of appointments and publications, he has won multiple awards for his recent international bestsellers Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin and last year’s Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning. That book in part makes the argument that...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Putin, College, Russia, America, Ukraine, History, Power, George Orwell, Yale, The Guardian, Hitler, Albert Camus, Peter Pomerantsev


Behold an Interactive Online Edition of Elizabeth Twining’s Illustrations of the Natural Orders of Plants (1868)

Of all the varied objects of creation there is, probably, no portion that affords so much gratification and delight to mankind as plants. —Elizabeth Twining “Who owned nature in the eighteenth century?” asks Londa Schiebinger in Plants and Empire, a study of what the Stanford historian of science calls “colonial bioprospecting in the Atlantic World.” The question was largely decided at the time by “heroic voyaging botanists” and “biopirates” who claimed the world’s natural resources as their ow...
Tags: Google, Europe, Books, Science, London, College, Stanford, History, Britain, Colchester, Facebook Twitter, Curtis, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Josh Jones, Kew, Werner


10 free or affordable online courses and programs that can help you land a project management job

FreshSplash/Getty Images When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more.Project management is a quickly growing field - and one you can break into without a master's degree.Below are 10 online courses and resources, from free intro classes to programs that will prepare you to take the Project Management Institute's Project Management Professional (PMP) exam.Read more: 13 e-learning sites where you can learn to code online for free or an affordable...
Tags: Reviews, Europe, Education, Trends, Features, Online Learning, E-learning, Online Classes, PMP, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Project Management Institute, CAPM, Project Management Professional PMP, Project Management Institute PMP, Product Card, Insider Picks 2020


I was an early Erasmus scholar, and I grieve for what British students have lost | Julian Baggini

My time in Europe transformed my outlook; those who think Brexit is all about trade deals ignore what else was at stakeThe prime minister offered the country a “feast” this Christmas but many of us still haven’t been able to digest it. The truth is it was never very appetising, not so much an oven-ready treat as a cheap ready meal. Boris Johnson’s trade deal does not bring “glad tidings of great joy” but final confirmation that a special relationship has been turned into a purely transactional o...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Students, Education, European Union, UK News, World news, Higher Education, Education policy, Philosophy, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Erasmus, Julian Baggini, Higher education policy


How Joni Mitchell’s Song of Heartbreak, “River,” Became a Christmas Classic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnuULUvTTxk From Elvis’ “Blue Christmas” to Tom Waits’ “Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis” to the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York,” the most honest Christmas songs freely acknowledge the holiday’s dark underbelly. There are always those for whom the holidays are times of heartbreak, which, as we know, makes for better songwriting than tinsel, elves, and stockings. Near the top of any list of miserable Christmas songs sits Joni Mitchell’s holiday c...
Tags: Google, Europe, Music, New York, Minneapolis, Washington Post, College, Nasa, Tom Waits, Ellie Goulding, Joni Mitchell, Elvis, Mitchell, Crete, Facebook Twitter, Graham Nash



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