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To Win Google's $30 Million Prize, Florida Students Offer To Fly Your DNA To The Moon

To Win Google's $30 Million Prize, Florida Students Offer To Fly Your DNA To The Moon | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it

A group of Florida students will fly your DNA to the moon if you give them $10,000 to help them build their lunar rover.


They are one of 26 teams participating in Google's Lunar X contest with $30 million in prize money at stake. To win the money the teams' lunar robot has to land on the moon, travel 500 meters and send video, images and data back to the Earth.


Teams also have to be "privately funded" -- meaning no governments. So a Florida team that calls itself Omega Envoy, has turned to Kickstarter to raise $200,000. For its big-wig sponsors pledging $10,000 or more, the Omega Envoy is offering to fly your DNA to the moon, in addition to letting you drive the rover and other assorted goodies.


Omega Envoy is a team from a firm called Earthrise Space Inc. (ESI), a non-profit that matches students and industry professionals to build commercial spacecraft stuff.


So far, the team doesn't have many takers. It's only raised about $2,000 from 37 backers. The biggest pledge so far is $300, which gets you a small-scale model of the Lunar Rover as a prize, plus a T-shirt and other tchotchkes. But there are 17 days left, so here's hoping they make their fundraising goal.


Google selected the teams in 2010 and they have until 2015 to get to the Moon, drive around and take video. Here's the thing the Omega Envoy team is trying to build.

 

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Explosion rocks Bangkok commercial hub, killing several

Explosion rocks Bangkok commercial hub, killing several | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
A bomb went off near a Skytrain station at Ratchaprasong in the evening and two more unexploded bombs were found in the area.
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Thai authorities said they will set up security checkpoints at major attractions in the city. However, train services in the city will operate normally, while 438 schools will be closed on Tuesday. No state of emergency was issued in the city.

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10 MORE NO PREP TEFL Activities - Traveling Banana

10 MORE NO PREP TEFL Activities - Traveling Banana | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
NO PREP TEFL Activities come in handy next time you have a little extra time to fill or need something fresh to spice up a class! No prep tefl activities
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Writing Contest Thailand 2015 - Winners | Sataban

Writing Contest Thailand 2015 - Winners | Sataban | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
Writing Contest Thailand 2015 - Winners. The winners of the 2015 Thai-English short stories award are:... Writing Contest Thailand 2015
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All these young Thai students all did very well and showed a real talent as aspiring authors and “écrivans en herbe“, wonderful and unique style, as well as demonstrated amazing computer skills as they had to send their stories using an internet interface on Sataban.com.


You all did a great job. Congratulations at all of you.

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TEFL, Online TEFL TESOL, TESOL Courses Online

TEFL, Online TEFL TESOL, TESOL Courses Online | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
We offer Internationally accredited and recognized TEFL / TESOL courses online via self study at fantastic rates! Enrol and start today!
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Go-TEFL Training College Thailand 092-267-8113 tefl@ajdon.asia


Online TEFL Training Courses

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The Isan Cowboy

The Isan Cowboy | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
Khun Asawachat Suktranom works as an art teacher in Nakhon Sawan and, unlike probably anyone you probably know, he rides his horse to school every day, instead of a motorcycle or car.
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Art teacher Asawachat Suktranom rides his horse to school every day in Nakon Sawan.

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The Top Ten S'Cool Tools for Q2, 2015 (EdSurge News)

The Top Ten S'Cool Tools for Q2, 2015 (EdSurge News) | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy--though for many educators and administrators, preparations for the new year have already begun to rev up. Perfect timing for the next round of top “S’Cool Tools!”Every week, EdSurge sends out an educator-specific INSTRUCT newsletter (sign up here) containing a sec
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Summertime, and the livin’ is easy--though for many educators and administrators, preparations for the new year have already begun to rev up. Perfect timing for the next round of top “S’Cool Tools!”

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'Vocational skills needed,not degrees' - The Nation

'Vocational skills needed,not degrees' - The Nation | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
'Vocational skills needed,not degrees' The Nation ALMOST 60 per cent of Thai employers need vocational graduates and just 29 per cent require workers with a university degree, yet university education...
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There are at least three countries in Asean that need improvement in terms of competency in English - Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand.

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15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
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This post was created by a member of Edutopia's community. If you have your own #eduawesome tips, strategies, and ideas for improving education, share them with us.

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5 Reasons Why EdTech Startups are Flocking to Singapore - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

5 Reasons Why EdTech Startups are Flocking to Singapore - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
Why are EdTech Startups Flocking to Singapore? Singapore EdTech Market Insights...
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Few reasons for EdTech startups flocking to Singapore are jotted below, have a look:
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Indian alarm over deaths of people tied to Vyapam case - CNN.com

Indian alarm over deaths of people tied to Vyapam case - CNN.com | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
TV journalist Akshay Singh had spent about an hour talking to the family he had traveled to central India to interview when he started losing consciousness.
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The India Today Group has called for an independent inquiry into his death.



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25 Of The Most Dangerous And Unusual Journeys To School In The World

25 Of The Most Dangerous And Unusual Journeys To School In The World | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
In some parts of the world, school can be a hard-won luxury. Many children throughout the world have to take the most incredible and unimaginable routes in order to receive the education that some of us may take for granted. This list we collected will show you just how determined some children can be when it comes to getting an education.
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Ride sharing. 

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Join the Waiting List for Canva for Work!

Join the Waiting List for Canva for Work! | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
I just registered for early access to Canva for Work. Join the waiting list!
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The easiest to use design program in the world.

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Chicago Public Schools mistakenly gives out personal info on 4,000 students

Chicago Public Schools mistakenly gives out personal info on 4,000 students | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
Employees to undergo “training” to ensure it won't happen again.
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Alphabet

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As Sergey and I wrote in the original founders letter 11 years ago, “Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one.” As part of that, we also said that you could expect us to make “smaller bets in areas that might seem very speculative or even strange when compared to our current businesses.” From the start, we’ve always strived to do more, and to do important and meaningful things with the resources we have. 

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Newsletter August 2015

Newsletter August 2015 | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
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The TEFL Training College is proud to announce our newest addition to our ever expanding family - TEFL Training College Thailand. The vision of our new franchise is to promote and expand the reach of the global brand in Thailand and the general region. Its mission is to be innovative and forward thinking - offering contemporary, relevant and quality skills training.

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Thailand Educators Network Presentation and Networking | Facebook

Thailand Educators Network Presentation and Networking | Facebook | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
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Donald Patnaude will be presenting about, English Attack!, the first English-language learning service specifically designed for the digital generation.

Featuring a worldwide community of learners of English, it uses short online entertainment segments to encourage frequent digital immersion in everyday English, with fresh content published weekly.

Donald will be touching on some key points.

1. English Attack! for Education
2. Using English Attack! in the classroom
3. Manage your classes with your Teacher Account
4. Licensing English Attack! for your school
5. English Attack! for independent teachers
6. Improve your English with Video Boosters
7. Learn English vocabulary with Photo Vocabs
8. Power up your English with games on English Attack!
9. Much more as time permits...

Donald originally from the Windy City decided to make Thailand his home after visiting the Kingdom five times. He arrived two months after 9/11 (November 11 2001) and ran out of money by the end of the month. 

Sound familiar? So he did what many of us do and started teaching English.

As marketing partner in Thailand for Paris-based English Attack! he helps teenagers and adults create a user account so that they can begin learning/improving their English language skills.

He also help teachers, schools, universities, private language centers, groups and companies select the right plan that is best for them.

He will be offering all schools, language centers and universities a FREE 30-Day Trial for all their English language teachers and their students too. After the 30-Day trial they will be offered a very special price if they decide to buy.

This is going to be a very special price for English Attack! Thailand to show support for TEN members.

Tenderloins
Sukhumvit Soi 33
18.30 to 21.00 
Talk at 19.15

350 Baht 
Includes a drink and some great pub food

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No place for timidity in education reform

No place for timidity in education reform | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
Those awaiting sweeping educational reforms from the military government were disappointed with last week's announcement of a new curriculum focused on enhancing students' understanding of history and their loyalty to the three pillars of Thai society.
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Thailand has failed to reform the ideology inherent in its education system for too long, and the country is losing ground to Asean neighbours and facing a major economic downturn. Focusing on increasing... 

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Talk like an American with these 6 sports phrases | ShareAmerica

Talk like an American with these 6 sports phrases | ShareAmerica | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
Americans are crazy about sports. So if you want to talk like an American, learn these sports phrases that have seeped into everyday American speech.
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Right off the bat


In sports: The high speed at which a ball in baseball comes off the bat. 
In conversation: Immediately, as in, “I turned on my phone, and right off the bat it started ringing.” 

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No tap water in 3 Pathum Thani districts

No tap water in 3 Pathum Thani districts | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
The water crisis edged closer to Bangkok Sunday as Pathum Thani's Thanyaburi district on Sunday suspended supplying tap water to households in Thanyaburi, Lam Luk Ka and Nong Sua districts. 50,000 households are affected.
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The drop in the water level was caused by farmers pumping water from the irrigation canal to their cropsirrigation authorities said.

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Teachers tap into brain science to boost learning

Teachers tap into brain science to boost learning | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
Research on the brain and how we think and act is influencing the way some teachers teach. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters goes into a classroom where the instructor uses different methods to engage different parts of the students’ brains, then checks with a neuroscientist about whether that strategy actually works.
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Watch this example of whole-brain teaching in practice.

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EDBRIEF: Entertainment Learning raises €900k Series A

EDBRIEF: Entertainment Learning raises €900k Series A | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
Paris-based Entertainment Learning, the company behind ESL startup English Attack!, announced that it has completed a €900.000 Series A.
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English Attack! has experienced rapid growth in its user base, which recently passed the 400,000 registered user mark.
To learn more about English Attack! Thailand please contact
Supawan 088-249-4917 / 089-201-1680
supawan.inbunna@english-attack.com

Donald 081-855-2701
donald.patnaude@english-attack.com

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8 Insanely Dangerous Foods That People Actually Eat

8 Insanely Dangerous Foods That People Actually Eat | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
You’ve got to be squidding me.
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You’ve got to be squidding me.

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Imagine K12 - K12 edtech accelerator

Imagine K12 - K12 edtech accelerator | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
Leading Edtech Accelerator for K-12 Education
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Four years ago, Imagine K12 led the way for innovation in education technology,
investing in early-stage entrepreneurs looking to change education.
Our intensive program in Silicon Valley is four months long and includes $100,000 in funding.

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Inspire Pattaya - Thailand Schools Learning English

Inspire Pattaya - Thailand Schools Learning English | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
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With your careful consideration and generous donations I hope to raise enough funds to help 2,000 teenage students to learn English in 10 Thai government secondary schools. I also estimate about 40-60 teachers will receive the teacher’s passes for FREE. We want them to be able to have fun while learning with the English Attack! Online Learning platform. That is less than $13.00 per student for a year of unlimited learning and this platform has follow up games which ought to keep them wanting to learn English. I am also trying to find some local corporations to sponsor some competitions to help keep these teenage learners motivated

For more information please visit http://gogetfunding.com/thailand-schools-learning-english/

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Free Signup for Freelancers and Employers - Truelancer

Free Signup for Freelancers and Employers - Truelancer | Ajarn Donald's Educational News | Scoop.it
TrueLancer | Community of Trusted Freelancers. JOIN NOW! to get featured as early users.
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Many Clients need a freelancer, Send Proposals.

Create a Winning Profile Describe the problems you solve, add client reviews, and create an attractive portfolio.

Get Hired by New Clients Choose the jobs that best fit your skills and send personalized quotes to clients.

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