"Google Classroom celebrates this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week with the release of some new interesting features to its mobile apps. These new updates are geared towards enhancing Classroom performance by allowing teachers to stay updated of their classes whenever and wherever they are. Here is a run-down of the new features. More releases are to be announced this week."
Their findings are clear: The earlier a family moved to a good neighborhood, the better the children’s long-run outcomes. The effects are symmetric, too, with each extra year in a worse neighborhood leading to worse long-run outcomes. Most important, they find that each extra year of childhood exposure yields roughly the same change in longer-run outcomes, but that beyond age 23, further exposure has no effect. That is, what matters is not just the quality of your neighborhood, but also the number of childhood years that you are exposed to it.
A crucial advantage of this analysis is that it follows the children through to early adulthood. This matters because a number of recent studies have shown that interventions have effects that might be hard to discern in test scores or behavioral problems, but that become evident in adulthood. The same pattern of years of exposure to good neighborhoods shaping outcomes is also apparent for college attendance, teenage births, teenage employment and marriage.
These findings replicate many of the key insights from the Moving to Opportunity experiment with far greater statistical resolution, which means there is effectively no chance that are simply due to luck.
"Which of these do the governments of Canada, France and Australia have in common: a) They are controlled by the military; b) They have constitutions that limit their power; c) They have leaders with absolute power; d) They discourage participation by citizens in public affairs? • If you chose b, you're smarter than more than 40 percent of America’s eighth graders. But that's a stubbornly low bar, according to a report released Wednesday by the federal government’s educational research arm."
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"Somehow or the other, this question cropped up in the course of a conversation recently. So we asked our team of instructional designers what they thought. And here’s what they came up with – in no particular order, as they say:"
"As Shakespeare would say, 'We have seen better days.' • The American Council of Trustees and Alumni has found that less than 8 percent of the nation's top universities require English majors to take a course focused on Shakespeare.
Location matters – enormously. If you’re poor and live in the Boston area, it’s better to be in Norfolk County than in Essex County or Suffolk County. Not only that, the younger you are when you move to Norfolk, the better you will do on average. Children who move at earlier ages are less likely to become single parents, more likely to go to college and more likely to earn more.
Every year a poor child spends in Norfolk County adds about $140 to his or her annual household income at age 26, compared with a childhood spent in the average American county. Over the course of a full childhood, which is up to age 20 for the purposes of this analysis, the difference adds up to about $2,800, or 11 percent, more in average income as a young adult.
"Scientists estimate that the first eukaryotes evolved about 2 billion years ago, in one of the greatest transitions in the history of life. But there is little evidence of this momentous event, no missing link that helps researchers trace the evolution of life from simple microbes to eukaryotes..
On Wednesday, a team of scientists announced the discovery of just such a transitional form. At the bottom of the Arctic Ocean, they found microbes that have many — but not all — of the features previously only found in eukaryotes. These microbes may show us what the progenitors of complex cellular organisms looked like.
'This is a genuine breakthrough,' said Eugene Koonin, an evolutionary biologist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information who was not involved in the research. 'It’s almost too good to be true.'”
"In this wonderful video Google engineers Liu and Merrified share some interesting tips and insights on how to effectively search your Gmail and Drive.The purpose is to enable you to tap into some hidden gems that will allow you to search for what you need in Gmail or Drive quickly and accurately. • All of the search tips Liu and Merrified talked about in this tutorial include search and Boolean operators. This document from Gmail Help features some of the most useful operators to use when conducting internal searches in your Gmail. You should definitely bookmark and keep it for reference."
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