Remote Learning in Education: How to Maintain Student Engagement

Distance learning has been a growing trend over the last decade. With the outbreak Coronavirus pandemic, however, educators have had to choose distance learning as one of the major options to help learners stay connected and offer a more streamlined learning experience. This, in turn, has posed a serious challenge of keeping the learners engaged

If you or your institution is offering remote learning, particularly during the current pandemic, it’s possible that you are struggling to keep the learners engaged. But have no fear! This post explores some of the most effective ways of maintaining student engagement in remote learning.

Utilize Remote Learning Tools

Students need to access the university data while off-campus to make the most out of the remote learning experience. Therefore, there is a need for you as an educator to understand the available tools to make accessing their respective learning content easier. 

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US expresses ‘serious concerns’ about Jerusalem clashes, evictions of Palestinians

WASHINGTON — US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on Sunday expressed “serious concerns” to his Israeli counterpart about violent clashes in Jerusalem sparked by planned evictions of Palestinians from East Jerusalem, the White House said in a statement. 

Mr. Sullivan in a phone call with Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat “encouraged the Israeli government to pursue appropriate measures to ensure calm during Jerusalem Day commemorations.” 

New confrontations broke out between Palestinians and Israeli police in parts of East Jerusalem on Sunday, including in Sheikh Jarrah and outside the walled Old City, as well as in Haifa, a mixed Arab-Jewish city in northern Israel at the height of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. 

The clashes have been sparked by the planned evictions of several Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem, an area captured by Israel in a 1967 war. 

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Selling A House Without A Realtor: Should You Do It?

There is no definitive rule that binds you to sell your house through a realtor. In fact, more and more individuals are selling their homes on their own, listing their property as FSBO. But the big question is, are real estate agents worth your time, and are they the way forward? In today’s guide, we attempt to answer the above question and learn why you should sell your home without a realtor. Further, we’ll also look at how to sell on your own without a realtor.

Why you should sell a house without a realtor

You get to save money

Realtors scoop approximately 5% of what a house makes in agent fees. In short, this means that if your house is worth $700,000, you’ll have part with $35,000 in agent fees. Selling your home privately not only saves you this $35,000 but also saves you more.

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Cyber attack shuts down U.S. fuel pipeline ‘jugular,’ Biden briefed

NEW YORK – Top U.S. fuel pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline shut its entire network, the source of nearly half of the U.S. East Coast’s fuel supply, after a cyber attack on Friday that involved ransomware.

The incident is one of the most disruptive digital ransom operations ever reported and has drawn attention to how vulnerable U.S. energy infrastructure is to hackers. A prolonged shutdown of the line would cause prices to spike at gasoline pumps ahead of peak summer driving season, a potential blow to U.S. consumers and the economy.

“This is as close as you can get to the jugular of infrastructure in the United States,” said Amy Myers Jaffe, research professor and managing director of the Climate Policy Lab. “It’s not a major pipeline. It’s the pipeline.”

Colonial transports 2.5 million barrels per day of gasoline, and other fuels through 5,500 miles (8,850 km) of pipelines linking refiners … Read the rest

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10 Health factors that you can improve with Delta 8

The very idea of relaxing after a tiring week excites every nerve in the human body. As CBD and THC-based products are gaining popularity, Delta 8 drug has emerged as a good choice. The best Delta 8 distillate in the market must be efficient and cost-effective.

Now imagine having that same sensation with the moral and legal cover of being completely legal. Yes, you read that right. It indeed is entirely legal. Well, as of now, it is.

What is Delta 8, where is it found?

Essentially, it is a variant of cannabis that provides all the benefits and pleasure of regular cannabis. It is available quite simply across the entire USA. It is a lot cheaper as well when compared across other major counterparts in this domain.

 

The chemical constituent for this mainly comprises tetrahydrocannabinol, which can be arrived at in two main ways. THC Delta 8 comes … Read the rest

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Philippine COVID-infections hit 1.09M

The Department of Health (DoH) reported 7,733 coronavirus infections on Friday, bringing the total to 1.09 million.

The death toll rose by 108 to 18,099, while recoveries increased by 4,227 to over one million, it said in a bulletin.

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DoH said 20 duplicates had been removed from the tally, 14 of which were tagged as recoveries. It added that 64 recoveries were reclassified as deaths.

About 11.4 million Filipinos have been tested for the coronavirus as of May 5, according to DoH’s tracker website.

The coronavirus has sickened about 156.7 million and killed 3.3 million people worldwide, according to the Worldometers website, citing various sources including data from the World Health Organization.

About 134.1 million people have recovered, it said.

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Google introduces new hybrid work model for employees.

After employees started voluntarily returning to company offices last month, since the pandemic, google decided to give them more flexibility with respect to where they choose to work from.

CEO, Pichai, implemented a rearranging of the offices to create more features, covering the ‘hybrid’ return to work structure.

In addition to the 3 days in office and 2 days from “wherever they work best”, announcement in December, Google has offered more opportunities for their employees to move around.

Employees will be allowed to apply to work from different office sites from mid-June and more information on this will be provided soon. At the same time employees will have the option to work away from their assigned offices for a 4-week temporary basis.

Teams will be formed with people from different sites and places and hence increase the options of more remote roles. Employees will also be allowed to apply for … Read the rest

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WTO vaccine waiver could take months to negotiate, faces opposition — experts

WASHINGTON — World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations on a waiver of  intellectual property rights for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines could take months — provided they can overcome significant opposition from some member countries, trade experts say.

The talks also are likely to focus on a waiver that is significantly narrower in scope and shorter in duration than the one initially proposed by India and South Africa last October.

Prior to US President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.’s decision on Wednesday to back talks for a vaccine waiver, the two countries confirmed their intention to draft a new proposal after seven months of opposition.

WTO Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala welcomed Mr. Biden’s move on Thursday and urged talks on the new plan to start as soon as possible. “The world is watching and people are dying,” she added.

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PEKO Precision Products: A Trusted Contract Manufacturing Partner for Industry Leaders

The heart of successful contract manufacturing is building a team that takes the time to thoroughly understand the customers’ products. The team of Program Managers, Manufacturing Engineers, Planners, Quality Engineers and other manufacturing and engineering personnel should have good communication between all of them. These team members must be able to communicate the customer needs to manufacturing processes. They should be able to monitor cost, quality, and delivery with the flexibility to adjust for optimization. The team of PEKO Precision Products ties all three aspects of cost, quality, and delivery together efficiently for complete customer satisfaction and aligns with the company’s goals.

Scott Baxter is PEKO’s Marketing and Business Development Manager. Like most managers at PEKO, he holds a degree in engineering and applies it to his normal business roles. His mission is to ensure that the company is connecting with customers that are looking for contract manufacturing and … Read the rest

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China suspends economic dialogue with Australia as relations curdle

BEIJING – China “indefinitely” suspended on Thursday all activity under a China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue, its state economic planner said, the latest setback for strained relations between the two countries.

“Recently, some Australian Commonwealth Government officials launched a series of measures to disrupt the normal exchanges and cooperation between China and Australia out of Cold War mindset and ideological discrimination,” China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said in a short statement on the decision.

The commission did not say in the statement what specific measures prompted the action.

The Australian dollar fell sharply on the news, and was as low as 0.7701 to the U.S. dollar from Wednesday’s $0.7747.

Bilateral ties were strained in 2018 when Australia became the first country to publicly ban Chinese tech giant Huawei from its 5G network. Relations worsened last year when Australia called for an independent investigation into the origins of the novel … Read the rest

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