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Wanda Suzanne Johnson: “It’s time to learn new skills and move...

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“My name is Wanda Suzanne Johnson. I saw your school and decided it was time to further my education at age of 50. My husband and I have worked chicken farms for 30 years, it’s definitely time to learn new skills and move on.” How did you learn about Alison? I learned about Alison through…

Looking Back

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What story does this image inspire for you?Use your imagination to write the opening of a short story of poem inspired by this illustration — or tell us about a memory from your own life that this picture makes you think of.Post it in the comments, then read the related Opinion essay to find out…

Word + Quiz: basal

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basal ˈbā-səl , -zəl adjective1. serving as or forming a base2. of primary importance3. especially of leaves; located at the base of a plant or stem; especially arising directly from the root or rootstock or a root-like stem_________The word basal has appeared in eight articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on…

Lesson of the Day: ‘How to Develop an Appetite for Insects’

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Find all our Lessons of the Day here. Lesson Overview Featured Article: “How to Develop an Appetite for Insects” Scientists who study bugs are thinking harder about how to turn them into good food. In this lesson, students explore the stigma against eating insects, plus how and why researchers think we should undo it. Warm…

Lesson of the Day: ‘How Fast Can a Human Run?’

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Find all our Lessons of the Day here.Lesson OverviewFeatured Article: “How Fast Can a Human Run?” with text and illustrations by Randall Munroe.“Two legs are good. Four legs might be better,” Randall Munroe writes in today’s featured article.In this lesson, you’ll explore why there is a limit to how fast humans can run, and what…

What Students Are Saying About: Extremist Content Online, Rivalries and Reflections

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Inspired by the many robust conversations we’ve seen taking place in the comments section of our writing prompts lately, we’re posing a challenge for students this coming week: Reply to a comment of someone you don’t know. Even better, start a conversation and keep it going. Try to go beyond just saying “agree,” “true,” “same”…

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LXP – The Answers you seek

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LXPs. They continue to muddle up the learning system space. Not by their choice mind you, rather by the total amount of confusion among potential buyers, prospects, businesses, etc. There is a lot of information to digest here on the whole LXP space, what they do, what they do not do. What they are and…

How To Add a Contact Form to Your Blog

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Having a way for your readers to contact you is extremely important. Your blog should have an easy-to-find contact page that implements a contact form. You can learn how to add a contact page to your blog using this tutorial (Blogger) or this tutorial (WordPress). Then follow the tutorial below to get a contact form…

What should we do?

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Where to go. That’s where I was this morning, actually the day before. Normally, I have an idea of what to write. Other times, an epiphany that zings into my brain on the day of the post. Then there are “this is what I will write” only to change my mind at the last second.…

Spooky Freebie Full Of Zombies – Free Halloween Printable Poster

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This year, I decided to refresh one of our oldest Halloween printable poster – Danger Zombie Quarantine. Looking at the current pandemic crisis, I’m more scared when I hear quarantine then when I think about zombies. Since most of us will probably stay at home, this printable poster is a perfect option for some seasonal…

Empowering mothers through social work

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“I had a dream when I was younger that I would study sociology,” says Shiree, Project Coordinator at child protection agency Barnardos “It was a long time coming when I started studying as a mature aged student”. At 19, Shiree became a mother. A great deal of responsibility had fallen into the lap of such…

Do You Have Any Close Friends?

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Find all our Student Opinion questions here. Do you care most about the number of people who show up for your birthday party or who like your posts on social media? Or do you prefer to focus on the people with whom you can be most intimate and vulnerable — those who make you feel…

Past Stories

Introducing new features on FutureLearn: interests, topics and celebrations

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In this post, find out about the exciting things we’ve been up to recently at FutureLearn, including new features, new partnerships and new courses.   Customize your interests You can now customize your interests, to tell us what subjects you’re interested in and see suggested courses on your interests page. Here’s how it works:     Find…

Lesson of the Day: ‘What to Name the Oldest Modern Bird...

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Find all our Lessons of the Day here.Lesson OverviewFeatured Article: “What to Name the Oldest Modern Bird Fossil? Wonderchicken” by Cara GiaimoPaleontologists in England recently discovered what they believe to be the oldest modern bird fossil. In this lesson, you will learn more about this fossil, which they named the Wonderchicken, and conduct research on…

What is Python used for?

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You've probably heard that Python is one of the most popular programming languages. Last year, Stack Overflow found that two-thirds of the developers who currently use the language love it and plan to continue doing so. But why is it so popular? What is it used for?Python is a general-purpose programming language used in just…

Annotated by the Author: ‘College Football Prospects Actually Signing on Signing...

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You can find more of Mr. Blinder’s work here.“College Football Prospects Actually Signing on Signing Day? That’s So 2017,” by Alan BlinderImageCollege football’s national signing day was more than a week away, but P. J. Fleck, the coach at Minnesota, had little reason to care.He had finished recruiting this year’s class before Christmas.Alan Blinder: Before…

What’s Going On in This Graph? | Oct. 23, 2019

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This graph originally appeared elsewhere on NYTimes.com. Dallas Animal Services operates a city shelter and has an “open admissions” policy, which means the agency is required to take in any animal, regardless of its health or behavior. Animals that are “adopted” are adopted directly from the shelter. “Transferred to rescue” means the animal has been…

Dining Out

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Do you go out to eat often? Do you, or does anyone you know, work in food services? What have you noticed about how the restaurant experience has changed thanks to the pandemic? Are any of the changes you’ve noticed worth keeping once it ends, in your opinion?For instance, do you hope we continue to…
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