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Summer Reading Contest Winner, Week 1: On ‘The Hummingbird as Warrior:...

Thank you to the 424 teenagers who participated in the very first week of our 10-week Summer Reading Contest, and congratulations to Ella Jenkins, our winner, as well as to our many runners-up and honorable mentions. Scroll down to take a look at the variety of topics — from the ongoing college admissions scandal to…

Learning With: ‘“Dog Suicide Bridge”: Why Do So Many Pets Keep...

Before reading the article: Are there any stories of weird, strange or curious occurrences where you live? Are there any odd, mysterious or even cursed places — houses, parks, abandoned lots, bodies of water — near your home? How would you explain these strange things? Do you think that everything can be explained in a…

Ask a Software Engineer: Airbnb Edition 🏡

A Day in the Life of a Software Engineer (via Life of Luba) With Airbnb came a revolution of sorts in the world of vacation travel and culture. We sat down with Luba Yudasina, a YouTuber, an opera singer, and a Software Engineer on the Airbnb’s Homes Platform team, to discuss software engineering and her…

What’s Going On in This Graph? | March 6, 2019

Students 1. This graph shows the consumption of tobacco products by students, with e-cigarettes broken out separately, from 2011 to 2018. The graph originally appeared elsewhere on NYTimes.com. After looking closely at the graph above (or at this full-size image), think about these three questions: • What do you notice?• What do you wonder?What are…

Udacity Doubles Prices, Relaunches 1-on-1 Mentorships & Career Coaching

Last week, Sebastian Thrun, CEO of the $1B e-learning startup Udacity, made three important announcements: New Prices: Udacity is revamping its Nanodegree pricing scheme: fixed fees are replaced by a $399 monthly fee — amounting to a significant overall price hike. New Mentors: Udacity is expanding its mentorship model to offer more individualized, end-to-end support…

Learning with MOOCs 2019: Abstracts Due May 1st

The sixth annual Learning with MOOCs conference will take place in Milwaukee, USA, from October 23 to 25, 2019. As its name suggests, the conference is dedicated to online education with a focus on MOOCs — from how they’re designed and delivered to how they’re influencing the future of education at large. This year, the…

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Experiences of Timorese language teachers in a blended MOOC for CPD

Monty King, Partnership Manager at FutureLearn has had a paper published detailing the experiences of a group of Timorese English language teachers from Lorosa’e English Language Institute (LELI) in Dili, Timor-Leste, who participated in a professional development MOOC entitled Teaching for Success: Lessons and Teaching between March and April 2017. Drawing on the pedagogical principles…

Is your vote really in your hands?

In the days of old, it was that ‘personal touch’ that would make or break a political campaign. Politicians would spend their time posing for photos, making speeches on construction sites, and cuddling the babies of strangers. But with the abundance of personal data, ripe for exploitation, no longer do politicians need to rely on…

To Nap or Not to Nap, IS That a Question?

A common sleep recommendation is to limit naps! Wait, what? Anyone who has struggled to get children to nap should be laughing so hard now they might be crying. As a parent of two young boys, I cherish times when they both settle down for an afternoon nap. Certainly, children should be getting more sleep…

Learning With: ‘Anne Frank’s Stepsister Meets Teenagers From Swastika Photo’

Before reading the article: Watch the video “‘I Was Shocked’: Holocaust Survivor Meets With Teenagers” (above). What does Eva Schloss give as her reason for meeting the teenagers who were shown in a video making Nazi salutes at a party? What does she say she learned? What advice does she give? What hope does she…

Word + Quiz: placate

placate ˈplā-ˌkāt , ˈpla- verb : cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of _________ The word placate has appeared in 101 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on March 26 in “Helping an Estranged Family Reconnect” by Lori Gottlieb: Forgiveness is a tricky thing, in the way…

Learning With: ‘Adaptive Video Game Controllers Open Worlds for Gamers With...

3. Before Microsoft’s new controller, how did the gamer community — especially gamers with disabilities — adapt video game technology to meet the needs of diverse users? 4. How has the Adaptive Controller affected the lives of gamers with disabilities like Ms. Hawley? 5. Why will the new controller’s versatility also be attractive to the…

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Courses to help you transform your career in 2017

In this post we share some great courses to help you get started on boosting or changing your career. Monday blues lasting all the way to Friday? It might be a sign your working life could do with a little help. Whether you’re after a new career or new skills to help with a promotion,…

Film Club: ‘Inside Japan’s Chicano Subculture’

What is the difference between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation? “Inside Japan’s Chicano Subculture” is a seven-minute film that touches on themes of cultural exchange and appropriation. It follows the New York Times reporter Walter Thompson-Hernández as he travels to Japan to find out how Chicano culture, a subculture of Mexican-Americans living in places like…

How to find out if you can upgrade your laptop

ou’ve had your laptop for a few years and it’s starting to feel sluggish when you’re running demanding tasks. Maybe your RAM is just not up to snuff, or your old spinning-disk hard drive is starting to falter. It’s time to upgrade! But instead of replacing the entire laptop, you might be able to swap…

Polar Vortex

Note for Teachers: Join our Feb. 6 free webinar on teaching with New York Times-inspired writing prompts. Sign up here. _________ A polar vortex has seized the Midwest, bringing snowstorms and the coldest weather in a generation. Are you or people you know affected by the snow and frigid temperatures? Do you enjoy winter weather?…

Ask a Data Engineer: Warby Parker Edition 👓

Codecademy’s very own Nick Duckwiler (left) and Ryan Tuck from Warby Parker (right) in our office. (📷: Mitch Boyer) Last month, Codecademy and Warby Parker came together to work on a special Learn SQL from Scratch Capstone Project. It was during this time when I met Ryan Tuck, a Data Engineer at Warby, who played…

Lessons for 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates, From a Soon-to-Be First-Time Voter

This essay, by Nora Fellas, who is now 17 but was 16 when she wrote it, is one of the Top 12 winners of our Sixth Annual Student Editorial Contest, for which we received 10,509 entries. We are publishing the work of all the winners and runners-up this week, and you can find them here…
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