Microsoft launches Code Builder for Minecraft Education Edition

At its education event earlier in May, Microsoft unveiled its latest effort to help kids learn how to code: Code Builder for Minecraft Education Edition. Initially available in Beta, Microsoft is now launching Code Builder for everyone with the latest update to Minecraft Education Edition. Code Builder essentially makes it easy for teachers and students to dive into coding within the world of Minecraft with visual code blocks that can be dragged and dropped in place with immediate results. From Microsoft: Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition is a brand-new…

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British graduates have spent £65 billion on unused degrees, research reveals

British graduates are said to have spent tens of billions of pounds on university degrees they haven’t put to use in their current job roles, according to new research. Training company The Knowledge Academy recently carried out a study of 2,000 graduates to find 64 per cent felt their degree was not relevant to their current role. While results showed the average graduate polled left university with an average debt amount of £13,292 – with approximately 12 million graduates in the UK,according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – the…

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Asia drives demand for international schools

Another top boarding school in England is setting up a school in China, travelling the path taken by schools such as Harrow, Dulwich College, Malvern and Wellington. But when Wycombe Abbey, a girls’ boarding school in Buckinghamshire, opens its doors in China in September, it will be not be launching a replica. Wycombe Abbey International in Changzhou near Shanghai will be co-educational, and will teach a hybrid of the Chinese and English curriculums within an English-style boarding school environment. Alongside international GCSEs and A-levels, pupils will follow a Chinese curriculum…

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Lily Cole challenges MPs on illiteracy

Model and actress Lily Cole is spearheading a campaign calling for a global drive to tackle illiteracy. Project Literacy, a coalition of campaign groups, says one in 10 people around the world is illiterate. Ms Cole, speaking in the Houses of Parliament, said too often the impact of the problem was overlooked because it lacked “raw emotional power”. But she said illiteracy was of fundamental importance to jobs, health and political engagement. Project Literacy is trying to raise the profile of the damage caused by illiteracy, which affects more than…

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Salford University murder: Man, 30, found stabbed to death in student halls

The body of a 30-year-old man was discovered by police officers in a flat in a building used by Salford University students Photo: Cavendish Press By Martin Evans, Crime Editor 12:36PM GMT 09 Feb 2016 A man has been found dead after being stabbed in a university halls of residence. The body of a 30-year-old man who had suffered multiple stab wounds was discovered by police officers in a flat in a building inhabited by Salford University students. A murder investigation has been launched after the body of a man was…

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U.N. peace envoy to meet Syrian foreign minister – government official

U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura will hold talks with Syria’s foreign minister on Tuesday during a surprise visit to Damascus, a Syrian government official told Reuters. The official said the talks were a follow-up to the Munich meeting in which world powers agreed to a cessation of hostilities that would let humanitarian aid be delivered in Syria. The talks will include discussion of the resumption of peace talks set for Geneva on Feb. 25, including “procedural issues”, the official said on condition of anonymity.   [SOURCE:- Reauters]

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Lead the Change interview with John Hattie

John Hattie is Professor and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia and chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership. He is the author of Visible Learning, Visible Learning for Teachers, Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn, and Visible Learning into Action. He is also co-editor of the International Guide to Student Achievement. John Hattie’s influential 2008 book Visible Learning: A synthesis of over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement is believed to be the world’s largest evidence-based study…

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Microsoft Windows 10 free upgrade: the last roundup

Should I upgrade Windows 7? Should I go for the Windows 10 upgrade or continue with Windows 7? My laptop is five years old and working very nicely after I installed an SSD (solid-state disc). It has a 2.2GHz Intel Core i5, 8GB of memory and a Blu-ray drive. I am worried about drivers. Ratish Gupta The “Get Windows 10” (GWX) app – the white icon in the systray – will check your PC for compatibility, so see what it says. You can run it again later, because its verdict…

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Greek crisis intensifies: Tourists begin to worry

Tourists are starting to worry about Greece’s economic crisis—a sign that the country’s tourism industry, which accounts for nearly 20 percent of GDP, could experience a slowdown if the financial situation worsens. But visitors shouldn’t necessarily cancel their plans, according to travel experts. “A lot of people are very nervous,” said Pauline Frommer, editorial director of Frommer’s and co-host of “The Travel Show,” a national radio show. “The currency issue is a real one.” Multiple travel companies said that a wave of people calling with concerns about traveling to Greece…

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Nasa Balloon Records Mysterious Infrasonic Sounds in the Stratosphere

  Ultra-sensitive microphones aboard a Nasa student balloon, floating at the edge of space has captured infrasonic sounds whose source has not been ascertained as yet. Theories for the sounds range from wind in the balloon’s path, to ocean waves, gravity waves, and clear air turbulence. Others suggest the noises may be coming from movements from the balloon cable. A Nasa-backed project now plans to send another payload to record more of these strange noises later this year, LiveScience reported. The sounds were captured by Daniel Bowman, a student at…

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