How to help kids navigate fake news and misinformation online

How to help kids navigate fake news and misinformation online

Young people get a huge amount of their news from social media feeds, where false, exaggerated or sponsored content is often prevalent. With the right tools, caregivers can give kids the knowledge they need to assess credible information for themselves. Being able to identify the trustworthiness of information is an important concern for everyone. Yet […] … learn more→

“White left” as Chinese Insult

“White left” as Chinese Insult

Intelligence is a tough thing to measure. We have all sorts of tests, and all of them are subject to various criticisms, many valid. Despite this, it’s clear the tests are at least a little reliable, because one ethnic group consistently comes out on top: Asians (statistically, which means very little when addressing a specific […] … learn more→

5 industries that desperately need graduates

5 industries that desperately need graduates

If you are hoping to get a degree in a field that will allow you to get a job right away, you need to focus on the industries that are in desperate need of graduates. Five of those industries are listed below, so consider heading to school with the intention of diving into these areas, […] … learn more→

Why you should travel young

Why you should travel young

Many students and other young people are tempted to travel, either on a gap year before college, while they study, or before starting work once they have graduated. Unfortunately, many put it off due to the cost or fears that it may harm their studies and they never get that chance again. Studying while you […] … learn more→

4 ways to assisting during social unrest

4 ways to assisting during social unrest

Social unrest has been brewing across America and all over the world. These uncertain times are becoming more precarious with the rise of debt, frustration and political tension. Violence and rioting are sometimes born from social unrest which has happened recently with the police brutality scandals in several states. Mass uprisings and resistance are now […] … learn more→

Blogging in the growlery

Blogging in the growlery

Like Shakespeare, Charles Dickens liked to invent new words. Along with flummox, abuzz, and whiz-bang, he is also often credited with ‘the growlery’, which he mentioned in passing in Bleak House. There is some debate about whether this word is his creation, and most dictionaries suggest it is an archaic term he adopted but that […] … learn more→

Teaching machines to understand – and summarize – text

Teaching machines to understand – and summarize – text

We humans are swamped with text. It’s not just news and other timely information: Regular people are drowning in legal documents. The problem is so bad we mostly ignore it. Every time a person uses a store’s loyalty rewards card or connects to an online service, his or her activities are governed by the equivalent […] … learn more→

A head start with mindfulness

A head start with mindfulness

Mindfulness is a hot topic these days, but its potential importance to higher education has not yet been broadly recognised. It can be described as a form of meditation and a way of living. It is a mental discipline that involves not only sharpening present-moment attention but also cultivating the attitude with which we pay […] … learn more→

‘This life isn’t worth a damn’: the precarious existence of Czech intellectuals

‘This life isn’t worth a damn’: the precarious existence of Czech intellectuals

Bad working conditions in the field of academia are gaining attention across the world. In the UK, researchers and university staff have launched campaigns to fight labour casualisation. In the US, graduate assistants are seeking to unionise for fair pay and benefits. In the Czech Republic, however, the subject is practically non-existent. The Czech government […] … learn more→

Coding the curriculum: new computer science GCSE fails to make the grade

Coding the curriculum: new computer science GCSE fails to make the grade

Despite computing education in UK schools going through a massive revolution over the past few years to try and make it more relevant to our increasingly technology driven lives, the new GCSE in computer science has failed to attract much interest from students. Figures from the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) show only […] … learn more→