FYI, You Can Watch Astronauts Read Popular Kids Books From Space

If you’re looking for a way to take story time up a notch with the kids in your life, why not turn to astronauts? That’s the premise of Story Time from Space, a project from the nonprofit Global Space Education Foundation that features astronauts reading beloved children’s books from the International Space Station. T2 Science & Math Education Story Time from Space is a project that features astronauts reading children’s books from the International Space Station.  Patricia Tribe, the former director of education at Space Center Houston who came up with the basis for the project, told HuffPost that the…

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This Hilarious Twitter Thread Is Roasting The Way Male Authors Describe Women

Thank you, Literary Twitter for starting our new favorite hashtag challenge. The fun stems from the #OwnVoices hashtag, which addresses the voices of marginalized communities. The hashtag naturally had its critcs; among them was a male author that insisted he was living proof that men are capable of penning realistic female characters. After Gwen C. Katz  shared some super-cringey passages of his proof, the challenge was born.  Women on Twitter quickly began parodying the passages, describing their most coveted features in hilarious and painfully flowery fashion. Many of these tweets show greater writing chops than we’ve seen in some books.…

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These teachers work up to 6 jobs. Now they’re fed up and ready to walk out

(CNN)Craig Troxell steps precariously across a customer’s roof, marking hail damage from yet another Oklahoma storm. He still smells of the freshly cut grass from the swanky side of town, where he had just mowed lawns to make a few extra dollars. Why Craig Troxell still teaches in Oklahoma “I was looking at your STAR (standardized) test we took,” he told his class of mostly freshmen. “You started the year at a 7th grade level. Now you’re above a 12th.” Freshman Zach Ennis said Moy has made algebra easier to learn. “I really like him, he’s a really good teacher.…

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OK, We Need to Talk About Ready Player One

Fans of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One have been waiting on a film adaptation of the book since it hit shelves in 2011. Actually, considering the film rights to Cline’s story were sold to Warner Bros. before anyone had flipped a single page, some folks have been anticipating the movie a lot longer than they waited for the novel. Now, the wait is over. Ready Player One is here. But a lot has happened in the nearly seven years since Cline released his virtual-reality-filled geek fever dream. For one, VR, which felt like it was still decades out when Wade…

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Apple Tries to Win Back Students and Teachers With Low-Cost iPad

Company holding rare education-focused event next week Lower-cost and Pro models have recently reignited iPad sales Apple currently offers a slew of different education-related software. The company’s Classroom app for the iPad lets teachers manage Apple devices that are assigned to students for their classwork. There’s also an iTunes U app that lets teachers issue homework, grade assignments and post lessons online. It also lets students complete assignments and take tests. The company offers a software coding curriculum via the Swift Playgrounds app and sells interactive textbooks through its e-book store. More software is coming. Apple is working on a…

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Donald Trump believes the men. Always. Unless they’re Democrats

(CNN)If there’s been one consistent thing about Donald Trump since he emerged as a presidential candidate in June 2015, it’s this: When women accuse men of sexual assault or domestic abuse, Trump sides with the men. You’ll notice what — or more accurately who — is not mentioned in Trump quotes and tweet: The alleged victims. “The fact that @realDonaldTrump praised Porter and said not a word about his abusive behavior or his former wives is typical of the WH attitude toward women and abuse,” tweeted former New Jersey Republican Gov. Christie Todd Whitman on Saturday.” Our children must learn…

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A pediatrician’s viral post will bring you to tears and inspire you to be a better person.

Pediatrician Alastair McAlpine gave some of his terminal patients an assignment. What they told him can inspire us all. “Kids can be so wise, y’know,” the Cape Town doctor and ultra-marathon enthusiast posted to his Twitter account. He asked the young patients, short on time, about the things that really mattered to them. What followed was a string of life advice that’ll make you want to be a better person, no matter how old you are. For an assignment, I asked some of my terminal paediatric palliative care patients what they had enjoyed in life, and what gave it meaning.…

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Walmart and Rakuten partner on grocery delivery in Japan, Kobo e-books and audiobooks in U.S.

Walmart today announced a major expansion in terms of its global e-commerce presence: the retailer is entering a strategic partnership with Tokyo-based Rakuten, which will see the companies collaborating on the launch of a new online grocery service in Japan, and the sale of e-readers, audiobooks and e-books in the U.S., via Rakuten-owned Kobo. The strategic alliance is one that has two of the world’s largest e-commerce retailers joining forcing in an effort to combat Amazon, and is yet another example of how Walmart is using large-scale partnerships to aid in that battle. For example, Walmart last year teamed up…

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