Monthly Archives: July 2020

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Confucius Institutes Refocus on Chinese Language

China’s Confucius Institutes, which have become the backbone of the country’s worldwide soft power strategy, are being rebranded in the face of widespread criticism. The institutes, launched in 2004, are public educational partnerships between colleges and universities in China and like institutions in other countries, managed by the Hanban, a division of the Chinese Ministry…

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Learn Indigenous Languages through ASMR

Native Montreal Youth Council has launched Indigenous Whispers in response to COVID-19 isolation. Inspired by the concept of ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response), the group aims to reach out to their community with content to will hopefully relax, reassure, and inspire feelings of safety by sharing the beauty and imagery of Indigenous languages, says Native…

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COVID Translation Initiative Takes Off

Translators without Borders (TWB) has joined the Translation Initiative for COVID-19 (TICO-19). TICO-19 is focused on using language technology to make COVID-19 information available in as many languages as possible. TICO-19 includes translators, technologists, and researchers from TWB, Amazon, Appen, Carnegie Mellon University, Facebook, Google, John Hopkins University, Microsoft, and Translated, who are working together…

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New Report Suggests Schools Reopen In Person For Elementary Students

A new report by the National Academics of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine suggests that public school districts should prioritize full-time, in-person classes for grades K-5 and for students with special needs. Opening schools will benefit families beyond providing education, including by supplying child care, school services, meals, and other family supports. Without in-person instruction, schools…

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Early Learning Programs Stretched by Pandemic

Early Edge California and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) released their research brief, California’s Early Learning and Care Providers: Essential Workers Who Need Support, which shares results from seven focus groups* conducted with Early Learning providers across the state about their needs and experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. This research shows that the crisis…

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Digital Divide Affecting Education Even More

New analysis shows 15-16 million kids—20% more than previous estimates—and as many as 400,000 teachers lack adequate internet or computing devices at home Southern states have largest divides, but even among states with smallest divides, 25% of students lack adequate internet connection A full 15-16 million public school students across the U.S. live in households…