OK, Google, Where Did I Put My Thinking Cap?

first_imgNPR:Take a look at this question: How do modern novels represent the characteristics of humanity?If you were tasked with answering it, what would your first step be? Would you scribble down your thoughts — or would you Google it?Terry Heick, a former English teacher in Kentucky, had a surprising revelation when his eighth- and ninth-grade students quickly turned to Google.“What they would do is they would start Googling the question, ‘How does a novel represent humanity?’ ” Heick says. “That was a real eye-opener to me.”For those of us who grew up with search engines, especially Google, at our fingertips — looking at all of you millennials and post-millennials — this might seem intuitive. We grew up having our questions instantly answered as long as we had access to the Internet.Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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United Nations increasing humanitarian relief efforts for Haiti

first_img Tweet NewsRegional United Nations increasing humanitarian relief efforts for Haiti by: – August 28, 2012 Share 9 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Flooding in Port-au-Prince (UN Photo/Logan Abassi)The United Nations is ramping up its humanitarian relief efforts following Tropical Storm Isaac. The storm, which departed from Haiti this weekend, continued to pose flooding risks and reportedly killed at least 19 people across the country. “In support of the government’s coordination mechanisms, and depending on the scope of the needs, the humanitarian community is ready to provide further assistance for the distribution of potable water, Aquatabs, non-food and food items, theraputic nutrition supply, hygiene kits and cholera response kits, among others,” the UN said in a release. The UN said Haiti’s government was being “closely assisted” by UN groups such as the UN Development Programme. It has already been providing stocks of food and drinking water to centres for evacuees in Haiti’s West, South East, Grand’Anse and Artibonite departments. The West and southeastern departments of Haiti are reportedly those most significantly affected by Isaac.UNICEF is also working with Haiti’s Child Protection agency to staff its call centre for vulnerable children, the world body said. Caribbean Journal Sharelast_img read more

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