The volunteers that I spoke to, who are all deeply engaged in their own linguistic communities, do not see Duolingo as a catch-all solution to language education, but one tool among many that can be harnessed to revitalize broader cultural expression. “Duolingo will not replace person-to-person teaching, but it can offer a way for beginners to learn and feel comfortable,” Ekela Kaniaupio-Crozier said. “It might get a someone to a place where they want to reach out and engage more.” … [Read more...] about Hawaiian, Gaelic, Yiddish: so you want to learn an endangered language on Duolingo?
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As the months pass, the work steps up for the now six-month-old pups. Tala begins training with a special chemical ‘odour’ (below). As well as identifying samples containing it, he will also be trained on lower and lower concentrations to check how sensitive his nose is. … [Read more...] about Natural born life savers: Inspiring diary of puppies Tala and Nel as they learn to harness their unique ability to sniff out diseases from cancer to Parkinson’s
But he isn’t the problem. It’s the continuing lack of recognition of learning disabled people as fully human. And a continuing and baffling insistence on Winterbourne View as the cultural touchstone of inhumane practice in early 21st-century Britain (ironically) allowing more recent atrocities, including the deaths of Connor, Stephanie Bincliffe, Thomas Rawnsley, Nico Reed, Richard Handley and so many others, to be silenced. His final report calls for a commissioner with a statutory duty to promote, enhance and protect the rights of people with learning disabilities and their families in England. But we don’t need additional (human) rights. We are all human. … [Read more...] about People with learning disabilities are still not recognised as fully human
What makes this a still more fascinating system, though, is that even if the runner doesn’t slip an agenda from your hand or deck, even if they rummage through your discard pile and come up empty, they still learn something about your deck, your plan, your problems. A clever runner will remember what they’ve seen to better help them guess at face-down cards. A clever corp will use this to their advantage. The runner saw an intimidating curtain wall off the top of your deck? Fantastic. You immediately put down a card to protect a server which secretly isn’t the curtain wall at all, but a cheap pop-up window. With luck, the runner will assume they can’t get into that server, and you’ve still got the Curtain Wall for later. … [Read more...] about How Netrunner took over my life – and why it should take over yours too
"We never stopped laughing, flirting (who can forget that), eating cheeseburger chasers, singing (which I always loved hearing), the arguments (which I never won), the disagreements on what jokes to say or what outfits you should wear, these are the moments I’ve always cherished but right now as I write this it’s hit me I won’t have them moments again." … [Read more...] about Caroline Flack tributes pour in from celebrities after tragic ex-Love Island host takes her own life