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Virtual Camp by Walmart Will Teach Your Kids How to Make Slime This Summer (and So Much More)

What’s ooey and gooey and will occupy your kids for hours on end? Slime, of course. The hottest kids’ toy this summer isn’t something you can buy off the shelf. It’s a retro callback to the glorious DIY science messiness of simpler times (anyone remember Nickelodeon’s Double Dare or Slime Time Live?!), and it’s here to stay.

Want to know how to make it at home? It’s really, incredibly easy, especially if you’re using Camp by Walmart on the Walmart app.

Camp by Walmart is a free online destination that just launched this summer and it’s filled with activities, games and challenges for kids and parents. The platform has dozens of fun, hands-on projects—from arts and crafts to science—run by celebrity “camp counselors” (Neil Patrick Harris, Drew Barrymore and LeBron James to name a few), and it features dozens of slime activities.

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As Baltimore County schools prep for a virtual return, parents of special education students wonder if they’ll be left further behind

Emily Mullinix, a mother of two, worried that her 11-year-old daughter would have a tough time at Arbutus Middle School.

Having a student who relies on in-person communication with a speech language pathologist, Mullinix is worried how her daughter’s relationship with the specialist will translate online.

For most students the start of middle school brings about a variety of new experiences — new classes, new peers, new teachers. For Mullinix’s daughter, it also brings the possibility of a new Individualized Education Program (IEP), a customized instructional plan with specialized services for students who have a disability.

Mullinix’s daughter and 9-year-old son are two of roughly 16,000 students, or 14% of Baltimore County Public Schools’ population, who rely on IEPs to succeed..

Parents of students with IEPs say the sudden shift to remote learning in March amid state orders to curb the spread of the coronavirus disrupted more than just their

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Online education was a mess in the spring. As COVID-19 prompts schools to stay virtual, will it get better this fall?

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced Chicago Public Schools to make a hurried switch to remote instruction earlier this year, Lidia Muro said it didn’t work out so well for her 5-year-old stepson Elijah, then a kindergartner at Marvin Camras Elementary.

Some of the schoolwork he was given required logins and passwords his parents didn’t receive, she said. Communication with his teacher was lacking. And while it took Elijah a single day to finish math lessons that were supposed to stretch over months, he fell behind in reading.

“The program was mostly games, I think,” Muro said. “Educational games are good, but (children) can only do games for so long.”

Contrast that with the experience of Wauconda High School junior-to-be Tori Mraz. She found her school’s online classes to be rigorous but flexible, and while a lack of face-to-face instruction created challenges, she gave virtual education high marks.

“I did really

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BAFTA Chair Krishnendu Majumdar Reflects on Television Awards’ Virtual Pivot

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) managed to stage its glitzy Film Awards in February at the Royal Albert Hall with legions of celebrities just before the coronavirus lockdown, but its Television Awards on Friday will be a very different affair.

Gone is the traditional red carpet. This year’s event is a virtual ceremony, which will be hosted from an audience-free studio by comedian, filmmaker and actor Richard Ayoade (“Travel Man,” “The IT Crowd”).

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Even if it’s not possible for all the nominees and the TV industry to gather in person on the night, BAFTA chair Krishnendu Majumdar — who took over in June from producer Pippa Harris — says it’s important for BAFTA to “celebrate the brilliance and the importance of television” during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.

The co-founder of Me+You Productions, Majumdar is currently producing a new series of Dominic Savage’s

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Students opt for virtual career fairs, job recruitment, as colleges go remote

Handshake, the LinkedIn for college students, is offering a virtual platform that helps students find and land jobs as the workforce shifts to one that is primarily remote.

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The platform launched as students gear up for the start of the school year in the fall and as the graduation class of 2020 continues to traverse an intangible and isolated job market as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The job market is still a challenging one,” the VP of Higher Education and Student Success at Handshake, Christine Cruzvergara, told FOX Business. “As we all know, there have been a lot of layoffs. There is still high unemployment at the moment. There are certain industries that have taken a huge hit. However, you do see certain industries still hiring pretty rapidly.”

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Howard Community College faculty, students prepare for fall semester with virtual learning and potentially higher enrollment

With a month before students start returning to college, Howard Community College faculty and staff are preparing for its mostly online learning model this fall.

However, distance learning isn’t a new concept to the Columbia-based community college.

“HCC has had distance learning for a really long time,” said Megan Myers, director of eLearning at the college. “HCC even used to ship VHS tapes to students back in the 1990s.”

Howard Community College students won’t be learning via VHS tapes when the semester starts Aug. 22 — and that’s probably for the best, as many of its students may not know what they are.

“No, I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of [VHS tapes],” said Amani Pressley, who will be attending Howard Community College in the fall. “Maybe when I was really young my parents had them.”

Howard Community College, like many colleges and K-12 schools across the country, has

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Khan Academy CEO Sal Khan on the new school year and virtual learning

Last spring, with schools shut down to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, educational apps became a lifesaver.

As parents, educators and students adjusted to the virtual classroom, many leaned on apps and tech to help bridge the gaps in learning.

Among them was the popular Khan Academy, started by founder and CEO Sal Khan in 2005 to provide videos and tools to help students learn math, science and more subjects.

In an interview with USA TODAY, Khan said he first learned of school closures due to the pandemic in February, after receiving letters from South Korea of teachers using Khan Academy. In the following months, schools began to close in the U.S. in favor of virtual learning.

“When it started to become clear that school closures might happen we started to do a bit of a war room around ‘OK we’ve gotta provide more support for teachers, for

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‘Virtual kidnappings’ warning for Chinese students in Australia

Sydney (AFP) – Elaborate “virtual kidnappings” are being used to extort money from the friends and relatives of Chinese students Down Under, Australian police warned Monday, after a spate of transnational scams were reported.

Police said that conmen claiming to be Chinese authorities had netted millions of US dollars in ransoms by scaring students into faking their own kidnappings.

The scammers — often calling in Mandarin and claiming to be from the Chinese embassy, police or consulate — initially say the victim is accused of a crime in China or tell them their identity has been stolen before threatening them with deportation or arrest unless a fee is paid, police said.

The fraudsters then continue to threaten the victim, often over encrypted message services, until they transfer large sums into offshore bank accounts.

In some cases, victims were told to cease contact with friends and relatives, then make videos of

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What Harvard MBA Virtual Admissions Events Are Like

It was the first virtual graduation in the history of Harvard Business School

The COVID-19 pandemic forced b-schools across the nation to shift their courses online back in March. And following suit, many in-person events and functions had to be canceled only to be brought back in a virtual state.

At Harvard Business School, two primary admissions programs – the Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP) and Peek Weekend—went virtual this summer due to the pandemic. Despite the fact that attendees didn’t meet in-person, the virtual gatherings still saw great success, according to an article by the HBS Newsroom.

“One silver lining of the coronavirus pandemic is that it provided an opportunity to expand virtual admissions events beyond what we thought was possible,” Kate Bennett, director of marketing for MBA Admissions at HBS, tells Newsroom. “We were able to reach a far higher number of prospective students—an unprecedented number of

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Virginia Beach nonprofit holding a virtual ‘race’ to raise awareness about human trafficking

The Virginia Beach nonprofit group EnJEWEL is holding a “virtual” walk/run Saturday through Wednesday to promote the United Nation’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on Thursday.

EnJEWEL, which stands for Equality and Justice for Every Woman Every Land, started more than a decade ago to raise awareness about human trafficking, which includes sex slaves, forced labor on farms and in sweatshops.

With the virtual fundraiser, participants can register at enjewel.org and receive a printable runner’s bib via email. Registration is $30.

Participants need to log 5 kilometers through walking, running (including on a treadmill) and have a witness sign the bib stating that they completed the goal. They will upload a photo or video of the bib to EnJEWEL’s Facebook page. Those who complete the 5K will receive a T-shirt and baller or runner’s wrist band.

People are also asked to record themselves in short videos stating why they

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