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5 tips for making remote education a success, whether you’re a student, parent or teacher

It’s officially back-to-school season, and for many families this year that means switching gears to start the academic year remotely.

Virtual learning was new to many parents, students and teachers this spring when the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to close, and some found the transition from in-person to online classes to be a challenge. This fall Coloradans are increasingly having to adapt to this format, as concerns about the virus keep schools from reopening and more parents opt for an educational stopgap rather than a return to traditional learning.

Armed with the right tools and strategies, any family or teacher can make it work, said Faylyn Emma, a high school math teacher at Colorado Connections Academy, which specializes in online education and serves more than 2,000 students throughout the Centennial State.

Here are five tips to making remote education a success in your household.

Build a routine

Children thrive when

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Video games affect your moral development but only until you’re 18

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Young people have probably spent much more of their time than usual playing video games over the last few months thanks to the coronvirus pandemic. One report from telecoms firm Verizon said online gaming use went up 75% in the first week of lockdown in the US.

What impact might this have on young people’s development? One area that people are often concerned about is the effect of video games, particularly violent ones, on moral reasoning. My colleagues and I recently published research that suggested games have no significant effect on the moral development of university-age students but can affect younger adolescents. This supports the use of an age-rating system for video game purchases.

Our sense of morality and the way we make moral decisions – our moral reasoning – develop as we grow up and become more aware of life in wider society. For example, our

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16 income boosters if you’re short on cash this month

Whether you’re struggling to make rent or just saving up for a new phone, extra money in your pocket during the pandemic is always a good thing.

Millions of Americans are feeling the pinch these days, especially now that the $600 bonus unemployment benefits are over and the pause on evictions ended on July 31.

There are a lot of lists online that claim to have the answers to your money woes, but it’s hard to tell which methods really work and which ones are scams.

To make things easier, we checked out a bunch of offers and put together this list of 17 legit ways you can give your bank balance a boost when times are tough.

1. Check if you’ve got any unclaimed money kicking around

It’s possible that you have unclaimed money just sitting in an old account — seriously, it happens a lot. In fact, Americans

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Here’s How to Make That 2020 Mood Meme You’re Seeing All Over Your Feeds

Photo credit: O, The Oprah Magazine
Photo credit: O, The Oprah Magazine

From Oprah Magazine

  • Celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Kerry Washington have been posting 2020 memes that poke fun at how the year has been going so far.

  • The challenge involves posting a grid of 9 different photos of yourself that encapsulate your mood from January to September 2020.

  • Here’s how you can make your own—no Photoshop required.

How has 2020 been so far? If your answer is that the year started great but quickly got derailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic—you’re not alone. A new meme that perfectly encapsulates the wide range of emotions felt this year is going viral on social media, and celebrities—seemingly starting with Reese Witherspoon—have been sharing their own hilarious versions online. And you can get in on the fun too—using free photo editing websites that make it simple. (More on that below). But first, here are the

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Posting selfies from The Bean? Make sure you’re not in violation of Chicago’s travel quarantine

Wondering how states and cities enforce traveler quarantines to help stop the spread of COVID-19?

Chicago health officials turn to social media for help.

The city issued an emergency travel order July 2 requiring visitors and residents who have traveled to destinations with problematic COVID-19 trends to quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Authorities check the online posts of suspected violators.

If someone is on officials’ radar through contact tracing or other measures, that person’s social media accounts are checked to gather evidence for a possible citation, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady said at a news conference Tuesday.

Chicago officials check the social media accounts of visitors and residents suspected of violating the city's 14-day quarantine upon arrival from COVID-19 hot spots.
Chicago officials check the social media accounts of visitors and residents suspected of violating the city’s 14-day quarantine upon arrival from COVID-19 hot spots.

“Where we already have a concern, it’s one of the easiest ways to identify people who are not just breaking the travel order but flaunting

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Smart Ways You Can Prepare For Job Loss While You’re Still Employed

Approximately 44.2 million people have filed for unemployment since the start of the coronavirus shutdown in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Labor. If your employer is struggling to stay afloat in the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re probably concerned about your job.

Preparing for a possible pink slip in your not-so-distant future can help you find a new job faster and stay afloat financially in the interim. In order to brace yourself for job loss, take these steps now.

Last updated: July 30, 2020

Update Your Resume

If your resume is updated, you’ll be able to start applying for jobs the day you’re laid off. You’ll need to customize it for each position, but having a generic version ready to go will be a huge start.

This is the first impression you’ll make on potential employers, so take the time to create a polished and professional document. Most employers 

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If You’re Sick Of Zoom, You’ll Love These Brilliant Long-Distance Date Ideas

Photo credit: Kwanchai Lerttanapunyaporn / EyeEm - Getty Images
Photo credit: Kwanchai Lerttanapunyaporn / EyeEm – Getty Images

From Women’s Health

FaceTime fatigue in your long-distance relationship? Same. The good news: Brainstorming some exciting, long-distance date ideas that are more interesting than a video chat from your couch is easier than you think.

“According to multiple studies, the key to a successful LDR comes down to three factors: structure, clear expectations, and having mutual goals,” says Tara Suwinyattichaiporn, PhD, assistant professor of relational and sexual communication at California State University, Fullerton. “Scheduling remote dates hits all three of these factors. Your online dating life has a structure. You can expect when they’re going to happen. And, you’re mutually looking forward to the same goal, which is having a good time connecting.”

Megan Bearce, LMFT, relationship coach, speaker and author of the book Super Commuter Couples: Staying Together When A Job Keeps You Apart, echoes this

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How to Request a Flexible Schedule if You’re a Working Parent

No matter how old we are or how long we’ve been working, we all have questions when it comes to careers—from how to respond to a rejection letter to learning to say no when a role isn’t a good fit. That’s where Career Counselor comes in. In this weekly series, we connect with experts to answer all of your work-related questions. Because while we don’t all have the luxury of a career coach, we still deserve to grow in our careers.

While some companies in the U.S. are starting to require their employees to come back to the office, many working parents don’t have the ability to go back to their in-person work routines because childcare centers and schools are still close or partly re-opening. Rather, they need (and deserve) a flexible schedule to help them achieve a feasible work-life balance.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 80.3%

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How to mentally cope if you’re living with your parents again during the pandemic

Many college students, young adults and some not-so-young adults have moved back in with their parents due to things like school closures, job losses or even just the convenience of a backyard during the coronavirus pandemic. A Pew Research Center poll found that around 1-in-10 adults ages 18 to 29 said they moved because of the outbreak. What may have seemed like a temporary situation in March or April now feels more permanent — which doesn’t make the situation any easier.

Laura Murray, Ph.D., a senior scientist in the department of mental health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said that a number of stressful conditions right now, including the coronavirus pandemic and its current spikes, can lead to more tension. Adding the stress of moving back home after being away at college or finding independence in early adulthood can exacerbate those issues.

“It’s really a hard,

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If you’re just taking online classes, you can’t stay in the U.S.

ICE to foreign students: If you’re just taking online classes, you can’t stay in the U.S.
ICE to foreign students: If you’re just taking online classes, you can’t stay in the U.S.

The coronavirus pandemic has made education hard enough with the abrupt shift to online learning that schools, teachers, and students have had to suddenly make these past few months. Now, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would like to make that move even harder for foreign students.

On Monday, ICE to its Student and Exchange Visitor Program which disallows foreign students from remaining in the U.S. if they’re enrolled in a college or university that’s planning all online courses for the fall semester.

Basically, if you’re in the U.S. on a student visa and attending a school with all remote learning, you have two options: You must leave the country or transfer to a school with in-person learning. Any failure to comply will result in deportation.

Furthermore, if you’re a student planning to enter the

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