These online learning tips will help parents prepare for a successful school year, even if it is virtual.

Many of the nation’s largest school districts plan to begin the fall semester online-only. As schools consider reopening, children face a future in which online courses will probably be part of the curriculum. To make the best of this situation, here are some tips to help your child adapt to learning from home.

Studies show that in online learning, parents often take on the role of a teacher. Making school a priority will help keep kids from treating online learning as a vacation. 

Research suggests that some types of parental participation have a greater impact on children’s academic achievement than others. One analysis showed that schoolchildren benefit from discussions about learning and school-related issues with their parents and from joint readings. 

Reduce distractions

A report in 2016 found that students spent about one-fifth of class time on laptops, smartphones and tablets, knowing that doing so could harm their grades. They

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Matt Hancock’s call for virtual GP consultations to replace face-to-face meetings sparks patient backlash

Matt Hancock
Matt Hancock

Matt Hancock is facing a backlash from patient and medical groups after declaring that all consultations should be conducted virtually unless there was a “compelling clinical reason not to”.

During a speech in London on Thursday, the Health Secretary hailed a new era of “Zoom medicine” in which face-to-face meetings with doctors will be replaced by video link or phone.

Pointing to the operational changes introduced during the coronavirus pandemic, Mr Hancock said there was a need for “bureaucracy-busting” in the NHS, with virtual consultations freeing up doctors’ time for those most in need.

He added that while there would always be a system for people who could not “log on”,  it would be wrong to “patronise older people by saying they don’t do tech.”

However, Rachel Power, the chief executive of the Patients Association, claimed that moving consultations online “by default appears to be based on no

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‘New Mutants’ hits virtual Comic-Con. Does that mean it’s finally ready for theaters?

Maisie Williams, left, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, Charlie Heaton and Anya Taylor-Joy in "The New Mutants." <span class="copyright">(20th Century Fox)</span>
Maisie Williams, left, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, Charlie Heaton and Anya Taylor-Joy in “The New Mutants.” (20th Century Fox)

In the attic of a creepy psychiatric hospital, looking at rafters from which patients possibly hanged themselves, five young actors participated in the “lie detector scene,” their first real interaction for the Marvel comics-inspired movie “The New Mutants.”

“It was the perfect scene to start with because all of the kids were together. Everybody got a chance to get in character and do their thing,” says “New Mutants” director Josh Boone.

Led by an emotional performance from first-time actor Blu Hunt (as Danielle Moonstar/Mirage), the group — Maisie Williams (Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane), Anya Taylor-Joy (Illyana Rasputin/Magik), Charlie Heaton (Sam Guthrie/Cannonball) and Henry Zaga (Roberto da Costa/Sunspot) — bonded early. It was a moment of pure joy for the director and group of actors who soon would have to endure a frustrating years-long

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Katy Perry, David Guetta, Steve Aoki Preview Tomorrowland Around the World Virtual Festival

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Tomorrowland Around the World performers Katy Perry, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Nervo and Dimitri Vegas joined Tomorrowland co-founder Michiel Beers and moderator Sean Dhondt in an online press conference today to preview what fans can expect from the virtual festival.

Scheduled for July 25 and 26 on the Tomorrowland website, Tomorrowland Around the World has combined 3D visuals with innovative game design to present an interactive digital festival meant to mimic the in-person experience. Attendees of the conference were given a preview of the performances, which utilize green screen technology to give the event a real-life touch.

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Each act recorded its respective set at green screen studios across the world, allowing the artist to be placed in the virtual playground of Tomorrowland with similar lighting and resolution. And because DJs naturally feed off of a crowd’s energy, Tomorrowland Around the

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Modernism Week Considers Virtual Fall Preview: Palm Springs

PALM SPRINGS, CA — Modernism Week has announced that due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and state and city regulations, it has decided to not offer in-person events for the upcoming Fall Preview, scheduled for October 15-18.

Instead, online virtual programming that would be accessed from the Modernism Week website is under consideration.

“As we continue to review current health guidelines and make plans for the Fall Preview, it has become clear that it will not be possible for us to present live events in the fall,” said J. Chris Mobley, Modernism Week chief executive officer. “Instead, we hope to create a sampling of online virtual programs that will be educational, engaging and entertaining.”

Mobley said providing a safe environment for participants, volunteers, partners and staff is priority.

“Offering virtual architectural experiences, which may include home tours and design presentations, allows us to continue to provide a quality experience in

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Just For Laughs Announces Interactive Virtual Festival

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Just For Laughs Group will be going fully virtual for the first time since its 1983 inception.

The annual comedy festival, held in Montreal, will forego its typical crowds for an online venue in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Keeping with its original postponed dates, the festival will welcome online audiences Oct. 9 and 10. Variety will present its annual 10 Comics to Watch, a tradition since 2000, as a virtual panel.  

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“Despite all the changes our industry has been going through, the most important thing for us is to satisfy our festival-goers,” said Just For Laughs Group President and CEO Charles Décarie in a press release. “We’re sparing no effort to present the best festival possible, while respecting the health measures that are in force.”

The online portal it will be hosted on is meant to mimic the

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California Governor Gavin Newsom Orders Majority Of State’s Schools To Close Campuses, Move To Virtual Instruction Only; Los Angeles County Will Follow Newsom’s Lead

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At his Friday news conference, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered counties on the state’s coronavirus watch list to shut down school campuses this fall, at least to begin the school year. The 32 counties on the list — which include Los Angeles and most of Southern California — must switch to virtual instruction only. The state’s two largest districts, Los Angeles Unified and San Diego Unified, had already announced plans to begin the new academic year with online-only courses.

The mandate applies to private as well as public schools, according to Newsom.

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In order to physically reopen schools, counties will have to meet the state’s attestation requirements. Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Diego and Riverside counties are on the watch list.

Shortly after Newsom’s accouncement, the L.A. County Department of Public Health announced it would follow the governor’s order,


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Walmart Launched a Free, Virtual Camp, and Neil Patrick Harris Is the Head Counselor

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Photo credit: Walmart

From Good Housekeeping

With the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, parents’ summer plans — which are often locked into place way back in January — have been thrown for a loop. Depending on where you live and how bad the outbreak is, traditional camps may not be an option this year. So, what is everyone going to do with their kids this whole summer?

Virtual summer camp is a tantalizing proposition. On the one hand, it offers parents a chance to have someone else take over childcare duties for a minute, opening up an opportunity to get work done, do chores, or, heck, even take a shower. On the other, after two months of remote and home-schooling, kids may be over the whole e-learning thing entirely, and virtual summer camp can’t replace the outdoor experiences that make regular summer camp a beloved childhood tradition. And no one

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4 effective ways to make your virtual workplace more inclusive

Let’s be honest: pre-pandemic, working from home was a dream. After COVID-19 forced almost everyone to work remotely, we’ve discovered the new virtual workplace encompasses more than Zoom calls, virtual coffees, and cat memes in Slack.

Tech companies did not exactly embrace working from home before the worldwide lockdown, despite studies showing working from home increases employee productivity. Skilled remote workers are also happier employees that are 9% more engaged and 50% less likely to quit their job.

The crisis disproved the perception that working from home was counterproductive. By mid-May, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey emailed his employees that the entire workforce was allowed to permanently work from home – Slack followed suit in June. Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft recommended their employees work remotely until October or for the remainder of the year.

Work-life balance, mental health, and diversity and inclusion were already important subjects

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Everything You Need to Know About Our October 2020 Virtual Walk

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Photo credit: TravelCouples – Getty Images

From Prevention

Welcome! We hope you’ll walk 5K with Prevention on October 3: The walking is real—it’s the community that’s virtual.

You’re probably familiar with local runs and walks held at a specific location. You’ve got to live close enough to get there by the start time—and parking can be a beast. With a virtual walk, you pick where you do it, who you do it with, and what time you start.

Here’s everything you need to know to join in!

So it’s actually free?

Of course! Signing up, participating, and sharing your progress online is completely free.

What if I can’t do it on October 3?

That’s okay! Sign up, do your 5K anytime in October, and wear your T-shirt proudly. We’ll be sharing photos on our social media that day, and hope you will too—but we’ll be excited to hear about your

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