Letting your kid(s) be on your video calls during quarantine will help the workplace later

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The managing editor of InHerSight says, “It seems like now, when anxiety is at an all-time high and we really just need to support one another, isn’t the right time to ask parents to quietly hide their toddler during an hour-long Zoom call.” As working from home has quickly become the new normal for office workers because of coronavirus, so too has the onslaught of advice about how to best work remotely: tips for staying productive and maintaining some form of normalcy; advice on managing your team during a pandemic . These are all topics we, meaning all of us, are actively searching for online to guide us through unprecedented circumstances. Read Full Story

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How this Queens community built $1,000 college savings accounts for all its kids

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It’s part of a new program to build wealth for low-income kids across New York City—with a little help from their communities. In 1949, when she was 14 years old, Claudia Coger dropped out of high school. Despite being an A+ student and having skipped two grades, she knew that college was out of reach—she was the second of 10 kids, growing up in Sumter County, Florida, and there was no indication, she says, that scholarships would be available to her. It’s a reality for too many kids: Students from low-income families are 2.4 times more likely to drop out of high school than those from middle-income families, and 10 times more likely than students from high-income families, which affects how much they can earn out of school and contributes to the racial wealth gap. Read Full Story

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Got a Chromebook? It’s valuable! Here’s how to prep it for sale

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Demand for Chromebooks is white-hot right now. Here’s how to back up your files and factory-reset your old Chromebook to get it ready for the open market. Friend, if ever you were looking for the ideal time to sell a Chromebook, that time is now. With many kids still schooling from home, the once-plentiful Chromebook has become really hard to find. Supply is low, demand is high. Read Full Story

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What Do Dolphins Eat? Lessons from How Kids Search — Best of Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by willcritchlow We're bringing back this slightly different-from-the-norm Whiteboard Friday, in which the fantastic Will Critchlow shares lessons from how kids search. Kids may search differently than adults, but there are some interesting insights from how they use Google that can help deepen our understanding of searchers in general. Comfort levels with particular search strategies, reading only the bold words, taking search suggestions and related searches as answers — there's a lot to dig into. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hi, everyone. I'm Will Critchlow, founder and CEO of Distilled, and this week's Whiteboard Friday is a little bit different. I want to talk about some surprising and interesting and a few funny facts that I learnt when I was reading some research that Google did about how kids search for information. So this isn't super actionable. …

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Assemble the shadow cabinet: How Joe Biden can beat Trump at his own reality TV game

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With a little bit of creativity, Biden can pioneer an entirely new kind of remote campaign—a savvy twist on microtargeting for the social media era. Maybe none of this matters. Maybe the presidential election will be solely determined by how Donald Trump handles the coronavirus, and the end result will be the same whether Joe Biden runs an effective, vigorous campaign or goes on vacation for the next six months. But if you’re a Democrat, hiding out in your basement doesn’t feel like a winning strategy. Biden’s home videos and avuncular podcast, “Here’s the Deal,” aren’t exactly catching fire. Meanwhile Trump is dominating the airwaves, using daily coronavirus briefings to broadcast political rallies from the White House lawn. Team Biden needs to amp up the X factor if it wants to recapture the public’s waning attention. Read Full Story

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