US Ed Dept adds reporting requirement for small colleges asking additional CARES aid

Education Dive | July 27, 2020

The U.S. Department of Education has announced new details on how it will distribute a $350 million pot of federal coronavirus relief funds among colleges that didn’t initially receive a significant amount of aid. To get their share of the funding, some of the schools will need to submit information to the department about the financial stresses the virus has caused. The new reporting requirements follow criticism the department did not carefully allocate the money. This is the latest update in a months-long saga over the distribution of funding set aside for colleges through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Of the roughly $14 billion of CARES funding allocated to higher education, about $350 million was earmarked for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to give to colleges she determines have been substantially disadvantaged by the coronavirus. The law instructs her to prioritize those that didn’t receive at least $500,000 in other CARES aid.

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Prospect Park Capital Corp. Announces Tutors On Demand Initiates The Development Of the First English As A Second Language School in the Metaverse

Tutors On Demand | February 09, 2022

Prospect Park Capital Corp. is pleased to provide a corporate update regarding 102130706 Saskatchewan Inc. (dba Tutors On Demand) (“Tutors On Demand”), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company. Tutors On Demand has begun to initiate the conceptual build out of the first ever English as a Second Language (“ESL”) school within the Decentraland, one of the leading decentralized Metaverse worlds. Further to the Company’s press release dated December 8, 2021 announcing the Company’s virtual office services agreement with TerraZero Technologies Inc. (“TerraZero”), the office will now be a shared collective space where both Tutors on Demand and Diitalk Communications Inc. (“Diitalk”), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, can operate. The ESL school will operate through “EDSY”, Tutors On Demand’s recently launched TelEdTech product. Both Tutors On Demand and Diitalk will be afforded direct access within Decentraland to showcase and market their products and services. Tutors On Demand intends to drive traffic to its location using concerts, events and educational open houses both within Decentraland, as well as in other Metaverses. The office space is located nearby Decentraland’s University district. “We are very excited to be the first ESL school within the Metaverse. This will help establish Tutors On Demand as a leading future provider of online virtual learning tools. Tutors On Demand will promote and advertise its unique EdTech online learning platform “EDSY” to students within the Metaverse. Students will be able to begin studying the English language and participating in the Metaverse ESL classroom. In the future Tutors On Demand plans on offering additional languages and other subjects. Tutors On Demand will be rolling out a variety of programs and initiatives over-time. Web 3.0 and specifically the Metaverse offers a safe, efficient and fun environment and represents a new way to reach and interact with students and customers. Tutors On Demand will be establishing an early presence within the Metaverse and we believe it will provide us with new users, marketing opportunities and strengthen the Tutors On Demand brand. We are excited to be working with TerraZero, a knowledgeable and experienced Metaverse company”. Anthony Zelen, a director of Prospect Park Capital Corp. And Tutors on Demand Over the coming weeks, Tutors On Demand intends to finalize the design and plan for its virtual office, including the creation of avatars to assist potential users and customers at its Decentraland office. The Company will announce a grand opening of its Metaverse office space and learning environment when it is ready and open to the public and students from around the world. About the Metaverse “The Metaverse is an expansive network of persistent, real-time rendered 3D worlds and simulations that support continuity of identity, objects, history, payments, and entitlements, and can be experienced synchronously by an effectively unlimited number of users, each with an individual sense of presence.” The Metaverse is a digital universe that combines multiple elements of technology for a range of human activities, including the integration of virtual spaces and virtual economies. Humans can enter the Metaverse using a virtual reality headset and can interact with each other at virtual events. The word “Metaverse” is made up of the prefix "meta" (meaning beyond) and the stem “verse” (a back-formation from “universe”); the term is typically used to describe the concept of a future iteration of the internet, made up of persistent, shared, 3D virtual spaces linked into a perceived virtual universe. The metaverse in a broader sense may not only refer to virtual worlds, but Internet as a whole, including the entire spectrum of augmented reality. About Decentraland Decentraland is a decentralized virtual world platform where users (avatars) can create, experience and monetize content and applications. About Tutors On Demand Tutors On Demand is a Canadian based company in the EdTech sector that connects qualified tutors and student learners who are seeking additional educational support. The platform is an effective, flexible, and affordable solution developed with responsiveness and the safety of interaction between tutors and students in mind. Tutors On Demand’s mandate is to help deliver courses online in a multitude of subjects, including math, sciences and languages in a secure, safe, and efficient environment.

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Cambium Learning Group Champions “Remote First” Work Model

Cambium Learning Group | January 31, 2022

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Expats guide to living in Edinburgh

paysend | October 16, 2020

Edinburgh is one of the most interesting places to move to in Europe. Steeped in history and filled with culture, it’s perfect for any expat with an inquisitive mind and an appetite for exploring. Whether it’s climbing the green hills of Scotland, getting cosy in Edinburgh’s rustic pubs and restaurants, or laughing yourself silly at the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, there’s always new experiences to be found in the Scottish capital. Of course, moving to Edinburgh is a big step for any would-be expat, and so it’s very important to make sure you’ve done your research into what it’s like to live there. In this blog you’ll find all the information you need to know before packing your bags and moving to Edinburgh!

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