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Homeschooling during a pandemic lockdown

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Social distancing means online social connections and learning

I am now homeschooling my children. But mainly my 7 year old. I thought I’d be doing this for a week or two, but now six Bay area counties have “ordered” residents to “shelter in place” for the next three weeks.  

For those new to online schooling, like me, here are some things I’ve collected that might be good ways to keep your kids engaged. Many may feel this is a vacation. But for me, my boys (7 yrs old, 13, 17) are going to school at home.

They make their beds and put their phones on the kitchen counter. For my older boys, they have five hours without their phones and in that time they’re reading a book, writing, meditating. There’s also some online resources, such as IXL, which is a comprehensive online curriculum for K-12. For my youngest son, he has a full day sans digital entertainment, but with recess and lunch breaks.  

Here’s some apps that were recommended by his school teacher and suggested by friends.

Outschool — This is one of my favorite apps because you can sign up for an online class with friends and family. Like a web conferencing tool, all the kids can see one another with the teacher in the middle. The classes can be expensive, like this one called Beginner Multiplication Facts for $180 for 10 weeks. The classes are also limited. Here’s one for architecture for 6 weeks and it costs $121. American Government for 13-18 yr olds is for 16 weeks and cost $215.

FB Messenger for Kids — Admittedly, I was skeptical when a friend asked us to have my son Branson Race (7) sign up. But I went ahead and signed him up under my account. And firstly, it’s relatively easy. Secondly, he can only connect with people I allow him to connect with and they’re typically my friends on Facebook. It’s best that your child has his or her own iPad or device. The nice thing for me is that he’s too young to have a phone. But with an iPad he can connect to WiFi and then contact his cousins, aunts and uncles. You can also create a chat room and connect your child’s classmates or a group of cousins or friends and have conversations. 

Storylineonline.net — This is free! This non-profit service is offered by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation featuring actors reading children’s books alongside illustrations. Some actors include James Earl Jones, Lily Tomlin and Kevin Costner. Reading aloud to children improves reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration.  

Getepic.com — This is for $7.99 a month, you can get access to a number of popular books, like National Geographic books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Super Fly Guy. As of today, Epic is being offered free until June 30 2020. This is by teacher invitation. No credit card needed! 

Raz-kids.com — This is free with school! This is one that my 7 yr old is on. This is part of the school apps provided for his school St. Philip Neri in Alameda. This is a great learning resource for students to proactively engage with. Each book allows students to hear the book read to them with words highlighted as it is read out loud; they then get to read the book and then take a quiz. Kids receive points for each book they read and quizzes they take.

Abcya.com — This is free! Here you can find word, math, skill and strategy games for Kindergarten to 6th grade. 

Mathplayground — This is for $5.99 a month. There are a number of fun math games, puzzles for 1st to 6th grade. 

National Geographic for Kids — This is free! It’s one of my favorites. Kids can take quizzes. Even personality trait quizzes. There’s fun sections, such as “Weird but true” things about the history of water. Not surprisingly there are tons of videos about different types of animals. It’s like Wild Kratts, but only two minutes long.

Farfaria — This is $4.99 a month or $99 for a lifetime. But starting today, using “Happy50” you can get half off any subscription — even the $99 for life. Sounds like a good deal. This reading app is for pre-school to 4th grade. Kids get access to more than 1000 books read to them with words highlighted as they’re being read. The titles include favorites, such as David and Goliath, and originals. 

Here’s a couple of podcasts for kids.  

Brains On — This appears to be free. This is a science podcast for kids. My son just finished listening to Understanding Coronavirus and How Germs Spread. Next, my son is excited to hear about Bigfoot, Unicorns and Dragons.

The Show About Politics & History — This is a podcast by a 9 yr old. These are 15 minute interviews about how American politics work. These podcasts include “The Supreme Court”, “Too young to vote”. These podcasts are hosted by 9-yr-old Nate who is joined by reporters, such as Leon Neyfakh, who hosts Slate’s podcast Slow Burn. He also spoke with NPR’s Nina Totenberg.   

You can see a larger list of podcasts for kids from Ali Wilkinson, which was listed on Sonia Arrison Senkut’s Facebook thread after she asked for homeschooling tips. Thanks, Sonia!

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Source: http://feeds.vator.tv/~r/vatortv/news/~3/UJBkSLcVavs/2020-03-16-homeschooling-during-a-pandemic-lockdown

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TramsToken (TRAMS): A Rising Star of the Fast Moving DeFi Space

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When discussing Defi, Uniswap, undoubtedly, tops most conversations. Currently having the highest total value locked (TVL), Uniswap’s staying power should also deserve recognition. In a recent overthrow attempt by the Japanese themed fork, the team took back control with a counteroffer, UNI tokens. Many other related forks thereafter faced a similar crash and burn storyline.

Through careful observation and analysis, most of the forks’ failures stem from simply forking the incentivized liquidity mining mechanism without underlying utility for the tokens they offer. Additionally, most of the forks failed to harness the ingenuity of the underlying concept. As all successful enterprises take time to solidly grow, it has taken Uniswap since November 2, 2018, over 2 years, to achieve their much-deserved success.

Amidst the vampiric forks, there rises a promising protocol that attempts to propel the Defi space by utilizing the underlying ingenuity of Uniswap, an on-ramp for global liquidity access. As competition fosters innovation, this much needed decentralized exchange alternative focuses on a complete Defi banking ecosystem with its token as the core utility mechanism.

This rising star: Trams DEX, focuses on cultivating Defi users and participants with much more than community engagements. The protocol directly engages in Defi project developments with their most recent includes the L.A.B.S. group and Huntrecht Pty Ltd, the renowned Hong Kong real estate investment trust through Defi partnership and a $100 million SME funding solution initiative, respectively.

Unlike most Uniswap forks, Trams DEX’s token, “TRAMS”, has risen from a modest start, where most begins high then crashes. Its founder and CEO, William Tien, and managing team, with strong community support, withstood the price scalping opportunists plaguing the cryptocurrency space. Although menacing and detrimental to positive growth, the Trams team and their loyal community proved resilient and TRAMS prices have rebounded, currently appreciating steadily as the Trams project and community grows.

The steady growth recovery in price could be credited to a combination of factors; the Trams community’s determination for the protocol’s success and the underlying mechanisms employed.

As a traditional banking alternative, TramsToken (TRAMS) was designed to facilitate services and transactions between three core structures within the Trams Defi Banking protocol:

  • Phase 1: constant liquidity access using swaps (Trams DEX)
  • Phase 2: non-discriminative borrowing and lending (Trams Finance)
  • Phase 3: direct asset commercialization using NFTs (Trams Assets)

Additional price appreciation instrument includes a deflationary mechanism design with a limited total supply factor of ~20,000,000 tokens. A lesson reigned supreme by Bitcoin.
Aside from the fundamentals, the Trams protocol also has an engaging community and leading media attractions. From great community managers liaising between thousands of Tram’s community members to impactful media partners across the globe like the US-based Coingenius and the Japan team coordination with Coinbase Japan and Yahoo Finance.

With constant innovative product rollouts to complete the Defi banking initiative, this rising star holds much promise for providing decentralized finance alternative banking solutions to those who are underserved by the traditional banking industry, and provide much-needed value and utility for TramsToken (TRAMS). With much growth ahead, the current price appreciation signals great community sentiments of great things to come.

Stay tuned for the updated Trams DEX interface going live soon and much more through Trams media channels.

 

Source: Trams.io

 

 

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Get this Lanmodo Vast Pro night vision system intergrated with dash camera on Indiegogo now to save at $370

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Lanmodo just launched the Vast Pro night vision dash camera on Indiegogo. They’re offering a massive 62% off retail for super early bird backers, their retail price is $599, and the super early bird price is $229, but based on previous campaigns these limited offers sell-out fast, so don’t hesitate to get yours here.

Lanmodo Vast Pro dual 1080P night vision system with a dash camera is an upgraded version of Lanmodo’s first-generation Vast night vision system. Studies show that most car accidents happened at night due to poor visibility and bad weather. Lanmodo Vast Pro is a driver aid for people who drive at night giving them a bright & clear view of the road even in inclement weather. Extending the driver’s visibility up to 984ft (300m), the Vast Pro gives drivers peace of mind so they can avoid hazardous road conditions.

 


Packaging

Just like the first version of Lanmodo Night Vision Camera, the upgraded version is packaged in a well-organized box. The main product is covered with multiple foams to protect it from any kind of damage during transportation. Every part of the system was placed neatly in separate compartments to make sure the user can ensemble the product very smoothly


Key features of Lanmodo Vast Pro

  • Dual 1080P colorful night vision camera–It uses low-light imaging technology due to which the drivers get a crisp and clear view of the road even in darkness. The front and back camera works simultaneously and provides a full-Color 1080P high-resolution image which is displayed on a large IPS screen to reflect the real road situation to the driver.

  • Extending up to 984ft/300m to present a farther view –The camera reaches far beyond the car’s headlights to inform the driver about the road situation in advance. It extends up to 300m and features a 45-degree broad view which eventually enables the driver to take all the necessary precautions and minimize the chances of possible car collisions.

  • Offering real-time recording of the road–As soon as you begin your ride, both the camera will start recording the footage automatically. The system has a capacity of 128G so in case of full storage the newest recordings will overwrite the oldest ones automatically. However, if the G-sensor detects any collision then it will lock the collision footage and keep it safe from being overwritten.

  • Remarkable Dashcam with parking mode–The best part about Lanmodo Vast Pro is its ability to record even in the parking mode. Having video proof is crucial in an event of an accident, hence if the sensor detects a collision in the parking mode, both the cameras will automatically turn on and start recording the footage. Moreover, the monitoring is performed using OBD power which protects the battery from draining out rapidly.


The comparison between Lanmodo Vast Pro and built-in night vision system

The concept of having a Night Vision Camera is not new. Before Lanmodo, many luxury cars were equipped with built-in NVS. In fact, even now high-end vehicles like BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, etc have their own built-on System. But these built-in cameras are very expensive and available specifically for limited models of vehicles. On the other hand, Lanmodo Vast Profits of almost 99% of the vehicles. Moreover, the black and white image provided by the built-in cameras is not friendly to the eyes. Due to 480 pixels, the images often become blurry. Whereas, with the Lanmodo Vast Pro you can expect high-definition full-Color images with 1080p resolution, presenting a clear image even in low-lit situations.


Early bird price $229(retail price $599)

The utility of the Lanmodo Vast Pro night vision camera not only provides you the reassurance that driving is going to be relatively safer but also eases the tension for you and your family. it is definitely one investment that you should make on your vehicle for overall comprehensive safety and riding comfortably. The best of all is that the super early bird price on Indiegogo is $229, but the quantity is limited, only for the top 50 buyers, once sold out, they will increase the price, so if this is what you are looking for, do not miss it!!

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ticc turn indicator is triggered by tilts of a cyclist’s head

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While there are now a multitude of bicycle LED turn indicators on the market, most of them require riders to press buttons on a handlebar unit. Intended to make things simpler and safer, the ticc device is instead activated via head-tilts.

Developed by a group of Barcelona-based entrepreneurs, ticc is a waterproof disc-shaped gadget with a ring of RGB LEDs around its perimeter. It quickly pops on and off the back of a third-party helmet using a neodymium magnetic mount.

In ticc’s default mode, all of its LEDs glow red like those of a standard tail light. When the user purposefully tilts their head to one side or the other, though, the LEDs on that side of the device start sequentially flashing green, indicating the direction of an upcoming turn.

The planned final version of ticc will be slimmer and sleeker
The planned final version of ticc will be slimmer and sleeker

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In order to let the rider know that it’s indeed been activated, ticc also beeps as it flashes – it beeps in a different tone for each side. The beeping and flashing continue until cancelled by a head-tilt to the opposite side. There’s additionally a brake light mode, in which all the LEDs brightly flash red when activated by a forward tilt of the head.

The device puts out 60 lumens, has a viewing angle of 180 degrees, and is charged via a USB cable. While charging, its battery level is indicated by the number of LEDs that are illuminated.

Should you be interested, ticc is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. Assuming it reaches production, a pledge of €49 (about US$58) will get you one. The planned retail price is €99 ($117). Hopefully it will do better than Bigo – it was another head-tilt-activated LED turn indicator, but it didn’t reach its Kickstarter goal.

You can see ticc in use, in the following video.

Sources: Kickstarter, ticc

Source: https://newatlas.com/bicycles/ticc-turn-indicator-head-tilts/

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Lilium plans a flying taxi “vertiport” for Florida in 2025

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Lilium is one of a number of startups working to make flying taxis a reality, and is now offering folks a new look at its vision by divulging plans for its first transport hub in the US. The company’s first “vertiport” is planned for Orlando, Florida, and will be the first node in a network hoped to span the entire state.

Much like Uber’s Skyport concepts, Lilium’s vertiports are intended to function as passenger stations for folks to hop in and out of flying taxis as they come and go. In Lilium’s case, this will involve its fully electric aircraft taking off and landing vertically in Orlando’s Lake Nona region, with up to five people on board.

Lilium is one of a number of startups working to make flying taxis a reality and has revealed plans for its first transport hub in the US
Lilium is one of a number of startups working to make flying taxis a reality and has revealed plans for its first transport hub in the US

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According to the company, the Lilium Jet can travel 186 mi (300 km) on each charge, enough for it to connect different regions across Florida and more than 20 million people. To develop the hub it has partnered with the City of Orlando and Tavistock, the development company behind the Lake Nona planned community, and says the first vertiport will resemble the “iconic art” in the area.

“I’m thrilled that our progressive and collaborative environment has created an opportunity for this unique partnership between the City of Orlando, Lilium and Lake Nona to invest in the expansion of safe, efficient and environmentally friendly transportation options throughout one of the fastest-growing regions in the country,” says Orlando Mayor Buddy Dye.

Beyond its plans for Florida, Lilium says it has developed a range of standardized vertiport designs that can either be assembled on empty sites or integrated into existing infrastructure. These can also be pre-assembled off-site to cut costs and construction times, according to the company.

The Lilium jet in action during its maiden flight
The Lilium jet in action during its maiden flight

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Lilium says the first hub in Lake Nona will be launched in 2025, and indeed has said it hopes to have its flying taxi service up and running around the world in that same year. By its own admission, these types of stations, including the one planned for Florida, will need to be ticked off by the relevant authorities, including the Federal Aviation Administration in the US, as will its jet prior to lifting off with any passengers.

The all-electric VOTL aircraft first emerged in 2016 as a two-seat prototype and has since carried out a series of test flights, including trips where it hit speeds of over 100km/h (62 mph) and pulled off banked turns. The finished product is expected to travel at cruise speeds of up to 300 km/h (186 mph).

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Source: https://newatlas.com/aircraft/lilium-flying-taxi-vertiport-florida-2025/

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