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Best Online Classes 2020: Virtual Gifts From MasterClass, Udemy & More

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The holidays are going to look a little different for us this year thanks to the pandemic and strict social distancing measures, and many of us are going to be celebrating with our friends and family virtually instead of IRL out of precaution. Frankly though, even prior to the pandemic, having the forethought to shop for a present, wrap it and ship it off in time is something that can

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Making Bar Trivia Virtual – The New York Times

“There was a very concerted call and an effort within the trivia community to make sure that you’re not just asking questions about white America and white Americana,” Ms. Yu said.

Newcomers to trivia, even those with decent general knowledge and a trove of weirder info lodged somewhere in the hippocampus, may find quiz questions difficult. “To be completely honest, a lot of the pub trivia I played online is too hard,” said Bill Patschak,

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Local treasures at the virtual “Northwest Made Holiday Market”

The market brings together a community of 60+ vendors from the Portland-metro area, featuring local BIPOC and women entrepreneurs and businesses.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Friends always knew Komi Nugloze had an eye for fashion design. “Every time we would go somewhere they’d say ‘Oh, you like to dress up, you need to be a designer and create some clothes for us’ and it started like that,” said Nugloze.

His business started in his homeland of

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Online Today at Apple sessions are perfect activities for a virtual classroom

Quarantine life leaves little room for the moments of serendipity that lead to discovery. Online Today at Apple sessions offer a low barrier to entry and a high potential for creative growth. The virtual experiences might just be Apple’s best gift for educators this holiday session.

I’ve been trying Apple’s online creative sessions this fall while stuck at home. Through Sisterhood Stories, London Craft Week, and now Make Your Holiday sessions, I’ve been

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How to Make a Virtual Wedding Just as Special as the Real Deal

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Many things don’t look the same this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and nowhere is that more evident than weddings: Big groups of people traveling to drink and hit the dance floor is a whole checklist of “pandemic don’ts.” Many couples have chosen to elope, scale down their ceremonies to something very intimate or postpone until next year.

But for those getting married who want to have their whole community present, the internet

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7 tips for a meaningful virtual Thanksgiving

With COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on travel and gatherings, many families will be navigating Thanksgiving celebrations virtually this year.

Public health officials urge limiting festivities to household family members to mitigate the virus’ spread. They suggest connecting with extended family and friends through myriad social networking apps. To help, Zoom is lifting its 40-minute limit for meetings on Thanksgiving so family gatherings aren’t cut short.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

To make the most of this experience, the Daily Herald has

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How virtual teachers in Battle Creek have turned homes into classrooms

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Jason Gilbert woke up at 5:30 a.m. Thursday and began the day in the glow of his laptop screen from his bed as he checked emails from some of his roughly 140 students.

By 7 a.m. – after his daily morning smoothie – the Lakeview eighth grade social studies teacher was sitting at his tidy desk in his family room. There, he orchestrated his virtual classroom

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How to Have the Best Virtual Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and unfortunately, it’s a terrible time for people to be traveling long distances to be in close contact with family and friends. As the COVID-19 infection numbers continue to climb, cities around the United States are once again entering the lockdown phases that beset the nation back in March. So far, the US has seen over 11 million cases, with over 250,000 deaths and counting. It makes for a

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Texas advocacy groups will hold virtual event to recognize lives lost on Transgender Day of Remembrance

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Many will remember the year 2020 for a litany of unfortunate milestones, including that it’s reported as the deadliest for violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people in the country’s history.

A report released this week by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation detailed the violent deaths of 37 people so far this year, which is more than any other since the organization began tracking this data in 2013. For that reason, Nov.

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A guide to navigating your virtual Thanksgiving

With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Minnesota, many families have decided to rethink their Thanksgiving plans and find alternatives to traditional in-person gatherings. State officials are now asking Minnesotans not to gather for Thanksgiving outside their immediate household, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is strongly recommending that people stay home for Thanksgiving.

But, as many look to move this year’s turkey day celebrations online, it seems a new family member has

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40+ activities, virtual events for 2020

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It’s the holiday season — which means it’s time to deck the halls and trim those trees. There are more than 40 events taking place across the city this holiday season, many virtually, that are sure to put you in a festive mood. (And who couldn’t use a little holiday cheer in a year like 2020?)

In light of the pandemic and rise in COVID-19 cases,

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Virtual gift exchange ideas for the holidays

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Whether you’re looking for ways to save money this holiday, keep a safe distance while still enjoying friends and family, or both, a virtual gift exchange (or two) might be just the ticket. With everything else going virtual this year, from graduations to birthdays to weddings, it only makes sense that the winter holidays are next up. Let’s face it: The holidays wouldn’t be complete without exchanging gifts, so to help you create

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5 tips for hosting a virtual holiday party

With rising case numbers all over the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has guaranteed that Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas will look different this year.

For most of us — at least those of us who plan to follow government guidelines — that means it may be time to host a holiday celebration that unfolds in the same virtual environment as work and school.

Zoom has suspended the usual 40-minute limit for all meetings globally from

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Online party tips: how to host a virtual celebration during the holiday season

Zoom has suspended the usual 40-minute limit for all meetings globally from midnight Eastern time November 26 to 6 a.m. Eastern time November 27. What should you consider as you plan a holiday over this medium? And how can you make this newfangled spin on family traditions memorable? Here are five ways to shine.

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Winter Session to Be Completely Virtual

The fall semester moved most classes online, but the winter session will be completely virtual. Although the winter session will have an expanded course roster, it will not offer students any in-person options.

Many Cornell students and professors plan to continue their academic work through winter session classes, but will have to do so in a virtual setting. Because of this, facilitators will expand the number of classes held and adapt pre-existing programs to the

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Parents worry that Duval’s virtual school option will disappear

December will mark the expiration of the Florida Department of Education’s executive order that allowed for school districts to offer virtual-learning models.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — When Jessica Dawson and her family moved to Jacksonville this summer — in the middle of a pandemic — her daughter was forced to make adjustments. 

A social butterfly who can’t socialize, Ava, 12, is enrolled at Lakeshore Middle School but taking her classes virtually through the school district’s online

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Real Estate Transactions Go Virtual

To streamline work flow, Freedom Mortgage uses a digital verification service called AccountChek to review the borrower’s income and employment information. Other mortgage-specific software includes Encompass by Ellie Mae, which Mr. Bensimon uses to originate loan packages, and SnapDocs, a platform that can be combined with Encompass to facilitate interactions and digital closings.

New systems designed to simplify the lending process for borrowers include Better and Morty, a mortgage broker that acts as a middle

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Parents worry Duval HomeRoom virtual option will disappear in January

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When Jessica Dawson and her family moved to Jacksonville this summer — in the middle of a pandemic — her daughter was forced to make adjustments. 

A social butterfly who can’t socialize, Ava, 12, is enrolled at Lakeshore Middle School but taking her classes virtually through the school district’s online option, Duval HomeRoom. It’s been hard, but her mom says it’s worth it compared to the risks in-person classes could

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26 Ways to Have the Best Virtual Friendsgiving This Year

As much as I love attending Friendsgivings and spending quality time with my favorite people over the holidays, I know our safety comes first, which means we won’t all be able to get together this year. But that doesn’t mean we still can’t celebrate! Many Friendsgivings will be virtual this year, whether it’s on Zoom or FaceTime, and even though that may sound like it limits your options for making things fun, there are still

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Having a Virtual Friendsgiving This Year? Here Are 26 Unique Ways to Celebrate

As much as I love attending Friendsgivings and spending quality time with my favorite people over the holidays, I know our safety comes first, which means we won’t all be able to get together this year. But that doesn’t mean we still can’t celebrate! Many Friendsgivings will be virtual this year, whether it’s on Zoom or FaceTime, and even though that may sound like it limits your options for making things fun, there are still

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