Imaginative Market Drayton school trio design homes of the future

From left with their imaginative entries are Harley Massey, Luxy Dixon and Ava Highfield
From left with their imaginative entries are Harley Massey, Luxy Dixon and Ava Highfield

Children at Market Drayton Junior School were invited to take part in a Room of the Future competition, organised by the homebuilder.

Situated close to David Wilson’s Drayton Meadows development, the pupils were asked to look to the future and design a room that they believed would be possible in years to come.

Georgina Hall, sales manager at David Wilson Homes Mercia, said: “The children at Market Drayton Junior School are the future generation of homebuilders, and it’s important for them to use their creativity to inspire new and innovative designs.

“The pupils’ entries were so amazing, that we couldn’t just pick one. After narrowing it down to seven drawings, we finally managed to choose a first, second, and third place.”

The winner was ten-year-old Lucy Dixon from year five, whose unicorn-adorned room included an endless

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Former West Pullman school turned into senior housing

Anyone who enters the nearly block-long brick structure in West Pullman expecting to find a typical collection of apartments for seniors is in for a pleasant surprise.

Wide corridors invite chance meetups. Generously sized windows stream light deep into the building. There’s an abundance of touches too rich looking to be new, such as built-in bookcases and old doors repurposed as decoration. And there’s the big nod to the past — chalkboards in most of the 60 units. Residents use them for notes and reminders.

Also, few senior housing sites have their own auditorium and gym, even if they are off-limits for now because of the coronavirus.

The building at 11941 S. Parnell Ave. is the old West Pullman Elementary School, with part of its structure dating from 1894. It grew to allow for a capacity of 2,000 students, but dwindling enrollment led former Mayor Rahm Emanuel to close it

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Norwich University holds outdoor classroom design competition for high school students

Norwich University holds outdoor classroom design competition for high school students

Norwich University’s School of Architecture+Art launched a competition for high school students to design an outdoor classroom with thousands of scholarship dollars as prizes.

The competition, which is open to all high school students, launched Wednesday, Nov. 4; the submissions deadline is Sunday, Dec. 13. Students may register and compete as individuals or in teams with up to four members. All entries will receive feedback from Norwich University School of Architecture + Art faculty, who will also advise and guide registered competitors. Click here for all details on the design parameters and submission guidelines.

A completed submission will earn an individual or each individual in a team a Norwich scholarship of $500 per year for four years, totaling $2,000. The first-place winner will earn a Norwich scholarship of $2,000 per

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New York sued over homeless shelters’ Internet gap for remote school

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Homeless families and legal advocates sued New York City on Tuesday, claiming a gap in reliable Internet service to 27 homeless shelters where thousands of students were struggling with remote schooling during the coronavirus pandemic.

FILE PHOTO: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a news conference in Brooklyn in New York City, New York, U.S., September 2, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Pool/File Photo

The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan Federal Court a month after Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wi-Fi would be installed in all shelters with school-aged children.

The lawsuit denounced his plan as vague and instead demanded a Jan. 4, 2021 deadline for online connectivity. That will be the first day of class for New York City Public Schools after the winter holiday break in the biggest U.S. school district, with roughly 1.1 million students.

“We just filed a class action lawsuit against

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Zoom spikes as latest New York City school closure means more remote learning

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  • Zoom Video Communications reversed earlier losses and surged as much as 5.5% on Wednesday afternoon following the announced closure of New York City public schools, which will start Thursday.
  • NYC public schools will transition to remote learning because a surge in COVID-19 cases pushed the 7-day positivity rate above the 3% threshold.
  • Zoom has been a prime beneficiary of the COVID-19 related lockdowns that swept across the country throughout 2020. 
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Zoom Video Communications reversed its 3% loss on Wednesday and surged as much as 5.5% after the New York City public school system said it will close and transition to remote learning.

The move by ame after a surge in daily COVID-19 cases pushed the seven-day positivity rate above the 3% threshold set by NYC mayor Bill DeBlasio.

DeBlasio tweeted on Wednesday: “New

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How and why a Texas school district became SpaceX’s Starlink lab

  • SpaceX has rocketed nearly 900 internet-beaming Starlink satellites into orbit in hopes of beginning the internet service sometime in 2021.
  • To test Starlink, SpaceX kicked off a public beta in October and is recruiting users.
  • As part of the beta, SpaceX agreed to serve up to 135 families in western Texas through an agreement with the Ector County Independent School District.
  • Scott Muri, the district’s superintendent, says he pursued the deal because dozens of student families have “zero internet” and no conventional way to get it.
  • Business Insider obtained an agreement between SpaceX and ECISD for Starlink service, which includes pricing, terms of service, and more.
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When it rolled out a big test of its Starlink satellite-internet project this summer, SpaceX decided to make Ector County Independent School District, a rural education system in western Texas, a vital experiment.

Superintendent Scott Muri had

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In Wi-Fi ‘Dead Zones,’ Rural Students Can’t Log On to Virtual School

Shekinah and Orlandria Lennon were sitting at their kitchen table this fall, taking online classes, when video of their teachers and fellow students suddenly froze on their laptop screens. The wireless antenna on the roof had stopped working, and it could not be fixed.

Desperate for a solution, their mother called five broadband companies, trying to get connections for their home in Orrum, N.C., a rural community of fewer than 100 people with no grocery store or traffic lights.

All the companies gave the same answer: Service is not available in your area.

The response is the same across broad stretches of Robeson County, N.C., a swath of small towns and rural places like Orrum dotted among soybean fields and hog farms on the South Carolina border. About 20,000 of the county’s homes, or 43 percent of all households, have no internet connection.

The technology gap has prompted teachers to

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