UK's English-language MOOC viewed in 178 countries
The British Council's first experiment with massive open online courses has been popular with about 100,000 students signing on for an online English-language course. The course, used in 178 countries, is most popular in Spain, Burma and Russia, and officials say this is the first foray into online learning for many students. BBC
Ontario, Canada, transitions to online exams
Over the next several years, schools in Ontario, Canada, will transition to administering online exams, officials announced recently, although paper tests will be available during the changeover. Among the first exams to make the transition will be Grade 10 literacy tests. Officials expect the online tests to improve efficiency of assessment security. The Toronto Star
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Four email phishing scams to watch out forA recent report from Wombat Security Technologies has shed some new light on the kinds of phishing emails used by hackers to gain access to small business systems. Fake emails that mimic the messages people expect to see in their work email inboxes are proven to have shockingly high click rates. Learn more
Five ways to detect a malicious 'phishing' emailThey're called 'phishing' emails because the cybercriminals who send them are fishing for victims. These fraudulent emails, which may appear to come from a legitimate company or even a personal acquaintance, are designed to trick people into giving up personal information, such as credit card and social security numbers.
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Study: How language affects mastery of maths
English-speaking children have a harder time learning arithmetic and counting skills, compared with Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish speakers, because of a greater variety of unique number names, according to a recent study. Researchers say Anglophone parents can use counting and board games to bring children up to speed with international peers before they enter kindergarten. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
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