APP ATTACK: EXPLORE AN EDUCATIONAL 3D WORLD WITH LEAPFROG ACADEMY

Having trouble keeping your kids from being glued to their tablets this summer? If you can’t stop them, you might as well make sure the content they’re consuming is educational. For parents who don’t want to splurge on a LeapFrog Epic — or any other high tech toys for that matter — LeapFrog has another alternative. With the release of LeapFrog Academy, your kids might not even realize they’re spending vacation time actually learning. The app — available for iOS and Android — offers curriculums in adventure form for preschool students through first grade. There’s a…

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World Chocolate Day: How to make Chocolate Truffle Tart

Chocolate Truffle Tart is a classic. Loved by all, it’s a sure shot way to make yourself happy and of course, make your loved ones happy. If you still haven’t tried making one till date, then we say it’s about time. This easy recipe by Chef Ashish Rai, Head – Culinary, Barbeque Nation is a great way to start your culinary journey. Ingredients For crust ½ cup – Confectionery sugar 1½ cup – All-purpose flour 1 cup – Butter 5-6g – Baking powder For filling ½ kg – Dark chocolate…

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‘Men only’ Japanese island declared Unesco world heritage site

Okinoshima, a sacred island in south-west Japan that bans women and here male visitors must strip naked before going ashore, has been declared a Unesco world heritage site. The island, located midway between the south-western main island of Kyushu and the Korean peninsula, was once the site of rituals to pray for maritime safety and a centre for relations with China and Korea that stretch back as far as the fourth century, reports the Guardian. The 700-square-metre island, along with three nearby reefs and four other related sites were given world…

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Irani Cafes in Mumbai: From Bun Maska to Keema Pao and Old World Charm

Pretty much everyone knows about Mumbai’s iconic Irani cafés: how their owners came to Mumbai from Iran, lured by the promise of financial growth; how they took over the corner locations that were considered inauspicious by local businessmen; how they have a lengthy list of dos and don’ts chalked onto boards (Do not comb hair at the table, do not place feet on chairs, etc) that were lovingly satirised in Nissim Ezekiel’s wonderful poem Irani Restaurant Instructions; the ubiquitous chai and bun maska on the menu; the old-world décor; and sadly, how, in spite…

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Paris rated best student city in the world

Paris has come out on top in the QS best student cities rankings for the fourth year running. The ranking, compiled by higher education data experts QS, assigns cities scores based on the diversity of their student body, quality of life, opportunities for graduate employment, affordability and the quality of their universities. Melbourne holds on to second place for the second year, while Tokyo has moved into bronze-medal position, from seventh last year. London’s high cost of living has seen it fall to fifth place, from third last year, with…

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What makes Paris the best city in the world for students?

Like so many Parisians on 13 November, my friends and I stayed up the whole night, watching the news. We followed the tragedy of the terrorist attacks online and checked in with all our friends on social media, while sirens blared down the boulevards outside. Paris was different when we woke up. The few people who had ventured out onto the empty streets seemed tense, which was understandable; everyone knew of someone who had died or been injured. By Sunday, Paris seemed to have returned to normal. My friend and…

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Top 10 Education Systems in the World

Every three years, the Programme of International Student Assesment (PISA) conducts an international assesment of the educational programs provided in countries across the world. The test measures the skills and knowledge of 15-yearolds over 70 countries, regions and economies , covering reading , math and science . In addition, education system can also choose to test their students in creative problem-solving and-or financial literacy. The test is given at random schools worldwide and is a mix of multiple choice questions and open-ended responses. The PISA test is not based on…

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