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Why we’ve launched an Alternative Big Listen

Why we’ve launched an Alternative Big Listen

[ad_1] More from this theme Recent articles Our Alternative Big Listen, launched last week, complements but may also undermine Ofsted’s own Big Listen. We intend it to be helpful and insightful but also educationally subversive of the status quo. We believe Ofsted is reacting defensively. It is right to do so. Already there are very encouraging signs that we are tapping into the teaching profession’s concerns. After just over a week since the launch we have many hundreds of responses, more are coming in daily and we expect many more in the next four weeks. Teachers’ unions are drawing their members’ attention to the survey.  This means that we already have professional legitimacy for our campaign. We are determined to ensure that all our respondents’ voices are heard in the much-needed reappraisal of the current school inspection regime.                Since its introduction in 1992 after the abolition of the well-respected HM Inspectorate of Schools, Ofsted has never been short of controversy.  However, in the past twelve months it has become the focus of intense and …

Listen while you travel with location-based audio stories for

Listen while you travel with location-based audio stories for $40

[ad_1] TL;DR: As of May 6, enjoy location-based narration from famous names like Kevin Costner on your road trips with a 3-year subscription to Autio Unlimited Plan for $39.99 (reg. $69.99).  ‘Tis the season for planning your summer vacations. This might include plenty of road-tripping for some, and camping, weekend getaways, and day trips for others. If you plan on being in your car for lengthy periods of time, you might be interested in using a unique audio app called Autio to pass the time. A three-year subscription for non-renewing members is on sale for $39.99 (reg. $69) for a limited time. Autio works with your GPS and offers location-based audio narration about the area you’re in. It covers interesting facts and stories that help immerse you in the town’s people, history, and even landscape. It offers a new way to explore your surroundings while you drive. The narratives are typically between three and five minutes long. Stories automatically play based on your location, so you won’t have to fuss around with your phone to …

We Columbia University students urge you to listen to our voices | Columbia College Student Council

We Columbia University students urge you to listen to our voices | Columbia College Student Council

[ad_1] On Tuesday night, we watched in horror as hundreds of riot police flooded our beloved campus and brutalized our classmates. The next day, students awoke with swollen faces, bruised wrists and lacerations – all results of inhumane police treatment. The past two weeks have been tumultuous, marked with mass arrests of student demonstrators, an encampment on our lawns, national media attention and vile acts of hatred. Countless have spoken on our behalf. But by speaking over us, media outlets and politicians have created a distorted narrative – one which unfairly characterizes our community. Now, it is time to elevate student perspectives, the “us”, rather than the “them”. The traumatic environment and militarization of our campus are not the sole product of ill-intended protesters or reckless non-affiliates, as claimed by administrative emails; rather, they are the fault of the senior administration themselves. For months, this crisis has brewed as administrators neglected student and faculty voices. We must be clear: the administration has put our students’ safety at risk and has failed to ensure a conducive …

Teacher Says Students Are Unempathetic And Never Listen

Teacher Says Students Are Unempathetic And Never Listen

[ad_1] Many teachers, like this one on Reddit, are shocked by how poorly their students treat them.  In this case, despite everything the teacher has recently gone through, losing her voice and returning to the classroom from sick leave, she’d assumed they’d give her a little bit of grace. Instead, they were as rude, disrespectful, and unempathetic as she remembered. The teacher admitted her students are ‘scarily unempathetic’ after she asked for some grace in the classroom while sick.  “Today, my voice was partially gone, and it was a struggle to get any words out. I made it clear at the beginning of the class that I was sick … they needed to be a bit quiet,” she wrote. Needless to say, they did the opposite. RELATED: Woman Reports Daycare After Learning They ‘Physically Force’ Her 2-Year-Old To Nap They showed up with poor intentions and decided to be even more disrespectful than normal — “their usual misbehavior times a 100,” as she described.  “I don’t think I’ve ever seen them this unrelenting and disorganized. It was …

Thinking About Buying a Hybrid Car? Listen Up

Thinking About Buying a Hybrid Car? Listen Up

[ad_1] Back in March, the US Environmental Protection Agency finalized a long in the works rule requiring automakers to dramatically increase the number of battery-powered vehicles they’re putting on the roads. The government has mandated that by 2032, more than half of new cars sold in the US must be electric. There are some caveats, namely that plug-in hybrid cars will fulfill the federal requirements for what a “battery-powered” vehicle is. This has led to a flood of hybrid cars hitting the market. This week, we talk about what this means for people who are considering buying a new car now, or in the next few years. We explain the differences between plug-in hybrids, full hybrids, and electrics, and we tell you what your options are if you live in an apartment without a convenient place to plug in your car while it’s parked. We are joined this week by WIRED staff writer Aarian Marshall, who breaks down the facts, shatters the myths, and turns us all into hybrid car experts. Show Notes Read Aarian’s …

Trial Attorney Shares His Tiny Secret For Giving Feedback People Actually Listen To

Trial Attorney Shares His Tiny Secret For Giving Feedback People Actually Listen To

[ad_1] Figuring out how to give feedback without sounding harsh can be tricky. So, how do others offer suggestions for improvement without coming off as a jerk? Though challenging, providing insight without sounding like a total witch isn’t impossible. Trial attorney Jefferson Fisher offers one piece of advice for giving constructive feedback. The Secret To Giving Constructive Feedback You’re in a meeting with your coworker and you need to give constructive feedback about a product. As you’re presenting your thoughts, many of us tend to use filler words like “but” to get our point across. RELATED: Worker Shares The Negative Feedback She Received On Every Single Performance Review Before She Was Laid Off But… the word “but” can make or break how your critique is received. For example, try saying, “Great job on the report, but the marketing section needs some work.” Is it the worst feedback ever? No, but could it be better? Most definitely! Simply replacing the word “but” with the word “and” makes a world of difference. As Fisher says, “Then it …

Israel Has Agreed to Listen to US Concerns Before Any Rafah Move, Says White House

Israel Has Agreed to Listen to US Concerns Before Any Rafah Move, Says White House

[ad_1] (Reuters) -Israel has agreed to listen to U.S. concerns and thoughts before it launches an invasion of the border city of Rafah in Gaza, White House national security spokesperson John Kirby said on Sunday. Israel’s military is poised to evacuate Palestinian civilians from Rafah and assault Hamas hold-outs there, a senior Israeli defence official said on Wednesday, despite international warnings of a humanitarian catastrophe. Washington has said it could not support a Rafah operation without an appropriate and credible humanitarian plan. “They’ve assured us that they won’t go into Rafah until we’ve had a chance to really share our perspectives and our concerns with them,” Kirby told ABC. War in Israel and Gaza U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is due to visit the region next week and Kirby said he would continue pressing for a temporary ceasefire that Washington wants to last for at least six weeks. A Hamas delegation will visit Cairo on Monday for talks aimed at securing a ceasefire, a Hamas official told Reuters. “What we’re hoping is that after …

Listen to the US or brace for escalation — the choice is Israel’s to make – POLITICO

Listen to the US or brace for escalation — the choice is Israel’s to make – POLITICO

[ad_1] It took almost a week for Israel to respond — and when it did, it struck an air defense system near Isfahan, which is home to some critical nuclear facilities. This was a “signaling strike,” meant to send two messages: We can hit you whenever and wherever we want, but we don’t want a larger war. All of this has left Washington deeply anxious, and more determined than ever to find an end to the escalatory pressures in the region. In recent months, the Biden team has redoubled its efforts to secure a diplomatic breakthrough with Saudi Arabia which, before Oct. 7, had indicated it was open to normalizing relations with Israel for the right price. And that price is high — but Washington appears prepared to pay its share. The Biden administration has apparently agreed to provide Saudi Arabia legally binding security guarantees, akin to those it has with Japan and other Asian allies. And most strikingly, it seems prepared to assist Saudi Arabia in acquiring a civilian nuclear program, including uranium enrichment …

OpenAI’s Voice Engine can clone a voice from a 15-second clip. Listen for yourself

OpenAI’s Voice Engine can clone a voice from a 15-second clip. Listen for yourself

[ad_1] akinbostanci/Getty Images Since releasing ChatGPT and ushering in the generative AI era, OpenAI has stayed ahead of the curve with cutting-edge AI technology such as Sora, its impressive text-to-video generator. On Friday, the company took another step forward by sharing insights from its small-scale preview of Voice Engine, a voice cloning AI model that can create realistic, emotive voices using text input and a 15-second audio sample.  As seen in the clip below, the technology can generate a highly realistic-sounding voice that closely resembles the voice in the reference clip. An AI voice generator capable of impersonating someone’s voice from just a 15-second sample — what could go wrong? OpenAI just launched Voice Engine,It uses text input and a single 15-second audio sample to generate natural-sounding speech that closely resembles the original speaker.Reference and Generated audio is very close and hard to differentiate.More details in ???? pic.twitter.com/tJRrCO2WZP — AshutoshShrivastava (@ai_for_success) March 29, 2024 OpenAI is aware of the risks of a voice cloning model and, as a result, has not yet released it to the public, despite first developing …