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New Google Classroom update: Little things that make it a big deal

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History Tech

The Google folks have been busy – and it seems as if they’ve been listening to teachers. Today, a few handy updates to Google Classroom were announced. If you’re not using Classroom, you really need to take a few minutes, perhaps, to come to your senses. It is a handy time saver and teaching tool that’s free, accessible anywhere, easy to use, and did you know it’s free? The biggest update is the ability to now

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Who’s Your Most Hated Fictional Character?

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101 Books

Wednesday is Tax Day here in the United States. April 15. It’s a dreadful day.

Having paid my taxes yesterday, I’m reminded of how much disdain I have for the IRS.

If the IRS were a character in a novel (and I guess they kind of were in the Pale King by David Foster Wallace), I would despise them more than any other character in the history of fictional characters. 

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New Theme: Lingonberry

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The WordPress.com Blog

It’s Theme Thursday, and we’re happy to present a brand new free theme for your enjoyment.

Lingonberry

Lingonberry WordPress theme

Lingonberry is a bright, personable blogging theme by Anders Norén with bold colors and accents and a playful, modern twist. Formatted posts stand out from the rest, space for your site logo adds a personal touch, and footer widget areas for additional content give your posts and pages plenty of room to shine. Lingonberry also adapts to your device, for a flawless reading experience no matter the screen size.

Lingonberry on multiple devices

Get to know Lingonberry on the Theme Showcase, or give it a spin by activating it from Appearance → Themes!

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Al-Shidyaq’s Classic ‘Leg Over Leg’ for the Masses

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Arabic Literature (in English)

When the first volume of Humphrey Davies’ translation of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq’s wide-ranging, sharp-eyed, autobiographical-with-a-side-of-farce Leg Over Leg was released in 2013, it was received with surprise and interest outside the world of Arabic literature specialists:

Leg_over_legIndeed, the four volumes created a small sensation, mostly in the world of translated-literature aficionados. There were Humprhey Davies interviews, a long review in the Los Angeles Review of Books, a mention in the New York Times Review of Books, and an excerpt in The White Review. Moreover, the first volume of Leg Over Leg made last year’s “Best Translated Book Award” longlist, with prize judge M.A. Orthofer calling it “the most important literary publication of a translation into English, in terms of literary history and our understanding of it, in years.”

Still, the book wasn’t exactly released for mass consumption: It was in the Library of Arabic Literature’s standard bilingual, facing-page…

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Field Notes: Hispanicize 2015

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The WordPress.com Blog

Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer.

Two weeks ago, Happiness Engineers Karen Arnold, Marjorie R. Asturias, and Jamil Abreu, as well as Code Wrangler Damian Suarez, attended the sixth annual Hispanicize conference in downtown Miami, Florida. The event, which took place from March 16-20, is billed as the “largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in journalism, blogging, marketing, entertainment, and tech entrepreneurship,” drawing over 2,000 attendees. Marjorie shares her experience meeting and getting to know some of the most influential bloggers in the Latino community. 

The statistics are hard to ignore: with an estimated number of about 53 million in the United States, according to the 2012 US Census, Hispanics represent one of the fastest growing segments of the US…

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Quick Tip: Give Your Blog a Seasonal Facelift

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The Daily Post

Last week, Erica gave you some tips for spring cleaning your blog. The start of a new season is also a nice time to make some appearance updates, and refreshing your blog’s appearance can re-energize you as a blogger.

(We’re talking tweaks, not a total overhaul — you probably like a lot of things about your blog, and you’ll want to keep some things consistent to avoid confusing your readers.)

I’ve always admired bloggers who freshen up their layouts while keeping their blog’s feel and branding consistent. Super-popular mommyblogger Dooce changes her header image every month — you can see a collection of all her past headers here — and food blogger Matt Bites creates headers seasonally to highlight the shifts in what he’s cooking and eating.

For the past year or so, I’ve used a version of Ryu customized with a small header image, dark gray background, and bold white…

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