South Africa’s SuperTeachers use tech to enhance education

first_img16 September 2015Tinny Molepo is a primary school teacher at Mothibedi Combined School in Limpopo and is SuperTeacher of the Year 2015, for her work using technology tools such as Skype to enhance the communication skills of her learners.Join us in congratulating the ISPA Super Teacher of the Year 2015 Tinny Molepo of Mothibedi Combined School. Read about this ongoing event and other winners here: http://ow.ly/SePVTPosted by CoZa Cares on Tuesday, September 15, 2015The SuperTeacher honour is awarded by the Internet Service Provider Association of South Africa (Ispa), as a way to reward and recognise teachers who use technology effectively to aid education. The competition, held annually since 2001, is acknowledged as the foremost ICT/education award in the country. Education is one of the pillars of the National Development Plan Vision 2030.“My passion is helping others live up to their potential and I have realised that technology can play a big role in helping all of us fulfil our life goals,” Molepo said, adding that technology tools had the potential to be a major influence on education in South Africa. “It is very important for donors and sponsors to be able to see how their materials are helping learners and educators in real ways every day.”Molepo was joined by Ispa TechTeacher of the Year, Matthew Hains of Woodlands International College, and Ispa ChampTeacher of the Year, Mabore Lekalakala of Toronto Primary in Limpopo.And here are the #superteachers2015 ready for a fantastic evening pic.twitter.com/Abn3AaVsTd— Matthew Hains (@TechTeachersZA) Septembe r 10, 2015Molepo’s competition submission, titled “Techno reading goes viral through Skype” involved teaching her learners, who are in grades 3 to 6, how to use ICT skills to boost reading and writing. The children also learned online communication skills by using Skype to communicate in real time. Part of the project, Molepo said, involved the children communicating via Skype with the American philanthropist who had donated books to their school.MEC for western cape at #superteachers2015 pic.twitter.com/UQzRtiFVbm— Maggie Verster (@maggiev) September 10, 2015The awards were handed out in Stellenbosch on 11 September. The keynote speaker, Western Cape MEC for education Debbie Schafer, congratulated Molepo and the other winners not only on their achievements, but also for the hard work they put into guiding youth through their education. “We place great value in awards like this,” Schafer said. “The provincial education department is trying to create an entirely different ethos that is centred on IT in education, and (we) acknowledge the kind of creativity that we have seen here tonight.”Fiona Wallace, Ispa’s chief executive and the representative of CoZa Cares Foundation, called Molepo and the other winners true heroes of education. “The three winners demonstrated that technology alone doesn’t produce winners – their perseverance and creativity helped power them right over the finish line.”The CoZa Cares Foundation advocates ICT in education. Its educational efforts include digital content curation and delivery for open education resources using its innovative Nolwazi OER repository. The non-governmental organisation also co- ordinates teacher development through its ICT in Education capacity-building division, as well as monitoring and evaluation via mobile auditing tools.Each year, Ispa funds the ICT training managed by CoZa Cares Foundation for teachers from under-resourced South African schools. Since the inception of the programme, training has been provided to over 4 000 teachers.Prizes for the competition’s three winners include trophies, sponsored attendance at a national education conference in 2016 and, for their schools, an ES500 BenQ projector and an eBean classroom tool to help to continue the good work.Source: News24WireSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Budgeting Strategies That Work

first_imgBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, [email protected] budget (a.k.a., spending plan) is a plan for spending future income and expenses, including setting aside savings for future financial goals. Ideally, a budget should be written (paper, computer spreadsheet, etc.) with specific categories of income, spending, and dollar amounts. Benefits of budgeting include providing “guardrails” for spending, achieving financial goals (if savings is included), and for peace of mind. https://pixabay.com/photos/shopping-spending-till-slip-879498/ Return to article. Long Descriptionstevepb/Pixabay.com, CC0Budgets project future income and expenses with a goal of achieving positive cash flow. Therefore, developing and following a budget requires a level of attention to detail (e.g., recording and adjusting expenses). Below are four recommendations to develop a budget that works:Define Your Income– Base a budget on average monthly take-home income. Multiply weekly pay by 4.3 to get a monthly amount. This accounts for “extra” income months (e.g., months with five Friday paydays).Pay Yourself First– Ask yourself if you can live on 80% to 90% of your income with 10% to 20% of income set aside for savings goals. The 20% amount is meant for long-term savings and includes tax-deferred retirement savings plan contributions. Savings is the most difficult “expense” to budget.Set Aside Reserves– Plan ahead for occasional expenses by setting aside money monthly for them. Examples include insurance premiums, home and car maintenance, pets, and property taxes if not escrowed.Follow the “2x Gas” Rule– Set aside twice the amount that you spend monthly on gas for car maintenance and repair expenses. Drivers who buy more gas put more “wear and tear” on their car. You will not have expenses every month, but when you do, the money will be there.Food is a major recurring expense in family budgets. It may not be the largest expense (dollar wise) compared to housing costs, income and property taxes, child care, and transportation, but people still spend a lot of money buying food. Below are seven smart ways to cut food costs to get your budget numbers to balance:Make a Shopping List– List items to buy and their approximate cost before you go food shopping. Then stick to the list. Include “miscellaneous” and a dollar amount (e.g., $5) so impulse buying is built in.Use Coupons Wisely- Redeem coupons from newspapers and online platforms, but only on products that you plan to buy anyway and only when the after-coupon cost is cheaper than alternative products.Search for Bargains– Look for marked down bakery items, meat/seafood, and other supermarket “clearance” foods. If the packaging is intact, it is generally safe to buy these foods if used immediately.Double (or Triple) Your Savings– Take advantage of double or triple the savings on manufacturer’s coupons and supermarkets that allow you to combine a store coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon.Join the Club- Sign up for supermarket “shoppers’ cards” that provide access to special sales promotions and/or an opportunity to earn points toward free or reduced price food items (e.g., a free Easter ham).Stock Up to Save– Buy (or grow in a home garden) fresh fruits and vegetables when they are in season and freeze, can, or dry them for use at a later date.Cut Up Your Own Food- The more preparation that a store does (e.g., cutting up stew beef, making meat and vegetable kabobs, and slicing fruit or making fruit salads), the more consumers generally need to pay.To prepare you own personalized budget, download this Spending Plan Worksheet from Rutgers Cooperative Extension that includes spaces to list income and fixed, variable, and occasional expenses.last_img read more

Beau Belga repeats as PBA Obstacle Course champion

first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director MANILA, Philippines—Beau Belga really does love the dramatic.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Faundo, though, wasn’t able to take advantage of Belga’s gaffe.“I stepped on the marker and my momentum was going forward and my shoes at the back slipped,” said Belga in Filipino.“When I got down I knew that I’d lose, but when I got up I saw Bryan was still on the passing area.”ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Rain or Shine’s big man got up from one epic slide and repeated as the PBA’s Obstacle Course champion during the 2019 All-Star Weekend in Calasiao, Pangasinan Friday.Belga clocked in at 21.0 seconds in the final run, where his only mistake was a missed free throw to finish just 0.3 seconds faster than first runner-up Russell Escoto of Columbian.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThat, however, wasn’t the most dramatic rise for Belga in the big man challenge.Belga was well ahead of Meralco’s Bryan Faundo in the semifinals before slipping in the course’s chest pass area. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Heavy favorite Demetrious Johnson not taking Japanese foe lightly in 1st ONE fight View commentslast_img read more

InterCaribbean Airways encourages ESTA registration

first_img Star Studded Stop in Dallas for #TeamTCI Recommended for you Related Items:airline, flights, international, travel Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppIt only takes seconds for the 38 countries affected by the recent US Border Control ESTA notice to register themselves online.CEO of InterCaribbean Airways, Trevor Sadler said those holders of Turks and Caicos e-passports will continue to enjoy the unique relationship where they can travel on a TCI Police record; and that it is fine for e-Passport holders who have a US Visa to travel in the States as is, but for those who are on the list of countries apart of the Visa Waiver Program, including the UK, they will need to get an ESTA else they will not be processed by airlines for travel into the United States.The change has been in effect since April 1, 2016 according to online notices issued recently.Sadler said their ICA flight into San Juan, Puerto Rico is affected by the new requirement and this means unless the traveler from one on the list of 38 countries has their Electronic System for Travel Authorization or ESTA; interCaribbean Airways would not be able to check them in and explained that even if they did, US authorities in San Juan are likely to turn the traveler back.Sadler said it literally takes seconds to register for that ESTA, online.It only takes seconds for the 38 countries affected by the recent US Border Control ESTA notice to register themselves online.CEO of InterCaribbean Airways, Trevor Sadler said those holders of Turks and Caicos e-passports will continue to enjoy the unique relationship where they can travel on a TCI Police record; and that it is fine for e-Passport holders who have a US Visa to travel in the States as is, but for those who are on the list of countries apart of the Visa Waiver Program, including the UK, they will need to get an ESTA else they will not be processed by airlines for travel into the United States.The change has been in effect since April 1, 2016 according to online notices issued recently.Sadler said their ICA flight into San Juan, Puerto Rico is affected by the new requirement and this means unless the traveler from one on the list of 38 countries has their Electronic System for Travel Authorization or ESTA; interCaribbean Airways would not be able to check them in and explained that even if they did, US authorities in San Juan are likely to turn the traveler back.Sadler said it literally takes seconds to register for that ESTA, online. Road Show delegation starts in the Western USA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Tourism Pitch In Houston Impresses 45 Year Travel Agentlast_img read more

Rodrigo apologises for spotkick miss

first_imgValencia striker Rodrigo Moreno has apologised for missing a penalty in his side’s stalemate with Real Valladolid.Rodrigo was denied by Valladolid goalkeeper Jordi Masip in the second-half penalty after  Ruben Alcaraz’s free-kick cancelled out Dani Parejo’s goal for Los Che.“We played really well but just could not score a goal,” Rodrigo admitted to reporters after the game, as cited by Football Espana.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I want to take this opportunity to apologise to my teammates and to our fans for missing the penalty, it was a critical moment in the game and I am very sorry.“We created a lot more opportunities and we are all responsible for not scoring more.”With Los Che struggling to win games, manager Marcelino has come out to say he is unfazed about the rumours calling for his exit from the club.last_img read more

Private search for Sala starts today

first_imgThere will be an underwater search that will look at the seabed for Argentinean footballer Emiliano Sala and English pilot David Ibbotson.The search for Cardiff City’s Argentinean footballer Emiliano Sala continues.The player and his English Pilot, David Ibbotson, disappeared more than a week ago when they were traveling from Nantes, Frances, to the Welsh capital of Cardiff.After French and English authorities tried to locate them alive, the search was not successful and they ended up calling off the mission after more than three days.But his family wants closure, and a private GoFundMe campaign has reached £300,000 in donations.And today the underwater seabed search will start as explained by chief investigator David Mearns, who will work together with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).Vital victory today, important in so many ways 💙💐🙏🏿 this was for you Emi #BlueBirds #CityAsOne pic.twitter.com/gUDN08GIPh— Sol Bamba (@Sol14Bamba) February 2, 2019“Once we locate any wreckage then we go into the next phase of identifying it visually with a robotic vehicle… that will be to define and identify the wreckage,” Mearns explained to Sky Sports News.AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“If it was summertime it would be straightforward but there’s a lot of complications.”“I don’t want to give people false hope, there’s never a guarantee with a search, particularly in this area where wreckage can actually move,” he commented.“We saw earlier this morning there were seven French trawlers in that area with scallop dredgers on the seabed.”“Hopefully, they haven’t disturbed anything beyond anything like that and we have a very good chance of finding this,” he added.Sala’s family had previously asked authorities not to stop looking, but the French and English authorities said there was no chance to find them alive.His family arrived in Guernsey ahead of the search, and have been actively talking to the press about Sala.Meanwhile, there have been tributes for him all around the football world, with Cardiff City welcoming him as a player even if he never trained at all with them.Huge result. Special night 💙💛 pic.twitter.com/2bAFuni2rQ— Joe Bennett (@JoeBennett27) February 2, 2019last_img read more