E-manuals brighten South African classrooms

first_imgWith a tap, click or swipe across the screen children can access embedded videos, high quality photographs, maps, animations and pop-up boxes. A pupil shows how it is done. At the launch school children were ready to demonstrate how the technology works. Maramedia has adapted its printed manuals into colourful fully interactive digital manuals for tablet devices.(Images: Wilma den Hartigh) MEDIA CONTACTS • Daniella Hess   Grapevine Communications  +27 11 706 9600 RELATED ARTICLES • Digital drum boosts computer literacy • Education goes mobile with Vodacom • Mandela archive goes live • eBook focus at Cape Town Book Fair Wilma den HartighA South African publishing company has launched a new digital education tool that is transforming the classroom, inspiring a love for learning and improving academic performance by making education fun and interactive.Maramedia Publishing’s interactive digital manuals are a first for South Africa and are changing the way children experience education.The Johannesburg-based publishing company has until now produced printed manuals for children and teachers. The manuals, which comply with the Department of Basic Education’s curriculum policy statement, are a combination of textbooks, study guides and workbooks to supplement learning in the classroom.In keeping with modern technological trends, Maramedia has adapted their manuals into colourful fully interactive digital manuals (IDMs) for tablet devices.Advancing educationFormer South African president Nelson Mandela was once quoted saying that “education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world”, and Maramedia’s digital offering introduces a new way to address Madiba’s wish for all South Africans to receive a good education.Speaking at the launch event at Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia on Nelson Mandela International Day, Maramedia CEO Gideon van Niekerk said the interactive and multimedia component of the IDM devices has become an essential learning tool.“The devices inspire pupils to be more adventurous in their work, bringing learning to life,” van Niekerk says.Browsing a digital manual is visually similar to turning the pages of a book, but because these books are digital children use taps, clicks or swipes across the screen to access embedded videos, high quality photographs, maps, animations and pop-up boxes.Unlike traditional textbooks, the manuals have been designed in full colour, which helps children to retain more information.Maramedia’s digital content has also received the stamp of approval of Google SA’s new media specialist, Brett St Clair. “The Maramedia content is one of the most advanced rich media experiences I have seen on smart devices,” St Clair said. “At Google we are incredibly excited about this type of content.”Going digital and changing education trendsMaramedia’s director of research and development, Deon Kotzé, said although printed material continues to be an important learning tool, children of today need an active learning environment.Today’s children are constantly engaging with social media such as Twitter, Facebook and instant messaging, and bringing modern technology into the classroom can only enhance learning.“It can inspire children to become lifelong learners and not just be passive recipients of knowledge,” Kotzé says.The layout is highly visual and every topic has review questions at the end of each section to test pupils’ level of understanding. Class activities and worksheets are also included.The facts are brought to life with photo galleries, animated diagrams and pop-up boxes with additional information on just about every page.“Research shows that real comprehension takes place through visual representation and interaction with content,” explains Kotzé. “If you don’t engage pupils and make them participants, you lose them.”Van Niekerk says introducing technology into education is important. “In the past 20 years, the education sector in South Africa has seen the least improvement and advancement compared to other sectors such as mining, banking or industry,” he says.The nuts and boltsThe content of the digital manuals can be downloaded on Android- and Apple-enabled tablets, or obtained on pre-loaded external memory cards.A major benefit is that the IDM doesn’t require internet or WiFi access to view the content.“Not everyone has internet access,” van Niekerk says, but despite this offline functionality, many users can still access the Internet to explore beyond what is covered in class by doing additional searches for information.One of the perceived drawbacks of the new initiative is the cost of tablets, but according to Maramedia, even the most well-known tablet brands have become more affordable of late.Another option is for teachers to use the tablets to project content onto whiteboards or smart boards in the classroom, while children use printed workbooks.This is one way for resource-poor schools to benefit from the new technology, as the digital content is similar to that of printed manuals, and could also prove to be more cost effective than printed books. Pupils will have fewer books to carry, too.The content is current and tackles issues such as renewable energy, global warming and the tsunami in Japan – everything that pupils would have heard about in the news. The content has been compiled from many sources and is constantly updated in keeping with curriculum changes.Benefits for teachersThe manuals aren’t just about making learning fun for children. The interactive component offers teachers many explanations, animations and 3D graphics to explain abstract concepts.This means teachers can spend more time teaching as they no longer have to spend hours trawling through many different resources to add to their lesson plans.“They will have more time to devote to engaging with their pupils, moulding their knowledge and focusing on personal interaction,” Kotzé said at the launch.last_img read more

How to Apply Camera-Friendly Makeup for Men and Women

first_imgMakeup application is a key part of filmmaking. Sure, makeup can make you look more attractive, but it’s really used to correct the distortions caused by the camera lens and lights.Cameras can accentuate wrinkles, affect skin tone, and magnify skin flaws like scars and acne. Makeup is used to bring out natural features and cover up an blemishes.The lights and camera will wash out your natural skin tone, so you need makeup to bring your skin back to life and keep you from looking like a ghost. Warm colors are best for video. Cooler colors are overly exaggerated on camera. Be sure to use matte and neutral hues. Also, avoid high-shine that is commonly found in blushes, lip glosses, and eye shadow.Make Up Tips for MenMen at least require powdered makeup, especially if they are bald. Bald heads reflect lights, so powdered makeup is needed all over their head to prevent light from bouncing off of them. The oil produced by pores shines on camera, and a small amount of powder can significantly reduce that.The key for men is evening out skin tone, covering blemishes, and eliminating any shine or reflection.Check out this video from Pixiwoo, where they show how to properly groom a male subject before applying makeup. Then you will see the proper steps to making them look great on camera. Makeup Tips for WomenOne of the most desired looks for women, on and off camera, is the No Makeup makeup look. It’s a very natural look that accentuates features without looking overly colorful or made up. In this tutorial from Sephora, you will learn the step-by-step process of creating the “No Makeup” makeup look.In this tutorial from Gregory Arlt, the Director of Makeup Artistry for MAC Cosmetics, you can learn a simple and quick technique to help achieve flawless skin.In this video, Gregory Arlt shows you how to correctly apply lipstick with a brush. Start in the center of the lip and then blend it in. It creates a very simple stained look. Be sure to apply a bit more to the center of the lip, which will lightly soften the edges to blend in with the skin.When it comes to eyeliner, lay the brush flat, right above the eyelid and bring it straight across. By laying the brush flat, you will achieve a straight line every time.For eyebrows, first take the brow pencil and brush them into place. Use a pencil that’s a shade lighter than your subject’s brow color to help define the brow, rather than darkening it. Hold the pencil to the side and feather the brow. Then use an angle brush to distribute the color. Finally, use the brow pencil once again to brush the brows. Movie makeup ranges from simple applications to incredibly complex monster looks. In this roundup, learn how to apply the “No Makeup” makeup technique.Film unions classify movie makeup artists based on the area of the actor’s body needing makeup. A makeup artist applies cosmetics from the top of a persons head to the top of their breastbone. A body makeup artist applies makeup to any other area of an actor’s body.In this article we will be focusing on a makeup artist’s “No Makeup” makeup, specifically applying makeup that does not look like a person is wearing makeup.center_img Bonus TipImage: Sephora store via CosmopolitanIf you will be applying your own makeup, and have no experience doing so, don’t be afraid to ask for help.One of the best options available is going straight to a makeup store. You can visit department stores or go to specialty shops like Sephora. You’ll easily find a makeup artist who can help you find the right makeup for your skin, and even show you how to apply it.Have any experience with applying makeup? Got any tips to share? Do it in the comments below!last_img read more

Let India beat Pakistan and ensure they don’t advance in World Cup: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgFormer captain Sunil Gavaskar is of the opinion that India should look to play Pakistan and beat them in the upcoming ICC World Cup match on June 16 rather than boycott the arch-rivals in the tournament.Gavaskar’s suggestion is purely based on logic than emotions which are currently running high in the country following the Pulwama terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans lost their lives on February 14.Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack on the CRPF bus which was blown up by a Jaish suicide bomber.Speaking to India Today’s Rajdeep Sardesai, Gavaskar, who was part of India’s first World Cup-winning team in 1983, provided a different solution from the ones that are being suggested by the likes of Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh, who feel boycotting Pakistan in the tournament is the best way forward.Gavaskar said not playing bilateral cricket hurts Pakistan more but giving away two points in a tournament like the World Cup would end up hurting India eventually.”If India decide not to play Pakistan in the World Cup, who wins? Pakistan will get two points. We have beaten them every time in World Cups. We can play them and beat them and make sure they don’t reach the semi-finals. Not playing bilateral series vs Pakistan hurts them.”I know India are strong enough to qualify by not playing Pakistan. Not playing bilaterally hurts them. But it’s a World Cup, it’s two points…,” Gavaskar said.advertisementThe Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) reportedly wants the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to write a letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC) asking the world governing body to ban Pakistan from the upcoming World Cup in May-June.Gavaskar though feels, this is a step which India can look to take but it won’t result in anything eventually.”It will not happen because the other countries have to agree. India can certainly go ahead but that is not likely to happen.”The right forum is at the United Nations. I am not too sure the International Cricket Conference is the right forum to bring this up. We are all down with the tragedy. I am not too sure it will work because the other countries might say it’s an internal issue between two countries so please don’t involve us,” Gavaskar said.Also Read | Sunil Gavaskar to Imran Khan: You are my friend. Where is Naya Pakistan?Also Read | India can try and throw Pakistan out of World Cup but it won’t happen: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Keep Pakistan out of Cricket World Cup, BCCI to tell ICC in wake of Pulwama terror attackAlso Read | India should put pressure on ICC to throw Pakistan out of the World Cup: Chetan Chauhanlast_img read more

BtoB One of the Most Active Groups in Social Media

first_imgIf b-to-b publishers are not already taking advantage of social technologies, they may be late to the game. Forrester’s research cautions that social network participants do not feel that information gleaned from such networks is a factor in purchasing decisions—yet.  This is bound to change as users get increasingly comfortable with relying on social networks for content, and applications improve.  Product recommendations from peers in b-to-b environments should never be underestimated.  The go-forward implications for suppliers of goods and services to industry (advertisers) are quite compelling.As self-proclaimed providers of mission-critical information, b-to-b media organizations need to build out their respective social media components by more aggressively tapping into the intellectual property of their extensive user bases.  IP and editorial content is no longer the sole province of employees working within the confines of today’s b-to-b media companies.  IP is held by “many.”  In the case of the typical b-to-b audience, “many” consist of the executives and employees running their respective industries.  Industry executives and their associates offer solutions that media companies could not possibly offer.  These decision makers are in the trenches.My experience dealing with constituencies as diverse as healthcare executives, entertainment industry executives and entrepreneurs has been nothing but positive whenever they are asked to share their expertise with peers. The potential that the proper exploitation of the social-graph holds for b-to-b media companies is enormous.  Facilitating industry leader information-share will enable business media to strengthen and secure its position as the prime source of crucial business information.   The challenges monetizing social media have been well-documented in both the consumer and trade press. Though general consumer social media sites have struggled to discover a working revenue model, b-to-b social media sites should not be viewed in the same light.  The role of the b-to-b publisher is to serve highly specialized audiences with very specific needs.  In the universe of b-to-b media, decision makers have self-identified through long-standing qualification efforts. Once media companies demonstrate buyer engagement with this medium, vendor dollars will follow.  Savvy b-to-b media organizations will use social media to meet their customers in a genre where that customer’s general information consumption habits are taking them—Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to name a few.  Given the behaviors of executives worldwide—as documented by Forrester—business media organizations that pursue a comprehensive social media strategy should find themselves well-positioned for a profitable future. According to a recently released Forrester Research report—dubbed “The Social Technographics of Business Buyers”—buyers and decision makers in the business-to-business sector are one of the most active groups of people when it comes to social media participation.  This can be evidenced by the dramatic growth of LinkedIn.    Forrester surveyed 1200 buyers throughout America and Europe.  Because this was a b-to-b survey, buyers were not only asked how they participate in social networks but whether they used them for buying decisions.  Some highlights from the study:•  91 percent of these decision makers were “spectators.”  This means you can count on the fact that b-to-b executives are reading blogs, watching user-generated video and participating in other social media.•  Only 5 percent of survey participants were “inactives.”•  55 percent were “joiners.”  These are not college students. These are mature business decision makers.  The percentage, according to Forrester, was surprisingly high.•  43 percent are creating media (blogs, uploading videos, etc.) while 58 percent are “critics” reacting to content viewed in social formats.  Again, Forrester says these percentages were quite high when compared to the norm.last_img read more

OEA Retains Funding for Core Programs

first_imgDOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) will receive $90.6 million for fiscal 2016, an amount that fully funds the administration’s request except for a $20.0 million line item to cover civilian water and wastewater infrastructure improvements on Guam needed to accommodate an influx of Marines.The agency’s spending is part of the omnibus spending package signed into law by President Obama on Friday. Earlier that day, the House approved the $1.15 trillion bill with surprisingly little drama, followed by the Senate. Both chambers also passed a package of tax break extensions.The omnibus easily passed in the House, 316-113, with an unexpected strong showing of support by the GOP. And following late endorsements by the White House and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Democrats overwhelmingly favored the spending bill, reported CQ Roll Call.OEA’s allocation for the current year would seem to represent a deep cut from FY 2015, when Congress allocated $281.4 million to the agency. But that year’s funding included a one-time add-on to address capacity and facility condition deficiencies at public schools on military installations, making it difficult to compare OEA funding across years. The agency received $120.5 million in FY 2014.The agency’s FY 2016 funding had been threatened earlier this year after the Senate version of the defense authorization bill called for stripping out $33.1 million from DOD’s request for the agency’s defense industry adjustment program, as well as the funding for the civilian infrastructure projects on Guam. The House version of the authorization bill, however, left the $110.6 million request for OEA intact.When the compromise version of the defense policy measure was unveiled in September, the defense industry adjustment program and Guam projects had survived. But the reprieve for the water projects proved fleeting, as congressional appropriators ultimately denied them funding in the defense spending bill measure enacted last week.The text of the defense spending component of the fiscal 2016 omnibus, along with the explanatory statement, is available on the House web site. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Android Auto is getting updated looks and you should be excited

first_img More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageAndroid Auto’s design gets slicker, less cluttered and pleasingly dark compared to the old version. Google Android Auto has been a game-changer for drivers who just want to get into their car and have the infotainment system work seamlessly with their Android phone. It’s powerful, simple to use and generally around a zillion times better than most manufacturer’s own infotainment systems but it was never as slick looking as that other system from Cupertino.Until now, that is. Google announced on Monday that Android Auto is getting a comprehensive visual overhaul and frankly, we like what we see. While it’s definitely nicer looking than previous versions (all hail Dark Mode!), it isn’t so much of a change that it will seem unfamiliar.Aside from the purely visual enhancements, Google added a bunch more functionality to the system. First, Google overhauled the navigation bar so that it requires fewer taps to access apps. Next, you will be able to see your turn-by-turn directions while also controlling your phone and apps without needing to go to separate screens.the-new-launcher-introduces-a-familiar-way-to-easily-discover-and-start-apps-compatible-with-android-autoEnlarge ImageAndroid Auto’s new app launcher wouldn’t seem out of place in Apple CarPlay, and that’s a compliment. Google Android Auto will also continue playing whatever it was you were listening to before you plugged it in and it will pop up your navigation app immediately when you plug it in and start your car. This saves the amount of fiddling around you have to do before pulling away.Probably our favorite new feature is the fact that Android Auto will now tailor itself better on vehicles with wider screens. So, instead of the image on the screen getting larger or smaller, wider screens now feature more information on them. Android Auto uses all the real estate to give you the most information possible.The only downside to this update that we can see is that it won’t roll out to users until later this summer. News • Hands-on with the new and improved Android Auto 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 9 Photos Auto Tech Car Games and Apps Share your voice Preview • Android Auto offers easy nav, voice control Commentscenter_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 21 More about Google Android Auto Android Auto 2016 updates in pictures Tags Googlelast_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5 Bran Stark to die saving

first_imgGame of Thrones season 8 episode 2 reviewGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 “The Last of Starks” featured the aftermath of the battle at Winterfell. However, there was one cryptic scene featuring Bran Stark and Tyrion Lannister that has made many to think that Jon Snow’s cousin brother, who now goes by the Three-Eyed-Raven, will not survive the final battle.Major Spoilers:In Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2 “A Knight of Seven Kingdoms,” we saw Tyrion Lannister and Bran Stark conversing for the first time ever. Many of us speculated that Bran has revealed Jon Snow’s true identity to Tyrion but as the recently released episode revealed to us that Tyrion learned about Jon from Sansa Stark.In the recently released episode of Game of Thrones season 8, we saw how everyone was celebrating the end of Night King and the White Walkers. During their celebration moment, we saw a drunk Tyrion Lannister approaching Bran Stark or the Three-Eyed-Raven. Their conversation was brief but like always, Bran spoke in puzzles and now everyone is worried about his future in the show.In the episode, we saw Bran Stark sitting on his wheelchair and Tyrion approaching him. Daenerys’ Hand tells Bran that the machinery of his wheelchair is clever and is much more useful than the saddle he had designed for him all those years ago. For this, Bran simply states that this is the same one Daeron Targaryen designed for his crippled nephew 120 years ago. Impressed Tyrion replies to him that Bran knows the history of entire Westeros better than anyone and it would come as handy since he is going to be the Lord of Winterfell. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 Bran stark meeting Jaime LannisterGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)But as we all know, Bran Stark has no desire to become any Lord anymore and this is what he tells Tyrion. When Tyrion tells him that he feels envious of him for not wanting to be a lord anymore, Bran first looks over his shoulder to see that someone is coming to take him away from the fireplace. Before leaving Tyrion, Bran says to him that he shouldn’t feel envy of him because “Mostly, I live in the past.”Over the years, Bran Stark has learned about himself and the Night King by going in the past only and him saying Tyrion that he lives in the past makes perfect sense. But at the same time, it opens up the possibility that he was referring to himself but not from his current perspective.Fans are now speculating that in the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones, Bran Stark will try to help Jon Snow in his battle against Cersei Lannister by warging himself into Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon and he might be killed during this course. Since Bran knows what is going to happen with him in the future, he simply stated the obvious to Tyrion by telling him that he lives in the past only.Bran Stark is an important character and it would be interesting to see if we see the last of any Stark in the upcoming battle of HBO’s Game of Thrones.last_img read more

Bharti Airtel Q4 beats estimates as more customers pay for mobile internet

first_imgBharti Airtel Ltd, India’s largest telecoms network operator, reported a better than expected 2.8 percent rise in its fourth-quarter profits on Wednesday, boosted by a 15 percent rise in subscribers in its home market for mobile broadband services to 35.5 million.Consolidated net profit rose to 12.90 billion rupees ($194.23 million) in the quarter ended March 31, from 12.55 billion rupees a year earlier, the company said.Analysts on average had expected a net profit of 12.21 billion rupees, according to a Reuters poll.Bharti Airtel, headed by Indian billionaire Sunil Mittal, said total revenues rose 8.4 percent to 249.6 billion rupees.Separately the company also approved a share buyback of 14.34 billion rupees.India has over 1 billion mobile phone users, making it the second biggest market behind China, and the market for mobile internet services is growing fast as only a third of phone users already have smart phones.Over 100 million smart phones were sold in India last year and that number is expected to grow by over 25 percent this year while network operators are investing heavily in providing 4G broadband.In the last two months alone Bharti has spent about $1.2 billion on buying radio spectrum to expand its 4G service.last_img read more

CCIC promotes Indian craft

first_imgIn an endeavour to promote Indian handicrafts and the spirit of craftsmanship, Central Cottage Industries Corporation (CCIC) has organised an exhibition cum sale titled ‘Sculpted Renditions’ – of an exquisite collection of sculptures and artefacts in its showroom at Janpath, New Delhi.The exhibition will be open to view from 10 am till 7 pm every day until September 16.One can browse through some of the finest masterpieces of traditional Indian dexterity. The exhibition showcases a vast collection of statuettes, figurines, and replicas of our ancient mythological deities with intricate works in stones, bronze, and wood craft. A Special display of ‘Lord Ganesha’ has also been put on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe ongoing exhibition is an initiative by CCIC in order to promote Indian crafts, encourage the craftspersons and to present their creations with a view to increase the awareness about handmade sculptures and artefacts to a wider audience.Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Ltd. (CCIC), a public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Textiles is engaged in the promotion and retail marketing of best of authentic Indian Handloom and Handicraft products through its showrooms in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata Hyderabad, Patna, and Varanasi.CCIC sources its merchandise directly from, weavers, master weavers, craftsperson, Shilpgurus, National Awardees, and Clusters. CCIC is dedicated to the development of Indian crafts and craft person, providing a unique platform for showcasing their art.last_img read more

Trace TV the French youthfocused thematic channe

first_imgTrace TV, the French youth-focused thematic channel provider, is launching its Trace Sport Stars network in the US and Latin American after signing a deal with channel distributer Alterna’TV.A subsidiary of Latin American satellite service provider Satmex, Alterna’TV ha experience in distributing original entertainment channels throughout Latin America and to the Spanish speaking communities of the US.Trace Sport Stars first launched in 2012 and airs lifestyle, gossip, news, reality, magazine and talk show programmes about sports celebrities. Trace claims the channel is already available to more than 30 million homes in 106 countries around the world.last_img read more