Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hallowe'en in the United States

What do Americans do?
Hallowe'en is usually celebrated amongst family, friends and, sometimes, co-workers. However, some areas hold large community events. Parties and other events may be planned on October 31st or in the weekends before and after this date. Adults may celebrate by watching horror films, holding costume parties or creating haunted houses or graveyards. Many children dress up in fancy costumes and visit other homes in the neighborhood. At each house, they demand sweets, snacks or a small gift. If they do not get this, they threaten to do some harm to the inhabitants of the house. This is known as playing 'trick-or-treat' and is supposed to happen in a friendly spirit, with no nasty or mean tricks being carried out. However, if your children take part, it is important to accompany them and to check their 'treats' to make sure they are safe to eat or play with. Some families carve lanterns with 'scary' faces out of pumpkins or other vegetables or decorate their homes and gardens in Hallowe'en style. These were traditionally intended to ward off evil spirits. If you are at home on Hallowe'en, it is a good idea to have a bowl of small presents or sweets to offer to anyone who knocks on your door. This will help you to please the little spirits in your neighborhood! One cause that ties with Hallowe'en is collecting donations for the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund - UNICEF. As children trick-or-treat on Hallowe'en night, some of them might carry small cardboard boxes with the UNICEF logo on them and collect coins instead of the usual candy. The money collected is then given to UNICEF and used to help needy children worldwide.

Background
Hallowe'en originated as a pagan festival in parts of Northern Europe, particularly around what is now the United Kingdom. Many European cultural traditions hold that Hallowe'en is a time when magic is most potent and spirits can make contact with the physical world. In Christian times, it became a celebration of the evening before All Saints’ Day. Immigrants from Scotland and Ireland brought the holiday to the United States. The commercialization of Hallowe'en started in the 1900s, when postcards and die-cut paper decorations were produced. Hallowe'en costumes started to appear in stores in the 1930s and the custom of 'trick-or-treat' appeared in the 1950s. The types of products available in Halloween style increased with time. Now Halloween is a very profitable holiday for the manufacturers of costumes, yard decorations and candy.

Symbols
There are various symbols associated with Hallowe'en. These include the spooks, ghosts and walking skeletons that represent the contact between the spiritual and physical world and between the living and the dead. Human figures that are often represented on Hallowe'en are witches and wizards, who are seen to have the power to contact the spirit world. Bats, black cats and spiders are often connected with this holiday. These animals are associated with the night and darkness and often accompany witches and wizards. There are also a range of objects associated with Hallowe'en. These include blood, fire, gravestones, pumpkins, bones and skulls. They all have connections with death, the spirit world or protecting property from evil spirits. Many of these objects are now available in stores as decorations for the Hallowe'en season.
(abridged)
A group of children playing Trick or Treat - ©iStockphoto.com/ sjlocke
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hallowe'en e-cards & videoclips

Sharing free and funny e-cards are a great way to wish your friends a Happy Hallowe'en. However, you can use them in class as well, especially if they are interactive, like this one. I have used this card once as a warm-up in a lesson about Hallowe'en and it totally grabbed the students' attention in a very effective way. Egreetings.com offers an interesting selection at your disposal on this 'spooky' venue!... In case you prefer the printable version, GotFreeCards offers you the possibility of creating and printing your own Hallowe'en card at home. You could challenge your students with a competition on the spookiest Hallowe'en card ever... Some students simply love a contest and that is an extraordinary way to boost their creativity!...

Last, but not least, YouTube! Our students love YouTube (and so do most of us)... It has an endless handy list of resources that we, as teachers, must not forget. One of my favourite for Hallowe'en is Tim Burton's Nightmare before Christmas, as well as, The Corpse Bride. You can use these resources to develop your students' vocabulary on Hallowe'en, their listening skills, as well as their ability for story telling, which can also be a written activity. Fantastic teacher-friendly resources that make our life much simpler and our lessons utterly more interesting!...  

Tim Burton's Nightmare before Christmas
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Monday, October 29, 2012

Hallowe'en Lesson Ideas

Hallowe'en is coming up on 31st October and that gives us a handy theme to work in our classes. This event is becoming increasingly popular amongst teenagers in Europe and judging from the merchandise available, it has an increasingly American flavour. Here are just some ideas of the things you can do with Hallowe'en:
Image by Phillip Martin,
Free Hallowe'en Clip Art
To begin with, Clare Lavery, via British Council BBC indicates eleven activities for all levels: from customs quizzes, to word games, Hallowe'en challenges to witches and witchcraft beliefs, horror films and literature to poems, you can read about all the tips HERE. In addition to these ideas, Education World suggests us jumping into pumpkin facts and pumpkin lore; trying pumpking science, pumpkin math, pumpkin writing... Did you know that pumpkins are fruit? Well, you can find out more about October's largest 'orange-est' and most visible fruit HERE!... The Teacher's Guide also presents several Hallowe'en Lesson Plans and Resources; and if you're looking for some free Hallowe'en Clip Art, just follow this LINK. Are you a cupcake lover? The TeachersCorner.net thought of you and suggests this graveyard cupcake, a fun and creative treat either for you or your students, amongst other spooky tips, such as bats, spiders, jack-o-lanterns, halloween puzzles, hallowe'en classroom activities and everything else to make your classroom frightfully fun.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

One difficult question

At a reputed Business School:
The Interviewer said, 'I shall either ask you ten easy questions or one really difficult question. Think well before you make up your mind!'  The boy thought for a while and said: 'My choice is one really difficult question.' 'Well, good luck to you, you have made your own choice! Now tell me this. What comes first, Day or Night?' The boy was jolted into reality as his admission depended on the correctness of his answer, but he thought for a while and said, 'It's the DAY sir!' 'How?' the interviewer asked. 'Sorry sir, you promised me that you will not ask me a SECOND difficult question!' He was selected for admission! Technical Skill is the mastery of Complexity, while Creativity is the mastery of Presence of Mind.
Found text @Daily Quotations/FB page

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Racist? Who? Me?

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Ana Isabel and Ana Cristina are 10th form students attending the course of Languages and Humanities. They share the dream of becoming journalists. As they readily accepted the challenge of writing on this blog with me, they are the first students publishing at The Students' Corner. They chose the topic RACISM.
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Racist? Who? Me?
'I'm not racist!'
This is a statement heard millions of times around the world, but the truth is that only a small percentage of people who say that, actually isn’t a racist. Skin tones, religion, culture, sexual orientation, physical disabilities, and even ideals are reasons for some people to put others aside, to exclude a person ... To consider that there are human beings that are superior to others... This is racism and it is this that we want to fight against. 
'One day, my children will live in a nation where they are not judged by their colour but by their character' - Martin Luther King 
He, like many others, from actors to musicians, politicians and other entities, advocated the excluded, fighting for the truth and yearning for equality among brothers. A question is imposed: Is our society so poor? Is it poor in the sense that we need people, well-known individuals, for us to discuss what we want in a society for the future? What do I want for my future? I want the same as Martin Luther King, a secure and affordable future for me and my future family. I want my children, if I ever have them, to be able to go to school without fear of being assaulted or excluded, simply because their skin tone is different, or they require special monitoring, or even if they have a disability, either psychological or physical... I want them to have a promising future. Is it so hard to have something so simple? 
'Education and teaching are the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.' - Nelson Mandela 
On this sentence we can see that the will to change the world doesn’t have to be a dream, if we use the weapons that Mandela mentions. From my point of view, Nelson Mandela is an example to follow because of his path through life. An example of how race or skin colour does not interfere with success, or performing their duties, or simply to help others. I believe, racism is synonymous of a weak and disgusting mentality, because no one chooses to be born where or under specific conditions. So, people who think they are superior should stop for a second and put themselves in the place of someone born in Africa, or in a gipsy community scattered throughout the world. 

'How do they do this?' 
'Why spend your money on this kind of action?' 

This is the thought that many people share, sometimes even criticizing, saying that they only do it for fame. It’s their opinions, but the truth is without them, without their struggles against this horrible 'disease', racism would be much more pronounced today. Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela are very well known for their struggle for an equal society. Many people share this dream, even though it is very difficult to make our voices be heard in this world.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Brush up your English


Are you feeling a bit rusty? 
Do you feel that you could do better at the English classes if you had some extra-time for practising your weaker, or stronger skills?

Well, if you want to improve your speaking or listening, writing or reading competences as far as the language of Her Majesty is concerned, join us at 'Clube de Inglês'. Talk to your English language teacher, and Brush Up Your English!... Once or twice a week, depending on your timetable, we are waiting for you!
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Monday, October 22, 2012

Eton vs Gangnam Style

Eton College, England's most famous, and most exclusive public school, has been teaching the sons of the great, good and plain rich for the past 565 years. Founded by King Henry VI, it has grown to a school of 1,290 boys aged 13 to 18, charging fees of more than £20,000 a year. There are so many famous Old Etonians (David Cameron, the current Prime Minister, and Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, are Old Etonians), the school has to divide them into categories, including Prime Ministers, Royals, Martyrs and Saints. Never before, however, has it produced stars in the field of 'K-pop', or high-energy Korean disco music. Until now. A group of sixth formers from the public school have created an internet smash hit in that very genre, after posting a VIDEO PARODY of the number one hit 'Gangnam Style' on YouTube. The English Blog suggests some tips to approach this video in class. Take a look at them HERE.

Image: Eton College
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Friday, October 19, 2012

Hunger Brides

One last suggestion to approach the topic HELPING OTHERS...

Niger has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world, according to Unicef. On average, one in three girls marries before her 15th birthday – and severe drought, poverty and hunger are pushing some parents to marry off their daughters at even younger ages. The Guardian published on September 28th, 2012, these Niger's hunger pictures in the section Global Development supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The picture below portrays Zali Idy, 12, who was married in 2011. In January 2012, she was carried on a bullock cart to her 23-year-old husband's home. For several weeks she refused to sleep with him until the women in the village intervened, scolding her until she relented. Watch more pictures with similar stories HERE.

Photograph: Jerome Delay/AP
GirlsNotBrides.org is a global partnership that aims to end child marriage, a harmful traditional practice that affects 10 million girls a year. Initiated by The Elders, Girls Not Brides brings together civil society organisations from around the world that work to tackle child marriage at the grassroots, national and global levels. Members of Girls Not Brides are joining together to accelerate efforts to prevent child marriage, and to support girls who are or have been married, all over the world. Girls Not Brides will amplify the voices of girls at risk of child marriage and defend the rights of girls to health, education and the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

EndingHunger.org

FACT: Extreme poverty is in decline in every region of the world, but 870 million people still go hungry. October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. What can you do? Think about donating your social media profiles to show how much remains to be done to achieve a hunger-free, poverty-free world. Learn more on: http://www.endpoverty2015.org/

JOIN THE MOVEMENT TO END HUNGERwww.endinghunger.org. Hundreds of millions people around the world live in chronic hunger. Can you stand it anymore? Push for change wherever you are. The movement has one major goal: to end hunger in our lifetime. Bringing new members to the movement and creating public events of all kinds is the method of attack. The EndingHunger movement is a growing community of people worldwide who are no longer willing to stand by while hundreds of millions fellow human beings go hungry. It grew out of 'The 1 billion hungry project' launched in May 2010.

ENDING HUNGER / THE 1 BILLION HUNGRY PROJECT
Hunger, a quiet crisis, is rarely in the news. Yet current calculations show that close to one billion people worldwide continue to go hungry on a daily basis. It now appears all but certain that the hunger target associated with UN Millennium Development Goal no. 1 – reduction of hunger by half by 2015 – will not be met. Members of the movement are active in staging public events designed to pressure politicians and leaders into giving top priority to ending hunger. Members also discuss hunger issues, and share books, articles and multimedia. The EndingHunger movement does not belong to any one institution, but is coordinated by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. It links with and has mutual support arrangements with like-minded organizations and people everywhere.
Source: endinghunger.org/FB page

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

ONE.org

photo credit: World Economic Forum
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ONE is a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school and improving futures. Co-founded by Bono and other campaigners, ONE is nonpartisan and works closely with African activists and policy makers. Backed by a movement of more than 3 million members, ONE achieves change through advocacy. They hold world leaders to account for the commitments they've made to fight extreme poverty, and they campaign for better development policies, more effective aid and trade reform. They also support greater democracy, accountability and transparency to ensure policies to beat poverty are implemented effectively. ONE is not a grant-making organization and they do not solicit funding from the general public. As they always say,'we're not asking for your money, we're asking for your voice.' 
Source: www.one.org 
(abridged and adapted)

When lecturing the topic 'Helping Others', you could ask your 10th form students to search for more information about this or any other non-profit organization, write an essay about it, and then present their project work orally. Or you could ask them to imagine they were going to interview Bono, and roleplay it. Your students could also be asked to make a prezi, a glogster or an infographic about this, in case you're a web 2.0 tools advocate. These are some of the suggestions I leave you with today.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

World Food Day

World Food Day (October 16th) was proclaimed in 1979 by the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It marks the date of the founding of FAO in 1945. The aim of the Day is to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. In 1980, the General Assembly endorsed observance of the Day in consideration of the fact that 'food is a requisite for human survival and well-being and a fundamental human necessity'. (Source: World Food Day)

In, Visually
The UNICEF dedicates a section to this venue as well. Changing diets and lives is a video which ilustrates a programme that supports introducing vitamin-rich fruit and vegetables in the local diet, from the garden to the table in Burkina Faso. Watch the VIDEO here. The Unicef also marks the Global Handwashing Day (October 15th), by producing an infographic with some of the most powerful stats on handwashing. Needless to say, these are materials (both the video and the infographic) that you can use in class to discuss the topic with your students.

Last, but not least, ONE, an international organisation that fights against extreme poverty, has nutrition on their agenda, too. They've created the sweet potato super hero: 'The sweet potato is a superhero. It's a symbol in the fight for a global nutrition plan that can save millions of children and help build a healthier and more productive future. Sign our petition before World Food Day on October 16th and share this petition with your friends and family.' (Source:one.org). This very same organization, released a film about famine in Somalia last year, named The F Word: Famine is the Real Obscenity. This film isn’t a typical emotional emergency appeal. 'It’s about focusing the media spotlight on the tragedy unfolding. It’s about building political support in the US and around the world for interventions that will stop the suffering today and break the cycle of famine in the future. Most of all, it’s about taking action — because famine is man-made.' (Source:one.org). I've shown this film in class both last and the current year. It catches the students' attention in an uncommon, yet very pleasant, way. It's worth watching over and over again. You can do it HERE!

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Monday, October 15, 2012

I am, I can

I am dedicating these week's posts to the topic I'm lecturing in my 10th form classes: HELPING OTHERS. I will suggest you some websites that you might like to use to prepare your lessons, in case you're approaching this issue too. To start with, I suggest the poster below, which I found at One.org International in its Facebook Page. I will also dedicate posts to the celebration of both The Global Handwashing Day (October 15th) and World Food Day (October 16th). International Organizations, such as  ONE, and EndingHunger, as well as GirlsNotBrides, will be presented throughout the week. I find this topic very inspiring and I hope to touch my students' sensibilities as far as volunteerism and the privileges of living in the developed world in contrast with the reality of very poor countries are concerned. Many of our youngsters don't know how fortunate they are and how great it is to be able to go to school everyday (even though they say that is a torture...).

Found picture at ONE International Facebook Page


Friday, October 12, 2012

100 ways to use Facebook in class

Facebook cannot be ignored. It has a sort of stigma that it’s not for educational purposes. All that’s about to change thanks to these 100 ways you can use Facebook in your classroom to actually learn! Facebook is so much more than vapid status updates. You can find resources for research, connect with local (and international) public figures, and find out what’s new and interesting in museums.
1. Ask for information: Instead of trusting Wikipedia, ask the crowd on Facebook. One kindergarten teacher asked parents to research seeds and got great information about the largest seed in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
2. Attend remote lectures: Using Facebook, you can tune into remote lectures and presentations from around the world.
3. Museums and more: Help your students follow along with local and international museums, art galleries, exhibits, and more for enriched learning on Facebook.
4. Firsthand research: Students can connect with family members for genealogy assignments, discuss issues with local celebrities and more through Facebook.
5. Follow politicians: If your class is studying the current election, use Facebook to follow politicians on the local, state, and national scale. You can even ask students to interact with the candidates, posting questions and getting feedback.
6. Learning games: Plenty of games are on Facebook, and many of them are actually educational. Adopt Facebook crosswords, math games, and more as a reward in your classroom.
7. Public polling: Students can research and poll friends and family members by simply asking questions on Facebook.
8. Applications: Flashcards, Courses, and more offer easy ways to adopt and create learning tools in your classroom.
If you want to know the other 92 ways to use Facebook in class, continue reading HERE.

In, Edudemic 
(both text and picture)

The British Council also suggests teaching and learning through social networks. In 2007, they conducted a market research into how the Internet has affected the preferred learning styles of young people wanting to learn English around the world. The results of this research suggest that if teachers are to remain relevant and effective, then they need to use 'learning technologies' to help students reach the world outside the classroom. Read the full article HERE.
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Is Wikipedia an academic source?

According to Stacia Levy, neither Wikipedia, nor Google are trustworthy academic sources! Why? Let's take a look at the article she wrote for BusyTeacher.org about appropriate research: 'Almost every time I assign a research paper, I’ll get completed papers turned in that list Wikipedia as a source and sometimes even Webster’s Dictionary. I have a required number of sources, so students apparently sometimes 'pad' their numbers. But I think there is something else going on here. Students have the entire Internet at their disposal, after all, so certainly they can find more appropriate sources. But that may just be the problem: what’s an appropriate source? Students today are exposed to an unprecedented glut of information, and have no way to evaluate it. It becomes our job to teach them how, and this is teaching the research process itself. (...)

Also discuss places to locate scholarly articles: Google may not be the best way. An example I like to give is from my own experience doing some research on The Holocaust. If you Google 'Holocaust,' perhaps millions of search results come up, many of them are the home pages of hate groups whose mission is Holocaust denial. However, if you use a more select search engine like Academic Search Premier, available through many universities, most of the hits you get, while smaller in number, will be the work of scholars writing in their area of expertise. It is much better to get a select group of articles you can actually use than a lot of material of dubious quality.'
In, BusyTeacher (abridged)

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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

He named it the World Wide Web

Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA
Berners Lee is the British computer scientist who invented the World Wide Web. Timothy John Berners Lee was born on 8 June 1955 and grew up in London. He studied physics at Oxford University and became a software engineer. In 1980, while working at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva, he first described the concept of a global system, based on the concept of 'hypertext', that would allow researchers anywhere to share information. He also built a prototype called 'Enquire'. In 1984, Berners Lee's returned to CERN, which was also home to a major European Internet node. In 1989, Berners Lee published a paper called 'Information Management: A Proposal' in which he married up hypertext with the Internet, to create a system for sharing and distributing information not just within a company, but globally. He named it the World Wide Web. He also created the first web browser and editor. The world's first website, http://info.cern.ch, was launched on 6 August 1991. It explained the World Wide Web concept and gave users an introduction to getting started with their own websites. In 1994, Berners Lee founded the World Wide Web Consortium at the Laboratory of Computer Science (LCS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. He has served as director of the consortium since then. He also works as a senior research scientist at LCS which has now become the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
In spite of being the WWW inventor, Berners Lee is not a pop star of the technology. In his own words: 'I don't need to be a celebrity!' Watch the VIDEO, in which he talks with BBC commentator Dave Lee about the NBC journalists who don't know who he is, when he appears in the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony'This is for everyone', Berners-Lee says in a tweet as London 2012 organisers honour the inventor of the web in the Olympic Games opening extravaganza. Read the newsreport HERE, as well as the VIDEO of him live-tweeting during the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, with a NeXT Cube by his side. In case you're interested, you can follow Berners Lee on twitter: https://twitter.com/timberners_lee.

Found pic @London 2012
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Friday, October 05, 2012

World Teachers Day

Held annually on 5 October, World Teachers’ Day (WTD) is an important date in the calendar of the entire educational community. Celebrated since 1994 across the globe, it is an opportunity to honour the teaching profession and support teachers in their efforts empowering people to build a better world.

The theme for this year’s World Teachers’ Day is: 'Take a stand for teachers'. This is a clear call to all stakeholders to acknowledge teachers’ crucial role in transforming the lives of learners at all levels of education. Moreover, the Day should be a time to reflect on the difficult economic and social context in which teachers work and find ways of improving their professional status and working conditions and those of all education personnel.

This year’s WTD coincides with the 11th session of the Joint ILO/UNESCO Committee of Experts on the Application of the Recommendations concerning Teaching Personnel (CEART). This will be held in Geneva from 8-12 October. Two main Recommendations define international standards for the teaching profession: the ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers (1966) and the UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel (1997).

Governments worldwide claim to support the values and principles in the Recommendations. However, many do not actually demonstrate respect for the rights enshrined in them, nor do they implement policies that comply with them. So, it is critically important that the CEART monitors the application of the Recommendations, ruling on violations of teachers’ rights.

In Geneva, the Joint Committee will examine reports on the application of the Recommendations and communicate its findings to relevant authorities so that they may take appropriate action. Education International (EI) will use the WTD, the CEART session and other opportunities to highlight the state of the teaching profession and education worldwide and call for urgent corrective and proactive action.

'Teachers play a critical role towards the achievement of the Education for All goals by 2015, nurturing future generations and therefore ensuring the sustainable development of societies,' said EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen. 'Highly trained, professionally qualified and motivated teachers, working in well-resourced and supportive environments can provide quality education to young people and adults.' 



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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Remembering Steve Jobs

An original thinker who helped create the Macintosh, one of the world’s most influential computers, Steve Jobs also reinvented the portable music player with the iPod, launched the first successful legal method of selling music online with iTunes and reordered the cellphone market with the iPhone. The introduction of the iPad also jump-started the electronic-tablet market, and it now dominates the field. Calculating that people would be willing to pay a premium price for products that signaled creativity, Steve Jobs had a genius for understanding the needs of consumers before they did. He knew best of all how to market: 'Mac or PC?' became one of the defining questions of the late 20th century, and although Apple sold a mere 5 percent of all computers during that era, Mac users became rabid partisans.

Steve Jobs was the first crossover technology star, turning Silicon Valley renown into Main Street recognition and paving the way for the rise of the nerds, such as Yahoo founders Jerry Yang and David Filo, and Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. And by changing the way people interacted with technology, Jobs and Microsoft founder Bill Gates transformed their era in much the same way Henry Ford and John D. Rockefeller revolutionized theirs with the mass-produced automobile and the creation of Standard Oil.

The life and accomplishments of Steve Jobs extend beyond his role in turning Pixar and Apple into the iconic companies they are today. They include his innovative and disruptive inventions and leadership philosophy.

Steve Jobs, a co-founder of Apple Inc., who introduced simple, well-designed computers for people who were more interested in what technology could do than in how it was done, died age 56, on October 5, 2011. In a brief statement, Apple announced the death but did not say where he died. Steve Jobs, who suffered from a rare form of pancreatic cancer and had a liver transplant in 2009, stepped down as Apple’s chief executive on Aug. 24, leaving the technology giant without its visionary. 

(abridged and adapted)

Found pic @Art Print RIP

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Lily's plan

Image credits: Plan International
Lily wants to be a teacher when she grows up. She is only 4 but her dreams are big. She lives in Bokeo province, one of the poorest areas of north-western Laos. The people of her community are waiting for many things - safe drinking water, access to quality education for their children and clean toilets are just a few. More than 50 percent of the children in Bokeo are malnourished, and diarrhoea - one of the biggest killers of children in poor communities - is common due to untreated water and lack of toilets. With the help of Plan's long-term commitment to her community, Lily and her friends have been learning hygiene practices to prevent illness. This, combined with new toilets and continuing work in her community, means the health of the children is improving. Lily has been a sponsored child for one year. She now regularly attends pre-school and can read the Lao alphabet. Her dream of becoming a teacher is possible.
Information posted by 
PlanAustralia  on YouTube

When lecturing the topic: 'Education - right or privelege?', this video might be a teacher timesaver that will surely grab your students' attention and promote the debate of ideas on this issue. At least, that's what happened in my two 10th form classes last week! I've used it to elicit students' speaking skills and then their writing competences as a way to sum up their ideas/opinions/feelings about the right (or privilege?) of having a free quality education.


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