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Teachers Are Key In Transforming Education Through Technology. Why?

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“The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge” – Seymour Papert

With today’s increasing use of technology in the classroom and drive for innovation and entrepreneurism, it almost sounds as if it were uttered at the start of the 21st Century.

The youth of today are constantly pushed to develop relevant skills for the job market.

Technology in the classroom plays a massive and vital role in developing these skills. However, technology cannot do it alone. It needs one key component: Teachers. More importantly, teachers who know how to use the digital tools – and who can inspire students to do even more with them

Training teachers

Microsoft continues to partner with more and more teachers in the region to expose them to ICT and how they can integrate technology into the classroom environment.

In April, Microsoft East and Southern Africa worked with 40 educators in Ethiopia, training them on how to use tools such as Office 365 Education. Together with Victor Ngobeni, our Education Training Manager from South Africa, we focused on using technology to improve online communication skills, create relevant content and collaborate with ease.

It was so inspiring for us to see the enthusiasm and eagerness of the teachers. They were excited to be learning not just for themselves, but for the benefit of their students.

This training was just the first of many, which will take place as part of the new Education Transformation Agreement we signed with the Ministry of Higher Education in Ethiopia. Together, our mission is to transform education through technology, further innovation and develop skills for employability.

And, as we have said, the key is to start with teachers. We can put all the right technology and policies in place. But without the leaders to inspire innovative thinking and a love of lifelong learning in their students, technology will never have the impact we intend it to have.

Ghana! It’s time we also partner with Microsoft Africa so we can use teachers help our upcoming youth in technology.

It’s up to the government to do this. Please share this post so people of Ghana and even the Government of Ghana gets to read it!


 

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4 great apps for taking pictures

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You can get more out of your smartphone camera with these awesome photo apps that help enhance and give improvements to your simple everyday camera shots. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 4 great apps for taking pictures.

VSCO Cam

This is a great app for photography and image editing. It helps you capture images, tweak and tune them to your preferences, then sync the images across devices and share them with as many people as you want. It even has a Grid feature that helps you discover the best original photography from other VSCO users.

Snapseed

This photo app is owned by Google and is one of the most accessible photo editing apps for Android users. It has a wide range of features for experienced users and newcomers, and at its most basic level, gives users the option to scroll through image enhancement options and control the intensity of effects used. It has a diverse range of features from basic automatic colour and contrast enhancement to cropping and sharpening. It also gives the option of selectively adjusting colour properties within a particular radius, and has varieties of filters and frames to choose from.

Pics Art Photo Studio and Collage

This app includes a robust photo editor with photo editing tools that allow you adjust white balance, tone, crop etc. However, Pics Art goes a step further by letting you purchase sticker packs on the app to use to adorn your photos; you can also add adjustable lens flares to your images, access varieties of filters and even apply Prisma-like features to transform your photos. In addition, Pics Art has its own tiny social media network that lets you share your photos on the app and make it free to edit, so others can edit or tweak your photos into something new and different.

Camera+

This app offers the ability to manually control both the exposure and focus of your images, which gives you total control of elements like brightness. It also has a ‘stabilizer-like’ feature that helps you avoid blurry pictures and a one-touch ‘clarity’ button that instantly improves the results of a photograph. Basically, it gives instant improvements to your everyday shot, however, it is an iOS only option for now.

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itel Super Fans Influencer Programme Launched in Accra – Ghana (Photos)

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Ghana’s most affordable and durable phone producer itel Ghana last Saturday at Osu, Impact Hub Accra, held a colorful event to launch its influencer program dubbed itel Super Fans. The program seek to create a program that will collaborate and engage with bloggers, social media influencers and offline media persons to create contents that will creates impact in line with itel mobile Ghana’s core values and mission.

The objectives of this program is to create an outstanding experience that will grow a core fan base for the company and platform to change lives.

Itel Ghana invited special guests and personalities such as Joel Orleans of YFM, Harry Bentil, Jacinta the Comedian and Priscilla Opoku Agyaeman who is their Brand Ambassador to grace the Occasion.

During a presentation by the Digital and Communication manager Tuekpe Michael, he explained that itel Ghana will not relent in producing quality, fashionable and durable phones that will meet the expectation of its customers. He also added that they will use this platform to interact and engage with their followers to strengthen their relationship.

 









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PHOTOS: SEE SNEAKERS THAT COST ($4,950) A WHOPPING ₦2.2MILLION, THE SHOE HAS A WORKING AIRPLANE SEATBELT, WIFI AND AN LCD SCREEN FOR WATCHING MOVIES (MUST SEE)

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Virgin America has unveiled a pair of sneakers created by agency Eleven, that will give you the “flying first class” experience without ever leaving the ground.
According to online reports, the sneakers are made of Italian white leather
The high-tech kicks are made from Italian white leather – to match Virgin America’s first class seats – with a stainless steel seat buckle around the ankle. A rechargeable battery powers built-in mood lighting, a USB phone charger, a video display and a Wi-Fi-enabled hotspot (data plan not included).

The shoes which also feature LED moodlighting, a working airplane belt buckle, a USB port connected to a three-hour battery, and even a tiny LCD display for watching movies, is currently just one pair in existence which is being auctioned on eBay at START SLIDESHOW for charity with the proceeds going to Soles4Souls, an organisation focused on distributing clothing and shoes to the poor.

Mike McKay, chief creative officer at Eleven, told Creativity Online: “Virgin America fliers are fashionable, sophisticated, and almost impossible to reach with traditional advertising. But we knew sneaker trends were very popular with our target audience.

“So we wanted to showcase the airline’s features in a unique way – so our target would actually take notice.”

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