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FIVE GOLDEN RULES FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN CLASSROOMS


JUNE 27 -There has been much discussion recently around the topic of technology in the classroom. Is it a distraction? Does it help teachers and students in their learning journeys? Following Sydney Grammar School’s headmaster John Vallance’s comments that providing students with laptops is “a scandalous waste of money,” I would certainly agree that when technology tools are not used to their proper potential, at best it is a wasted expense – useless equipment that gathers dust. At worst, it can be distracting or detrimental to students and teachers.
A recent Canvas survey revealed that 80 percent agreed that technology made their job easier and saved them around three hours per week in marking and planning time. The problem is not with the technology, but how it is being used, as the right technology used for the right purpose can prove to be the best purchase your school ever makes. To ensure success, there are some golden rules you can follow to make technology a genuinely groundbreaking tool to increase student engagement and assist teachers. Prioritize the challenges you would like to overcome. Before purchasing any technology, schools need to identify what problems they are trying to solve with technology, rather than thinking that schools need to buy some technology. Increasing student engagement while easing the burden on teachers is a hard balance to strike for many teachers, particularly in primary schools. Selecting a technology system that can speed up the marking process or help create reports over time about student learning journeys is an easy way to reduce those time restrictions. If the challenge lies in getting students interested in their lessons, then look for something that will deliver the content in a compelling way. Is it video, is it real-time conversations, is it games? If you don’t know what problems you want to overcome with technology, then this isn’t the right time for you to be investing in it. READ MORE...

ALSO: Bisexuals, gays, lesbians face greater health risks — study


JUNE 28 -In this Saturday, June 21, 2014 file photo, gay activists take part in a parade in Thessaloniki, Greece, during the third Thessaloniki Pride festival. Around the globe, LGBT Pride Month has been marked with parades and marches, festivals and dances, and in some cases, protests and counter-protestsThe organization of the event drew heavy criticism from conservative circles and there was a protest march against "the sodomites" on Friday. (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis, File)
WASHINGTON, United States — Bisexual, gay and lesbian adults are more likely to experience psychological distress and engage in unhealthy behaviors, possibly as a result of being the target of discrimination, according to a study published Monday. The study in the US medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine analyzed the results of the 2013 and 2014 National Health Interview Survey, which for the first time included a question on sexual orientation.
READ: Bringing LGBT out of the closet of history READ: Church doctrine on homosexuality remains, says priest “Findings from our study indicate that LGB adults experience significant health disparities — particularly in mental health and substance use — likely due to the minority stress that LGB adults experience as a result of their exposure to both interpersonal and structural discrimination,” the study said. The analysis showed that 40.1 percent of bisexual men and 25.9 percent of gay men reported moderate or severe levels of psychological distress, compared to 16.9 percent of heterosexual men. Heavy drinking was reported by 10.9 percent of bisexual men, compared with 5.7 percent for heterosexual men and 5.1 percent for gay men. READ MORE...

ALSO: Facebook will automatically translate posts into different languages


MB File - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks on stage during the Facebook F8 conference in San Francisco, California April 12, 2016.(REUTERS/STEPHEN LAM) MB File Facebook on Friday began testing a translation tool that will automatically let posts be displayed in languages users prefer. The leading social network first made the “multilingual composer” tool available earlier this year for use on pages representing companies, brands, groups and celebrities through its Pages service. Now it will be available to general users. “Page authors and other people on Facebook can compose a single post in multiple languages, and the viewers who speak one of those languages will see the post in their preferred language only — allowing people to more easily interact with their diverse audiences,” the company said. Half of Facebook’s more than 1.5 billion users worldwide speaks a language other than English, the California-based social network says. Among factors Facebook will use to determine which language to use for posts include locales designated in account settings and which languages users routinely use for their posts. The social network plans to use multilingual posts to improve machine translation capabilities with the aim of one day removing language barriers across the social network.FULL REPORT.

ALSO: PH Facebook users from 2014 to 2019 - 54 Million; 2016 - 42 Million


JULY 2016 - This statistic shows the number of Facebook users in the Philippines from 2014 to 2019. In 2016, the amount of Facebook users in the Philippines was expected to reach 42.1 million, up from 31.8 million in 2014. As of the second quarter of 2015, the social network was accessed by close to 1.5 billion users on a monthly basis. Further information With a population of over 100 million people, the Philippines is one of the most populous countries worldwide, yet as of 2015 only 53.7 million people had access to the internet. Despite some challenging circumstances in regard to its economy and infrastructure and the subsequent lack of fixed broadband subscriptions, the Philippines is a country with a strongly growing mobile user base. In 2014, the country had over 111 million mobile cellular subscriptions. READ MORE...

ALSO: MVP, Zuckerberg to boost Smart, Facebook partnership


APRIL 2016 -Facebook Chief Executive and Founder Mark Zuckerberg with PLDT-Smart Chairman and Chief Executive Manny V. Pangilinan with the PLDT-Smart Leadership team ...
Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) chair Manuel Pangilinan and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg explored a further strengthening of the partnership between Smart Communications, a subsidiary of PLDT, and Facebook at a recent meeting in California. In a statement on Monday, Smart said Pangilinan and Zuckerberg met at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park to boost ties in promoting the value of internet among Filipinos. Facebook and Smart have been in a strategic partnership since the latter rolled out the Free Basics Android app of Facebook in the country in March 2015. Free Basics, which is now available in more than 30 countries, is a groundbreaking service that aims to make mobile Internet available to two-thirds of the world who are not yet connected and uplift their lives by offering access to online sources and services without data charges. READ MORE...


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Five golden rules for using technology in classrooms

MANILA, JULY 4, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Troy Martin June 27, 2016 - 12:00am - There has been much discussion recently around the topic of technology in the classroom. Is it a distraction?

Does it help teachers and students in their learning journeys? Following Sydney Grammar School’s headmaster John Vallance’s comments that providing students with laptops is “a scandalous waste of money,”

I would certainly agree that when technology tools are not used to their proper potential, at best it is a wasted expense – useless equipment that gathers dust. At worst, it can be distracting or detrimental to students and teachers.

A recent Canvas survey revealed that 80 percent agreed that technology made their job easier and saved them around three hours per week in marking and planning time.

The problem is not with the technology, but how it is being used, as the right technology used for the right purpose can prove to be the best purchase your school ever makes.

To ensure success, there are some golden rules you can follow to make technology a genuinely groundbreaking tool to increase student engagement and assist teachers.

Prioritize the challenges you would like to overcome. Before purchasing any technology, schools need to identify what problems they are trying to solve with technology, rather than thinking that schools need to buy some technology.

Increasing student engagement while easing the burden on teachers is a hard balance to strike for many teachers, particularly in primary schools. Selecting a technology system that can speed up the marking process or help create reports over time about student learning journeys is an easy way to reduce those time restrictions.

If the challenge lies in getting students interested in their lessons, then look for something that will deliver the content in a compelling way. Is it video, is it real-time conversations, is it games? If you don’t know what problems you want to overcome with technology, then this isn’t the right time for you to be investing in it.

READ MORE...

Work from the bottom up. All too often, when school technology is not used to its full potential, it’s because the system or devices have been selected by management team or school leaders who are not the day-to-day users of the technology in the classroom. When purchasing technology for your school, involve class teachers in scoping of needs, the evaluation and the decision-making process – having their insight as to what goes on in the classroom is a crucial way to gain buy-in for the chosen technology.

If some teachers are resistant to changes technology in the classroom will bring, schools can open up discussion and feedback loops to help them feel involved in the journey. These teachers often end up being the most useful advocates for telling other staff and students about the benefits.

Get parents on board. Parents can be apprehensive when it comes to new technology for their children. There are fears about privacy, distraction, or lack of sociability with other children. Debates like the one happening in New South Wales right now aren’t particularly helpful when it comes to removing these fears, which are unfounded.

Online learning systems can bring children and parents closer together, because they allow parents to have a more active role in their child’s education. Involving parents early in the purchase decision of school technology will ensure that they give their support and advocacy to the program later on.

Embrace possibilities of open education. The concept of open education will be an important one moving forward, particularly in Australia, where the population of students is scattered from urban hubs to small rural centers. Open education platforms – the ability to access an education, both through technology and remotely – can provide the gateway to the wealth of content that’s being created and shared across the world, giving less advantaged schools the opportunity to access resources.

This approach, powered by online technology, can totally change the learning experience, for the better. But to get the most out of technology, teachers must be prepared to embrace new techniques and open their mind to a different way of teaching and learning.

Constant evaluation will eliminate waste. Schools often don’t continually evaluate and look at return on their investments, and this can lead to a belief that technology is a waste on money. Identifying where equipment is being underused or ignored is vital. Schools need to evaluate their purchase decisions consistently through setting objectives and key performance indicators to make sure they are achieving their goals from the beginning.

Troy Martin is the Director of APAC, Canvas by Instructure


INQUIRER

Bisexuals, gays, lesbians face greater health risks — study Agence France-Presse
June 28th, 2016 07:12 AM


In this Saturday, June 21, 2014 file photo, gay activists take part in a parade in Thessaloniki, Greece, during the third Thessaloniki Pride festival. Around the globe, LGBT Pride Month has been marked with parades and marches, festivals and dances, and in some cases, protests and counter-protestsThe organization of the event drew heavy criticism from conservative circles and there was a protest march against "the sodomites" on Friday. (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis, File)


WASHINGTON, United States — Bisexual, gay and lesbian adults are more likely to experience psychological distress and engage in unhealthy behaviors, possibly as a result of being the target of discrimination, according to a study published Monday.

The study in the US medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine analyzed the results of the 2013 and 2014 National Health Interview Survey, which for the first time included a question on sexual orientation.

READ: Bringing LGBT out of the closet of history

READ: Church doctrine on homosexuality remains, says priest

“Findings from our study indicate that LGB adults experience significant health disparities — particularly in mental health and substance use — likely due to the minority stress that LGB adults experience as a result of their exposure to both interpersonal and structural discrimination,” the study said.

The analysis showed that 40.1 percent of bisexual men and 25.9 percent of gay men reported moderate or severe levels of psychological distress, compared to 16.9 percent of heterosexual men.

Heavy drinking was reported by 10.9 percent of bisexual men, compared with 5.7 percent for heterosexual men and 5.1 percent for gay men.

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Rates of heavy smoking were also highest among bisexual men at 9.3 percent, compared to 6.2 percent for gay men and six percent for heterosexual men.

Among women, 46.4 percent of bisexuals and 28.4 percent of lesbians reported moderate and severe psychological distress, compared with 21.9 percent of heterosexual women.

Bisexual women also had the highest rates of heavy alcohol consumption, 11.7 percent, compared with 8.9 percent for lesbians and 4.8 percent for heterosexual women.

Heavy smoking was most prevalent among lesbian women at 5.2 percent, followed by bisexual women at 4.2 percent. The rate among heterosexual women was 3.4 percent.

The negative findings for bisexual adults may be linked to their “marginalization” by heterosexuals and “stigma” from gays and lesbians, according to the study, led by Gilbert Gonzales of Vanderbilt University.

JAMA Internal Medicine Deputy Editor Mitchell Katz wrote in an editor’s note that it’s important for medical professionals to ask patients open-ended questions.

“For example, asking a new patient whether he or she has sex with men, women or both indicates openness and acceptance,” he said. “In caring for people who have experienced bias and discrimination, support is a very potent medicine.”

The study compared responses from 525 lesbian, 624 gay and 515 bisexual adults with those of 67,150 heterosexual peers. The average age of participants was nearly 47.


MANILA BULLETIN

Facebook will automatically translate posts into different languages by Agence France-Presse July 2, 2016 Share1 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share3


MB File - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks on stage during the Facebook F8 conference in San Francisco, California April 12, 2016.(REUTERS/STEPHEN LAM) MB File

Facebook on Friday began testing a translation tool that will automatically let posts be displayed in languages users prefer.

The leading social network first made the “multilingual composer” tool available earlier this year for use on pages representing companies, brands, groups and celebrities through its Pages service.

Now it will be available to general users.

“Page authors and other people on Facebook can compose a single post in multiple languages, and the viewers who speak one of those languages will see the post in their preferred language only — allowing people to more easily interact with their diverse audiences,” the company said.

Half of Facebook’s more than 1.5 billion users worldwide speaks a language other than English, the California-based social network says.

Among factors Facebook will use to determine which language to use for posts include locales designated in account settings and which languages users routinely use for their posts.

The social network plans to use multilingual posts to improve machine translation capabilities with the aim of one day removing language barriers across the social network.


STATISTICS.COM

Number of Facebook users in the Philippines from 2014 to 2019 (in millions)

This statistic shows the number of Facebook users in the Philippines from 2014 to 2019.

In 2016, the amount of Facebook users in the Philippines was expected to reach 42.1 million, up from 31.8 million in 2014. As of the second quarter of 2015, the social network was accessed by close to 1.5 billion users on a monthly basis.

Further information

With a population of over 100 million people, the Philippines is one of the most populous countries worldwide, yet as of 2015 only 53.7 million people had access to the internet. Despite some challenging circumstances in regard to its economy and infrastructure and the subsequent lack of fixed broadband subscriptions, the Philippines is a country with a strongly growing mobile user base. In 2014, the country had over 111 million mobile cellular subscriptions.

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The lower cost and comparative convenience of mobile internet positions the Philippines as a mobile-first online market with high growth potential, as mobile internet traffic only accounted for 29 percent of the country's total web traffic in the first quarter of 2016.

Regardless of the challenges of actually getting online, Philippine social media audiences are highly engaged and rank first among daily social media usage worldwide.

In 2015, close to 40 million people in the Philippines accessed social networks. The most popular social networks and mobile messenger apps were Facebook, with a 45 percent reach among internet users, followed by Google+, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger. According to a December 2015 survey of instant messenger (IM) users in selected South-East Asian countries, Facebook Messenger reached 94 percent of the local IM audience in the Philippines.


MANILA TIMES

MVP, Zuckerberg to boost Smart, Facebook partnership April 11, 2016 9:51 pm


Facebook Chief Executive and Founder Mark Zuckerberg with PLDT-Smart Chairman and Chief Executive Manny V. Pangilinan with the PLDT-Smart Leadership team

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) chair Manuel Pangilinan and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg explored a further strengthening of the partnership between Smart Communications, a subsidiary of PLDT, and Facebook at a recent meeting in California.

In a statement on Monday, Smart said Pangilinan and Zuckerberg met at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park to boost ties in promoting the value of internet among Filipinos.

Facebook and Smart have been in a strategic partnership since the latter rolled out the Free Basics Android app of Facebook in the country in March 2015.

Free Basics, which is now available in more than 30 countries, is a groundbreaking service that aims to make mobile Internet available to two-thirds of the world who are not yet connected and uplift their lives by offering access to online sources and services without data charges.

READ MORE...

This also made Smart as the first telecommunications firm in Southeast Asia to launch Free Basics.

“Since its debut in the Philippines in March last year, millions of users on the Smart network have enjoyed Free Basics, which allows them to get in touch with their loved ones, search information, learn from educational sites, seek jobs, and check the news and weather, among many others, without additional cost—effectively breaking down barriers for many Filipinos to appreciate the real-life benefits of mobile internet,” Smart said.

Subsequently, Smart and Facebook introduced Free Facebook Toggle and Free Instagram which increased the number of online users.

Smart stressed that this kind of service has empowered many Filipinos to access digital contents.

Pangilinan’s meeting with the Facebook founder is part of his trip to Silicon Valley where the PLDT chair also had other engagements with leaders and partners in the world’s home of start-ups and global technology companies.
PNA


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