Globe launches Free eLibrary to benefit over 15M Public School Students Nationwide
Over a thousand educational e-books appropriate for K-12 learning will be made available to over 15 million public elementary and high school students and some 500,000 public school teachers nationwide beginning September 30 as part of the Global Filipino School (GFS) program of leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom.
The GFS Library launch coincides with the National Teachers Day celebration of the Department of Education (DepEd) at Ateneo de Manila University in Davao City where Globe is one of the participants.
“With the expansion of the Global Filipino Schools Program and awareness of the GFS Library around the country, public schools can more effectively make use of reading resources and promote digital learning to more students and teachers nationwide, particularly in schools where access to quality books is limited and usage of technology for learning is not maximized,” said Fernando Esguerra, Globe Director for Citizenship.
GFSLibrary.com is a web-based platform that provides free and quick access to digital story books for children and young adults as well as textbooks on core subjects such as Math, Science, English, Filipino, Music, Arts, among others. The ebooks may be opened via their desktop, laptop or mobile device using any basic ebook reader.
The website is a component of the GFS program, a long-term Globe educational initiative that seeks to transform public schools into centers of Information and Communications Technology excellence and innovative teaching methods in order to set the stage for 21st Century Learning.
At the same time, Globe announces its partnership with schools in three Davao schools which will carry the GFS program. They are Catalunan Paqueno National High School in Davao City, Davao del Sur; Carmen National High School in Carmen, Davao del Norte; and Matti National High School in Digos City, Davao del Sur. This is in line with Globe Telecom’s ongoing activity to expand GFS to all 221 school divisions of the Department of Education (DepEd) nationwide within a five-year period.
Under GFS, schools are provided with unparalleled online connectivity to give homeroom teachers access to limitless teaching and learning engagements available on the internet that will help further improve their craft and make learning fun and interesting for the students.
The schools are also given a Globe Digital Laboratory package containing netbooks/tablets, wifi devices, and a mobile cart with a built-in projector screen and workstation while teachers are trained on ICT education and project-based learning through the GFS Master Teachers Workshop and Online Coaching Course.
All schools under GFS are intended to become teacher training hubs and training partners of the DepEd Division Offices in conducting teaching workshops for neighboring schools of each division. The workshops include lessons on Digital Thumbprint Program cyberwellness advocacy. DTP offers three exciting modules designed to increase students’ knowledge of digital citizenship and cyber safety by taking a critical look at their online behavior and helping them develop insights into the influences of the online world and the choices they are making.
Likewise, teachers in select schools are also trained in science through Globe and Mind Museum’s Science Wonder Workshop that is guaranteed to make classroom learning more fun, interactive, and interesting. The one-day workshop emphasizes the essential role of student participation, especially through experiments in teaching science. The teachers get a chance to practice doing hands-on science demonstrations which can be performed with readily available materials.
The activities are aided by The Mind Museum mobile app which contains guides to all experiments in the workshop as well as daily cool science thoughts to encourage curiosity. The app, which is open to all education technology platform, also gives teachers, students, and anyone interested in learning, access to over 250 museum exhibits anytime and anywhere. It deals with a wide array of topics and questions especially relevant to those who do not have the time, means, or opportunity to visit the museum. It is the first educational museum app in the country and promises a rich multimedia experience to anyone who downloads it.
Being A Technology Blogger in Cebu | Best Cebu Blog Awards 2019
Technology blogs are definitely not new, before, most of the latest technology updates came from blogs (websites) even before Facebook (Social Media Networks) come into the picture. But still many rely on technology blogs, why? Because it is comprehensive and more detailed rather than a single post in the feed. One my 1st few articles in my blog is technology related which started out as a hobby then later on became a passion of mine where I got to meet different people with common interest (Blogging and Technology) .
I have been blogging for more than 10 years (appsgadget.com is 9 Years 10 Month 5 Days old as of this writing ) 😀 I have seen how the technology evolves and revolves around us and how it enabled us to connect and communicate with each other as well a create a community of bloggers with common interest which inspires me to continue on blogging technology despite the odds.
Being a Technology Blogger in Cebu and being nominated again for the BCBA 2019 is a huge honor for me especially this is my 3rd nomination, knowing that there are only few technology bloggers here in Cebu which is quite a challenge for us Cebu based tech bloggers since many of the popular and established technology bloggers are Manila Based and most of the technology product launches and events are held there. Not to mention that I have a day time job and a family which makes it more worth it.
Despite of that, there are still technology companies that reached to us bloggers here in Cebu which I sincerely appreciate personally, to name a few, RealMe, ASUS, Moto, Globe Telecom, PayMaya, GCash, MSI–ECS and many more (sorry if I forgot to mention you here ) and also to PR companies/partners that directly contacted me for events and updates).
What makes me to continue to blog about the technology is not all about the material things you received like Gadgets, gifts and stuffs for all you know for technology, there will always be a new gadget and it will always be replaced by another so just chill if you don’t have the latest tech product .The important thing is It is how I consistently share technology news and reviews that affect the lives of people or even improve them by helping them make the right choices when they purchase or use a certain technology product. For me, saving that person a certain (monetary) amount and time from viewing my blog is already a great satisfaction
Congratulations to BCBA team for making this happen, more power!
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Retirement Apps for Millennials to Hit Financial Goals
It’s important to start thinking about your retirement in advance when you still have enough time to plan and define your lifetime goals and what you should do to achieve those goals.
According to a research by the Insured Retirement Institute, over 76% of millennials aren’t confident they have saved enough for retirement.
More than that, the Retirement Confidence Survey made in 2016 showed that 26% of respondents have saved less than $1,000 for retirement.
Of course, retirement planning includes more than just the financial part, but other factors depend on the income that will be available for you during retirement. The more research you do now, the more prepared you will be to make wise decisions.
In this article, we will talk about the top retirement apps for baby boomers to hit their financial goals and help with their retirement planning.
AARP Retirement Calculator
This is a free online app which was developed for people who have a steady income and want to plan for retirement. While emergency loans are often used as urgent help with unforeseen expenses, it is obvious that planning your future is essential in order to minimize those expenses.
This is one of the best retirement apps that can be used by married couples, domestic partners, or single people. You need to fill in some personal details, such as your age, marital status, income, retirement savings account, lifestyle, and Social Security. Then, the app will show what you can improve to be on track for retirement.
The AARP Retirement Calculator gives free basic information on how much you need to save in order to retire now and when you want. For instance, if the app demonstrates you don’t have enough money to fund your retirement, it will offer different options. You may be suggested to alter your lifestyle, increase your savings, work full-time or work longer at your present job.
This retirement planning app was founded in 2014 by Walter Cruttenden who was the CEO of investment banking company Roth Capital.
The minimum deposit is free of charge and you only need to pay $5 in order to start investing in your future. If you have less than $5,000 on your retirement savings account, you will have to pay $1 monthly fee.
Acorns is a useful app which is set to automatically withdraw the money from your checking account and add it to your retirement savings account. In addition, the user may take advantage of micro deposit option, which is called a round-up. It means that if you purchase a coke for $1,50, the app will withdraw the remaining 50 cents in charge from $2 from your checking account and invest it in your retirement Acorns account.
This is another helpful app for iPhones and iPads. If you are wondering when and how you will be able to retire, this online calculator will give you the answers.
The user needs to input certain details such as age, current retirement savings, life expectancy, Social Security, medium yearly savings, and yearly retirement income they want to have. If your values change, it won’t be a problem as the app shows the results in slides. Once you change any of the above-mentioned values, you will be shown various outcomes.
The users are free to add a pension, remove or add Social Security, include a spouse and even add big upcoming expenses. The outcome will be shown on a spreadsheet which can be sent on your email.
Do your homework and find the most suitable retirement planning app for your financial goals. Take advantage of modern technology and live out your golden years in comfort.
Employers Should Perform a Social Media Screening
Social media reveals a great deal about people. Employers should treat a potential new hire’s social media site as if it were an online magazine. Read all the words and review all the images in great detail. Doing so may eliminate a host of unwanted surprises. The information is right there. Why not access it?
When seeking to hire a new employee, social networks also act as supplemental resumes. Information about the person’s work history and educational background might be present in a highly detailed manner. Human resource personnel indeed gain insights into the person’s temperament from gleaning the page. Who does this person interact with, and how are the interactions carried out? The answer is right there for all to see. A social media check delivers the answer.
What about the groups and pages the jobseeker maintains affiliations? Do they say anything about the person? Don’t think of this as a search for dirt on someone. Sometimes, reviewing a social media page tells a lot of good things about an individual. Interactions on hobby-related group sites may show the person likes to answer questions and help fellow hobbyists out.
Of course, managers can also avoid hiring the proverbial lemon by reviewing social media commentary. Consider this a vital part of the screening process. Learning as much as possible about someone before making a hiring decision reflects prudent sense. A troubling employee can cause all manner of chaos in the office. Bringing down morale among the other employees might be the least concerning issue. A terrible employee can drag a company into severe legal jeopardy.
The sheer volume of costs adding up during a civil suit could prove disastrous to a company’s bottom line. Even if a settlement or a significant judgment doesn’t fall like a hammer, legal fees do mount up. Paying the fees hampers the financial strength of even a healthy business. Imagine what such fees could do to a business barely turning a profit each year.
Granted, not every company has the means nor the experience to handle online background screening. FAMA provides social media screening and other similar services. A service that employs experienced screening professional takes burdens off the shoulders of a hiring business. And those burdens can linger.
Past actions usually beget future actions. An employee who causes problems on social media before hiring probably won’t curtail his/her behavior after coming on board. The social media foibles could drag an employer into a mess. Managers already deal with many things on their plate. Dealing with a “loose cannon” employee who causes social media drama adds more hassles. Hassles create costs.
Costs don’t always refer to financial losses. Opportunity costs factor into the mix. When managers and other personnel find themselves dragged away to deal with an employee’s catastrophic behavior, they aren’t attending to their primary job duties. The company then suffers.
Cut down on the chances of dealing with so many disasters. Perform social media screening steps to unearth any surprises. Better yet, outsource the work to experienced professionals possessing the necessary skills.
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