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Globe University of Cebu UC hold PRISM Digital Literacy Training program for Teachers in the Visayas

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Globe Telecom, in partnership with the University of Cebu (UC), held recently the culminating activity for the Visayas leg of PRISM, a digital literacy training program designed to equip private school teachers with technological skills for effective classroom teaching.

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This is in line with Globe Telecom’s sustainability commitment to empower every Filipino with world-class learning through technology in response to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No. 4 to “ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.”

 

“These days, it is imperative for teachers to learn how to use information and communications technology (ICT) tools in the classroom if they want to motivate students to learn and to help increase their skills for entrepreneurship and employment.  The changing times mean that teachers need to continuously adapt to their evolving role. Through this program, we are assisting the teachers in discovering new ways in which they can foster creative and critical thinking among the students,” said Michelle Tapia, Globe Advisor and Head of Education Strategy & Innovation.

 

The partnership with the University of Cebu has proved to be a natural fit, sharing the same vision in technology’s critical role in the 21st century. Dr. Anna Liza B. Son, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of UC said:

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“We are happy to host the Visayas leg of PRISM. UC, one of the leading universities in the region, continues to democratize quality education guided by the core values of innovation, camaraderie, alignment, respect and excellence (ICARE). As education becomes increasingly competitive, UC believes that ICT is a catalyst to respond effectively to society’s demands. This challenge has steered the university to implement a number of initiatives related to ICT. Our mission is to equip our teachers with knowledge, skills and desirable attitudes on technology utilization which will benefit the educational system. We firmly believe that if we train and develop our people, this will reflect in the quality of graduates that we produce.”

 

The pressing need for digital learning skills prompted Globe early this year to reach out to 1,000 educators from all over the country. Of the number, 140 teachers came from the Visayas region. The program was participated by representatives from the University of Cebu, Cebu International School, Holy Name University, Negros Mission Academy, Sacred Heart School- Ateneo de Cebu, Sacred Heart School- Hijas de Jesus, Santa Isabel International School, St. Joseph College, University of Negros Occidental- Recoletos, University of San Carlos, University of St. La Salle, St. Paul University Dumaguete, and Silliman University.

 

Through PRISM, the selected teachers underwent a three-week professional development program conducted by Globe.  It included a two-day immersive bootcamp, distance project-based learning, and personalized coaching. A key component of the program is the Brightspace Integrated Learning Platform where the teachers underwent distance learning for three weeks with access to the global Brightspace Community and multimedia resources to guide them through the learning process as well as a seamless platform to collaborate with learning coaches and teachers in real time. For the culminating activity, the teachers were invited to showcase various projects on technology-enabled instruction and content development.

 

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PRISM is supported by Globe myBusiness whose mission is to help transform Philippine schools and empower every Filipino with world-class learning through technology. “We want to create a better education system through an ecosystem of enablers.  We want to impact the lives of the students in the best way that we can.  But first, we have to train the teachers on the effective use of technology to encourage 21st century learning in the classroom,” said Derrick Heng, Senior Advisor, Globe myBusiness Group.

 

Teachers who attended the PRISM Digital Literacy Program were nominated by both Globe and the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC). The PEAC National Secretariat processed the nominations submitted by schools nationwide while a Vetting Committee, composed of two (2) representatives from the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA), a DepEd Regional Director, and the PEAC Executive Director, was set in place to closely vet the nominated teachers.

 

PRISM was earlier conducted in Metro Manila and Naga City while Pampanga and Cagayan de Oro City will follow within the first half of the year.                

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Being A Technology Blogger in Cebu | Best Cebu Blog Awards 2019

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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) .

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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, MSIECS 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

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

Acorns

 

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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.

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RetirePlan

 

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.

 

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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.

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Employers Should Perform a Social Media Screening

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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?

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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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