Connectingto Better Educational Opportunities

first_imgA lot of the educational development in Liberian schools have one way or another been facilitated by the use of technology. Whether it is from downloading files from online for future references, searching for useful classroom material, nursery rhymes or searching for just the weather, mobile phones/tablets have become the educational tool.A handful of schools, including the More Than Me (MTM) Academy, are excited about using information and communication technology (ICT) devices such as tablets for use in teaching and learning.Such technology in the Liberian educational system gives pupils access to learning material, workbooks, and other subject matter from the Liberian Curriculum.The Liberian government has an open-source version of the Liberian Curriculum that can be placed on tablets, providing a “learning pace” for students who can’t afford to go to school.MTM has used the Skype Class before, using teachers in America to teach girls in their classrooms in Liberia. There were of course some challenges, including the language barrier and the quality of Internet connection both of which hindered a smooth learning process. “Both countries speak English. The children over here can understand the teachers, but when it comes to our English, the people there can’t understand it,” Sam Herring shared.The Academy intends to use the technology once more this school year and they’re in search of great educators abroad that want to teach their students through Skype.Herring, who is MTM’s Special Projects Manager, says having technology such as tablets can cater to the learning environment for each specific child in the classrooms.“Imagine having a classroom of students where only one or two are picking up. Instead of dividing them, the tablets will allow the teacher to focus on that child directly instead of pointing him/her out to their classmates as being behind. The child can learn at his/her own pace with a tablet,” he explained.Considering the fact that having such technology devices can be very expensive, More Than Me believe when it comes to education and empowering people, there should not be a price. “Without education, Liberia will never change. If you can give a child a basic and primary k-12 grade education, you can make them productive and a functional part of society,” he stated.Meanwhile, MTM says the purpose of using technology in Liberia is to customize the learning system rather then change the Liberian curriculum.‘With the tablets its more then just Internet service, we are looking to get them into every school we might partner with. We’re not looking to put together a different curriculum from what the government already has. Rather, we’re finding ways to supplement it and add things to it that will enhance the learning environment,” he added.Technology in the Liberian schools will connect students to what every student around the world has and that’s information.“It will happen with every government school that we will work with in the future,” he says.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

First ever drone footage of Uluru released

first_imgFirst ever drone footage of Uluru releasedFirst ever drone footage of Uluru releasedVoyages Indigenous Tourism Australia is excited to announce the release of exclusive drone footage of Uluru, offering a never before seen perspective of the 600 million year old monolith. These spectacular birds-eye views of Australia’s spiritual heart were captured by the first drone to ever operate under permit inside Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.The dramatic footage was captured in an area of great spiritual significance to the local Anangu people and approval was given by the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board and the Film and Photography Consultative Committee.“We are delighted to present this exclusive new perspective of one of the most astonishing landscapes on earth, and we thank the Traditional Owners for their support. We hope this video encourages travellers from both Australia and all over the globe to come and experience Uluru for themselves,” said Voyages Chief Executive Officer Andrew Williams.“While there is no replacement to enjoying firsthand the majestic beauty of Uluru, this footage gives a breathtaking insight into the majestic nature of the landscape,” he said.Geographically, Uluru is the tip of a huge rock that continues below the ground for possibly 5-6km. The monolith is 3.6km long and 348m at its tallest point: 43m higher than Sydney’s Centrepoint Tower, 24m higher than the Eiffel Tower and just 33m lower than the Empire State BuildingThe colour changes of Uluru result from the filtering effect of the earth’s atmosphere on the sun’s rays. About Ayers Rock ResortAyers Rock Resort provides a variety of accommodation from the premium Sails in the Desert Hotel, Award-winning Desert Gardens Hotel, self-contained Emu Walk Apartments, the authentic Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge and Ayers Rock Campground. Ayers Rock Resort is managed by Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia.About Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) and manages tourism and resorts on its behalf. Voyages offers unique experiences and cultural immersion in spectacular locations around Australia including Ayers Rock Resort in the Northern Territory, Home Valley Station in The Kimberley in Western Australia and the Mossman Gorge Centre, in Tropical North Queensland.One of the key responsibilities of Voyages is to promote and sustain eco tourism, protecting pristine sites for many years to come. Voyages works collaboratively with local communities to assist them to exercise sustainable environmental tourism practices, respecting and supporting the local Indigenous cultures and offering employment and training opportunities to the local and broader Australian and Torres-Strait Islander Indigenous communitiesProfits from all business activities are re-invested in the Indigenous and resort experiences and through the various training and development programs in place around Australia.Source = Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australialast_img read more