Online protection

A new week, a new start …

Some things never change though, for example the importance of online protection

What is phishing?

Only the most common way of stealing data. Is there anything at all one can do to get some protection?

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36981625

Beware of online attackers, wherever you are.

If I type WWW, it is highly probable that most of us shall immediately read World Wide Web, however for some of us it also means the World We Want …

Interested? Click on the following link to know more:

https://webwewant.org/

And for a relaxing Sunday

After Sunday roast, just a little something to relax while having a proper cuppa.

A very well done summary of technology news from the week, a mini re cap sort of speaking which includes…

  • A new phablet to be unlocked with our iris?
  • An interactive dynamic video?
  • Alter
  • Moon Express
  • Will that be the start of tourists into space?
  • News from Insta
  • The bus that goes over cars in China
  • and of course! Pokemon Go

and all in less than 2 minutes!

Recommended!

Happy Sunday  =)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36973819

When do we kill creativity?

Is there such a thing?

Can one actually kill creative minds?

Is it a process or we are all just going to walk that path someday somehow somewhere …

Definitely it seems food for thought considering children have such a vivid imagination from an early age.

What is the impact of children’s interaction with technology since the beginning of their lives? Is this really changing them for the better as they use educational games? Or is it that the time when kids would imagine that a box was a castle long gone and dusted?

What can we do then? Anything?

I’ve got the impression that these are many unanswered questions … on purpose, as it is more of a reflection.

Not long ago, I was immersed in a good read about fiction books, and here I am sharing with you the original paper entitled:

Review FICTION: Simulation of Social Worlds by K.Oatley

  • 10 pages in PDF format
  • Some graphics
  • Plenty of bibliography
  • Small print
  • Maybe not the easiest reading
  • Drawings almost non-existent
  • Utterly worth it

http://www.cell.com/trends/cognitive-sciences/pdf/S1364-6613(16)30070-5.pdf

To be enjoyed with a proper cup of tea.

We are in need of more scientists and researchers

Earlier today I was talking to a medical researcher and we were discussing about communication research which became a really productive time as I share my experience as an educational researcher. We both having travelled a fair bit and exchanging knowledge and expertise.

Some questions were raised though … in terms of science and research in different fields, what is holding our countries?

A matter of genre?

A matter of social classes?

A matter of lack of motivation?

A matter of perceptions?

or is it maybe a matter of getting funds?

How to do it best?

Is was then that I remembered a piece of news that mentioned Professor Brian Cox and his take on science careers.

“Science careers are not boring ot only for boffins”, he stated on Engineering Open House Day back in July when organisations opened their doors to the public -children included of course- in order to allow them get a glimpse of what is behind doors.

Honestly I believe it is a brilliant idea, to get to know how engineering has such a strong connection with our daily lives, and that sometimes we take for granted, in that way awareness is being raised to value the true importance of becoming an engineer.

Science is also fun!

More information:

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-36926760

 

From Cape Town to the World

Importing and Exporting knowledge seems the way to go.

Moocs -Massive Open Online Courses- are ever so popular, as they should be, as they are “courses of study made available over the internet without charge to a very large number of people”.

A wide variety are already in the market, from Future Learn to EdX, from Coursera to Open2Study, and how to forget our first online courses via The Open University that opened our eyes to a complete new way of studying, to name just a few.

Highly pleased to read that a South African country has entered the race … GetSmarter. And they are not alone, but with MIT, the University of London, the University of Cape Town or the University of Witwaterstrand.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36796998

It is worth having a look for more information:

http://www.getsmarter.ac/

Global Education online

The title itself says it  all, we certainly are living exciting times for #Education indeed, the use of technology and the access we have which opens a whole new world of endless possibilities, for just being online “making the most of our time” as we continue our life-long journey.

In fact, there is a dedicated site called BBC’s Global education series that is looking at education from an international perspective.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-12686570

One story that I would very much like to share today has been written by editor Sean Coughlan and tackles a topic that is not very often talked about, education and social division, but from an online learning point of view in how youngsters use digital technology.

As seen by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development -OECD- in a report of the use of online technology by teenagers at homes in more than 40 countries of Europe, Asia and South America.

Results are utterly interesting and most definitely #FoodForThought.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36835585

Highly recommended!

 

 

B-A-C-K … after needed break

So, this is the first time I am back after a needed break due to several reasons, personal and professional ones, starting new projects, a fair bit of travelling which included Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeuro, Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, having met some amazing people along the way … big thanks.

To be honest, feeling motivated, very grateful and ready to start a new chapter, like in a new book, the book of my life. Talking about books have read so many fascinating pieces and papers (researchers), I may write a review, or not.

Well, it is about time to turn the page, and yet, where to head now?  Taking a day at a time seems the way to go.

To start with, very much would like to share with you, dear reader, something I read last month however I found it so interesting, revealing, controversial that I realised I should the following link>

It is about storytelling, books and plots based on a research from the Project Gutenberg ( a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, to “encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks”. It was founded in 1971 by Michael S. Hart and is the oldest digital library).

The document states that the most popular stories have been found to follow the ‘fall-rise-fall’ and ‘rise-fall’ arcs.

And these 06 arcs are:

WHAT ARE THE SIX ARCS?

Fall-rise-fall: ‘Oedipus Rex’, ‘The Wonder Book of Bible Stories’, ‘A Hero of Our Time’ and ‘The Serpent River’.

Rise-fall: ‘Stories from Hans Andersen’, ‘The Rome Express’, ‘How to Read Human Nature’ and ‘The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’.

Fall-rise: ‘The Magic of Oz’, ‘Teddy Bears’, ‘The Autobiography of St. Ignatius’ and ‘Typhoon’.

Steady fall: ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘The House of the Vampire’, ‘Savrola’ and ‘The Dance’.

Steady rise: ‘Alice’s Adventures Underground’, ‘Dream’, ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’ and ‘The Human Comedy’.

Rise-fall-rise: ‘Cinderella’, ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Sophist’ and ‘The Consolation of Philosophy’.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3679510/There-just-SIX-plots-film-book-TV-Researchers-reveal-building-blocks-storytelling.html#ixzz4G8q0sqtd

 

 

 

Being Smart

Not fabrics, clothes nor fashion.

It is about #tech

Countdown for CES2016

A bit of what one can look forward to finding in the week full of innovation, gadgets, wearable tech and more.

This time, heading to Nevada for the greatest technological fair to date =)

A taste? … A smart concierge

http://www.bbc.com/news/teachnology-35156021

The one very one thing anyone can be sure of when/if attending is that there shall be no Apple stand.

For more information:

http://www.cesweb.org/

Schedule:

http://www.cesweb.org/Register-Plan/Full-Schedule

 

Hello 2016, from VR to reality?

One of my favourite BBC correspondents has got to be Rory Cellan-Jones, so it is no surprise that I include one of his articles here.

 

Is 2016 the year when virtual reality goes from virtual to reality?

That statement itself catches one’s attention, I am sure, you would agree dear reader.

The world we are living in this time and age, it is sometimes like OMG and then some!

Click on it and I would love to here from you! What are you thoughts on VR?

For more information:

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35205783