Gaeltacht e-Hub pilot project launched by Education Minister

first_imgA new e-learning initiative has been launched which will enable Irish language students to access greater subject choices through virtual learning.Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D. launched the Gaeltacht Irish-medium e-Hub pilot project today at Gairmscoil Mhic Dhiarmada, Arranmore. He explained how the project involves online courses, taught through the medium of Irish by e-Teachers based in other Gaeltacht areas.Minister McHugh said: “This innovative digital project will provide Gaeltacht post-primary students with the opportunity to access online a greater range of subjects through the medium of Irish. “This three-year pilot project is based on comprehensive research completed on similar e-learning initiatives globally, where students supplement their existing curriculum with online courses, when those subjects are not available in their own school.“This digital project will greatly enhance the capacity of Gaeltacht post-primary schools to extend their curricular provision for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).”Planning for the pilot project commenced in two Gaeltacht post-primary schools from September 2018 – Coláiste na Coiribe in Galway and Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in Kerry. Almost 50 Transition Year students participated in a five-week Transition Year Physics Module through the medium of Irish where they gained first-hand experience of virtual learning.Following a tendering process, the consultancy firm H2 Learning is assisting the Gaeltacht Education Unit in the Department of Education and Skills in managing and co-ordinating this digital project. The Minister said, “I am very pleased to be here today to launch this exciting innovative project. This project demonstrates the important role which information and communications technology (ICT) can play in extending the range of curriculum subjects through the medium of Irish for Gaeltacht post-primary students, including those who attend island schools.”“I would like to congratulate all those involved in this project: officials of my Department, H2 Learning, the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST), An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG), SciFest and in particular the students and teachers who are involved in the implementation of the project in schools. I wish all those who will participate in the online Leaving Certificate Physics Pilot Project from September 2019 every success and I trust that there will be a beneficial outcome for all students involved.”The online course will be taught by two Physics e-Teachers with experience in the teaching of Leaving Certificate Higher-Level Physics through the medium of Irish. The e-Teachers will be based in their own post-primary Gaeltacht schools and will teach students across a number of other post-primary schools in the Gaeltacht. Four schools have applied to participate from September.Students who are participating in the pilot project will be supported by e-Mentors in their own post-primary schools. E-mentors are members of the teaching staff with science or mathematics expertise who will support students during the lesson times.Feedback from those participating in the pilot Transition Year Physics module has been very positive, according to the Department of Education. Students and e-Mentors have reported that they have enjoyed and benefitted from the experience of learning at a distance in an interactive way during the Physics online lessons. This online Leaving Certificate Higher-Level Physics will be entirely through the medium of Irish. Additional support will be provided to participating post-primary schools to include a grant for digital equipment and additional hours for e-Mentors.Gaeltacht e-Hub pilot project launched by Education Minister was last modified: April 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:educationGaeltacht Irish-medium e-Hub pilot projectMinister Joe McHughlast_img read more

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Milk and nutrition

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The erosion of milk’s reputation as a healthy food choice is the biggest issue facing the nation’s dairy industry, said the new dairy chair for The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.“We could survive longer on milk without food, without water, without pizza, than you can survive on anything else,” said Rafael Jimenez-Flores, who joined the college as the J.T. “Stubby” Parker Endowed Chair in Dairy Foods earlier this year.Jimenez-Flores has made it his mission to demonstrate scientifically the nutritional benefits of milk in the face of “fear mongering” that may have led to some public misconceptions that it is not good for you. “It is unethical to use fear for profit when we are trying to feed the world,” he said.Calling milk “the only food that has evolved with us,” Jimenez-Flores points out that the lactose in milk favors positive gut bacteria, which aid digestion.In addition, the milk fat globule membrane has been shown to help prevent obesity and cancer as well as to enhance brain development, Jimenez-Flores said.Ohio’s dairy industry has a strong reputation for processing in a manner that allows waste to be used as raw materials, adding value to dairy by products, he said.Among his current research initiatives is an examination of the “fresh milk” concept in Australia, where unpasteurized milk is being sold to consumers. Rather than using heat to kill harmful bacteria, the process requires a high-pressure treatment, Jimenez-Flores said. He is working on a proposal to investigate high-pressure homogenization as well.While the research is interesting and important, Jimenez-Flores considers his first priority as dairy chair to teach college students to solve problems. He plans to accomplish this by sharing his enthusiasm and love for his discipline.“What the industry really needs are Ohio State graduates who can work and succeed,” he said. “Future graduates coming from my program will be unquestionably well prepared. These were values given to me by my professors, for which I am forever indebted.”When he was an undergraduate student himself in Mexico, Jimenez-Flores studied chemical engineering and pharmaceutical chemistry at the Universidad La Salle, A.C.He went on to Cornell University where he earned his MS in food science. Then he received his PhD in agricultural chemistry and food science from the University of California, Davis.Prior to coming to Ohio State, Jimenez-Flores worked as a professor at California Polytechnic State University for 21 years, spending the last three as director of the Center for Applications in Biotechnology there.He had always wanted to be an endowed chair, and when the opportunity arose at Ohio State, Jimenez-Flores was already aware of the department’s reputation, especially that of the late Jim Harper, who held the position from 1993 to 2013.“It’s like an unreal thing to come here. Ohio State has tons of talent everywhere, not only in agriculture,” he said. “I want to help the dairy industry by attracting talent to work in and help develop dairy science.”last_img read more

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Yahoo, Now A “Technology Company,” Kills Off Its Lamest Products

first_imgTags:#web#Yahoo The Yahoo evolution continues – this time with a few more swings of the axe.Friday, Yahoo announced that it would be sunsetting a handful of its products in a move consistent with CEO Marissa Mayer’s plan to aggressively prune the unruly conglomerate.Out With The Old, In With The CoolYahoo will be terminating some of its more vestigial products, which is exactly what it needs to do. Cleaning out the old, rotten stuff will help rid the company of its unhip World Wide Web-esque vibe. These soon-to-be-dead products will join the ranks of some of Yahoo’s mobile apps, which are next for the chopping block. Here’s the list of what the big Y! will jettison:Yahoo! Message Boards websiteYahoo! app for BlackBerryYahoo! AvatarsYahoo! Updates APIYahoo! Sports IQYahoo! App SearchYahoo! Clues (beta)Yahoo! Updates API It’s hard to say what, if anything, will be missed on that list. Yahoo’s Message Boards seem like they might still show some signs of (protozoan) life. But Yahoo Avatars might have been singlehandedly perpetuating the company’s out-of-touch, mid-1990s image. (Seriously, have you seen those things?)R.I.P.On Yahoo’s Yodel Anecdotal blog (which I really wish had made the list), Jay Rossiter, the company’s Executive Vice President of Platforms, explains the culling with a shout out to recent updates on Flickr and Yahoo! Mail, two Yahoo products people actually use. According to Rossiter, Yahoo wants to hang onto only products that are a “daily habit that still resonates.” The goal is to sharpen the company’s focus on its brand new Mayer-era direction.Yahoo Is Now A “Technology Company”In another decisive move that bubbled up quietly Friday via an SEC filing, Yahoo now fashions itself as a “global technology company.” For the past few years, Yahoo had been resolutely calling itself a “digital media company,” so the change is a bit curious, though the timing isn’t. Here are the old and new Yahoo boilerplate excerpts, with the updated language highlighted:Old: Yahoo! Inc., together with its consolidated subsidiaries… is a premier digital media company. Through our proprietary technology and insights, Yahoo! delivers personalized digital content and experiences, across devices and around the globe, to vast audiences.”New: “Yahoo! Inc., together with its consolidated subsidiaries… is a global technology company focused on making the world’s daily habits inspiring and entertaining. We provide a variety of products and services, many of them personalized, including search, content, and communications tools—all daily habits for hundreds of millions of users, on the Web and on mobile devices.”Between the quiet rebranding and these ancient products galloping off into the sunset, Yahoo is increasingly focused on the one thing that certainly needs the attention – the company itself. Image of axe courtesy of Shutterstock. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts taylor hatmakercenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Why Upgrading to V-Log Is Worth the Money for GH4 Users

first_imgPanasonic recently announced the long-awaited V-Log picture profile for their GH4. The cost to upgrade is $99. Here’s why it’s worth it.When Panasonic first teased customers with the prospect of V-Log, the response was overwhelming. It quickly became very clear that GH4 owners desperately wanted the ability to shoot in a Log color space, and for the last year or so, many users have been eagerly anticipating the release.As of last week, V-Log was finally officially announced — but the announcement came with a catch: the upgrade wouldn’t be free and would cost current users $99 to upgrade. While some GH4 owners were upset by this, I personally understand the upgrade pricing. It’s not the first time a camera manufacturer has charged for a firmware update, and while the $99 isn’t cheap, it isn’t outrageous either. In my opinion, the upgrade is well worth our money for these three reasons:1. Added Dynamic RangeWith V-Log enabled, you’re now able to capture twelve stops of dynamic range with the GH4, which is about two stops more than any other picture profile — and those 2 stops will go a very long way. Under certain circumstances it may mean that you need less lighting and/or grip gear, and the upgrade could potentially pay for itself on your first shoot.This video shows us the cinematic potential of the new V-Log format:2. More Flexibility in PostFor anyone out there like myself, who enjoys color grading — this update is for you. Not only will your images have more dynamic range, but you’ll have a far greater ability to grade the images in the editing room. If you’ve ever color corrected log footage, you know how much more freeing it can be when compared to working in a Rec 709 color space.3. LUT IntegrationOver the years, many LUTs (Look Up Tables) have been created for log footage, and now they’ll all be compatible with your GH4 footage. You could theoretically use an ARRI ALEXA LUT (or any other LUT designed for Log) with your GH4 footage and get some very instant results that may not need a whole lot of tweaking. Not to mention, one of the biggest issues with the GH4 in the past (for me at least) has been skin tones. The combination of Log and the right LUT will help with that immensely.There are also a lot of really good free LUT resources online. This article from Johnny Elwyn shares a few links to a few free resources.Pricing and AvailabilityThe new V-Log update for the Panasonic GH4 will cost $99.99 and be available mid-September.Are you excited about the new v-log format in the GH4? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

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Batang Gilas splits opening day matches, eyes top-two berth

first_imgPhoto by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netThe Philippine youth team vies for a top two spot in Pool A Friday night after splitting its first two assignments in the Fiba 3×3 Under-18 World Cup in Chengdu, China.Led by Filipino-Nigerian AJ Edu, Batang Gilas looks to win over Poland and Turkmenistan to advance to the next round.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The young Filipinos kicked off their campaign with a 19-17 triumph over Israel before falling short against the favored Netherlands, 13-10, Wednesday night.Edu and Juan Gomez di Liano fueled the Philippines’ comeback against Israel that turned an 11-14 deficit into an 18-15 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBatang Gilas also rallied to tie the Netherlands at 10, but Maik Bouwer sealed the win for the top seed.The Netherlands topped Pool A at 2-0 in Day 1, while the Philippines—with Encho Serrano and Rhayyan Amsali also in the lineup—wound up tied at 1-1 with Israel and Poland. Turkmenistan remained winless in two outings. Bradley: Pacquiao still can fight vs young guys Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Only the top two teams in each group will advance to the next round.Last week, the Philippine men’s 3×3 squad bowed out in the first round with a 2-2 record in France. —JASMINE W. PAYOSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Gameslast_img read more

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