Technology Tuesday: Thoughts on kids using technology to keep parents up to date

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Hey Tech Tuesday Subscribers and the rest of you!

As a parent who uses technology fiercely I have become more and more prone to convert everything from hardcopy to electronic. In fact let me be frank: “I hate paper!” Phew! Now that that’s out of the way.

So! all my accounts I’ve chosen email notifications and sms’s. Any hard-copy notes, documents, invoicing lands up on a pile somewhere and becomes a hunt of note when I need to find it. The biggest challenge I face is keeping up with my kids school projects that gets sent home on A4 paper.

I wish the communication from educators, and this is class-specific, can be online. I’ve recently found this article where a preschool is using iPads to educate the preschoolers and communicate with the parents and vica versa… a bunch of forward thinkers.

Have a read…

- Tamzin

Source: IOL

Preschool using iPads to keep parents up to date

Johannesburg – You’ve just picked up you toddler from playschool. He or she is grumpy and didn’t finish the lunch you packed.

Instead of making a mental note to have a quick word with their teacher the following morning, you simply pull out the iPad your child uses at creche from their backpack and look at the notes the teacher has written to you, informing you how your little one fared at school that day.

The report, which the teacher writes daily, tells you about your child’s behaviour at creche that day, the mood they were in, how they scored in their class activities, and generally how their day was.

You’ll enjoy this privilege, though, only if your child goes to The Little Ashford Preschool, Africa’s first creche to use iPads in the classroom.

The creche first opened its doors in Saxonwold, Joburg, at the end of 2009 and has recently opened its second campus in Bryanston, Sandton.

Little Ashford’s founder, Jena Mukina, set up the pre-school after she couldn’t find one suitable for her own child.

Six months later, she was joined by her business partner, Marli Hoffman, who is now principal of the creche.

Hoffman was at the Sandton iStore, giving other preschool teachers pointers on how to integrate iPads in preschool education.

Hoffman said only children from two years old use the iPads.

The youngest use them for a maximum of five minutes a day and the older children for no more than 20 minutes.

- The Star

About Tamzin

Owner at BizXnet. A company that aims to expose SMME’s to the best possible network creating support structures and B2B leads with a strong focus on social media.

Enjoys the little things in life that contribute to that warm fuzzy happy feelings. Social Media enthusiast and facilitator.

Wife to my bestie and lover for life, Randall, mom of 2. Assisting individuals to be the best they can be. Loves success stories!

Email: tamzin@bizxnet.co.za  Twitter@tamzinmart

About the Author

Founder of the Just Pursue It Blog and Inspirational Women Initiative. I interview women from around the world to share their story of inspiration and hope. I'm a Motivational writer and Media designer, who is obsessed with everything Inspirational with a hint of Geek. Thrives on spreading everything Positive and enjoys the company of Fabulous Motivational people. Inspired by people with beautiful hearts. Loves Design, Interviews, Doing talks, Product Reviews, Fashion, Technology, Good food, Music and Creativity. Also adopted the role as "New Mom".

Technology Tuesday: Social Media Business Profiles

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Good morning to all the inspirational women … and men :) out there. Hope Tuesday still has you fired up and ready for the week’s challenges and successes!

This week in Tech Tuesday I would like to share some basics about social media profiles for business. We tend to speedily create these accounts and “park” vital information and jpegs that need to be uploaded.

Let’s take a look at Facebook:

1. When naming your business page make sure it:

  • Aligns with your business name and/or website eg If the business is called Crazy Bob, as a suggestion the website should be similar www.crazybob.co.zaFacebook page www.facebook/crazybob Twitter @crazybob_CT
  • Has a vanity URL such as  www.facebook/crazybob and NOT  http://www.facebook.com/pages/crazybob/137823972000146Create avanity URL by going to your Facebook page and typing the URL www.facebook.com/username in the address bar on top and follow steps to create your vanity URL.

2. About – Complete the sections that explain what your business does. Give enough information including website address

3. Cover Photo - Your cover photo should be very attractive, appealing, fresh. When potential fans land on your page your cover photo should make them want to like page before even exploring further. Dimensions:  851 pixels wide and 315 pixels tall.

4. Profile Pic - Usually your business logo, or anything that represents your brand really. Dimensions: 180×180 pixels

5. Location - If you would like the recommendations box on your page, which is a great feature for clients to comment in when they are happy with your service or product, then add the locationa nd test that Google maps actually reads it. Be accurate.

If you need any assistance with these steps please don’t hesitate to contact us.

About Tamzin

Owner at BizXnet. A company that aims to expose SMME’s to the best possible network creating support structures and B2B leads with a strong focus on social media.

Enjoys the little things in life that contribute to that warm fuzzy happy feelings. Social Media enthusiast and facilitator.

Wife to my bestie and lover for life, Randall, mom of 2. Assisting individuals to be the best they can be. Loves success stories!

Email: tamzin@bizxnet.co.za  Twitter@tamzinmart

About the Author

Founder of the Just Pursue It Blog and Inspirational Women Initiative. I interview women from around the world to share their story of inspiration and hope. I'm a Motivational writer and Media designer, who is obsessed with everything Inspirational with a hint of Geek. Thrives on spreading everything Positive and enjoys the company of Fabulous Motivational people. Inspired by people with beautiful hearts. Loves Design, Interviews, Doing talks, Product Reviews, Fashion, Technology, Good food, Music and Creativity. Also adopted the role as "New Mom".