Are you working from home?

Are you working from home?

William Hanson

As many of us are going to be working from home for some time, etiquette coach William Hanson from The English Manner gives some suggested tips as to how to effectively video conference from home with colleagues and co-workers.

More English manner tips HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

  •  Executive Director of The English Manner
  • Working from home
  • Foreseeable future
  • Video conference etiquette
  • Well lit
  • The angle is good
  • The sound and the connection is spot on
  • That’s what you want to aim for
  • The person on the conference
  • Focus on what you are saying
  • Neutral and dull as possible
  • Some of the mistakes that people make
  • Dianna, are you still there
  • I can see you.. hello….
  • The angle is critical
  • The lens of the camera pointing directly at your eyes
  • Devices with cameras built into them
  • The last ten or more years
  • Lighting is key
  • Please test it in advance
  •  An anonymous whistle blower on the news
  • The person you’re speaking to
  • It’s taking up a bit of their time
  • Shut the door
  • Before you start
  • Dressing to impress
  • Nobody works from home in a suit
  • This is too much and this is too little
  • What to do and what not to do when we video conference from home
  • I hope you stay safe and healthy
Essay writing TIPS

Essay writing TIPS

Edith Cowan University 

The future of high-tech education

The future of high-tech education

A growing number of classrooms in China are equipped with artificial-intelligence cameras and brain-wave trackers. While many parents and teachers see them as tools to improve grades, they’ve become some children’s worst nightmare (#WallStreetJournal)

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

Primary school
Pay attention
Head band
Levels of concentration
A global leader in artificial intelligence (AI)
A cashless economy
Facial recognition
The future of high-tech education
Chips that track their locations
Surveillance cameras that monitor how often students yawn

Netizens (The term netizen is a portmanteau of the words Internet and citizen, as in a “citizen of the net” or “net citizen.” It describes a person actively involved in online communities or the Internet in general)

Parental consent
AI Education
Boost student’s grades
The government has poured billions into the project
Bringing together tech giants, startups and schools
Exclusive access
To see first-hand how AI tech is being used in the classroom
A brainwave sensing gadget
Students practice meditation
The device is made in China
Sent in real time to the teacher
A report is generated
10 minute intervals
The reports are detailed
One of our reports tried on the device
A new technology
A neuroscientist
It is usually by doctors in hospitals and labs
It affects the signal
Despite the chances for false readings
Students have become more disciplined
They pay better attention in class
Study harder and achieve higher scores
A new kind of pressure for students
Government funded research projects
No privacy protection at all
Experts and citizens alike are sounding alarms
Future generations
Lesson plan here 

Are you wild about cats and wild dogs?

Are you wild about cats and wild dogs?

During the nationwide lockdown, the Endangered Wildlife Trust  will be offering a series of free webinars (times indicated in South Africa Standard Time ‎(UTC+2)‎,  allowing you to discover the outdoors, indoors. Be the first to know about upcoming Wild Chats by signing up to their mailing list   for more information. Zoom  link will be shared the day before each talk.

Social Distancing – What does it mean?

Social Distancing – What does it mean?

We explore one of the most widely used phrases of the past couple of weeks, social distancing.
What does it mean? Is it important? Should we care? These kids will explain!
We also give you 6 tips on how to navigate this unique period we are all facing.

***UPDATE: At the time of filming, 3 feet (1 metre)  was the recommended distance for Social Distancing. It has since been updated to 6 feet (2 metres) .***

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video

Should we abide by it
Minimizing the contact we have with other people
Reduce the spread of the virus
The intent behind social distancing is to slow the rate of the epidemic
To flatten the curve
It will help the health care system
Overcrowding our hospitals
Get control of the virus
Professional sporting events are being suspended for a period of time
We are being asked to socially distance ourselves from other people
It can save thousands of lives today
You are doing your part

Help flatten the curve
Use this time to explore, discover and create

6 Simple tips
Wash your hands often
Cover your cough
Don’t touch your face
Stay at least 2 metres away from people
Get outside –  Avoid close contact with people in public
Connect remotely, thanks to technology you can still interact with them remotely

 

In it together

In it together

Green Renaissance

The last few weeks have been a roller coaster of intense emotions. All of us, all over the world, have had to start to change the way we do things. Many have cut back on travel plans, some are avoiding crowded spaces, and most have dropped handshakes and hugs for elbow bumps and foot shakes.

As hard as it might be for some of us right now, it seems that what we need is more empathy, understanding, and compassion for one another. Most of us are some version of scared – this is a change and a big change. Like with any change, we don’t know what will happen and how it will turn out. But what we do know for sure, is that we can’t really do too much without each other.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

The conductor is not just a time beater
It has different elements to it
We are going to make music
It’s not a shouting match
Taking the rubbish out
It’s a calling
Infectious energy
Your fellow musicians
A positive vibe
We need positive vibes these days
Ode to Joy
Everybody knows the tune
I could not imagine the world without music
I would like to be a fly on the wall
There you go
Nature is such a powerful force
Belting down with rain
An amazing show of power
The purpose of life
To live life that is full of interesting things
Not stuck in a rut
Read about new things
Be interested
Have you heart open for new ideas
Seeking perfection

 

3 000 Villages to discover

3 000 Villages to discover

 

visit Greece

Bustling cities, small traditional villages, breathtaking nature, rich culture, archaeological sites, mesmerizing islands, culinary treats and recipes form a fascinating destination. Enjoy Greece all year round, as each season has something special to offer. Uncover Greece’s hidden treasures   HERE

Let’s take you on an African Safari LIVE now

Let’s take you on an African Safari LIVE now

#safarilive

Jump onto a LIVE, interactive African safari. Twice a day our expert guides invite you to explore the African wilderness in safari vehicles and on foot. Together, we will search for everything from elephants and lions to flowers and landscapes.

Interact with your guide by asking questions through #safarilive on Twitter or via the chat stream located to the right of the feed on YouTube.

UPDATE: As of Tuesday, 01 May:
The Sunrise drive runs from 06:30 – 09:30 local time, which means start times of 00:30 EST, 21:30 PST, 05:30 in the UK [BST], 06:30 in Central Europe, and 15:30 Sydney time.
Our Sunset Safari runs from 15:00 – 18:00 local time, which means start times of 09:00 EST, 06:00 PST, 14:00 in the UK [BST], 15:00 in Central Europe, and 00:00 Sydney time.

Every week, on a Saturday Sunset Safari we bring you safariLIVES – a weekly catch up with all our favourite Big Cat stars. Catch safariLIVES from 16:00-18:00 local time, which means start times of 10:00 EST, 07:00 PST, 15:00 in the UK [BST], 16:00 in Central Europe, and 01:00 Sydney time

When safariLIVE isn’t live, you can view the feed from the Djuma Waterhole camera, from the heart of Djuma Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand/greater Kruger National Park area.

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Apartment Therapy – Small Spaces

Apartment Therapy – Small Spaces

 [apartment therapy]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Less to clean
  • Easier to maintain things
  • Functionality – Everything has a purpose
  • I have to have a bunch of things
  • Pots and pans
  • Re-do the kitchen
  • We live in the kitchen
  • Sliding doors
  • We have a little bit of privacy
  • The kitty litter box
  • My stuff stays closer to the floor and his stuff stays closer to the ceiling
  • You only surround yourself with things you love
  • There is no room for extra stuff you don’t need
Where there’s a will, there’s a way #19

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #19

[Primitive Technology ]

Primitive Technology: Iron prills – Creating Iron prills from scratch

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.” READ MORE