Month: September 2009

Chat or IM Speak is good for you

Chat or IM Speak is good for you

One of the many debates in recent times with the emergence of Chat Speak amongst youth, due to the increase volumes of Instant Messenger (IM) users, have been the effect it has on the literacy of a young person. With IMs like MXit, The Grid, Mig33 etc. being increasingly popular in South African youth culture …

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Fast Track training with National AIDS Helpline

Fast Track training with National AIDS Helpline

Above some of the counsellors of the National AIDS Helpline busy with our innovative Fast Track Mobile Counselling training programme to support capacity development. This is a mentorship approach to allow counsellors to provide training to peers in order to increase capacity if needed. This is one way of dealing with the large numbers expected …

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National AIDS Helpline: Pilot training

National AIDS Helpline: Pilot training

After a long day of travelling in Johannesburg it is so exciting to be part of the rollout of the world’s first HIV/AIDS Mobile Instant Messaging counselling service by the National AIDS Helpline. This week it will be further training with the counsellors and training with the supervisors of National AIDS Helpline who will be …

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Vlogging with the Reconstructed

Vlogging with the Reconstructed

This morning I had the privilege to facilitate the Reconstructed session at the Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs) space. Video blogging or “Vlogging” was the area we focused on and it was amazing to see how the team managed to video blog with ease. A short background about what video blogging was and how others have …

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Social Media for Teens

Social Media for Teens

Over the past few weeks we’ve seen some of our young people coming to the Impact Centre on a Friday afternoon for Social Media and Life skills training. This idea was the brain child of Craig Ross, Clinton Liederman and Brent Williams who saw the need in the community where young people are being lured …

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Support group celebrates success

Support group celebrates success

Today an article appeared in the Weekend Post by Yolande Stander “Support group celebrates success” featuring the work we’ve been doing over the past year using mobile technology to support people in need: “THE South African group who conceptualised using social media like MXit to address social problems affecting young people has celebrated one year …

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Social Media for NGOs Workshop Port Elizabeth

Social Media for NGOs Workshop Port Elizabeth

Tuesday I presented a workshop to a number of NGO and academic partners on how Social Media can be used and leveraged by non-profits, NGOs, Non-profits. The workshop, first of its kind to be presented to non-profits in the Eastern Cape, presented these organisations with the opportunity to maximise the use of Social Media as …

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Drug Advice Support at Highway Africa

Drug Advice Support at Highway Africa

I attended the Digital Citizen Indaba 4.0 and Highway Africa conference this year and presented a workshop on “Digital Voices to Reconstruct Communities”. Also had the privilege to share more about the Drug Advice Support (DAS) services and an article appeared in the Open Source paper at the conference thanks to Bilal Randeree. You can …

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My first WAP mobile phone

My first WAP mobile phone

Ten years ago I acquired my first WAP enabled phone the NOKIA 7110. Just amazed at how technology has changed. Post your first WAP enabled mobile phone as a comment to this post.

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