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See the world through Google’s eyes

| June 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
See the world through Google’s eyes

Many people know about Google’s patented smart glasses. Some are even wearing them. There are even people trying out Google’s smart contact lenses. Now the company wants to fuse smart technology and human anatomy. In May 2016, the US Patent and Trademark Office approved Google’s patent application for electronic lenses. As journalist David Goldman describes: […]

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Better out than in?

| June 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
Better out than in?

By Tim Jarvis I am not at all athletic. In fact, the less charitable of my colleagues at Michaelhouse College in KwaZulu-Natal might go so far as to say that I am a trifle overweight. In addition, my “bush skills” are somewhat lacking. While I can navigate round the mall with the best of them […]

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Going vertical in Victoria

| June 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
Going vertical in Victoria

Architects and school planners are tackling increasing population density in Victoria, South Melbourne, Australia. It’s here that a “vertical school” will open in 2018 and accommodate over 500 students. The suburb of Victoria is growing by almost 3 000 people per year, and more education facilities are badly needed. Architect Richard Leonard says that urban […]

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Stop the world, we want to get off!

| June 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
Stop the world, we want to get off!

Stephen Hawking is the world-famous English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge in the UK. His 1988 book A Brief History of Time, introduced the world to his view of cosmology. Today, when Hawking – confined for many years to a wheelchair […]

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Mexico’s straw preschool

| June 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
Mexico’s straw preschool

Waldorf schools are spreading throughout the world. If you travel to Cuernavaca, México, you will find the Tecilli Classroom. This Waldorf preschool classroom was built in just eight weeks, thanks to a collaboration between designer Laboratorio Arquitectura Básica Mx and community members, including parents, who used sustainable materials and strategies to help reduce the school’s […]

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Get those butts out of Bogota!

| June 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
Get those butts out of Bogota!

Says online news source, www.worldcrunch.com, the world needs to refocus on Bogota, Colombia. Here, a civil war has raged for more than 50 years between state forces, left-wing guerrilla forces like The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC) and other gangs. In addition to mass murders and kidnappers, these militant groups have […]

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A toxic mess in China

| June 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
A toxic mess in China

On 18 April, 2016, in Jiangsu province, China, almost 500 children attending the same school woke up ill, reports Greenpeace East Asia. They presented various symptoms from bronchitis to eczema, from blood and thyroid irregularities to leukemia. The news shocked the nation and a task team was immediately assembled to investigate. It soon transpired that […]

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The Lighthouse: the home of learning support at The Ridge School

| June 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
The Lighthouse: the home of learning support at The Ridge School

By Joe Kotwal The beautiful old heritage building1 that was the former boarding establishment at The Ridge School in Westcliff, Johannesburg, in Gauteng, is now The Lighthouse, recreated as a centre of learning and development for the school. This nurturing environment boasts a cohesive team of professionals, led by Jan Mallen. Set up with the […]

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Growing the game from the ground up: rural rugby development in South Africa

| June 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
Growing the game from the ground up: rural rugby development in South Africa

In March 2012, St Dunstan’s College, in Benoni in Gauteng, in the presence of the minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, signed a partnership with Unity Secondary School in Daveyton. The partnership was supported by the St Dunstan’s College Foundation. It was necessary to sign this agreement so that all the stakeholders could agree on […]

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The visual journal in the art classroom: the word (divergent) made flesh

| June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
The visual journal in the art classroom: the word (divergent) made flesh

By Michael Smith “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function,” said F Scott Fitzgerald. Many consider Fitzgerald a titan of American literature – who, with Ernest Hemingway and others (think Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, TS […]

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Roots and wings

| June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
Roots and wings

By Lizzy Nesbitt “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other wings.” (William Hodding Carter II) St John’s College in Houghton, Johannesburg, in Gauteng, has two symbols that represent its vision. One is official, the other organic. When a boy arrives at the […]

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