Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With the arrival of smartphones, high school and college students are no longer being told to put their electronic devices away in class. Cell phones are not only being used for conversations and games, but as important educational tools within classrooms. Technological advances are now, more then ever, transforming the everyday lives of students in their quest for academic success and there are thousands of apps aimed to help them. Here are nine must-haves that can make the bumpy educational road a whole lot smoother.Activity Timer is a time-management app that can be used to keep track of all tasks within a 24-hour period. This Android app, produced by LiteDroid Studios and available on Google Play for $1.99, enables students to incorporate their daily activities—from homework to game time—in order to make every second count.Breaking News delivers hard-breaking news stories in real time, for free. Developed by NBC News Digital LLC, this app sends out notifications about the biggest current news stories headlining the world. Useful for people with a busy schedule, the app also allows users to track specific topics and stay informed about current events, as they happen.Note Everything enables students to create and share text, voice and even paint notes. Users also have the option of combining note styles and enabling links. Created by SoftXperience, the free app also lets notes be imported from Palm Desktop or Microsoft Outlook.myHomework Student Planner allows students to keep their class schedule, homework calendar, organizer and student planner all in one place. Created by Instine, this free app also reminds students about assignment due dates and exams. Available on iTunes, Google Play, Kindle Fire and the Windows 8 Store, this app has been listed as one of the best school apps every year since 2009.Flashcards Study Helper, created by David Skelly, was created for students who have to study on the go. This app ($3.99) allows users to create their own flash cards and organize them according to subject matter. It also quizzes users (in four difficulty levels) on the flashcard materials.Puzzle Alarm Clock (free on Google Play) promises to solve the first problem many students have in the morning: getting out of bed. Created by Wro Claw Studio S.C., the app provides random puzzles (math equations, memory cards, captcha, patterns) that open after every alarm. You’ve got to be on your toes, though: The only way to shut the alarm is to complete the puzzles.Dictionary.com gives students access to more than 2 million definitions, synonyms and antonyms. This free app by Dictionary.com includes audio pronunciation, the words’ origins and a thesaurus. It’s useful for building vocabulary and spelling.50 Languages provides roughly 1,600 language combinations and includes 100 lessons aimed to teach students simple phrases, such as “How are you?” in a foreign language. Audio lessons are available on www.50languages.com. Learning a new language is now more accessible then ever.
ORVC Weekly Report (November 26 – December 1)Players of the Week.Girls Basketball: Kate Grote – Shawe Memorial and Abby Ralston – Southwestern.Boys Basketball: Tyler Kramer – Southwestern.ORVC Report(November 26-December 1)2018Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.
Thursday’s football game against the University of Arizona Wildcats marks the first non-bowl game to be held on a Thursday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and with it will bring new gameday procedures.The reason behind the schedule change this year is because USC is required to host a Thursday night game twice every three years as a member of the Pac-12 Conference, USC Associate Athletic Director Jose Eskenazi said.“It’s a mandated thing from the conference,” Eskenazi said. “It’s obviously not our preference to host a Thursday night game, but we have to do it, and were excited to do it in the sense that we’ll tackle it head-on and hopefully it’ll be a great game experience for all those that attend.”For the Thursday night game, no on-campus parking for the game or on-campus tailgating will be allowed.Captain David Carlisle said the university made the decision to ban campus activities to ensure that academics on campus will not be interrupted.“This being the first Thursday night game ever for USC, it’s going to be a challenge in that there will be no tailgating allowed on campus,” Carlisle said. “That is a decision that the university has made because it is going to be considered a normal academic day.”Since no on-campus parking will be available to those attending the game, other options will be made available.“Parking will be available down in L.A. Live and several lots will be open that folks can park there, and there will be a shuttle service to and from the Coliseum,” Eskenazi said.Tailgating opportunities have also been added at the Galen Center and the Coliseum.“To make up for the lack of tailgating on campus, the Galen Center will have an open tailgate that you can walk up to and pay to attend, and also the Cardinal and Gold Picnic at the Coliseum has opened up spaces for the general public,” Eskenazi said.Thursday classes will be held on their regular schedules.“Some schools cancel classes if they host a weekday football game,” Eskenazi said. “At USC, it was the administration’s decision not to do that. USC is an academic institution first and foremost, so classes are regularly scheduled and all ongoing regular campus activities will go on.”Both DPS and the Athletic Department have been preparing for months to make sure that the night goes smoothly.“We’ve been planning this for a good eight to nine months,” Eskenazi said. “It all started with getting all groups on campus together to talk about what the plans should be and what the communications would be, and making sure we adhere to the university policy that classes would still be in session and find alternatives for people to be able to attend the game.”Gian Johl, a graduate student studying business administration who plans to attend the game, said that his midterm was rescheduled as a result of the football game.“The class voted to take the midterm early because of logistics,” Johl said.Ronan Young, a freshman majoring in business administration who regularly attends USC football games, said he thinks the Thursday night date will negatively affect student attendance.“I feel like the student attendance won’t quite be the same because a lot of people that would say, go on a Saturday because it’s the only thing to do, now have work to do or schoolwork to do, and now they’re going to choose not to go,” Young said.Sean Lee, an undecided freshman who is choosing not to go to the game, also believes the date will hinder attendance.“I have the student section tickets, but I’m selling mine because I can’t make it,” Lee said. “I have a 9 a.m. class and a lot of stuff going on Friday.”Others students, however, said that the usual schedule will not stop them from going to the game.“I will definitely be attending,” said Paul Samaha, a freshman majoring in public relations. “Most people I know are still going.”The Athletic Department said they are aware of the effect that the new date could have on game attendance.“Everyone is used to it being on a Saturday so it’s a change-up from the traditional college football attending experience,” Eskenazi said. “Obviously work and school schedules will affect your ability to attend.”Nevertheless, the department is excited for this new opportunity.“It’s the first time we’ve had this sort of ‘week night under the lights’ kind of game,” Eskenazi said. “Coach [Orgeron] is pretty excited about it and he really wants the students’ support, sort of this renewed energy of the team with his leadership. I think it could be a pretty fun deal for students.”
Suicide prevention was the main focus of the first annual Connecting for Life conference for Donegal, which heard moving personal stories and local plans to reduce the suicide rate. The conference on Friday last in Buncrana saw 80 individuals from health, education, community and voluntary organisations interested or involved in suicide prevention coming together to share good practices and build connections.Liam Ward Director of Service, Donegal County Council speaking at the Connecting for Life Conference in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel in Buncrana.The conference comes under the Connecting for Life Donegal action plan which is a 5 year plan (2015-2020) for suicide prevention that involves a broad range of organisations and individuals from the statutory, non-statutory, the community and voluntary sector, and also the general public. This local plan forms part of the national Connecting for Life strategy which sets a minimum target of a 10% reduction in the suicide rate in Ireland by 2020. The conference was chaired by Liam Ward, Director of Community, Enterprise & Planning Services in Donegal County Council and the opening address was provided by an Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Terence Slowey.Speaking on the deeply sensitive and devastating issue that is suicide in society the Cathaoirleach noted the need for cooperation in this area saying “in the world we live in today with people facing many different types of difficult situations and challenges it is hard to think of anyone who has not been directly affected by suicide or mental health issues. Now, more so than ever, we must stress the importance and value of community, community spirit, and cooperation to combat these issues”.“We as a Local Authority have an onus to help people with mental health issues and focus on providing support to people who are in crisis, whether it be housing, job creation or promoting social inclusion. Our aim here today is to bring people together from different sectors, services and communities in order to strengthen our collective ability to be a major force for change in suicide prevention in Donegal.”Anne Sheridan, Mental Health Promotion/Suicide Resource Officer for HSE Donegal gave an update on the implementation of the Connecting for Life action plan to date followed by a number of guest speakers from different areas of the community. Emma Lawrence from Buncrana gave a very personal and moving message of hope about her own issues with mental health and suicide and her journey to recovery.Siobhan McLaughlin from Donegal Travellers Project gave a talk on the work of her organisation and the mental health issues faced by Travellers and other ethnic minorities in the County.Sarah Toye, Suicide Crisis Assessment Nurse, talked about GP and primary care and a new approach to the assessment and care management for those in suicide crisis. Geraldine Murray, MABS North Donegal, provided information on debt and mental health issues and the different kinds of help people faced with these problems can access. Finally, Kieran Doherty from the Alcohol Forum gave a talk on the link between alcohol abuse and mental health issues.This was followed by a short workshop discussion where groups provided feedback on the day and also exchanged ideas and information on the different services and the connections that can be made in the area of suicide prevention. To conclude, Dr. Kevin Malone, Professor of Psychiatry & Mental Health in UCD gave an overview of the national and local picture in terms of suicide rates and encouraged the audience to keep strengthening their cooperation and build deeper connections as the best means of promoting positive mental health and reducing rates of suicide.Attendees were then invited to the Lived Lives Lost exhibition, an exhibition of stories of young lives lost to suicide in Ireland, in Fort Dunree organised by Donegal County Council Cultural Arts Service, Inishowen Development Partnership and the HSE.Value of communities highlighted in suicide prevention plans for Donegal was last modified: October 11th, 2016 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)