first_imgTwitter Previous articleLimerick steelworker’s life changed forever after near fatal workplace accidentNext articleIn Pics – INTO Mini Sevens GAA Editor NewsEducationLimerick students win big at national multimedia awardsBy Editor – April 12, 2017 1280 Linkedin Print Advertisement REPRO FREE 07/04/17Students from third level colleges were awarded in the Belltable Theatre yesterday, for creating fantastic videos, animations, audio pieces, radio ads and poster illustrations for the National Transport AuthorityÕs annual Multimedia Awards.Pictured at the award ceremony at the Belltable Theatre was third place in the audio category, Sean Murray and Christy O Brian from LITThe entries produced by students, encourage other students to consider choosing ÔsmarterÕ modes of transport; particularly walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing. The awards are supported by colleges nationally and in particular in Limerick by Limerick Smarter Travel.Photo: Oisin McHugh True MediaPictured at the award ceremony at the Belltable Theatre was third place in the audio category, Sean Murray and Christy O Brian from LITStudents from Limerick’s third level colleges have been honoured at this year’s National Multimedia Awards.Overall winners in the video/animation category were Donal Kearns, Patryk Lewandowski and Carmen Vitour from the University of Limerick. Keith Walsh from Limerick Institute of Technology won the poster/illustration category and the audio category winners were James Connolly, Graham Moloney and Ray Mooney, also from Limerick Institute of Technology.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The winners and winning entries can be viewed onwww.smartertravelawards.ie“We are delighted with the quality and variety of entries, and our judges were equally impressed.  The students’ multimedia entries were both entertaining, and captured the positive aspects of making smart transport choices for the journey to college” said Anne Graham, Chief Executive Officer, National Transport Authority.One of the judges, Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent, RTÉ was “very impressed with the overall standard and quality of the entries. Collectively, they showed creative conceptual thinking, clever writing and skilled technical execution”.Winners, Donal Kearns Patryk Lewandowski and Carmen Vitour said, “We had an amazing experience, met some inspiring people in our journey to promote smarter travel. We had great fun and would definitely recommend other students to participate in this competition.”Roisin Crowley, of Limerick Institute of Technology, said, “I’m delighted our Music Technology and Production students have had such success in the Smarter Travel Multimedia awards. We are always eager for opportunities to collaborate on industry-related projects with companies and institutions beyond LIT and this competition was a great fit with our second-year syllabus.” LIT Launches unique new programme on Responding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Women in the Creative Arts to take centre stage at LIT’s International Women’s Day Flagship Event Limerick Post Show | FOLM Project LIT Development & Public Engagement Manager, Seamus Hoyne, is awarded the SEAI Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Energy Award. TAGSLITNational Multimedia Awards 2017UL International Women’s Day LIT WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more


first_img Pinterest Local News By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleOAT060719 Texas Tech OSU 05Next articleRetailers Embrace AI Tech for Improved Customer Experience Digital AIM Web Support TAGS  Twittercenter_img Twitter Incoming sixth graders use laptop computers in AVID teacher Marcela Macias’ classroom. For a school that was once on the verge of closure or takeover by the state, the future is looking brighter for Ector College Prep Success Academy after its first year. Reading and math scores are up for students who went from seventh to eighth grade, attendance has consistently been at 97 percent and the campus culture has improved. Ector County Independent School District has eight campuses on improvement required status under state accountability standards. Ector Middle School was in its fifth year last year and if the campus didn’t come off the list it would have faced closure or the Texas Education Commissioner would have appointed a board of managers over the whole district. Ector was one Partnering with CEO/Superintendent Robert Bleisch’s Ector Success Academy Network was a way to stay sanctions from the Texas Education Agency against the middle school for two years. The principal is Charles Quintela. The partnership between the nonprofit and ECISD could potentially last for 10 years. The campus emphasizes course performance, attendance and behavior, bolstered by interventions, incentives and enrichments. Bleisch said attendance was a non-negotiable requirement. When he proposed the in-district charter school to parents, he said they were going to have high expectations, extend the school day and allow time for teachers to collaborate and plan. They have also created extended class times, homework centers, interventions and mandated high expectations. “Monitoring and direct targeting was a catalyst for school change. We learn every year we’re in the business. This year, I saw something different. It’s pretty remarkable to have a high attendance rate when our true system targeting that issue really didn’t get installed until January of February. That’s a testament to the work and the teachers engaging kids,” Bleisch said. Principal Charles Quintela said Saturday school didn’t get going until after spring break in March. Quintela said Ector just got its second administration of the reading and math STAAR test back for eighth grade. Looking at students who were in seventh grade last year and are now in eighth grade, Quintela said reading scores rose from 47 percent last year to 70 percent this year, which means they grew 23 percentage points, “which is huge — huge for us.” Math scores for seventh graders last year were 53 percent and those students, who are now eighth graders, scored 63 percent this year, a 10 percentage point difference, Quintela said. “When you peel the onion back behind that, you’re going to see there’s a lot of things that went on during the school year. Many times people think kids need direct instruction on reading, but the approach we took we created an extended school environment. We bought all the laptops. We spent a lot of money on a program that monitors kids’ reading, so the argument we made (is) if we can get kids practicing reading, that’s equally — or more important — than actually instructing them in reading. I’m generalizing because there are always some kids that need direct phonics instruction,” Bleisch said. “Our argument was laid out at the beginning of the year. This is evidence that kids are better are getting out of reading than adults are at getting them to read. You can split that somehow if you can find a way to get kids to read and not rely on parents because that variable we can’t control. We can control what happens in the school day. We can’t control what happens outside of school,” Bleisch added. “If you truly want to have growth, you have to create an environment that monitors their reading on campus and does not take away from direct instruction. …,” he said. If students don’t read two to four articles a week at 70 percent accuracy, or better, they’re required to attend Saturday school, Bleisch said. Students who don’t attend Saturday school face consequences on Mondays and Tuesdays, he said. “If we don’t get kids reading, they’re not going to go to college. It’s one of those things you must find a way to crack that code. There are still some things we need to adjust. We’re not where we need to be, but you see the results already, quickly, and that’s pretty surprising because I thought it would take a little longer,” Bleisch added. Bleisch said whether the partnership with ECISD will continue after next school year has not yet been determined. There is a new superintendent, Scott Muri, starting July 1, and if he and board members like what they see, they will find a way to continue the arrangement. Since the school started under the partnership, there have been several changes to top administration and one change on the school board with Tammy Hawkins taking the place of Ray Beaty, who didn’t run for reelection. Bleisch said they have not yet met with Muri. They wanted to give it some time and see if context on Ector’s existence could be provided, which he said has a lot to do with the relationship going forward. “If we’re a solution, then the perspective is positive and if we’re seen as a thorn, as something that was inherited and they just have to tolerate, then we’re seen as a problem. Hopefully, (in) this relationship they’ll see us as an answer … and maybe a hub of innovation. Let us try things. We’re trying all kinds of things and many of them are working; most of them are working; that really is a positive to the district because they don’t have to take the chances and the risks. We take the chances and the risks, and if it works gosh, they can do (it to) scale. We could be seen easily in this district as a solution,” Bleisch said. However, he noted that the steps are nuanced. “My only concern is if you do things and you don’t understand the nuance, then the minute you run into a road block there’s a tendency to say, well it’s not possible with these kids at these schools because of this roadblock … instead of knowing how to get around certain things. That would be my only concern. … I know that leadership team wants change. They’re embracing new ideas, so that’s exciting to see that happen,” Bleisch said. He added that Quintela has met with newly installed Bonham Middle School Principal Mitch Gerig, who was associate principal at Ector. Bleisch said the schools can share ideas and learn from each other. “We’re excited about that. That’s really open to anyone else who feels we can learn from each other,” Bleisch said. From his perspective, Quintela said he couldn’t go back to any other type of system. “Bobby could have come in and put the team together he wanted. Historically, what we do is we change personnel. We don’t change practices, or processes, or programs. We try to embed more, or add to, but Bobby trusted us. That’s bigger than anything because when you’re a new principal, or superintendent, you clean house. That’s probably the first thing people do. But to be able to work with (an) already living, breathing team that’s already established, that’s the hard work,” Quintela said. Future looks brighter for Ector after first year Pinterest Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more


first_img Philadelphia’s star guard Ben Simmons matched his career high with 34 points and added 12 rebounds and 12 assists in a triple-double that propelled the 76ers to a 117-111 victory over the Nets in Brooklyn. Simmons, named during the game as the NBA’s Eastern Conference player of the week, did it all in a dominant performance for a 76ers team trying to keep their playoff push on track despite the absence of injured big man Joel Embiid. The Aussie star connected on 12 of 14 from the field in his fifth straight game with 20 or more points, achieving his fourth triple-double – posting double figures in three key statistical categories – of the season. For good measure, he added five steals and two blocked shots. “Ben was ridiculously dominant tonight,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “He was just multi-skilled, used all over the place in multiple positions, ball-handler, screen setter, post target. He was incredible.” Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22 points for the Nets, who led by 10 in the third quarter but dropped their fourth straight. Boston’s Kemba Walker takes the ball down court in the Celtics’ 139-107 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. 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Houston’s Russell Westbrook notched another iconic triple-double moment, but his 32-point, 11-rebound, 12-assist performance for the Rockets wasn’t enough in a 112-107 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. “Listen, it was just a good, old-fashioned butt-whipping, that’s all,” said James, who scored 15 points and handed out 18 assists for the Lakers – who had won 10 of their last 11. “They beat us in all facets of the game,” added James, who said 15 Lakers turnovers leading to 28 Celtics points and Boston’s 48-36 rebounding advantage were too much to overcome. The Celtics spoiled the return from injury of Anthony Davis, who missed five games with a bruised backside suffered during an in-game fall. For Walker, it was a first career win against James. He’d gone 0-28 in prior games against James-led teams. – Simmons fuels 76ers – Loading… center_img Philadelphia, holding down sixth place in the Eastern Conference, notched their fourth straight win. Eastern Conference leaders Milwaukee improved their league-leading record to 39-6 with a 111-98 victory over the Chicago Bulls. Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo posted a triple-double of 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists as the Bucks notched a seventh straight win. The Bucks were slowed by 23 turnovers – 15 in the first half – but held on to beat the Bulls for a 10th straight time. Khris Middleton added 24 points for the Bucks, who were headed Monday night to Paris where they take on the Charlotte Hornets on Friday in the first NBA regular-season game in the French capital. “Obviously, a game like this is kind of a tricky game,” Antetokounmpo said, adding that preparations for the trip to France were a bit distracting. “I think we did a better job coming out in the second half, playing with some energy, being more aggressive and being more sharp.” The Miami Heat needed overtime to stay in second place in the East, rallying from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to triumph 118-113. Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons (R) and teammate Al Horford celebrate late in the 76ers’ 117-111 NBA victory over the Brooklyn Nets The Boston Celtics handed LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers their worst defeat of the NBA season on Monday, routing the Western Conference leaders 107-139. Jayson Tatum scored 27 points, and Kemba Walker returned from injury to add 20 for the Celtics, who snapped a three-game skid with the upset triumph. Los Angeles star LeBron James reacts during the Lakers’ blowout NBA loss to the Boston Celtics Enes Kanter came off the bench to score 18 points and pull down 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who had lost six of their past eight games. Read Also: 2021 Afrobasket: D’Tigers to start qualification race in November Westbrook played his first 11 seasons for Oklahoma City, and they were the only team he hadn’t recorded a triple-double against. He joined James as the only players in NBA history to notch a triple-double against every team in the league. But the Thunder, aided by 28 points from Chris Paul and 25 from Danilo Gallinari, erased a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to grab the win. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more