GetDigiReady – Become a Technology Expert!

Do you own a smartphone or a laptop? Can you spend a day without logging onto social media? Imagine always being online and updated on both social trends and all your academic stuff on one device. How convenient!  

GetDigiReady is helpful to any student who would like to discover, explore, and always be connected to the university network. Most email updates communicated via Memo are beneficial to students with scholarships, bursaries, events and lecturers’ communication. Why not GetDigiReady, so you can read them as they are sent out and not wait for them to flood your inbox and end up missing important information?  

With over 2628 laptops distributed to first-year NSFAS students and more than 90% owning smartphones and or a laptop, Nelson Mandela University digitalisation is keeping up with the rapid technological advancement of the world. Using GetDigiReady will help you stay updated on your emails, Moodle site and student portal. You do not have to go to the library, computer laboratories or wait to be in Wi-Fi zones as you can access everything from your phone or laptop with little data consumption.  

To sync your emails to your Android or IOS phone, follow all prompts for adding an exchange account, change the server to “outlook.office365.com” and activate. It’s important to note that the username has to be entered in this format, studentnumber@mandela.ac.za. Your email account will then be set up. Instructions on how to set up your mobile device WiFi or emails are available in both Xhosa and English for Android and IOS users. To connect to Wi-Fi, select Eduroam and enter your studentnumber@mandela.ac.za and your allocated password. For some cellphones, you need to change the option ‘Phase-2 Authentication’ to ‘MSCHAPV2’.  

For videos on how to GetDigiReady, click on the student portal link or here.  

Why not save time and always be updated with your social media, University emails or Moodle site updates from wherever you are? Explore and enjoy more benefits of technology today.

 

Imagery: Sandiso Ngwenya (MSc Chemistry student) in a Postgraduate library computer with her phone – ALWAYS ACADEMICALLY ONLINE 

Source: Bianke Fouche 

Why are people so sensitive to social cues?

People require validation from those around them, hence they are hyper-aware of social cues because they tend to live up to social expectations rather than being their true selves, which is why negative cues play to the need to rebel. 

A social cue can be either be a verbal or non-verbal hint that guides the social interaction, for example, gossiping, smirking, pointing or laughing. There are also social ways to manipulate the behaviour of susceptible people. According to Preston Ni in Psychology Today, there are many positive aspects to being a sensitive person, however, high sensitivity can adversely affect one’s health, happiness, success and can often complicate relationships. He defined high sensitivity as acute physical, mental, and emotional responses to social, environmental or intra-personal stimuli.  

People often worry about what other people are thinking of them and it can often feel like people are judgmental even when there is no strong evidence to that effect. People are also afraid of rejection even in relatively minor situations. A research study conducted by the Social Issues Research Centre shows that gossip accounts for 55% of men’s conversation time and 67% of women, clearly showing that most people are indeed gossiping. 

Sherwin George, a Psychology student said, “We are brought up with a socially constructed reality of authority. When we face criticism, it causes a conflict within ourselves, created by others in the form of cues. We see it as prodigious abjection towards our authority, activating our defensive instincts. Basically, we see it as a sort of psychological battle of intimidation. 

Psychologist, Dr Nicholas Emler said that language evolved to allow people to gossip and develop more complex societies. People are sensitive to negative social cues because they are relatively obedient to society in general 

Mfundo Hlatshwayo, also a psychology student, had the following to say, “Social cues are deeper than what we think they are. I think people fear being gossiped about and there’s obviously a developmental stage where people think everything is about them. Sometimes it’s about how you look at them. 

Generally, people get emotionally and mentally stronger as they grow older and experience more in life. This growth ideally works towards emotional stability and an ability to respond more maturely to feedback in our environments with the ultimate goal of self-confidence and healthy, trusting relationships.  

Image source: crosswalk.com 

The OG VR Pet

Physicists say we’ve hit a technological advancement rut. We’re no longer innovating, but rather just improving what already exists. This notion is greatly proven in the resurrection of the beloved 1997 digital pet, Tamagotchi. The product’s official website claims that it is back with the ‘original programming’ and for some of us, this could possibly be the most exciting piece of tech we could get our hands on.  

Tamagotchi (pronounced TAH-MAH-GOH-CHEE) are Japanese-designed, excitement-inducing virtual reality (digital) pets that appear in a palm-sized device that contains a liquid crystal display. You are required to feed, play with, turn the lights on and off for it to sleep, keep it healthy, give it medicine and discipline the creature when its behaviour gets out of hand. All by pressing buttons A, B or C. They start off at the egg stage of life, but don’t resemble animals. There are seven different adults you can choose from (if you keep them alive long enough to get there). These critters were originally priced at around R250.00 ($17.99) in 1997 and since their resurgence have dropped in price to R180.00 ($13.99). 

They were such a popular item in the 90’s that it’s expected many adults who were children back then may be tempted to own one again. If your Tamagotchi dies, you can happily reset the game and begin your journey again and again. Many apps over the years have tried to replicate the game and experience on mobile devices, but not many could engineer the enjoyment that the original Tamagotchi provides. The addition of advertisements and monetary systems only frustrates users and leaves them longing for the days of simpler technology. If you’re eager to get your hands on an old-school toy, this is definitely a rite of passage for every 80’s – 00’s baby.

Image Source: 

http://www.bandai.com/tamagotchi/ 

Gear Up for Con.ect 2018

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Calling all cosplayers and geeks, it’s that time of the year again! Con.ect, Port Elizabeth’s annual geek convention, will be taking place on the 4th and 5th of August 2018 at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) Indoor Sport Centre.

Running from 10:00 until 18:00 on each day, attendees can expect to find numerous stalls selling movie memorabilia and fandom merchandise and can participate in LAN gaming and Dungeon and Dragons sessions. In addition this, local comedian, Roland Gaspar, will be this year’s host and there will be awesome raffle prizes up for grabs. The most exciting events at Con.ect are sure to be the Cosplay Masquerade and Cosplay Competition where cosplayers can show off their costumes and stand a chance to win incredible prizes.

“[This year’s] Con.ect is anticipated to be bigger and better than ever with over 50 stalls, eSports gaming and LANs, tabletop tournaments and sessions, and, of course, our local cosplayers unleashing their characters in the Cosplay Masquerade and Cosplay Competition,” says Alex Karantges, one of the organisers of Con.ect. “This is the place to be. Join us soon for #Conect2018,” he adds.

For more information, be sure to check out the Con.ect Facebook Page.

A FOR ANKI

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Anki is gaining popularity as a powerful learning tool that is fun, easy to use and makes for efficient studying. It’s a free review app that I use on my android supporting smartphone and laptop – and as a nature conservation student, it has been great!

I came across it initially while searching for a way to retain as much of my study material as possible for an extended period. I used to spend a lot of time studying for a test during the semester then move on to other materials for other tests that were coming up. However, because I wasn’t reviewing my earlier work I’d lose more than half of the already covered material. The result would then be going back to re-study everything for exams causing a lot of lost time and frustration on my part.

The app works by allowing you to review already studied material in intervals of days, weeks and months based on your rated difficulty to recall it. It’s in flashcard format and uses spaced repetition by quizzing you. Once you answer the question you are requested to indicate whether recalling the information was easy, hard or extremely difficult.

For example:

  1. Easy – review after 4 days,
  2. Hard – review in 1 day,
  3. Very difficult – review again in ten minutes or same day.

The easy cards get pushed to the back for another time so that you can focus on the ones you find difficult. The easier you find recalling the information, the further in time the cards get pushed. By using spaced repetition, you get the most out of your learning and study efficiently because you spend more time on material that needs more reviewing and less on what doesn’t.

I use the Anki app for all my modules and it has helped me immensely in retaining information especially for plants and animal anatomy. What I add to flashcards depends only on creativity and ingenuity.

I found that the app doesn’t need an expensive phone or special equipment and it doesn’t drain battery. It’s also quite convenient. I find myself using it everywhere especially when having to wait in queues for long periods such as at the bus stop, bank, home affairs and so on.

While traditional handmade flash cards also work for reviewing and revising, they aren’t as durable as the Anki app and can get lost. They also don’t allow you to add pictures, voice notes or videos. All these features on the app aid recall and memory retention in less study time.

I highly recommend trying out Anki while preparing for tests or exams. But although it’s a great app on its own, one needs consistency when putting in the time and work to review school work and study materials.

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