Tablet in Education TIE in Siem Reap, Cambodia

About the Tablet in Education TIE

Siem Reap is home to the largest temple monument of the world – the Angkor Wat. This unassuming town, a popular tourist destination, boasts of mesmerizing architecture and sculptures, wonderfully exotic food, and warm, friendly people. Situated north-west of Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, Siem Reap attracts more than a million tourists each year.
Just outside the town, in the village of Watsvay of the Salakamreuk Commune, lies an ambitious school. This unpretentious school is marching steadily into the future despite the odds that are stacked against gradexy. The road to the Smiling Hearts School is bumpy. It is often dusty. And during the rainy seasons, it is often filled with puddles of water.
However wet the road and school might be, the spirit and the will of the school director, the teachers and pupils are not in any way dampened. On the contrary, these stakeholders of the educational process make the most of whatever resources that are available to ensure the successful operations of the school. They have one common goal: to secure a better future for the Cambodian children of Siem Reap.
The Smiling Hearts school located next to a house is small. It consists of modest classroom shacks equipped with only the basic necessities for the teachers and pupils to function. And function, they do. The walls are not constructed of concrete. Instead, they are humble partitions made of crisscrossed meshes of wooden sticks. Thus, water gets into the classrooms when it rains. The floor is not tiled, hence the pupils step on dust and sand. Each classroom is fixed with only one small electric fan, to cool up to 30 pupils. These pupils sometimes have to endure temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37 degrees Celsius just to attend a lesson.

The school may lack in infrastructure, but it is never lacking in heart, trust and spirit.

The Smiling Hearts School of Siem Reap was started by its Director, Somaly San. Fondly known as Aly, this strong and passionate woman now heads the organisation with a population of over two hundred pupils. The Smiling Hearts School opened its door on November 1st, 2010 and quickly, it became an outstanding example of a school providing pragmatic solutions to academic challenges faced by the community.
In line with her vision, Aly has now boldly ventured into a new area of education. She is incorporating computer technology into the teaching, learning and management processes of her school.
The Tablet in Education (TIE) project took flight in mid-2013 and today, the school is equipped with 10 tablet computers that are shared among all the students. Albeit meager in number, Aly, the teachers and the pupils are – as always – making the most of whatever they got.
Using the free apps available in Google Play, the pupils of the Smiling Hearts School are not only learning about the computer, they are learning with the computer. Another key area in the TIE project is the teacher training program. Together, the teachers and director resourcefully incorporate the software and hardware of the tablets into the teaching, learning and administration of the school system. The TIE School System is divided into three major areas namely, Student Applications, Teacher Assist and School Management.
The unpretentious Tablet in Education (TIE) project that has started in Siem Reap does in some ways show signs of a new beginning. At the very least, it speaks volume about how technology can find its way even to the most unexpected corner of our planet.

More computers are hacked in China. New report from McAfee

More computers are hacked in China than anywhere else in the world, a new report from security firm McAfee revealed

In the last three months of 2009, about 1,095,000 computers in China were hacked, and 1,057,000 in the United States – this on top of the 10 million or so machines already infected in each country. An estimated $1 trillion in intellectual property was stolen worldwide in 2008 through hacking, McAfee estimated.
In China, hacked computers often are clustered into botnets,; a.k.a. battalions of corrupted computers commandeered to attack websites and spew spam. The growing presence of botnets is yet another sign of network insecurity – already a huge concern for both business and government. The news comes just after China closed down Black Hawk Safety Net, the country’s biggest training website for hackers. The site signed up some 12,000 paying subscribers, providing them with both primers for cyberattack and Trojan software, which hackers use to illegally control computers. The report also comes after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s historic Jan. 21 speech on Internet freedom, where she announced: An attack on one nation’s networks can be an attack on all.
China produced 12 percent of the world’s botnet “zombies”; as they’re called. The U.S. was second on the list with 9.5 percent – down from the top spot (and 13.1 percent) in the previous quarter. The rest of the top five: Brazil, Russia, and Germany.
It’s not necessarily the Chinese themselves who are causing the problems. Just because the attacks original from China doesn mean the people behind the attacks are Chinese or even physically in China, Gideon Lenkey, founder of protection company Ra Security, told China’s Internet is very closed off from the rest of the Internet so it’s a great position to attack from.
Other findings from the report:

  • A drop in spam: Levels dropped from a record 175 billion a day in the third quarter of 2009 to 135 billion, a 24 percent decline. Don’t get too excited – the overall historical trend still points upward, said the report. Compared with the fourth quarter of 2008, volume is up 35 percent. For the record, there were about 135.5 billion spam emails sent every day in 2009, compared with 122 billion a day in 2008 and 76.5 billion a day in 2007. The U.S. is the world leader in spam production, but Brazil and India are fast catching up.
  • Malware threats are on the rise, nearly doubling over the year. It was a transformative and evolutionary year for computer threats, the report said, with portable storage devices becoming a very popular target. This is partly because the hardware is so popular, but also because so many PCs use the Windows autorun feature – meaning no user action is required to become infected.
  • Last year saw an increase in bogus antivirus software that convinces web users their PC is infected and asks them to pay for equally bogus security software. Thanks to the growing popularity of Adobe applications, there also was a rise in attempts to exploit vulnerabilities in Flash and Acrobat reader.

Last month a report from McAfee and the Ce nter for Strategic and International Studies revealed a growing threat of cyberattack, with widespread attacks on critical systems.

CPA Advertising as an Advertiser and Publisher

CPA Advertising as an Advertiser and Publisher

The final method of advertising for both a publisher and an advertiser is CPC advertising. CPA advertising stands for Cost for Action. So, if a person commits the action necessary, such as buying a product, the publisher gets a chunk of change and the advertiser gets profit for the sale of their item. In the past two years, it has exploded as a favorite method in which people earn money on their website. They like the idea of selling someone else’s product to earn a large amount of money. It pays the most for a publisher and the advertiser can sell more products. Here’s more information on each part.
What your hope is, when you’re an advertiser, is to try and sell more of your product. It works like this. You could either invest a whole bunch of money investing in advertising (CPM or CPC) for your product and then hope that people turn around and buy it from you. Or, you can just put the product out there on the web, don’t invest any money yourself, take a little less profit (because you have to pay commission) and then let everyone that is selling your ads do the advertising. You get the power of a lot of people trying to sell your stuff instead of only one person trying to sell your stuff. The downfall is you lose out on some profits, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. You should. If you have a product to sell…DO CPA.
Yes. Use it. Use it and love it. If you run a website that is all about exercise and this company comes along and says, “We want you to sell our sneakers on your site.” Now it is your job to take those sneakers and, if you want to, endorse them and try to sell them. When doing CPA on you site, the readers expect that what you’re selling is good. If you sell too many products, they’ll get frustrated and leave. In this case, you can say some great things about the sneakers and if your already loyal visitors buy them, you’ll make a hefty chunk of change. CPA advertising pays the most, but that’s because it produces the fewest results in comparison to CPC and CPM.
CPA advertising has grown into a multimillion dollar business. There are people on the web that spend ten thousand dollars a day on CPC advertising so they can market someone else’s product. Then, they walk away making even more than the ten thousand they spent (obviously). The business is lucrative, but it’s obviously profitable. Affiliate companies keep popping up everywhere!