In an effort to recognize the importance of teaching, the Rossier School of Education partnered with 2tor, Inc — a company that provides online education along with universities — to create an innovative platform to show appreciation for teachers, using new media.The website, “My Teacher, My Hero,” was launched in conjunction with the Rossier’s new Masters of Arts in Teaching online course, MAT@USC. The website allows people to upload videos of themselves thanking their teachers and emphasizing the importance of the profession.“[It] shows people who are considering becoming teachers how important and impactful the profession is,” said Margo Pensavalle, associate professor of clinical education.The purpose of My Teacher, My Hero is two-fold, said Jeremy Johnson, 2tor chief technology officer. The site is run by MAT@USC and 2tor and is a vehicle to promote the new program and show interested applicants how to receive more information.The site hopes to “help raise the status of teachers in our society” by hosting numerous videos from “leaders in film, entertainment, and politics that are speaking about how their teachers impacted their lives,” Johnson said.Contributors who have already uploaded video to the site include Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, musician Sean Paul, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and president of HBO Entertainment Sue Naegle.The creators of My Teacher, My Hero are hoping to get site visits from students, teachers and young children alike. The site will recognize teachers and show that people appreciate what they contribute. Johnson also wants parents and young children who visit the site to see the incredible impact teachers have on society.They want to “show people that being a teacher is a rich [and] rewarding profession” and prospective teachers “should not feel as though others will not respect them,” Johnson said.2tor chose to use video as a mechanism to recognize teachers because “video allows you to touch and feel something a little more acutely and be a little more involved,” according to Johnson.The video submission process is user friendly, and social media tools make it simpler to share video. 2tor set up links to Facebook, Twitter and an email form to “make [uploading a video] easiest as possible.”The onus is on the video submitter to share the video with the public and email it to their teacher, if they so choose, Johnson said.USC students recognized the value of demonstrating appreciation for great teaching, but there were mixed opinions on whether they would actually upload videos.“I’ve had good teachers, but not enough to put a video online,” said Jayson Kellogg, a sophomore majoring in philosophy.Freshman Ann Jankowski, however, said she would upload a video for her favorite teacher in high school that wasn’t liked by many other students.“I adored her and I want to show her that people care and she deserves to be acknowledged,” Jankowski, a theatre major, said.
Interplast Ghana Limited has committed itself to supporting the Ghana Tennis Association to the tune of GHC 162,000.00.The three year contract will have Interplast pay an amount of GHC 54000.00 every year for the organisation of the Associations Masters Series event.It would be competed by 16 of the Nation’s top players.To qualify for the prestigious event though, players who are interested are set to go through a qualification process to be held in Accra and Kumasi.The event to be held in the garden city would be staged from the 12 to 16 March whilst the 2nd qualification process will take place at the Accra Lawn Tennis Club from the 19 to March 23.The final event which will see the top 16 players do battle at the Accra Sports Stadium will take place from the 2 to April 6, 2013. The programme was graced by the Minister of Youth and Sports Hon Elvis Afriyie Ankrah and also had top tennis stars of yesteryears including Grand Master Peter Annan, Acting National Sports Authority boss Madam Attipoe, Hon Sam Pee Yalley who also doubles up as the Vice President and president of the Association Mr Enoch Amartey also present.In an address, the new Sports Minister pledged his support for the Association and also promised to do everything in his capacity to see to the growth of the sport in the country.“I am going to be a minister of every sport and make sure that every sporting discipline gets its share from the national cake. It is unfortunate that most of our sporting disciplines have been slighted over the years to the detriment of these associations and I am bent on making sure that all sporting disciplines are given the attention they deserve since the nation will be the ultimate beneficiaries.”On his part CEO of Interplast Ghana Limited Arthur Huberts said the company was honoured to be associated with the sport and would be looking forward to a long lasting partnership. For him, tennis was an exciting sport that could ultimately enhance a lot of sporting potentials in the country.He pledged his outfit’s continuous support for the sport and looked forward to a keen Masters Competition. The winner of the final event will take home a whopping GHC 10,000.00 as prize money together with a trophy.