Digital Scrapbooking Workshop! 8 December 2007 – Bloemfontein

Making the most of your memories!

Dreamagineers will be presenting a course on Digital Scrapbooking…

But it is more than it seems – we want to teach you to make the most of your memories…so we cover many aspects of scrapbooking…

What makes great photographs – and why you don’t need an expensive camera to capture great moments…
Making paper with software – Using Microsoft Office to create backgrounds, cutouts etc for your scrapbook
The incredible power of PhotoStory – (computerized scrapbooks)
What Photoshop or Photoshop Elements can do for you (short review)
Error correcting in Photographs…
And a creative FUN morning to start your holiday season!

Our presenters:

Nico Baird is an Internet and design guru with many years of experience
in Instructional Design, Graphic Design, Videography and Web Design.

Igno van Niekerk is an Adobe Certified Expert and and Adobe Certified
Instructor on Photoshop. His photographs have been published internationally. He combines his photographic skills with a passion for storytelling, which is after all what scrapbooking is all about!

When:  8 December 2007 (08:30 –  13:00)
Where: Bain’s Game Lodge
Cost:  R250 per person

Come and enjoy a morning of absolute fun and creativity!!

Click Here to Register!

Cell phones versatile devices



PEOPLE who know me, know that I love gadgets. One gadget that almost all of us have in our pockets is a cell phone.

Today’s cell phones are more than just a phone, it is a communication device which we use to send messages, read email, check our location, browse the web and take photos or videos. If I am allowed to make a prediction for 2008 it would be that our primary use of our cell phones would be to browse the web, send messages and check email. Basically 90% of our phone use will not be to make a call.

The problem with all these features being crammed into cell phones are that phones are a little less stable. This week I made a phone call and minutes later my fully charged cell phone just died. It is yet to start working again. This is a top of the line phone which is less than five months old. A week ago it restarted constantly. I realised that it was a software problem and when I phoned the certified service providers, I was told that the phone is still so new that they have no idea of how to fix it. To be honest I feel Nokia should review their contracts with these service providers.

Do you have a phone that you are very happy with? Or are you a company selling cell phones and you know which of your products are worthwhile?

I am looking for suggestions for my next phone. I do not believe that getting the phone fixed will solve my problems, probably just postpone my pain and suffering. Please let me know and I will publish the results of this little survey on

Technology should be harnassed – Heltasa2007


THIS week the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of South Africa’s (Heltasa) annual conference was held at the Central University of Technology (CUT), Free State, here in Bloemfontein. First of all I must state that the conference was a huge success and I do believe that delegates will talk about it for months to come.

The main theme of the conference was Enhancing learning and teaching through innovation, scholarship and research. To emphasise the importance of innovation we arranged with Mr Duncan Kemp, the Cemea Education Business Development Manager at Apple in Central Europe, the Middle East and Africa (covering about 93 different countries) to deliver a keynote at the conference. The topic of his talk was Educating the Digital Native.

The use of wikis, blogs, podcasting and online media in the distribution of educational content was greatly emphasised in a very energetic and enjoyable presentation.

I think the problem with the uptake of these technologies is the fear of current educators to embrace and utilise new technologies. I often speak to educators and even though they want to use these tools, they are often afraid to take that first step. At the moment students do not have readily available access to the internet and it is vital that this should change. I know this is a problem, but in a few years internet access will be much cheaper and I believe if we start to create the content now we will be ready to provide it to each person of our community wanting to use it.

We should not forget that about 96% of students at tertiary institutions already own cellphones and that this can also be used for effective content delivery. We just need to innovate. As educators we need to embrace new technologies and not run away from them. It can really make a difference.