Annette’s Websites of the Week 24th-28th October 2011

October 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Annette's websites of the week

give an hour bbcBBC’s Give an Hour Getting the nation online is becoming a huge initiative and lots of corporate companies are doing their bit to help out.

Having spent time on the official ‘GO ON Give an Hour’ website last week I decided to look into other sites which are encouraging people to go digital.  Unsurprisingly the BBC has dedicated lots of time and effort into Give an Hour, creating a great site specifically for the scheme.

BBC’s Give an Hour is packed full with ways to get people interested. Most impressively featuring a host of celebrity videos, which feature celebrities from all different areas discussing why they benefit from the internet.

These celebrity broadcasts from the likes of Stephen Fry and Bill Oddie highlight the many different ways which the internet can improve your life from enhancing hobbies such as gardening, cooking and sports. To more practical matters of staying in touch with loved ones and managing finances.

Overall the site is really well thought out tackling the excuses which people use to stay away from the internet. For example they’ve come up with a great ‘Staying safe online’ feature highlighting does and don’t, and with links to other portals such as ‘First Click’ I think it’s a great site to help encourage a digital future.

 

Merlin Entertainment- Finding Half-Term activities can be a struggle so this week I’ve shared a few of my own ideas including local events and days out which really are a special treat.

Merlin Entertainment the home to Alton Towers, Warwick Castle, LegoLand, Chessington World of Adventure and more offer something for everyone. With attractions up and down the country no one is too far away from one of their entertainment parks.

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If you’re planning on visiting a Merlin attraction, or just looking for ideas, I’d certainly recommend searching their official site. As it has links to all parks and attractions alongside essential help and advice. Most importantly the site includes a ‘Price & Saving’ section which will help make your day out as affordable as possible.

Currently Merlin Entertainment is offering 25% off annual passes, which entitle pass holders into all attractions year around- great value for money and with some much on offer you’ll never struggle for Half Term ideas again.  

 

good to know recipe logoGood to Know Recipes The Good to Know website reminds me very much of a lifestyle magazine. With different section ranging from money tips, health and relationships visitors can read at their own paces depending on how they feel.

I generally like to browse the recipes as the collection includes thousands from exclusive celebrity chef specials to classics from good home cooks. During special occasions the site featured huge varieties of recipes fit for the occasion and this week I’ve been inspired by some of Good to Know’s quirky Halloween specials.

It’s a great site if you’re looking for a little inspiration and with over 7,000 recipes in their archive you are guaranteed to find something which will please everyone around the dinner table- enjoy!

Give an Hour celebrity campaign 2011

October 25, 2011 at 11:55 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The Give an Hour 2011 campaign has worked with a number of well-known faces to help promote Give an Hour. Each is featured in a video explaining who they would like to offer their help to and importantly why.

The videos feature celebrities from all corners of stardom including Stephen Fry, sports presenter Gaby Logan, BBC Breakfast hosts Bill and Sian, athlete Colin Jackson, Chef Simon Rimmer, Bill Oddie and figures from entertainment including Linda Robson and Christopher Eccleston.

The diverse variety of individuals, who all have the same objective- to help a loved one get online- offers brilliant inspiration to become a Digital Champion yourself. Watch and enjoy!

 

Give an Hour- Meet Digital Champions

October 24, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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give an hourLast week I blogged about ‘Give an Hour’ the scheme which is encouraging people to share their computer skills and in turn help someone else get online.

Making the most out of the hour which we gain when the clocks go back this weekend I think the scheme is a brilliant way to get more people online and make the most out of our free time.

I caught a segment on BBC Breakfast this morning as report Richard Westcott visited George Higgs who is a Digital Champion at the aged of 104. George, who uses the internet to keep in touch with family and online shopping, is helping his partner Stella aged 87 to use the internet.

George and Stella

 

The segment was wonderful as watching George and Stella spend their ‘Give an Hour’  hour looking at cruise holidays showed that you don’t have to be a computer whiz to be a Digital Champion. You simply need some basic skills which you can pass on.

Along with George others are encouraging loved one to get online- including some famous faces. In a fantastic video Stephen Fry explains the brilliance of the internet and why he thinks Give an Hour is a fantastic scheme which we should all take part in.

I’m really excited to hear more positive stories much like George and Stella’s. To watch more videos and for further information about Give an Hour visit the BBC’s Give an Hour page.

GO ON Give an Hour

October 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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go on give an hourSetting up my blog a year ago I wanted to inspire other people to get online by showing them how easy the internet is once you know the basics.

Within the last year I’ve kept abreast of campaigns which encourage people to get online as I understand the importance of being digital. Only last week I blogged about Age UK who are currently searching for their 2012 Internet Champion– a great feat for an individual who has gained a lot by simply using the internet.

Elsewhere the UK’s Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox, who has worked tirelessly to get people online, has introduced a brilliant incentive encouraging people to offer their help to friends and family.

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‘Give an Hour’ intends to turn ordinary people (who are able to use the internet) into Digital Champions, which sounds incredibly grand but is in fact brilliantly easy. The scheme is pretty much self-explanatory as Martha and her team are simply asking you to donate an hour of your time and in doing so helping someone into the digital world.

You’re possibly thinking ‘where am I going to find an hour of free time?’  So here comes the clever twist. On 30th October the clocks go back an hour, meaning that we all gain one hour for free. Give an Hour wants everyone to do something productive with their free hour by helping someone get online- using the time whenever is convenient for you.

I personally think that it’s an incredible idea as we don’t have the excuse of not having time or being too busy. One hour is the perfect amount of time to go through the basics and everyone is a winner- you become a Digital Champion and your loved one learns new and increasingly vital skills.

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On the Go-On Give an Hour website the team have created all sorts of ways to get people inspired but most importantly a ‘Digital champion pack’, which is free to download and includes everything you’ll need to transfer your skills to someone else. Including booklets for beginners, certificates and a mythbuster for anyone who isn’t convinced they’ll get anything from the internet.

It really is a wonderful idea one which I am certain will be a success. Here at Bath-Knight I’ll be encouraging the team to donate an hour of their time and hopefully be transferring my own skills to a friend in need.

 

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