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How to download Mxit for your PC

Mxit PC Front page

The download process for Mxit PC is fairly easy, since Mxit PC is now available in Beta.

1.  An existing Mxit account created on your cell phone is needed before proceeding with the Mxit PC download.

2.  This can be downloaded from www.mxit.co.za/wap

Short overview on downloading Mxit for your phone…

•  Just follow the prompts on the site. Mxit is then stored in the applications or games files of your cell phone.

•  Open the Mxit icon and again follow the prompts.

•  Keep the username and password close as you will need this for your registration on your pc.

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Mxit – Blocking a Chat Room

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So many articles has been written about the dangers of Mxit not to mention the ways of keeping children safe on South Africa’s most popular instant messaging service, Mxit.

Like I mentioned before blocking of chat rooms is now available. The operation is pretty straight forward. Before going into the steps, well done Herman Heunis and team! This will surely make using Mxit much safer for our kids.

To block the zones log on with the registered number which you wish to block. Send a blank chat message to Info.

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Mxit – Improving

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Safety for our young on the net is coming along slowly. Mxit, has such a huge impact on teenagers, are scoring points with this press release. However I wonder if there is someone who knows exactly how to go about blocking these chat rooms? I have registered to the site forum(http://www.mxit.co.za/web/index.htm) on 18 December 2008, and asked my questions on how to use the blocking feature. Alas I’m still awaiting a reply!

MXit Lifestyle (Pty) Ltd,

Press Release

14 November 2008, Stellenbosch

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Quotes

People always ask, where I get my quotes from. I’m posting a few quotes that I really liked with the links to the different sites. Some of these quotes work wonderful with facebook, as it can be copied and pasted. I also think for those dull classroom walls this might give some inspiration.

If one speaks or acts with a cruel mind, misery follows, as the cart follows the horse… If one speaks or acts with a pure mind, happiness follows, as a shadow follows its source. The Dhammapada

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.  ~Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ, c.1420

You’ve got a lot of choices.  If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you’re not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.  ~Steven D. Woodhul

Every big problem was at one time a wee disturbance. ~ Unknown Author

If the world were so organized that everything has to be fair, no living creature could survive for a day. The birds would be forbidden to eat worms, and everyone’s self-interest would have to be served. ~ Unknown Author.

Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.  ~Author Unknown

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From the following sites:

http://www.quotationspage.com/

http://www.quotationspage.com/

http://quoteworld.org/


Mxit

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Using Mxit in education is becoming a reality. Even though this is not in the classroom, I’m sure similar scenarios can be created in the classroom.

I home school my youngest daughter and until recently I was involved at a centre she attends. Homeschooling is based on the principals of distance learning. Mostly the kids need supervision and guidance. No formal lessons are presented.

However in the fourth term I started teaching at a local private school. I bought a new simcard and loaded Mxit pc, to help learners with subjects I was supervising.

All the learners, at the centre, were given the relevant info to invite me. I explained personally how it worked and what they should expect.

At first it did not seem like a good idea.

Some invited me but never asked any questions. The breakthrough came when a former learner asked for extra lessons. Working during the days presented problems.

After explaining the opportunities Mxit presented to her parents, she invited me. The picture on the left shows how easily information is distributed between a learner and tutor. This is a Grade 11 CAT learner without any internet access at home. She attends lessons once a week. Some assignments are handed in via email (Internet Cafe). Feed back on this is done via Mxit.


Cons

· It might take longer for the learner to get an answer to a problem.

· Language can also be a problem since the learner is Afrikaans speaking and most replies are in English. Translating is sometimes difficult.

· Messages might get lost both ways.


Pros

· Information is at the learner’s fingertips without visiting an internet cafe.

· Time saving, I do not have to spend an hour explaining. A simple explanation is typed and sent on Mxit

· Cost effective regarding tutoring fees and travelling expenses.

Stuck

Here I am, STUCK!

Where does one go from here? Having so many ideas and no way to implement them…

Maybe there is someone out there that overcame all odds and used web 2.0 tools in the classroom. The following site proved to be useful; http://www.classroom20.com/. Enabling related links and search engine searches are useful for now.

So close!

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