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September 17, 2019 • Page 18 shop online at www.missourivalleyshopper.com How and Why to Keep Up With the Latest Tech Trends (StatePoint) Whatever industry you work in and no matter what your role is, it’s possible you have wondered how emerging technologies will affect your job in the years to come or whether you’ll even have to switch careers entirely at some point. Experts say that while such concerns are understandable, embracing the newest tech can empower individuals and businesses to do great things. Previous technical revolutions have consistently led to net job gains. In 2018 the number of job postings for positions in emerging tech increased 74 percent over 2017, according to Cyberstates, a resource on the U.S. tech industry. “Unease about innovation is understandable, but education can alleviate the concerns,” says Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA, a leading technology association that created Future of Tech, a new education hub designed for anyone interested in learning about technology. Thibodeaux points out that if it feels like things are shifting quickly at work, at home and in the world around you, it isn’t your imagination. “It’s been decades since we’ve had this many paradigm changing technologies hitting the market at the same time. Artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), big data analytics, robotics, bionics, and digital health are a few examples,” he says. “We want to normalize these technologies for people.” Whether you’re feeling lost in the sea of all this new tech or you simply want to get a handle on the trends, Fun Ways to Develop Your Children’s Interests (StatePoint) The games children play can inform the way they see the world. Here are some fun ways to make playtime an opportunity to help young kids explore new ideas and develop their interests: • Art: Dedicate a little corner of a room to kid-friendly arts and crafts projects. Stock the space with finger paints, watercolors, play-dough, crayons and construction paper to encourage kids to refine their skills and gain a deeper appreciation for art. Have kids draw and paint from their imagination or take them on trips to a local park to capture what they see. • Food: Inspire kids’ interest in the culinary world with fun toys that let them be the chef. With the LeapFrog Smart Sizzlin’ BBQ Grill, for example, little grill masters can pretend to grill by placing eight different play food items on an interactive skewer. Utensil hooks keep the tongs and spatula at the ready to serve steak, fish, green peppers and more. The smart grill recognizes the food’s name and color and knows if the heat is too high. Kids can twist the skewer to count along with the grill, then turn the temperature dial from 1 to 10. With sizzling and cooking sounds, as well as safety messages, grilling suggestions, melodies and phrases, this interactive grill is a fun way to get kids interested in cooking and food. • Sports: You don’t have to enroll kids in a formal, competitive team to spark an interest in sports. Instead, get the ball rolling by going outside to catch, kick and dribble. Having an opportunity to practice sports in a fun, pressure-free environment will help kids develop athletic skills on their own time, while building their confidence and opening the door for a deeper interest in the future. • Music: It’s never too early to develop a sense of rhythm and gain knowledge of musical genres and instruments. New toys like the Learn & Groove Dancing Panda will inspire kids to get up and move. The panda shakes, dances and spins around to the music and his guitar lights up consider using resources such as Future of Tech to familiarize yourself with new concepts. Learning units include such topics as cybersecurity, the internet of things, AI and AR/VR. Designed for anyone interested in learning more about technology, such resources are great for teachers, professionals, business leaders and the intellectually curious, and will leave anyone who uses them with a good conversational knowledge and understanding about new technologies. To learn more, visit www.futureoftech.org. “There is no reason to fear the future,” says Thibodeaux. “By understanding the newest tech, you’ll be in a better position to harness it for your success.” State Library Introduces New Language Resource Recently, the South Dakota State Library introduced a new language with shapes, letters and numbers. eresource available Kids can play Freeze Dance and to library patrons: other games, press the musical Pronunciator. Pronunciator instrument buttons on the panda’s light-up shoes to hear a saxophone, provides over 80 different language courses. There trumpet, drum and guitar, or press are also 50 English as a the whammy-bar music button to select from dozens of different tunes. Second Language (ESL) courses. Instructional The same line of toys also features methods include oral the Learn & Groove Shakin’ Colors phrases, flash cards, and Maracas. One maraca includes learning guides. It also colorful shaker beads and the has ProLive, live online other features a light-up dome that conversation classes led changes colors and plays maraca by teachers, with 250+ halfsound effects. Little ones can add hour sessions per week in rattling sounds to the songs that over 20 languages. play, count from 1-10 with every Another feature of shake, and press the six light-up Pronunciator is the Course buttons to hear color and instrument Designer module, which names. Switching between English allows for the creation and Spanish mode lets kids explore all of the content in both languages. of private multimedia language courses in Dakota, Lakota, and Young children are absorbing over 700 other Native everything they see and hear, so be American languages, and sure to introduce them to a range of hobbies through games, toys and for the tracking of student progress within those activities. custom courses. This resource takes the place of the previously available Mango Languages. Additionally, this program provides access to the additional resource ProCitizen, which is an interactive course to help prepare you for the civics, reading and writing parts of the USCIS Naturalization Test. It provides 100 instructional videos, drills and quizzes. The state library provides separate links for ProCitizen in English and Spanish. These links can be found at the South Dakota State Library website: http://library.sd.gov/LIB/ ERD/pronunciator/index. aspx. A user manual for Pronunciator can be found at https://www. pronunciator.com/manual/. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street, Vermillion. For further information, contact us by calling 677-7060, or by emailing vplstaff@ vermillionpubliclibrary.org. State 4-H Leadership Ambassador Helpful Hacks to Ease Hosts Public Presentations Workshop School Hassles BROOKINGS, S.D. - This summer, South Dakota State 4-H Leadership Ambassador Kate DeVelder co-hosted a public presentation workshop for Clay County 4-H members. DeVelder co-hosted the event with Aimee Sorenson, Instructor of Communications Studies at the University of South Dakota. Ten 4-H members attended the event and six of the members went on to participate in the county public presentations contest. Four of the six members were first-time competitors. DeVelder’s workshop covered a variety of public presentation finding the right job is easier than you think topics, including how to pick a topic, how to create a basic outline for illustrated talks, four different types of public presentations and the requirements for each type of presentation. Attendees also refined their public presentation skills. Participants worked both collaboratively and individually on these topics throughout the workshop. At the end of the workshop, each participant presented an illustrated talk to showcase their new public presentation skills. During their term, each State 4-H Ambassador is required to facilitate an educational engagement in a 4-H project area of their choice. These educational engagements provide continued outreach and education for youth across the state, as well as providing facilitation skills to the State 4-H Ambassadors hosting them. The State 4-H Ambassador Program strives to develop the minds of young people by increasing and promoting leadership activities through 4-H. Through participation in the State 4-H Ambassador Program, teens function as positive role models for youth in South Dakota, while serving to support the 4-H program through public relations. State 4-H Ambassadors strive for continued improvement of the 4-H program by serving as an agent of change. Additionally, these individuals promote inclusion and respect for diversity across 4-H in South Dakota. State 4-H Ambassadors must be a registered 4-H member, age 14-18, in good standing. Individuals on the State 4-H Ambassador team have endless opportunities to grow and expand their leadership skills. Learn more about this exciting leadership opportunity within 4-H through the 4-H page! Treasure Awaits! Shop Classifieds 319 Walnut St. • Yankton, SD 57078 605-665-5884 (StatePoint) Whether your life revolves around cubby holes and recess or rolling campus hills and term papers, helpful hacks can ensure students, teachers and families are organized in dorm rooms, classrooms and households. It’s all about having supplies on hand that keep items tidy and make cleaning easier. Even regular household staples can be repurposed to help students stay organized. For instance, plastic cups in a muffin tin can become an instant art supply holder, and binder clips can separate tangled cords and chargers. An over-the-door shoe organizer can make for great storage space for snacks or other dorm room essentials. When heading to the store, consider versatile products like EasyLiner brand shelf liners by Duck brand, which can be used to line desk drawers, protect craft tables, decorate mini dorm room fridges and more to help items stay in place, guard against spills and add a touch of personal style. Shelf liners can even be used to make book covers and mouse pads. With proper organization and the right tools, everyone can concentrate on school work and a successful year. Congratulations www.missourivalleyshopper.com Large Selection Of New & Pre-Owned Zero Turns! when you’ve got the right direction Stop searching. The Help Wanted section of the Missouri Valley Shopper lists many possible new job opportunities. Find a career that’s right for you. MV Shopper M I S S O U R I VA L L E Y M I S S O U R I VA L L E Y Deines Magnun 2300 HT 72” Deck, 225 Hrs. 4,500 $ John Deere E170 48” Deck, 60 Hrs., 25 H.P Briggs . 1,950 $ Gravely Rapid XZ 72” Deck, 1,050 Hrs., 25 H.P Kohler . 3,900 $ Walker 60” Deck, 601 Hrs., 27 H.P Kohler . 3,950 $ of Tyndall on Hwy. 50 Corner of Hwys. 50 and 5 miles West www.schuurmansfarmsupply.com 37 Ph. 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