Category Archives: Education

Hollywood Films & Their Connections To The Academy of Art University

Do you have a favorite movie? Do you like to spend your free time watching movies? Did you know that hours and hours of hard work goes into producing these films? Yes, this is correct because just as much hard work comes from behind the cameras as it does from in front of the cameras. Jan Cramer, an alumnus of the Academy of Art University, was the head of animation at Digital Domain for the movie “Avengers Infinity War.” With a near-perfect scoring of 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this movie has shattered certain records that were previously considered to be out-of-this-world. “Avengers Infinity War’s” opening weekend has generated up to $640.9 million worldwide. The movie sits firmly at the top of the record books for having the biggest opening weekend.

Jan Cramer was entrusted with producing ideas and concepts for this movie. The guy has a BFA in Animation & Visual Effects from the Academy of Art University, and this BFA has certainly paid-off. The action-packed movie has some of the finest of animation as well as having fantastic special effects. “These are the moments that I’ve always dreamed of,” said Cramer. This particular job has always been Cramer’s dream, and he is now taking advantage of his natural talents. In addition to “Avengers Infinity War,” he has worked on many other films such as “Independence Day,” “X-Men Days of Future Past,” “Avatar,” “Resurgence” and “Spider-Man Homecoming.”

The Academy of Art University has a rich history that dates back to the late 1920s. It was founded by a painter named Richard S. Stephenson. AAU is attributed to being the largest privately owned art & design school in America.

The school has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. It has exhibits, has galleries, has a stellar automotive museum that holds an estimated 200 vintage cars and has a beautiful campus that sits near the center of San Francisco.


ClassDojo Revolutionizes the Learning System

Before social media platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, and others, came to be, it was rather easy to look at a person in the eyes and pass judgment regarding character and intention. But now, these platforms have complicated ways in which, people used to communicate. Branded the source of every evil by others, it is factual that there are advantages associated with social media. One such advantage is in teaching as a profession. With it being an isolating profession, teachers find themselves isolated in offices with only their colleagues to talk to. For teachers, social media is here to promote healthy interaction. One such gadget that has supported this interaction is ClassDojo.

ClassDojo is a communication application that every American K-8 school owns. Also fundamental to note, almost all teachers in these schools use it. A good example is of David, a man who uses this application to mobilize his community in helping to elevate the education standards in Nigeria. Coincidentally, Stacy was seeking experiences to enable her to make concepts incorporating kindness for fifth-grade students in Illinois.

Well, the two met online and along their interaction, shared their ideas and commitment to introduce students to useful concepts that will, later on, contribute to the emergence of a healthy society. The two teachers learned that they had some common traits that involved wanting to improve people’s lives.

Their interactions, of course, involved learning their cultures. They discussed the types of food Nigerians and Americans prefer. They also pointed out to the different languages American students use. Also, this communication helped their students to interact healthily.

Of course, the back story of this interaction is pegged on Mrs. Weber’s class from the moment her students started collecting useful school supplies to share with the students in Nigerian schools. Well, that is what ClassDojo has been able to do for its users.

ClassDojo is the way forward to building the world’s best and healthiest classroom community. The communication application is used to share reports among students, teachers, and parents. Also essential in tracking student performance, ClassDojo has been revolutionizing the American learning system.

Tracing the Achievements of Andrew Rolfe and Ubuntu Fund

Tracing the Achievements of Andrew Rolfe and Ubuntu Fund

The Ubuntu Fund continues to attract the attention of many people in its effort to provide a home to the disadvantaged children in Africa. In a recent London Charity Gala, the fund managed to raise £603,000 which was more than the anticipated £600,000. This fund is expected to go a long way in expanding the capacity of Port Elizabeth Campus which is a project of Ubuntu Education Fund as well as improve the pediatric clinic of the campus. In annual gala night held in May 2016, the fund also realized its goal of raising $972,960, an event marked by inspiring speeches from the guests, some of who are beneficiaries of the fund. One of the beneficiaries, Sineshipo Rabidyani, is grateful for the program which gave her scholarship, excellent education where she can now join law school, as well as the psycho-social support that she needed. The efforts to educate disadvantaged children have seen the Fund support 2,000 students as of to date under the leadership of Andrew Rolfe who serves as the Chairman of the fund.

Rolfe, a graduate of the University of Oxford holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School. Besides his massive achievements as the chairman of Ubuntu Fund, Rolfe was the Vice President of Operations, Europe a position that saw him lead 1,300 Pizza Hut as well as KFC restaurants in 30 countries. That’s quite impressive, right? As if that is not enough, he has also served in The Gaps’s International Division, a leading international retailer specializing in items such as clothing and personal care products. While working for the company, Rolfe was charged with overseeing its operations in Japan, UK, France, and Germany. The role earned him the title of ‘president’ of the company.

Currently, Rolfe also serves at TowerBrook Capital Partners where he is the managing director focusing on investment opportunities in US and Europe in providing retail, hospitality as well as food services acquisitions. His strong leadership skills and experience are a great asset for the Ubuntu Community and we can only expect to see the best from him in the coming years.