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We’re thrilled that Rogers has been selected for an Achievers Award, which recognizes the most engaged workplaces in Canada and the US. Rogers Consumer Care, Business Care and National Technical Service Delivery (NTSD) teams were singled out for their commitment to eight key areas of employee engagement: communication, leadership, culture, rewards & recognition, professional & personal growth, accountability & performance, vision & values and corporate social responsibility.
Great colleagues, challenging work, reward programs, employee appreciation programs, and peer-to-peer recognition are just some of the ways we strive to build a team of highly motivated, action-oriented people who are proud to say they work here. We also have ongoing fundraising initiatives throughout the year aimed at making a different in the communities where we live and work.
Join our winning team
Better yet, visit us in person! We’ll be attending a number of New Grad Career Expos in Toronto, Hamilton, and Kitchener over the coming weeks. Be sure to look for our recruiters in red. They’ll be setting up booths at these events and on campuses throughout the month of September, and are on hand to answer any questions you might have about the positions you’ve seen online or about what it’s like to work at Rogers.
Ryerson Engineering, Science & Hi-tech Career Fair
Tuesday September 18, 2012
McMaster University Career Fair
Thursday September 20, 2012
David Braley Athletic Centre
The New Grad Career Expo
Tuesday September 25, 2012
Metro Toronto Convention Centre (North Building)
Partners for employment Career Fair
Wednesday September 26, 2012
Bingemans Conference Centre
Michelle is a regular contributor to RedBoard.
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Think back to ten years ago to 2002. How big a role did technology play in your day to day life? If you were in school, did you own a smartphone or tablet? Or for business, how much could you really do outside of the office on your phone?
This week we rounded up a couple great articles on smartphone demand and technology for back- to- school.
Can the smartphone industry keep up with the demand?
Digital Trends recently uncovered some interesting facts surrounding people’s insatiable demand for smartphones by looking at inventory, expectations, and market share in their post “Smartphone market growing faster than anticipated.” The author even goes so far as to guess you may be reading this very article on your smartphone now! More on what types of smartphones continue to be highest in demand, and predictions on the cell phone market in 2016 in the full article here.
Technology & back-to-school
With the new school season just around the corner, there were a ton of great posts and articles published this week about back-to-school and technology. Here’s a few of our favourites:
- This Toronto Star article called “Back to school: technology tips for parents” takes a closer look at technology for kids 10 years old and younger. How young is too young to trust them with technology? Are there tools on these devices to even benefit the younger users? Check out the full article here.
- Visual.ly published this great infographic on college students and gadgets through the years. Did you know that in 1984, there was only 1 computer for every 92 students?!
- A recent consumer survey found that back-to-school spending is expected to top $500 per shopper this year. But what are kids really looking for? Take a look at this interesting article from Shine from Yahoo! on back-to-school trends.
- And with all that new, back-to-school technology, how do you keep it all safe and secure? Check out this article called Five Quick and Easy Must Have Back-To-School Technology Security Tips.
What technology do your kids think is a must have for back-to-school?
Kelly is a regular contributor for Redboard.
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Five to ten years from now, what will university classrooms look like? Will there be textbooks? A professor? Will there even be a classroom? The Rogers Innovation Report released last week showed that 55% of Canadian youth believe that technology will transform education, and have an impact on all three. As for me? I would say that professors, books and classrooms will always have a role in education, however they need to evolve and adapt to our increasingly digital and connected world.
Books and Bytes
Textbooks and class notes are being digitized. They are becoming accessible through computers, tablets and smartphones, making content easier for students to purchase, access, and carry around. But it’s not just the convenience and lighter load that’s exciting…. it’s where all of this can take us
Digital textbooks will be used by students as the primary entry point for learning in an online universe. Much like today’s smartphone apps, digital textbooks will be highly interactive and touch-based. They will feature a web of hyperlinks and online resources that students will use to connect to the widest array of ‘curated’ content and subject matter expertise from sources around the world. The content will include fact, fiction, opinions and in some case misinformation. Students will ‘learn’ by figuring out how to navigate the world of data, critically evaluate and apply the information to the subject at hand. This will opens them up to a world of continuous learning. When the semester is finished, the textbook doesn’t just collect dust; it becomes a living reference.
The Connected Professor
What will the professor of the future look like? He or she will no longer just present and discuss the course content, but rather become the guide to deciphering and transforming the available content ‘live’ in the physical or virtual classroom. Professors will use a range of connected teaching tools such as interactive web applications, real-time data analytics, virtual reality and telepresence to bring course material to life. They will show students how to efficiently manage and critically evaluate data, and apply it to their subject matter. In some cases the professor will continue to be in the classroom providing human interaction in an online world. In other cases, professors will hold virtual classes, with students from across the country and around the world attending live webcasts and online discussions.
The Savvy Student
What about the students themselves? What does all of this mean for them? Students will take a more active part of the classroom, and be connected to the lesson in real time through their smartphone or tablet. Voting, commenting, sharing links real time in the classroom will be encouraged. The digitization of textbooks and course materials will mean that students will be able to collaborate more easily with their classmates using social networks. Students will be encouraged to share content online, through virtual study groups or discussion groups. These groups will be made up either of people in their class, or of people around the world who, they’ve discovered, share the same interest. Classmates will become resources, helping students ‘decipher’ the never-ending sources of data. They’ll remain ‘friends’ for on-going dialogue. Ultimately, students will need to find the right mix of ‘physical’ and ‘virtual’ education to meet their learning needs. While a medical student can learn the basics of anatomy in a virtual classroom, for example, he or she will still need a teaching hospital in order to engage with a real patient, using real human contact.
I believe that education’s role is to prepare us for the world in which we live. This is my vision for the classroom my 6-year old son, who is growing up in a connected, interactive and digital world, will come to know. If I’m right, it’ll keep the best of what we have now, while incorporating the best of what technology has to offer.
What do you think the classroom of the future will look like?
Robert Switzman is Rogers Futurist and Senior Director, Convergence. He is a regular contributor to RedBoard.
School supplies and fall clothes are springing up everywhere, which to many signifies the end of summer. When summer ends, another school year begins – but how well equipped are your tech savvy kids as they gear up to head back to class? In this week’s edition of Weekend Reading, we check out what kids are really hoping they’ll get out of your back to school shopping, and which Android apps will put them at the top of their class.
What Kids Really Want When Back to School Shopping
We’re starting to see a trend when it comes to shopping for loved ones. We saw it earlier this year when we looked at gift ideas for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Not surprisingly, we’re now seeing the same trend with the younger generations for back to school: tech gadgets are what everyone wants!
While 43% of parents think their kids want a new wardrobe before heading back to school, 42% of those surveyed would rather have a new smartphone, laptop or tablet. These stats and more are available in Mashable’s infographic, Tech or Threads.
Tech Vibes Henry Truong had similar thoughts on the subject when writing his own post, How Technology Has Changed Back to School Season Forever. In it, he compares his own experience as a college student over half-a-decade ago with the life of students today. He marvels about how much mobile technology has advanced over the last 6 years when it comes to things like note taking, and studying, not to mention freedom from lugging heavy textbooks around campus.
Where do you think we’ll be in another 6 years? Tell us below in the comments!
Get Your Kid Set up with Top Android Apps for School
If your kids already have the latest and greatest in Android devices, make sure they’re set up to make the most of them! Mashable posted a great article with 5 Android Apps for Your Straight-A Student. Without giving anything away, their picks cover course basics such as spelling, Spanish and math, while aiding with study habits and schedules. Surely a must read for any student on an Android device!
Which Android app for students is your favourite?
Kelly is a regular contributor for Redboard.
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Pop quiz: where does the tennis term “love” as in “15-love” come from? Well, like the Rogers Cup, which returns to Toronto and Montreal again this year, it’s the perfect mix of English and French. Apparently, the term “love” comes from the French word “l’oeuf” or “egg”, shaped like the number zero.
Once again this year, tennis fans can catch all the rallies and powerful serves at the Rogers Cup men’s tournament hosted at Toronto’s Rexall Centre from August 4th to 12th, and women’s tournament at Montreal’s Uniprix Stadium from August 4th to 13th.
You can’t make a match? No worries, you don’t have to miss a second of Milos’ powerful serve or Sharapova’s blistering return. Just follow the action on courts in both Toronto and Montreal on your TV, smartphone and computer:
- TV Broadcast: Starting August 4th, fans can catch comprehensive coverage of the first three rounds of the men’s and women’s tournaments and the quarter-finals on Sportsnet ONE, Citytv and FX Canada. CBC will provide coverage of the semifinals and final matches. Rogers is offering a free preview of Sportsnet ONE and FX Canada channels for Digital TV customers.
- Rogers Anyplace TV Live Mobile App: Rogers wireless customers have access to unlimited live streaming of Rogers Cup on their smartphones. Rogers Anyplace TV Live is a mobile app with a $5 per month subscription that delivers Rogers Cup matches, and additional live sports entertainment, including the Blue Jays, all in the palm of your hand.
- RogersAnyplaceTV.com on Computer: Rogers Digital TV customers can live stream the matches on their computer.
And remember: LTE is the fastest wireless network technology in the world; streaming live sports on your smartphone is easier and quicker, with virtually no delays or buffering. That’s great news for tennis fans who want to keep an eye on the ball!
Tickets to the men’s and women’s tournaments are currently on sale. Rogers customers save up to 25% on many tickets. Check it out online at Rogerscup.com/rogerscustomers.
There’s a lot going on at the Rogers Cup this summer, so don’t miss a minute of it.
What are you waiting for? Your serve!
For the next installment of the Talking Families series we caught up with @GingerMommy from Tales of a Ranting Ginger and @KatiaMillar from Positive Fabulous Women to see how they’re making out being fully connected. Here’s what they had to say:
How does being connected with your family improve your relationships with each other?
@KatiaMillar – Being connected definitely facilitated connection with all members within our family as it allowed us to stay in touch at all times.
@GingerMommy – It is nice to be able to contact my children if and when needed. Having instant access is really comforting for us and so convenient for them. Especially when they change their plans on me at the last minute.
The Rogers Family Plans provide the convenience of a single bill. Is this something that is important to you?
@KatiaMillar – Yes absolutely — we have enough to juggle and manage in our lives, so this is one less thing to deal with.
@GingerMommy – Yes it is. I find it easier to keep track and no surprises. Easier to pay too.
What device features do you find are most important to your kids? To adults?
@KatiaMillar For kids: Big screen. Micro SD slot. Removable battery. Fast processor. HD camera. For me: Ability to sync easily with desktop (Mac). Camera.
@GingerMommy – One son loves the games on his phone, the other loves the BBM. Texting is big for our entire family as we use it to communicate most often. Me and hubs like the data and being able to check email and online social media.
What types of non-traditional features do you use your phone for? (i.e music, grocery lists, voice recorder, e-reader, etc).
@KatiaMillar – Grocery lists. Password storage.
@GingerMommy – Our kids love to listen to music on their phones, no need for additional music devices. I like games and weather updates.
What are your favourite apps? Your kid’s favourite apps?
@KatiaMillar – TuneIn Radio. Cozi. Kids favourite apps: Facebook, Twitter, Reddit.
@GingerMommy The weather network and my social media apps (Twitter and Facebook). Kid’s favourite: Facebook and Tumbler and various games for my one teen. TSN for my sporty teen and Angry birds for my youngest.
What advice would you give other parents who are considering giving their children a cell phone?
@KatiaMillar – Talk to your kids first. Set limits and boundaries. Remind the kids that this is a privilege that can be taken away at any point. Remember that some kids are more responsible and disciplined with phones than others – so it’s a very individual decision.
@GingerMommy – Set limits. Make sure you know your child’s phone as well as they do. I find my 12 year old to be helping me out more. As long as limits are set ahead time, they know what to expect. It is much easier to work and live within guidelines as well. The security and peace of mind having our family connected is very comforting.
What’s your favourite part about being connected to your family?
If you like Hedley, you’re going to love this! Until April 5, you’ll have a chance to win a private video chat with Hedley for you and your friends using the recently launched Rogers One Number. That’s right! We’ll come to you and set things up. Hedley will call you and you’ll have a 10 minute chat with the band, so plan those burning questions in advance! The band will then treat you to a VIP performance of the song Beautiful from their latest album, Storms. If this sounds like your kind of party, read on. Here’s how to enter:
1) Visit our contest page at http://www.oneononewithhedley.com
2) Sign up for Rogers One Number. It’s available for free for Rogers Wireless Customers. Just head to http://www.rogersonenumber.ca for details or check out our recent post and video for more details.
3) Fill out the contest entry form for yourshot at the grand prize plus, you will get a free song download from Hedley’s new album, Storms.
4) Share the contest with all your friends to help increase your chances of winning the private video chat.
In addition to the grand prize video chat, we’ll also be giving away three Motorola RAZR smartphones with copies of Hedley’s new album every week of the contest.
Not a Rogers wireless customer, but love Hedley?
Unfortunately, you aren’t eligible for a prize, but you can support your friends who are Rogers customers. Share their contest entries to help increase their chance of winning. If they win, be nice and maybe they’ll pick you to share the grand prize! And even if you are not a Rogers customer, we’ll still hook you up with a free song download from Hedley’s new album just for sharing the contest.
What is Rogers One Number?
It’s a new service exclusively from Rogers that lets you talk, text and send picture messages, and video chat with other Rogers One Number users, all from your computer using your existing phone number. By using Rogers One Number, all calls to Canadian numbers, video chats with other Rogers One Number users and outgoing wireless text messages are free. We’ve heard great feedback on the new service since it launched in February. In fact, since launch, tens of thousands of Rogers customers have already registered. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, there’s no better time than now – you get a great service AND a chance to chat with Hedley.
The contest ends April 5. To enter, you must be 13 years or older, and be an existing Rogers customer before March 15, 2012. The contest is not open to residents of Quebec. To keep up-to-date on contest activities, make sure you check out our contest page here and follow #1on1withHedley on Twitter.
Are you a Hedley fan? What do you think of their latest album?
UPDATE (April 5, 2012, 9:29 a.m): Good news Hedley fans! The contest has been extended until April 12. Now you have even more time to enter the contest for your chance to win an exclusive one-on-one chat with Hedley using Rogers One Number.
UPDATE (May 29, 2012, 9:36 a.m): Introducing our contest winner, Emma! The boys from Hedley made her swoon with a live acoustic performance of “Beautiful.” Check out a video of Emma’s experience below:
Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard
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We’re over-the-moon excited to tell you about Rogers RevUp! We’ve created a series of events as a way to give you exactly what you want – insider access. Throughout the year, we’ll bring you special events about Rogers products and services with members of our product teams. And where are these wonderful events, you ask? They’re hosted in the Rogers Community Forums.
What is it?
The community is home to thousands of users who are helping each other with questions every day. Rogers RevUp is a Q&A session between the community and Rogers. It’s your chance to get answers directly from the Product Manager! Everyone is welcome to join the event, post a question, and join in the conversation with other community members.
When is it?
The next Rogers RevUp is happening tomorrow, February 28, featuring Rogers One Number Product Manager, Tess Van Theilen. The event board will be open from 10am – 1pm EST and Tess will answer as many questions in that time as possible. Consider this your invitation! Be sure to Register as a community member so you can post a question that day. Don’t be afraid to dive in, our moderators will be on hand to help new people get used to the space.
The first Rogers RevUp happened on February 8 and the topic was Android. We had over a hundred posts to the board in the first four hours! To view the archive of the discussion, go here.
Sounds great! How do I take part?
To ask a question during the session, you’ll need to go to the forums and Sign In using you’re My Rogers login. To post a question during the session, click Post New Topic in the upper left corner of the board.
If you plan to ask a question but haven’t already joined the community, please do so before the event begins. You just need to set up you’re My Rogers profile. You can sign up for a My Rogers profile here or by clicking “Register” underneath the search bar on the forums. (You can get a My Rogers profile even if you’re not a Rogers customer).
What if I miss it?
The content will be available after the event closes so don’t worry. And you can always post your question to the Rogers One Number board for an answer from the community. We’re also planning more events throughout the year so there will be lots of chances to catch another one.
If you haven’t already signed up for Rogers One Number, visit the site to get started. Here are some of the great things you can do with Rogers One Number:
- Talk and text from your computer using your wireless number
- Manage emails and text from your secure, personalized website
- Control one contact list that is synced between your wireless phone and computer
- Seamlessly switch calls between your computer and wireless phone without missing a word
- Call any Canadian number using your computer from anywhere in the world for FREE
We want to hear from you. What other Rogers products or services would you like to learn more about this year?
Gina is a regular contributor to RedBoard
Who are the people that make up your “family?” Do you include only blood relatives only or do you include family friends into this category too? The word “family” has come to mean so many different things and as such, the technology needs of a family vary just as much.
What hasn’t changed is the need and desire to stay connected to these important people.
In the next installment of RedBoard’s #TalkingFamilies series, we asked @KatiaMillar of Positive Fabulous Women to provide us with some insight into her family life and how they use technology. We’ll be setting her family up with smartphones and a family plan and in the meantime, we’ve asked her to answer some questions for us about how her and her family use technology. In return, we’ve made a donation to a charity of her choice. Here’s what she had to say about technology and her family:
What factors should parents consider when deciding if their children are old enough for cell phones? Were these difficult decisions in your own family?
My children had cell phones by grade 6 or 7 – because I wanted a way to keep in touch with them during the after-school program. I wouldn’t say it was a difficult decision, but it’s still not one that I took very lightly. I think it really depends on the child and the needs of the family. Obviously, if a child had to take public transit or walk to school, then it might be a good idea to have a way to stay in touch with a parent. Also, we have to assess where each child is at and if we can trust him/her to show responsibility looking after the phone and making sure it’s not lost. Children need to be aware that it’s a privilege to own a cell phone, and they have to be ready to handle that responsibility.
What can parents do to ensure their kids’ use of cell phones doesn’t interfere with family life?
I would love to say that it doesn’t disrupt our family life, but I’d be lying. As kids get older, it becomes increasingly harder to set boundaries and stick to them. I am a bit more relaxed about those rules now than I used to be, partly because I’m guilty at times myself. However, I think it’s critical for parents to set some limits around usage – eg. no phone at the dinner table. Unfortunately, it’s easier said than done. As a parent of two teenage boys, I have to pick my battles – so I choose to let that one go sometimes and focus on bigger more critical issues around life and school.
What do you consider to be biggest benefit/biggest disadvantage of a connected family?
The #1 benefit of a connected family is that we keep in touch easily. For me personally, I appreciate that I am able to stay in the loop of what’s happening in my kids’ lives even when they’re away from home. They know I’m “there” if they have a question or need anything. As children enter their teen years, sometimes the verbal communication is a challenge, so it’s great to have other means to stay in touch. The challenge is the constant interruption, as they’re often more interested in playing with their phones than having a conversation. It’s particularly frustrating when we’re out at a restaurant or with family, and they just retreat to their phones than trying to make human connection – so it’s an ongoing struggle to get them to put their phones away and be present.
How do you use your smartphone/cellphone to stay connected to your family?
One word: Texting. We have a 2-household family, so having a convenient tool to stay connected when they’re with their Dad is very helpful for us. When the kids are out with friends, I know I can check in with them any time. They will often text me if they’re late or need something, so it’s a fantastic tool for us to manage our daily needs and expectations. Yes, I have even texted my kids if they’re in their rooms to call them down for dinner – works much better than yelling!
Does having access to the internet and cell phones make family life different for your current family compared with the family in which you grew up?
Does it ever! Children these days don’t go outside nearly as much as we did to socialize and interact with their peers. They value their online friends almost as much as their school friends. What that means for parents, especially as the kids get older, is that it’s harder to bring them into our world as we’re constantly competing for their attention with the next incoming text. Smartphones can create an added challenge as they provide a portable escape from the world with games, internet access, etc.
Speaking of keeping in touch with friends and family, check out our most recent Rogers Innovation Report where we look at how Canadian technology users connect to family and friends.
What’s your favourite method to keeping in touch with your family?
Melanie is a regular contributor to RedBoard
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