Monday, 25 February 2008
Sunday, 24 February 2008
Through a but more research I found out where he was getting the information from, from the RM.com site.
I have a number of friends with this ASUS eee pc's and they absolutely love them. Me however, I am waiting for a bigger hard drive and more RAM.
Available in New Zealand, it is called the ASUS eee pc and it is available from Dick Smith Electronics for around $599
From The RM.com site...
The RM Asus miniBook is the perfect choice for pupils; a genuine "anywhere, anytime access" device at a startlingly low price. Smaller than an A5 pad and weighing less than 1kg, it combines the portability and quick-start of a PDA with the capabilities of a notebook. Starting from only £169, the RM Asus miniBook is an exciting new category of device, set to fundamentally change ICT provision for pupils.
Perfect personal ownership device
The RM Asus miniBook is perfect for pupils to use at home, at school or on the move. Small and light enough to be taken anywhere, the robust design offers increased protection against the bumps and grinds of mobile computing in the education environment.
Everything a pupil requires for mobile computing
- With a 7" screen and weighing less than 1Kg, it's smaller and lighter than many textbooks.
- Robust solid-state hard drive provides fast boot-up / shut-down and preserves pupils' files.
- Integrated webcam (4G model only), microphone and speakers for easy web video-conferencing.
- Integrated 802.11b/g wireless and optional 3G module provide great connectivity.
- Integrated card-reader and three USB 2.0 ports provide a simple way to add additional storage and easy connection for peripherals.
- Full-size VGA-out for connection to projectors or monitors.
Reality Check: Teaching students about Intellectual Property Rights
More and more computer science programs are including units on ethical and legal issues. Perhaps one of the most controversial issues involving computer technology these days is that of intellectual property (IP).
One of the problems is that young people (and many older people) really don't understand the laws around IP. From a recent press release about a survey commissioned by Microsoft said:
Microsoft Corp. today announced the results of a new survey that found teenagers between seventh and 10th grades are less likely to illegally download content from the Internet when they know the laws for downloading and sharing content online.
About half of those teens, however, said they were not familiar with these laws, and only 11 percent of them clearly understood the current rules for downloading images, literature, music, movies and software. Teens who were familiar with downloading rules credited their parents, TV or stories in magazines and newspapers, and Web sites — more so than their schools — as resources for information about illegal downloading.
To help with educating students Microsoft has created some teaching resources for teachers (available here) that make up "a comprehensive set of cross-curricular classroom activities designed for grades 8-10 (but easily adaptable for use in grades 6-12) and organized into thematic units."
A companion site for students called MyBytes allows students to create their own content (or Intellectual Property) and to learn more about the why and what about IP. There are a number of interviews there with creative artists who talk about what IP means to them and their way of life.
Now on the other hand not everyone agrees with these ideas of intellectual property, especially where copyright is concerned. At Wikipedia you can read about the anti-copyright movement. The Creative Commons organization supports a number of licences that allow various kinds of access rights for different purposes. The use of technical means to protect copyright, often called Digital Rights Management or DRM) is the heart of a controversiy that is both of its own and part of the greater discussion of copyright. The Free Software Foundation has a lot to say on that score. I think of them as extremists but others see them as heros. Your views may vary.
Now are ethics and the law in agreement or in opposition here? That is the big question. I'd love to hear the thoughts of others but especially of students. If nothing else I think this is an important topic to discuss with students no matter which side you stand on the issues.
Friday, 22 February 2008
In the article there is a competition for students on a serious topic, respecting copyright law.
Respecting Creativity Competition 2008
The student competition will again promote the theme of respecting creativity and is linked to World IP day. Students will develop design work, a short film, soundtrack or article for a copyright and intellectual property campaign aimed at the under-18 age group.
It is open to all Y11-13 students. entries must be received by the Ministry of education by October 28.
Visual art and design, music, media studies, technology, graphics and English students may develop entries as part of study towards assessment of relevant achievement standards and unit standards. Full details of the competition can be found on the website: www.lovemusic.co.nz/site/
Part of the article form the Education Gazette is posted below,
A design competition touches on a serious topic for schools and students alike – respecting copyright law. WAYNE ERB reports
Respecting creativity is a concept that Yang Gan truly understands as a budding design student – he can see the rewards flowing from respect for his work.
After winning an intellectual property design competition last year as a Year 13 student at Hutt International Boys' School, commercial interest has been shown in Yang's work. T-shirts by another entrant, Alex Austen, are also likely to be put into production.
For Yang, it is exciting to see rewards and respect for his creative output.
"I put a lot of hours into this work and it was great afterwards to see the results and think that my work could be out there in the world."
He created a logo, a poster and a wall display for a photocopy room – all to convey a message about following copyright laws. That got him thinking too.
"I am trying to make all my work original. I am trying not to copy anything so that is one of the main things I have got from it."
This year, he begins a design course at Massey University in Wellington and is interested in a creative career.
For senior students with similar aspirations, the Intellectual Property: Respecting Creativity student competition runs again in 2008, and is sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Economic Development and the Copyright Council of New Zealand.
The competition is designed to raise awareness among students of intellectual property (IP) rights, a topic worthy of discussion in classrooms, and staffrooms in the country's schools.
It is part of a wider public awareness plan by the three agencies to promote the themes of World IP Day (April 26) which include the contribution made by creators and innovators and how IP rights promote their work.
IP might seem an esoteric topic, but with the high levels of creative product consumed and created in schools, it is a topic worthy of classroom discussion.
Respecting creativity can mean students are aware of what they can and can not download from the internet, and what they can do with it next. It means teachers understand the boundaries around how they use copyright material in the classroom.
Ministry of Education secondary education publications senior adviser Nigel Evans says the Ministry is aware of situations where schools could unwittingly be in breach of the law.
He says schools could look to the tertiary education sector where robust procedures are in place to check and clear copyright material before use.
Nigel suggests teachers not only consider their own knowledge of copyright but also raise the issue with students.
"We have to ensure that schools are educating young people to understand their full responsibilities in relation to other people's property," says Nigel.
Mark McCall, director of anti-piracy for the New Zealand recording industry, shares those concerns.
He says young people are among the savviest at copying music clips off the internet, and he sees teachers having a crucial role in changing the perception that whatever is on the internet is free.
He backs the Respecting Creativity competition as an awareness-raising exercise, because today's students will be tomorrow's creators and stand to benefit if a framework for protecting intellectual property is maintained.
"We want to make sure students know how to negotiate that framework because that will allow them to protect their own creativity. It's about the safeguards on their own creative works.
"In the broad strategic sense, we're looking at the knowledge economy and showing the world that New Zealand not only has great creative talent but also respects and protects their own and others' creativity."
He says it is important that creative industries listen to schools as well.
"We want a way where we plan and grow together and create resources that can be used within the education sector whilst respecting copyright and rewarding creativity."
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
it is running on one of my servers that I brought a couple of years ago. It has at least 1 gig of ram in the thing, however it only has a 4.3Gig hard drive.
I am running windows xp sp2, I know that it should be a linux system, but I am at least running my favourite three, apache, mysql and php. It is running an application called wampserver. A nice windows application that links in all the necessary applications. It has a shared folder in which wamp is installed to be able to copy across those important files across the network.
For the management of the 5 house websites, I am using wordpress. An individual installation for each house with its own database running in the background. Now for the fun stuff I have been playing around with today. I am running gallery2 on it to provide the photo albums of each event. this provides teh best of both words, no matter what computer I am on I can update the latest photos, it creates the thumbnails, resizes the images and can provide a slideshow of the day. One of the things I am most fearful of is that it will not be able to handle the load, I have looked at performance and modified the gallery2 control panel not to update the pages and counters every time, it will only do this every 6 hours, so at least I won't have the database crash. I am thinking that the server might be punished, so I will look at the load throughout the day Just worried about the network down to the server as it is coming off a 100meg connection that is shared off a classroom switch.It might need to be moved to another area where it has direct access off the frame itself. Now to get the video files working off it. And to free up more space as it only have 600 meg free space on the server. How to remove windows hotfixes?
Monday, 18 February 2008
The next part of the meeting was on professionalism and we were reminded on what was expected of us as professionals. It doesn't end when we get our degree or teaching certificate and registration. It is forever, we need to be professional in all of our dealing with students and parents.
Also I have managed to put in my request for the Mounatin Bike Nationals, now I need to do the RAMS forms and parent information sheet.
Tuesday, 12 February 2008
RACE DAYS: Sunday March 16 Auckland XC Individual Champs
Saturday 12 April NZ Secondary School Champs Levin
Sunday 13 April NZ Secondary School Champs Levin
Saturday May 10 Moonride 12 Hour race in teams
Sunday 1 June Winter Series Race 1
Sunday 29 June Winter Series Race 2
Sunday 10 August Winter Series Race 3
Sunday 7 September Winter Series Race 4
I have tried to find as many of these as possible, now I need to figure out where I can put in the training rides for these. Also need to figure out a way to make the $100 for travel, accommodation and entry not seem so much,
Friday, 8 February 2008
"Your Learning Guide to Expression Web" provides a convenient method to learn valuable Web development skills using Microsoft® Expression® Web. In this self-paced, 55-page tutorial, you will learn the basics of using Microsoft Expression Web and build a creative, dynamic Web site from scratch with the design tools that IT professionals use.
While creating a Web site about laptop computers using Expression Web, you will:
• Learn about ASP.NET
• Create page layouts with layers
• Incorporate images
• Format text with Style Sheets
• Use CSS with other elements
• Design and use Master Pages
• Create links
• Include an interactive calendar
You will be able to apply what you discover in this tutorial to create many styles of Web sites.
This tutorial can be used as a stand-alone resource or to accompany the "Expression Web Curriculum for Pre-collegiate Students" (listed below as a related item).
Copied from: https://www.academicresourcecenter.net/curriculum/pfv.aspx?ID=7209
The curriculum link are available here https://www.academicresourcecenter.net/curriculum/pfv.aspx?ID=7208
Details of the curriculum
The "Expression Web Curriculum" is a Microsoft teaching and learning tool for high school Web development students. The curriculum unit (with lesson plans) was designed and tested by high school teachers for high school teachers and students.
The NETS (National Education Technology Standards)-based activities guide students to answer an essential question, conduct research, and communicate their learning by building a Web site.
The curriculum unit can be customized to focus on technology integrated with a variety of curricular areas and is adaptable for collaborative team projects. About 10-15 hours of class time is needed to complete the activities. It requires the tutorial, "Your Learning Guide to Expression Web," which is available as a related item listed below.
Essential Question posed in the curriculum:
"What electronic device (e-cessory) has had the greatest impact upon your life or the life of your friends, family, or community?”
Students will identify an “e-cessory” to research and create a Web site to communicate their learning. The content of the research will include identifying four events in history, inventions, or people that have led to the need for, and development of, their chosen “e-cessory.”
The tutorial will guide students in developing a fairly simple Web site about laptop computers. The tutorial topic serves as a model for the type of information students might want to research on an electronic accessory of their choice. After completion of the tutorial, students can either use it as a template to insert in the information they discover or create a Web site from the “ground up”, incorporating what they’ve learned and adding additional features they learn about from the other readily available resources from Microsoft.
Our major goal in developing this curriculum unit is to provide Web development teachers with lessons for teaching creative, state-of-the-art Web development.
Thursday, 7 February 2008
Read this not-for-profit online magazine which provides news, information, and opinion on the field of online education and training.
Wednesday, 6 February 2008
Saturday, 2 February 2008
So why not get the year 13 students to create a website using Silverstripe. There are tutorials available and it seems to be what they are interested in, in that way I mean that they used templates off other websites last year, why not let them use the CMS.
So doing some research I have managed to get myself into some PD on Monday for this as there is a meetup for this on Monday. Things just seem to fall into place.
The description of the event is here
*** Main topic ***
Topic: Silverstripe and Google Highschool Contest
Speaker: Sigurd Magnusson
Introduction to the SilverStripe web platform, and how Google helped over 200 complex tasks get done by highschoolers worldwide.
SilverStripe is a Wellington-born but now globally used open source platform for building vibrant websites and rich web-applications. It is heavily focused on usability (the out-of-the box content management and administration interface strives to be the most efficient system to manage a website), and a fantastic environment for coders; a truely PHP5 object-oriented framework that shall limit programmers mutinying to Ruby on Rails.
Get an insightful overview of the SilverStripe platform, and also breaking news on the Google Highly Open Particaption contest, which saw over 60 individuals from around the world work on 200 tasks covering QA, coding, theme creating, translation, movie making and other highly supporting activities to the project.
You can learn more about SilverStripe at http://www.silverstripe.com/
Sigurd Magnusson is the community manager and a usability evangelist for SilverStripe, a modern open source web platform. In 2007 the SilverStripe project commissioned a usability study, and through the generous support of Google?s Summer of Code, several hundred enhancements were added in the space of months.
Sigurd has been living and breathing the internet since 1995 when the City Council of Wellington, New Zealand provided the region's only internet service; then entirely text-based and only 2400 baud. Add a grandma who taught him C before he got to high school, and the rest all makes sense.
Sigurd would like to see webapps compete with Apple products for usability supremacy. Having helped build a few hundred websites over the past decade, he now focuses on supporting the developer community around SilverStripe, a modern open source web platform he co-founded. He makes a point of using the finished project every day to continuously feed the developer community with a stream of usability enhancement ideas.
Aside from his beautiful partner and daughter, Siggy loves adventure: snowboarding, turning up in a foreign city, reading books in the sun, and being dared into dancing Salsa at annual street carnivals.
So this is on Monday 4th February at Natcoll in Auckland, at 7pm