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I wasted nearly 500k trying to prove we ddn't use any dates
trying to prove that NONE of my systems used a date to do anything but write a log entry. Ran greps using every date related term we could think of, and every standard c or java library call etc etc,, the auditors were coming back with requests. Even rolled clocks forward on test servers and user machines to prove we didn't have a problem, and still the auditors wanted even more evidence. Finally I just threw the source code at them and told them to run their own damned tests. I wonder how many really unnecessary were made by IT departments under the guise of y2k to get some long deferred maintenance done.
Not sure if urban myth
but Telstra had an external driver to roll out the /A4 exchanges as quickly as possible as these have "external" monitoring built in. I remember this being discussed a the time as a piece of exchange data management software I was working on at the time was running a wee bit late.
Re: Doomed to the dark ages
"Was to get fibre within the year only to be lost on the NBN map"
If you really truly believe that - I have this nice bridge to sell you between the Rocks and North Sydney.
Have friends at Gosford who, according to the maps, were supposed to already have had access, let me just say that that they hadn't even run the draw cables through the pits yet.
All Turnbull has done so far is pull the maps so they reflect reality rather than the ALP reality distortion field.
Re: Not at all surprised
Yup, Mrs Diogenes very nearly installed it with the latest Flash update (normally I don't bother but she wanted the nagging message to go away) - I nearly installed it with some other stuff I was downloading.
Our TSO installed Chrome on the computers in my lab, so I uninstalled it - the kids whinged - so I put it back with ghostery installed on all browsers (Firefox, Chrome. Opera & IE) the kids are now surprised at how much "snappier" the "general" web has become (I have emailed microsoft to see if they have an A2 poster of the "keep calm" - when I start the internet unit next year I will get them to time some surfing with without ghostery & research just how many people are tracking them, ASIO. MSS & NSA aside :-)
Re: Suck it up Australia,...
The vote compass questions were very poorly worded .. "How concerned are you with the asylum seeker question ?" would be answerd with a "highly" by those who want to use the Navy to sink the boats and by those who think we should send empty A380's to Jakarta to bring them here without putting them in any danger (obviously I am exaggerating the respective stances)
Me I am on the end of a c***y piece of copper & can only use a Telstra reseller... I am also NOT any any map that says (even only design) work will start with 3 years. I would rather get reliable comms within 5 years than wait 10 to get FTTP
Don't use it
but I have fond memories of the simplicity of non wysiwyg wordperfect 5.0 & 5.1. Apart from the spil chucker and features grammer and readabilty stats I have no need for most "modern" features in wysiwyg word processors - and if the result did look mangled in print preview , you could easily read the "markup" to sort it out - and the lovely 10 variable macros that you could write to create "styles" .
Thinks this might be a nice programming assignment for my year 10 class (cackles evilly)
Re: Wrong on so many levels
Ah, but surely copying an extract is fair use - not copying the whole damned book and then just making an extract available.
In my example I could scan a 500 page textbook, and every day of term put up a different 5 pages , being careful to remove the previous day's pages. No one can honestly tell me THAT is the intent of fair use.
Wrong on so many levels
If google only copied an "extract" that would fair use. Every book I have in my bookcase has words to the effect this book may not copied by any electronic means. I am sure that if I scanned a book chapter & put on my schools moodle, I am sure I would have my a**e sued off !
For crying out loud
I only just finished the upgrade form ICA05 to ICA11 so that I could teach a cert 3 level at school - I hope I don''t have to "upgrade*" for the 3rd time in 2 years.
The first "upgrade" was actually a downgrade from my brand new degree (level 7 on the ASQA scale) to a cert 3 (level 3 on the ASQA scale) - although the degree was only 12 months old because TAFE wont recognise our school awarded units unless we have the cert 3 as well (and they make a nice business doing the training )
Jumping the gun more than just a little bit.
Assuming the FINAL draft is released on time (sometime next month), in some states it will require the local curriculum body to adjust and reword to meet the requirements of the local Education Act - in NSW that is the Board of Studies, and the act is the Education Act 1908 !
Once that is done the state body will begin a round of consultation with its stakeholders (government, schools, principals association, teachers federation, P&C association, and teachers) and release at least 1 draft before the final syllabus is released. This process will take at least a year. Then in 2015 schools may have the option teaching the new or old syllabus for a year before full implementation the following year so 2016 AT THE EARLIEST for implementation.
Now in another document I have referenced in another post (google NSW curriculum support, click on TAS link & you can't miss it) the Technology Rep in the NSW DEC has stated that the Board of Studies will only look at the new curriculum as part of "its normal review cycle" which appears to be something like 10 years (thats how long the IST & SDD syllabuses for year 11 & 12 went between revisions). As IST, Tech Mandatory, and Industrial Technology were last reviewed in 2003 they are due.
I cannot see IPT & SDD being redone in the same time period to take account of the knowledge already learnt (ie a lot of the year 11 stuff looks like it has come down to year 9/10 syllabus), as they were only reviewed 3 & 2 years ago respectively.
I have two nieces that teach primary, and they are terrified of the impending changes, I pointed them CS unplugged and they are using those materials to teach some of the technology stuff that is in their existing syllabus
Back in the good old days
ca 1983 I was a graduate of the ACS's Computer Industry Training Program, did a "one size fits all" cobol course even though I was going into a PL/1 shop (and few others were going into C and RPG 2/3 shops). Still it was useful till nearly 20 years later to the day I found myself 1 of 75 people made redundant on the same day in Brisbane , and one of 500 made redundant that day nationwide by a very large organisation (cough *lue cough) when another large organisation ( cough *elstra cough) gave the contract an organisation in India. Two months later for the same reason another 500 were let go, and 4 months later another 500 or so. History is repeating itself as the same company is in the process of shedding just as many again.
I never had a degree, and was over 40 and unemployed a year (did a tree change & worked in a winery running the cellar door) - organisations were still screaming they couldn't get developers.
Fast forward 10 years, I now have my degree, but still couldn't get work ("overqualified") so went sideways into teaching 3 years ago.
By coincidence today I was given my class list for next years year 11 Software Design & Development class (very full with 25 students - supposedly 38 chose it - although as option 7,8,9, or 10 :-( , but it is the first time it has been run at the school in 5 years :-) ) . As I was doing some research for that class I found the minimum ATAR was @ 80 , except for UNewcaste Ourimbah. I currently have quite a few in year 10 and suspect that they should have been steered to IDT (VET framework) as the kids will not do well for the reasons cracked has given above.
Re: I like Australians
Why should we revolt ? The adults are back in charge again. Rudd had no problem with Murdochs's endorsement in '07 and believe you me Rudd & Gillard made Blair & Cameron look competent .
Not inhaling here
Adobe really haven't thought this through for educational use. I am already sick of having to change all my teaching resources every time Adobe decide to change the UI or add features. With CC I am not even sure if something has changed until I reopen the software. There are many very useful products in the cloud software, but I will not use it .
When I can buy a key which allows me to install on 2 computers through my employers Work @ Home licence, and next year students will be able to download CS6 for free on their BYOD why upgrade ?
The process seems a bit shambolic
Google issue - "nsw curriculum support technology" there is a techtalk on the page that best matches. In that techtalk is a description of what has happened since the 1st draft. I cried when I read it.
Oh yes we do !
"I think some folks who are moderately high narcissists see their children as extension of themselves, and there’s a lot we don’t know about how narcissists are as parents."
Ask any teacher.
For some reason we don't get many problems with the apostles (Mark, Luke, John, Paul etc) Jaydens and Jamies and (variants) are usually little 'soles - any funny spelling is usually just as bad, and "Angels" usually aren't. Their parents also seem to think that we only teach, and spend all our time and attention on their child
even my kids with learning disabilities can manage that
" god forbid, a picture, a few pixels to the left. Or right. Or any other direction, by any other amount of pixels, dots or centimetres."
they just remember to find the puppy dog and select the correct option :-)
Re: "optimum gathering angle according to time of day and direction of travel"
Nope, lots up curves between Adelaide River & Darwin & plenty between Katherine & Adelaide River. Having done the Katherine-Darwin bit just the other day - it is boring as bat**** and that is driving at the 110 & 130 kph speed limit
They are loosing the schools
From what I see on the Adobe Education Exchange there are many US school districts, Colleges and European school systems & universities that do not allow subscriptions. A school getting a Credit Card so they pay for the subscription is a very big no-no in our state. As yet the IT group has not indicated if they will switch to the CC.
I was at a IT educators meeting and we were all sharing ideas on how to go Adobe free and ideally free, especially as kids no longer have access to the state supplied laptops with CS6 master edition on them. And we are able to buy a Work at Home copy of CS6 for $85 (or about 3 months cloud membership for educators)
Personally I will be happy to stay on CS6 in my lab. It handles all the curriculum requirements for the "learn to's" and I will not have to update /revise my resources every 6 months because Adobe have changed how to do something( menu's moved, new features , even changing from grey to black backgrounds!) .
Re: Climate Change = climate speculation
Which ones ?
Warming actually makes the atolls grow.
If you are referring to the Maldives they are sinking because they are on the Indian Plate (Stop Man Made Continental Drift !)
If you are referring to to Kiribati, there are social rather than climate forces at work
And of course Bikini Atoll (see icon)
Now I know why I couldn't settle year 8 girls
They were babbling on about 1 Erection and some old farts trying to get a song banned because 1 Erection copied it. - Didn't have the details so I quickly switched to discussion on copyright in music (normally do this later in term) and gave local examples - love these teaching moments
Nah, couldn't possibly happen - just ask Rosa di Fiore
"All this Aussie family wanted to do was fly to the USA to meet Mickey Mouse.
Instead, they were detained and mistaken for the Mafia. "
Off Switch ????
or just unplug from the wall
Re: Yer right !
Sorry bad form to comment on own comments - supplemental as I was rushing to get to work when I posted the original .
Wow a whole 30K from ACCE !
I am using a fully developed program to teach year 8 ICT using Scratch developed by the Irish lero - which is in turn based on a New Zealand uni program (CS Unplugged), I can't do much more as I have them 3 periods a week for 1 term (9-11 weeks) . The Irish employed 2 teachers full time for 6 months to develop that program. I am using CS unplugged for one of my Special Ed classes - if I were a primary teacher I would base my course on that . Given the 30k covers k-10 thats about 3k per year level at current casual rates that would employ a teacher for 9 whole days per year level to develop resources.
My classes laugh at the Cybersmart programs, they are so cheesy, obviously not developed by teachers (and even a Primary class I taught whilst on prac thought they were cheesy) - I use recent articles from ElReg to cover those bits of the IST & Multimedia syllabus where appropriate (sometimes comments are removed :-), other times left in as there is useful discussion ) to show real world(TM) relevance. Also the lovely articles on the history of computing.
As for other great resources - Adobe, MS and Apple have "educator" programs. There is no shortage of resources if one is prepared to look. The problem is developing what you have found into a coherent, sensible whole - and that takes time !
Yer right !
In NSW the process is a little more complicated, ACARA may throw the syllabus over the wall "real soon now", but we will continue teaching the old stuff. When, and only when , the NSW Board of Studies incorporates the Nat Curriculum into new NSW syllabuses (result of NSW Education Act 1908) will we teach the new
Allow a year for the BOS to get ITS stuff together and go through its processes and rewrite the Tech Mandatory, IST, and IT Multimedia syllabuses(+ the other HomeEc + Ind Tech subjects + D&T) .
If history is a guide, schools will be given an opportunity to trial them for a year before compulsory rollout. We are expecting trial start 2015 - compulsory - 2016. Complicating this is the BOS has said the new National Curricula will be incorporated as part of its NORMAL syllabus review cycle - then again as part of the Gonski stuff NSW has agreed to implement National Curriculum by 2015 (and there are heaps of curricula not even started yet!) so who knows - if somebody puts a piece of paper under Picollis nose and he signs it - its on
In High School, theoretically spreadsheet skills are taught in maths, word in english & some simple database stuff in HSIE - at our place in reality hahahahahahahahahah. I am teaching year 11 students how to add footers and spil chuck. In the TAS KLA roughly 20% of tech mandatory (yrs 7&8) is supposed to be done on computers. At our place, due to lack of computers that is aspirational and some kids will go through years 7 & 8 and never touch a computer other than to play games in the library at lunchtime. Just yesterday I had to reset a password for a year 9 student who had been at the school since the beginning of year 7, and she had never ever logged on. AND we very nearly lost a lab of 25 machines as we are bursting at the seams and need another "general" classroom.
That 4% you quote is subject to change - it is indicative and the NSW BOS reserves the right to change these as it sees fit, and even retain Multimedia in Ind Tech - as has been flagged on some forums
So nothing has chnaged
since I was put out to pasture by GSA in 2003.
We had a 600page design doc which took forever to load because we were only allowed 4mb of RAM in our IBM PCs - Work day went like ... log in ... get cuppa while machine is loading profile ... find document & open ... morning meeting while waiting for doc to open ... ctrl+end to get it all onto disk cache ... get another cuppa while it is doing that ... start doing whatever. all charged out out at $150 per hour
The RAM was twice as expensive as normal RAM as it +ve polarity instead of of -ve - but if we bought it internally it cost $500 a stick, but $85 at nearest computer shop and a manger was sacked for buying from externally even though his project was the only one running ontime/budget in the state
Ah the good old days
So thats where they got to
Was working on my model railway, and put the pliers down on bench, and they just disappeared !
Re: Thank god for the war on Terror
I would just like to add
There is a fire at the travel agency, John has a long moustache, and Wound my heart with monotonous langour
More prior art
just look at Cornings" world made of glass " on the youtubes
You mean something like www.webpagesthatsuck.com - a great teaching resource fro providing counterexamples to good design
This will be fun for the 1st 8 years
As the syllabus will be implemented as a "big bang" for all years on the one day - when I get my first crop doing the new Digital Technology elective in year 9 it will be assumed they have done f-8 and have all that knowledge. Thus so until the 8th year of the new syllabus I will need to back teach stuff they really don't know in order to teach what the syllabus says. Also, as it is only F-10 there will need to be huge rewrite of the IPT & SDD ( NSW HSC) syllabus as their content look positively antediluvian compared with the new f-10 - hardly surprising as the "guts" of these were written in 2001 & 1999 respectively (!)
Facilities will be fun, my school has been ripping out computer labs because of the, as of this year, defunct, laptops for learning (lfl) program and we currently only have one capable of handling 30 students , we have few smaller faculty labs in CAPA & Industrial Tech (16 machines each) as well as a smaller lab with 21 computers. - ATM our enrollments are such that we do not have a large room that we can "take out" and fit with computers. The look on the DP's face when I told her that there is coming within the next 3 years a compulsory IT subject for 7&8 was priceless. Currently we get 30 desktop machines a year as part of TfL (Technology for learning) and my lab was upgraded in the last round - minus 6 machines that went to the front office.There is no word yet if TfL will continue under Local Schools Local Decisions maybe Simon can get some sense out of the NSW DEC on this - we can't.
As I am the only qualified IT (all flavours) teacher in the school that will make timetabling very interesting especially as from next year 3/4 of my load will be year 11 & 12 doing SDD & the Cert 3, and the rest , minus 2 periods, doing a 100 hour IST based app development course for years 9/10 - would I trust any of home eccys or Ind Techies to teach this stuff or the primary teachers we currently employ as year 7 core teachers - nnnnoooooo way. If either group have to, then muggins here will have to write the program for them & prepare lesson plans etc as they have no knowledge or interest in computing (I currently share a year 8 Tech Mand class with a wood butcher, and even though I have even provided him with a script for each lesson he needs to present he still struggles).
I am also struggling to see how to create an interesting teaching program around the dot points as they stand - there are going to be some interesting/lively ICTE NSW meetings next year as we get to grips with the final syllabus.
Finally the new hours for this in years 7 & 8 are taken out of the "normal" D&T (Tech Mandatory) - the Home Eccys and Ind Techies are screaming blue murder as that restricts the projects can they undertake & makes it harder to sell their subjects as electives for years 9-10 & 11-12.
Interesting times :-(
"Actually, I support that one. I refuse to buy any clothes where you pay extra for the brand name AND for the privilege of advertising it for them."
OOh you freetard you.
By putting their trademark into the item is the only way they can protect their IP (no copyright on clothes)
Re: And in A/NZ...
AC - I give you joy of the day.
Diogenes - "rebalanced" out of GSA in 2003
and so is my wife ,
No no not Brian , I mean I am Spartacus
Re: No major change
I agree, I have no problems with W8 , but I suspect like most people I rarely use the apps. Once I laid out my tiles in a fashion that suited me I was off. I use it on a "proper" box and a tablet, I also have a Mac sitting on my desk at home and to be honest I prefer win8 to Mountain Lion (I only bought it so that I could create resources for the iThings the kids use).
About 1/3 of the kids in my computing & multimedia classes have tried windows & of the 50 or so that have, only 1 thinks its a pile of excrement, they are still running it. A few (@12) colleagues have new laptops that came with it preinstalled and once I showed them how to connect to the school wireless, and access the schools drives are as happy a pigs in s..t, of these 12 or so only has has gone to win7.
Re: Happy to Comply?
I understand US Tax law is one of the few that allows people and corps to voluntarily pay more tax than they have to. Last I saw the amount actually received was @ 40k.
BillG, Warren (" tax is unfair, my receptionist pays a higher rate than I do") Buffett, and all the hollywood "intelligentsia" who want to increase govt spending or taxes have the perfect opportunity to donate a little something to the coffers and ease their consciences.
Keen gamers in my classes
I teach IT to years 8,9 & 10, and many of the boys have multiple game consoles and PCs with specs that make my eyes water. They were really looking forward to the new XBox, until they read this. They spend so much on hardware, they buy most of their games 2nd hand. In one class there is a "club" of 6 who will all buy the game 2nd hand on the same day.
Their hands are staying firmly in their pockets and all bar 2 /45 have decided to blow the money on new games.
12 Signs the paper is bulltish
demolition by Jo Nova.
1, Thousands of papers support man-made climate change, but not one found the evidence that matters ...
but he cannot name one paper with observations that shows that the assumptions of the IPCC climate models about water vapor and cloud feedbacks are correct. These assumptions produce half to two-thirds of the future projected warming in models.
2 .Cook’s study shows 66% of papers didn’t endorse man-made global warming ...
from the paper
1 944 climate abstracts from 1991–2011 matching the topics ‘global climate change’ or ‘global warming’. We find that 66.4% of abstracts expressed no position on AGW, 32.6% endorsed AGW, 0.7% rejected AGW and 0.3% were uncertain about the cause of global warming. ...
Though its irrelevant in any case. It only takes one paper to show a theory is wrong. Who’s counting?
3. Cook’s method is a logical fallacy: Argument from Authority. This is not science, it’s PR. ....
He assumes that “peer review” is uncorruptible (unlike every other human institution), that two unpaid anonymous reviewers is “scrutiny”, that climate-activist-scientists don’t work to keep skeptics out of the peer review literature
4. The number of papers is a proxy for funding
As government funding grew, scientists redirected their work to study areas that attracted grants. It’s no conspiracy, just Adam Smith at work.
5.Most of these consensus papers assume the theory is correct but never checked. They are irrelevant.
.... Cook gives the following as an example of a paper with implicit endorsement: “‘. . . carbon sequestration in soil is important for mitigating global climate change’. Any researcher studying carbon sequestion has almost certainly not analyzed outgoing radiation from the upper troposphere or considered the assumptions about relative humidity in climate simulations.
6.Money paid to believers is 3500 times larger than that paid to skeptics (from all sources). ....
Governments have not only paid more than $79 billion in research, they also spend $70 billion every year subsidizing renewables (an industry which depends on researchers finding a link between carbon dioxide and catastrophic climate change). Carbon markets turn over something in the order of $170bn a year, and renewables investment amounts to a quarter of a trillion dollars. These vested interests depend entirely on a catastrophic connection — what’s the point of cutting “carbon” if carbon doesn’t cause a crisis? Against these billions, Cook thinks it’s worth mentioning a 20 year old payment of $510,000 from Western Fuels?
7. Keywords searches may miss the most important skeptical papers. ....
Many skeptical papers don’t use the terms “global warming” or “global climate change”: eg Svensmark (1998), Douglass (2007), Christy (2010), Loehle (2009), and Spencer (2011). Were they included? Perhaps they were, but they don’t appear to match the search terms in the methods. These are just a few seminal skeptical papers that might have been missed.
8. Some of these abstracts are 20 years old — does two decades of new evidence change anything?
Twenty years ago the IPCC was predicting we’d get warming of 0.3 degrees C per decade. The warming trend came in significantly below their lowest possible estimate, no matter which major dataset you consult.
9. Naiomi Oreskes found 928 papers with abstracts that didn’t explicitly reject man-made global warming. So? Skeptics found 1,100 papers that support skeptical views. ....
Given how much money has been paid to find evidence, the question real investigators ought to ask is “Is that all they found?”
10 You want authority? Skeptics can name 31,500 scientists who agree, including 9,000 PhDs, 45 NASA experts (including two astronauts who walked on the moon) and two Nobel Prize winners in physics. ...
11 What about Science Associations? But they are not masses of scientists — just committees of six ...
Most science associations never ask members to vote, (or when they do, they have bizarre rules like the Royal Society, which recently asked members to vote Yes or Yes to inviting Prince Andrew to be a fellow).
12. Cook pretty much says this is not about a scientific argument — it’s a tactic to change public opinion through repetition of the fallacy ....
The first sentence in both the introduction and the conclusion tell us that the point of this paper is about public perception and government policy. It is not about the science. It is to help change public opinion. There was no attempt to find out whether there was a scientific consensus — as in a consensus among all scientists.
On the bright side
I can't see my employer going for the cloudy version (corporate licence - 1000's of machines) for many reasons, including 1) the cost and 2) managing the upgrades across the board. See they bought into the hype of using 21st century skills to create interesting assignments eg - "you're doing science - create a flash animation of an atom - for your assignment" (poor science teacher has never heard of flash, let alone knows how to use)
The bright side is I will not have to upgrade my teaching materials for new versions every time they come out, and play the "where did they put the fartvergnuegung filter in THIS version" game
I will believe it when I see it....
Since 2002, the Geodynamics Annual Reports have spoken of the construction of demonstration power plants as being the key to completing Stage One of their plan.
In 2009, a major blow-out occurred at one of their drill sites, engulfing it in steam. Fortunately, no-one was injured. At the time, Geodynamics claimed the blow-out would delay the commissioning of the demonstration power plant by 6 to 9 months. In other words, it would be up and running by about the beginning of 2010. (!!!!!!)
That 1MW plant was supposed to have been a 20MW plant
In the meantime, the Rudd Government awarded them $90 million, the largest grant ever awarded to a renewable energy project in Australia. Despite the fact that Geodynamics has not yet generated a single watt of energy, it has now been given $100 million of taxpayers’ money.
From its 2007 Annual Report "... working towards a 50 MW commercial demonstration plant expected to be operating by the end of 2011. It is then planned to expand this in nominally 50 MW modules to 500 MW by 2015."
For Kyza ... It will generate electricity sufficient to power around 1,000 homes, and more than enough to meet Geodynamics’ site needs.
I would like to thank the Ambassador
As, in Australia, given situation normal I would not normally have bothered to even look for a legal version until the DVD was released. A quick visit to the apple store sees me legal for a sum I am prepared to pay, :-)
here comes Godwin
The certain ex painter who shall not be named was famed for the frequency & noxiousness of his nether eruptions - he was a veggo.
Icon : And because he was a a non smoker nobody could light a match
He can't be elected !
His "election" will be challenged in the Court of Disputed Returns, and there is enough indication that his election will be deemed invalid (he has been away from Aus for too long). In that case there will be a recount as if he was not a candidate & somebody else elected instead - who mkay or may not be from his party.
Re: Perhaps not now,
Here in NSW we have so many PE trained staff, nearly every school has a PE trained teacher temping in another faculty, most of the causals that replace me when I am off for whatever reason are either art or PE (very very few IST, IPT, SDD qualified casuals in our region Hunter/Central Coast ). One casual said that if every currently employed PE teacher were to resign tomorrow, there would still be 1.5-2 teachers for every vacant position. It is a similar story in other states as well.
Anyhoo, getting back to THIS analysis, there are 2 other strands that are ignored in this analysis is the private RTO's - but these cater mainly for foreign students, and at school we also offer the VET qualification of a cert iii in Information, Digital Media and Technology. If students are keen enough, and region has it on its scope they can get a partial cert iv as part of the HSC.
Re: Vague Goals
AAArgghhh just looked at the detail of just of these ...
10.1 Explain how text, audio, image and video data are stored in binary with compression
• explaining exclusive or (XOR) to develop simple cryptographic ciphers and hashes to ‘secure’ communications
• explaining the use of the Unicode charts to look up characters from Asian languages
• explaining simple compression schemes, for example run length encoding
• explaining the difference between lossy and lossless compression
Dot point 2 - coincidentally I am trying to explain the different encoding techniques and why we have them & my class don't give a rats .... , I had mild interest with ASCII especially when I showed some ASCII art, and total disinterest with unicode - the most common almost printable response was "why can't the ****s just use english characters ?".
From a 30 second glance at just the year 9-10 stuff - it is going to be difficult to develop a coherent program that doesn't do theory for the sake of theory eg we cover some of this stuff already in IST - - dot point is covered in a unit on the internet & protocols, dot point 2 sort of covered in a Software Dev unit, dot points 3&4 covered in a digital media/multimedia unit - where the stuff actually makes sense to teach it.
What hurts most is that Digital technology has become All about software development , and it says multimedia will be taught across subject areas (yeah right - today I had to teach my year 9 class about using styles in a document !) as well as an instance of Design & Tech .
Honestly from a very quick read I think the year 9/10 stuff would make the basis of a great year 11/12 Software Dev course. What I have read assumes greater maturity on the part of year 9/10 than is the case - certainly in my low SES group (ie over 30% of the school is in the lowest income quartile measured on Myschool.com) . The buggers advising ACARA are from selective schools or schools where most students are in the highest income quartile).
Needs a closer read drowning in the motherhood stuff at the start.
Re: Water fall ---- Agile - it's a spectrum
Funny I opened the report and did a search on "Microsoft" - you know what, I didn't find it anywhere.
When I can get as many resources for open source as I can for closed (think lots of books, youtubes etc etc) as I can for VB, C#, Access, XCode development and the Adobe web suite I will switch over. I just don;t have the time to do the paper warfare I need to do eg I just spent the last 4 hours working on Individual learning plans for 25% of my class because they have some intellectual impairment, are below the national literacy standard, have Aspergers, ADD, ADHD, ODD. OCD, Fragile X, Brittle Bones, hearing & sight impairment, a broken wrist or (...) - or any combination of the above and I have only done half of what I need to - I need to get these to our HT Welfare & AEO by Monday Morning it & will probably waste a few hours incorporating suggested "improvements" next week. Then I have to write assessment tasks that encompass these kids as well as the 3 G&T students I have - my HT needs these for Monday. I am now taking a mental break (aided by a G&T) before writing a tutorial that 15yo kids with a reading age of a 8yo can follow - and I am using a combination of Adobe Captivate to record and grab screen shots , Adobe Indesign so that I can format it, and create the 3 different versions I need easily (font & image size).
Sometimes the path best taken is the path of least resistance.
Re: If they are going to teach SQL
Tried and failed - year 9 & 10 just don't have the maturity, patience or INTEREST - they just want to get in and do things - I am assembling a collection of code & DB designs to submit to the Daily WTF - but surprisingly
it works - somehow they make it work.
I know some of the teacher reps advising ACARA, they are the same ones who created an updated Software Design & Dev syllabus that does not mention the word database once , and couldn't understand why that should have been at least a further study option like - a "Software Developers view of Hardware".
I am printing the draft out to read in my free time and have sent it on to my head teacher for consideration. I have a bad feeling that they are going to take all the fun out of IST - years 9 & 10 where I have lots of options and can tailor for the kids interests (and the antiquated c**p that pretends to my computer lab - honestly celeron D's 1 mb of ram and XP and 15 inch monitors) - and they finally get the laptop spec right and then the school decides not to issue them to the kids (~$%~!@%$@^ !!!!!!)
(BTW I did 25 years as a Software Engineer before becoming a teacher 2 years ago)
Re: American Broadcasting Corporation?
Probably quoting a press release & they couldn't be bothered converting to El Reg units
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