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March 1, 2007

Online American States Puzzle

Filed under: accessibility,Education — wholeshebang @ 1:56 am

Thanks to Mark, here is a link to a Map Challenge, an online puzzle where you drag the “pieces” (states) to their proper location on the map. Good fun!

My stats:

Score: 88%
Average Error: 49 miles
Time: 472 seconds

Also, it’s a great example of the appropriate use of Flash, and Flash that is optimized.

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American Idol Contestant Harrangued over Nude Photos

Filed under: Education,IT Jobs,Privacy & Security — wholeshebang @ 12:53 am

I don’t know the story behind this, and to be honest I don’t want to. I’m not one of those who gets thrills from being a voyeur when regards the lives of others.

Just the briefing in the basics here is enough to drive the point home 10 times over. Nothing you post on line is ever private…nothing! If anyone has read it or copied it, they have the ability to crack you over the head with it later.

February 28, 2007

What computer skills should schools teach?

Filed under: accessibility,Education,Software — wholeshebang @ 10:49 am

Life-Long Computer Skills” is an excellent article and jumping-off point for what should be an in-depth public discussion in every community and in state and local governments.

The 8 skill-areas mentioned are excellent choices, though there are a few important omissions. To that list, I would add the following: (more…)

A simple spelling primer

Filed under: Education,Tutorials — wholeshebang @ 5:55 am

The post “Grammar Mistakes“, on a blog I’ve been reading, is supposed to be a rant, but actually it’s a good primer of common mispellings of homonymns (words that sound alike).

Will be most useful to those who are horrible spellers, though even good spellers make the same mistakes as typos (i.e., they know how to spell which one but often don’t realize they’ve mistyped it).

Recommendation: Open a website in your text-editor and use the “Search” or “Find” feature to find all instances of one of these words. Did you use the correct word, or did you mean to use its homonymn?

November 2, 2006

Community-based media captioning and translation

Filed under: Education,Software,Web Programming — wholeshebang @ 4:38 am

This is the next big benefit to society of the Internet Age – Ideas to tackle online media captioning (and translation). There are efforts about to collaborate on an application and method to allow not only the closed-captioning/text-captioning of audio and video by the community but to do so in multiple languages. The effort is mainly aimed at education, as current captioning activities are disjointed and poor countries try to access a wealth of higher-education knowledge.

I can see this being a very useful thing for other purposes as well.

October 31, 2006

Bilinqual Education Keeps Kids From Learning English

Filed under: Education — wholeshebang @ 10:25 pm

This was brought up in the last big election, yet not much has been done. I’m focusing on Spanish-speaking students here, because they actually are not a minority.

Bilingual Education can take many approaches, generally lumped into 3 categories (see this Wiki). However, the reality in most towns and big cities is a far cry from anything that helps minorities learn English.

What happens in Massachusetts is that Spanish-speaking children are isolated in classes with most instruction in Spanish. Limited instruction does not help anyone to speak a new language fluently and to be literate in it. (more…)

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