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Stolen from Heather..

Haha, this is totally fun.

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jessicala
Oct. 27th, 2004 10:23 pm (UTC)
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srb
Oct. 27th, 2004 10:37 pm (UTC)
Heh, you asked for it....

Hi Chris,

I'm cc'ing Steve, Thelma, and Tim because there are a couple of big problems that I think we all need to consider, and no matter what we do there could be a significant expense over the next few months.

1. Our internet connection is really flaky.

Tim and I both feel that it's most likely the ISP, not the hardware. Over the last two weeks at least 10 kids have lost all of their work for the day due to the connection timing out when trying to post essays online. More than half of them have lost a little bit of work, and all of them have spent several minutes per period hitting the refresh button waiting for pages to load.

The kids are getting frustrated and don't trust the computers, and it's safe to say that they're losing faith in me and Tim and our ability to keep it going. On Tuesday I had Flavia in tears, and working through lunch, because she lost half of her science project. Just yesterday half of the 6.2 kids lost at least a third of their work for the day for the same reason.

2. Having both Macs and PCs is becoming more of a liability. There are two main issues here:

A. The software doesn't work the same way on the two kinds of machines. The prime example, which is now a problem in every class, is Mavis Beacon. Two of the Macs won’t launch it at all (Sigma has never worked, Kappa now gives an initiliazation error), one of them will launch it but it doesn’t display the prompt words and simply ends each lesson and game at the first key entry and says they made too many errors (Epsilon), and I’ve seen most of the others just launch to a black screen and then lock up (Beta is the worst offender).

To be fair, the graphics in a couple of the games seem to be too much for the PCs occasionally, but the kids have always been able to restart the program (without rebooting the machine) and go right into a different game or a lesson without a problem. I’ve also seen a significant improvement since I started having the kids shut down the computers at the end of every class.

At this point I cannot make typing practice a regular, group activity because I don’t have enough machines to do it that will work reliably, except with the eighth graders.

B. The software that does work is different enough that I get completely bogged down in explaining the differences to the kids. I consistently end up losing half the class because what I’m explaining to them doesn’t work for whatever system they’re using. Examples include the different key combinations for basic editing; the different names for similar programs on the two machines, like notepad and textedit; or the different ways to save a document in their private folders on the server, which only a few have been successful with.

So that’s it, I’m open to suggestions and would like to promote discussion on both the ISP and the mix of operating systems in the classroom. If we need to limp through the year with the Macs, I can live with it, but we will have to scale down some of our expectations and goals to accommodate that. If anyone knows of a typing program that would run will on both platforms I’d be interested in discussing that as well.

Thanks,

Sonya
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cauldronofevil
Oct. 28th, 2004 09:03 pm (UTC)
wow
hamadryad
Oct. 27th, 2004 10:41 pm (UTC)
No, because your handle is in the "Sender" column. :D
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missfran
Oct. 27th, 2004 10:42 pm (UTC)
Heh. I didn't take offense, I know what you meant.
cajun_man
Oct. 27th, 2004 10:50 pm (UTC)
This thread is better suited for [url="http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/forumdisplay.php?f=12"][b]In My Humble Opinion[/b][/url]. I'll move it for you.

[b]Cajun Man[/b]
for the SDMB
drainbead
Oct. 27th, 2004 10:54 pm (UTC)
Jinx!
democritus
Oct. 28th, 2004 01:01 am (UTC)
HA! Those are great.
psycat90
Oct. 27th, 2004 10:56 pm (UTC)
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psycat90
Oct. 27th, 2004 10:58 pm (UTC)
It's budget time at work. Can ya tell?

Formatted in excel, that's half of our fiscal year bottling schedule in case quantities.
mr_funny_man
Oct. 27th, 2004 10:58 pm (UTC)
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zyzzyva23
Oct. 27th, 2004 11:14 pm (UTC)
http://www.albioncastle.com/

wow... that's been there a while.
agathagrimm
Oct. 27th, 2004 11:21 pm (UTC)
If you are having trouble deciphering all the ballot propositions, this month's issue of California Journal has an excellent summary in plain English. The article is online at http://www.californiajournal.org/news/calj/_O.c.t.ober_2.0.0.4./

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metrochic
Oct. 27th, 2004 11:21 pm (UTC)
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128K High Speed Internet
Cable with HBO
Resort Style Pool / Jacuzzi
Full Size Washer and Dryers
Intrusion Alarm Systems
Computer/Copy/Fax Center
Roommate Matching Program
Clubhouse / Gameroom
Lighted Sand Volleyball Court
Lighted Double Basketball Court
Professionally Managed
24 Hr Emergency Maintenance
Covered Parking
helenseidolon
Oct. 28th, 2004 12:47 am (UTC)
Squishy Brain Wrap
tiasabrina
Oct. 28th, 2004 01:06 am (UTC)
hey, I know this is probably not the thing you want
brianjedi
Oct. 28th, 2004 01:12 am (UTC)
Angus Oblong
chique
Oct. 28th, 2004 01:31 am (UTC)
http://www.winternet.com/~grzesiak/index.html

HA! It's elenfair's puppy page. *grin*
vix1
Oct. 28th, 2004 02:20 am (UTC)
katiekilldare
Oct. 28th, 2004 04:44 am (UTC)
anahitaa
Oct. 28th, 2004 12:31 pm (UTC)
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genepool23
Oct. 28th, 2004 04:11 pm (UTC)
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cauldronofevil
Oct. 28th, 2004 09:03 pm (UTC)
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democritus
Oct. 28th, 2004 11:00 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Oh holy shit! HAHAHAHA!!!
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