Turing’s curse


Worth a watch. “Looking back on 30 years of programming: there’s nothing new since 1983. Examples and implications”Capture

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IT quiz questions and the Turing machine

I am involved planning an IT quiz as part of a school fund raising evening (parents). The questions will be in the form of the following example:

What was the Turing machine often associated with?

a. Cracking the Enigma code
b. Artificial intelligence
c. Worlds first calculator
d. Code name for the next IPhone

If you have a suggested question please drop me a note or make a comment.

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EasyBib for Google Docs


I will be expecting Year 9 students and subsequent year levels to cite their sources correctly (using APA). There is no excuse not to, given Add Ons such as EasyBib. (Free!)

I also let them know that University assessments typically allocate 5-10% of marks for correct referencing so its probably a good discipline to acquire.

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5 min Survey: Attitudes towards the punishment and rehabilitation towards offenders.

young-offender-Norwich-007If you have 5 or so minutes (thats how long it took me) can you consider completing the attached survey.The research is being undertaken by a bright young Victoria University student and explores attitudes towards the punishment and rehabilitation of offenders. http://vuw.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_abM3H6mDxDCrsTb


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Paperless classroom – virtual exercise book using Google docs


Remember the paperless office from 20 years ago… We ain’t there yet, and certainly not in schools. I am currently experimenting with a paperless Year 9 classroom. This has been made possible by the use of Google docs and Teacher dashboard and necessitated with the advent of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Each student has an “exercise book” created as a Google document and shares this with their parents. The salient features of this approach include;

  •  I can see and comment on their exercise book.
  • Their parents/caregivers can see and comment (not write) on their exercise books.
  • Students can link to other online information from their exercise books (hub approach). Even a PowerPoint can be uploaded and linked via Google Drive.
  • Paper based resources/anything can be photographed and inserted in “exercise book” including teacher notes on a whiteboard.
  • Parents and teachers can exchange comments/notes via the “exercise books”.
  • Homework can be recorded in their exercise books … with parent oversight for some students
  • Students never lose their exercise book – in fact they can go back to previous versions.
  • They actually have a record of learning that students, parents and teachers can see.
  • Students can take pride in their “books” with titles, pictures and other decorations.
  • To get them started I can copy (automated process) a template to each of their folders and also specify their name is included in the document name.
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MySQL trap for beginners



If you intend for your students to implement referential integrity automatically via the database make sure the default storage engine is InnoDB or some other format that supports cascading deletes and actions on update. On occasion students accidentally select some other storage engine…

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Snapchat – and homework


Seems that students snapchat homework questions to each other for advice and assistance, with the answer coming back via Facebook or other means. I guess it is quicker than many other methods…

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