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Comment: Congratulations! (Score 5, Informative) 131

by Pumpkin Tuna (#47607843) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

I work on the instructional side of technology in K-12. I would suggest the yearly ISTE conference. It rotates around the country in late June. Next year it will be in Philly, I believe. It is massive and has sessions on instruction, administration and pretty much anything else you can imagine. The vendor area usually draws the latest heavy hitters in software, services and hardware.

You may also want to check and see if your state has an ISTE affiliate group. They often hold quality state conferences as well. Here in North Carolina, we have NCTIES in March. It's good for a state conference.

Comment: Re:ugh (Score 3, Insightful) 552

by Pumpkin Tuna (#47458069) Attached to: The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

"And every time we have an unusual hurricane, the people who were saying 'weather is not climate' point at the hurricane and say 'see, proof positive of global warming!'

No, actually we don't. The most anyone credible will say is that a warmer climate might mean more intense and more frequent storms.

Comment: Re:What a joke (Score 2) 113

by Pumpkin Tuna (#47341257) Attached to: Is K-12 CS Education the Next Common Core?

Your kid doesn't bring home the standards. Your kid brings home crappy worksheets and crappy books. These are made by companies trying to take over education. The Common Core standards themselves are overall better than what they replaced. We need more freely shared teacher-created lessons, units, books and projects so we can ditch the for profit companies making garbage resources.

Comment: Re:Common core changes history (Score 4, Informative) 113

by Pumpkin Tuna (#47341211) Attached to: Is K-12 CS Education the Next Common Core?

Wow. You are an idiot getting information from other idiots. There's a reason the Common Core standards don't mention Christianity or the Civil War. Common Core is a set of English/Language Arts and mathematics standards. They AREN'T history standards. They don't address history because they aren't history standards!

The second link is about a history textbook. It's not a common-core aligned history textbook because there are no history standards.

The closest they come is talking about what reading and literacy skills kids should have in the context of reading historical works, for example, they say students should "Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10)."

Do yourself a favor and actually go read the standards instead of reading right-wing hit pieces that have to lie because they don't have any legitimate arguments.

Comment: Drone? (Score 5, Informative) 151

by Pumpkin Tuna (#46970341) Attached to: U.S. Passenger Jet Nearly Collided With Drone In March

If you read the stories on this carefully, you find out that it was a model of an F4 Phantom, not a copter type "drone" that we think of now.

Why is it that everything that flies now and doesn't have a pilot is called a drone and is a major new concern, even if it's been around for decades?

Comment: Re:Why do we need this? (Score 1) 143

by Pumpkin Tuna (#46941733) Attached to: Google Announces "Classroom"

Yes, but tech knowledge and teaching ability/subject knowledge are two entirely different things. I'm a former classroom teacher whose job it is now to work with other teachers and help them use technology effectively in the classroom. There are some people who are great teachers, but they aren't great technology users. This looks simple enough that they could easily manage it.

Comment: Re:Yeah, sure. (Score 1) 253

You have entirely no clue.

"Tenure" in the vast majority of school systems is pretty much just a requirement that due process be followed before you can fire someone. This usually means a few hearing, some appeals, and an actual cause for firing.

Before tenure, teachers could and did get fired for the horrible offenses such as:
1. Not campaigning for the right school board member
2. Being an unmarried woman who went out on a date
3. Being gay
4. Being older and therefore demanding a higher salary than a new, not very good teacher
5. Daring to question or report wrongdoing of an administrator

If you don't think those things will happen again once tenure is gone, you have no clue. You can still fire someone who is not doing their job well. It happens all the time, even in states with tenure.

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." -- Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown