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Comment: Resource for teachers interested in Gamification (Score 2) 123

by Zrako (#42246051) Attached to: Professor Cliff Lampe Talks About Gamification in Academia (Video)
As a future teacher I'm already working on a gamification system for my future classroom. I was inspired after watching this awesome edition of Extra Credits on PATV http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/gamifying-education which is definitely worth watching.

Comment: Re:And the unions are pissed... (Score 2) 575

by Zrako (#40756287) Attached to: Khan Academy: the Teachers Strike Back

I don't think you appreciate how much teachers really make, especially if they've been there for a while. Teachers get some of the most generous automatic raises you'll ever see, can get all kinds of salary bonuses for becoming nationally certified, etc. I used to work for a school district in an area where the average income is around $35,000/yr and some of the senior teachers in my district were making very close to six figures. The principals even more. They're hardly the poor street urchins the unions sell them as.

This is only if your school district does not have a freeze on raises like every single school district within 40 miles of where I live. With the budget crunch in education teachers are not getting their automatic raises for time spent teaching or advancing their education.

Comment: Re:And the unions are pissed... (Score 3, Interesting) 575

by Zrako (#40756233) Attached to: Khan Academy: the Teachers Strike Back

I don't think there is anything preventing them from working in the off season. Just another form of seasonal worker like lifegaurd or Mr Plow.

So a working professional with a Masters degree should have to get a "summer job" as a lifeguard or in retail in order to survive the summer? Does any other line of work that requires a college degree require a summer job like they are a high school student? Give me break!

Comment: Re:Daft Punk, Not Kanye (Score 1) 317

by Zrako (#40498637) Attached to: On the iPhone and Apple's Meteoric Rise To the Top

"Better, faster, stronger," Apple could have easily lifted those Kanye West lyrics for their press release announcing the coming of the iPhone 3GS in 2009.

*facepalm* Sorry, I know its a minor detail, but Daft Punk originally wrote "Better, faster, harder, stronger", and Kanye sampled it (with permission) for his song. They have a cameo in his video, which is an awesome tribute to Akira for those that haven't seen it.

*watches Daft Hands and Daft Bodies on youtube*

Thank you. Daft Punk FTW

Comment: FYI this is all FREE (Score 1) 646

As others have metioned you can use the OpenDNS FamilyShield settings (http://www.opendns.com/home-solutions/parental-controls/) with your router which will block out the majority of adult content out there. I would also enable safe search on google for each computer (http://support.google.com/websearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2519950&rd=1) which will filter out adult image and web search results and make sure you lock the settings so they can't just go in and remove safe search (http://support.google.com/websearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=144686&rd=3)

Forgot to mention that :D

Comment: OpenDNS FamilyShield does wonders (Score 1) 646

As others have metioned you can use the OpenDNS FamilyShield settings (http://www.opendns.com/home-solutions/parental-controls/) with your router which will block out the majority of adult content out there. I would also enable safe search on google for each computer (http://support.google.com/websearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2519950&rd=1) which will filter out adult image and web search results and make sure you lock the settings so they can't just go in and remove safe search (http://support.google.com/websearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=144686&rd=3)

Comment: Dungeons and Dragons Video Games/Computers (Score 1) 227

by Zrako (#40326461) Attached to: Study Shows Teen Gamers Like Tech, But Don't All Crave IT Jobs
Since when does playing a game with paper, pencils, dice and figurines constitute the use of computers or technology? A better analogy would be:

"If you think playing endless hours of Call of Duty will create a desire to get into the information technology, think again.

Comment: Re:constructive activities? (Score 1) 515

by Zrako (#40159803) Attached to: The Poor Waste More Time On Digital Entertainment

Such families often accumulate PCs, gaming consoles and smart phones, but use them only for nonconstructive activities.

Find me a constructive activity to do with gaming consoles and smart phones. Stack them up like blocks? Practice marksmanship? Learn circuit bending?

How about being a kid and having fun with your friends outside of the 8 hours a day you are at school and the 4 hours a day you are doing homework?

If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. -- Albert Einstein

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