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Comment: Re:The most important lesson in life being taught (Score 4, Interesting) 663

I teach at a school that is more teacher-heavy than that. 3 to 4 teachers per core area, plus languages, technology, and other electives. Compare this to two admins, one counselor, 5 office staff (one of whom took over my technology responsibilities to give me cover), and 4 custodians / plant operators. The district's curriculum specialists were shown the door.

It used to be even more teacher-heavy for awhile, but a prior administration tried to add more non-teaching positions in order to solidify power. After that administration left, we found a ... Happy medium.

It is possible to have a teacher-driven school, but it means committing to more hats than just teaching. In my case, I handle admissions scoring and course registration, as well as other issues that would normally require additional office staff.

That's the big rub of this. There are things that have to be done to keep a campus functioning. If teachers want more power, they have to assume these responsibilities, and they have to defend them, lest the school become too office-heavy. But very often, teachers (on both a personal and union level) have often taken a position of "We aren't required to do that; go away." So that position is one of the things that has caused teachers to lose power over the years.

Comment: Re:Profit & Lies (Score 1) 730

by parliboy (#39172965) Attached to: YouTube Identifies Birdsong As Copyrighted Music

I don't expect all videos to be manually reviewed. I do expect all disputes to automated claims to be manually reviewed, within 48 hours, and resolved correctly. That didn't happen here.

Rumblefish screwed up, end-of-story. Hopefully they realize the problems with their processes and implement better ones. If so, then this might be accepted as a one-off.

Comment: Re:Soon, no more call centers (Score 2) 220

by parliboy (#34867398) Attached to: <em>Jeopardy</em>-Playing Supercomputer Beats Humans
Except that 1) Before And After is also a category on Jeopardy and 2) it was a category in run-throughs for Watson:

In a test tourney, Watson hit the bullseye on a question about clothing a young girl might wear on an operatic ship. The answer, pinafore, is also found in the title of the Gilbert & Sullivan opera H.M.S. Pinafore. And the computer was also successful with a before-and-after Jeopardy question about a candy bar and a Supreme Court justice, Baby Ruth Bader-Ginsberg. But earlier in its career, when asked, "What does a grasshopper eat?", it responded, "Kosher."

Source: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/storm/Jeopardy_A_Computer_Takes_on_Ken_Jennings_and_Brad_Rutter_.html
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Single-Player Game Model 'Finished,' Says EA Exec 439

Posted by Soulskill
from the sorry-about-your-luck dept.
Frank Gibeau, label president for EA Games, recently spoke with Develop about the publisher's long term development strategy. Gibeau thinks developing major games without multiplayer modes is a passing fad: "...it’s not only about multiplayer, it’s about being connected. I firmly believe that the way the products we have are going, they need to be connected online. ... I volunteer you to speak to EA’s studio heads; they’ll tell you the same thing. They’re very comfortable moving the discussion towards how we make connected gameplay – be it co-operative or multiplayer or online services – as opposed to fire-and-forget, packaged goods only, single-player, 25-hours-and you’re out. I think that model is finished. Online is where the innovation and the action [are] at."
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Plagiarism Inc. 236

Posted by samzenpus
from the cheating-is-easy-money dept.
Here's an interesting article on the life and times of 24-year-old Jordan Kavoosi, who has made a business of plagiarism. His Essay Writing Company employs writers from across the country, and will deliver a paper on any subject for $23 per page. In addition, his company will get it done in 48 hours, and he guarantees at least a B grade or your money back. From the article: "'Sure it's unethical, but it's just a business,' Kavoosi explains. 'I mean, what about strip clubs or porn shops? Those are unethical, and city-approved.'"

Comment: Re:Damages (Score 1) 861

by parliboy (#32387044) Attached to: <em>The Hurt Locker</em> Producers Sue First 5,000 File-Sharers
I'm fine with the idea that the penalty for downloading a movie should be more appropriate to the cost of the movie. However, keep in mind that the lawsuit is focusing on Bittorrent users. By the nature of the protocol, the downloaders were also uploading. So what should the uploaders have to pay?

Comment: Houston ISD & IE6 (Score 1) 512

by parliboy (#31087018) Attached to: Is Internet Explorer 6/7 Support Required Now?

A slightly related story:

I teach in Houston Independent School District. Due to a recent change, we are required to use Internet Explorer to log into our online gradebooks when on campus. There is no technological basis for this, as running a user agent switcher with Firefox causes no problems. And yes, IE 6 is an allowable agent.

Of course, when we log in from home via the HISD-provided VPN client, it doesn't matter what browser we use.

Also of course, we can use that VPN client at work, and it doesn't matter what browser we use.

So yeah, it's just been a big bag of bureaucracy.

Allow me to tell you some time about their wireless networking policy changes that start next week. That's a whole other ball of fail.

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