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Comment: Middle school math teacher here (Score 1) 265

by ruggerboy (#43017641) Attached to: Tech Leaders Encourage Teaching Schoolkids How To Code
I teach middle school math and would LOVE to introduce students to coding. The problem is that the only coding I've ever done is basic HTML and some rudimentary old school BASIC (I remember while/when loops, but not much else). Considering my limited knowledge, what are some good programming resources that I could use for 12 year-olds, most of whom have never coded? I love the idea of the class learning together.

Comment: Re:And yet... (Score 1) 2987

by ruggerboy (#42299247) Attached to: 27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

Maybe a better answer is that we need to treat our crazy people. It's not a matter of expense; either you pay money to treat mental illness, or you pay money to clean up after them. I'd rather spend on getting them help than in burying our children.

Regardless of your stance on guns, this is a great idea.

Comment: Re:And yet... (Score 1) 2987

by ruggerboy (#42299233) Attached to: 27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

I can go into a store today and buy everything needed to blow a building to bits. Remember Oklahoma City? If you don't want a big boom, you can always go the bleach and ammonia route. If you want to kill or maim people in mass quantities, you don't need a gun. You can use a car. Or a plane. I suppose banning planes is next?

So by your logic we should legalize bombs?

+ - Decorating a high school math class 2

Submitted by ruggerboy
ruggerboy (553525) writes "I am starting my second year of teaching high school Algebra and Geometry. One thing that came up a few times in my student evaluations was that my classroom needed decorating, that the walls were too boring. Admittedly, the walls remained mostly bare save for a word wall of key vocabulary, a multiplication table (*sigh* yeah, many still needed it), and any student work for that week. The new year starts soon, and I'd love ideas for math-themed, engaging posters or other decorations to liven up my math class."
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+ - Dell begins their largest layoff ever. 3

Submitted by cyphercell
cyphercell (843398) writes "Dell has begun their largest series of layoffs ever. This morning at about 10:00am more than two hundred employees at Dell's Roseburg Oregon Call center found out that they no longer had jobs. Sparking what appears to be the beginning of year long run of layoffs for the company. http://www.newsreview.info/article/20070802/NEWS/7 0802014

Refuting local suspicions of malice Dell spokesman David Frink states:

... the closure has nothing to do with a lawsuit filed by employees of the Roseburg center in February, claiming Dell violated federal and state wage and hour laws.
http://www.newsreview.info/article/20070213/NEWS/7 0213020

and later says

...plans to reduce employment worldwide by 10 percent at the end of May.


Their plans to reduce employment can be found here:
http://www.statesman.com/business/content/business /stories/technology/06/01/1dell.html

Here are some highlights:

Dell set to shed 8,800 workers...

Dell has 82,200 permanent workers, including 18,000 in Central Texas, and 5,300 temporary workers worldwide. The layoffs are expected to affect both groups...

In its last large-scale layoffs, Dell cut more than 5,000 jobs in Austin after the high-tech bust in 2001.

...many of the layoffs could come in Central Texas, where Dell is headquartered. In a March 29 report to clients, Goldman Sachs analysts said Dell might reduce the work force at its test and assembly facilities in the U.S. and Malaysia.
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