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Comment: you don't need to be a teacher... (Score 4, Interesting) 310

to see this, just look in any cafe. Several people around a table all checking their phones. Social interaction has definitely changed, in some ways for the worse. As for learning, other posters have mentioned engagement. The top students will not need to see "exciting" stuff to learn because they love learning and being challenged. The middle to low students will need to be entertained because that is what they are used to - TV, facebook, youtube, etc etc. Unfortunately this is the way of the new world. At the school where I work, the Phys Ed teachers tell me about children who have never climbed trees or chased/kicked a ball, and have terrible gross and fine motor skills - another symptom of technology not doing them a favour I suspect.

Comment: the power of the internet .... (Score 3) 88

by thephydes (#46803495) Attached to: General Mills Retracts "No Right to Sue" EULA Clause
We'll as an outsider - non USA - this seems to me to be a demonstration of how powerful the internet is ie, forums like slashdot, social media, email, etc. Who in their right mind would think that they could sneak in a clause that takes away already recognised rights, without VERY public and international comment. Geez, who ever hired those lawyers needs to be fired on the spot, and the company needs to hire another firm of bottom feeders.

Comment: how is this new? (Score 1) 311

I first did this "dots in a circle" calculation for pi with a year 8 class over 30 years ago using 4 digit random numbers. Multiply the numbers by 10 000 so that they are all bigger than 1. Split the numbers in half to make an ordered pair from each one. Plotting them on a 0 - 100 plane with a circle radius 50 drawn on it. Determine the ratio of dots inside to outside the circle etc etc.

Comment: as a Grandfather (Score 1) 251

by thephydes (#46572061) Attached to: 3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?
I'd love to be able to - when my grandchildren stay the night - to be able to say to little Chloe "How would you like a pink horse" "Yes Poppy Yes!" "Well lets snuggle down for this story about horses and on this new machine Poppy will make a pink horse for when you wake up". When this is possible - yes I have a grand-daughter Chloe - then 3D printers will be mainstream. Until then they are for tinkerers.

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. -- Jerome Klapka Jerome