Sure, you can play Skyrim offline, provided you are willing to disconnect internet from Steam. I was misled by Bethesda, in that I was led to believe the Steam connection was to initially register the game. That was not the case. That is only part of my ire with Bethesda over this. I have purchased many of their games and have enjoyed them. However, I will not be purchasing any game or DLC of theirs in the future. They have lost a customer. I am only one buyer, and that make not make a difference to Bethesda. I am on of many buyers that feel as I do. I let my money do the talking.
Since most games these days insist on having a online play or some connection to them while I am playing, I haven't purchased ANY games from ANYBODY since Skyrim. I want to play games, not get married to their businesses. So, unless behaviors change, my gaming days are pretty limited these days.
I have no illusions about my retirement as a teacher. Like most teachers, I'll work until I drop dead or get shot by some drug-addled shave-head over some girl with tattoos, enough shrapnel in her face to imitate a 50's Dodge, and holes in her earlobes big enough to drive an SUV through who probably won't grace me with her charming presence that particular day. Neither of these two could possibly benefit from an education, because they will have so ruined themselves that Walmart will consider them an iffy employee.
Barring that, I expect that I will get screwed in some manner like raising the retirement age to the point of fossilization, or reduction of benefits below the levels that have already been lowered. Of the teachers that I know have retired, many die within a year of retirement. Others are still working as subs, because the Social Security minus the Pension is too low to survive on.
I am an American high school math teacher that teaches at a semi-rural high school that teaches bi-lingual minority students (85%+) of which are poor enough to qualify for free lunches (50%+). As much as I realize it is a total waste of my time, I have to say that most of you don't have a clue.
1. The actual, factual data indicates, in spite of the popular beliefs, that the educational system is not failing children. Schools are graduating more students with higher and more difficult requirements than before (historically). Declines in education came about 2 years after mandatory testing.
2. What teachers teach, critical thinking or not, is not determined by teachers. They teach what they are told to teach by people who haven't seen the inside of a classroom in a decade or more, if then.
3. There is a monumental decline in student skills because of summer break, and the largest resistance for year-around schooling comes from parents.
4. While students get a summer break, teacher do not. The public belief is to the contrary.
5. Lastly, but most importantly, the systemic problems in the American educational system do not come from teachers, administrators, districts, or any unions. All, and I mean ALL, of the systemic impediments to student learning come from outside the school systems.
I'm not going to waste my breath to explain the details of how it exists or came to be. I can say this, For all the roadblocks that are placed in front of me, I teach kids math, and I am damn good at it in spite of the bullshit.
I've been looking in to this for years. First off, there is no "good" open source grade book that isn't overkill or underkill. Open source grade books fall into two categories. The first type are for single teacher use. They have a shitty interface, in that they don't use a spreadsheet style and limited methods. Many don't make report cards and the like. Others are overkill in that they are part of a larger package (like open admin) that is a pain to install for a single teacher usage. Many others provide things like emailing grades to parents, attendance, making web page reports, and other crap which is problematic when dealing with school districts. There are plenty of good closed source grade books (free ones) that were originally commercial products. Most of these vendors realized that there wasn't any money in it. Districts tend to go with larger packages like "Power School" and others made by text book publishers and the like. For a while, I used TabC Grade Book (which is in java and open source). It was a programming project for a college class and was pretty flexible. It had reporting features that could be worked with, but required a (for pay) java library for some of its operations, but could work without it. After a while, I took the time to construct a well made Open Office spreadsheet grade book that was flexible and simple to set up and use. I wrote macros to output grade reporting (like report cards) in a variety of formats. Setting up the grade book to interface with the OO database makes for nice pretty formatting.
Now, it wasn't mentioned in what context this would be used. If you only need a "one off", go with a commercial "free" grade book. No one will be the wiser. If it is a single school thing, use a web based grade book, there are plenty of free/low cost ones. In my experience, most teachers are pretty simple minded when it comes to grade book software. Most don't read manuals or don't actually spend any time figuring anything out when it comes to computing. They are the first to throw up their hands and say, "I can't use this." Amazing considering, they are supposed to educated and interested in learning.
Lastly, you would be surprised how much easier working with an "old fashioned" paper grade book is. I go to a local store and get a small multi-column accounting book. Do it all with pencil. If a student or a parent needs grade information, you don't have to fire up some electronics. All of the information is right there. It is also highly portable and works across all operating systems (people). Filling out grades on paper report cards is an extremely quick process. Most people are unaware of how much time working with software can use or how quickly writing something down can be done. I tried it for a year, the efficiency was terrific. At the end of the day, I was done at the end of the day.
Quote: You have managed to resuce essentially all interesting subjects to "do it you need it because because I say you do".
That's just the point. In life, you are expected to do things that you may not understand a need for or may never use in any other context. The point is that is real life, realistic or not. It isn't because I said you have to do anything. In fact, I'm fine if you don't. You can realize the consequence of your actions, good or bad. And yes, you do need maths to live. You may not realize that the contexts are different. The moment you approximate, count, consider the amount of something, or predict the outcomes of possible actions you have applied the skills (logic of enumeration) of maths.
Yes. I realize that school life is a weird artificial construct. I also realize a vast majority of people experience it, like a great number of weird artificial constructs such as governments, television, and etcetera. That is also life, real life, you experienced it, artificially constructed or not.
When my students ask me, "When am I ever going to use this in my real life?"
I reply, "Right now, right here, you need it to graduate high school."
I have never understood why people consider school life, or any other part of life, not real life.
I have the opportunity to look over the shoulders of younger computer users (younger than me) pretty often. Most of the time, they are shopping online, playing simple games, and hunting down on Youtube that fat girl doing the splits called "Splat". While there are a massive amount of PC's in homes, most people are doing similar stuff on them. They are shopping, enjoying media, and doing online tasks. They used PC's for this, because (up to now) this is what they had to work with. Viable mobile computing has changed this. Except for the occasional task of creating something, only a small portion of the population actually use PC's for something a table or smart phone couldn't do just as easily. For most PC users, mobile devices is a better way to go. This is not lost on those in the computing retail market.
People involved in developing operating system interfaces, like Apple, Microsoft, and Ubuntu (Linux in general) are keenly aware and some are trying to get a solid hold on the computing uses of the masses. The PC and traditional desktop isn't going away. It will be a player in a niche market of computer users that do something besides casual computing.
The other half is the business environment. Casual computing interfaces isn't always the best to use for that. Right now operating system developers are trying to straddle the fence between casual and business uses of a computer. They are not doing both very well and are struggling for a good middle ground. In the mean time, we will have to put up with the crap until they figure this whole thing out. Sooner or later, the right combination of hardware and operating system is going to make that "straddle that fence" regimen (or not) and things will settle down.
Laptop or not, it makes no difference.
Every body had a comment on what teachers should or shouldn't be doing. Not many claim to actually be a teacher. Well, I am one. I suspect that those making the loudest comments are not. It is so fun to watch.
It is like this: Just because you have ridden in an airplane one time and you might know something about how airplanes work doesn't qualify you to tell the pilot how to fly the damn thing. Just because you have experienced education once and in one place and time doesn't qualify you to tell teachers how to do their jobs. Are there bad teachers? Sure there are, just like in every other profession. However if you magically got rid of all the bad teachers (what few there are) and replaced them with the best teachers, education would still be as it has always been. There is no magic bullet to fix education.
So, why do teachers get attacked so much? Simple. Who else are they going to go after? The parents, the kids, or perhaps a person in political power? Politicians go after teachers, because that is the only group they have leverage on that isn't a significant part of them getting reelected. All you have to do is vilify teachers. It takes all the responsibility off the voting parents and themselves for not doing their part to improve the situation.
In spite of all that, I go out there and do the best that I can for my students. If I only had to teach the curriculum, it would be easy. Now, I have to the be the advisor, parent, mentor, and friend. And you know, that is fine. As soon as they can figure out how to make a laptop do all of that, I will be happy to step aside. I can always go back to my former career.
"You're a creature of the night, Michael. Wait'll Mom hears about this." -- from the movie "The Lost Boys"