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Web applications developer who's always trying to find a way to make things better.

United States, Allen, TX

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    A reply on Talk: Ali Carr-Chellman: Gaming to re-engage boys in learning

    Feb 2 2015: That's because MEN are no longer teachers because the profession doesn't allow for them to be part of the young boys at an early age. Stay with me now. Men are rarely teachers because there's too much of a risk for a child to lie about being molested or touched in a wrong way. Throw in where teachers are not paid enough to earn a good living. Now, what's happening is that we do not have MALE influences in school from kindergarten to 5th grade. Little boys do not have anyone to guide them in school. I don't have a problem with women holding on to the teaching positions, but this may sound a bit sexist, but you send boys to be raised by women, boys don't think like women and so there's a disconnect. So which math problem would a boy like? Example 1: Susan has a pie and she has 8 slices and wants to give Mary 50% of the pie, how many slices does she give her? Example 2: Mike has a 50 darts in his Nerf gun and Joe needs 50% more darts to knock his block off, how many darts does he need? Mike, Joe and John have 60 minutes to play Minecraft, how many minutes should each get to play to be fair? Mr. Rosales was my kindergarten teachers aid, Mr. Townes in 7th grade forces use to participate in engineering week and pushed me towards that, Mr. Colvin challenged me to be a better trumpet player and a leader in band. Bring back MEN teachers.
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    A comment on Talk: Ali Carr-Chellman: Gaming to re-engage boys in learning

    Feb 2 2015: Good in theory. It does have it's limitations. I'm for using any tools necessary to learn a particular concept. Kids these days freak out when you use a different resource instead of the assigned text book for leaning something. Video games are great for learning, i remember using my Little Professor to become a math guru. As far as being independent and well-adjusted, try going camping or a fishing trip. Not having social skills does not mean being independent. And being "well-adjusted" has to have some sort of means of being able to take direction. Video games is not a end all, but it can be added to the list of tools of learning.
  • A comment on Talk: James Lyne: Everyday cybercrime -- and what you can do about it

    Sep 17 2013: "All in all, this was a very good primer presentation on technology and information security for the common folk." . . . and when I say this, I didn't mean it in a disrespectful manner, I too was saying visual stimulation results are something that holds the audience versus showing injected binary and overridden hex. Great presentation of material.
  • A comment on Talk: James Lyne: Everyday cybercrime -- and what you can do about it

    Sep 17 2013: 1996 called, they want their "Black Oriface/System32" demonstration back! But serious, this has been around forever. From my computer/network security days, I learned that social engineering is a weakness that is never addressed. Client side security is weakest node because physical access is root access and the power in using an infected node with authenticated credentials to outgoing connections or data access is one of the major weaknesses in network security. Its difficult to "sell" computer security until they have become a victim. Most of the anti-virus programs and malware items are reactive instead of proactive. However, if you present a proactive solution, it's nice to have alerts to present the security issue, but the choice what to do after that alert is too overwhelming for the common user. I really like the GPS coordinates in the photos thing, its' very interesting. If anything, I learned that the "skitties" (script-kiddies) that download and run scripts other people have developed are not the true criminals. You will never know the true criminals because a good criminal fears getting caught and they don't go around trumpeting their "hacks" or break-ins. The true criminals keep quiet about those things. All in all, this was a very good primer presentation on technology and information security for the common folk.
  • A comment on Talk: Susan Cain: The power of introverts

    Mar 19 2012: I enjoyed the presentation. I am considered an extrovert when required and an introvert when needed. Which means I can get the party started or I can just the hell up and listen. I've found in our (American) society is in "make the sale, get that money" mode. The perverted examples of being successful are the ones where it's superficial selfish promotion that generates money. Those examples are the ones that our youth have embraced and being an introvert is not celebrated. Everyone knows Snooki, and Jersey Shore, who Payton Manning is, what TMZ is, who Steve Jobs is all because of constant bombardment of promotion which in turn yields greater exposure. My personal vibe from the lecture is "Hey, we are introverts and important too, guys come on be nice to us". Yes you are, but to quote Les Brown "The saddest place on the planet is grave yard, for there you will find ideas, visions and dreams that were never achieved". It's important that introverts speak up and share with us and not be afraid! Introverts and not speaking up, give off a fear vibe. Scared to say something, scared to stand up. You have to forced to finally take action, just like Rosa Parks, Gahndi, etc.. I was always taught when you argue with someone, if your point/side is strong enough, you can whisper and win the argument. However, you still have to be brave enough to open your mouth and engage.
  • A reply on Talk: William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer?

    Feb 24 2012: Just like the beginning stages of cancer is still not cancer (sarcasm)
  • A reply on Conversation: What are the advantages/disadvantages of learning models that exist outside of traditional educational institutions?

    Feb 15 2012: I think this concept was solidified when the first "Little Professor" Texas Instrument calculator came out.

    What the "gaming" concept provides is the a sense of (level) accomplishment instead of just a letter grade. I think the Leap Pad and other electronics companies have seen vast improvement when learning is turned into a video game. I'm concerned about the bastardization of it when it's tied into corporate characters (such as Disney and Pokemon, etc..). However, it's a catch-22, it's those character that allow the child to be open to learning and using that particular video game because of the cartoon character affiliation. That is what worries me a bit. But if it's Micky, Piccachu, Batman, or any character, if it does a better job teach my kids math, science, literature, or english, then i could care less about the presentation as long as the goal of learning is achieved.
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    A comment on Conversation: What are the advantages/disadvantages of learning models that exist outside of traditional educational institutions?

    Feb 15 2012: I think just like different teachers teach different ways, so goes the system of education. We all learn things different ways. Some can grasp concepts by reading then doing, others by doing making a mistake and then understanding why that mistake occurred thus learning that way. I think classroom teaching is good for general overall topic discussions and presentations. However, I feel with so many flavors of learning, how can we judge a child by not grasping onto a concept or lesson taught in a way that's not suited to their comprehension style? I have a 7 year old, and I find that children love the concept of learning on computers, but most of their state and district comprehension tests occur with paper and pencil. We've found that the concepts are learned, but presenting what they have learned in a different format affects their outcome. (Translation: Kids are learning by computer, but testing is done with pencil and paper over the same thing but they are failing because the question and testing is presented differently.) Same thing occured when kids had to count using money. On paper, they could do math with drawn images of money and make change. But if you gave them real money and asked them do the same thing, they freak out because the presentation is different. I'd like to hear other people's thoughts. Hopefully, I'm not off topic here.
  • A comment on Conversation: Why is visual literacy discouraged in most cultures & WHAT CAN WE DO to change that?

    Oct 31 2011: I thought historically (back in the day), not using visual elements for education was a sign of being a rich and educated. If you couldn't read, it was probably because you didn't go to school and if you didn't go to school it probably meant you were not rich enough to do so. I see reading as just another input mechanism to the mind so that you can take textual data, convert it into visual data. Come to think of it, visual elements are the way we learn. There is something to say about emotional elements as well, but that's for another conversation. I think the trend is changing, if the overall objective is to get a person to learn about "A", does the mechanism for teaching that concept really matter? Heck, O'Riley's "Head Start" series is focused on displaying programming elements and methods through the use of visual examples. I don't think it disappears, I just don't think enough of visual teaching is being performed.