July 30, 2014
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Do Students or You Know about Their Digital Footprints?
By National Hall of Fame Teacher Alan Haskvitz
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Do students know about their digital footprints or do you? The answer is most cases is no. Those caught up in the excitement of seeing their name or image on the screen forget that this isn’t just a passing fad, but forever. With technology altering the way we teach and the way students learn it is mandatory that educators take a look at what a digital footprint is and how students can limit it.
Even the term, digital footprint, means very little to some students. So the best place to start is to explain how people learned to track as a way of finding animals. Thus the term footprint means that they are, in fact, the animal being tracked. The digital term is easier for students to understand as it means anything that they do that requires the use of technology. In other words a digital footprint is the traces that they leave on the Internet.
The biggest mistake is that students and others don’t understand that hitting the delete button does not remove the image one it has been placed online. It remains there forever, including in their own computer. Just as the history of where you have gone is traceable so can the images and comments that appear on everything from Facebook to Twitter to emails and beyond. This leads us to the first rule: Don’t put your name on anything. Use pseudonymous.
Next, have students make a list of all their accounts and all the people that they communicate. They should make sure that all setting when talking with these individuals is on privacy in their security settings. Having the students use
should help in this regard. This will also show them sites that they no longer use and these should be deleted.
The next step is to have them check their passwords for each account and make sure they are not using the same one. This avoids having all their accounts compromised. As well, there should be an absolute promise that the materials sent are only to those on a need to know basis. Don’t send out mass mailings. Having a good username that is different for each account is also a help.
When sending pictures don’t send the names of the people in the photo or where it was taken. Those people who don’t know who in is the picture can ask.
Next, have an email for each account. They are free, in most cases, and although they make it more of a burden to handle passwords and user names, they can also serve to help you control what is going out and make it far easier to handle incoming messages as they go to specific accounts. Limit the email accounts to five or six so it is easier to check your messages.
Indeed, the use of major tracking search engines can also impact your searches as they seek to provide you the information you may want first. It is almost impossible to limit this. This link explains that concept:
It is difficult to avoid this especially as some eduction sites require a log-in. Again, that is why http://www.reacheverychild.com is so unique as no log-in is required. To avoid cookies you can check out this site:
You may also want to download https://www.ghostery.com/ and others such sites to avoid such tracking.
Ultimately, it comes down to self control and making sure the student knows that the Internet can be used as a tool for good and evil. Even the IP address on the computer used can be tracked
http://www.wikihow.com/Block-Your-IP-Address and so it is valuable that it is made clear that the simple act of placing a message and/or photo on the worldwide web could be used by potential employers and others to get a profile that may not be flattering and those who have ulterior motives may also be lurking.
The bottom line is make sure that all sites that are used and all messages are sent with caution and if you are using the Internet for searches.
Videos that explains the concept
Student/Parent education sites
Places where you can check some of your leavings
Don’t be surprised.
A lesson on digital footprints
Statistics on digital footprints
Very important to show how few people actually check.
A large link site
July 26, 2014
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Where to Find Teaching Jobs
by National Hall of Fame teacher Alan Haskvitz
Finding a job isn’t easy. It took me two years of being a substitute until something came along and even that proved to be a deadend. Even when I was teaching I was constantly applying for jobs that I felt were more to my strengths. I taught in ten school districts before finding one with good administration and support. I went from Newfoundland to Ontario, Canada, to several districts in Southern California before I found a school where I felt at home. And even there I had to endure some of the worst administration imaginable. So never give up if you think you are in the right position.
If I would have had this list of resources when I started out I could have shortened my job hunting experience a great deal, but nothing really prepares you for a new job outside of asking others about the school and doing your homework.
Timing is very important. Most districts have hired by the start of the new year, but some find themselves in a great need for help due to staffing shortages, teachers moving away, or transfers. Don’t give up because the school year has started. I have also listed overseas teaching sites that might be of interest to those willing to travel and work under different conditions.
Be cautioned to look before you leap. There is no free lunch. For example, if you are teaching overseas and the job you get is not as planned you may not have recourse.
Due to the nature of job listing and the uneven quality and quantity of positions it is essential that you go through the process slowly and don’t deal with those that charge a fee unless you feel it is worth it. Some sites may ask you to register first and that information may be used by others so I suggest you have a separate email account for job searches in case spam comes a calling. Above all, your first choice should be to use the career center at the university where you completed your educational training program. This service is sometimes available online.
Jobs by state
A massive collection of links to every state
Government Link site
Job listing by state and subject
Jobs by subject, area, and more
More jobs listed by grade, subject
This site also offers you an opportunity to upload your resume’. Check details closely or you can just do a job search.
You can sign-up for job alerts and more
Education Week listings
Teaching overseas jobs
From US Government
Information and contact data.
Information on teaching overseas
July 26, 2014
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Jaguar XJL Review
by The Car Family
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When is a Jaguar not a Jaguar? Trick question and the Jaguar XJL Portfolio has the answer. Simply put, Jaguar has drastically change the traditional Jag’s appearance and running gear. No longer is there wood trim everywhere and the sometimes reluctant engine has been replaced by a let’s play, supercharged V6 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission that is willing and able to straighten your spine whenever the need arises. This Jaguar rocks.
The refined six-cylinder powerplant is a model of nobility, with just a touch of aggression when you call on the big cat’s 340 horsepower. Driving in a civil manner the fuel economy has a 16/24 mpg city/highway rating. We averaged 22 mpg in mixed driving in very hot weather. However, it is very difficult not to fall in love with the acceleration of this big cat and so your mileage will probably vary based on your mood. This is an agile vehicle that claws the road as few other sedans can. The brakes are excellent and you get the feeling that there is really nothing this vehicle can’t handle. The price starts around $85,000 for the five inch longer XJL Portfolio edition we tested, but if you can live without the cool rear seat and extra leg room you can save several thousand. Options can drive the price over $100,000 but once inside you are going to know what you paid for. It is elegant and as close to Architecture Digest as a car can be.
Mom’s view: In appearance, it is simple gorgeous. It makes one swoon and is definitely eye candy for the masses. Its price is competitive with any sophisticated luxury sedan and lease deals are attractive. The interior is sporty, clean, and a bit flashy. Some instrumentation is quite novel such as the round, chrome gear selector that pops out of the center console. Very novel and easy to master, but it can get very hot in the sun. Safety wise the Jaguar is loaded with intelligent airbags most everywhere, seats that have active whiplash protection, blind spot monitoring, electronic brake distribution, rear view camera, and more as befitting its price. Be warned that the large touch screen monitor runs the show so don’t leave the dealership without a run through. The trunk was large, but the opening was limited. The XJL has a panoramic, heat reflective glass roof that extends the length of the car. The night lighting was first rate with adaptive headlights that even illuminate corners. Bottom line for me was the workmanship, pride of ownership and, of course, the attention.
Dad’s view: Slovenly, hardly. This is a tidy, dynamic sedan with a back seat fit for the Queen. Driving at all times is lively and secure. We tested the supercharged, six cylinder version, which is the only engine you can get with the optional all-wheel drive, and it was plenty powerful. A 510 horsepower V8 version is available for those wanting to toast the tires with five second 0 to 60 times. The performance goes with the XJL’s contemporary styling and make it very appealing to those who want to stand apart from the ubiquitous German competition. The XJL version offers a plethora of features that include front seats that are heated, cooled and massage you. The use of aluminum and aircraft style materials and bonding techniques are just part of what you are paying for, but don’t forget the many unseen features such Cornering Brake Control, which helps in taking sharp corners, the automatic leveling control, or the stop-start feature that saves gas. The brake pedal feel was a little soft and the option list a little dear. My advise is do your homework so you know what features you want before you go to the dealer. I highly recommend the illumination and the entertainment packages. The Jaguar is unique in that incorporates class and performance and certainly a wonderful reward for a job well done.
Young working woman’s view: Portfolio is an appropriate name for this luxury convenience as it may require a look at your investments before you buy. On the other hand, you truly get what you pay for and this Jaguar is both distinct and heavily laden with features that coddle you. For example, you can get an 825 watt audio system and those in the back seats can be entertained with eight inch monitors and wireless headphones. This Jaguar is worth it and there is always the inner glow you get from driving a Jag.
Young son’s view: I’m still looking for work in the computer field, but still have time to assess a truly great technology systems, and this Jaguar has them. The GPS has traffic alerts and the optional Meridian is prime. There are also satellite radio, interactive voice control, Bluetooth, and a Media Hub with inputs for iPod and MP3 players. The sound quality is dynamic, thanks to 20 speakers, including two subwoofers. Some of the features require time to learn so don’t leave the showroom without a thorough tutorial. The XJL is class.
Family conference: In a world where luxury sedans are designed to show one’s appreciation for the better things in life as well as having the means to pay for it (most luxury cars are leased due to tax code attributes, the Jaguar stands alone as a bargain and a beauty.
July 23, 2014
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Seven Vital Tips for the First Day of School
by National Hall of Fame Teacher Alan Haskvitz
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You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.
— Will Rogers
That quote might not be accurate, but it won’t hurt to be prepared and let the students know you are prepared. To enable this to happen there are seven important steps that should be taken to get the most of this first impression.
First, be prepared. Have your first day well planned out including a seating chart for the students. It is important to have good discipline from the first day, but that does not mean you have to be mean. Raising a hand to ask a question, asking permission to leave the room, even where to pick-up or hand-in work should be explained as well as the late work policy. Above all spend time reviewing school safety rules. Where are the exits, the fire extinguisher and the emergency routes? You don’t have to make the students afraid of you, but they need to know what your expectations are and when they can get extra help.
Secondly, take control. This is their first day in your class. They need to know the rules and the expect ions. Posting them in the classroom is always a good idea. I recommend having a handout for each student with the discipline code, your contact numbers, materials that they may need to bring, and any other school information. You may not have time to go over the school handbook, but make sure that every student has one as well as any textbooks that are required.
Thirdly, take a long look at your classroom. The first code in your community, if it is like other towns, usually limits the number of flammable items to about 20 percent of the wall space. There cannot be anything hanging from the ceiling or blocking the doors. Sofas and other upholstered items may also be deemed a violation of the rules regardless of how good an idea it might be. I recommend you dedicate at least one board to posting of school related items. As for the other space, I recommend you have students design them based on what is being covered in class.
Fourth, Some of the students may not know each other and so an ice breaker may be of value. I don’t use them, but some teachers find them of value. One idea I sometimes use is to bring in a wolf or other stuffed animal and have the students submit names to name our classroom mascot.
Fifth, Get personal information. I give the students a card asking them for their home contact numbers as well as their interests and favorite hobbies. I even ask them to bring a paper that they did in previous years that they are proud of so they can show it to me later in the week as I get to know them better. And, I always try to contact the parents within the first couple weeks of school or at a Back to School night. Sometimes messages from a student’s get changed by the time they get home, if you know what I mean.
Sixth, be open to new ideas. I have posted a great many links here. Spend some time and maybe you can discover fresh ideas. Consider having the students write a short autobiography to get to know them.
Finally, be yourself. Whether your first day of class or your 40th, the most important message to leave with your students is that you are a caring teacher. Yes, you have rules, but that does not mean you or without compassion and understanding. Remember, you don’t want to mark Will Rodgers wrong.
Read up on classroom management
A list of great ideas for new and experience teachers.
Ice Breakers and Checklists from Education World
Planning for your first day of school
Ideas for preparing to work with parents
Huge selection of ideas and links on everything.
Activities and sample handout forms
Middle and elementary school ideas including school tour
Back to school bulletin boards
Remember that decorating a door may be a fire code violation.
Mainly for elementary
Lots of lesson planning sites
A good place to look for new ideas
Set up your classroom seating arrangement virtually
Bulletin Boards by Month
July 3, 2014
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Kia K900: Kia Builds a King
by The Car Family
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This is no ordinary Kia. This is a car designed to prove that this Korean company can build a car that can compete with the luxury brands at a bargain price and still provide leading edge technology. After a week evaluating this vehicle it becomes apparent that Kia has built a new King, a flagship that is elegant, loaded with features, and priced in the $60,000 range, undercutting the competition by tens of thousands of dollars, as is Kia’s forte.
The ride is plush, so don’t expect sports car drivers to be impressed with the handling, but a nudge of the accelerator brings out the 420 hp as the Kia V8 and that is up to the challenge of most any luxury sedan. Our mixed gas mileage was in the range of 21 mpg thanks to the smooth shifting eight speed transmission.
We have been testing vehicles for 20 years and this Kia has the best interior lighting of any model to date and that includes Rolls Royce, Bentley, and Cadillac. The exterior lighting is superior as well with adaptive 16 LED bulb headlights and LED daytime running lamps. And these aren’t the type that blind oncoming drivers, they provide a soft, almost natural illumination.
Mom’s view: This is a large sedan and still easy to park in a crowded mall parking lot. The interior has a number of redundant steering wheel controls so you can safely change settings without taking your eyes off the road. Our V8 K900 had white high grade Nappa leather with contrasting stitching and real walnut trim. The front seats had a myriad of adjustments and were heated and cooled. A welcome surprise is in store for the rear seat passengers with an armrest containing a panel so riders can control their own ventilation and operate the rear window sunshade. Okay, I was a bit smitten by the interior and exterior styling, but it was the safety features that I found most pleasing. Kia’s Advanced Vehicle Safety Management that brings together an Electronic Stability Control, a AVSM that alerts the driver three ways: an alarm, a visual warning and a cinching of the front seatbelts. There is also a lane-departure warning system, radar-based cruise control, and cameras that surround the car and warn of potential problems. This King Kia is most like the big Lexus LS 460 sedan in acceleration and comfort and ride. Only thousands less. A final note, when you come close to the Kia it senses your arrival and the outside mirrors open up to greet you. So cool.
Dad’s view: The Kia is 17 feet in length and that challenges the biggest Jaguars, BMW 7 Series and Lexus LS in this regard. The trunk is enormous, the acceleration linear and strong, and the rear seat spacious. The quiet and capable V8 engine and the transmission seamless. That being said, the handling is competent, but not inspiring. The fuel range isn’t great and the comfy sedan could use a bit more steering feel. This is a car that could challenge those taking the proposed high speed train to the San Francisco area. It is fast, smooth and relaxing. A hundred mile trip is almost too short for this long legged runner. The heads-up speedometer display needs to be checked often as the Kia is sneaky fast and goes about its task in silence. You can let the cruise control do the work and even to the point of stopping the car. That pesky mountian pass in your way, would a 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and 0-100 mph in about 13 seconds Kia V8 be of assistance? Suspension is all independent with the emphasis on comfort. At present, Kia’s only option is the $6,000 VIP package with heated and ventilated rear seats, an extendable cushion for the driver a huge monitor, active cruise control and more. Worth it? Well, the total price is still between $10,000 and $50,000 under the competition. Well played, Kia.
Young working woman’s view: It is not unusual to say that a Kia is a bargain, but at $60,000 plus? Well, yes. And for those willing to take the leap of faith the world-class 10-year/100,000-mile warranty provides a nice landing for those adverse to risk. One caveat is to make sure you spend a few hours with the sales person because the K900 has enough programs to challenge even a 12-year-old. For example, when the blind-spot warning beeper aggressive audio alarm goes off it isn’t just a warning, it is a threat. Stay put. Very noteworthy, pun intended.
Young working male’s view: The King Kia is loaded with interesting ideas. Sadly, I found that the GPS on this model was not as good as on the lesser Cadenza as it required the use of a BMW style control knob instead of a touch screen. There is also a head-up display that is extremely well thought out with speed, directions, and vehicle information. Entertainment comes from the 900-watt Lexicon high-fidelity audio system with a 12-channel amplifier, 17 speakers, and an inverted subwoofer. The K900 has Bluetooth, satellite programming, and AUX and USB ports. One feature that is clever is a Rear Cross Traffic Alert system that provides an audible warning to the driver if oncoming cross traffic is detected while backing. An option is the Surround View Monitor system that provides am image of what is next to the car in all directions. The Kia K900 is a tour de force and one early adopters should put on their list.
Family conference: The Kia K900’s stunning appearance belies its price. It provides elegance, oodles of features and quality attributes. If you are in the financial ballpark this is well worth a test drive. Long live the King.