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Venus193:

--- Quote --- Every day has at least one class with the trouble-making students, and always at least one of them whips out their tablet to watch music videos on Youtube during class. Why do they think that it's acceptable? Sometimes they don't even bother to turn the volume down, so I can hear it loud and clear, then they have the gall to look shocked when I tell them to turn it off and put it away.
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Could it be that these are children of people who think it's acceptable to do this in Avery Fisher Hall?  I saw that the other night when I sat in the first row of the 3rd Tier with a bird's eye view of the orchestra seats.  There is a lighted sign against the back wall of the stage requesting that the audience silence their cell phones and other devices.  I saw stuff like this in the Met's audience last season for the first time. 

I had hoped that people who attend such things would know better but once again I am disappointed.

Piratelvr1121:
It seems like there are a lot of products coming out geared towards women that are pink or some other "womenly" color.  Bic Pens for Her, Honda is creating (or already created it) a car just for women in either pink or brown.  And I saw on Ellen that apparently someone put out a laptop for women, the "floral kiss" either in...wait for it...pink, or "elegant white" and Ellen joked that it comes loaded with scrapbooking software and a horoscope.

Oh...wait, it's actually true.  http://www.fujitsu.com/global/news/pr/archives/month/2012/20121019-03.html

Seriously? We women don't need a laptop made just for us, nor pens, nor a car.  Okay yeah the scrapbooking program would be nice but why do they need to make a special computer for it?  And really? Horoscope? Like all women are so into their horoscopes?  ::) 

I swear it seems so demeaning.
 

Morticia:
I, too, find that offensive. I like black, shiny tech with developers' tools and comic books.

Luci:
It is a joke. I could not find the catch, but it has to be there. Right?

So, the goofy things do not sell, then they go on clearance, then Oh! My! Look! Must have been popular because we are all sold out! Let us make more!

Blech.

kherbert05:

--- Quote from: Kendo_Bunny on November 15, 2012, 12:30:43 AM ---I've just started substitute teaching, and there is one thing that is driving me batty whenever I go into a local middle school. For some reason, the school invested in giving every student a tablet (even though the textbooks are falling to pieces, but that's another rant of things that make me crazy). Every day has at least one class with the trouble-making students, and always at least one of them whips out their tablet to watch music videos on Youtube during class. Why do they think that it's acceptable? Sometimes they don't even bother to turn the volume down, so I can hear it loud and clear, then they have the gall to look shocked when I tell them to turn it off and put it away.

Though another thing that drives me batty is schools getting a grant or good source of funding and then the Powers That Be spending it on something not school-related. When I was in high school, we had to do with dilapidated, out-dated text books and a copy machine so old and worn-out that the ink would come right off the paper onto your arm if you leaned on it. If you kept your assignments in a vinyl binder on a warm day, you wouldn't be able to do them at all, because half the words would be on the inside of your binder. But we had a state of the art weight room (forbidden to all but the school sports teams), a new electronic score board, and brand new uniforms for the teams every year. I went to school in a pretty rich county, with a terrible sports program that lost constantly and wasn't really bringing in any revenue, but for some reason, every time the school got funding, they saw fit to spend it on the sports programs. It made me crazy then and it makes me crazy now. If your text books are so old and torn-up that they barely have covers, why do the kids need iPads that they can access Youtube on? Wouldn't eReaders loaded with texts have been a wiser investment?

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Ipads are better for schools than eReaders


They can be used to read IBooks, Kindle Books, or Nook Books.
You can make podcasts, books, movies.
You can research on the web, while taking notes.


They have a classroom management problem. I have mixed feeling about unblocking Youtube, which my district did this year. I like the fact I can use an Ipad in my listening center to play youtube videos from Storyline online (SAG effort great actors reading great books). I can bookmark videos I want the kids to watch.


I've also caught kids watching inappropriate videos. In my case I explained that the consequence of accessing Youtube without permission was I would pack up the Ipads and send them to another 2nd grade teacher, who does not have any and she would keep them for a week. I check the history on them every day - have not had a repeat. 

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