Learning easier with software

By on December 27, 2019

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsA teacher or student can touch the screen with an electronic pen to write on it. A finger can be used to move objects around. Highlands’ fifth graders all use Palm Pilot PDAs to do their work. About half the fifth-graders use Palm Pilots purchased by their parents, but the school also has enough of its own to make sure all others have access. “I love that we don’t have to write everything down anymore,” fifth-grader Diorella Dizon said. “It’s cool. It turns the work into a game,” said Aidan Danahy. Using the smartboard, DeAmicis conducted a place-value lesson for her fifth-graders on Monday morning. DeAmicis wrote a math problem on the screen using electronic markers, then used a free downloaded program to work on the math, made readily available by the universities who design the programs. DeAmicis dragged representational cubes to represent decimal-point values and quickly erased her work with a fingertip. The youngsters sat in a circle, quickly raising their hands for a chance to come up and use their interactive computer system. The Palm Pilots are also out and about during the lecture, with children writing down notes and typing text with foldable infrared keyboards. DeAmicis downloads the free programs to teach her interactive lessons, finding Web pages and Internet images to supplement her lectures. DeAmicis sends homework assignments to each child’s Palm Pilot, sometimes assigning the child to continue working with parents at home on the programs used in class. But DeAmicis said pen and paper are still not obsolete. She does not accept an excuse that a child could not do homework because a Palm Pilot crashed. “Well, if their software fails, they can still grab paper and a pencil and do it,” she said. She said teachers need to realize that computers are not only attractive to kids, but also instruments on which they are at ease. “These kids are digital natives, and we are the immigrants,” DeAmicis said. “They are already using computers while playing video games or surfing the Net. This is a way to get them to use these tools in a way they would need to in the workplace.” While the Palm Pilots are in use only in fifth-grade classrooms, the smartboards are in 13 classrooms and expected in all the rest, except for kindergarten, by the end of the school year. Each costs about $2,200. Money to buy them has come from the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, the city of Santa Clarita and the U.S. Department of Education, which also helped pay for the Palm Pilots. Highlands’ Parent Faculty Organization has promised to provide an additional $19,200, and the rest of the funding will come from the Saugus Union School District’s modernization money, set aside for technology.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAUGUS – At Highlands Elementary School, the classrooms are changing with the times. Four years after installing the first computerized touch-screen “smartboard” and handing out the first Palm Pilot, the school for children in first through sixth grades is preparing to fill the rest of its classrooms with the interactive boards to help prepare youngsters for the future. “Kids need to not only be comfortable using computers, but they need to know how to use these tools effectively in the workplace,” said fifth-grade teacher Bonita DeAmicis, who was among the first teachers to use computer tools in the classroom at Highlands and now trains other teachers on using them. Smartboards are used like chalkboards or marker boards, but instead of chalk or erasable markers, teachers use computers on their desks, and the screen itself is computerized. last_img read more

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Marshfield girls golf takes fourth at home CVGL meet

By on December 20, 2019

first_imgAna Jensen ties for third for Tigers with a 43By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Marshfield senior Ana Jensen continued her solid season by shooting a 43 to end up in a three-way tie for third place at the sixth and final meet of the Clover Valley Golf League Tournament on Tuesday at Marshfield Country Club.Jensen had a par of the par-four 17th hole and bogeyed the par-three 18th to finish with an eight-over par 43 and finish two shots behind meet medalist Cierra Botcher of Wisconsin Rapids. Mary McDonald of Stevens Point was second with a 42. The varsity golfers played the back nine on Tuesday.Jensen remains in third place in the overall standings, just one point behind Megan Pokrandt of Eau Claire Regis. Julia Szepieniec of Regis is solidly in first place. The final individual tournament is Thursday at Pine Valley Golf Course in Stanley.Stevens Point won the meet with a score of 184, three shots ahead of Stanley-Boyd and six in front of Regis. Marshfield was fourth with a 208.The meet victory wrapped up the second-straight CVGL team title for Stevens Point. The Panthers tied Stanley-Boyd for the team championship last season.Marshfield ended up fourth after taking fourth at four of the six meets.“We don’t routinely play the back nine (at Marshfield Country Club), so it was a unique opportunity for them,” Marshfield coach Ashley Lorenzen said. “We typically play the front nine, which is a little easier. We did go out yesterday and teed off, chipped, and putted on every hole, which was helpful.“You want to score well on your home course, and I’m happy with their scores. I think we did well, and their spirits are high.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Clover Valley Golf League Meet No. 6Sept. 22 at Marshfield Country ClubTeam scores: 1. Stevens Point 184; 2. Stanley-Boyd 187; 3. Eau Claire Regis 190; 4. Marshfield 208; 5. Wisconsin Rapids 212; 6. D.C. Everest 215; 7. Osseo-Fairchild 234.Top 10 individuals and Marshfield finishers: 1. Cierra Botcher (WR) 41; 2. Mary McDonald (SP) 42; 3. Ana Jensen (MAR), Allison Raffetto (SB) and Megan Pokrandt (ECR) 43; 5. Brook Tuszka (SP), Jordyn Fitzgerald (MAR) and Savannah Anderson (SB) 45; 8. Julia Szepieniec (ECR) 47; 9. Abbie Ter Maat (SP), Katie Kiraly (SB) and Olivia Ping (DC) 48; 25. Patty Bloczynski (MAR) 56; 26 (tie). Roma Shah (MAR) 64.Final overall team standings: 1. Stevens Point 68; 2. Stanley-Boyd 56; 3. Eau Claire Regis 52; 4. Marshfield 40; 5. Osseo-Fairchild 34; 6. Wisconsin Rapids 16; 7. D.C. Everest 14.Individual standings: 1. Szepieniec (ECR) 41; 2. Pokrandt (ECR) 36; 3. Jensen (MAR) 35; 4. Botcher (WR) and Tuszka (SP) 32; 6. McDonald (SP) 31; 7. Kiraly (SB) and Fitzgerald (MAR) 28; 9. Kelsey Shuda (SP) 26; 10. Ter Maat (SP) 25; 19. Bloczynski (MAR) 6.last_img read more

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SA tackles climate change

By on December 19, 2019

first_img7 June 2007The goverment is finalising a greenhouse gas inventory which will inform South Africa’s first ever long-term national climate policy.“This process will outline the range of ambitious but realistic scenarios of future climate action, notably long-term emissions scenarios and their cost implications,” Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk told the National Assembly in Cape Town this week.The policy is expected to be published in 2008/09.Delivering his department’s budget vote, Van Schalkwyk said the policy recognised the need for integrated government planning, which was currently being carried out through a body called the national climate change committee.He added that various national departments, provinces and cities were refining their plans in line with the national climate change strategy, which would eventually culminate in a national adaptation plan.According to Van Schalkwyk, nature-based tourism and wildlife were cited as key attractions by about 30% of South Africa’s international visitors.“With tourism contributing just over 8% to our GDP [gross domestic product], the economic impact of climate change on tourism could be very large indeed,” he said.“Globally, by mid-century, 20% to 30% of plant and animal species are likely to be at increased risk of extinction as a result of climate change.”The intergovernmental panel of climate change has also indicated that between 25% and 40% of animal species in national parks in sub-Saharan Africa would become threatened.“South African fynbos and the succulent Karoo ecosystem seem particularly vulnerable, and for a mean global temperature increase of between 2º and 3ºC during this century, we stand to lose between 50% and 65% of our unique fynbos,” Van Schalkwyk said.“In order to conserve our magnificent heritage and key environmental assets, and ensure that these are passed on intact to the children and grandchildren of our nation, and indeed the world, we have to recognise that our knowledge base is incomplete.”He added that his department would focus on enhancing research on the impacts of climate change on key environmental assets and biodiversity management on land and in oceans.This would in turn inform ecosystem planning, biodiversity management, the management of marine resources, park management and climate change adaptive plans.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Tailgating won’t get you through that intersection any faster

By on December 1, 2019

first_img Tailgating won’t get you through that intersection any faster By Lakshmi SupriyaDec. 1, 2017 , 12:00 PM You’ve stopped barely a hair’s breadth away from the car in front of you at a traffic light, hoping to get through quickly when the light changes. But you won’t. Instead, a new study suggests you’ll take just as long as an auto stopped up to two car lengths behind the lead driver. To find out whether tailgating pays off, researchers lined up 10 sedans at a traffic intersection on a test road, such that they stood different distances apart each time. A drone hovering above the intersection recorded the cars moving as the light turned green. Just as it takes time to heat a solid ice cube before it starts melting—a thermodynamic concept called latent heat—there’s a time lag before you can safely accelerate your car in a solid jam, offsetting any advantage of closeness, researchers reported last week in the New Journal of Physics. A car standing up to 7.6 meters back speeds up and covers the extra distance in about the same time it takes the tailgating car, with both crossing the intersection at the same time. That suggests your driver’s education teacher was right all along: Maintaining a safe distance at traffic lights won’t slow you down, and it has the added benefit of reducing your chances of rear-end collisions. But think again if you’re waiting in a line full of people. Because pedestrians are slower, the time delay becomes insignificant, making a closer-packed line move quicker.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)center_img David Santiago Garcia/Aurora Photos last_img read more

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