Okay, so all you lucky folks.. you get two entries in one day!.. I'm packing up my books and work from this semester. And I have just realized that I am not ready for internship!
The math course I took to prepare us Math teachers for teaching the young minds has not done anything to help me to teach math. I've learned nothing in this class but managed to get a decent mark. I've learned that there are many issues related to math education but I have learned nothing about teaching the subject. The college expects me to go into a school this fall and be ready to teach. I hardly agree. I don't know if I should go buy Math 10, 20, 30 curriculum guides, so I at least have a clue of what to teach. But our lovely prof told us that the new curriculum is soon coming to Saskatchewan. So what do I do in the mean time than? I find it frustrating that we're expected on our internship to whip out the tools and skills we have grasped this year. The thing is my toolbelt is a bit light on the tool aspect. Is there a standard to follow? Lesson plan formats? I need structure or I'll go crazy. I can't just come up with a witty activity to do. Plus, my other teaching area comp sci didn't even have a class to offer advice on how to teach computer science. So I'm screwed there also. I can't even rant to the college because no one will listen. It's not like I was the only one in the Math class that didn't think like this. I just ask to those who will be interning, are you ready? Because sadly I am far from that.
So I haven't updated for a while. Holidays are here, yay!.. Going to Vancouver and taking a week's vacation. Also some things that have been on my mind that I would like to give some advice to the readers.
So here's the skinny. Twittering is just facebook update statuses, just take a look at this video. It gives a pretty accurate representation. If you're the kind of person who constantly updates their Facebook status.. I suggest getting a twitter.. cause it's getting annoying on Facebook.
Here are some tips I have picked up on. Those comp sci peeps, you all probably know this but everyone else here are some tips to the internet.
Youtube is good for finding recent video clips not for presentations. If you're going to use youtube for presentations, make sure that it's loaded all the way before you play it. Also if you want high quality video type "&fmt=18" after the youtube link. Oh and if you want to download a youtube video, copy the link and head on over to keepvid or savetube to save the file to your computer. Once saved on your desktop, get a video converter such as "Total Video Converter" and convert to avi format to be playable.
Megavideo is the best place to watch 1hour30mins videos when your bored. It sucks there is a time limit. Here are some other video sites that host longer videos that are good, Tudou and Youku. Also check out fastpasstv and quickflicksnow for recent episodes or movies that you have missed. Very well organized.
When downloading music or movies, never use Limewire or Kazaa.. or those other peer to peer downloading programs. Those are most likely viruses and scams of what you're looking for. I suggest torrents. Bitlord is what I've been using for a few years now. I use piratebay, mininova, and isohunt for my torrent needs. Always read comments and ratings to know which torrent is safe and usable. Also look for the number of seeds compared to leechers.. More seeds the better and faster it will download.
Putting movies and video clips on your ipod is very easy. You'll need a video converter.. (total video converter 3.12). Drag the file to the program and click pocket player than the ipod you have. Save it somewhere you can find it. Convert it, don't do anything else on your computer while it's converting btw. When it's done, play it on a quicktime player since it's the most relatable player to itunes to test the file. If it works with no problems drag it to your ipod. All done!.. I have been able to fit 8 seasons of TV shows and 6 movies on my ipod with room to spare. So it's worth using that extra space.
Watching videos that are only for US citizens can be done for all you Canadians! Watching youtube videos is relatively easy. Just go to hidemyass and paste your youtube link and click the button and poof.. video appears ready to watch (this does not only apply to youtube links. You can watch other videos but you have to know the exact video link, not the html site or flash site). If it's not a youtube video such as Hulu or other US tv hosts, use the Hotspot shield. This little connecter is annoying cause it slows down the web and has stupid advertisements but it works. Download it to your computer. When you want to watch something Canadian restricted, open this connector, let it connect until it turns green. Go to your site and their you go, poof again! video appears. Once finished watching shut down the green thingy by right clicking and exiting.
Well that's it from me about the tips of the trade. Until than.. surf safe.