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  • Sander 19:15 on February 21, 2011 Permalink |  

    Short summary of my ideas for EE 

    The general idea of my essay would be to  research the current situation with cyber bullying, that is the laws and policies against it, as well as how commonplace of an issue it is. After doing that, i will explore the possibilities of other laws, policies, and technologies, which can be implemented against cyber bullying. I have several ideas about how i can achieve these things, here are a few.
    To learn about all the variables, which go into cyber bullying, I can use the internet itself. The web is littered with sites which have large amounts of information on the topic of cyber bullying. As well as government sites which outline all the laws and regulations which are related to my topic. To set a strong base for my essay, I will have to first prove that harsher measures actually have to be taken against online bullying. I plan to do this in two parts. The first being to bring out the actual legislation against  it in several countries, in an attempt to show that the laws are actually somewhat lenient when it comes to internet bullying, and how this is a problem.
    To further drive home my point, i will try to provide as many statistics and real life examples as I can find. Here, there are several possibilities. The first would be to construct a survey for people to fill out, detailing their experiences with the topic. Cyber bullying is said to be a relatively common issue in all parts of life, where computers are involved, and i hope to get results to prove that. Secondly, I could interview people who have experience with cyber bullying. The list of people i could interview varies from school teachers, to law people, who have encountered the issue (and dealt with it).  As well as proving that the issue is commonplace, these people can give me real life examples about how cyber bullying is usually dealt with. From an ITGS standpoint, this will contribute the social/ethical issue part of the ITGS triangle.
    Another place where these people could contribute, is in giving me some of their ideas on how to more effectively deal with this problem. Most of my essay will be spent outlining and evaluating several different possibilities of dealing with online bullies. Here i can incorporate atleast two of the parts of the ITGS triangle (with the one being mentioned before). Namely, the area of impact and the technological side. I will base my ideas on different technologies, expanding on some possibilities of using them, as well as outlining the impact the implementation of these technologies could bring along. Towards the end, I will reflect on my own ideas, and bring out which of these possibilities is the most easily put to use and has a larger chance of actually happening.
    I chose the topic, because cyber bullying is still rather unexplored upon, because the internet itself is still rather recent and laws against internet crimes have not solidified like  the other ones have. So much so, that in some countries, it is not a punishable offense at all. So i believe that some sort of harsher action should be taken against it.

     
  • Brent 16:58 on February 21, 2011 Permalink |
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    Short Summary of ideas 

    How does the Internet Piracy function? This area of interest can be researched by looking into to world of internet piracy. Observe and analyze the differences in internet piracy. Differences in, for example, what is being pirated and how. Games, cracks, Serials and the way they are shared. Also how movies come so quickly to the pirate-nets. And of course the most popular, music. Also the internet sites and how do they function. The best example here would be the Pirate Bay, which after constant attacks and arrests is still operating with great efficiency.

    Counter measures. How governments and different corporations are fighting against pirating copyrighted things. Different laws and operations. Again the Pirate Bay can come to the help, because it’s administrators have been caught several times. Also to see the possibilities nations, which do not take internet piracy officially illegal, help along the development of piracy.
    The effectiveness of those counter measures can also be observed. How different methods have been used, what might had been wrong, and what was done excellently and to see if different methods or operations have failed, how have the law organizations learned from those experiences.

    What may be the future of internet piracy. Also to analyze past changes, including the methods(new laws) against piracy and new data sharing features that are coming like more and more cloud systems and such. Taking this all account, to see what can be the possibilities of piracy in the future. Will it develop even further or will it be destroyed…

    Also a survey(anonymous) to see the habits and maybe some possible reasons why people pirate. Questions ranging from, what kind of possibilities people use, how they got this information to the reasons why they actually download illegally and how they feel about the damage they create.

    So this is my short summary of ideas. Constantly developing for a better, swifter and researching Extended Essay.

     
  • Paavo Viilup 13:22 on February 17, 2011 Permalink |
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    Extended essay project flow 

    Here are the deadlines for various parts of the extended essay:

    Form 2 – 31 March
    First draft – September 19
    Second draft – December 11
    Extended essay – January 16

     
  • Silver 17:33 on February 16, 2011 Permalink |
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    IT systems: analyse the hardware and sof… 

    IT systems: analyse the hardware and software necessary to implement Khan Academy as a learning tool in an average Estonian school (approx. 300 words).

    What is necessary to make Khan Academy work in an Estonian school?

    This learning tool is at many aspects one of the greater achievements today, thus require much. Even though, a computer today is ultra fast and powerful, it might at some time run short of supplies that would be necessary for this kind of a project.

    The first necessary part for making this work would be a server1– a more powerful computer that provides other computers connected to it with information, data or other resources. Although it is possible that a single PC can handle this task as mentioned before today’s computers are very fast and powerful, it is much up to the school and its financial state. This means that there in some cases would not be a need for a server, since there are so few students and they could not overrun the computer with requests. In larger schools, facilities a server would be necessary just to cope with the thousands upon thousands of requests by students every day.

    Since records are made of students, who use the tool for learning, there is a necessity for a database2 – stores information in a computer in an organised form. What this does is that it keeps track of students’ activities, stores them in an organised form, letting authorised people access it at all times. This is necessary for helping students, parents and teachers keep track of the students’ studies by looking at tables and graphs. The database will be of good use when dealing with information that would take too much time to monitor manually, such as this project.

    1,2 – “Tomorrow’s technology and you” Ben & George Beekman

    Area of impact: education: Evaluate the possibilities of Khan Academy changing something permanently in education (approx. 300 words).

    Khan Academy – the leading developer in changing the world of education.

    Just from the first look, may it be a promotional video or a personal experience, it can be seen that the developers behind Khan Academy have created something that will change the educational system as we know it.

    As the educational system is concerned, this system would make it a lot easier for teachers to assess students as they individually develop by following graphs and tables and thus not having to follow certain rules set by the educational system which leaves some students worse off. Overall it would make student development easily monitor-able, problems locate-able and easily eliminatable.  It also will be financially beneficial as school houses wouldn’t have to be rented, because all of the information is available online. This would also make the information easily accessible from virtually anywhere from the planet, eliminating the fact of falling behind when illnesses or trips occur. As already mentioned, the possibilities are endless.

    On the other hand, it is hard to implement this type of learning on other subjects, such as English, where the discussion part plays a large role in the students’ understanding of the subjects. Jet another problem would be essays, when and how will they be assessed? An overall issue concerning this system is privacy and academic honesty. Since privacy is a large concern in all aspects that deal with the Internet, it is reasonable to believe that this could become yet another suspect of this kind of felony. As it comes to academic honesty we, IB students, take it for granted not to cheat, but this might not be the case with some students who would desperately be trying to impress their fellow students/parents/teachers using methods that might not be ethical(in some cases even legal).

    As to everything in this world, every coin has two sides. So does this one, on one hand it is a great breakthrough in education, making it easier and more accessible to everyone willing to participate. On the other hand, it’s a way that would lead to difficulties, at some cases even felony. Overall my opinion is left unchanged as I think of the system as a great way of adding variety to studies. This way of learning could become of good use when implemented partially, thus getting the best out of both systems: the strict and rule based learning from one end and the fun, achievement based learning from the other.
    Social and ethical concerns: Identify and evaluate at least two social/ethical concerns related to implementing Khan Academy in Estonian schools (approx. 300 words).

    What concerns might there be when implementing Khan Academy to Estonian schools?

    When a new, innovative idea comes along, people tend to either only look for errors or only see what is good about it. Previously I noted some of the positive aspects, but what can be the concerns(social/ethical)?

    Since schools at the moment require a student to be present and actually show up to the classes in person, people do not really pay attention to the positive effects that this creates, such as social intercourse. This project, when fully functional, would eliminate school, as a physical object from the picture. This means that it is not necessary to be physically present at lessons. One can do them at any given moment, group-work can be handed out and done separately using given possibilities. This eliminates the face-to-face communication that is so very essential to becoming a successful person, that can cope in every given situation. This means that by eliminating the factor of having to show up, one eliminates the possibility of being socially active, a part in a functioning society.

    When all studies are moved to the Internet, there is a higher risk of lack of academic honesty. This means that since the students, when using a personal computer can not be monitored as a student in a classroom can, there instances might occur where the student is using materials that are not allowed. This in turn of course creates for a system of education that does not monitor the knowledge of the student but the skill that one possesses when using the Internet and looking up all the answers. Thus the students will be less ethical and when one is unethical, no one knows what might happen and this would damage the society as a whole.

     
  • Brent 12:06 on February 15, 2011 Permalink |  

    The Khan-ac vol 2 

    Life is full of challenges. One of the most notorious place where these challenges arise is MATHS. Maths is everywhere, but mostly it is our enemy in school. But indeed it is a smart enemy. However one tries to tackle it, it constantly comes up with new and improved obstacles to thwart one’s progress. Luckily there are mentors who help , but being in a class, they do not always have time, to help. The Khan Academy can come and help. The Khan Academy presents a excellent opportunity, as a lifeline, for students in need for more support at maths. Because of its videos and hints it can make the toughest exercises understandable for the one’s in need for additional help. The possibilities of teacher observance also means, a teacher can give the student, in need for support, additional attention ,in school. Though the Khan Academy may have its limits, with subject that aren’t logical by nature or facts based. It is a great help in the subjects it already can help.

     
  • Brent 12:03 on February 15, 2011 Permalink |  

    nothing to see here 

    nothing to see here

     
  • alex 11:52 on February 15, 2011 Permalink |  

    Khaan academy evaluation 

    Khaan academy looks very user-friendly when a person logs on, the system of checking different things is not very comlicated. A person might assume that why is it necessary to have simple addition and subtraction there but there is a very essential reason for having these. The reason for it is that this website ise meant for all ages so that even young kids can have suitable topics. The navigation system between different topics is made using a analogical Google Map platform which makes it quite easy to use. I think that the problems are not that difficult and can be quite adequate for most students but for us IB students these exercises are not much of a challenge mostly. The last topics about calculas are a bit more challenging but a student proved that they can be solved with ease also. The problem with these kinds of study webpages are that they are very likely to malfunction at some point or some bugs may be seen so if the page is constantly crashing or so then the students would not be that interested in using it. This can decrease the popularity of the site drastically. Another fact that is quite certain is that most students are not as honest as we would want them to be and can use the internet to solve things for them. What this does is it gives a false overview of the students achievements and studying to both the teacher and the parents. The positive side though is that it implements the IB mentality to study for yourself not for the grade. The teacher also can just monitor the progress of students and intervene when necessary so in a way this reduces the workload from the teachers shoulders. All in all it is quite an impressive site and in my opinion has a very promising future.

    IT systems: analyse the hardware and software necessary to implement Khan Academy as a learning tool in an average Estonian school (approx. 300 words).

    The hardware and software requirements for Khan academy are not very high due to the fact that Khan Academy is supposed to be a webpage accessible students in the school. Basically the first things needed are a main computer and a server to host the site up. From this computer all the modifications and programming can be applied to the site. A basic knowledge of programming and mathematics is also needed in order to get this thing working. Maybe some mathematical programs that utilize this mathematical functions (such as Bagatrix). Then all of the computers that are meant for the students should be connected so that all of them can access the internet and that it would be easier for the teacher to monitor everything from the main computer. It would be good to use the monitoring program from the main computer that can see all the other computers so that the teacher can be assured the students are not cheating. Then a internet connection is also a definite must have otherwise the webpage would not work. Then since the webpages main idea is that it records all of the students progress and data in various charts, graphs and so on then a database is needed to store all of that information. Otherwise it would be quite pointless if the progress cannot be monitored or if the students have to start all over again. Also as there seemed to be the Google Maps navigation used on the site then the programmer should know how that works and how to implement it. Other than that this sort of educational tool does not require much, the programming skills are mostly the ones that need to be quite good in this sort of case.

    Area of impact: education: Evaluate the possibilities of Khan Academy changing something permanently in education (approx. 300 words).

    Khan Academy can certainly be considered as a educational revolution. It would certainly change the lives of students and teachers. For starters students wouldn’t have to carry any books or textbooks to school because they can learn everything from the sites videos and then test what they have learned. Teachers also do not have to carry vast portfolios of materials with them for the students instead they can monitor the students progress and actions and intervene when necessary. I think that this would also eliminate the outdated grading system so that the students are not under the constant pressure of learning for a grade. As I said before this sort of studying would emphasize the IB mentality of learning for yourself not for the grade. Through this type of enhanced studying the students can become more independent and also learn to manage their time more accurately. A negative thing that may change in education in contrast to independence is academic honesty. Since there is no way at the moment to know if the student is doing the exercises himself/herself or not (assuming that they are at home doing it and not at school) then this may lead to false conclusions and result in the students failure ultimately. Another negative aspect is that if the exercises are not according to the level of schools then there could be a permanent drop in intelligence all around the world because the level of knowledge acquired is reduced. Also in contrast to time management the new system may promote laziness because the students may think that they can do it later that they have all the time in the world. And actually who can blame them because the system promotes studying at a persons own pace and doing things whenever they want. Through this mentality the overall level of intelligence can also fall.

    Social and ethical concerns: Identify and evaluate at least two social/ethical concerns related to implementing Khan Academy in Estonian schools (approx. 300 words).

    To this subject there can be quite many concerns involved. The biggest concern that people maybe do not think of important is social skills or in other words communication. This is a very vital skill that a person needs to have because nowadays most jobs expect the applier to have good people skills. These skills cannot be simply learned from the internet by watching videos, these need to be acquired form actual face-to-face contact and interaction with other people. Group work for example is essential in achieving people skills because through this a person learns to make arguments and also explain them. Such group works cannot be conducted over the internet because such a discussion cannot be achieved only by typing, there basically still doing it separately.
    Another negative aspect is academic honesty which I mentioned before. When a person has the opportunity to do is tasks at home whenever he wants then probably he will do everything else but the tasks because there is always time. When the time comes to do those exercises then he might think why should I do this, why not just search for answers on the internet so I can have even more free time and work as less as possible. This has extremely bad consequences because the teacher does not have the true overview of this student and when the exams have to be written then the student will most probably fail. The possibility of this happening is very high because there is nobody monitoring the persons actions so practically the student has free hands in what to do and when to do it. If the person thinks that he is his own boss then this may also lead to laziness that he does not want to do the tasks at all until the last moment or when it is already too late. Due to this their intelligence level can drop and their chances of finding a job are reduced to a janitors position.

     
  • Erik-Silver Toomere 11:47 on February 15, 2011 Permalink |
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    KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN! 

    http://www.khaaan.com/

     
  • Brent 10:52 on February 15, 2011 Permalink |
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    Yes we Khan! 

    The article talked about education via internet. The site and software in mind was the Khan Academy. At first the K.A. only taught maths, but after a few generous donations it received, it has developed into other subjects like history and science.

    The article has brought out many great points, which really do make KA a good place to learn.

    First of all, students can set their own pace. That is something that is hard to do with a real teacher, because teachers follow the overall pace of the whole class. If a student cannot cope with that pace, they will just fall behind. With KA, students set their own pace, rewind back a text if it is too difficult, so it’s good.

    Teachers can easily follow the progress of the student. It was said in the article, that teachers have the possibility to observe and help along the students that have trouble understanding some problem.

    IT’s free!!!

    It’s GREAT

    *The thing*

    Life is full of challenges. One of the most notorious place where these challenges arise is MATHS. Maths is everywhere, but mostly it is our enemy in school. But indeed it is a smart enemy. However one tries to tackle it, it constantly comes up with new and improved obstacles to thwart one’s progress. Luckily there are mentors who help , but being in a class, they do not always have time, to help. The Khan Academy can come and help. The Khan Academy presents a excellent opportunity, as a lifeline, for students in need for more support at maths. Because of its videos and hints it can make the toughest exercises understandable for the one’s in need for additional help. The possibilities of teacher observance also means, a teacher can give the student, in need for support, additional attention ,in school. Though the Khan Academy may have its limits, with subject that aren’t logical by nature or facts based. It is a great help in the subjects it already can help.

    *The Last task*

    The Khan academy is an Internet based and Free, learning program. Because it is free, the schools do not have to pay for the rights of using it, thus more funding can go into making it possible, for the schools to use it.

    To use the Khan Academy, the required hardware would be, a computer, monitor, mouse and a keyboard. Because Khan Academy only requires the Internet capability the computers do not have to bee too powerful and thus not too expensive. For a class of thirty the cost of buying this hardware would be about 6824€ which may sound like much, but it would be a one time investment. The problem here can be, that If Khan Academy would be used, not only for maths, but also for the other subjects, it is striving for, the cost of buying the computers may get too high for schools which have more than a few hundred students.
    Another option would be to buy a mainframe. Because of the cost of a mainframe (starting from about 74 000 € ) it would be smart to buy one for a number of schools. The terminals would be cheap to get and in the big picture this would be a more affordable option for larger schools.
    The cost on behalf of the software would only come from the OS, because the Internet browsers are free, and as said before, so is the Khan Academy itself.
    If the Khan Academy would become an official part of the curriculum it would logically bring with it many changes. The amount and the impact of the changes depends on the extent Khan Academy would be integrated into the education system.
    It would help teachers spot students who have difficulty going through the material. The Khan Academy has many features, which help teachers observe the progress of students. Because of those features, the teachers can help the students with greater efficiency than they do right now, because they would not waste time repeating the whole material to all of the students, but just problematic parts to the students, who actually need it.
    The Khan Academy itself can also help teaching the students, with the ability to show hints which show how to solve the particular exercise, the student has trouble with. It also has an arsenal of videos, which also show how to tackle any problem maths is capable to throw at someone.
    All these features would change the educational system in a way of making the teachers more like mentors and just leave the mainstream teaching process into the hands of the mighty Khan and his Academy.
    The problem with the Khan Academy Can be that it eliminates the social side of studying. Right now students communicate with teachers and each other to tackle the problems they are faced. If Khan Academy would be integrated, this would thwart the development of social skills. Students would no longer require to talk to each other, or find the answers out by discussions. This would be a serious problem, because the popularity of internet based communications is already making people less capable of communicating live, with each other. Khan Academy would just help along the development of this problem by bringing it to the school as well.
    Introducing Khan Academy to the curriculum then would make teaching and studying relatively easy, but as a downside would eliminate social development of the students. That’s why it would be smart to integrate it only partially into the system. Otherwise it would have a large negative impact in the long run.

     
  • Silver 10:51 on February 15, 2011 Permalink |
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    The Khan Academy is: A free educational … 

    The Khan Academy is:

    • A free educational program, that provides infinite possibilities.
    • Gaining popularity as we speak, as the only thing nessesary is an internet connection (at this moment, already over 2000 educational videos, that students can play, pause, rewind etc.
    • An educational program suitable for the Future, development is rapid to make for a more fun and interesting learning experience.

    Evaluate Khan Academy from the prospective of IB HL math student

    Positive:

    • On this site, since everyting has been collected into a neat list of topics, it is very simple to revise for the maths exam.
    • Achievements are motivating, they make students want to achieve them, thus creating an interresting learning experience suitable for both the old and the young.
    • Random exercises provide a possibility of doing exercises at home to furthermore consolidate the material one has learned at school.
    • Teachers can monitor the students progress and easily see where the student is stuck. This helps for a fast pace learning process where every student is individually assessed and helped, when needed.
    • Every problem comes with a possibilty of using hints to aid the student through harder and harder problems.
    • Almost endless potential.

    Negative:

    • Since computer technology is subjectible to hacks, the information gathered about the student might not be valid enough for a correct conclusion.
    • The program could have errors, that would give invalid information about a student.
    • Achievements could become a source for “nolifing”, which means that a student spends too much time being hooked to the site doing non-chellenging exercises consurning his level. This prevents a smooth and constant development of student knowledge.
    • As a IB student, the problems might seem out of context and be too easy or one-dimentional, ignoring the need for actual logical thinking.
     
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