Saturday, 22 August 2015

Aug 26 2015 Blog Discussion

Please think about the question below. Really think about it so that we can have a good discussion. Remember, you (yourself right now) are able to go back in time (the past) to talk to your younger self.

-       If you could go back in time and speak to your younger self, what advice would you give? For example, some place you should go, some place you should not go, some one you should meet, some thing you would change, some thing you would never change, something you should learn, something you wish you didn’t know.

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Sunday, 16 August 2015

Aug 19 2015 Blog Discussion

Blog Discussion Aug 19 2015

Blog Discussion and Video: Student RFID tracking in middle schools? (20min)

Please watch the video using the link below and consider the questions. You will need to watch the video more than one time. Probably three or four times. See you in class!

1)   If you were a parent, would you want the school to be able to track (follow using a computer) your child?

2)   If you were a student, would you want your school to be able to track you?
a.     Would you change or tamper with the tracking device in your student ID?

3)   Do students need a student ID in your home country?

4)   What kind of students do you think this tracking system would benefit (be good for)?

5)   The schools would be spending a lot of money on these new tracking systems? Do you think this is a smart way to spend money? Will it make the kids safer?


Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Aug 12 2015 Blog Article

Please look at the vocabulary given, make sure you understand it, then read the article. We will be discussing this topic in class tomorrow. Thanks!

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see / bionic eye / patient / artificial / problems / eyesight / worse and worse / simple / national 
health service / operation / microchip / success / many years / remarkable

A man in Britain can see again because of a new bionic eye. Ray Flynn, 80, became the first patient in the world to get the new device, which is an artificial retina. Mr Flynn suffers from a condition called age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This is one of the most common problems with eyesight around the world. Flynn started losing his sight ten years ago. Doctors told him eight years ago that he had AMD. From that time, his sight became worse and worse. It became so bad that he could only see things out of the corners of his eyes. Everything in the centre of his eyes was blurred and he could not see shapes properly. He said that even looking at simple things made him very tired.
Mr Flynn's bionic eye cost $125,000. Britain's national health service hopes the cost of the operation will come down. This means many more people will be able to have the operation for free. Flynn had the surgery last month. Doctors spent four hours putting a microchip in the back of his eye. Doctors are very happy with the operation, which they said was a success. Flynn can now read a newspaper and admire the flowers in his garden for the first time in many years. His doctor, professor Paulo Stanga, said: "Mr Flynn's progress is truly remarkable. He is seeing the outline of people and objects very effectively." Professor Stanga hopes scientists can also help people who have been blind from birth.