Tuesday, 27 October 2009


UPDATE tabletest SET code=MD5(id)

ie UPDATE tabletest SET dateofbirth=MD5(dateofbirth)

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Our Schools Top 100 Books issued by our school library

Slight issue with the original Number One, this was a prescribed english book, we don't know how this got included in the list.

Rank Loans Title Author


2 15 The village by the sea. [Text Paperback] DESAI, Anita

3 14 Eclipse / [Text Paperback] MEYER, Stephenie

4 13 To kill a mocking bird [Text Paperback] LEE, Harper

5 13 Harry Potter and the half-blood prince ROWLING, J.K.

6 13 Harry Potter and the deathly hallows ROWLING, J.K.

7 13 The big beefy book of Bart Simpson [Text Paperback]

8 13 New Moon [Text Paperback] MEYER, Stephenie

9 12 Anne Frank - the diary of a young girl [Text Paperback]

10 12 Perfect / Kenrick, Joanna.

11 12 Breaking dawn / [Text Paperback] MEYER, Stephenie

12 12 Twilight [Text Paperback] MEYER, Stephenie

13 11 Noughts & crosses [Text Paperback] BLACKMAN, Malorie

14 11 Text game [Text Paperback] CANN, Kate

15 11 Forever [Text Paperback] BLUME, Judy

16 11 My sister Jodie / WILSON, Jacqueline

17 11 Something in the world called love / [Text Paperback] SALIBA, Sue

18 11 The skin I'm in [Text Paperback] FLAKE, Sharon G.

19 11 Lost for words [Text Paperback] LUTZEIER, Elizabeth

20 11 Chinese cinderella and the secret dragon society [Text MAH, Adeline Yen


21 11 Looking for Alibrandi [Text Paperback] MARCHETTA, Melina

22 11 Kiss / [Text Paperback] WILSON, Jacqueline

23 10 Forbidden ground [Text Paperback] LAIRD, Elizabeth

24 10 Fall out [Text Paperback] RUSHTON, Rosie

25 10 Kiss of death [Text Paperback] BUTLER, Charles

26 10 The secret life of bees / [Text Paperback] KIDD, Sue Monk.

27 10 Twilight : the complete illustrated movie companion / [Text VAZ, Mark Cotta


28 10 Chinese Cinderella - the secret story of an unwanted daughter MAH, Adeline Yen

[Text Paperback]

29 10 The kite runner [Text Paperback] HOSSEINI, Khaled

30 10 Sold [Text Paperback] McCORMICK, Patricia

31 10 Love lessons / [Text Paperback] WILSON, Jacqueline

32 10 A thousand splendid suns / [Text Paperback] HOSSEINI, Khaled

33 10 Before I die [Text Paperback] DOWNHAM, Jenny

34 10 Slumdog millionaire Swarup, Vikas.

35 10 The meaning of life : Rachel Riley's (not) doing it diary / Nadin, Joanna.

[Text Paperback]

36 10 Rani & Sukh [Text Paperback] RAI, Bali

37 9 Cry, the beloved country [Text Paperback] PATON, Alan

38 9 Of mice and men [Text Paperback] STEINBECK, John

39 9 Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban ROWLING, J.K.

40 9 Both sides of time [Text Paperback] COONEY, Caroline B.

41 9 The howler [Text Paperback] STINE, R.L.

42 9 My name is evil [Text Paperback] STINE, R.L.

43 9 A child called "It" [Text Paperback] PELZER, Dave

44 9 The boy in the striped pyjamas : a fable / BOYNE, John.

45 9 What's up? / [Text Paperback] RAI, Bali

46 9 Artemis Fowl and the time paradox / [Text Paperback] COLFER, Eoin

47 9 Malice / [Text Paperback] WOODING, Chris

48 9 Claudia and mean Janine : a graphic novel / [Text Paperback] Telgemeier, Raina.

49 9 The whale rider [Text Paperback] IHIMAERA, Witi

50 9 Love story [Text Paperback] SEGAL, Erich

51 9 Keep your hair on! [Text Paperback] VERCOE, Elizabeth

52 9 Girls in love [Text Paperback] WILSON, Jacqueline

53 9 The lovely bones : a novel / [Text Paperback] Sebold, Alice.

54 9 The secrets of love / [Text Paperback] RUSHTON, Rosie

55 9 Tough love [Text Paperback] CASSIDY, Anne

56 9 Skulduggery Pleasant / [Text Paperback] Landy, Derek.

57 9 Blade / [Text Paperback] POWLING, Chris

58 9 Missing you / [Text Paperback] CARROLL, Jenny

59 8 Alex [Text Paperback] DUDER, Tessa

60 8 Memory [Text Paperback] MAHY, Margaret

61 8 Heart of stone [Text Paperback] COOPER, Louise

62 8 The haunted car [Text Paperback] STINE, R.L.

63 8 50 short short stories by young New Zealanders [Text


64 8 Off-side [Text Paperback] OLDFIELD,Jenny

65 8 All change [Text Paperback] RUSHTON, Rosie

66 8 The whale rider [Text Paperback] IHIMAERA, Witi

67 8 The saga of Darren Shan - vampire blood trilogy [Text SHAN, Darren


68 8 The vampire diaries : the awakening [Text Paperback] SMITH L.J.

69 8 My heartbeat [Text Paperback] FREYMANN-WEYR, Garret

70 8 (un)arranged marriage [Text Paperback] RAI, Bali

71 8 The lost boy [Text Paperback] PELZER, Dave

72 8 Knife edge [Text Paperback] BLACKMAN, Malorie

73 8 All American girl : ready or not / [Text Paperback] CABOT, Meg

74 8 Memoirs of a geisha / [Text Paperback] Golden, Arthur.

75 8 The angel experiment / [Text Paperback] PATTERSON, James

76 8 My desperate love diary by Kelly Ann / [Text Paperback] Rettig, Liz.

77 8 Stray / [Text Paperback] BELBIN, David

78 8 Coma [Text Paperback] BELBIN, David

79 8 The two Jacks / [Text Paperback] BRADMAN, Tony

80 8 Buddies / MORGAN, Michaela

81 8 Burnout / [Text Paperback] SWINDELLS, Robert

82 8 Checkmate / [Text Paperback] BLACKMAN, Malorie

83 8 Lock and key : a novel [Text Paperback] DESSEN, Sarah

84 8 Seeing red / [Text Paperback] Lancett, Peter.

85 8 Are you kidding? / [Text Paperback] RAI, Bali

86 8 Summer / [Text Paperback] Crilley, Mark.

87 8 Life on the refrigerator door : a novel in notes / [Text Kuipers, Alice.


88 8 The dead of the night [Text Paperback] MARSDEN, John

89 8 Honey, baby, sweetheart [Text Paperback] CALETTI, Deb

90 8 Vampirates : tide of terror / [Text Paperback] Somper, Justin.

91 8 Don't call me baby / Depp, Laurie.

92 8 Lucy Zeezou's goal / [Text Paperback] Deep-Jones, Liz.

93 8 Missing girl / [Text Paperback] MAZER, Norma Fox

94 8 Ten out of ten / [Text Paperback] CABOT, Meg

95 7 696 silly school jokes and riddles [Text Paperback] ROSENBLOOM, Joseph

96 7 Pride and prejudice [Text Paperback] AUSTEN, Jane

97 7 Persuasion [Text Paperback] AUSTEN, Jane

98 7 Message in a bottle [Text Paperback] SPARKS, Nicholas

99 7 Call it love [Text Paperback] BLACKLOCK, Dyan

100 7 Love and other excuses [Text Paperback] WESTAWAY, Jane

Saturday, 17 October 2009

2010 curriculum ideas, junior secondary school

I have been thinking about our courses, I know that we are looking at skills and development of the technological process, but we are leaving a huge chunk of work out, that we probably need to look at in more detail to make sure that we are creating that all round student.

A great place to start looking at resources is http://www.thegrid.org.nz – It is the netsafe group version of a connected, safe, Responsible student. These are the same things that the new curriculum key competencies are looking for.

The other area that we need to identify and improve students in, is not only technogicial literacy, but also digital literacy;
A nifty digital literacy resource to encourage reflection and stimulate discussion :: http://www.nwlg.org/digitalliteracy/

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

suspending the timetable

We are currently planning to suspend our school timetable for the Year 9 and 10 students. 760 students will be undertaking an activity or activities for three days. This has been discussed for a couple of years and has been of great debate.

I will provide some more parts in this later on, once I get the presentation.

We have been asked to come up with ideas on what could be done by the staff to facilitate this process, and I must say I am surprised. I would say three quarters of the suggestions relate to EOTC, Education Outside The Classroom. Through the use of orienteering, tramps, surfing, and others. Now this raises a question, why are all these for outside the classroom, I would say that staff find it difficult to take students out of the class during school time, though three days in which we are to do various activities brings some light to the somewhat dark and dormant school.

My Idea, so far... is

Get Lost!
I wish to undertake a project of an urban journey. A range of Orienteering, map reading, geocaching, and mobile technology.

I would like to use it as a sort of Wherigo exercise, http://www.Wherigo.com/default.aspx
the reason is that then students can create there own for next years students. If this continues, this will mean that they have to work out various objects that will not move or be changed.

How is this done, students map out a area that they wish to use.
They then create a story to go along with a theme



For a different take on running a wide game, why not try doing an Amazing Race?
It takes quite a lot of organisation but makes an exciting evening without costing too much. Work out a route including public transport (bus train or ferry), use a different method of collecting each new set of instructions, add a couple of challenges and send an adult along with each group.

Some ways to hand out instructions:
  • Map grid points
  • Collect emailed instructions at a net café.
  • Pick them up from an information centre or kindly shopkeeper.
  • Go to page x and line y in the white pages.
  • Challenge the shifty looking person dressed in aqua for your next clue.
  • Sealed envelopes with a code inside.
  • Use tracking signs (if they are unlikely to be disturbed)

Challenges along the way might include:
  • Playing boules or frisbee golf in a park.
  • Collecting scavenger hunt items - a foreign coin, a café napkin, some sand, a native leaf, an autograph, the cost of something, passport photo of the whole team.
  • Solving puzzles.
  • Airhockey or tablesoccer at an entertainment arcade - the whole group to participate
An alternative, though this just lasts one hour...
One hour.
Brain-busting questions.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Literacy in Programming

It's not often that I get to read about programming in a novel. But I have just finished Little Brother by Cory Doctorow and the hero writes some code in the story.
Here is how he talks about programming and I am thinking of using this to introduce a unit on programming.

"If you’ve never programmed a computer, you should. There’s nothing like it in the whole world. When you program a computer it does exactly what you tell it to do. It’s like designing a machine - any machine, like a car, like a faucet, like a gas hinge for a door - using math and instructions. It’s awesome in the truest sense: it can fill you with awe.
A computer is the most complicated machine you’ll ever use. It’s made of billions of microminiaturised transistors that can be configured to run any program you can imagine. But when you sit down at the keyboard and write a line of code, those transistors do what you tell them to.

Most of us will never build a car. Pretty much none of us will ever create an aviation system. Design a building. Lay out a city.

Those are complicated machines, those things, and they’re off-limits to the likes of you and me. But a computer is like, ten times more complicated, and it will dance to any tune you play.
You can learn to write simple code in an afternoon. Start with a language like Python, which was written to give nonprogrammers an easier way to make the machine dance to their tune. Even if you only write code for one day, one afternoon, you have to do it. Computers can control you or they can enlighten your work - if you want to be in charge of your machines, you have to learn to write code."

Cory Doctorow in Little Brother. Pg119-120

Just thought someone else might like it too.


Just got an email from the author asking if he had any other suggestions for young adult reading that discusses or investigates the use of Computers and computing that could go into a reading program along with your great book?

The response...

If you liked this book and want to learn more, there are plenty of sources to turn to, online and at your local library or bookstore.

Hacking is a great subject. All science relies on telling other people what you've done so that they can verify it, learn from it, and improve on it, and hacking is all about that process, so there's plenty published on the subject.

Start with Andrew "Bunnie" Huang's "Hacking the Xbox," (No Starch Press, 2003) a wonderful book that tells the story of how Bunnie, then a student at MIT, reverse-engineered the Xbox's anti-tampering mechanisms and opened the way for all the subsequent cool hacks for the platform. In telling the story, Bunnie has also created a kind of Bible for reverse engineering and hardware hacking.

Bruce Schneier's "Secrets and Lies" (Wiley, 2000) and "Beyond Fear" (Copernicus, 2003) are the definitive lay-person's texts on understanding security and thinking critically about it, while his "Applied Cryptography" (Wiley, 1995) remains the authoritative source for understanding crypto. Bruce maintains an excellent blog and mailing list at schneier.com/blog. Crypto and security are the realm of the talented amateur, and the "cypherpunk" movement is full of kids, home-makers, parents, lawyers, and every other stripe of person, hammering away on security protocols and ciphers.

There are several great magazines devoted to this subject, but the two best ones are 2600: The Hacker Quarterly, which is full of pseudonymous, boasting accounts of hacks accomplished, and O'Reilly's MAKE magazine, which features solid HOWTOs for making your own hardware projects at home.

The online world overflows with material on this subject, of course. Ed Felten and Alex J Halderman's Freedom to Tinker (www.freedom-to-tinker.com) is a blog maintained by two fantastic Princeton engineering profs who write lucidly about security, wiretapping, anti-copying technology and crypto.

Don't miss Natalie Jeremijenko's "Feral Robotics" at UC San Diego (xdesign.ucsd.edu/feralrobots/). Natalie and her students rewire toy robot dogs from Toys R Us and turn them into bad-ass toxic-waste detectors. They unleash them on public parks where big corporations have dumped their waste and demonstrate in media-friendly fashion how toxic the ground is.

Like many of the hacks in this book, the tunneling-over-DNS stuff is real. Dan Kaminsky, a tunneling expert of the first water, published details in 2004 ( www.doxpara.com/bo2004.ppt).
The guru of "citizen journalism" is Dan Gillmor, who is presently running Center for Citizen Media at Harvard and UC Berkeley -- he also wrote a hell of a book on the subject, "We, the Media" (O'Reilly, 2004).

If you want to learn more about hacking arphids, start with Annalee Newitz's Wired Magazine article "The RFID Hacking Underground" (www.wirednews.com/wired/archive/14.05/rfid.html). Adam Greenfield's "Everyware" (New Riders Press, 2006) is a chilling look at the dangers of a world of arphids.
Neal Gershenfeld's Fab Lab at MIT (fab.cba.mit.edu) is hacking out the world's first real, cheap "3D printers" that can pump out any object you can dream of. This is documented in Gershenfeld's excellent book on the subject, "Fab" (Basic Books, 2005).

Bruce Sterling's "Shaping Things" (MIT Press, 2005) shows how arphids and fabs could be used to force companies to build products that don't poison the world.

Speaking of Bruce Sterling, he wrote the first great book on hackers and the law, "The Hacker Crackdown" (Bantam, 1993), which is also the first book published by a major publisher that was released on the Internet at the same time (copies abound; seestuff.mit.edu/hacker/hacker.html for one). It was reading this book that turned me on to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where I was privileged to work for four years.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (www.eff.org) is a charitable membership organization with a student rate. They spend the money that private individuals give them to keep the Internet safe for personal liberty, free speech, due process, and the rest of the Bill of Rights. They're the Internet's most effective freedom fighters, and you can join the struggle just by signing up for their mailing list and writing to your elected officials when they're considering selling you out in the name of fighting terrorism, piracy, the mafia, or whatever bogeyman has caught their attention today. EFF also helps maintain TOR, The Onion Router, which is a real technology you can use right now to get out of your government, school or library's censoring firewall ( tor.eff.org).

EFF has a huge, deep website with amazing information aimed at a general audience, as do the American Civil Liberties Union (aclu.org), Public Knowledge (publicknowledge.org), FreeCulture (freeculture.org), Creative Commons (creativecommons.org) -- all of which also are worthy of your support. FreeCulture is an international student movement that actively recruits kids to found their own local chapters at their high schools and universities. It's a great way to get involved and make a difference.

A lot of websites chronicle the fight for cyberliberties, but few go at it with the verve of Slashdot, "News for Nerds, Stuff That Matters" (slashdot.org).

And of course, you have to visit Wikipedia, the collaborative, net-authored encyclopedia that anyone can edit, with more than 1,000,000 entries in English alone. Wikipedia covers hacking and counterculture in astonishing depth and with amazing, up-to-the-nanosecond currency. One caution: you can't just look at the entries in Wikipedia. It's really important to look at the "History" and "Discussion" links at the top of every Wikipedia page to see how the current version of the truth was arrived at, get an appreciation for the competing points-of-view there, and decide for yourself whom you trust.

If you want to get at some real forbidden knowledge, have a skim around Cryptome (cryptome.org), the world's most amazing archive of secret, suppressed and liberated information. Cryptome's brave publishers collect material that's been pried out of the state by Freedom of Information Act requests or leaked by whistle-blowers and publishes it.
The best fictional account of the history of crypto is, hands-down, Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon (Avon, 2002). Stephenson tells the story of Alan Turing and the Nazi Enigma Machine, turning it into a gripping war-novel that you won't be able to put down.
The Pirate Party mentioned in Little Brother is real and thriving in Sweden ( www.piratpartiet.se), Denmark, the USA and France at the time of this writing (July, 2006). They're a little out-there, but a movement takes all kinds.

Speaking of out-there, Abbie Hoffman and the Yippies did indeed try to levitate the Pentagon, throw money into the stock exchange, and work with a group called the Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers. Abbie Hoffman's classic book on ripping off the system, "Steal This Book," is back in print (Four Walls Eight Windows, 2002) and it's also online as a collaborative wiki for people who want to try to update it ( stealthiswiki.nine9pages.com).

Hoffman's autobiography, "Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture" (also in print from Four Walls Eight Windows) is one of my favorite memoirs ever, even if it is highly fictionalized. Hoffman was an incredible storyteller and had great activist instincts. If you want to know how he really lived his life, though, try Larry Sloman's "Steal This Dream" (Doubleday, 1998).

More counterculture fun: Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" can be had in practically any used bookstore for a buck or two. Allan Ginsberg's "HOWL" is online in many places, and you can hear him read it if you search for the MP3 at archive.org. For bonus points, track down the album "Tenderness Junction" by the Fugs, which includes the audio of Allan Ginsberg and Abbie Hoffman's levitation ceremony at the Pentagon.

This book couldn't have been written if not for George Orwell's magnificent, world-changing "1984," the best novel ever published on how societies go wrong. I read this book when I was 12 and have read it 30 or 40 times since, and every time, I get something new out of it. Orwell was a master of storytelling and was clearly sick over the totalitarian state that emerged in the Soviet Union. 1984 holds up today as a genuinely frightening work of science fiction, and it is one of the novels that literally changed the world. Today, "Orwellian" is synonymous with a state of ubiquitous surveillance, doublethink, and torture.

Many novelists have tackled parts of the story in Little Brother. Daniel Pinkwater's towering comic masterpiece, "Alan Mendelsohn: The Boy From Mars" (presently in print as part of the omnibus "5 Novels," Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997) is a book that every geek needs to read. If you've ever felt like an outcast for being too smart or weird, READ THIS BOOK. It changed my life.

On a more contemporary front, there's Scott Westerfeld's "So Yesterday" (Razorbill, 2004), which follows the adventures of cool hunters and counterculture jammers. Scott and his wife Justine Larbalestier were my partial inspiration to write a book for young adults -- as was Kathe Koja. Thanks, guys.

That should be plenty to get started =)

Who would have through emailing the author would give so much.

Saturday, 10 October 2009


This was a video that was presented at the final address of the ulearn conference in Christchurch. Isn't it amazing how one video can get you thinking and excited.

This is a video that I want to use at school with our staff. Though I would like to modify it just a little bit, to remove the reference to apple. Just to get staff thinking about change.

a wonderful collection of resources that I will have to go back and look at. It is amazing how one video can supply a great amount of resources

Friday, 9 October 2009

one thing we have to do...

A question we were posed is what is one thing that we need to do by the end of term.

Get the information out...
We have a LMS, we have google apps, we are not using it! we need students to get using it, so the aim is a campaign to get the information out there, cards, leftlets, posters, all designed by students to get out to other students, will forget the teachers, we need the students to get the teachers to use it!


Rastorbartor - create an image using dot, this might be an interesting thing to do with a corner of the room in the classroom, to put a image of the school yard/walking trail.

Google sketchup

Google earth - flight simulator/sky/sea

readplease - a way for students to listen to what they have written, different voices

90 free tools for education - http://dakinane.com/blog/resources/

Sunday, 4 October 2009

studentnet is dead

During this term I had one of the mirrored RAID drives in studentnet die, Ok, so not really a big loss, however, the main drive has now stopped working as well. 120Gig of data, originally started in 2004 is now all lost. Will be trying to get this going again, but I dont think it is going to be too positive. Looking at freezing the hard drive. Its has been great, but samsung hard drives, never again. though you did run for 5 years without a problem.