Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
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
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.
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
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
For a different take on running a wide game, why not try doing an Amazing Race?
- 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)
- 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
Monday, 12 October 2009
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.
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.
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).
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).
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).
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.
That should be plenty to get started =)
Saturday, 10 October 2009
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.