Saturday, March 23, 2013

Stupid people I have met recently

Some Gr 12 learners handed in work. The files have their names in the file name. Two of them have exactly the same mistakes which mean that one learner must have given the files to the other learner. 
A teacher studying part-time for a post graduate degree submitted a file for examination. Three pages were in a style different to the rest of the document. A quick check on Google showed that the work had been copied exactly as it appeared online, without a reference. 
An editor of a xxxx journal had text copied exactly from a web page, without any credit to the original author or web page. 
What is wrong with these people? They can be regarded as stupid as their theft can so easily be checked in the digital world by looking at file properties and using Google. And copying is theft. And where is their morality? Is theft now normal?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Calculated queries and reports in Access

It is so interesting watching grade 12 learners trying to work out how to do calculated queries and reports in Access using fields (NCS Grade 12, not CAPS Grade 12). I had hoped that those who had done Maths Literacy would sail through the section about profit, percentage increase, etc. but that has not happened in the class I have. It is in their Maths Lit curriculum but they seem to have difficulty transferring those concepts to the computer class. This seems to indicate that the Maths Lit concepts have not been successfully learned or internalised. Maybe the learners who have gone through the CAPS curriculum will find it easier, one can only hope.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Exam papers in 2013

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