Tuesday, 29 November 2016

LEBANESE GOVERNMENT AND SCHOOL SYSTEM

21’st century literacy
LEBANESE GOVERNMENT AND SCHOOL SYSTEM
RESULT ANALYSIS

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Introduction

A few weeks ago I set up a survey that my peers and blog readers  could fill out on the blog. I gave a short description at the top of the survey, and just from that, I asked them to answer a few questions pertaining to the topic of the description. Here is what I gave them: The Lebanese government is handling public education very poorly. with the high influx of Syrian refugees, many children in the country are not receiving the proper education they need. Unless they can afford very expensive private schools. most schools are overcrowded and have a poor learning environment. The curriculum is not well formed to give the students the most of their education.


Questions

The questions asked on the survey are as follows.
  1. Read the description at the top of the page. After reading, what is the first change you would make to help improve the education system based on the little information you have?
  2. On a scale of 1 to 10, how important do you think education is to surviving in the modern world?
  3. What connections or differences can you spot between the Canadian education system and the Lebanese education system? (point form)
  4. In your opinion, do you think a country should have one unified curriculum, or should it be split in different curriculums based on geographical location?
  5. If you could choose which system you could be put into (Canadian or Lebanese), which would you choose? Why?

Results

           It was interesting to go through the results because I was able to spot some trends in the way people think. There was little variation throughout the results, and I was hoping to get more variety of answers. That tells me that the questions I asked were not controversial enough to invoke more interesting answers.
           In the first question “Read the description at the top of the page. After reading, what is the first change you would make to help improve the education system based on the little information you have?”  the general consensus was that the most important part of the education system was the learning environment itself. Most people gave suggestions such as expanding school buildings, improving curriculum, increasing school count, or increasing government funding. All of this are great suggestions, But the main problem with all of those suggestions is that they all require a fair deal of money that the government just does not possess at this time. In my personal opinion, I believe that there should be a budget plan implemented into the country to first improve the general quality of life which will, in turn, improve schools.
           Question 2 “On a scale of 1 to 10, how important do you think education is to surviving in the modern world?” yielded fairly uninteresting results for the most part, other than the fact that only one person answered in the “10” column.
As you can see, all participants stayed toward the higher end of the spectrum. Since I was expecting more answers in the ‘10” column, I am slightly disappointed that I did not ask for the reasoning behind their answers. Otherwise, everything seems to be exactly as expected.
           For question 3 “What connections or differences can you spot between the Canadian education system and the Lebanese education system?” the two main similarities that people spotted  were the high price of a private education and the overcrowding of classrooms in public schools, and the one difference people spotted was better designed curriculum that we have in Canada compared to Lebanon.
           In question 4 “In your opinion, do you think a country should have one unified curriculum, or should it be split in different curriculums based on geographical location?” the most common answer people gave was that a country's educational curriculum should be unified. One person said that they should be split, but the one answer that really stood out to me was that a country should start out with a unified curriculum in the younger grades and branch out into subsections over time. Which in my opinion, is a great idea! That way they get the opportunity to learn the skills they will need later on in life  and the opportunity to choose what they want to learn.
           In the final question “If you could choose which system you could be put into (Canadian or Lebanese), which would you choose? Why?” the unanimous decision made by everyone taking the survey was that they would choose the Canadian system. One person also mentioned that the would also pick the Canadian private school system over the public system. These answers were to be expected because, first of all, everyone surveyed was already in the Canadian system and had not experienced the Lebanese system, making it less likely to leave, and second of all, from the description I gave, their system doesn't sound terribly great.

In conclusion, people seemed to answer questions honestly and thoroughly, and while the results were not as exciting as I had hoped, I still got some useful information that can be shared with everyone reading.
Faisal-Al-Yakobi                                                                                              November 29, 2016
Algernon point of view
Assignment



What is This?
For my Algernon POV Assignment, I have chosen to do a series of voice notes from the perspective of a lab assistant named Ronald Creamer, whom I have made up.

Context
Ronald Creamer is a lab assistant at Beekman College. He is currently working with Dr.strauss and Prof.Nemur on an Experiment and has decided he will be making personal voice notes throughout the experiment to help him collect his thoughts.

Works cited
SparkNotes Editors. “SparkNote on Flowers for Algernon.” SparkNotes LLC. 2002. http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/algernon/ (accessed November 17, 2016).

Keyes, Daniel. Flowers for Algernon. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1966. Print.

"Free Image on Pixabay - Audio Cassette, Cassette Tape." Free Illustration: Audio Cassette, Cassette Tape - Free Image on Pixabay - 909051. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2016.
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Beekman College
Center for Retarded Adults

New York, New York

Ronald Creamer
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Pre-voice note companion
I am writing this as a companion to my personal voice note that I will be adding too over the next few months to serve as a catalogue and to give some basic context for each note. The purpose of
this catalogue it to make every voice note easily accessible for me and anyone who may be looking over it.



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Beekman College
Center for Retarded Adults

New York, New York

Ronald Creamer
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Personal voice note companion
Voice note # 1
March 6, 1953
Subject: Gordon, Charlie
Test #1: story telling test
In this voice note, I discuss Charlie's first cognitive test, give a hypothesis, and tell some the results that were found during the experiment.



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Beekman College
Center for Retarded Adults

New York, New York

Ronald Creamer
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Personal voice note companion
Voice note # 6
March 18, 1953
Subject: Gordon, Charlie
Maze Experiment
In today’s note, charlie and Algernon were introduced. I talk about Charlie’s experience with  Algernon in the experiment.



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Beekman College
Center for Retarded Adults

New York, New York

Ronald
creamer
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Personal voice note companion
Voice note # 13
April 8, 1953
Subject: Gordon, Charlie
Operation Day
In this note, I give a few details about the operation and Charlie’s condition.



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Beekman College
Center for Retarded Adults

New York, New York

Ronald Creamer
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Personal voice note companion
Voice note # 28
May 24, 1953
Subject: Gordon, Charlie
Chicago Conference
In this note, I talk about Charlie’s improvements, the Chicago conference, and general anecdotes relating to charlie.



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Beekman College
Center for Retarded Adults

New York, New York

Ronald Creamer
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Personal voice note companion
Voice note # 34
June 11-12, 1953
Subject: Gordon, Charlie
Charlie’s Disappearance
In, this note, I talk about the convention, charlie’s disappearance, and the Charlie Algernon Experiment as a whole.




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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The Legacy of Gordon Downie

The Legacy of Gordon Downie
21st Century Literacy

 “Music brings people together. So my function in anything I do is to help bring people closer in.” that one quote embodies the legacy of Gord Downie. During his time as a musician, he has not only brought people together in concert but also by showcasing important yet “touchy” topics in his music. With all of this in mind, Gord Downie has not only introduced important issues through his music but he is also battling with cancer and is heavily invested in environmental movements, mostly issues related to water rights.
Gord Downie has talked about some important topics in his music such as aboriginal rights and has inspired people with uplifting songs. His style is quite thought-provoking because it mixes dark lyrics with a peppy and uplifting beat, making listening to his songs one of the most enjoyable and informative things I have ever done. Throughout his career, he has been referred to as Canada's unofficial poet laureate and that shows how much Canadians really listen to what he has to say. One of his most popular songs “Looking for a Place to Happen” tells the story of Jacques Cartier and the aborigines that invited him into their land, and how he eventually took over. This shows his ability to incorporate his lyrics into something with substance.
Downie is devoted to working  on environmental acts, especially issues pertaining to water rights. He is a  member on the board of the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper organization. Gord has worked on many issues with lake Ontario waterkeeper, one of them being his efforts to stop a cement company from burning rubber tires for fuel, which ended up being very successful. He was also a part of the Swim Drink Fish Music club, a project that brings together both artists and environmentalists in a music club by releasing tracks that donors could download for free to raise money for Waterkeeper organizations in Canada.
On may 24, 2016 it was announced that Gordon Edgar Downie had been diagnosed with cancer (glioblastoma multiforme, brain tumour), and while the cancer responded favourably to treatment, it was not fully curable. As a last hoorah he and the band went on one last tour  “Man Machine Poem”. The final concert was held in Kingston, Ontario on August 20, 2016, and was broadcasted by the Canadian broadcasting corporation on television, radio, and the internet. It was viewed by over 11.7 million people. It is clear that Gord is still a highly loved figure in modern society and it is very obvious that people are not ready to let go.
In conclusion, Gordon has used his position as an artist to be able to spread the word of environmental awareness, aboriginal rights, and more to millions of people around north America. He has also shown strength through his cancer and pride through his environmental work.  So while we might not have Gord around for much longer, his legacy will surely stick around.


Works cited
-Multiple. "Gord Downie." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2016.

-Bobkin, Matt. "Not Hip, Just Tragic: Five of Gord Downie's Best Lyrics about Life and Death." National Post Not Hip Just Tragic Five of Gord Downies Best Lyrics about Life And death Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2016.

-Quote with photo of Gord Downie. Digital image. http://www.cbcmusic.ca/posts/12539/26-gord-downie-quotes-that-will-inspire-you. N.p., n.d. Web.


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Presidential evaluation

Presidential evaluation

Hillary Clinton's evaluation
by Faisal Yakobi

      In this post, I will be talking about the presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton on Monday, September 26, 2016.  Throughout the debate, Hillary showed great restraint towards Donald during his outbursts. I felt like she was putting a lot of effort into keeping civil even when she was being slandered by trump. although her presentation was fairly superb there were a few areas that could be improved upon.

Firstly,  some of the parts that Hillary really excelled in was here ability to use language effectively by explaining her topics very thoroughly through using explanatory words that most of the American public could understand, that shows she was thinking about her audience  as well as the debate itself. Also, while she didn't necessarily have a large voice, she definitely  attempted to project her voice to seem more confident in what she was saying, and she did a great job at that. Some of the points she could improve upon would be her ability to stay on task and not ramble on about topics that have nothing to to with the subject, using more hand gestures to bring here point across more, and (while she was not as bad as trump in this area) use listening strategies  to not interrupt others while speaking.

Other than that, I couldn't see any problems with the presentation of her argument (keeping in mind that I did not fact check anything she said). From what I see, it was an excellent debate on her part (as it should be for a presidential debate). I feel as if Hillary and I have a completely different way of speaking during a debate. I tend to be more active and move around on the stand while she tends to stay and one spot and speaks softly. which shows she has a different style of debating which I might not be familiar with. So, I just want to say that this is my opinion and you should take it with a grain of salt.

Thank's for reading!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Google Pixel!

Google Pixel!

       I have been waiting a while for this to launch, and I am so excited to see what this phone can do. I wish I could get my hands on one to take it apart and have a look inside, but it looks like I'll just have to watch.





Specs:

Google PixelGoogle Pixel XL
Display size, resolution5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels5.5-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels
Pixel density441 ppi534 ppi
Dimensions (Inches)5.66x2.74x0.34 (at its thickest)6.09x2.98x0.34 (at its thickest)
Dimensions (Millimeters)143.84x69.54x8.58 (at its thickest)154.72x75.74x8.58 (at its thickest)
Weight (Ounces, Grams)5.04 oz; 143 g5.92 oz; 168g
Mobile softwareAndroid 7.1 NougatAndroid 7.1 Nougat
Camera12.3-megapixel12.3-megapixel
Front-facing camera8-megapixel8-megapixel
Video capture4K4K
Processor2.15GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8212.15GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Storage32GB, 128GB32GB, 128GB
RAM4GB4GB
Expandable storageNoneNone
Battery2,770mAh3,450mAh
Fingerprint sensorBack coverBack cover
ConnectorUSB-CUSB-C
Special featuresGoogle Assistant built-in; unlimited cloud storage; Daydream VR readyGoogle Assistant built-in; unlimited cloud storage; Daydream VR ready
Price off-contract (USD)$649 (32GB); $749 (128GB)$769 (32GB); $869 (128GB)
Price (GBP)£599 (32GB); £699 (128GB)£719 (32GB); £819 (128GB)
Price (AUD)TBDTBD
https://www.cnet.com/products/google-pixel-xl-phone/preview/