Chris Ball

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Recent posts by Chris Ball

I hope this name don't look fictitious enough.
18 years ago
can't beat scary brawns
18 years ago
Fine too Ulf. It's just something I visualise I will be doing if this were to happen to me, knowing myself who value friendship alot.

I wouldn't know what will I actually do when the real thing happened some years later. My thinking might change then.

All the talk here were like posting about it's me being the victim of being wrongly accused. With all those 'you' words.I find it awkward to answer back.

It's my sis, not me.
18 years ago
It's school holiday every june.
18 years ago
Reza, That really sad.

Ernest, thanks for your advice, but I guess it's a little too late for my sister since about 2-3 months had passed already. I shall remember it for myself then if I get the chance to enter a university in the future.

I do doubt about the part of , "make appointments to see the.....it's very likely that you'll be listened to." Could it really be done so easily ?

Purposely making appointments to clear your name might be seen by project mates as betraying or something. So I would just let it past as I value the relationships of my friends. Unless it's a serious case that might led to expulsion.

Plus from my personal experience here, teachers rarely listen to students. A typical senario I saw in school is, a student try to prove her points, get ignored by teachers and a parent is often needed to get the talk going.

I heard certain schools had anti-plagarism rules like many other schools but didn't apply the rules in reality due to the overwhelming numbers of students plagarising there. The teachers there use an alternative approach where the teacher will ask lots of questions to test the students understanding of the topic. Then grade the indiviual students of the team based on it. For the presentation, bonus marks get awarded to all team members for non-plagarism.

I kinda like this approach. Nobody get 'punished*' and you get rewarded some points for non plagarism.

* I know.. depend on how you look at it. At least it is phrased in a way that look like it is a reward of bonus points for non-plagarism rather than a punishment of bonus points deducted for plagarism.
[ June 09, 2006: Message edited by: Chris Lan ]
18 years ago
I find no special need to mention boy or girl programmers.

This is not physical sports whereby there are 'natural restrictions'

Programming is more about our brains and the effort we put in to learn. EVERYONE had a pretty good brain.

If we really want a world of true equality, I think it is important to either stop specially mentioning about a particular group of people or mention all instead. That why I sometimes find it funny when certain humans rights group for a certain group of people comes out and keep shouting for equality, give us this and that that other groups humans have. But did not mention a single word about being willing abandoning some of their exclusive rights/privileges granted to their group of people by the government and so on in exchange.


I'm drifting out of topic. Sorry.

hmm about using how much of your side of brain determine how logical or creative you are....

I'm both handed and I believe I'm both stupid and uncreative.
[ June 09, 2006: Message edited by: Chris Lan ]
18 years ago
This is not a problem of mine & I'm not sure if it fit into this "Teachers' lounge" but my elder sister who just graduated from high school and entered university for almost year. Got wrongly accused of plagiarism not long ago, got her grades severely affected & is really upset about it. It's a team project with 4 members. 2 girls in the team plagiarised without telling the rest & they got caught and all team members are punished.

While my sister did do some basic checks to see if team members had plagiarised. Like taking a certain amount of text and enclose it with " " and did a search on the search engine, she did not found anything. The plagiarised text is found in some printed books by the school.

So I'm just asking you teachers if it is right for schools to punish everyone in the team just because of 1 or 2 team members being the culplit. Can't there be better ways where team members put their names beside the portion of the work they are doing and punish those particular members that had their work identified as 'copied' instead ?

I would like to see you teachers views on this and are there any suggestions to make the punishments more fair and by the way, I'm not really sure about what is plagarism actually other than copying exactly the same text.
[ June 09, 2006: Message edited by: Chris Lan ]
18 years ago
I love that. It looks funny.
18 years ago