I have a lot of interests. So many things to do.
Here's a compendium of projects and pictures of my world I share with you.
Last Update: 01 FEB 2021
Alexa is the voice of smart speakers that you hook up to a WIFI internet connection and ask it to do things, like play music, or tell you the distance from Los Angeles to New York, or what time/day it is. There are many Alexa commercials on TV you can see on YouTube, but none describe what a great educational tool it is. Kids no longer have to bug their parents to ask what a word means, how to spell it, or what Rhapsody in Blue sounds like. Just have them ask Alexa. Click the button to read more.
Hundreds of Hawai‘i families are subjected to unsubstantiated (unconfirmed) accusations of child abuse and neglect by Education Personnel each year. Over 70% of Education Personnel reports of child abuse turn out to be unconfirmed. The DOE does not train its employees how to recognize abuse. There is a causal connection. The educators are not being educated, and it's costing Hawai‘i a lot.
The latest crusade to fix the Hawaii Department of Education:
End Systemic Racism!
As I endeavor to assist an individual student who has learning challenges, and is supposed to be helped by the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), it has become obvious why Hawai‘i learning challenged students are not doing well.
DasKeyboard.com knows typing. Visit this page to read about the history of typing, and their Mechanical Keyboard Guide, which boasts improved productivity using a mechanical keyboard (which they happen to sell). The DasKeyboard Blog is filled with hacker facts and info about keyboards (QWERTY, DVORAK), and even offers competitive typing for those into that sort of thing. Me, I prefer to compete only against myself, but with typing and other types of skills development, that's just as satisfying -- to see your scores improve.
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) is a British company founded in 1990 that specializes in the analysis of higher education institutions around the world. These are some of their searchable databases:
TIP: If you want to search for Hawaii listings, just search for "Hawai" because some are listed with the okina and some are not.
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