Deja Vu: Life Comes in Cycles

August 7, 2013 Leave a comment

Not going to go too long on this one. Seems like history repeats its self, and sometimes you have to break the cycle for things to get better. I wish I had more time to blog, more time to code, more time to learn and grow. But at some point wishing needs to stop being wishing and turn into action.

As I write this, I am engulfed with questions and doubts, needs and wants. There has to be a time when we can be brave enough to head down the rabbit hole and jump into new adventures. So that is very well what I may do. 😀

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Where Do We Go From Here?

June 2, 2012 Leave a comment

There comes a point in every road where it will either end or fork into two distinct directions. That theory of the road less travelled need not apply here since we have been there, done that. Fremont High has been through a lot. Through the large comprehensive model that mirrored the factories the neighborhood children were being funneled into complete with auto mechanic and wood shops, home economics and everything that went along with that model. Then came the magnet schools, academies, new small autonomous inter-conneted schools, restorative justice, and other so-called-flavors of the month. I have not completely began to understand the history of my alma mater, but if you look, the proof is all there, in plain sight.

Schools are not failing because the models fail, schools are failing because the community is failing our children. Teachers are super, but they are not super-human. Most of the burden in implementing a new school of thought falls on their shoulders. Of course, there are also the invisibles, on whose shoulders rest another substantial amount of the load. There is no left brain, right brain. Teachers should not just be responsible for a child’s academic progress just as other service providers: nurses, speech therapists, counselors, coaches, and social workers etc., be held responsible for the moral and social development of our children.

So here we are, just weeks from the start of a new school and a new model of operation. Teachers have had time in the summer to either teach somewhere else, decompress somewhere distant on a sandy beach with a cold drink, or even some who are noble enough to stick around to teach summer school just like they do every year. We are in desperate need of synergy. To be able to communicate clearly with students, parents, community members and service providers in order to reverse the effects of some well intentioned but ill-executed practices. So here is to starting fresh, full of energy, just like we have done year after year and every year before that. I just hope this time we actually reach our destination.

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MP3’s Internet Hunt!

April 26, 2011 Leave a comment

MP3 Internet Hunt

Directions: Use the links provided to find the answers to the questions. Press and hold the Back button, in the menu bar of your browser, to return to this page. Notice how it lists all the pages you have visited backwards. Use Go to jump back many pages without clicking the Back button over and over and over.

Useful Shortcuts:  CTRL+F: Find something on the page.
Copy and Paste the questions in a new Word document.

1. What does MP3 technology do to the data in a music file?


2. What does your computer’s sound card do?

3. What does a compression program do?

5. You tell your Uncle Fabian that you plan to burn a cd today. He orders you to do it outside because he does not want the smoke in the house. Use this information to write a note to explain what burning a cd is.

6. List 3 consequences of music piracy.

7. You should know that most books are copyrighted. List 5 other works that are protected by copyrights.

8. Swarming is revolutionizing the challenges of transferring large files over the Internet. Explain.

10. What is the Math behind CDs?

Think About It – Your band burns a CD of songs that each of you has written. You are selling them for $10 each. Your goal is to raise enough money to go to NYC and audition with a record company. You discover that someone in a neighboring town’s school has uploaded all your songs onto the Internet. They say your songs have been downloaded more than a hundred times.

Are they right or wrong for doing this? Explain.

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Your Turn!

March 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Dowload the template below and complete your immigration story..

My Immigration Story_Outline

Make sure to add color and insert pictures to make your presentation more interesting!

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My Immigration Story

March 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Download the following PowerPoint.

Make it look nice and pretty. Change the background colors and change the animations.

My Immigration Story (CLICK here and Select SAVE)

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Personal Letter

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment

 Learning to use Microsoft Word Assignment 2.

Download this document and follow the instructions on your paper.

Personal Letter (Click and select Save)

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Where is the Reset Button?

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Video games, internet routers, and I’d bet even ATM machines have them. When something goes wrong, you can press this magical button and you immediately return to a familiar place where you can start over and try again. Unfortunately, that is not the case with our education system.

Countless school districts are having to bite the bullet–hard–across the US. And not only because of eroding economic resources, but also due to dwindling student bodies.

The first decade of the 21st century was spent realizing that the factory model of education doesn’t work any more, and that big comprehensive schools are leaving thousands of children behind. It happened in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and here in the Bay Area too. It was as if school districts were scrambling to “fix” a problem that they still failed to fully understand what it was, and even today we can’t quite put our fingers on it.

In Oakland, thousands, if not millions of dollars went into bringing outside consultants with a sky-high stack of research showing how the small school model is beneficial to both schools and students. Individualized instruction plans, they said. Smaller classes and smaller teacher to student ratios, they preached. In theory it seemed that the elusive “achievement gap” would once and for all be bridged. But there was no set plan, no long term contingency plan. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation contributed a large pool of resources to carry the plan forward, but that well soon ran dry. It was almost as if the district had said “let’s try this thing out and it doesn’t work, we’ll shut it down.”

Many small schools in OUSD started out with ambitious plans and dreams: creating national models of excellence, being the torch-bearers for future generations. Creating full blown arts programs with award-winning performances. But it all went up in a cloud of smoke behind a laundry list of red tape and despite private donations, a general lack of funds.

At the same time, after 9/11, a new type of student was forming. One whose right to education was being denied. With the schools punishing “bad” students, and rewarding “good” ones. These are students born in the Web 2.0 era, where memorizing the names, places and dates has become a trite and meaningless activity. Why memorize dates when they can be found with a simple search query?

These students, with their skills and deficiencies are in the midst of a petri dish of scrutiny and experimentation.

Of course, education doesn’t have reset buttons or quick fixes, yet as a society we need to prioritize the value of education. What are we doing to not be part of the problem?

Twitter Celebrities are Overrated

October 31, 2010 Leave a comment

¿La neta, neta, neta? Ya me cansé de las “celebridades” del Twitter. Tu sabes, esas personas que tienen miles de followers y se creen la gran y apestosa mierda. No entiendo como puede ser que me dejé llevar por la corriente, y en algún momento yo también llegar a ser una de esas personas. Me siento avergonzado. Si alguna persona gusta seguirme en twitter, bienvenido. Pero les advierto que soy una persona común y corriente y que no tengo ni el menor deseo de ser el payaso de nadie. Tengo una vida como los demás y no voy a twitear a todas horas del día solo para que puedan leer mis quejas y barbaridades. En persona, puedo ser muy gracioso, o del otro extremo, muy retraído. Estoy entrando en una etapa de mi vida donde ya no tengo tiempo para perder y tampoco para querer ser arrastrado por otra cosa que consuma todo el poco tiempo que tengo. Les agradezco de antemano el tomarse el tiempo de leer este post, y espero que no se sientan ofendidos. La vida sigue y al único lugar que lleva la fama, es al olvido.

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La tecnología va a ser el fin de nosotros

October 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Desde hace ya varios años, la tecnología nos ha ayudado a lograr cosas antes impensables. Pero con la proliferación de aparatos con el fin de mantenernos “siempre conectados,” la humanidad se está entorpeciendo en cantidades alarmantes.

Pongámonos a meditar un momento. ¿Cuantos números telefónicos nos sabemos de memoria? Confieso que yo a lo mucho me he cometido a la memoria solo unos cuantos, y mi lista de contactos se expande a mas de 250 personas individuales. Mi ortografía tampoco es la mejor del mundo. ¿Quien no ha usado el “spell check” integrado ahora en casi todos los exploradores y programas de redacción como lo es MS Word? Y lo que es mas alarmante, miles de jóvenes no saben hacer aritmética simple por la dependencia a la ubicuidad de la calculadora, disponible en los teléfonos móviles, computadoras y hasta en internet.

¿A donde pretendemos llegar? Con la intromisión de la tecnología en nuestra vida cotidiana, se está haciendo cada vez más difícil podernos comunicar cara a cara, lo que lleva a la tensión, estrés y malos entendidos. Pienso que cierta tecnología nunca debería desaparecer por completo.

Por ejemplo, el abaco. Una regalo de la cultura china al mundo, siento que todo niño puede beneficiarse de aprender a sumar y restar usando este invento. También, el sistema de catalogo por tarjeta que antes se usaba en las bibliotecas. Ahora un dinosaurio tecnológico, en su tiempo, llegó a ser la manera mas eficiente y elegante de encontrar un libro sobre un tema específico. Y por ultimo la invención más grandiosa de toda la humanidad; la pluma y papel. Sin este, miles de libros nunca hubiesen sido escritos y mucho menos copiados a gran escala. Incluso hoy, se recurre a este invento infinidad de veces para lograr tareas con diferentes grados de complejidad. Pero la mayor ventaja de este instrumento creativo, es que no tiene limites. Simplemente provee la capacidad de cometer errores sin se juzgado, de escribir por escribir o dibujar para no escribir. No deja un rastro electrónico a seguir y no contamina. Mientras la tecnología nos siga entumiendo la mente, esperemos que todo ser humano recuerde llevar pluma a papel.

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Consumist or Revolutionary?

June 27, 2010 Leave a comment

The truth of the matter is that most of the time I have nothing to say. I just sit mindlessly consuming whatever is in front of me. Be it tv, internet blogs, videogames or food. I am ashamed to say it, but I am a consumer.

And what do all the anti-consumerists have to say? They too are consumers at some level. As much as the hipsters and tree-hugging environmentalists (I’m talking extremes here, don’t anyone take offense) are preaching about boycotting this or boycotting that, there is no way we can revert back to the barter system. There is no patch for consumerism. There is no cure. Yes, there are individual choices we can all make, but at the end of it all we must work to consume and work harder to consume even more. It is such a shame that thousands of people in this country are essencially working for free since they work their butts off just to pour their hard earned money into the companies they work for. Not a very well thought out blog post, just a quick rant.

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