Library addition boasts new technology for students

first_imgFacebook Donald Griffin Linkedin ReddIt printThe Mary Couts Burnett Library is sporting new technology since its expansion opened in early October.Though some of the space is still being completed, the addition holds some noteworthy technologies for students to utilize.Giga LabThe Giga Lab is located on the first floor of the library and features high-power computers and audio-visual editing suites.“We have had requests from students who had projects that require a lot of memory and a lot of processing power,” Library Director of automated systems Kerry Bouchard said. “We didn’t have the computers to do that previously.”These computers offer more computing power than their counterparts in the information commons and feature programs that are usually only available in departmental labs.“These are machines that have a lot more throughput,” Library Dean June Koelker said. “They will allow student to do some more [powerful] applications.”Fab(rication) LabThe Fab Lab, or Fabrication Lab, is also located on the first floor and is notable by it’s 3-D printing technology.“We have a new staff member Brad Trussell, who is Innovation Collaborator,” Bouchard said. “He’s working on getting everything up and running. Later he’ll be meeting with teachers and student to figure out how they can use this with their classes.”Currently, the printers are in the space and active, but more concrete rules and regulations for using the machines will be released.Interactive WallThe Interactive Wall is one of the first things seen when students enter the library from the first floor of the new entrance facing Rees-Jones.“It’s touch sensitive,” Koelker said. “So there is a lot of information that we put up that’s very interesting.”The wall features information about one of TCU’s academic themes that runs throughout Rees-Jones Hall: water.“We have a lot of examples of faculty research and library content that is water based,” Koelker said.The touch screen allows students to filter through all of the information that will change as time goes on.While there is a collection of new gadgets for students to use, the library still has many features yet to come.“The coolest [feature] is one we’re still planning,” Koelker said. “Data visualization.”Data visualization takes data-based concepts and visualizes them in an immersive way.Koelker and Bouchard both noted North Carolina State University’s library as having data visualization that TCU could emulate.“The room was immersive,” Koelker said. “They had a large immerse model of Shakespeare’s London and it was as if you were actually walking down the cobblestone streets.”Though the TCU library doesn’t currently have these capabilities, Koelker said they are in TCU’s future.“I don’t see technology as an isolated ‘I want some technology this afternoon’ kind of thing,” Koelker said. “The productivity of the students is very much enhanced because the have these options.” TCU, UNTHSC formalize plans for med school collaboration Campus tornado alarms sound for inclement weather Twitter TCU students start cost-sharing travel site Twitter TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Website| + posts Donald Griffin center_img Donald Griffin Donald Griffin Facebook Library makes study space changes for finals week Donald Griffin is a senior journalism major and serves as the Executive Editor for TCU360. He just returned from a semester in Washington D.C. where he interned for the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In his spare time, he enjoys playing TCU club volleyball, competing for TCU Forensics and giving side-eye during daily conversation. Linkedin ReddIt Previous articleSyrian scholar emphasizes education to end crisisNext articleOpening of new basketball arena delayed until December Donald Griffin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Donald Griffin TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summerlast_img read more

Teachers restraining children 130 times a month

first_imgRadio NZ News 24 November 2017Family First Comment: Here’s the proof that common sense has left our schools – and teaching staff are now paranoid about taking common sense action against misbehaving students…Principals’ Federation’s Whetu Cormick – Mr Cormick said new rules about when teachers could legally use physical force also meant teachers were less likely to intervenePresident of the Post Primary Teachers Association, Jack Boyle – “Teachers have always thought twice about it, but now what… some teachers will be thinking about potentially is not ‘is that young person at risk of harm?’ but instead there’s a backstep ‘am I at risk of losing my career if I intervene?’,”Tai Tokerau Principals Association president Pat Newman – the ministry was requiring notifications about trivial incidents, such as breaking up fights between five-year-olds. “It’s brought another level of fear into schools and into teachers about what are going to be the consequences of keeping children safe.”And then they wonder why schools are so unsafe these days!Teachers are physically restraining children to stop them hurting themselves or others more than 130 times each month, Education Ministry figures show.Since the start of August, schools have had to notify the Ministry of Education every time a teacher physically restrains a student.Between 1 August and 25 October, 186 schools made 423 notifications, all involving the use of force because of a serious and imminent safety risk.It said more than half the cases involved children with recognised behaviour problems.Twenty-three of the reports came from secondary schools, 79 from special schools, and 321 from primary schools.The ministry’s deputy secretary sector enablement and support, Katrina Casey, said physical restraint was a serious intervention and should only be used as a last resort.She said the notification system helped the ministry support schools and it also protected staff by ensuring there was a written record of each event.READ MORE: Restraint reporting too detailed, but vital – teachersRadio NZ News 27 November 2017Mandatory reporting of hundreds of cases of teachers physically restraining children will show the scale of the behaviour problems they’re dealing with, school principals say.But they warn that teachers are increasingly worried their snap judgements about when to restrain a child could land them in court.The Education Ministry received more than 400 notifications of physical restraint in schools in the first three months of mandatory reporting, which began on 1 August.Deidre Alderson from Willowbank School was among several hundred principals who had reported a case of physical restraint of a child since then.“We had a child whose behaviours were causing the teacher concern and she was unable to de-escalate the problem,” she said.“Her only real alternative was to hold the child so that she could get the rest of the children out of the classroom so that they were safe.”READ MORE: read more