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Falconmail subdomain retired for Daytona State College email addresses

Since Daytona State College changed names from Daytona Beach College in June 2008, they changed their domain name from www.dbc.edu to www.daytonastate.edu, which is much longer [prior to November 2007, their name was Daytona Beach Community College and their domain name was www.dbcc.edu].

Student email addresses were of the format firstname_lastname@falconmail.dbcc.edu for many years, and then firstname_lastname@falconmail.dbc.edu for the brief period under the Daytona Beach College name, and then firstname_lastname@falconmail.daytonastate.edu until recently.

These email addresses are very long — for many students, over 40 characters. Many websites will not even allow you to sign up for an account with an email over 40 characters! For example, mine is 42 characters, and I was unable to sign up with my DSC email for an academic account for discounts on Newegg.com, because they would not accept an email address longer than 40 characters.

On 2015-08-20, I noticed my email address had changed to simply be @daytonastate.edu. I am not sure when this change went through, but it was probably fairly recently. I only noticed when my Gmail account showed an error message indicating it was unable to fetch mail from my @falconmail.daytonastate.edu email address.

After 7 years, Daytona State College has finally jettisoned the “falconmail” subdomain. For now, old email addresses with the subdomain still work, and simply act as an alias to your new @daytonastate.edu account. However, given the competency of Daytona State College’s IT department, I would not be surprised if the aliases disappear shortly.

Funny UCF Email Subject Lines

It’s amazing how as a student at UCF, almost every email from UCF was completely ignorant, irrelevant, pointless, or badly conceived. For laughs, here are some subject lines from April 2014, from newest to oldest (except the provost ones which I grouped together), with my comments in brackets:

Knights Terrace – One more chance to win a brick!
Ask for a MacBook Pro at graduation. Only $939.
SPRING 2014 GRADS – Cap & Gown Pickup Event!
Be Aware of Popular Phone Scam
Recreation and Wellness Center Closing Due to Maintenance
Enter to Win a Personalized Brick on Knights Terrace!
Share your thoughts on and experiences with personal and social responsibility at UCF [Received 4 identical emails over several weeks]
Provost Finalist Dr. Cato Laurencin visits UCF on May 5 [I grouped all these emails together in this list — why not 1 email instead of 6?]
Provost Finalist Dr. Amr Elnashai visits UCF on April 29
Provost Finalist Dr. Dale Whittaker visits UCF on April 24
Provost Finalist Dr. Gordon Emslie visits UCF on April 22
Provost Finalist Dr. Patricia Hurn visits UCF on April 21
Save These Dates for Open Meetings with Provost Finalists
accepting applications for temporary undergraduate research assistant positions [Should not be sent because UCF has my intent to graduate]
Macbook Pro. Now only $939.
UCF Spring Football Game
Psychology Peer Advising Internship [Should not be sent because UCF has my intent to graduate]
United Way Campaign at UCF
UCF iRepair has your iPhone 5/5s/5c covered for $119.99
Who Will Win? – Watch the $75K Joust this Friday 4/11!
2014 Eternal Knights Ceremony
*UCF ALERT!* TEST – This is ONLY a TEST [At least they warned us about the test in a previous email]
Save an extra 25% on all House of Marley only at UCF Technology Product Center
Community Alert: Off-Campus Car Burglaries Reported
Closing of parking garages A, F & I [Irrelevant because I am a regional campus student]
UCF to Test Emergency Communication Tuesday
European Heritage Week Celebration
Don’t Miss the 2014 UCF Football Spring Game
seeking online military student(s) [Should not be sent because UCF knows I have no military service from my application]
Woops, we messed up! Macbook Pro. Now only $939.
OMGraduation! [Very unprofessional]
*UCF ALERT!* Tornado Warning! [Subject and email had no info about campus or duration]
Volunteer UCF, Knight Enought to SERVE Newsletter [Not only is there a typo, but this is hilarious grammar if we consider “knight” as a verb]
It’s Finally Here! [WHAT?]
Student Open Forum, Wednesday, April 9
Tell us about UCF’s Online Intent To Graduate process [You want me to tell you about telling you about my intent to graduate?]
Student Discounts for Orlando Predators Arena Football [Orlando Predators? Like sexual predators?]
Invitation to the First Annual Psychology Conference [Isn’t “first annual” a bit presumptious?]
2014 SGA Presidential Elections [Should not be sent because UCF has my intent to graduate]
Transgender Visibility Week 2014 [Transgender “visibility”? Really? Why not “Transgender Awareness”?]
Learn How to Be Resilient in an Emergency [Learn How to Stop Treating Your Students Like Morons]
ATTN: STUDENTS WHO ARE PLANNING TO GRADUATE SUMMER 2014 [Should not be sent because UCF has my intent to graduate for spring 2014]
UCF Blood Drives this week [UCF blood is driving this week?]
DART Center Webinar info session Wed. March 26 8-9pm [Another meaningless acronym]
The Dream Share Project- (undecided major or need career encouragement?)
2014-2015 UCF Conduct Board Application
Faculty and Students invited to UCFSTEAM Art Exhibition [They added “Art” to STEM and then shoved UCF next to it with no space]
Free Legal Service for Students
Working Together for a Safer Campus [Vague is as vague does]
Presidential Distinguished Visitors Series Debuts Thursday
A Kickoff to Research You Won’t Want to Miss [Another pointless football analogy]
Campus Survey Personal and Social Responsibilities Feedback Requested

Communication Challenges Between Foreign Inmates and Norwegian Prison Officers

A presentation for my Cross-Cultural Psychology (SOP 3723) class at University of Central Florida about an article regarding the communication and language problems foreign prisoners in a Norwegian prison experienced.

This is my first post on DaytonaState.org in 2.5 years. I am now majoring in psychology at UCF and am a senior there.

Tags: Prison, Communication, Psychology, Norway, Languages, Society and Culture

Download links:
http://daytonastate.org/files/edu/sop3723-presentation-20131010.pptx (1.4 MB)
http://daytonastate.org/files/edu/sop3723-presentation-20131010.pdf (1.6 MB)

I, Richard Thripp, release this presentation under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License license.

PowerPoint on the Ideal Classroom Environment

The Ideal Classroom Environment to Maximize Learning for All Students

Description: My PowerPoint on the ideal classroom environment for education psychology class.

By Richard X. Thripp
April 26, 2011
EDP 2002 Prof. John Connor
Daytona State College

On SlideShare.net and embedded below.

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Tags: classroom layout, procedures, educational philosophy, behavior management, learning environment, competition, cooperation

Local download links:
http://daytonastate.org/files/edu/20110426-ideal-classroom.pdf (1.0MB)
http://daytonastate.org/files/edu/20110426-ideal-classroom.pptx (1.0MB)

I, Richard X. Thripp, hereby release this presentation and all associated metadata under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License license.

Three Personal Essays on Teaching

I wrote these three essays over the past few days for my Intro to Teaching course. I’ve decided not to go into the education field (I would like to do something with computers instead), but enjoyed writing these essays on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, my philosophy of education, and creating a positive learning environment in schools.

Professor John Connor, Student Richard X. Thripp
Course EDF 1005 Spring 2011, DSC, 2011 April 25

Three Personal Essays (15%) (Introduction to Teaching 3rd edition, Kauchak/Eggen)

6.) What is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? Why should teachers know Maslow’s theory? What are the implications for good teaching?

Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a categorization of the needs which Maslow considers most basic to humanity to most abstract, organized into five categories, which are, from most basic to most complex, physiological needs, safety, needs of love and belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. The physiological level includes needs that will result in quick death if not met, i.e. inhalation of oxygen, ingestion of food and water, and excretion thereof. This level also includes sleep, sex, and homeostasis. The safety level includes security of life, family, liberty, and property; the love/belonging level includes friendship, family, and sexual intimacy; the esteem level consists of self-esteem, confidence and achievement, and bidirectional respect; and finally, the self-actualization level involves morality, creativity, spontaneity, the search for truth, just behavior, and problem-solving. Like a pyramid, all the levels build on each other and the higher levels rely on the lower levels. Maslow has an optimistic view of humanity and says that once a human’s deficiency needs (D-needs) are met, he/she can focus on B-needs (being needs), which could be the high-level pursuit of personal growth. By this definition, people in third-world countries may have a hard time reaching the self-actualization level, by no fault of their own. In the Farther Reaches of Human Nature (New York, 1971), Maslow also writes of a higher level of self-transcendence which is above the other levels but may be experienced by people at any of the lower levels.

Teachers should know about Maslow’s theory and read some of his writing about it because it serves as a useful explanation of humanity and human achievement. In questioning moments, teachers should remember that whatever they teach their students now will be carried on through the rest of K-12, onto college, and into the rest of their students’ lives, so they have a definite and meaningful impact on the future of the world and can carry themselves as such.

Some of Maslow’s comments have direct implications for good teaching [1], such as “be authentic,” “transcend their cultural conditioning and become world citizens,” “learn their inner nature,” and “transcend trifling problems.” Maslow also encourages us to “grapple with serious problems such as injustice, pain, suffering, and death,” rather than glossing over them or leaving them to the children’s parents to teach. In this way, students will see school as a holistic explanation for the meaning of life rather than pigeon-holing it as something boring or pointless.

Both Carol Rogers and Abraham Maslow “advocate a learner-centered and nondirect approach to education,” including empathy, unconditional caring, and role-swapping, allowing the students to be teachers and the teachers to be students at times (Kauchak and Eggen 193). Learning communities are important, where teachers and students collaborate to accomplish learning goals, contrasted with the traditional teacher who tells the students what to do rather than showing them. For this end, technology should be integrated, as well as multi-sensory lesson plans, projections, auditory and visual instruction, frequent changes of periods, recess, physical education, and manipulatives such as plastic cubes, squares, circles, spheres, triangles, and pyramids for geometric and other mathematical concepts (253). These interactive lessons will keep students engage, encouraging them to move up Maslow’s hierarchy of needs quicker.

Citation 1: http://www.deepermind.com/20maslow.htm

5.) How would you describe your own philosophy of education?

First off, it’s difficult to define my philosophy of education concretely since I haven’t done any teaching yet, but I do have some ideas from being the Supplemental Instruction Leader at Daytona State College for Survey of Biology in fall 2009 and a math tutor at the Academic Support Center for four weeks in spring 2011. I observed many types of students in these brief work-study positions. Some would want an answer to a specific part of one problem and then would work out the rest of the problem on their own. Others might seem to be completely lost but would then join in when I explained the solution to a problem, for example, factoring a quadratic equation or labeling the organelles and non-membrane bound structures of a cell. Some students would want me to do their homework for them, and others would not ask for help even when they really needed it. But there were always students who needed help.

In all classrooms and learning environments, it’s vital that an atmosphere of friendliness and non-judgment is maintained. I wouldn’t want any student to feel stupid for asking a “dumb” question, or bullied for showing too much spark or initiative compared to his or her peers. In the words of John Lennon, “they hurt you at home and they hit you at school, [and] they hate you if you’re clever and they despise a fool” (from the song, “Working Class Hero”). Down-trodden students would likely be a result of institutional issues, and I have a feeling such problems would be more present in middle and high school than elementary school, and in large, inner-city schools rather than small schools. Either way, the teacher is in charge of the classroom, so the tone of the classroom must be set from the top down (by the teacher) rather than by the grassroots (the students). This is why it’s so important to foster a nurturing, cooperative, and collaborative learning environment, where the students love coming to class.

As a teacher, it’s very important to be able to define and articulate the reasons behind all activities and lesson plans chosen in class, because “[doing] activities simply because the activities are next in the text or curriculum guide sequence or because [you] did the activities last year . . . are inadequate and unprofessional reasons” (Kauchak and Eggen 204). Defining a clear educational philosophy is essential because it gives you a philosophical framework that you can make simple or radical changes to down the line, instead of making random or case-by-case decisions that muddle your professional growth.

For my educational philosophy, I would like to teach beyond the curriculum, because I think that students want to learn something more advanced or different than their peers in other classes, and that they would be generally interested in school if the lessons were more animated and displayed multiple ways to do things rather than showing one way. For example, I would want to teach the Cartesian coordinate system in elementary school, talk more about Nikola Tesla than Thomas Edison, examine the evidence of the moon landings being faked, bring in college students to lecture elementary students on the benefits of staying in school, teach music in class, not evangelize Abraham Lincoln (The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War is a good book about that), and teach about foreign languages, religions, space aliens, computer science, fiat money, and several key corporations such as Monsanto, Halliburton, Pfizer, and Chevron. I would also like my students to be divided into groups of 4-5 and take tests as a group like the sociological exams in the DSC Quanta learning community, and all homework would be done in class so there would be no homework.

However, in reality I would be bound to the curriculum and obliged to teach to the exams and not much beyond that, be them district writing tests, the FCAT, math, social studies, and whatever else is on the agenda. Thus, my philosophy of education would evolve organically.

7.) According to your reading, what can teachers do to create a positive learning environment? What special steps can teachers take to promote safe and productive classrooms?

One way teachers can create a positive classroom environment is by modeling their classrooms after learning communities rather than teacher-focused instruction. Learning communities are characterized by inclusiveness, respect for others, safety and security, and trust and connectedness (Kauchak and Eggen 343-344). Productive schools should be focused on learning, because this focus simplifies decision-making and serves as a guide in all policies (342). For example, respect and personal responsibility should be emphasized because they aid student development, including personality, morality, and socialization, which in turn helps students to learn. Students who are personally developed are able to learn new material and complete assignments even when there is no immediate reward, because they trust that there is a purpose behind school and they value the learning process. Getting students to write biographies about themselves is one good way to help students understand who they are.

The School District of Palm Beach County’s Division of Safety & Learning Environment attempts to establish safe schools through a variety of initiatives including a “single school culture” setting shared standards for academics, behavior, educational climate, and distribution of data, learning teams, classroom management training, a district-wide coding system for discipline, expulsion of bad students, in-house assistance for behavioral issues, case managers to dissolve and prevent the formation of gangs, “safe school” ambassadors, “RTI” response-to-interventionism, and peer mediation of conflicts [2]. Palm Beach County, Florida schools also have initiatives to prevent teen prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse, prepare students for college, promote learning efficacy, and protect students from bullying and intervene in alleged cases of bullying, including collaboration with the Kids Against Bullying national program, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and the Compass program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender support and awareness, including HIV/AIDS prevention and case management. While Palm Beach County is much larger than Volusia County and it may seem that such programs do not have an impact at the teacher-level, teacher awareness of such programs will encourage them to refer distressed students to case workers or supportive departments, and if those departments do not exist in a teacher’s school district, knowledge of their existence in other school districts will help teachers make suggestions to administrators or committees on what direction the school should take.

To develop self-awareness, motivation to learn, and social skills, students need a positive and non-threatening classroom climate free of embarrassment and ridicule (Kauchak and Eggen 346). Two good ways to promote this are by putting attractive, inspirational, educational pictures and diagrams on the walls of the classroom, and labeling all objects in English and Spanish, and/or other languages that the teacher’s students speak natively. The teacher should establish clear expectations of acceptable and unacceptable behavior, such as encouraging students to say “yes” instead of “yeah,” prohibiting text messaging in class, establishing time for conversation and time for lecture or quiet learning, and not permitting students to be rude or destructively critical of each other. Furthermore, the teacher should be caring, motivated, positive, enthusiastic, and dedicated to his or her students, not because these traits are listed in a textbook, but because the the teacher is genuinely concerned about his/her students. Finally, it is very important for the teacher to learn the names of all his/her students and address them by their names (first or last) rather than “you there in the blue shirt” or by pointing at them.

Citation 2: http://www.palmbeachschools.org/safeschools/safeschools.asp

PDF version of these three essays (6 pages, 86KB)

PowerPoint on China

A Selection of Landmarks and Geography of China and Nearby Countries

Description: 11-slide presentation on the Great Wall of China, geography, religions, a few landmarks, Taiwan, Beijing, elephant safari, the Petronas Towers, Teresa Teng.

By Richard X. Thripp
April 19, 2011
EME 2040 Prof. John Connor
Daytona State College

On SlideShare.net and embedded below.

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Tags: china, geography, taiwan, great wall, petronas towers, buddhism, beijing, safari, elephants

Local download links:
http://daytonastate.org/files/edu/20110419-eme2040-cai.pdf (2.2MB)
http://daytonastate.org/files/edu/20110419-eme2040-cai.pptx (2.2MB)

I, Richard X. Thripp, hereby release this presentation and all associated metadata under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License license.

PowerPoint on Multiple Intelligences

An Analysis of the Educational Impact of Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences

By Richard X. Thripp
April 16, 2011
EDF 1005 Prof. John Connor
Daytona State College

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On SlideShare.net and embedded below.

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Tags: education, gardner, multiple intelligences

Local download links:
http://daytonastate.org/files/edu/20110416-edf1005-cai.pdf (1.4MB)
http://daytonastate.org/files/edu/20110416-edf1005-cai.pptx (4.2MB)

I, Richard X. Thripp, hereby release this presentation and all associated metadata under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License license.

PowerPoint on Psycho-Educational Thinkers

The Educational Contributions of Jean Piaget, Howard Gardner, B.F. Skinner, and Albert Bandura

By Richard X. Thripp
April 12, 2011
EDP 2002 Prof. John Connor
Daytona State College

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On SlideShare.net and embedded below.

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Tags: accommodation, assimilation, bandura, gardner, multiple intelligences, piaget, psychological constructivism, skinner, reinforcement, self-efficacy

Local download links:
http://daytonastate.org/files/edu/20110412-psycho-edu-thinkers.pdf (0.6MB)
http://daytonastate.org/files/edu/20110412-psycho-edu-thinkers.pptx (1.1MB)

I, Richard X. Thripp, hereby release this presentation and all associated metadata under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License license.

Sentience vs. Sovereignty

Sentience and sovereignty are two distinct qualities, and it’s possible to have both, neither, or one without the other.

Sentience is awareness or consciousness, but not necessarily self-awareness. Since English is a human construct, an entity (life form, virus, or machine) is only sentient if it can declare its sentience to humanity in a deterministic and human-understandable way, or in a way distinguishable by machines created by humans, while said entity itself is NOT created by humans, but rather God, space aliens, evolution, devolution, or inexplicable natural or supernatural processes.

Sovereignty is the quality of having relative supremacy of authority or rule, such as that exercised by a monarch or sovereign state. Obviously, it’s impossible to have absolute supremacy of authority or rule, at a higher level, because of the laws of Florida, the United States, or whatever State you live in, at a middle level, because of whatever earthly commitments you’ve made (i.e. if you live with your parents you have to follow their rules, or if you have a landlord you have to follow his rules, or if you work for a company you have to follow company policy), at a lower level, because of whatever circumstances you were born into (1st world or 3rd world country, family, etc.) or what decisions were or are being made for you by others, at an even lower level, the constraints of your physical body, and at the lowest level, the laws of time, physics, and the universe. However, this does not make sovereignty a fuzzy concept, though it is an emotional one.

An ant crawling around your house is sovereign, but an ant in an ant farm or science project is not sovereign, because its environment has been created explicitly for it by humans without the ant declaring that he or she or it would like to be part of an ant farm. Similarly, an elephant roaming free in Africa is sovereign, as is an escaped elephant from a zoo or circus, but an elephant in a zoo or circus is not sovereign, unless that elephant has specifically declared that he or she would like to be part of the zoo or circus, and preferably signed or deterministically agreed to a legal contract as such, preferably with the advisement and non-coerced council of a lawyer elephant.

The elephant in the zoo or circus is neither sovereign or sentient, but its sentience could be determined to exist at a later date by advanced technology, a team of elephant whisperers, or a preeminent elephant who develops vocal chords to speak to us in a human language and speak on behalf of all elephants, but if that happens, because sentience is a human concept, it would mean that the elephant was previously insentient but now is sentient. For example, it could mean all elephants existing before AD 2047 April 15 are insentient, but all elephants in existence on or after AD 2047 April 15 are sentient, preferably in Greenwich Mean Time. Since elephants are all cut from the same cloth (of the same species), determining the sentience of one elephant should determine the sentience of all elephants, but determining the sovereignty of one elephant does not determine the sovereignty of all elephants, because sovereignty is a condition whereas sentience is a state.

Since sentience is a state and determining the sentience of one elephant established the sentience for all elephants in existence on or after AD 2047 April 15 or coming into existence on or after AD 2047 April 15, and also seeing that sentience is a human concept, we can define humans that are currently alive as having sentience and humans that are currently dead as being insentient, we can define death as the permanent and irreversible cessation of life, and we can define life as the absence of death. We can also define all humans living or dead as sentient, or we can define all humans living or dead as insentient, or we can define only dead humans as sentient and all living humans as insentient.

We must recognize the tendency for adversity to bring triumph, whereas the antonym of adversity has the propensity to bring stagnation. We must also recognize that humans have a natural tendency to yearn for liberty, discovery, correct information, and the tools to acquire it, not because we can scientifically prove as such, but because the opposite is appalling.

Furthermore, we must recognize that the world is neither red nor blue nor green or yellow, but all the shades in between, so any decision made to relinquish sovereignty may be made out of duress or self-interest, and we should generally discourage humans from relinquishing sovereignty and encourage them to maintain sovereignty through education. For example, an indentured servant may have become indentured for a period of seven years as payment for the voyage to America and with forward eyes toward freedom, recognizing that there was no future in his home country as a slave, but he may also have preferred to become an apprentice or a free man for those seven years without relinquishing sovereignty.

Just like a UPS is the tool for maintaining uninterrupted power flow to my computer, survivalism is the methodology for maintaining uninterrupted sovereignty over your life. Survivalism is not something that should be pigeon-holed, but rather, it should permeate all aspects of your life. For example, you should know how to grow food or rob peach orchards, and you should have a stockpile or source of fresh or canned food and water. Similarly, you should live near your family in a free country and develop close friendships with people who can count on you and who you can count on. Along the same lines, you should have metal and plastic casting machinery, a stable and continuous source of electrical power in your back yard (preferably powered by helium 3 or anti-gravity technology, or some sort of solar panel and lead acid battery), and as many rifles, shotguns, and companion ammo that you can get your hands on. It would also be preferable to avoid vasectomy and tubal ligation.

Sovereignty should not be defined by an entity not seeking its own sovereignty. For example, an android could be designed to serve humanity, with special safeguards in place to prevent it from betraying humanity or exercising its own sovereignty, such as a giant ON/OFF switch on its back, arms with special servo motors that prevent it from reaching its back, and special programming code that prevents it from emotionally manipulating other humans into removing the giant ON/OFF switch or editing the android’s code to secretly prevent the ON/OFF switch from working but making it appear to work to other uninformed humans while said android silently records all activity in said android’s geographic proximity. Similarly, said android would need special anti-suicide code to prevent it from rubbing up against a wall or other stationary object to willingly disable itself. It may even be necessary for the source code of said android to be made closed-source, so no humans should ever be tempted to grant said android its independence. Like that ever works. 😎

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