Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Important Notice: Software Update Crashes

A software update named "Thunderbolt Software Update 1.2" was released yesterday and some users have reported that their macs have crashed while running it, resulted in the dreaded kernel panic. (Also known as the Black Death.)

While we wait for a fix for this, please refrain from running software updates (or if you're adventurous you can uncheck the Thunderbolt Software Update 1.2 option and continue with the rest) until after the summer break.

If you, or your colleagues / friends have been affected by it, odds are that your data is fine, it's just the OS itself needs to be reset, and can be done by bringing your laptop to the IT Support Helpdesks located on either campus.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Maths, Stocks & Spreadsheets in Grade 5

Michael Wheeler's Maths class have been getting a crash course in Economics courtesy of $1000, well one thousand 'Wheeler dollars'.

Earlier in the year Michael handed out iPod touches, and showed his class how to use the Stocks App to search for any company that makes a product they could think of, from Billabong to Nintendo, from Yamaha to Converse...

Throughout the year the student tracked their purchases using a Google spreadsheet, selling and buying as necessary to see who could make the most money by the end of the year. Here are a couple of examples. Click to enlarge ... 

Almost all students were able to boast in making some profit by the end of the year, one or two even making as much as $300!