Monthly Archives: February 2016

TechNOlogy

Teachers and parents get headaches from it. Everyone gets distracted by it. I am talking, of course about technology. It’s in the class rooms, at home and even in the cars on the street. But is all this technology a distraction in our schools?? The website beyondthebooksmart.com, mentions from Dr. Larry Rosen stating that based on an experiment he did for 15 minutes on a group of students to study something important, “After 3 minutes students begin to lose focus” and that about “80% of students report they switch between studying and technology.”  His study proves that students are getting distracted from their school work because of technology. (Names of students are protected by My rules which are written on a dry erase board in my room.)

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A student is on his phone rather than working on a project that is worth 80% of his grade.

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This student would rather check his email than write his essay for college.

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After failing 2 classes this student decides that Twitter is more important during lunch than tutoring.

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This student is on Twitter as well rather than working on his photo essay!

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He thinks he is slick however my camera catches this villain not reading but texting!

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Look who’s playing games now!!

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I guess Luke Christopher (music artist) is more important than her essay…

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Really!?! His essay is right there! But he’s playing doodle jump instead… Wow…

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A selfie while while the teacher is talking??? OMG!

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Look!! Even I got distracted because I looked so fantastic!!! I’m suppose to be doing my photo essay but hey…. Selfies right??
Schools have a rule that students can not have their phones out. But if it’s not phones then its tablets and computers and so on and so on.. We can not stop using technology all together… HOWEVER we can limit the time that students are allowed on their phones as well as make more consequences for it.

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Solving the candy thief case

Every human has them. They are seen all over tv. They are unique to everybody. What are they You may ask. They are the most fantastic, amazing and just straight up awesome things in the whole wide world. I am talking of course about fingerprints!

Fingerprints play a major role in forensics science, mainly because they are used to solve cases and lead to suspects. They are separated into latent which are not visible until powder is used, patent which is a visible fingerprint and plastic which is a fingerprint that you can find made of soft material such as clay or soft dried paint. When looking at fingerprints forensic scientist look for the minutiae which are small details in the fingerprint. For example the loop, whorl or arch of a fingerprint. And to be even more smaller to scale the ridge endings or bifurcations (fork).

For my forensics team and I, which consisted of myself (Dr. Flores), Dr. Dubard, Dr. Galarza and Dr. Gonzales, we were faced with finding the thief who took candy from Mr. Caters candy jar. This thief was not a very smart one as they left behind many fingerprints. My team and I used florescent powder, fiberglass brush and a black light in order to make the prints stand out. We used our super top secret tape in order to lift the prints.

We compared the ending ridges, island ridges, eyes, bifurcations and the bridge to get 7 exact same minutiae on both prints. We also compared the thumb prints and index prints first on the right hand first however the right hand is what we ended up creating a match to Ivy Gates.

In the end My forensics team and i found Ivy Gates in her apartment dead of sugar overdose. She had Mr. caters candy rappers scattered throughout the apartment. Through this experience ive learned how to lift prints, check minutiae, and compare finger prints to find the match of the guilty party!

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