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Skoshi Tiger
12-18-2008, 05:19 PM
Well, what can I say. I'm a high school teacher and yesterday was the last day of term before our 6 week Christmas holidays (in Oz). Reports had been posted out last week so there were very few students in classes.

I thought I'ld run a number of 'extension' classes with the few remaining students that turned up. So I took my own PC into school with my Track-IR, CH/Saitek/Thrustmaster/Hombrew hibrid HOTAS setup, booked out one of the new 1600x900 DLP projectors (my classroom projector just couln't cut the mustard!)from the library and set it all up in a corner of my class.

And then spent the day running session using IL-2 to introducing specific purpose ergonomicaly designed computing environments.

Even when I didn't have a class I found students wandering about or in other nearby classes brought them back and showed them how good I was at...(Oops! rewind..) gave them a basic introduction to flying in a simulated environment!

It was the first time a lot of them had been in a sim and it was hard to get them off it.

Questions like "How to I get a power up?" or "How many lives do I have?", "How do I get to the next level?" were quite common but I didn't have one "This is gay!" comment throughout the whole day which was a first for the year! (Most of those students weren't there http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif )

Anyway it was a fairly good way to end the year and get paid for flying IL-2!!!!

Cheers!

Skoshi Tiger
12-18-2008, 05:19 PM
Well, what can I say. I'm a high school teacher and yesterday was the last day of term before our 6 week Christmas holidays (in Oz). Reports had been posted out last week so there were very few students in classes.

I thought I'ld run a number of 'extension' classes with the few remaining students that turned up. So I took my own PC into school with my Track-IR, CH/Saitek/Thrustmaster/Hombrew hibrid HOTAS setup, booked out one of the new 1600x900 DLP projectors (my classroom projector just couln't cut the mustard!)from the library and set it all up in a corner of my class.

And then spent the day running session using IL-2 to introducing specific purpose ergonomicaly designed computing environments.

Even when I didn't have a class I found students wandering about or in other nearby classes brought them back and showed them how good I was at...(Oops! rewind..) gave them a basic introduction to flying in a simulated environment!

It was the first time a lot of them had been in a sim and it was hard to get them off it.

Questions like "How to I get a power up?" or "How many lives do I have?", "How do I get to the next level?" were quite common but I didn't have one "This is gay!" comment throughout the whole day which was a first for the year! (Most of those students weren't there http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif )

Anyway it was a fairly good way to end the year and get paid for flying IL-2!!!!

Cheers!

Freiwillige
12-18-2008, 06:24 PM
Bravo, although you have to admit that when asked how many lives you get....you had to snicker http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif Poor kids. Too bad you arent a History teacher, Il2 would do great for that!

jayhall0315
12-18-2008, 07:34 PM
Skoshi, one of my good friends in the San Diego area is a high school teacher and is in to IL2 and has similar stories to tell. He says the job is very tough these days and he feels the education system is all but broken. Similarly, I work at the Salk Institute and we actually trained one of our little macaques to fly in IL2.

You can read about it here:

http://files.filefront.com/The+Curious+IL2+Rammerpdf/;12695912;/fileinfo.html

Needless to say, he is still flying in Hyperlobby these days and he is still defeating noobs http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Jay