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=ABOUT THIS USER, Jwmh=
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Hello, FG World!
 
Hello, FG World!
 
This is Joseph Herbert's personal user page.
 
This is Joseph Herbert's personal user page.
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I am also working on developing new curriculum -- Darren suggested the great title, "Living in a Technology World."  Essentially, this refers to ''aptitudes'', or broad mindsets, of how to go about being proficient with technology.  There's a lot of content and directions this could go!  If you're interested, and have an aptitude for '''either''' education / human psychology / learning process, '''or''' tech, I would love to sit down over tea w/ you to help shape the course(s).
 
I am also working on developing new curriculum -- Darren suggested the great title, "Living in a Technology World."  Essentially, this refers to ''aptitudes'', or broad mindsets, of how to go about being proficient with technology.  There's a lot of content and directions this could go!  If you're interested, and have an aptitude for '''either''' education / human psychology / learning process, '''or''' tech, I would love to sit down over tea w/ you to help shape the course(s).
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=Scratchpad (Jwmh notes & ideas for improvement)=
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==Finding & Editing Subpages==
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'''My Subpages (from Jwmh -> below)'''<br />
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http://wiki.freegeek.org/index.php?title=Special%3APrefixIndex&from=Jwmh&namespace=2
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''[references:<br />
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''* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Subpages#Finding_subpages<br />
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''* http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Subpages<br />
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'']
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==Headers' layout==
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* http://wiki.freegeek.org/index.php/Help:Editing#Wiki_markup
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* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Section#Creation_and_numbering_of_sections
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* http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Formatting
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Cheatsheet:
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* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Cheatsheet
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==Adding / Creating pages:==
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* http://wiki.freegeek.org/index.php/Help:Basic_Navigation#Adding_pages
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** http://wiki.freegeek.org/index.php/Wiki_Tutorial
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==Making Flowcharts==
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This text is commented out; see edit source for example.
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<!--
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<graphviz>
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  digraph {
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    start          [label="START HERE\nFOR POOP CHART", shape="box", fontsize="11", style="bold"]
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    poop            [label="have you pooped today?", fontsize="11", style="italic"]   
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    bran            [label="go eat a bran muffin\n& wash it down with some prune juice", fontsize="11"]
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    coffee          [label="did you consume caffeine this morning?", fontsize="11"]
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    external        [label="cheater! your bowel movement was induced by external forces!", fontsize="11"]
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    noncoffee      [label="where do you get your energy?!", fontsize="11"]
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    start -> poop
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    poop -> bran [label="NO"]
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    bran -> poop [label="TRY AGAIN"]
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    poop -> coffee [label="YES"]
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    coffee -> external [label="DEAR LORD, YES!"]
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    coffee -> noncoffee [label="OH, I DON'T DO CAFFEINE, THANK YOU"]
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</graphviz>
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-->
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==Class Proposal: "Living in a Technology World"==
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This is a [[/Class_Drafts|draft proposal for the class]], "Living in a Technology World"
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(title suggested by Darren - [[User:Dheiber]]).
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The idea for this class came from me, Joseph Herbert ([[User:Jwmh]]).
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The basic premises are as follows:
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- What separates a "computer person" from a "non-computer person"?  (note: these are usually self-identified)
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==IDEAS==
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Classroom Partition -- rarely is all the space used; usually only half (or less).
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* to split class up -- beginners/adoption class, to allow for newbies (complete beginners) to be in their own separate class.
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Class Teaching meta:
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Create a system for the following scenario:
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* When a user has a question, the screen that they are viewing may be:
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routed to the projector, and viewed on the main screen / overhead.
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AND/OR
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** viewable on everyone's computers in a separate window, via a server service which makes others' screens available -- viz. creating a "meeting" or "class" '''session''', under which the session creator (instructor) may use admin credentials to control the [optional] visibility of users' screens on others' screens....
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System for presentations + asking questions
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* e.g. web app / SaaS -- local or hosted
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* chat / IRC?
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* user (teachers') requirements? e.g., timeline of q's asked, for metrics & tracking
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** when do students / classes tend to have the most issues?
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Cable organization (for lab PCs)
 +
** overhead, drop-down cables (rather than run along floor)?
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** would improve / prolong life of cables; ease of use...
 +
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Classroom meta wiki?
 +
* locations of supplies, cables, etc.
 +
* where things are kept
 +
 +
Teachers' meeting re: Class layout / performance / suggestions for improvement
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* emailed Darren to setup
 +
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What is the instructor-computer (podium) login + pw to use?
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* if multiple are available, which ones? What are the differences b/w those user accts?
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* option for 'default' admin profile -- which gets reset to 'stock / OOB' each time, so has same options as students'? same appearance?
 +
** maybe setup a VM?
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** maybe talk to Ben?
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<!-- -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-[End of Section]-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- -->
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==TEACHER NOTES (getting started / Adoption class)==
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===Class Flow Improvements===
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Delegate, delegate, delegate!
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* Often, the teacher at the front is more aware of students getting "lost" -- faster than other instructors/assistant helpers in back of the class.
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* ... So... if a student has a problem / is getting lost... Delegate to an assistant instructor! E.g., "Hey Alex, could you help Robin with his/her problem / question? Thanks!!"
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====Personal Feedback:====
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* Turning around more / facing class
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* Checking in, interacting w/ students
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* Glance at their monitors periodically -- ensure they're following along, and know how to do what you're demonstrating! (e.g. vs facebook)
 +
 +
Walk students thru useful 'projects':
 +
* e.g., spellcheck in Writer -- misspell a word, etc.
 +
* e.g., the "lifecycle" of a file:  Creating in Writer -> Saving -> Closing -> Finding / Locating (use multiple methods to demonstrate this, incl. Catfish) -> Deleting -> Recovering from Trash -> Deleting & permanently removing...
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* .... Talk about how it will continue to take up HDD space -- until permanently deleted from Trash.
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====Add to Wiki====
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Where students' PCs are kept, if they can't take them home same-day
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* back of classroom on table
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** should have First + Last name written on bag/box, etc.
 +
* if they need a bag / cardboard box to carry in, they can ask at Receiving / Warehouse?
 +
** need to ask/double-check with these groups if that's true.
 +
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====Ubuntu Software Center====
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* Probably need a few examples of these
 +
* Applications: Searching for / Installing / Finding & Opening
 +
** e.g. Application Finder -- helps you locate!!
 +
* Demonstrate this, e.g. with WINE
 +
 +
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At every opportunity, mention a class related to X!
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* Terminal / Command Line 1 (and 2)
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* GiMP
 +
* WINE
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else?
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===Issues to Fix (verify?):===
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Default for .ODF in Xubuntu 12.04 is Abiword?
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* --> needs to change Filetype association to LibreOffice
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"Prepare for shipping to end-user" WIPES OEM PROFILE DATA
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* ASK IF student has prior-owned this PC -- ESPECIALLY LAPTOPS!
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** ADD WARNING TO WIKI (?!)
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===Questions to Explore===
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How to ensure students' questions are all, 100% answered / addressed?
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OR,
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redirecting & 'delegating', e.g. to assistant instructor, or to tech support, or as appropriate.
 +
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How to manage flow...
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* papers / supplies, and where they're located
 +
-> meta: location
 +
-> classroom layout, meta page for this?
 +
** Hand papers / pens to students:
 +
*** e.g. ask students to write down their questions? if there are lots of students / newbies / questions....
 +
.... it can be very easy for the class-flow to get sidelined / railroaded... and how do you keep it on track?
 +
*** Talking / side conversations during class -- getting off track, distracted...
 +
*** need more ideas + ''TOOLS'' for this -- managing flow.
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ANSWERS: Flow control:
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* http://wiki.freegeek.org/index.php/Teacher/Education_Resources
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**[http://todaysmeet.com/ Todays Meet] - Instant disposable chat room
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**[http://gosoapbox.com/ Soap Box] - Instant polls, quizzes and "confusion barometer" (signup required)
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More Q's:
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* Time spent on details
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** what's crucial ''VS.'' what to sacrifice
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** OR, in order of priority
 +
** Need to document this (in syllabus wiki) for teachers
 +
 +
Tech / hardware problems
 +
* How to mark & record problems that come up -- ''as'' they occur (rather than trying to remember / mark everything after class)
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=editor (shortcut; stays at bottom)=

Latest revision as of 13:50, 16 April 2013

ABOUT THIS USER, Jwmh

Hello, FG World! This is Joseph Herbert's personal user page.

I started volunteering with classes in November/December of 2012. (Many years ago, perhaps in ~2005, I had volunteered in the Build program.) Currently I am teaching the "Getting Started w/ your [FG CPU]" class.

I was fortunate enough to be born & raised here in P-town, and enjoy the outdoors (especially the mountains, forest).

My professional interests and passions go beyond strict technology, to include high-level Systems-thinking (e.g. infrastructure, whether people or things), and methods/processes for improvement. I also enjoy informal education, and facilitating the learning process (of course).

I am also working on developing new curriculum -- Darren suggested the great title, "Living in a Technology World." Essentially, this refers to aptitudes, or broad mindsets, of how to go about being proficient with technology. There's a lot of content and directions this could go! If you're interested, and have an aptitude for either education / human psychology / learning process, or tech, I would love to sit down over tea w/ you to help shape the course(s).


Scratchpad (Jwmh notes & ideas for improvement)

Finding & Editing Subpages

My Subpages (from Jwmh -> below)
http://wiki.freegeek.org/index.php?title=Special%3APrefixIndex&from=Jwmh&namespace=2

[references:
* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Subpages#Finding_subpages
* http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Subpages
]

Headers' layout

Cheatsheet:

Adding / Creating pages:

Making Flowcharts

This text is commented out; see edit source for example.


Class Proposal: "Living in a Technology World"

This is a draft proposal for the class, "Living in a Technology World" (title suggested by Darren - User:Dheiber).

The idea for this class came from me, Joseph Herbert (User:Jwmh).

The basic premises are as follows: - What separates a "computer person" from a "non-computer person"? (note: these are usually self-identified)


IDEAS

Classroom Partition -- rarely is all the space used; usually only half (or less).

  • to split class up -- beginners/adoption class, to allow for newbies (complete beginners) to be in their own separate class.

Class Teaching meta: Create a system for the following scenario:

  • When a user has a question, the screen that they are viewing may be:

routed to the projector, and viewed on the main screen / overhead. AND/OR

    • viewable on everyone's computers in a separate window, via a server service which makes others' screens available -- viz. creating a "meeting" or "class" session, under which the session creator (instructor) may use admin credentials to control the [optional] visibility of users' screens on others' screens....


System for presentations + asking questions

  • e.g. web app / SaaS -- local or hosted
  • chat / IRC?
  • user (teachers') requirements? e.g., timeline of q's asked, for metrics & tracking
    • when do students / classes tend to have the most issues?

Cable organization (for lab PCs)

    • overhead, drop-down cables (rather than run along floor)?
    • would improve / prolong life of cables; ease of use...

Classroom meta wiki?

  • locations of supplies, cables, etc.
  • where things are kept

Teachers' meeting re: Class layout / performance / suggestions for improvement

  • emailed Darren to setup

What is the instructor-computer (podium) login + pw to use?

  • if multiple are available, which ones? What are the differences b/w those user accts?
  • option for 'default' admin profile -- which gets reset to 'stock / OOB' each time, so has same options as students'? same appearance?
    • maybe setup a VM?
    • maybe talk to Ben?


TEACHER NOTES (getting started / Adoption class)

Class Flow Improvements

Delegate, delegate, delegate!

  • Often, the teacher at the front is more aware of students getting "lost" -- faster than other instructors/assistant helpers in back of the class.
  • ... So... if a student has a problem / is getting lost... Delegate to an assistant instructor! E.g., "Hey Alex, could you help Robin with his/her problem / question? Thanks!!"


Personal Feedback:

  • Turning around more / facing class
  • Checking in, interacting w/ students
  • Glance at their monitors periodically -- ensure they're following along, and know how to do what you're demonstrating! (e.g. vs facebook)

Walk students thru useful 'projects':

  • e.g., spellcheck in Writer -- misspell a word, etc.
  • e.g., the "lifecycle" of a file: Creating in Writer -> Saving -> Closing -> Finding / Locating (use multiple methods to demonstrate this, incl. Catfish) -> Deleting -> Recovering from Trash -> Deleting & permanently removing...
  • .... Talk about how it will continue to take up HDD space -- until permanently deleted from Trash.


Add to Wiki

Where students' PCs are kept, if they can't take them home same-day

  • back of classroom on table
    • should have First + Last name written on bag/box, etc.
  • if they need a bag / cardboard box to carry in, they can ask at Receiving / Warehouse?
    • need to ask/double-check with these groups if that's true.


Ubuntu Software Center

  • Probably need a few examples of these
  • Applications: Searching for / Installing / Finding & Opening
    • e.g. Application Finder -- helps you locate!!
  • Demonstrate this, e.g. with WINE


At every opportunity, mention a class related to X!

  • Terminal / Command Line 1 (and 2)
  • GiMP
  • WINE

else?



Issues to Fix (verify?):

Default for .ODF in Xubuntu 12.04 is Abiword?

  • --> needs to change Filetype association to LibreOffice

"Prepare for shipping to end-user" WIPES OEM PROFILE DATA

  • ASK IF student has prior-owned this PC -- ESPECIALLY LAPTOPS!
    • ADD WARNING TO WIKI (?!)


Questions to Explore

How to ensure students' questions are all, 100% answered / addressed? OR, redirecting & 'delegating', e.g. to assistant instructor, or to tech support, or as appropriate.

How to manage flow...

  • papers / supplies, and where they're located

-> meta: location -> classroom layout, meta page for this?

    • Hand papers / pens to students:
      • e.g. ask students to write down their questions? if there are lots of students / newbies / questions....

.... it can be very easy for the class-flow to get sidelined / railroaded... and how do you keep it on track?

      • Talking / side conversations during class -- getting off track, distracted...
      • need more ideas + TOOLS for this -- managing flow.

ANSWERS: Flow control:

More Q's:

  • Time spent on details
    • what's crucial VS. what to sacrifice
    • OR, in order of priority
    • Need to document this (in syllabus wiki) for teachers

Tech / hardware problems

  • How to mark & record problems that come up -- as they occur (rather than trying to remember / mark everything after class)

editor (shortcut; stays at bottom)