Rise of the Technology Class

These conversations are between students from Ecuador, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Spain and the US who see technology serving a higher purpose: A counter-culture to their predecessors. This is evidence of a new type of generative class who apply technology to their creativity with art, music, science and involvement within the community. Their activity is transparent and active to our evolving civility. These multinational students are socially conscious storytellers. The Moderator of this conversation, Michael Davis is an Executive MBA graduate of Steinbeis University Germany, The Berlin School of Creative Leadership.

Author Archive

by Aruna – ‘Grown Ups’ with Adam Sandler

Humour: Any young person can relate to how their parents behave – and every “grown up” can remember when they started feeling that way.

I hope parents can imagine the difference in the lives of their children… compared to their own childhood.  In a way, I hope it has made young people smarter and prepared to live in a global society.

Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, Rob Shneider


By Aruna – Apple iPad for college students

Everyone in the world is conversing about the Apple iTablet.

Here is speculation from the Wall Street Journal.

  • Focused on the home and the classroom
  • Shared by multiple family members [Um, sorry sis, get yer own!]
  • Apple has explored electronic textbooks
  • Has virtual keyboard
  • Working with print media on text content
  • Working with CBS/Disney on video content
  • Working with EA on video game content
  • Talking with Microsoft about search and maps
  • Cable/TV providers resisting giving Apple “best” content (4-6 shows per channel), would rather it be “all” content
  • $499  price point
  • iTablet UI meant to be shareable; Apple has explored “sticky notes” as a way to share messages; facial recognition as a way of knowing who’s using it
  • Apple planning web-based version of iTunes called iTunes.com
  • “Buy” buttons would go wide on as many websites as possible

By Aruna – Obama Tweets or not?

Digital history was made Monday when President Obama became the first commander-in-chief to “tweet” a message on the social networking site, though he had a little bit of help.

When Obama stopped at the headquarters of the American Red Cross’ to promote aid to Haiti, a member of the agency’s new media team wrote a message on Twitter.com telling people he had arrived.

“President Obama and the first lady are here visiting our disaster operation center right now,” the Red Cross staffer wrote.

The new media staffer then asked the president to hit “Update” on the screen and Obama posted the item himself under the @RedCross handle at Twitter.com.

A moment later the Red Cross staffer posted a follow-up tweet: “President Obama pushed the button on the last tweet. It was his first ever tweet!”

White House aides told CNN they believe it is Obama’s first-ever tweet. During the presidential campaign, the Obama team used the @BarackObama account to send out quick messages in the then-senator’s voice, but he did not physically post the items himself, a disappointment to some of his techie supporters.

By Aruna in Mumbai- Text to Canada Saved Woman in Haiti

Text to Canada Saved Woman in Haiti

Thanks to the awesome people at Gizmodo for always keeping us informed when technology is used to save lives.

A Canadian woman trapped under rubble after the recent earthquake in Haiti managed to send out a text message to the Foreign Affairs Department in Ottawa, a place nearly 3,000 miles away. And it saved her life.

Once received, the text message was “relayed to Canadian diplomats back in Haiti” who then provided aid in the search for the woman. There’s not much more information beyond that, but it’s simply good to hear even the tiniest bit of encouraging and happy news in regards to this devastating event—particularly when it shows that a gadget and solid communication between diplomats can save a life.

• MSF/Doctors Without Borders
• The American Red Cross International Response Fund
• Texting “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross International Response FUnd

By Aruna – UK Teenage Reporters – Be Heard!

Usman Ali

Two Halifax, UK teenagers have been chosen to report on key global issues to their peers for the next six months, as part of a youth reporters project.

Calderdale Youth Parliament member Usman Ali, 16, and Denise Donnelly, who is a student at Calderdale College, have been selected alongside 25 other young people from all over the UK to bring a local perspective on key global issues for the next six months, thanks to funding from UKaid from the Department for International Development (DFID).

Youth Reporters: DFID

Usman said: “With the current global economic crisis, the spotlight can effortlessly be taken off international development. However, I believe as a young person I can raise awareness across the UK as to why international development is vital.”

Denise added: “It will give me an insight into a possible career in journalism and give me the chance to have my voice heard, as well as giving other young people a chance to air their views.”

By Aruna: mobileYouth reaches India

mobileyouth team

These people are quite interesting:

MobileYouth researches and consults on youth marketing and mobile culture. Graham Brown and Josh Dhaliwal formed mobileYouth in 2001. They publish regular youth marketingmobileyouth story and mobile culture research as well as share insights through online presentations,research videos, radio show and public speaking.

Feb Week 2

  • Bahrain (1 space left)
  • Dubai (fully booked)
  • Delhi/Mumbai (1 space left)
  • Kuala Lumpur (1 space left)

Feb Week 3

  • Jakarta
  • Singapore (1 space left)
  • Hong Kong
  • Taipei
  • Shanghai

Feb Week 4

  • Tokyo (fully booked)

Mar Week 1

  • Seattle (1 space left)
  • San Francisco
  • New York
  • Toronto

mobileYouth website click here

mobile youth video

by Aruna – School chooses Kindle?

I read this online a few days ago. Does the world think that we want technology everywhere? Students will have to pay for devices to save schools money. I have my mobile, I have my laptop.

When are we changing the name of this blog to ETHICAL CONTRIBUTORS?

kindle-students rise of the technology class

Cushing Academy is the very model of a New England boarding school. Clock tower? Check. Maples and meandering footpaths? Check. Flags representing the 193 home countries of its alumni? Check.

But in the past few years, the old library was in danger of becoming a relic. Its 20,000-book collection was barely used, administrators say. Spot checks last year found that, on some days, fewer than 30 books, or about .15%, circulated. And it was becoming rather lonely down there.

So the venerable boarding school west of Boston — the first in the USA to admit both boys and girls — last summer undertook another first: It began getting rid of most of the library’s books. In their place: a fully digital collection.

kindle large rise of the technology class

One student had to say:

Asher Chase, 16, a junior, says anyone who thinks digital books are the future should read a digital book. He remembers his English class last year being assigned Charles Dickens‘ A Christmas Carol on their laptops.

Taking notes on the text? Forget it. “It was terrible: ‘Shade, file, edit, highlight.’ We were like, ‘Wow, reading books on computers is awful.’ “

kindle school rise of the technology class

Here is the full article in the US paper.

I hope we don’t have to use the Kindle.

usatoday rise of the technology class