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.

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By Joshua – Pad for all freshmans!

This is the best news of week. Ipads for all. Yes, the entire freshman class of IIT, The Illinois Institute of Technology. That’s the school where famed architect Mies Van Der Rohe was educated. Good for them. This is just the start of educational institutions around the world who can harness the power of computing, access and cost savings. Carry 10 books? Or One iPad?

By Joshua: Kids and health care reform

So who should we believe on health care reform?  Take a look at how it may be helping kids.

Listen KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports

Dozens of doctors and other health experts gathered at Stanford University Thursday to talk about how the health care reform bill affects children. The conference was sponsored by Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Lisa Wise, whose son has been treated at the hospital since he was born, says parents of kids with chronic illnesses often struggle with health insurance.

”That’s going to hit you over the head with a 2×4, because what you’re going to have to constantly do is learn how to navigate and negotiate your way through a maze that is complicated, difficult and never guaranteed, so you’re always concerned that you’ll lose that coverage,” said Wise.

But she says the recently passed health care bill that prevents insurance companies from dropping children with preexisting conditions, is a big step in the right direction.

”It was a really major accomplishment that needed to happen, and I’m glad it happened,” said Dr. Irwin Redlener co-founder of the Children’s Health Fund.

He worries the bill could lead to a shortage of physicians.

”We’re going to have a lot of work to do to make sure that we have enough doctors to provide the care that’s now going to be covered by the insurance,” said Redlener.

by Joshua – Japan students want iPad iAnything

Students in Japan want to buy iNames!

japan pad

Apple’s new tablet PC is not the first product to be called the “iPad”. Japan’s Fujitsu says it launched one year ago, and the name has also been used for small engines and even bra inserts!

Amid the hype about Apple’s latest offering, the device has been hailed as a “Kindle killer” that will upstage electronic book readers, but also mocked on chatrooms for evoking a feminine hygiene product. (in english a “pad” is what protects women during monthly menstruation)

Fujitsu Ltd. said its US subsidiary in 2002 launched the “iPad”, a sleek handheld multimedia device with a 3.5-inch screen, used by retail store clerks to keep inventory data, scan barcodes and manage business operations.

Fujitsu’s device has an Intel processor and a Microsoft operating system and supports both Wi-fi and Bluetooth connections.

In 2003, Fujitsu’s US arm made a trademark application for the “iPad” name with the US Patent and Trademark Office, which is still pending and not yet registered, said Fujitsu spokesman Masao Sakamoto in Tokyo. He said Fujitsu was yet to decide on how it may react to the launch of Apple’s tablet computer, saying: “As we are now sorting out the facts, we have not decided on what action we may take.”

A possible feud between Apple and Fujitsu has sparked debate on Japanese chatrooms, with one observer proposing: “Let’s apply for as many ‘i’ such-and-such names as possible! We’ll make money in the future!!”

By Joshua: Pixar’s “Up” Wins Animated Film Oscar

Disney/Pixar’s balloon adventure blockbuster “Up” won the best animated movie Oscar on Sunday, as the studio continued its dominance of cartoons at the Academy Awards.

That gives Pixar Animation Studios, which was bought by the Walt Disney Co in 2006, an industry-leading five Oscars for animation since that award was first handed out in 2002.

“Up” Director Pete Docter accepted the award on behalf of the studio and his animation team.

Never did I dream that making a flipbook out of my third-grade math book would lead to this,” Docter said.

A flipbook is a crude animation that children often make, with drawings on a series of pieces of paper that seem to move as the pages flip.

“Up” came out last May in 3-D and made more than $700 million at worldwide box offices.

The film is about a curmudgeonly old man named Carl, who is voiced by Ed Asner, and a young boy named Russell who fly off in a house tied to helium balloons.

By Joshua – CNN Student News


It might involve helping one person; it might involve helping hundreds. If there’s someone you know who’s helped your community in any way — large or small — we want to hear about it!

Carl Azuz Anchor, CNN Student News

by Joshua- iPad to the classroom

Software developer ScrollMotion has been tapped to develop iPad-friendly versions of textbooks for education publishers like McGraw Hill, Houghton Mifflin, and Kaplan.

Features that may make it into the iPad textbooks include video, interactive quizzes, the ability to record lectures, highlight and search text, and take notes, according to The Wall Street Journal.

ScrollMotion announced a similar deal to bring textbooks to the iPhone and iPod Touch during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June of last year.

by Joshua – TED Talks, texting helps reduce violence!

3 minute video:

TED Talks 2009, Erik Hersman presents the remarkable story of a GoogleMap mashup that allowed Kenyans to report and track violence via cell phone texts. This is an intuitive purpose for the use of technology and social media.

by Joshua – Mobile Devices in Classroom

Phones, netbooks and iPods are finding a place in the curriculum and expanding student access to technology.

Fifth-graders at Chormann Elementary School in the Southgate (Mich.) Community Schools are in their second year of using iPods. This year, they are discussing the novel Coraline with Peers in Australia, England and Singapore.

Technology has finally progressed to where mobile devices are cheap enough and powerful enough to use,” observes Elliot Soloway, a professor at the University of Michigan and at that school’s Center for Highly Interactive Computing in Education. Soloway, who believes that cell phones are the true one-to-one computer option for schools, is also co-developer of GoKnow, a mobile learning environment that runs educational software on handheld computers.

At West Elementary School in the St. Marys (Ohio) City Schools, District Technology Coordinator Kyle Menchhofer helps fifth-graders use cell phones to learn vocabulary terms and definitions in social studies.

In other schools they also take quizzes and tests and store their work in an “e-locker,” from which they can transfer files to other devices such as laptops or desktop computers at home. Teachers can use management tools to record and monitor student progress and time spent on task.

by Joshua – Paris Apple Store. Ridunkulously Cool

by Joshua – Paris Apple Store. Ridunkulously Cool

rise of the technology class apple parisFor all of us who are Apple fans, this is another cool first. Stores open in different countries- iPhone goes live in China this week. Soon there will be an ibookstore, although I like to carry a book. This is cool.

New art – meets old:

Thousands flocked to Carrousel du Louvre on Saturday, the scene of France’s first Apple Store opening.

Beneath the Louvre Museum in Paris one can find a host of high-end shops and eateries and can now also find France’s first Apple store. Saturday saw the store’s opening, and thousands were on hand to peruse Apple’s current products – take advantage of the Genius Bar’s knowledgeable staff.

rise of the technology class apple parisThe store “shares several features of the more spectacular Apple stores in the chain – views for visitors.” Lower-level visitors have views of the spiral-glass staircase and can peer through the 30-foot tall window to the outside which is dominated by the inverted glass pyramid unique to the Carrousel du Louvre mall.

During a press briefing at the new location, Apple executives noted that France will see the fastest rate of new store openings of any other country to date. The Montpellier store will open Nov. 14 and in 2010 a store near the Opera Ganier.

rise of the technology class apple paris

rise of the technology class apple paris

Apple opens doors to France's first Apple Store

by Joshua, I am a MAC

For more reasons that I can tell you I AM A MAC.


What’s the big deal with apps on other phones? or Maps? I have GOOGLE on my iPhone. I can’t imagine having anything but my iphone. It’s become my everything. Everyone should just give it up for a few years. Oh, can’t wait for the Apple Book Store!


UIST student winners 2009



This is cool students of the world! The tech and design geeks at SIGCHI and SIGGRAPH sponsor this contest.


UIST (User Interface Software and Technology) is cool forum and contest for innovations in the software and technology of human-computer interfaces. It’s about computer-human interaction and computer graphics, UIST brings together researchers and brainiacs from the world that include traditional graphical & web user interfaces, tangible & ubiquitous computing, virtual & augmented reality, multimedia, new input & output devices etc. It’s the cool place to be… and the winners this year from the student contest will be announced October 9th.


Winners announced here Oct 9: http://www.acm.org/uist/uist2009/call/contest.html

Here is an entry. This is cool. Instead of the keyboard working from digging your finger in a letter key, it has touch sensitive response. Fun my friends fun.


by Joshua – digital can’t help worst drivers

Well, I am studying soon in the United States. Here is my observation of driving habits around the world. No technology can help these poor souls with their driving.


Is there no technology that CAN help them with their eyesight? I will be driving a Toyota Prius. I think I can do a better job.


I see most of these pictures are from outside the US, but I am told US drivers do their damage on the highways. I look forward to GPS in the States, driving from coast to coast and enjoying a violent free ride. See the pictures below.


You can also go to this link: See more cool pics.

"I beat you"

"I beat you"


By Joshua: Cell phone advert sparks madness!

An advert depicting Israeli soldiers playing football with Palestinians has been criticized for making light of the occupation:

By Joshua: Newspapers. Dead. news about the news

So this was on YouTube. How many people under the age of 18 read the newspaper?

Huh? Am I wrong?

Joshua – what I really think

what I really think

what I really think

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Joshua – Apple killer? Nope!

1984 this “keyboard” was the computer!

I bet people in high school had no idea what a computer was…old old old (old) school. No wonder my mom can text! I look forward to the students from around the world checking in next week. Cool.3581592834_36f4a24811

Joshua – my first blog