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!

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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

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!

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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.