Botched IPAD plan in LAUSD

LA Schools seek refund from Apple and Pearson for botched IPAD plan and implementation.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-ipad-curriculum-refund-20150415-story.html#page=1

Sad. I figured the  primary issue would have been electrical infrastructure, but they didn’t mention that. Lifely as Ipad’s don’t use much electricity. My local school district also got IPADs. My 9 yo son has one. I don’t know how that is going for them.

Curriculum was the major issues with lack of completely integrated curriculum and testing as well as not including multi lingual capabilities. There are lots of folks in the LA area that don’t speak English, at least initially.

I suspect that Tablet usage should begin in Middle School  or High School.

Regards,

Peter Grace

On Good Friday

Rather funny,  strange. I did a Facebook post asking for a photo of one of us defending self in Times Square. A friend commented that it’s Easter/Pesach and for peace.

My response is that today is Good Friday which commemorates when we nailed Jesus to the cross, and Pesach recalls when God slew all the firstborn in Egypt except for those who had blood from a lamb on their door lintel.

Peace. Right.

Peter Grace

On Ignorance

My wife gets upset with me for using the word ‘Ignorance’ or ‘Ignorant’.
She says it upsets people. Well ‘good’ I say.

I have no problem is pointing out I’m ignorant of many things. Ignorance is not a denigration in itself. To me and most, it is a curable illness. Ignorance can be addressed via Education

From M-W.com: ignorance (noun) noun ig·no·rance \ˈig-n(ə-)rən(t)s\: lack of knowledge, education, or awareness

I’m not a plumber or mechanic or physician. There is One who is all knowing. I’m not him. I’m just a concerned American. I did have a good education and am thankful. I’m sharing what I know.

God Bless America, please.

Peter Grace

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Enjoying Failure and helping others

I am enjoying JK Rowling’s Harvard Commencement talk on failure.

(video copyright Harvard Magazine)

Failure isn’t fun, but it does build character.

Ms. Rowling also spoke of her work at Amnesty International reading letters from African torture victims including escorting people who had been tortured and even getting a hot drink for a person who had his mother tortured and executed for speaking out.

People refuse to not know about what people do to other people. Not good. We do touch other people’s lives by existing. We should all help to transform the world.

“But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.” Matthew 10:33.

From the blog “https://usydstudentlife.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/becoming-unpopular-at-university/
“Silence is a form of complete disregard for the Gospel. It’s nothing short of apostasy”

God Bless the Human Race, please

Peter Grace

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Education

I was just looking at MIT OpenCourseware on the Design of Electromechanical Robotic Systems. I love expanding my mind.

I heard a program on NPR today talking about online universities. That may be a good thing as long as people still have the opportunity to interact and discuss the material. I learn best by teaching the material.

I also have checked out Kahn Academy. Most of the material is too elementary for me but would be good for K-12 people.

There’s also Ed-X which seems to be both real-time and online.

I love education. I just learned that Cal State Northridge offers some adult education courses in the Tseng College. I had and took the opportunity to study at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst Massachusetts USA Terra where I took a B.S. in Biochemistry as well as at Boston University, Boston MA; Harvard University, Cambridge MA; UCLA Extension and Massachusetts Institution of Technology, Cambridge MA.

God Bless the Human Race, please.

Peter Grace

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A hope for the future

I enjoy reading, teaching and enjoy synthesizing what I read into ideas or taking them whole cloth if they are very good, giving credit if possible.

I met Iain Banks in I believe it was Liverpool at a convention. Mr. Banks wrote in The Culture universe. There’s a great writeup on the Culture Universe in Wikipedia.

I am a temporal Human. I am here now but will be gone in within likely the next 20 years. That’s fine with me. I just want to make a difference. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

I would love to see Americans and other humans making more of an effort to develop AI and other robotic technology to help other people. We could start with Robots to build housing and lay infrastructure. Of course, I won’t want to demean the work that my fellow humans do, but if it’s rolled out slowly over 30-40 years I’d like to see a post-scarcity culture. There’s a shortage of affordable housing, and I would like that to be eliminated. I’m not talking a handout, I’m talking a hand-up or helping hand.

There’s plenty fun things to do if you aren’t working all the time to make money for your enterprise and to support your family. And there is also plenty of work to do, perhaps as a volunteer.

Eventually, I could see us terraforming Mars, thanks Kim Stanley Robinson, and then perhaps building more shelter and developing resources elsewhere in the Solar System.

We are humans, and to the young all things seem possible are possible.

God Bless America, please.
Adam Selene
January 2015

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Educational (R)evolution

I’d rather an Educational Revolution then an actual Revolution.

War is bad for children and other living things.

We are all  human beings and grandchildren.

Let’s remember the Golden Rule and think of our grandchildren. Better still, ask our public servants to think of the  grandchildren.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.  And Debra Kidd is mostly right on about education.

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