Mobile Learning On The Interwebs

Virtual School Meanderings

Beginning with the ASCD SmartBrief.

Nook e-readers replace textbooks in Ohio school
A Cincinnati school has purchased 1,200 Nook Color e-readers to replace traditional textbooks. Officials say students at the school, which includes grades seven through 12, will be able to take the devices home, ensuring they have mobile access to academic resources. Officials say the Nooks will be less costly than traditional textbooks and help schools update texts more frequently. However, they also are worried about the potential for theft. The Cincinnati Enquirer (11/12)

Neb. district reverses course on iPad integration
Officials in a Nebraska school district have reversed an earlier decision to purchase iPads for students over concerns the devices may not meet the needs of the schools and their students. At issue, officials said, is concerns about off-site filtering of Web content and the “testing capabilities” of the iPads. For now, officials say, students will continue to…

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The Phallic Symbolism of the lights atop the Empire State building on election night.

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We saw them rise,

Side by side,

First red was winning,

Then blue got competing,

Few in the reds,

Had any faith in the blues,

But faith had nothing to do with it,

Only how high you

could

could

could put it,

When finally CNN could call it,

When Ohio finally blued on it,

Where but Ohio,

Who but Obama,

What but blue,

Won that phallic race,

And decided whom would Rule!

So now you know,

That it isn’t the black that’s long,

Nor the white that’s strong,

But a coalition of blight,

Wielding might,

That makes that blue anaconda dong!

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Look Up…

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A dark sky bleeds clear,

A blue sky bleeds not at all,

Yet the health of the plain,

Depends on the bleed,

Life depends on the bleed,

But when we look upon it,

When we see a brooding

thunderous sky,

Why do we not think of life?

For the source of life is ugly and dark,

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Then again,

So too is the death,

Which we must all face.

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Nawapa pole wale wote ambao wamehadhiriwa na huu mkasa wa Hurricane Sandy.

The Obama Presidency, Term One

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Mr. Obama was once our dream. He was our brainchild in ’08. The whole world said  “yes we can!”

So what changed?

I’ll tell you what changed:

The American economy rebounded from the worst recession since the global depression.

Osama bin Laden was tracked down and taken out like the trash that he was.

We saw the greatest and most necessary healthcare reform that America needed come to pass. And because of it +30 millions of Americans who were previously uninsured now have affordable care.

If indeed our only rebuke of the man is the speed at which he has managed to effect these changes then it is also irrational for us to cut his time even more.

Obviously recovery takes longer than collapse. One has to first get over the inertia of the destructive recession to even begin an attempt at growth. And indeed Mr.Obama has accomplished this for in the third quarter of 2012 the GDP has grown by 2%.
This is a fact, not a polling number.

America has grown during Mr. Obama’s Presidency. America is on a healthy path with this president. How could you even consider risking that positivity by changing leadership during this time of nascent growth?

In this election, we have a challenger who just months ago insisted that America should get rid of FEMA and replace it with some vague state level agency. Yet with increasingly volatile weather caused by human induced climate change, how can anyone seriously suggest that we remove one of the few entities which Americans in crisis can depend on?

The thing about an emergency is that it does not respect cost! Disasters cannot be controlled as they occur but certainly the aftermath can be managed. And if the aftermath is poorly managed then the overall recovery cost increases by factors. Mitt Romney doesn’t seem to understand that. He only views this in terms of short term costs versus benefits. Quite frankly like an out of practice CEO. It is indeed disturbing to think that whilst people are cold and hungry in the wake of a disaster that the President would be more concerned about the cost of helping them and less about their suffering. Mitt Romney wants to divide America into States. He wants States to view one another as competitors rather than as allies. His experience in the private sector has molded him into a callous and uncaring individual. Romney has no place in Government.

We do have the right man in office. His values are the people’s values. He knows that people are more concerned with security at home rather than with an adventurous military abroad. Barack Obama genuinely cares about people. His field is in the humanities. His expertise is far more suited to the care of 300 million Americans than Mr. Romney’s corporate experience. He sees millions of workers where Mitt Romney only sees a few hundred corporations. He sees thousands of futures where Mitt Romney sees only money being spent on education expenditures.

Cost cutting is what is necessary to reduce the National debt. But the reason we want to reduce the National debt is to help millions of people who will have to pay it back eventually. It therefore makes no sense to burden these same Americans by destroying the social programs they depend on.

America is not under any current threat of such magnitude that it can justify the military spending increases which Mr. Romney advocates for. Are these sums not also adding to the National debt? How can the right continue to exist when they have been proven to be so full of hypocrisy?

America is wounded. It needs to be restored from the inside out. Military spending will not build hospitals nor schools nor infrastructure of any kind domestically. It will merely be blown away on some expensive, murderous tool of inhumanity.

Americans live in the United States of America. Military spending however, is mainly wasted abroad. The late 2000s recession damaged the American economy. The rest of the world’s nations are desperately trying to build back their own domestic capacities. The US will end up weaker if it spends it’s own scarce resources on foreign interventions rather than on nation building at home.

Barack Obama is not threatening other nations like his blowhard republican challenger. He understands that they are sovereign nations. And just as the United States would not be manipulated by threats and terrorism and demands from foreign nations, so too does Mr. Obama avoid such an ineffective foreign policy strategy. His opponents of course have painted this as some kind of weakness on Mr. Obama’s part. But they do so for political reasons which is to say with absolute disregard for the facts. These are the same people who insist that Barack Obama is a Muslim but at the same time also a Communist. Communism does not in fact endorse any religion.

Healthcare reform is also an agenda in this election. The challenger Mitt  Romney has vowed to repeal ACA. He childishly attacks this healthcare reform without a thought for the millions of people who will be left uninsured should it cease to exist. He offers no alternative and no hope for the millions of his fellow citizens with pre-existing medical conditions who will yet again become abandoned by greedy insurance companies. This is the man who promises 12 million jobs. The same man who as Governor in Massachusetts lost his State 40,000 manufacturing jobs.

How can you trust anything he says when he changes his mind almost as often as he changes his tie?

Barack Obama is the safe option.

Barack Obama is the smart option.

Barack Obama is my choice and my appeal to you is that you also make him your choice.

Thank you for your time reader.

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Now go out and vote. 🙂