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Learning Analytics: The Next Generation Initiative in Student Assessment | Connected Learning

Learning Analytics: The Next Generation Initiative in Student Assessment  | Connected Learning | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

There is probably no segment of activity in the education world attracting as much attention at present as that of knowledge management in terms of learning analytics. Learning analytics as defined by elearnspaces is the use of intelligent data, learner-produced data, and analysis models to discover information and social connections, and to predict and advise on learning.

 

EDUCAUSE’s Next Generation learning initiative defines the learning analytics as “the use of data and models to predict student progress and performance, and the ability to act on that information”.

 

The traditional approach to learning analytics was to measure a student's mastery of a skill sets as compared to rote learning strategies and state standards. These types of traditional assessments were renamed in the early 90's as summative assessment based after new trends were developed in data driven decision making.

 

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School food service professionals urge expansion of summer meals programs | Amanda Litvinov | NEA.org

School food service professionals urge expansion of summer meals programs | Amanda Litvinov | NEA.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Nearly 22 million children received free or reduced-price lunch through the National School Lunch Program last year. Remarkably, only 16% of those students participated in a summer meals program.

Allison Haswell has worked in the Scottsboro City School District in northeastern Alabama for 10 years, most recently as a food service professional at Brownwood Elementary, where 62 percent of students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch.

Haswell sees the need for summer meals, not just in the data but during her interaction with students.

“When the students come back from summer vacation, they’re so excited to go through the line and put everything on their plates. Some of those little ones are so hungry they can’t wait to get at the food,” Haswell told EducationVotes. “If we could get to more of those kids all summer, it would be so beneficial for them to know they will get a hot meal every day.”

That’s why she applied for a part-time position with the district’s brand new summer meal program.


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CA activists stand up for students, middle-class at ALEC annual meeting | Brian Washington | NEA.org

CA activists stand up for students, middle-class at ALEC annual meeting | Brian Washington | NEA.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

A California educator is sharing what it was like to join hundreds in San Diego to protest the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, also known as ALEC. ALEC is funded by the infamous billionaire duo Charles and David Koch, also known as the Koch brothers, and has a track record of exploiting the rights of working Americans to make the rich even richer.

Barbara Dawson, a middle-school history and English teacher, said taking part in last Wednesday’s demonstration, outside the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel, gave her new hope about California’s future.


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SAME KOCH BROTHERS FUNDING THE NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC SCHOOLS "WAKE COUNTY" AND SOME , SO ARTICLES SAY.

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New rules for CT charters seek to better educational experiences for students | Brian Washington | NEA.org

New rules for CT charters seek to better educational experiences for students | Brian Washington | NEA.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy has signed into law new standards for charter schools designed to promote more transparency and accountability.

As a result, all records related to the administration and operation of charter schools within the state will now be accessible to the public under the Freedom of Information Act. This includes all information about how the private companies running charters schools, otherwise known as charter management organizations (CMO), are actually spending taxpayer dollars collected from charters.

As one state representative put it, just before the bill passed the State House, these new standards will help make sure the public’s investment in charter schools is used to better students’ educational experiences.


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More children live in poverty, even as economic recovery strengthens | Felix Perez | NEA.org

More children live in poverty, even as economic recovery strengthens | Felix Perez | NEA.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

More than 16 million children in the United States, or 22 percent, live in poverty, a number greater than at the start of the Great Recession in 2008, although there has been improvement in the number of high school students who graduate on time (81 percent), and the number of children who attend preschool (46 percent) has held steady.
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According to the “2015 Kids Count Data Book” released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a child advocacy organization, the uneven economic recovery has left “stagnant pockets of low-income, struggling communities and families, where a child’s future is anchored in scarcity and hardship.”


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CMC to offer downtown Rifle, CO classes | Ryan Hoffman | PostIndependent.com

CMC to offer downtown Rifle, CO classes | Ryan Hoffman | PostIndependent.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Colorado Mountain College will open a new downtown Rifle, CO location in August, marking what could be a benefit to the city’s central business district, as well as potential students.

Renovations at the new CMC Downtown Rifle Academic Center, located at 229 West Ave., are in progress, and CMC plans on offering a limited number of classes in the fall semester. Once complete, the building will feature five state-of-the-art classrooms, as well as a day-care center.

The decision to open a new center in downtown Rifle a little more than three miles from CMC’s Western Garfield County Campus on Airport Road was twofold, explained Rachel Pokrandt, CMC Rifle campus dean.

Enrollment at the Rifle campus has steadily grown to the point where no additional classrooms are available in the fall and spring semesters.

“We’re one of the faster-growing locations in the district, and we’re running out of space,” Pokrandt said.


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MoMA Releases Data On 125,000 Art Works To The Public | Mike Masnick | Techdirt

MoMA Releases Data On 125,000 Art Works To The Public | Mike Masnick | Techdirt | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York is not just one of the most famous museums in the world, is also trying to give back to the public somewhat as well. Not only has it proudly embraced Creative Commons by displaying CC's own logo as a part of its collection, it has decided to release data on over 125,000 works into the public domain by posting them to Github using a cc0 public domain dedication.

Unfortunately, the data included does not include images of the artwork, which would have been a much more impressive move. Also, on the Github page, there is a list of "usage guidelines" which includes lines such as saying if you modify the dataset "you must make it clear that the resulting dataset has been modified by you." Of course, that's not actually required. Most of the other "guidelines" are more in the form of a request -- which is fine -- rather than a command.


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Georgia Is Moving Children With Disabilities Into Schools Used During Jim Crow | Marian Wang | Truthout.org

Georgia Is Moving Children With Disabilities Into Schools Used During Jim Crow | Marian Wang | Truthout.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Georgia has been illegally and unnecessarily segregating thousands of students with behavioral issues and disabilities, isolating them in run-down facilities and providing them with subpar education, according to an investigation by the US Department of Justice.

Some of the students in the program were schooled in the same inferior buildings that served black children in the days of Jim Crow. The investigation found that many of the buildings lack gyms, cafeterias, libraries, labs, playgrounds and other amenities.

"It's a warehouse for kids the school system doesn't want or know how to deal with," a parent told the Justice Department of the program. The Justice Department detailed its findings in a letter earlier this month to Georgia's governor and attorney general.


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Boy Who Couldn’t Afford Books Asks Mailman For Junk Mail To Read; Mailman Responds Spectacularly | Ryan Grenoble | HuffPost.com

Boy Who Couldn’t Afford Books Asks Mailman For Junk Mail To Read; Mailman Responds Spectacularly | Ryan Grenoble | HuffPost.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Twelve-year-old Mathew Flores is a bit different from the rest of us. He loves junk mail.

Until recently, advertisements were the only reading materials available to the boy. Flores loves reading so much that he approached his mailman in a Salt Lake City suburb on Friday to ask if he could have any junk mail.

The strange question prompted the mailman, Ron Lynch, to ask why. Lynch detailed Flores' response in a heartbreaking Facebook post afterward.

"Today while delivering mail to his apartment complex, I saw him reading ads, and then he asked me if I had any extra mail he could read," Lynch wrote. "He told me his wish is to have books to read. I told him the library had many, but he said they don't have a car, and couldn't afford the bus."

Lynch then asked his Facebook friends if they could spare some books for Flores:

"Most kids his age want electronics! It's great to see his desire, and you should have seen him beam when I said I could help!"

"He's counting on me," he concluded, "so I'm counting on you!"

Lynch thought the Facebook post might bring in 50 to 60 books, he told local news outlet KSL. But his request went viral.


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Report: 40 Per Cent of NYC High Schools Do Not Offer Advanced Math and Science Courses | Geoff Decker | AlterNet.org

You need chemistry to become a registered nurse or an emergency medical technician. You need physics to become an architect.

But those occupations could be closed off to students attending a large number of New York City high schools, according to a report released Wednesday by the Center for New York City Affairs at the New School. The report found that nearly four in 10 city high schools do not offer algebra II and both physics and chemistry.

The numbers paint a grim picture of the instruction many students are receiving in the so-called STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The numbers look especially bleak for black and Hispanic students, who are underrepresented at the schools where most advanced diplomas are earned.


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Bradley Gomoluch's curator insight, July 31, 6:28 PM

I chose this because I was interested in the offering of advanced courses for students. 

Jennifer McGuff's curator insight, Today, 1:02 PM

I chose this article because it talks about STEM subjects. 

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Happy Birthday Copyright Bombshell: New Evidence Warner Music Previously Hid Shows Song Is Public Domain | Mike Masnick | Techdirt

Happy Birthday Copyright Bombshell: New Evidence Warner Music Previously Hid Shows Song Is Public Domain | Mike Masnick | Techdirt | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Last minute evidence that completely turns a legal case on its head doesn't come about all that often -- despite what you see in Hollywood movies and TV shows. The discovery process in a lawsuit generally reveals most of the evidence revealed to everyone pretty early on.


And yet... in the high profile lawsuit over the copyright status of the song "Happy Birthday," the plaintiffs "Good Morning to You Productions" (who are making a documentary about the song and are arguing that the song is in the public domain) have popped up with a last minute filing, saying they have just come across evidence that the song is absolutely in the public domain.

And, here's the real kicker:


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MA: STEAM Summit Series @ Center for Arts in Education at BAA | Boston Arts Academy

MA: STEAM Summit Series @ Center for Arts in Education at BAA | Boston Arts Academy | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

What is the STEAM Summit Series?

In the 2015-16 school year, the Center for Arts in Education at Boston Arts Academy will be hosting three interdisciplinary workshops – our STEAM Summit Series – for educators and organizations that work with 6th-12th grade students.

Explore, deepen and create STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) curriculum to engage you as an educator in our new STEAM Lab. Learn how art and technology engage students in interdisciplinary learning at an urban public high school. All three workshops will be led by Dr. Nettrice Gaskins, BAA’s STEAM Lab Director.


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The focus on integrating STEAM in public education is interesting.

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Hedge funds tell Puerto Rico: lay off teachers and close schools to pay us back | Rupert Neate | The Guardian

Hedge funds tell Puerto Rico: lay off teachers and close schools to pay us back | Rupert Neate | The Guardian | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Billionaire hedge fund managers have called on Puerto Rico to lay off teachers and close schools so that the island can pay them back the billions it owes.

The hedge funds called for Puerto Rico to avoid financial default – and repay its debts – by collecting more taxes, selling $4bn worth of public buildings and drastically cutting public spending, particularly on education.

The group of 34 hedge funds hired former International Monetary Fund (IMF) economists to come up with a solution to Puerto Rico’s debt crisis after the island’s governor declared its $72bn debt “unpayable” – paving the way for bankruptcy.

The funds are “distressed debt” specialists, also known as vulture funds, and several have also sought to make money out of crises in Greece and Argentina, the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the near collapse of Co-op Bank in the UK.

The report, entitled For Puerto Rico, There is a Better Way, said Puerto Rico could save itself from default if it improves tax collection and drastically cuts back on public spending.

It accused the island, where 56% of children live in poverty, of spending too much on education even though the government has already closed down almost 100 schools so far this year.


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How the Legacy of Slavery Affects the Mental Health of Black Americans Today | Alma Carten | AlterNet.org

How the Legacy of Slavery Affects the Mental Health of Black Americans Today | Alma Carten | AlterNet.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

On July 22, in announcing the federal indictment of Charleston killer Dylann Roof, Attorney General Loretta Lynch commented that the expression of forgiveness offered by the victims' families is “an incredible lesson and message for us all.”

Forgiveness and grace are, indeed, hallmarks of the Black Church.

Since slavery, the church has been a formidable force for the survival of blacks in an America still grappling with the residual effects of white supremacy.

This was eloquently illustrated in the aftermath of the Charleston church massacre. Americans rightly stood in awe of the bereaved families' laudable demonstration of God’s grace in action.

But what about the psychic toll that these acts of forgiveness exact?


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THE CHURCH PER GOD NOT MAN HAS NO COLOR BECAUSE THE TEMPLE OF GOD/ CHURCH ARE NOT A BUILDING WHERE PEOPLE GATHER TO FELLOWSHIP WITH EACH OTHER IN BUT OUR OWN INDIVIDUAL BODIES BY WHICH GOD SPIRIT DWELLS IN IF WE ASK AND WELCOME HIM IT. WE ALL WAS CREATED IN HIS IMAGE NOW HOW WE DEFILE OR TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN TEMPLE HS NOTHING TO DO WITH A CHURCH AND A PERSONS WALK WITH GOD. THE BUILDING OR GATHERING PLACE/CHURCH IS THE SLAVERY DAYS IS THE ONLY TIME BY WHICH THE SLAVES COULD GATHER OTHER THAN IN MASTERS FIELD OR WHERE EVER HE CHOSE THEM TO BE TO WORK FOR HIM AND EVEN IN THAT THE PASTER WOULD TELL THEM THAT THE BIBLE SAID THEY SHOULD BE SLAVES BECAUSE IT SAID SERVANTS OBEY YOUR MASTER FOR IT IS RIGHT TO DO. BUT THE TEMPLE OF IS NOT A PHYSICAL BUILDING WHERE PEOPLE GATHER FOR FELLOWSHIP.AS WE ALL WILL BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR OUR OWN DONE IN OUR OWN INDIVIDUAL PERSONAL TEMPLE. BUT GOD KNOWS ALL! 

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College Board Caves To Conservative Pressure, Changes AP U.S. History Curriculum | Casey Quinlan | Think Progress

College Board Caves To Conservative Pressure, Changes AP U.S. History Curriculum | Casey Quinlan | Think Progress | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

After backlash from conservatives that AP guidelines released last year by the College Board were unpatriotic, the new AP standards, which are effective immediately, will use the phrase “American exceptionalism,” and includes the founding fathers, according to Newsweek. The College Board said it “previously assumed it wasn’t something it needed to spell out as part of what would be taught in an American history course.”

Some of the main criticisms of the guidelines, conservatives voiced, were less emphasis on the founding fathers and more emphasis on slavery. The guidelines also included earlier American history that included violence against Native Americans and mentioned the growing influence of social conservatives. There were also complaints that World War II was not emphasized enough, but military victories will be given more attention in the new standards. Mentions of slavery will be “roughly the same” as previous standards, according to Newsweek.

Conservatives also took issue with the framework’s description of the term “manifest destiny.” The definition, according to The Daily Caller:


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Thousands of Exhausted Things, or why we dedicated MoMA’s collection data to the public domain | Fiona Romeo in Digital @ MoMA | Medium

Thousands of Exhausted Things, or why we dedicated MoMA's collection data to the public domain - Digital @ MoMA - Medium

MoMA accessioned the Creative Commons License Symbol into its collection in March 2015 and it’s now on display in our design galleries as part of the exhibition 'This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good'.


According to curator Paola Antonelli (@curiousoctopus), Creative Commons allows those who create content to “think beyond the default position of All Rights Reserved.”


It therefore feels important that we just flipped our own default and shared data for more than 125,000 works from MoMA’s collection on GitHub using Creative Commons Zero (CC0).


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Could small tweaks reap big rewards in math education? | Kevin Hartnett | The Boston Globe

Could small tweaks reap big rewards in math education? | Kevin Hartnett | The Boston Globe | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Math education in the United States is a subject of constant anxiety. Our country’s future feels imperiled when our students land in the middle of the pack on international standardized tests, behind many Asian countries, most of Western Europe, and the likes of Slovenia and Latvia. There’s also personal angst, each time a kid throws down his pencil and concludes he’s just not meant for arithmetic.

A wholesale revision of the way we teach math is a tempting idea, either in the form of a fully rebooted curriculum or in dramatic changes to teacher training. This explains some of the recent popularity in the United States of Singapore math, for instance. But maybe there’s another way.

Over the last decade, researchers in cognitive psychology have found that better math education comes from surprisingly simple changes in the way numerical concepts are presented. These insights have the potential to shake up the way math is taught in the classroom, and even move the country up in those international rankings.

Consider something as elementary as patterns. In a paper published in the most recent issue of Child Development, Nicole McNeil of the University of Notre Dame and Emily Fyfe, a graduate student at Vanderbilt University, ran an experiment in which preschool-age children were taught patterns using one of two methods.


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Textiles That Transform: From Sonic Fabric to 3D Printed Fashion | Nettrice Gaskins | Musings of a Renegade Futurist

Textiles That Transform: From Sonic Fabric to 3D Printed Fashion | Nettrice Gaskins | Musings of a Renegade Futurist | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

I was really happy to join an incredible global community of makers who share their knowledge, designs, and time to help each other realize their dreams. – Danit Peleg

To continue from the previous post (i.e., Sonic Fabric) I wanted to return to where I started last year: 3D printing, which is an additive process that enables just about anyone to print from 3D models they create on computers. The biggest challenge is time, especially in learning environments where classes are shorter than the time it takes to print a palm-sized object.

The 3D printers available to consumers are great for making small prototypes or tchotchkes. But they’re still slow, inaccurate and generally only print one material at a time. And that’s not going to change any time soon. – Quartz

Another issue was the time it took to fix things like extruder heads when printers jammed (often). Fortunately, the engineer who created the 3D printers we use in the BAA STEAM Lab is gracious with his time. I’ve gotten very good at unclogging extruder heads and even learned a thing or three about the inner workings of 3D printers.


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Nevada’s New Voucher Plan Is Designed to Bankrupt Public Schools | Jan Resseger | AlterNet.org

Nevada is one of our nation’s 24 one-party, all Republican states. Writing for the Washington Post, Lyndsey Layton and Emma Brown note that, “In January, Republicans took control of the Nevada legislature and the governor’s mansion for the first time since 1929, generating the political momentum to enact the country’s most expansive voucher plan. ...Starting next school year, any parent in Nevada can pull a child from the state’s public schools and take tax dollars with them, giving families the option to use public money to pay for private or parochial school or even for home schooling… Nevada’s law is singular because all of the state’s 450,000 K-12 public school children—regardless of income—are eligible to take the money to whatever school they choose.” A child must be enrolled in a public school for at least 100 days in order to qualify.

Layton and Brown report that the new Nevada voucher bill was developed with the assistance of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, the foundation Jeb Bush launched in 2008, but from which he resigned at the end of 2014 to prepare for his presidential run. The Foundation’s chief executive Patricia Levesque describes Nevada’s new voucher bill: “This is the wave of the future. In all aspects of our life, we look for ways to customize and give individuals more control over their path and destiny…. This is a fundamental shift in how we make decisions about education.”

The Education Law Center recently circulated an analysis of Nevada’s new school vouchers from Educate Nevada Now, a statewide organization that promotes public education:


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Italy: Zaha Hadid's museum in the mountain opens for business | Adam Williams | GizMag.com

Italy: Zaha Hadid's museum in the mountain opens for business | Adam Williams | GizMag.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Jutting out of the peak of Kronplatz mountain in Italy's South Tyrol region like a futuristic Bond baddie's lair, the Messner Mountain Museum Corones is classic Zaha Hadid with its curved concrete and striking glazing. Three sections exit the mountain at 2,275 m (7,463 ft) above sea level, but the greater part of the building is actually hidden from view. Here, embedded into the rock, an exhibition that promotes the traditions, history and discipline of mountaineering can be found.

Messner Mountain Museum Corones opened to the public this week after a three year build. It is the sixth and final of a series of museum buildings based around the mountainous South Tyrol region in an ambitious project by famous mountaineer and local, Reinhold Messner. Messner is rated as the first person to tackle all of the so-called "eight thousanders," or the 14 mountains with peaks over 8,000 m (26,000 ft) above sea level around the globe.


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New Video 'Harvard' Is a Scene From the Miseducation of Gyasi Ross | Indian Country Today Media Network

New Video 'Harvard' Is a Scene From the Miseducation of Gyasi Ross | Indian Country Today Media Network | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Attorney and ICTMN editor-at-large Gyasi Ross continues to make waves in his latest persona -- a rapper and spoken word artist. His newest video, released today, find him much more in the latter category -- "Harvard" is a strongly-worded anecdote about a young person whose dreams are bigger than those of his educational steward.


Manny, the student, wants to apply to Harvard University; the school administrator who's supposed to guide him discourages him from trying. "Are you sure you want to go through with this?" she asks him, one eye on her watch.

What the administrator fails to consider is that a rejection letter from an Ivy League school itself has value -- that even aspiring to go to Harvard is itself "a sign of progress."


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One In Eight Americans Burdened By Student Loan Debt, Including 700,000 Seniors | Mary Swig, Roger Hickey & Steven Swig | AlterNet.org

One In Eight Americans Burdened By Student Loan Debt, Including 700,000 Seniors | Mary Swig, Roger Hickey & Steven Swig | AlterNet.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

It will not be news to 41 million Americans that this nation is in the middle of a student debt crisis. That's the number of people burdened by student loan payments. But many people, including many student debt holders, may be surprised to learn that people can be pursued for student debt even into their elder years.

In fact, the government is withholding Social Security payments for some retirees, because their student loans have not been fully repaid. This is a growing problem which Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Claire McCaskill have asked the government to study in greater depth.


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Changing the Landscape of Low-Cost Broadband: NDIA's Lifeline Comments to the FCC | Angela Siefer | NDIA.org

Changing the Landscape of Low-Cost Broadband: NDIA's Lifeline Comments to the FCC | Angela Siefer | NDIA.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) exists to support local broadband adoption efforts. Since the modernization of Lifeline was the original impetus for forming NDIA, we are very carefully considering our comments to the FCC regarding the modernization of Lifeline. NDIA is crafting comments that respond to multiple sections in the NPRM but we wanted to give you a heads up on particular recommendations we are crafting. We will keep our affiliates informed via the NDIA listserv regarding drafts of NDIA comments.

The FCC's Lifeline and Link Up Reform and Modernization Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was published in the Federal Register. The deadline for comments is August 17, 2015. The notice in the Federal Register includes instructions on how to submit comments. We encourage all our affiliates and partners to do so. You are also welcome to reference our comments and/or use language we are distributing.

Two issues we will be including in our comments:


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Obama rolls out initiative to boost US supercomputer capability | John Ribeiro | NetworkWorld.com

Obama rolls out initiative to boost US supercomputer capability | John Ribeiro | NetworkWorld.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

US President Barack Obama has signed an executive order setting up the National Strategic Computing Initiative that will adopt a coordinated strategy involving multiple government agencies, academia and the private sector for the development of high-performance computing systems.

Adopting a “whole-of-government” approach, involving all departments and agencies with expertise and interests in HPC, one of the objectives of the NSCI will be to speed up the delivery of “a capable exascale computing system that integrates hardware and software capability to deliver approximately 100 times the performance of current 10 petaflop systems across a range of applications representing government needs.”


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Textiles That Communicate: Smart Fibers, Sensors & Afrofuturism 3.0 | Nettrice Gaskins | Musings of a Renegade Futurist

Textiles That Communicate: Smart Fibers, Sensors & Afrofuturism 3.0 | Nettrice Gaskins | Musings of a Renegade Futurist | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The essay I wrote for the upcoming book Afrofuturism 2.0 The Rise of Astro-Blackness Vol. 1 considers whether cultural symbols in augmented, techno-vernacular spaces lose their meaning, or if artists create new experiences in which the cultural, spatial and information layers are equally important. It explores the general dynamic between cultural data and creative expression and how this might function differently in today’s world.

Coded quilts are somewhere between myth and fact. The symbols are similar to what is displayed on a Global Positioning System (GPS) or on Google Earth, a virtual map and geographical information program. Imagine that, in an alternate reality, Underground Railroad passengers used mobile phones with cameras that when pointed at quilts obtained information as images layered on top of the physical environment.


Conductive thread, fabric, fiber and paint, in addition to wiring/circuitry that can be woven into fabric expand the possibilities of tangible media. “Smart” textiles are electronically programmed, constructed with internal sensors that react to colors, light, touch or movement. When integrated with GPS and mobile technologies, smart textiles can be used to monitor location. The Burton Mix Master Glove/Mitt is a wireless controller for iDevices such as iPods.


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How Big Corporations Are Starving Public Schools of Billions of Dollars | Paul Bucheit | AlterNet.org

How Big Corporations Are Starving Public Schools of Billions of Dollars | Paul Bucheit | AlterNet.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Corporations have reaped trillion-dollar benefits from 60 years of public education in the U.S., but they're skipping out on the taxes meant to sustain the educational system.


Children suffer from repeated school cutbacks.


And parents subsidize the deadbeat corporations through increases in property taxes and sales taxes.


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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, July 29, 1:09 PM

They are business perks and incentives with no end that has been given not just started but the poor economy it makes the write off of more suspicion and accountable and questioned or of concern by which without economical issues would be just a drop in the bucket at the costs of public schools usually the lower income children of color or low income families!  there probably was a share being thrown back into somebody in the public schools pocket therefore they kept the where the money at down because they all knew and had no problem with it not being to the public schools.