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  • Sep 15th, 2012 @ 11:36am

    oh boy!

    Lets chip everyone in the school! Teachers, Principals, custodians, cooks, and bottle washers if you work in a school you have the chip. Why should only students have all the fun? ;)

  • Jun 13th, 2012 @ 11:17am

    7 grand?

    That's highway robbery! Dragon Naturally Speaking is 200 bucks. Maybe Apple needs to shut up and hire the SFY crew to develop the product? Many of you probably are thinking singular little girl affected. But this APP helps thousands. It's a sad day in the tech industry.

  • May 5th, 2012 @ 3:51pm

    Re: Teachers, Pay Attention

    Sort of like how in the old days parents taught their children their trade? If so that may work, but at what age? You could start a program to get parents to start teaching their children young, and then when they reach a certain age they decide. But I am not sure how this will work in this day and age because of labor laws etc. But in the classroom that would be too much because of the number of fields. Now they say to teach a child according to STEM Science Technology Engineering and Math. Teach the students this, and they will fit into any type of trade you throw at them. I am not sure how well this is going because of the downsizing going on.

  • May 4th, 2012 @ 1:38pm

    Re:

    Wow so the only thing educational about the game was the fact he learned that animals are fair game if you have a gun.

    wonderful. :/

  • May 3rd, 2012 @ 9:33pm

    Re: lets teach!

    Forgot to mention...

    There are games out there but a few. The biggest gripe from teachers is price. It seems as though a few made games and expect teachers and students to pay dearly for them.

    Here are the stats: http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/files/2012/05/jgcc_teacher_survey_chart_barriers.jpg

  • May 3rd, 2012 @ 9:27pm

    lets teach!

    Half of the 505 K-8 teachers surveyed said they use digital games with their students two or more days a week, and 18 percent use them daily.

    Nearly 70 percent said that “lower-performing students engage more with subject content with use of digital games.”
    Three-fifths reported “increased attention to specific tasks and improved collaborations among all students.”
    Sixty percent said using digital games “helps personalize instruction and better assess student knowledge and learning.”
    Though most use Apple or PC computers, 25 percent said their students use iPads or tablet computers, and less than 10 percent use other mobile devices or video game consoles.
    62% said games make it easier to level lessons and effectively teach the range of learners in their class.

    So judging by the survey games are what teachers will be seeking for students. They will have to work on several platforms, and be for all ages/grades

    From what I have seen many games produced and available tend to favor children in the lower grades. Generally locked down game pilot programs for the older ones.

    I want to see better tools for teachers and students, and games for middle and high school. Less talk is what we need for now, many claim to be making this stuff so where is it?

  • Apr 18th, 2012 @ 9:35pm

    Re: Re:

    I believe another word for this is "Kitchen science" well actually two words. But yes they need more of this in the classroom. My son was the last to see this in his classroom. They built a rocket and the lower grades cheered them on on test day. Remember the classroom volcano? The following weekend I remember building that thing in my kitchen. The whole family was thrilled until it was time to clean up. Lucky for me everyone still had a smile on their face. And those science kits you could purchase that could put you in the hospital if you wasn't careful? All of those are learning experiences that you don't hear about anymore.

  • Apr 17th, 2012 @ 4:03am

    funny thing happen in Peru, and a few other places

    They shipped the laptops out some did not work, and while on the subject of not working some places they shipped them too did not have a steady stream of electricity to charge them up. (Some had electricity three times or less per week) In places that are dirt poor their Country wants running water, food, and healthcare. They don't care about the laptops because they don't produce clean water, don't heal the villages, and you can't eat laptops.

    Many knew the OLPC would fail. They sent them to Countries that you would not get a realistic review on. Send the laptops to places that can hold their own, that the only problems are access to education. These type places would be a good test run.

  • Apr 2nd, 2012 @ 8:18pm

    Just because it looks good...

    Means nothing. It may start off as better than one sided. But everyone is replaceable. Give them time as soon as they turn negative against the RIAA/MPAA they will replace them one by one until they have their whole team in place. Then it turns into a consumers worst nightmare.

  • Apr 2nd, 2012 @ 8:11pm

    thinking caps plus data

    Maybe we should be trying to figure out from it's beginning on whom is try so hard to push these type Bills through?

    Seems as fast as one gets killed there is always another to replace it. So there has to be a certain group, or business that has their heart set on passing this. It doesn't spring up without a reason. Someone has to do the pushing.

  • Mar 14th, 2012 @ 4:36am

    yes well we must be careful...

    That DNS food chain can bite.

    But seriously they could end up causing even more harm by putting in someone that might like users, but hate content.

  • Mar 9th, 2012 @ 3:08pm

    I never scan them

    Yes I see them. Yes I know that many are trying to make these things out to be better than peanut butter and jelly. But look at them for a minute. Do they tell you what is in that thing? Most don't. Can you tell what is in those things? Nope you have no idea until you so call scan them. So while many think they are the next best thing I can't help but think they also could be the next best security breach fixing to happen. Contain something nasty that could turn your phone into a paperweight. I will pass.

  • Feb 20th, 2012 @ 1:17pm

    Cool!

    May the RIAA die a slow and painful death!

  • Feb 20th, 2012 @ 1:15pm

    (untitled comment)

    They did not do this with Michael Jackson's videos. Netflix still had a few.

  • Feb 20th, 2012 @ 1:12pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Netflix is not free.

  • Feb 18th, 2012 @ 1:19am

    they create and try to create...

    these laws because they don't have control. They saw this with OWS, overseas in many nations, and in their back yards. They also saw what the Internet was capable of doing when they tried to pass SOPA. That just irks them. It tore a hole into their control and grabbed at the heart of them.

    As long as the people are diligent in stopping them hopefully we have a fighting chance. But we should never turn our backs on them. Because they are or could turn into backstabbers.

    As far as business is concerned I guess it is time for the business sector to have their own revolt. Gov never has liked anyone going against their grain. They like robots, they like followers not leaders. They hate fighters even if it is a fight with a pen.

  • Feb 16th, 2012 @ 2:06pm

    They have it all wrong

    The people duped were the lawmakers, and the ones doing the dupe was the MPAA and RIAA.

  • Feb 6th, 2012 @ 8:44pm

    I happen to think...

    They will ignore the letter. To agree to leave this alone for now will mess with their egos. After all they are busy apologizing to the lobbyist, and now that they have them back in their pocket... it's time to make them all happy, to hell with the public money rules.

    You better believe those lobbyist had a nice talk to every one of them that said no. I don't doubt they were threatened. If Dobbs will announce to the world his distaste in the Bill not getting passed... What makes you think Dobbs and the rest of those mongers talked to them any better in private?

  • Feb 2nd, 2012 @ 12:34pm

    Fair use

    I am not good at this, but I believe it is time for President Obama to say if he is for fair use or not, and what constitutes as fair use so this can move on to the next stage. As long as the White House does not take a stand one way or another fair use is open to anyone's interpretation for which can be abused.

    But I am no good at writing this sort of thing up.
    https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/create

  • Jan 24th, 2012 @ 9:07pm

    Re: Re: Re: ACTA is in the hands of parliament in the EU... same is not true elsewhere

    This pdf is from 2006. What I want to point out though is I heard also from someone that has been there that it is three times as bad today from the year 2006. China is nothing but a bootleg Country. They sell, trade, and ship overseas, and are the number one major player when it comes to pirated goods.
    http://www.uscc.gov/hearings/2006hearings/written_testimonies/06_06_08wrts/06_06_7_8_chow_daniel.p df

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