Saturday, August 19, 2017

Notations On Our World (W-End Edition): On The Need For a Humanities Degree....

Friday, August 18, 2017

Notations On Our World (Special Friday Edition) : On @Amazon & @Apple

As a new week dawns, we decided to feature a few key interesting developments courtesy of CB Insight and Abundance Insider which is a "window" into the future:

Apple a day

Apple's latest patent is aiming to turn your iPhone into a medical device. The filing describes how a phone camera could be used to collect data like heart function, body fat, and blood pressure. 

The robots are coming, the robots are coming

Amazon will have more robots than employees pretty soon.

Someone, build a wall.

We view this as critical especially as Disney is going to be launching a streaming service in a direct competition with Netflix:

Disney Research Magic Bench Makes Augmented Reality a Headset-Free Group Experience

What it is: Disney Research has created the first headset-free shared augmented reality experience, dubbed Magic Bench. Leveraging Microsoft Kinect technology, the experience allows users to view themselves through a mirror with other characters sitting next to them. As one example, they might sit next to a rabbit or an elephant, feel them move on the bench, and hear their words as if they were sitting next to them.
Why it's important: Cumbersome head-mounted displays pose an obstacle to mass adoption of mixed reality experiences; in response, we're seeing a number of different approaches to this challenge, from holograms to this new approach from Disney. Look for many more combinations of sensory input to "level up" the social experience of this new medium.   

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Notations From the Grid (Special Edition): @petesouza Looks Back to @POTUS44 @barackobama Years....

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

View of the Week (Special Mid-Week Edition): Charlottesville: Race and Terror – VICE News Tonight on HBO

As reported by Esquire Magazine, "...Hundreds of white supremacists marched with torches in an American city last night. They arrived the next day brandishing weapons and armor. One white supremacist allegedly murdered an anti-racist protester in the street with his car and injured…..".   In line with our mission to Educate here in our Education Property, we present this courtesy of the team at Vice News: 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Notations On Our World (Special Community Edition): A Point of Pride in Our Community

We have the pleasure to report on a profound achievement by our local School District:  Capistrano Unified--as it has been named among the top District.   Please see the following courtesy of the Capistrano Unified School District:

Capistrano Unified School District Again Ranked as one of California's Top Districts
The 2018 rankings released this month rank elementary, middle and high schools as well as school districts. According to,
Capistrano Unified School District ranked #37 out of California's 474 districts, and #7 in Orange County. CUSD earned an overall grade of A from Niche, earning an A- in academics and and diversity, and an A+ in teachers and college prep and B- in clubs and activities; and B+ in health and safety.

To arrive at these rankings, Niche looked at data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as test scores, college data and ratings collected from Niche users. The methodology for each category of ranking varied.

Niche assigns a standardized score for each factor, which is then weighted before an overall score is calculated for each school district. The overall scores are again standardized and some districts are disqualified from receiving a final letter grade if there isn't enough data. School districts are then ranked numerically and assigned grades.

Niche's data for its K-12 school district rankings comes from various sources including the U.S. Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics and the Civil Rights Data Collection. The rankings also rely on data that is self-reported by Niche users and schools.    Please click on the following for further details:  Capistrano Unified School District Rankings:

Saturday, August 12, 2017

View of the Week (W-End Edition): On The Education Scene in California

Please enjoy this "Snapshot" courtesy of the team at EdSource:

Inspired by Skid Row, educator opening charter to help LA's homeless children and families
By Mikhail Zinshteyn, EdSource

As a college freshman, Hattie Mitchell visited L.A.’s notorious Skid Row neighborhood as part of a choir group and spotted a six-month old baby on the ground surrounded by trash and signs of prostitution and drug use.

“And I just thought…this little girl has no idea…she may aspire to be something and the chances of that happening are slim to none just given her circumstances.”

Mitchell soon found her life’s work: “The changing factor in my life was education, what will change her trajectory? Education.”
What it means when a school district declares itself a 'safe haven' or 'sanctuary': a quick guide
By Carolyn JonesEdSource 

Definitions of “sanctuary” vary from district to district, but in most cases it means that school staff will not allow federal immigration agents on campus without a warrant, subpoena or court order. Any request by immigration agents to enter a campus, or obtain information about students, would have to be approved by the superintendent or the school district’s legal staff.                                                                                                Read more
Our picks from other sources
A later start to the school day? Why California could delay the bell
By Jessica Calefati, CALMatters, Aug. 10
First Vietnamese-American college president relies on refugee past to connect with students
By Emily Deruy, East Bay Times, Aug. 11
When it comes to special education in California schools, ‘funding is very unequal’
By Maya Srikrishnan, Voice of San Diego, Aug. 10
Seeing hope for flagging economy, West Virginia revamps vocational track
By Dana Goldstein, The New York Times, Aug. 11
Biggest for-profit college trade group isn't waiting for favorable outcome from Department of Education's rule-making process
By Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 11
Also of Interest
Summit Public Schools explains its science of learning
Redwood-city based Summit Public Schools, which operates 11 charter schools and shares its online personalized learning platform with dozens of schools and districts nationwide, has released “The Science of Summit.”  The  70-page paper explains the guiding principles and cognitive science behind the organization’s approach to learning and the skills, content knowledge and habits of learning it wants students to acquire. You can find the paper here.Summit plans other publications in coming months.

Public invited to offer suggestions on school conditions and climate

The California Department of Education will share the work of the School Conditions and Climate Work Group and seek feedback from the public at a meeting at the Sacramento County Office of Education, 3661 Whitehead Street, Suite 100, in Mather  from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22. The work group reported to the State Board of Education on its progress in a memo in June. The goal of the work group is to present recommendations for developing school conditions and climate measures and supports,  a priority required by the Local Control Funding Formula. To RSVP to the meeting, go here

Designing a better LCAP

Taking up the challenge of creating a more innovative, parent- and user-oriented Local Control and Accountability Plan, the nonprofit firm Pivot Learning Partners and the California Collaborative for District Reform explore the potential for a flexible, design-driven LCAP in a 12-page paper. The paper examines four options based on different design principles that will be the basis for creating prototypes in school districts  in 2017-18. Go here to read the paper.  

New 50-state fact sheets on child care costs and quality

Center for American Progress has released fact sheets for all 50 states and the District of Columbia on the cost and quality of childcare. State-by-state data includes costs as a percentage of income for families of color and families living in poverty, as well as percentages of child care providers participating in a state quality rating and improvement system.

According to the California fact sheet, annual costs at a child care center in California average $22,460 for an infant and a 4-year-old -- 34 percent of the median income for families with children.

To download the fact sheets, go here.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Notations From the Grid (Special Edition): A Special Tribute to a Special Organization @moas_eu

MOAS is 3 years Old.  We are privilieged to feature this newsletter in this special edition of "Notations" to pay tribute to a group of selfless souls who make such a profound difference:

August 2017: Happy Birthday MOAS!

Blog Post: Powerful Images 
This August marks the third anniversary of the launch of MOAS operations. Since the beginning of our mission, photographers have been present on board MOAS vessels in order to bear witness to the continuing humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean. Here, we look back on some of the most powerful images taken during our time at sea.

Three Years of MOAS

MOAS Rescue Swimmer nominated
for Great Scot Award
Jim Snedden has volunteered to go back to the Mediterranean on another refugee rescue mission after helping to save the lives of more than 2000 migrants, and he has earned this year's first Sunday Mail Great Scot nominee. Congratulations and thank you for all your hard work!
Auction for Aid supports MOAS
We are very excited to announce that Auction for Aid, a Contemporary Jewellery Auction to benefit the refugee crisis, will be supporting MOAS this year. This year's auction will be from the 18th to the 24th September Their international project has been supporting MOAS for 3 years, and helped save thousands of lives. From all of us here at MOAS, a huge thank you for their invaluable support!
Blog Post: Civil Society in Action
Here, we look back at MOAS’ beginnings as a civil society response to the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, explore the different forms civil society can take, and how we have been supported over the years by many different communities and initiatives, all of them acting in the same spirit: that of civil society in action.
MOAS in Le Monde:
 "Chronicles of a Rescue" 

Giulio Piscitelli is an Italian photographer who recently embarked on the MOAS SAR vessel, the Phoenix. From his experience with us he made a series "From here to there", which was featured in a piece in Le Monde.