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I teach English with the of . He was developing a for leaning foreign languages with his books starting with in 1945. Learners can narrate sequences of their drawings with English sentences using 3 tenses of take, put, and give combined with off, on, to, in, and from. These basic constructs are widely useful. There must be an equivalent approach to learn programming.
gdm-japan.net/introduction/gdm

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For the Obon holidays rooms in Aoshima are expensive. So we went to Miyazaki city and visited the Man-Made beach before the Craft Beer Festival. On the way there a great guy (and Ninja! Okonomiyaki しぇこぱん) told us Sheraton runs the burgers. We went anyway and it wasn't bad, but it wasn't awesome like the wet-lands or the Craft Beer Festival with Mr. Perez's Kitchen's Mexican food and the Aozora Ale IPA beer, and the Iberi-Ko Buta (Iberian Pork?) Spanish sandwiches, halo halo Thai food...

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It was nice to walk barefoot around the wetland by Miyazaki's Awakigahara park. Just like 60% or so of the world's wetlands have been lost (explains the documentary DVDs _Flow: For Love of Water_, or maybe _Blue Gold_) 60% or so of this wetland has been lost to the big Car Ferry port and other ventures to the South of these pictures. To the north there is a yacht harbor, park and man-made beach. The yacht harbor needs regular dredging so the entrance is not closed by sand. Satellite photos look just like Madras port and the same mistakes were made. Sometimes I wonder if the mistakes are on-purpose, the coastline is destroyed by hard-structures and unending engineering as a measure to increase the GDP, sell lots of cement, and keep the same old fossils in power. There was so much more abundance of life and sound and feeling with the wetland. The man-made beach and burger house were bland in comparison.

At the wetland, if you settled down and really look, the whole place is moving with life. Even after the different crabs all run off and hid from you, there is all sort of more subtle life. I like the little Mutsugoro creatures, they are like the poster children for opposing moron development, like the Guillotine land reclamation project in Isahaya. We have to start undoing all the mistakes, clearing away all the concrete, unclog the watery arteries of life on Earth.

It's like we've been taught to prefer death to life, concrete and asphalt dead-lands to living and vibrant wet-lands....

#Miyazaki #MiyazakiCity #AwakigaharaBeach #Mutsugoro #宮崎市 #アワキガハラ公園 #阿波岐原森林公園 #ムツゴロ

> 高校「情報」や大学の一般情報教育では,たとえExcel を扱うにしても,単に「紙」をコンピュータで再現する方法を学ぶのでなく,「データ・リテラシー」を学ぶことが大切であろう。
> 一方,「紙」文化圏の大人にとって,「データ」文化への切り替えは容易ではない。オープンデータの追い風をうまく利用して,文化を変えるように運動するしかない。


oku.edu.mie-u.ac.jp/~okumura/S

> 要約:どうしょーもないから使うな
> 昔のExcelの乱数は無茶苦茶だった。Excel 2003でMicrosoftはやっとWichmann-Hillの乱数生成アルゴリズム(私のアルゴリズム事典にも載っている十数行で書ける簡単だがまともなアルゴリズム)に切り替えた(Microsoftの Excel 2007 と Excel 2003 の RAND 関数について 参照。ただしMicrosoftはWichmannの綴りを間違えている)。最初はバグっていて負の値を返したりしたため,パッチが出た。めでたしめでたし。じゃない。調べてみると,何かおかしい。Excel 2007になってもまだおかしい。Microsoftはたった十数行のアルゴリズムもまともにインプリメントできないんだ。

> ほかにもチャートジャンクの話などがあるが,略。

oku.edu.mie-u.ac.jp/~okumura/b

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More sanity from my home country: Māori tribal leaders & their advisers call for data sovereignty, to take back control of what is theirs. Cited is "an intergenerational approach to data, as a taonga (treasure)"

Self-hosting is included as a strategy, servers at home & on the marae (meeting house).

This initiative can be seen as a form of infrastructural de-colonisation, reclaiming what has been lost to the digital imperialism of AWS, Microsoft & other 'cloud' giants

rnz.co.nz/news/national/471967

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During 2022, the OER Foundation supported capacity development of staff at the Samoan Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (MESC) to establish and maintain their own instance of the OER Foundation’s award winning Free and Open Source (FOSS) Digital Learning Ecosystem (FOSSDLE) which was showcased at the launch of the MESC innovative Lifelong Learning Lab (MiLLL), the Soifua A’oa’oina, on 30 June 2022 at the MESC Headquarters.

Working under the auspices of the Samoan Knowledge Society Initiative (a joint programme of the United Nations under its agencies, UNOSSC and UNESCO, and financed by the Indian-UN Development Fund) the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (MESC) launched its innovative Lifelong Learning Lab (MiLLL) – Soifua A’oa’oina on 30 June 2022.

Mr Nehru Mauala, Assistant CEO for ICT, Media Department, MESC; Ms Tuaopepe Perenise Tinei, Acting CEO, MESC; Hon Seuula Ioane, Minister of Education, Ms Nisha, Director and UNESCO Representative to the Pacific States; Mr Leonidas Apete Meredith Hon Consul General of India; and Professor Siaka Diarra, University of the South Pacific.

The MiLLL is a physical facility deploying a broad range of technologies for learning delivery to provide a multimodal hub for training and collaboration. Building on the country’s stated Development Strategy outcome of achieving universal access to reliable and affordable ICT services, the MiLLL initiative is aligned with Samoa’s vision of becoming a knowledge hub in the Pacific. 

In his opening remarks, the Minister of Education, Sports, and Culture, Hon. Seuula Ioane, noted that the launch marks another milestone in developing digital citizenship skills by improving access to online information and associated knowledge development opportunities through the deployment of Open Educational Resources (OER).  The MiLLL   also provides an innovation space for the training and mentoring of learners to quickly develop new digital skills that are relevant and sustainable.

Over the past few months, the OER Foundation has been working closely with MESC and the UNESCO Office for the Pacific States to select and support free and open source software (FOSS) tools for adoption by Soifua A’oa’oina, while building the capacity of MESC staff to self-host this open infrastructure. MESC selected and deployed a number of FOSS applications for their customised version of FOSSDLE, including:

BigBlueButton – an open web conferencing system used to support communication, collaborative project planning and implementation
WordPress Multisite – FOSS for hosting OER-enabled online courses and providing  each school in Samona with the opportunity to create its own customisable “sub-site” to publish their school information and to celebrate student and community activities in a digital form, with stories and pictures and other media
Mastodon – a federated social media site so that citizens can build knowledge and experience in social media without the corresponding risks of surveillance capitalism
Discourse – the leading online forum application will be used as a mailing list, forum, and long-form chat room to support learning and collaborative project planning and implementation
Moodle – the well-established and popular FOSS Learning Management System (LMS) will be self-hosted by MESC to save significant costs compared with a commercially managed hosting service
Vaultwarden – a cloud-based password manager enabling users to manage unique strong passwords for all websites that they access

MESC innovative Lifelong Learning Lab (MiLLL) showcasing FOSS tools on MiLLL hosted infrastructure.

Based on actual cost data from the project, the Samoan FOSSDLE installation can be operated by MESC for under $2,000 per annum, and can easily scale to support 150 open online courses for 10,000 learners. 

Through a series of training sessions, the OER Foundation has been helping to build the capability of local ICT staff to deploy and manage their FOSS digital learning ecosystem.  The training system includes a virtual server upon which to practise system administration skills, and the OERF has developed a range of technical instructions and supporting tutorials for setting up and hosting these cloud-based services. Published as OER, these technical training resources are available for reuse by any Pacific Ministry of Education.

A key advantage of the FOSSDLE is the ability to publish local versions of OER-enabled online courses. For example, the MESC has already published two short courses:

Digital Skills for OER Sharing (DS4OERS)
Communication Skills for Open Distance and Flexible Learning (CS4ODFL)

These OER courses were originally developed under the Pacific Partnership for Open Distance and Flexible Learning led by the Commonwealth of Learning in partnership with PACFOLD with funding support from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

About the Samoa Knowledge Society Initiative

The Samoa Knowledge Society Initiative is financed by the India-UN Development Partnership Fund, which is administered by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation. UNESCO developed this initiative in close cooperation with Simona Marinescu, PhD, UN Resident Coordinator for the Samoa Multi-Country Offices’ cluster, and a range of national stakeholders. The OER Foundation was contracted to provide capacity building for MESC in hosting their own cloud-based instance of FOSSDLE. 

Image attributions

Flag of Samoa by OpenClipart-Vectors published under Pixabay License.

Lab images by Ministry of Education Sports and Culture used with permission,.

https://oerfoundation.org/2022/06/30/samoan-ministry-of-education-implements-the-oer-foundations-foss-digital-learning-ecosystem/

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RT @MarkWeisbrot
Good for Human Rights Watch to call attention right now to the millions of people in Afghanistan who are hungry & starving because of US sanctions, including US confiscating more than $7 billon from Central Bank leaving it without international reserves: bit.ly/3zXbFrt

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Rob Madole: "The Billionaire’s Bard: On the rationalist fictions of Neal Stephenson"

/thx for the heads up, @ljwrites

thebaffler.com/latest/the-bill

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RT @DevEconNetwork
@azadrohit: “We’re heading to the iceberg in the Titanic in full steam! In the last 30 years, the world emitted as much as all the previous years since the Industrial Revolution. The G7 and the EU is the only region that has been emitting CO2 over their population share.”

> Since 2016.. I have devoted.. time and energy to the hardest problem.. computing education research.. it requires substantial work on both technical and human-factors.. the audience is often unsophisticated and vulnerable.. you can do real damage to not only individuals but also the field and society. The research vision above is the distillation of the direction of my computing education research.
cs.brown.edu/~sk/

> Programs ought to be be amenable to prediction. We need to know, as much as possible, before a program runs, how it will behave. This behavior includes not only technical characteristics such as running time, space, power, and so on, but also social impacts, benefits, and harms. Programmers have been notoriously poor at thinking about the latter.
dcic-world.org/2022-01-25/part

.. what ’ work.. his historic timeline of corruption, racial strife and real estate speculation provides a road map of where we are today as a city, county and region... Arellano noted in his column that the “environmental calamities” being experienced today were predicted in Davis’ 1998 book, “.” Two years before the L.A. riots, the wrote about the racial and economic injustices that finally boiled over.
latimes.com/california/newslet

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Little in my writing life has moved me as much as trade unionist Sudha Bharadwaj's account of translating "This Changes Everything" into Hindi when she was in jail under horrific conditions as a prisoner of conscience. twitter.com/shailjapatel/statu

Songs from a 90s music CD that I didn't like then. Once a week on the hour drive to a class, I listen to music: usually the same CD for a month. Years ago a reviewer wrote a hatchet-job on , saying he wasn't as popular now as he used to be because people don't want to listen to meaningful music about justice, peace.. The reason is probably that important songs don't get exposure, no chance to get into our minds like 'Running on Empty'.
audio.liberta.vip/library/albu

> .. experto en clima y miembro del grupo , ha alertado en Santander contra los discursos que “frivolizan” el impacto del en el y ha pedido “tolerancia cero” ante la frivolidad de ciertas declaraciones como las del consejero del área en Castilla y León, Juan Carlos Suárez Quiñones, quien ha responsabilizado a los de los devastadores que asolan su Comunidad.
eldiario.es/cantabria/cientifi

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Pfizer is set to become the first pharmaceutical company to make $100bn in a year. They're absolute masters of the art of making a killing off publicly-funded medicines. globaljustice.org.uk/news/pfiz

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