How Google Took Over the Classroom submitted by Nasik Elahi

The tech giant is transforming public education with low-cost laptops and free apps. But schools may be giving Google more than they are getting.

By NATASHA SINGER

CHICAGO — The sixth graders at Newton Bateman, a public elementary school here with a classic red brick facade, know the Google drill.

In a social-science class last year, the students each grabbed a Google-powered laptop. They opened Google Classroom, an app where teachers make assignments. Then they clicked on Google Docs, a writing program, and began composing essays.

Looking up from her laptop, Masuma Khan, then 11 years old, said her essay explored how schooling in ancient Athens differed from her own. “Back then, they had wooden tablets and they had to take all of their notes on it,” she said. “Nowadays, we can just do it in Google Docs.”

Chicago Public Schools, the third-largest school district in the United States, with about 381,000 students, is at the forefront of a profound shift in American education: the Googlification of the classroom.

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The tech giant is transforming public education with low-cost laptops and free apps. But schools may be giving Google more than they are getting.

By NATASHA SINGER

CHICAGO — The sixth graders at Newton Bateman, a public elementary school here with a classic red brick facade, know the Google drill.

In a social-science class last year, the students each grabbed a Google-powered laptop. They opened Google Classroom, an app where teachers make assignments. Then they clicked on Google Docs, a writing program, and began composing essays.

Looking up from her laptop, Masuma Khan, then 11 years old, said her essay explored how schooling in ancient Athens differed from her own. “Back then, they had wooden tablets and they had to take all of their notes on it,” she said. “Nowadays, we can just do it in Google Docs.”

Chicago Public Schools, the third-largest school district in the United States, with about 381,000 students is at the forefront of a profound shift in American education: the Googlification of the classroom.

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Trump Expected to Meet With Pakistan’s PM After Sharp Words From Both Sides

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By Patrick Goodenough | May 16, 2017 | 4:27 AM EDT

Protesting Pakistani Muslims burn a U.S. flag. (Screengrab from TV footage)

(CNSNews.com) – President Trump looks set to meet next week with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his first encounter with the leader of a country whose relationship with the U.S. has been characterized by resentment, distrust – and tens of billions of dollars in U.S. assistance.

Sharif is among the numerous Islamic leaders Trump is expected to meet for the first time during his forthcoming visit to Saudi Arabia, where King Salman is hosting an Arab-Islamic-U.S. summit.

Pakistani media, citing unnamed Foreign Office sources, said the two would likely meet on the sidelines, and that Sharif was preparing a “brief” that would cover Islamabad’s positions on arch-rival India as well as on Afghanistan.

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A small wish to change the world

Dear Friends,

I would like to share my thoughts through the thinkersforum. I have written the below article.

Article: A small wish to change the world!

Each one of us earns for self and for family; how about everyone thinking beyond their own little world. There are people in this world who are poor, homeless, living on the streets. If each one of us develops a sense of responsibility towards them, it will make a great difference. It is usually a small portion of the society that is impoverished. The larger portion of the society can develop a system, a culture where every individual earns not just for self but also for the unfortunate few in the society. A small regular donation from every individual throughout the nation can end the curse of poverty. The surplus funds can be used to educate them and to break the vicious circle of poverty.
The education systems should be such that every child goes to school and the teachings should include lessons on building moral values, spreading kindness and love. Teachings like do not even harm an animal. The heart filled with kindness and love should only know to bow, not to pull an arrow.
And then the only other thing that needs to be changed is the way we “THINK!”, it is all that makes the difference. The major cause of all the worldly sorrows comes from here, from the way we think and we have seen it time and again: gender inequality, female foeticide, caste, creed, religion, race differences, homosexuality is crime, sex is a taboo, untouchability, people against love, corruption and so on.
If we could bring this change and develop a truly liberal society, we can end all sufferings and create a world full of happiness for everyone!.

Thank you.

Amit Hiroji
Mumbai, India