William Cavada
William Cavada

Introduction to the Internet
Part 2 (LINC 066.01)

Krause Center, Room 4002,
Foothill College, Los Altos Hills

Saturday, December 9, 2017,
9:00 am-2:30 pm

Edited by Peter Y. Chou

Preface: William Cavada, an educator for over 17 years, is passionate about inspiring students to create meaningful artistic work, and he is inspired by watching his students grow and develop in their creative process. I've taken FASTtech classes at Foothill College before in Technology in K-12 Classroom (Fall 2016), Podcasting (Winter 2017), and Photoshop (Spring 2017) with Cavada. I woke up at 6 am and got the 7:58 am Bus #40 to Foothill College at 8:20 am. Krause Center was still locked, however Room 4002 was slightly open and Cavada was there. Nine students participated in today's class, Part 2 of "Introduction to the Internet" (LINC 066.01). We used Adobe Spark as we did last week. Since I found its formatting somewhat clumsy, I'm composing it in HTML again. The numbering refers to the slide # in Cavada's presentation.

Contact: cavadaw@esubsd.org or Twitter@cavada

Typing "goo.gl/yVZM5s" directed us to Cavada's web page
"Introduction to the Internet"
There were 29 slides, of which 14 were covered last week.

PYC: The comic strip "Pearls Before Swine" by Stephan Pastis on Monday, December 11, 2017
in the San Jose Mercury News has an interesting theme on the Internet which I'm sharing below—

                            "Pearls Before Swine" by Stephan Pastis (Monday, December 11, 2017)

PYC Comment: While the Internet has helped me immensely in finding quotes and images expediently,
I recall meeting sages like Paul Brunton and Swami Chinmayananda, who never connected to the Internet,
and are extremely happy and in harmony with all. I've witnessed them declining invitations from Royalty
and Presidents. I ask myself "What is it that sages have that people with power, position, and fortune are
lacking? It is Wisdom, that is priceless and more precious than rubies (Proverbs 3:15). I've tried to live
my life in steps with the sages and share this priceless treasure at WisdomPortal.com.

15) The digital Future of work: What skills will be needed in the future?
Video: McKinsey Global Institute (July 2017)
Robots have long carried out routine physical activities, but increasingly machines
can also take on more sophisticated tasks. To be productive, this new automation age
will also require a range of human skills in the workplace, from technological
expertise to essential social and emotional capabilities.
Note: I attended 3 Conferences on Singularity, Accelerating Change, & AI at Stanford
(2003-2005). My poem on "Some Questions for Robo-Man" (8-29-2003) with Notes.

Asimo Robot

16) One Web Base Creation Tool

17) Now Search a site and use it
a) Free Technology for Teachers: 7 Web-based Tools for Creating Short Video Stories
b) Edutopia: Teaching Current Events in the Age of SocialMedia
c) Comon: 15 Best Tech Creation Tools
d) KQED: 13 Free Web Tools Students and Teachers Should Know About
e) Exploratorium: Designing Teaching and Learning Tools

Went to Exploratorium's App Section: How Many Saturdays?
A curious clock— for the time of your life
Standard units of time like seconds, hours, days, months,
and years chop up time into chunks that seem sensible.
This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad.
Since I had neither iPhone or iPad, couldn't run this app.

However, howmanysecondsoldami.com provides the answer:
Show My Age in Seconds: You are 2,413,015,242 seconds old!
U.S. National Debt of $20,541,101,511,244 is 8.5 times my age in seconds.

18) What tools are Teachers using?: What other teachers are doing?

a) Games, b) Polls, c) Flip Classroom, d) remind.com (Send quick, simple messages to any device— for free)
1) lipgrid.com (Safari can't find the server)
2) tubechop.com: Chop funny or interesting section from YouTube video & share it
3) Kahoots.com: Lunch with a view with beautiful waitstaff
4) StrawPoll.com: Create your straw poll in seconds
5) Flipgrid.com: Social learning for everyone
6) Edpuzzle.com: Make any video you lesson

19) What are creative tools? a) Podcast, b) Design, c) Presentations, d) 3-D, e) Music
1) Reveal.js/Slides.com: The HTML Presentation Framework
2) Video Editor or PowToon: Create Animated Videos & Presentations
3) Gravit: Vector Program easier to use than Adobe Illustrator
4) Tinkercad: Simple, online 3D design and 3D printing app
5) Audioboom: Podcasters: Host, distribute & monetize your audio.
6) Canva: Easy, Drag-and-Drop Infographic Creator

Went to Canva that has 50,000 templates & 1,000,000,000 imnages
The first 30 days are free, then they'll bill you $12.95/month.
No need to pay for this service since Google Images are FREE.

Went to SoundCloud to search for artists, bands, tracks, podcasts.
Try free for 30 days, with fees of $4.99/month, $9.99/month, and $12.99/month afterwards.

20) Gaming tools and apps
1) Adobe Games Design Course
2) construct: Make Awesome Games
3) Nobel Prize Educational Games
4) Filament learning: $2.99 to $5.99 per account
    Question: Cost? Who Pays?
1) Classcraft: Transform classroom to epic adventure for students
2) ElectroCity: Manage Virtual Cities (created in New Zealand)
3) 3rd World Farmer: Farming hardships in a poor country
4) ReDistricting Game: Mapping to get more votes. Impact
    of redistricting in politics & see how abuse happens

Went to Nobel Prize Games: DNA Double Helix Game

21) What does it mean to be digital literate?
       Be able to find quotes from authors in literature and
       scientific articles in academic peer-reviewed journals.

Find Photo in Adobe Gallery for Digital Literacy
Typed in "Book" in Adobe Gallery Search and selected—

                            Open Book before Sunrise for an Open Mind

22) Google Yourself: What did you discover?

Peter Y. Chou (2,040,000 results) with
Peter Chou, Taiwan billionaire CEO of HTC as #1 hit;
"Peter Y. Chou" (3210 results) #1 hit lists all
my 22 papers published at Brandeis Univesity.
4) Chou-Fasman Method in predicting secondary structures in proteins
5) Biochemistry 13, 211-222 (1974): "Conformational Parameter for Amino Acids"
7) "Emerson & Thoreau: A Beautiful Friendship" (Written June 6, 2000)
8) "Valentine Mints Poem" by Peter Y. Chou; F-Car Line in San Francisco (7-27-2005)

23) 2-Step Verification
With 2-Step Verification, you'll protect your account with both your password & your phone.
Your password can be stolen when (1) Using the same password on more than one site;
(2) Downloading software from the Internet; (3) Clicking on links in email messages.
When a bad guy steals your password, they could lock you out of your account,
and then do some of the following:
(1) Go through— or even delete— all of your emails, contacts, photos, etc.
(2) Pretend to be you and send unwanted or harmful emails to your contacts.
(3) Use your account to reset passwords for your other accounts (banking, shopping, etc.)

24) "All the world's a stage" — Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act II, Scene 7
      Social Media is a stage too?

25) Messages & Mediate
Twitter is home to a particular kind of discourse (130 characters)

1) Participation on Twitter is a great example
    of a kind of digital literacy
2) Its global network of users,
    the community, and the constraints of
    the platform itself, the medium, define
3) how people are able to communicate
    and share ideas.
4) Some people are literate and some are not.
5) As political movements come to life on
    Twitter, some people are empowered
    by learning to participate while
    others only spectate.
1) Not all memes catch on, and not everyone
    knows the language to create one.
2) There are tacit rules about what makes them
    funny and different kinds of memes have
    their own defining constraints.
3) Some memes only work if bold white sans
    serif text is used superimposed on images.
4) Others have particular spellings or grammar
    and recurring characters.
5) Successful memes communicate within
    the limitations that the community has
    established. An outsider won't be able to
    participate and create their own version of a
    meme without first learning the rules and
    understanding how a community uses them.

26) Focus on one online community you are active on.
      What does it mean to be a member?

      I'm not active in any online community,
      and not interested in membership of any group.

WC: How should we communicate in texting language
         or should we use emojis effectively?
         Who are the insiders who know? How to participate?
         Who are the outsiders who do not participate?

27) What is real and what is fake?
      How do we verify information?

      Going to multiple sources (Newspapers, Magazines, Radio, TV)
      Distinguish Fact (News stories) from Opinion (OP-ED articles)
BOOK REVIEW: "Language Rules for the Digital Age"
(By John Simpson, NY Times, Dec. 7, 2017)
The Essential Guide to Language in the BuzzFeed Age

by Emmy J. Favilla (BuzzFeed Copy Chief)

A World Without 'Whom' tells the story behind this handbook:
the decisions, and how they were reached— how a modern grammar
guru handles quandaries that arise out of the dialect of social media.
Language is very much part of the culture of its day. She steers us
through etymological minefield that is modern digital communication
("42 ways to type laughter").

28) Trust & Credibility
      Finding Credible Sources
      1) Authority: Is author's name, credentials, institutions, biography, contact info listed?
      2) Accuracy: Is information reliable free from errors, bibliography, links to reliable sources?
      3) Coverage: Scope of topic clearly stated, Bibliography, charts, statistics, links to other resources?
      4) Currency: Date when information was gathered, latest revision, current links, is page kept current?
      5) Objectivity: Is info presented with bias? Are both sides presented? Scientists more reliable than politicians.

WC: Is person drinking the bottled water being paid to pose for the photo? Social Media
         influences the behavior of youngsters use atheletes, supermodels, movie stars for ads.

      Credibility: Truth & Trust on the Web (By Daniel Russell, Google.com)
      Dove "Evolution" Video (1:14)
                                    No wonder our perception of beauty is distorted

29) Shifting Trends
      Remixing amd Re-Storying to Reimagine

      Transmediation is in many ways like translating, except that
      you're translating a work from words or text into a different medium.

Obama Hope Photo & Poster
Barack Obama "Hope" Poster is an image of Barack Obama designed by artist
Shepard Fairey, which was widely described as iconic and came to represent
his 2008 presidential campaign. Later in January 2009, the photograph on
which Fairey based the poster was revealed: a June 2006 shot by former
Associated Press freelance photographer Mannie Garcia. In response to
claims by the AP for compensation, Fairey sued for a declaratory judgment
that his poster was a fair use of the original photograph. Obama Image
Copyright Case Is Settled
(By David W. Dunlap, NY Times, 1-12-2011).

Lupita Nyong'o is a Kenyan-Mexican actress. She won an Oscar for her role in 12 Years a Slave and will appear in the upcoming
Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In January 2017, she appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair's Hollywood Issue. On November 2017,
she appeared on the cover of Grazia UK magazine. In a lengthy
post on Instagram, she said "I am disappointed that @GraziaUK
invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed
my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like." She
said it was an "omission of what is my native heritage", adding "There is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious
prejudice against black women's complexion, hair style and
texture." Photographer An Le later apologized, saying it was
"an incredibly monumental mistake".

Grazia UK November 2017 Cover
altered Lupita Nyong'o's hair

1) Tell us how your learning or thinking has changed or expanded now.
    Cavada's "Internet classes" have broaden my horizons on the Internet immensely. I'm impressed by
    the wealth of search ideas of Daniel Russell. Learned that Google Scholar links only to academic
    peer-reviewed journals, filtering out unreliable sources. Great to have tubechop.com to select
    interesting section from YouTube video to share.
2) Write a tagline for your own personally emotional connection to learning and/or engagement online.
    WisdomPortal opens our mind & heart to the Infinite & Eternal.
3) Use a picture or video that describes your tagline.
    WisdomPortal portrayed by "Plato Pointing to the One"
Raphael, "Plato & Aristotle" from
The School of Athens (1511), Vatican Museum
This painting of "Plato & Aristotle" was in
the display window of the American Brahmin
Bookshop in downtown Ithaca (1968). When
the proprietor Anthony Damiani locked up his
bookshop, he saw me admiring it. He unlocked
the bookshop, reached inside the display and
gave me the painting, saying "It's yours—
take good care of it." I put it on my bookshelf,
and saw the original painting in August 1972
at the Vatican Museum. Dante wrote in his
Convivio (II.1) that a visionary writer uses
four interpretative levels— literal for the
public, moral for preachers, allegorical for
poets, and anagogical for saints and sages.
We may interpret Raphael's painting likewise—
The literal level is the story or plot which is
apprehended through our physical senses
(figures Plato & Aristotle). Tropological level
or moral metaphor is experienced emotionally
(books Timaeus & Ethics). Allegorical level
or its mythological meaning is apprehended
intellectually (heaven & earth). Anagogical
level or spiritual meaning is understood through
the mystical sense (One and many). I'm thankful
to Anthony & PB for their generous sharing of
wisdom. Raphael's "Plato & Aristotle" is like
a sacred seed gift entrusted to me that I've tried
to nourish well in my heart. May Plato's vision
of the Many and the One inspire us all.

Cavada told the class to share our Adobe Spark pages by sending them to him via email. I didn't have time
to type all the text to Raphael's "Plato & Aristotle" image, and was last student to make my presentation—
I selected the Pyramid of Giza from Adobe Spark's Photo Gallery, since the triangular figure represents the
Platonic Lambda Λ that Plato called "Soul of the Universe" (Timaeus 35b). This remained abstract to me
until I saw Giacometti's Walking Man, and Leonardo's "Proportions of the Face" showing the nose in the
Lambda Λ image. So whenever we are walking and breathing, the soul manifests itself in the human body
when we're alive. I chose the tagline "WisdomPortal opens our mind & heart" since my web site shares
with readers "cosmic awareness in everyday life". I selected "Plato & Aristotle" to describe my tagline,
since this painting was a surprise spontaneous gift from Anthony Damiani (whom I recognize now as
my first spiritual mentor). Finally, I applied Dante's four interpretative levels to Raphael's painting—
physical (Plato & Aristotle), moral (Timaeus & Ethics), allegorical (Heaven & Earth), and anagogical
(One & many). The class applauded. It felt good sharing wisdom from the sages with fellow classmates.

William Cavada ended the class at 2:30 pm, since we had just half-hour lunch break.

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