About the internet and electronic money 1973

Harry in your pocket 1973 – Movie

They were talking about cash and the future of credit cards the electronic money versus computers that would encourage communism and how it was all inevitable.

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1973 Map of the Entire Internet

Going through old papers my dad gave me, I found his map of the internet as of May 1973.

The entire internet. pic.twitter.com/0krvYoRGav

— David Newbury (@workergnome) December 10, 2016

Back in the 1970s, David Newbury’s dad, Paul, worked at Carnegie Mellon, one of the leading computer science schools in the country. This was in the very early years of the Internet, back when it was the secret and very small ARPANET, which had started in the late ’60s, with just four locations. By 1973, it had expanded to a small handful of government labs, research universities, and private companies—but still so few that the entire network could be mapped on a single sheet of paper.

Recently, Newbury found that map among his dad’s papers and posted it online. You can find Stanford, UCLA, Utah and UCSB, the original members, but by 1973, ARPANET had expanded east, to Case Western, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, and MIT. There are government labs, like Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the Army’s Aberdeen Ballistic Research Lab, and private research organizations like MITRE and Xerox.  <snip>

4/3/20 Department of Education Secretary remarks

4/3/20 Department of Education Secretary’s full remarks and video

“My team and I are in contact daily with governors, state school chiefs, college presidents, superintendents, and local education leaders.  We are quickly responding to their needs so they can do the next right thing for their students.  Most governors have decided to close some or all schools in their states for a period of time.  As a result, students may not be able to take federal mandated standardized tests this spring….  We made the process to delay these tests for a year fast and painless (see Broad Flexibilities Provided to States to Bypass ESSA Mandated Testing for the 2019-20 School Year).  Forty-eight states and territories have already requested the waiver.  We are approving the requests within 24 hours.  [Approval letters are posted online.]

“We also released additional information making clear the expectation that education will continue for all students.  The transition to distance and online learning needs to happen quickly, and it needs to include meaningful instruction and supports for children with disabilities (see Supplemental Fact Sheet Addressing Serving Children with Disabilities During National Emergency).  Learning should not stop or be denied because schools fear federal regulators or fear doing something different….  This national emergency gives all of us the opportunity to come together to engage all students out of principle.



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Link to your project video from your K12 school’s website information page on our online learning platform.

“We are compiling all the tools we have produced, along with the great resources states are offering to help keep learning going.  There are many existing online learning platforms, and many states were already offering a robust menu of courses virtually.  We will be adding that information to our [COVID-19 resources and information web page] on an ongoing basis.


[…. “Let me also touch briefly on how we’re supporting students pursing higher education.  At the start of this outbreak, we immediately gave institutions of higher education regulatory flexibility so learning could go online (see Guidance for Interruptions of Study Related to Coronavirus) — and it did.  In many cases, it was a seamless transition, and learning continues.  And we are continuing to cut federal bureaucracy and let schools rise to meet this challenge.

“Mr. President, you promised to defeat this invisible enemy and to keep our economy strong.  You took immediate action and provided student loan relief to tens of millions of borrowers.  We set all federally held student loans to zero interest rates and deferred payments for 60 days (see Suspending Federal Student Loan Payments and Waiving Interest During National Emergency).  Now, with the CARES Act that you signed into law, Mr. President, those actions will extend to six months.  Those who are, or become, delinquent on their payments as a result of the national emergency will receive an automatic suspension of payments, without having to request it.  Additionally, we’ve stopped federal wage garnishments altogether for students and families in default.  And, I have asked private collection agencies that contract with the Department to stop all collections correspondence (see Stopping Wage Garnishment, Collections Actions for Borrowers).

“These are tough times, but ‘We the People’ are tougher.  So, in closing, let me offer just a few words of encourage.  To our students, your education can — and should — continue.  Learning can happen anywhere, and we will help make sure it does.  We believe in you!  To our teachers, we will support you and help you.  You are doing great work.  Keep it up!  And to every parent and family, we know these are challenging times.  But it’s in the face of great challenges that Americans have always risen to the occasion and embraced greatness.  And I know we’ll do that once again.”


4/4/2020 Two children sue Google for allegedly collecting students’ biometric data

The lawsuit says the search giant violated privacy laws with its educational tools.

Two children from Illinois are suing Google for allegedly collecting biometric data, including face scans, of millions of students through the search giant’s software tools for classrooms.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in a federal court in San Jose, California, is seeking class-action status. The children, known only as H.K. and J.C. in the complaint, are suing through their father, Clinton Farwell.

Google is using its services to create face templates and “voiceprints” of children, the complaint says, through a program in which the search giant provides school districts across the country with Chromebooks and free access to G Suite for Education apps. Those apps include student versions of Gmail, Calendar and Google Docs.

The data collection would likely violate Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, or BIPA, which regulates facial recognition, fingerprinting and other biometric technologies in the state. The practice would also likely run afoul of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, a federal law that requires sites to get parental consent when collecting personal information from users who are under 13 years old.

“Google has complete control over the data collection, use, and retention practices of the ‘G Suite for Education’ service, including the biometric data and other personally identifying information collected through the use of the service, and uses this control not only to secretly and unlawfully monitor and profile children, but to do so without the knowledge or consent of those children’s parents,” the lawsuit says.

Google declined to comment. Bloomberg earlier reported news of the lawsuit.

The complaint is asking for damages of $1,000 for each member of the class for BIPA violations Google committed “negligently,” or $5,000 each for each violation committed “intentionally or recklessly.”

The lawsuit underscores Google’s dominance in American classrooms, which has only grown in recent weeks. Schools are depending more on the tech giant’s educational tools as physical classes around the nation are canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

As several states enact stay-at-home orders, usage of Google’s tools has skyrocketed. Downloads of Google Classroom, which helps teachers manage classes online, have swelled to 50 million, making it the No. 1 education app on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms. On Thursday, Google announced a partnership with California Gov. Gavin Newsom to donate 4,000 Chromebooks to students across the state.

The lawsuit isn’t the first time Google has drawn criticism for its classroom efforts. In February, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas sued Google for allegedly violating COPPA through its educational platforms. The lawsuit accused Google of collecting information on students’ locations, their passwords, what websites they’ve visited, what they’ve searched for on Google and YouTube, their contact lists and voice recordings.

Google has also faced broader blowback for its handling of children’s data. In September, the US Federal Trade Commission slapped the company with a record $170 million fine, as well as new requirements, for YouTube‘s violation of COPPA. In response, the video site made major changes to how it treats kids videos, including limiting the data it collects from those views.

About the K12PlayGround.com #RemoteLearning #covid19 #webquests

#RemoteLearning #covid19 #webquests

The K12PlayGround.com site is a place where educators in schools or parents at home during Covid-19 Virus times can participate in a revolutionary way to show “Proof of Work”.   Find what K12 students are doing and learning  when they can’t be in school now using #hashtags

Interdisiplinary #STEAM  projects  / ideas  that students can do for themselves and share with others.
– sharing what you know has a mutual benefit
– a distributed model will endure beyond a single lifetime
– peer to peer learning reinforces and builds community.

What’s revolutionary about this?

Education than transforms student engagement from a metric to a purpose driven culture.

This site links to “Proof of Work”

It doesn’t matter if the Federal Department of Education, your State Department of Education, Your local School District, or the very teacher in your school acknowledges the work.

“Proof of Work” will be seen online, Show them what you can do!


  • Citizens can make their own K12 public schools shine.
    The public builds the schools they want them to be – by tapping into and documenting their experiences and telling their own stories
  • We learn best from the diverse range of views by the wider public.


#STEAM Science, Technology, English, Arts, Math
All our projects will have these – and your work will prove what you did and what you know. The whole world will see it. Future employers will see it.

This website model allows students to link to their videos that students make about their work from the school’s information page.

Go to K12PlayGround.com© 1993


Link to your video

Use the #hashtags that are there to help us find it.

The site contains more than 100,000 K12 schools in the U.S.  It is the first and oldest online K-12 School Website Directory in the world.

We encourage you to find your school, edit the data or add your school.

Search Project #Hashtags

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  • Citizens  make their own K12 public schools shine.
  • The public builds the schools they want them to be – by tapping into and documenting their experiences and telling their own stories.




Movie Club | American Film Institute

Movie Club | American Film Institute

American Film Institute launches quarantine AFI Movie Club with Steven Spielberg. AFI turns their 100 Years, 100 Movies list to recommend quarantine viewing.


“Welcome to the launch of the AFI Movie Club, where all you have to do to become a member is to love movies,” Spielberg said. “I have the honor of announcing the very first film we would encourage the world to watch, The Wizard of Oz. Now I know you think you’ve seen it, but please think again because right now, at this moment in our history, what better message is there than ‘There’s no place like home.’ So discover The Wizard of Oz or rediscover it by going to AFI.com and I hope you love it as much as I always have. See you at the movies.”


In this time when we are reminded “There’s no place like home,” AFI has created the AFI Movie Club, a global, virtual gathering of those who love the movies. Each day’s film – announced by a special guest – is accompanied by fun facts, family-friendly discussion points and material from the AFI Archive to enrich your viewing experience. Watch Steven Spielberg announce Movie Club and the program’s inaugural film: THE WIZARD OF OZ. Learn more at AFI.com/MovieClub