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(CNN Student News) -- May 11, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

In what ways do you think that information gathered by portable technologies could be used for empowerment?

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Considering Kagan

Who is President Barack Obama's pick for U.S. Supreme Court? What is her current position? In your opinion, what impact, if any, might her current position have on her confirmation process?

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Who will ultimately make the decision on whether or not she serves on the Supreme Court? In your opinion, does the fact that Ms. Kagan has never been a judge help or hurt her chances for confirmation as a Supreme Court justice? Explain.

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If you were the president, what criteria would you use in selecting a nominee for the Supreme Court, and why?

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Oil Spill: Health Risk

According to the report: Why is there a safety training class for volunteers who want to help clean up the oil on the Gulf Coast? What are some health problems that workers who cleaned up after the Valdez oil spill faced?

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What questions would you ask trainers before cleaning up an oil spill? What factors would you consider when deciding whether or not to help the cleanup efforts?

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Do you think you would want to be a part of the oil cleanup? Why or why not?

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Information or Distraction?

What statement did President Barack Obama make about technology when he spoke at Hampton University's graduation ceremony? Do you agree or disagree with President Obama's assessment? State your rationale.

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List some of the different kinds of technologies that you interact with on a daily basis. How does each impact your life? Which technologies do you think that you could do without if you had to? Which ones are essential to you? Why?

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