Saturday, November 29, 2014

"TECH Dozens" -- Week Ending Saturday 11/29/14

Last update: Sunday 11/30/14 @ 12:06 am
This week's cover = photo from tweet about HBCU students protest no indictment in Ferguson

Other top stories ==> #BlackOutBlackFriday
... Online sales on Thanksgiving and Black Friday 

Below find links to the Digital Learning Lab's "Dozens" of favorite news items about HBCUs' use of information technology to enhance their teaching, research, and community services ... plus news about hackathons and issues related to coding & coding literacy... in HBCU media and Tech media ... for the week ending Saturday 11/29/14 @ 12 noon ... Links to previous editions of the Dozens can be found here ==> Back issues can be searched for old tweets.

A. HBCUs | B. Ed Tech | C. Gen Tech | D. Hackers | E. VIEWS | F. Events 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Prosecutorial misconduct in Ferguson ... some reasons for hope

Last update: Friday 11/28/14 @ 12:18 pm
We have all heard the old saying that a competent prosecutor could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. But we also know that prosecutors don't go on to win all of their cases. Why not? What's the difference between a grand jury and a trial jury?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Failure to Indict in Ferguson

Last update: Thursday 11/27/14 @ 3:18 am
Like most black Americans, I went to bed three nights ago enraged by the failure of the grand jury in Ferguson, MO, to indict Darren Wilson, the 6' 4" 210 pound police officer who killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 6' 4" 290 pound black teenager last summer. Young Mr. Brown first attracted Officer Wilson's attention because he was jaywalking in the street, instead of walking on the sidewalk. I was especially troubled by reports that Officer Wilson had fired twelve shots, hitting the unarmed 18 year-old six times. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

"Coding Literacy" a/k/a "Computational Thinking"

Last update: Wednesday 4/15/15 @ 3:33 pm
"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" ... William Shakespeare

"A rose is a rose is a rose" ... Gertrude Stein

The end of the last decade witnessed the birth of a surging, grass roots, educational movement that has many names, two of the most prominent being "coding literacy" and "computational thinking." This movement seeks to ensure that everyone -- especially the younger generations, and most especially the younger generations of peoples of color -- are given opportunities to learn how to code. Fortunately, this is a technical revolution with the most profound economic consequences that Black America won't miss thanks to the rapid emergence of a savvy cohort of extraordinary leaders, e.g., Kimberly Bryant (Black Girls Code), Kalimah Priforce (Qeyno Labs), Van Jones (#YesWeCode), and Emile Cambry (Blue 1647).

Saturday, November 22, 2014

"TECH Dozens" -- Week Ending 11/22/14

Last update: Saturday  11/22/14 @ 8:52 pm
 ... This week's cover = photo from tweet about Tech808 Conference 
... Other top stories ==> HBCU Summit 2014 in Silicon Valley 

Below find links to the Digital Learning Lab's "Dozens" of favorite news items about HBCUs' use of information technology to enhance their teaching, research, and community services ... plus news about hackathons and issues related to coding & coding literacy ... in HBCU media and Tech media ... for the week ending Saturday 11/22/14 @ 12 noon ... Links to previous editions of the Dozens can be found here ==> Back issues can be searched for old tweets.

A. HBCUs | B. Ed Tech | C. Gen Tech | D. Hackers | E. Views | F. Events 

Monday, November 17, 2014

DLL Storify of Microsoft/UAF Hackathon --Thursday to Saturday, 11/13/14 to 11/15/14

Last update: Monday 11/17/14 @ 11:58 pm
According to a report from HBCU Lifestyle (10/30/14), twelve teams were selected to compete, including eight HBCUs ==>  Claflin University, Clark Atlanta University, Hampton University, Howard University, The Lincoln University, Morehouse College, North Carolina A&T State University, and Spelman College. Four public non-HBCUs were also chosen ==> Fort Hayes State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Old Dominion University, and University of Washington.  The DLL used Storify to organize the tweets of attendees who used the hashtag #BeU.

As per the final pictures and tweets in the Storify, first place was won by New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) for a $40,000 prize, second place by Fort Hayes State University ($20,000), third by Spelman College ($10,000), fourth by Howard University, and fifth by Claflin University.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

DLL Storify of Code for Atlanta's Govathon 2014 -- Fri/Sat 11/14-11/15 ... with Facebook note

Last update: Friday 11/21/14 @ 2:47 pm
On Friday 11/14/14, Code for Atlanta convened a civic hackathon -- "Govathon 2014" -- in Atlanta, GA. The hackathon ran from late Friday afternoon 11/14/14 until late Saturday afternoon 11/15/14. The DLL used Storify to organize the tweets of attendees who used the hashtag #govathon. At the end of the hackathon, an observer posted a note on Facebook that provides a concise summary of what happened, including a description of the winning team's app. Readers should also take note of the tweets from @codeforatlanta at the end of the first phase of the hackathon that announced the teams that had been formed. Also note their tweets that announced each team's presentation. Code for Atlanta provided an overview of the event including logos of the hackathon's sponsors on its invitation page ==> HERE ... After the hackathon, Venture Atlanta posted an extensive overview/summary ==> HERE

"TECH Dozens" -- HBCUs' Sunday Magazine -- Week Ending 11/15/14

Last update: Sunday 11/16/14 @ 7:30 pm PST
This week's cover = Photo from tweet about one of the hackathons in the East, West, and South

... Other top stories ==>  



Below find links to the Digital Learning Lab's "Dozens" of favorite news items about HBCUs' use of information technology to enhance their teaching, research, and community services ... plus news about hackathons and issues related to coding ... in HBCU media and Tech media ... for the week ending Saturday 11/15/14 @ 9 am ... Links to previous editions of the Dozens can be found here ==> Back issues can be searched for old tweets.


A. HBCUs | B. Ed Tech | C. Gen Tech | D. Hackers | E. Events 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

DLL Storify of NewME Accelerator's Twitter Chat with Tamar Lucien on Friday 11/14/14

Last update: Saturday 11/15/14 @ 7:41 am  PST
NewME Accelerator hosts a regular series of Twitter chats with founders of startup firms. This week's guest was Tamar Lucien ... @Tamarstruth ... Co-founder and CEO of CanUStart ... using hashtag = #founderchat ... CanUStart was also featured in TECH Cocktail Miami and has a short Youtube video

DLL Storify of HBCU Hackathon at Facebook -- Friday 11/14/14

Last update: Saturday 3/15/14 @ 3:19 pm PST
On Friday 11/14/14 UNCF and APLU sponsored a trip to Google, then the hackathon at Facebook for HBCU students attending the 2014 HBCU Summit Conference in Silicon Valley. The DLL used Storify to organize the tweets of attendees who used the hashtag #HBCUInnovation 

Of Silicon Valley, the Talented Tenth, Bright Stars, Dark Stars, HBCUs, and Affirmative Action

Last update: Monday 11/17/14 @ 1:46 pm
"The Negro race, like all races, is going to be saved by its exceptional men."
… W.E.B. Du Bois, The Talented Tenth, September, 1903
This essay is the first draft of a "Big Picture" -- a framework for understanding the relationships between the various notions mentioned in its title. I expect that most readers will find that most of my assumptions and derived assertions are consistent with what they already know about these topics.  


Sunday, November 09, 2014

"TECH Dozens" -- HBCUs' Sunday Magazine -- Week Ending 11/8/14

Last update: Sunday 11/9/14 @ 1:55 pm

This week's cover = Graphic from tweet about Microsoft taking its Office and Explorer beyond Windows via the cloud ... Other top stories ==> Diverse Issues publishes comprehensive data about minority graduates ... and HBCU 2014 Summit in Silicon Valley


Below find links to the Digital Learning Lab's "Dozens" of favorite news items about HBCUs' use of information technology to enhance their teaching, research, and community services ... plus news about hackathons and issues related to coding ... in HBCU media and Tech media ... for the week ending Saturday 11/8/14 @ 12 noon ... Links to previous editions of the Dozens can be found here ==> Back issues can be searched for old tweets.


A. HBCUs | B. Ed Tech | C. Gen Tech | D. Hackers | E. Events 

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

DLL Storify of the BMe "Innovate Philly" Townhall Meeting -- Monday 11/3/14

Last update: Tuesay 11/4/14 @ 7:44 am
On Monday 11/3/14, BMe Community -- a real-world social network for building more caring and prosperous communities inspired by Black men --  hosted a town hall meeting in Philadelphia, PA wherein participants discussed the "asset-driven community." Qeyno Labs collaborated with BMe in organizing this event. The DLL used Storify to organize the tweets of attendees who used the hashtag #InnovatePhilly.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

"TECH Dozens" -- HBCUs' Sunday Magazine -- Week Ending 11/1/14

Last update: Sunday 1/2/14 @ 9:31 am
This week's cover = photo from tweet that Apple's CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay

... Other top stories ==>HP's move into 3D printing will radically change manufacturing ... and Inside Higher Ed's survey shows most faculty still skeptical about online programs

Below find links to the Digital Learning Lab's "Dozens" of favorite news items about HBCUs' use of information technology to enhance their teaching, research, and community services ... plus news about hackathons and issues related to coding ... in HBCU media and Tech media ... for the week ending Saturday 11/1/14 @ 3 pm ... Links to previous editions of the Dozens can be found here ==> Back issues can be searched for old tweets.