Sunday, September 27, 2015

TECH Dozens -- Week Ending Saturday 9/26/15

Last update: Sunday 9/27/15 @ 11:05 am
This week's cover = poster from tweet about the 2015 National HBCU Week Conference ... Other top stories = MOOCs can enhance career options ... Facebook's 360 degrees Star Wars clips ... and Samsung's Oculus Rift Gear VR for $99


The Digital Learning Lab's favorite tweets about how HBCUs and other organizations are promoting skills that yield more diverse employment opportunities and more diverse entrepreneurial opportunities in information technology (#DiversityInTech) ... plus tweets about significant innovations in Ed Tech and Info Tech ... Big news, interesting stories, insightful comments, and good reads ... for the week ending Saturday 9/26/dd/15 

A. HBCUs | B. Ed Tech | C. Info Tech | D. Hackers | E. Views  

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Cover Story ... 2015 HBCU Week Conference +++++++++ 
DLL Editor's note -- This three day event was Storyfied by the DLL
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A. HBCUs ... Dozen
  1. Biden Stresses Importance of HBCUs’ Role in Economy, Addresses Concerns:   and 
  1. Excited to welcome returning sponsor who will be doing a 3D printing demo and bringing a Makerbot!
  1. We're excited to welcome as a new sponsor for . See you at the hackathons!
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Grants, awards, contracts, donations ... 

  1. Spelman college awarded $2.7 million from the "First in the World Grant​" program. More on our efforts here:
  1. ! JSU is the recipient of a $2.98 million “First in the World” (FITW) grant.
  1. Photo: NSU Professor Receives NSF Grant When it comes to adapting to their environment, bacteria are among...
  1. DSU Receives $2.6M Grant for Higher Ed Access Initiative
  1. Huston-Tillotson University has been awarded a significant grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to...
  1. Hoyer Announces Nearly $3 Million in Funding to USM: Coppin State Univ...
    B. Ed Tech ... Dozen + 1
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    1. New study: learners credit MOOCs for pay raises, promotions, academic progress. ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by the Chronicle, Ed Surge ... and the Coursera report
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    1. Discovr Labs Brings Virtual Reality To The Classroom, Lets Teachers See What Students See by  .
    1. Great piece from on driving with analytics provided in . Case studies too!
    1. These are the 50 most innovative universities in the world
    1. Analysis: Scrutiny Adds Context to Graduation Rate of Pell Grant Recipients:
    1. Are students learning? New faculty-led system aims to find out w/out using standardized tests ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by The Chronicle
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    1. Cengage Learning Acquires Learning Objects to Grow Adaptive Learning Platform    ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Inside Higher Ed
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    Competency based ...
    1. How's this for competency? , used in 85% of K-12 districts, raises $5M from Zuckerberg's fund
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    MOOCs, online, blended ...
    1. Flipping the classroom is particularly beneficial for women & students with low grades  
    1. What drew 12 percent of all Harvard students to this computer science course?  
    C. Info Tech ... Issues in the broader technical environment that impact teaching, learning, research, hackers, and entrepreneurs ... Dozen

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    1. Samsung and Facebook's Oculus sets launch for Gear VR headset in November for $99 ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by TechCrunch, PC Magazine, VentureBeat, Wall Street Journal
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    1. Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit is a show of Silicon Valley muscle by
    1. Google reportedly facing antitrust investigation focused on Android ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Wired, CNET, NY Times, The Verge,
    1. Stampery Leverages The Blockchain To Certify All Your Documents by
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    Virtual/augmented reality ...
    1. H2L Launches Their Next-Gen UnlimitedHand VR Haptic Controller by
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    Artificial Intelligence, robotics ...
    1. Robot room service: aims to build a new business model for robots. by
    1. You've played Minecraft, but this spring you can step inside it with the Oculus Rift ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Wired
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    Machine learning, data analytics, data science, big data, etc
    1. 'Predictive policing' tries to stop violent crime before it happens
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    Cybersecurity, privacy, & cybercrime ...

    1. Fingerprints of 5.6 million government employees stolen in cyberattack: ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, Wired
      D. Hackers ... Dozen 
      1. Silicon Harlem: The New Silicon Valley


      1. Great kick-off to the TAP retreat weekend .Thanks for hosting !
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      Diversity In Tech ... stats & strategies
      1. . and Aim to Increase Minorities Pursuing STEM Degrees
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      Founders and startups
      1. The 25 Most Influential African-Americans In Technology
      1. The Fresh Prince Of NY Tech With Brian Watson Of USV
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      Coding & Coders
      1. GitHub has open-sourced a tool that teaches students to code
      1. As we bring new courses to thousands of schools, we're pleased to share a promising program evaluation report:
      1. Robo Wunderkind's Programmable Bricks Are Like Legos That Teach You How To Code by
      1. Within the next 10 years, every student will have access to computer science education:
      E. Tech Views -- Comments, opinions, and long forms ... Dozen + 1
      1. Some fascinating numbers. Take from them what you will!  
      1. Another View: The Benefits of Allowing Bitcoin to Flourish  .
      1. What Bitcoin Now Is And What It Could Become by
      1. Why Colleges Must Adjust Priorities in an Online-Centric Future []
      1. Apps Over Sites: Why Business Must (Mostly) Evolve Away From the Web
      1. Five Reasons Data are Essential to the Future of learning
      1. IOS could become the enterprise OS of the millennial generation.
      1. What a great reference from about achieving for woman of color!
      Long form ... good reads ... :-)
      1. Office 2016 is Microsoft’s best hope to show it has changed
      1. Reflections on 25 years of the Campus Computing Project:
      1. Oakland To Tech: Please Don't Screw This Up Like Last Time by
      1. Smaller, Faster, Cheaper, Over: The Future of Computer Chips
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