Sunday, November 22, 2015

TECH Dozens -- Week Ending Saturday 11/21/15

Last update: Sunday 11/22/15 @ 12:30 pm
This week's cover = graphic from tweet about the UNCF Third Annual HBCU Summit in Silicon Valley ... Other top stories = Samsung Gear VR on sale now ...  Google hires co-founder/former CEO of VMWare to head its cloud services ... and R.I.P. Hank Williams, Diversity Pioneer 


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 11/21/15 @ 3 pm.

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

... Old TECH Dozens ...  Calendar ... TECH 2014 ...


Cover Story ... UNCF HBCU Summit ++++++++++++ 
  1. Summit Nov 18th-21st | A New Generation of Black Innovators.  ... DLL Editor's note -- The DLL Storyfied each of the summit's four days ==> Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4
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A. HBCUs ... Dozen + 1

  1. Faced with many challenges, is becoming a popular choice for many .
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Grants, awards, contracts, donations ... 

  1. Delaware State University Neuroscience Program Receives $535,000 Grant -
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  1. RT Apple Awards 30 HBCU Students Scholarships in $40 Million Diversity E...
  1. WVSU will receive grants totalling nearly $1.8 million from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
  1. Minority institutions receive $13M for STEM education
  1. USDA Awards Langston University $600,000. Read more at -
  1. : NCCU & UNC awarded $7.5 million to examine alcohol effects on African-Americans
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  1. Researchers at and earn grant for collaborative work aimed at understanding impact of alcohol.
    B. Ed Tech ... Dozen
    1. University group pushes 'technology transfer' in tenure, promotion
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    1. Have you seen our new ‘Images of CS’ study? Learn more about perceptions of CS in the US
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    1. Mark Zuckerberg donates $20 million to give kids faster internet at schools ... DLL Editor's Note -- This story also covered by VentureBeat, Wired, NY Times
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    1. Varsity Tutors Woos $50 Million From Adam Levine, Others:
    1. All hail the Chinese unicorn: TutorGroup raises $200 million Series C deal !
    1. University of Georgia has saved students $2 million through the adoption of open educational resources since 2013:
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    MOOCs, online, blended ...
    1. Land-grant university group backs adaptive learning with new grant project    ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by the Chronicle
    1. Udacity and Google team up for new Senior Web Developer Nanodegree program    .. DLL Editor's note --- This story also covered by Campus Technology
    1. N2N Services, Modo Labs Partner on Mobile Tech for Higher Ed
    1. The Technology, Obstacles and Outcomes of Flipped Learning:
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    1. Could "Nanodegrees" Be The Solution To The Student Debt Crisis? (via )
    1. are so integral to that it's hard to picture without them.
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    C. Info Tech ... Issues in the broader technical environment that impact teaching, learning, research, hackers, and entrepreneurs ... Dozen
    Top Story #1 ... Samsung Gear VR +++++++++++
    1. The Samsung Gear VR is your window into the future ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Wall Street Journal, Wired, CNET, The Verge ... and Samsung
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    Top Story #2 ... Google hires cloud exec +++++++++++
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    1. Microsoft, once infested with security flaws, does an about-face  .. DLL Editor's note --- This story also covered by VentureBeat, Bloomberg, Re/code, Computerworld, Business Insider
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    1. . redesigns Google+ with focus on Communities and Collections  .. DLL Editor's note --- This story about the downsizing of Google Plus also covered by Wall Street Journal, Gizmodo, Ars Technica, The Verge, Business Insider
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    1. Google is blurring the lines between apps and Web browsers ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by CNET, Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, TechCrunch
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    1. Intel sees fiscal 2016 revenue growing in "mid-single digits" by ... DLL Editor's Notes -- More stories about Intel's growth prospects, including cloud and data center, covered by VentureBeat, Business Insider, Wall Street Journal, Wired
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    1. Can this browser for 'discerning users' make a dent in Chrome or IE?
    Virtual/augmented reality ...
    1. Microsoft and Volvo to bring augmented reality into showrooms by  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by The Verge
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    Artificial Intelligence, robotics ...
    1. Why 'Rise of the Robots' was named the most important business book of the year
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    1. DARPA seeks "non-traditional" robotics innovators via &
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    Cybersecurity, privacy, & cybercrime ...

    1. No sign China has stopped hacking American companies, U.S. official says
    1. Europe wants to crack down on virtual currencies, because terrorism
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    D. Hackers ... Dozen + 4

    Top Story #3 ... R.I.P. Hank Williams ++++++++++++
    1. Funeral services to be held for tech wiz Hank Williams today:
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    1. NYC is doing it right: Tech + Hip Hop + Creatives = dope.  ... DLL Editor's Note -- This tweet links to a very favorable profile of The Phat Startup's recent Tech 808 conference in Black Enterprise magazine ... DLL Storify
    1. When Satya Nadella started at Microsoft, he flew to Chicago every weekend to finish his MBA
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    Diversity In Tech ... stats & strategies

    1. Google Proves That TV Teaches Girls to Not Like Computer Science
    1. Still No African-Americans Taking the AP Computer Science Exam in Nine States
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    Coding & Coders

    1. Microsoft and launch Minecraft tutorial to teach kids how to code ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Gizmodo
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    1. . is rolling out a redesign for code repositories
    1. 100,000 events are coming during Dec. 7-13
    1. We're working with ​ to develop courses for school leaders:
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    1. 15 programming languages you need to know in 2015. Do you agree?
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    Hackathons, workshops, meetups, etc

    1. One wkend + robots + 100 tech divas = FUN! Check out the photos from Atlanta Robot Expo at Georgia Tech (11/14/15)
    1. Rover ! 13-17yo tech divas programming them to walk, talk and sense objects in front of them
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    1. Ms Angie, Lead Tech Instructor, with our App building Ladies! @techgirl9108
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    E. Tech Views -- Comments, opinions, and long forms ... Dozen 
    1. Google open-sourcing TensorFlow shows AI’s future is data
    1. Stop calling Google Cardboard's 360-degree videos "VR"
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    1. Encryption Is Being Scapegoated To Mask The Failures Of Mass Surveillance by
    1. Vinod Khosla: IBM and Dell haven't had 'one new idea over the last 30 years'
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    1. 5 ways that campus MOOC initiatives impact local residential learning (essay)
    1. Are colleges losing ground to entities focused more sharply on workforce skills? (essay)
    1. "Asking 'Why?' Instead of 'How?': Thoughts from EDUCAUSE 2015" by Jack Suess -
    Long form ... good reads ... :-)
    1. Engaging Alumni and Students Using Online Education Technology
    1. The Future of the University: Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education
    1. Here's my deep dive on Mark Zuckerberg's plans for Facebook's future, from VR to drones.
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