Sunday, December 13, 2015

TECH Dozens -- Week Ending Saturday 12/1215

Last update: Sunday 12/13/15 @ 3:05 pm
This week's cover = graphic from tweet about CS Education Week + Hour of Code ... Other top stories = Supreme Court  considers affirmative action case ... Musk, Thiel, and other wealthy techs form nonprofit to support human-friendly AI research ... and Zuckerberg says Muslims are "always welcome" on Facebook

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 12/12/15


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

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Cover Story ... CSEdWeek ... Hour of Code ++++++++++++ 

  1. Check out research to learn about the barriers & perceptions of CS ed
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  1. "In this digital age, coding matters." — UK Prime Minister David Cameron
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    1. The on the homepage of today
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  1. "I don't think I'll stop until every school offers computers science." at the Apple Store NYC
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  1. No better time than to stress the importance of CS to young girls, via
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  1. MT : Check out our themed newsletter & discover other things going on in the Community:
  1. "For tech to serve America, it needs to look like America. looks like America"
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  1. A glimpse in : youth participating in . 300+ signups. Youth groups joining this weekend
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A. HBCUs ... Half-Dozen + 2 

  1. Will a push for greater faculty diversity in higher education fuel poaching at HBCUs?
  1. Maryland & HBCU advocates at odds over how to remedy segregation in
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Grants, awards, contracts, donations ... 

  1.  HU students receive scholarships from Apple, Inc. Diversity Initiative
  1. Neuroscience Researcher Awarded $695,700 NIH Research Grant

  1. Three UMES researchers earn USDA grants: Three UMES researchers earn USDA g...
  1. A grant from the will allow SSU to start a new undergrad cert. program.
  1. Albany State researcher part of international team studying psychology of 'spoilers.'
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B. Ed Tech ... Dozen + 2

Top Story #1 ... Affirmative Action +++++++++++

  1. Supreme Court justices question lawyers on key affirmative action case ... DLL Editor's note -- The Supreme Court's hearing also covered by the Chronicle, NY Times, CNN, Atlantic
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  1. Scalia’s ‘Mismatch Theory’ a Foe to Diversity, Inclusion: via   ... DLL Editor's note -- Justice Scalia's citation of 'Mismatch' also noted by the Chronicle
  1. Required reading for Supreme CT; shows minorities perform better at more rigorous schools via    ... DLL Editor's note -- This tweet provides a link to Bowen's classic statistical analysis "Crossing the Finish Line" that demolished the 'Mismatch' theory
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  1.  A team of university librarians created open-access tutorials for students learning basic research skills.
  1. are no longer peripheral, or a sideshow says they're connecting grads & employers
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  1. EXCLUSIVE EdSurge’s Plans for 2016:
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Competency based ...


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MOOCs, online, blended ...
  1. Online learning portals are becoming a thing in Canada with leading the way.
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  1. Startup university Minerva Project's disruption plan: an old-school master's degree.
  1. Trends in 2015: Rise of Self Paced Courses
  1. Researchers conduct extensive examination of online learning for students with disabilities
  1. The first accredited online computer science MS has its first graduates!
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    C. Info Tech ... Issues in the broader technical environment that impact teaching, learning, research, hackers, and entrepreneurs ... Dozen + 3

    Top Story #2 ... Human-friendly AI +++++++++++

    1. Elon Musk and partners form nonprofit to stop AI from ruining the world () ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Business Insider, Wired, Bloomberg, Fast Company, The Verge, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, NY Times
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    Top Story #3 ... Muslims welcome on Facebook ++++++++++++

    1. Zuckerberg says Muslims are always welcome on Facebook ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Fast Company, The Verge, TechCrunch, Re/code, VentureBeat ... and Mark Zuckerberg
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    1. Bill Gates’s role in the climate partnership offers a peek into how the inner circles of governments and industry
    1. Google says its quantum computer is 100M times faster than a regular computer chip ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Bloomberg, Wired, Wall Street Journal
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    Internet of Things ...

    1. Here's what GE CEO Jeff Immelt means when he talks about the 'Industrial Internet'
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    1. A whole new world: How IBM is gearing up for the Internet of Things via &
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    Virtual/augmented reality ...

    1.  How virtual-reality technology could make learning more immersive:    ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Campus Technology
    1. Here's What Virtual Reality Means For Kids Stuck In The Hospital by
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      Artificial Intelligence, robotics ...
      1. Machine learning works great—mathematicians just don’t know why ... DLL Editor's note -- the "machine learning" described in this article uses neural nets, so it's definitely AI
      1. Major AI breakthroughs that made 2015 a landmark year for computers via
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      1. Facebook Open Sources 'Big Sur' Artificial Intelligence Hardware Design ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Wired, VentureBeat, Re/code,
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      1. A Learning Advance in Artificial Intelligence Rivals Human Abilities  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Mashable
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      Cybersecurity, privacy, & cybercrime ...

      1. Calls for Silicon Valley to join the fight against terror could backfire ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Ars Technica
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      1. Breaking: Bitcoin's creator is probably this unknown Australian genius ... DLL Editor's note -- Gizmodo published its own investigation ... then skepticism was expressed by Bloomberg, CNET, PC Magazine, VentureBeat
        D. Hackers ... Dozen + 4

        Diversity In Tech ... stats & strategies

        1. Investment in programs builds opportunity, helps diversify industry  ... DLL Editor's note -- This tweet represents the Knight Foundation's endorsement of the @FastCompany description of its grant to @CODE2040 ... The story was also covered by TechCrunch, USA Today
        1. Lack of Talent Pipeline a ‘Myth’ Says Congressional Black Caucus Chair
        1. Bronx Borough President & Launch Code/Bronx Initiative to Bring Coding Programs to Every School: C/I
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        Founders and startups

        1. Impressed by these amazing women-founded companies at
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        1. Software eats software development as Andreessen invests $10M in app outsourcer Gigster  ... DLL Editor's note -- Debo Olaosebikan, the co-founder of this revolutionary tech venture is Black ... :-)
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        Coding & Coders

        1. EQUIP Program Brings Universities and Coding Boot Camps Together:
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        1. 'Coding Nation' Chronicles 300 Ways to Pick Up Programming:
        1.  Hacking Out of Prison: San Quentin Inmates Learn to Code:
        1. President Obama just signed a law that designates computer science part of a 'well-rounded ... -   ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by the Wall Street Journal
        1. Codie is a fast, rolling robot toy that teaches kids progamming concepts

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        Hackathons, workshops, meetups, etc
        1. The rise of : How a tech-industry tradition has entered the corporate mainstream via
        E. Tech Views -- Comments, opinions, and long forms ... Dozen 
        1. One day you'll tell your kids about when the Internet was unencrypted…or when encryption was legal. I'm not sure which way it's going yet.
        1. [Op-Ed] No Shade Zone: How Zuckerberg’s $45 Billion Foundation Could Actually Help Minorities
        1. Robots are going to bring manufacturing back to the US — that's not necessarily a good thing
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        1.  Hacking The Hype: Why Hackathons Don't Work by ... DLL Editor's note -- Provocative op ed + interesting comments from readers
        1. Don't assume that today's digital students can't be motivated to read good books ==> via
        1. statistician W.E. Deming’s famous saying: “In God we trust. Everyone else, bring data.” 
        1. Bitcoin needs to be a product without an owner, a hunk of code that does something amazing and that anyone can use
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        Long forms ... good reads
        1. 11 advances that will not happen by 2020 (essay)
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        1. via : opportunities for women and minorities:
        1. are to what Netflix is to movie theaters. Similar but not really.
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        1. If you only do one thing today, watch this. raps to promote college
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