Sunday, January 17, 2016

TECH Dozens -- Week Ending Saturday 1/16/16

Last update: Sunday 1/17/16 @ 12:30 pm
This week's cover = graphic from tweet that Udacity guarantees jobs for nanodegree grads in 6 months or gives 100% tuition refunds ... Other top stories = Apple iOS 9.3 focuses on education ... Obama  proposes $4 billion 10 year support for fed programs to make self-driving cars safer  ... and Obama wants tech to solve America's biggest challenges

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  1/16/16 @ 3 pm.


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

TECH Dozens 2015 ==> Q1 ... Q2 ... Q3 ... Q4 ...  Calendar 


Cover Story ... Audacity's $$$$ nano-degrees ++++++++++ 

  1. Udacity’s new Nanodegree Plus guarantees you a job in 6 months ... DLL Editor's Note -- This story also covered by Business Insider, Wired, ZDNet, TechCrunch, USA Today, Chronicle ... and Udacity
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A. HBCUs ... Dozen + 1
  1. Envista, Independence LED Partner on Indoor Aquaponics System: Envista F...
  1. 80% of students who complete the Bioinfomatics program at MVSU, receive jobs in the same field.
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  1. SC State first stop on 'Feel the Bern' HBCU Tour. Cornel West to speak Jan. 14 at 6:30p in the Fine Arts Center.  
  1. Dr. Achille Messac appointed Dean, College of Engineering, Architecture & Computer Sciences
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  1. Howard team completes NOAA expedition off coast of the Canary Islands
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  1. Taking a tour of ’s Innovation Lab.  ... DLL Editor's Note -- This lab is described here
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Grants, awards, contracts, donations ... 

  1. Clark Atlanta University Awarded $494,000 from Mellon Foundation
B. Ed Tech ... Dozen + 2

Top Story #1 ... Apple's education i)S 0.3 +++++++++
  1. Apple iOS 9.3 will be all about education ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by EdSurge, ZDNet, The Verge ... and Apple
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  1. How Startups Are Solving A Decades-Old Problem In Education via
  1. What topics were discussed at the State of the Union? -
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  1. Just Released – The Top 10 IT Issues for 2016: Divest, Reinvest, and Differentiate
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  1. Can teaching methods be patented? Explaining Khan Academy's patent application for A/B testing in education
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$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ...

  1. Hobsons buys Predictive Analytics Reporting Framework:   ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Inside Higher Ed ... and Hobsons
  1. Netflix’s CEO Just Launched a $100 Million Education Fund. (Got Any Recommendations on How He Should Spend It? -
  1. "As every student succeeds, so, too, shall companies & their investors,"- debuts it's 2015 cohort:
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Competency based ...

  1. National survey provides first clear look at competency-based ed:
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MOOCs, online, blended ...
  1. . Launches Online Course Platform Learning.ly:
  1. Stakes are high for other colleges & forms of online ed in 's 's audit of Western Governors Uni
C. Info Tech ... Issues in the broader technical environment that impact teaching, learning, research, hackers, and entrepreneurs ... Dozen + 3

Top Story #2 ... Obama's $4 billion +++++++++++
  1. President Obama proposes spending $4B over 10 years for self-driving cars by ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by PC Magazine, Computerworld, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Wired, The Verge, Wall Street Journal, Ars Technica
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Top Story #3 ... Obama's tech challenge++++++++++
  1. President Obama calls on tech to solve America's 'Urgent Challenges.' by  ... DLL Editor's note -- This interpretation of #SOTU also posted by Fast Company, Ars Technica, Mashable, Business Insider ... Full text of Obama's final #SOTU
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  1. The sorry legacy of Internet Explorer
  1. Bitcoin a "failed" experiment, says departing developer: ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Mashable
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Self-driving vehicles ...

  1. Ford and Google are still considering making self-driving cars together, WSJ says ... DLL Editor's note -- This story was originated by the Wall Street Journal
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  1. Elon Musk isn't worried about an Apple electric car: 'It will expand the industry' ... DLL Editor's note -- Other discussions of Musk's comments about Apple cars were posted by Mashable, Business Insider
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Virtual/augmented reality ...

  1. Porn is already deciding VR’s future by
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Artificial Intelligence, robotics ...
  1. Scientists built an incredible leaping robot to save lives in savage war zones
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  1. Yamaha’s MotoBot will make human motorcyclists look pathetic
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Statistical learning, machine learning, big data, etc

  1. Yahoo Releases Free 13.5TB Data Set for Academia: DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Wall Street Journal
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Cybersecurity, privacy, & cybercrime ...

  1. Expect ISIS cyberattacks this year, says leading security firm:
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  1. North America's underground cybercrime economy: Business is booming
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  1. Apple, Google, Microsoft attack government hacking plans via
D. Hackers ... Dozen
  1. Great visit this morning from Mayor and Secretary Jack Lew! Thanks for stopping by!
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Diversity In Tech ... stats & strategies

  1. this is why i get 0% excited when co’s hire a head of diversity - it doesn’t say much abt whether they will progress
  1. Referral hiring can be a major barrier to building a diverse workforce. Here's a strategy we tested with :
  1. With diversity push, Intel aims to change the faces of Silicon Valley
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  1. JBHE Annual Survey: Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities leads again
  1. ⚡️ Meet The 11 heads of Diversity Changing the face of Tech
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Founders and techs

  1. Happy to start on my next tech adventure. And I am hiring engineers! DM me.
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Coding & Coders

  1. Along with our partners, we've trained 20,000 new teachers to offer computer science
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  1. The State of Computer Science: it's the fastest growing AP course of the decade
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Hackathons, workshops, meetups, etc

  1. and youth have an opportunity to succeed thru hi-tech education.
    Thanks again !

    E. Tech Views -- Comments, opinions, and long forms ... Dozen 
    1. While there are areas in which I wish POTUS had provided greater leadership, he has my respect & admiration. Still time to take action!
    1. 10 text, sentiment, and social analytics trends for 2016 by
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    1. Obama aims to seal legacy as nation’s first tech president
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    1. Will 2016 Be The Year Of More Inclusive Tech Conferences?  
    1. - A favorite ER writer. Author of New Horizons column on experiential learning in Jan/Feb issue
    1. Smartphone encryption ban? It's a boon for criminals and terrorists
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    Long form ... good reads ... :-)
    1. There is no such thing as ‘good enough’ encryption once a backdoor is added, says
    1. ‘I Hope That We're Always Experimental’: Q&A with Salman Khan - ... DLL Editor's note -- This podcast runs 27 minutes
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