Sunday, August 07, 2016

TECH Dozens -- Week Ending Saturday 8/6/16

Last update: Sunday 8/7/16 @ 10:30 am
This week's cover = R.I.P.  Seymour Papert -- mathematician, AI pioneer, educator, inventor of Logo ... Other top stories = Carnegie Mellon wins DARPA's grand challenge ... Apple's bounty program ... and Apple's diversity improves slowly

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 8/6/16.

A. HBCUS | B. Ed Tech | C. Info Tech | D. Hackers | E. Views | F. Chuckles

Calendars:  #EdTech and #DiversityInTech 

Top Stories 2015: Q1 | Q2 | Q3 | Q4

Cover Story ... R.I.P. Seymour Papert 

  1. Seymour Papert, 88, dies; a visionary who saw education’s future in computers   ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by M.I.T. News, Fortune 
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A. HBCUS ... Dozen

  1. UNCF HBCU Innovation Summit Doing More Then Apple & Google to Diversify Tech Industry
  1. UVI Marine biology researcher Dr. Paul Jobsis & his students work to save sea turtles.
  1. HU School of Pharmacy Receives a $2.6 Million Grant from
  1. UNCF/ Corporate Scholars Program, scholarships up to $4.5K + internship opportunities. Closes 8/28 APPLY NOW!
  1. Xavier among a selected few universities to get STEM Scholars. Click here:
  1. SSU Marine Sciences studies dolphin behavior:  
  1. startup linking students with researchers grows among schools with diverse populations ...
  1. Lincoln students hard at work this summer on research
    1.   resumes its hieroglyphic language intensive, research study abroad in Egypt. This is not a game:
  1. First shift of students approach the "bent pyramid" of Snefru, c. 2600 bce
B. Ed Tech ... Dozen + 3
  1. Fascinating look at AP tests and student outcomes in college:
  1. IT think tank's call for alternative forms of credentialing and measuring competency
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$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ...

  1. ICYMI: Benefits of college mergers don't always add up:
  1. Hopper-Dean Foundation Donates $1M to MIT Programs to Expand Diversity in K-12 STEM ...
  1. News: USA Funds awards nearly $2.3M to seven minority serving colleges
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Competency-Based Education (CBE) ...

  1. Prior Learning: Understanding the Benefits and Overcoming the Obstacles cc:
  1. Competency-Based Education: The Importance of Metrics and Data Collection | cc:
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MOOCs, online, blended, flipped ...
  1. Next year onwards India will allow students to earn credits from other universities via MOOCs
  1. Understand what’s going on in the World of MOOCs. The newest edition of MOOCWatch is out .
  1. Call to Action: Comment on State Authorization for Distance Education Regulation
  1. Journal editors quoted in "For Students Taking Online Courses, a Completion Paradox" via
  1. Our Special Edition of the Journal focuses on Learning . Download now:
  1. How to Design Standards-Based Online Courses
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C. Info Tech ... Issues in the broader technical environment that impact teaching, learning, research, hackers, and entrepreneurs ... Dozen + 5
  1. Facebook has officially declared war on clickbait  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by NY Times, Ars Technica, VentureBeat, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal
  1. Long derided as a copycat, China is innovating -- and Silicon Valley is borrowing.
  1. Average broadband speed in US rises above 50 megabits for the first time
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$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ...

  1. Microsoft has quietly taken in the lead in the race to $10 billion in cloud revenue
  1. The 5 most valuable companies are all tech companies
  1. Here’s where in the U.S. advanced industry jobs are growing and where they’re declining
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FinTech ...

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Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, bots, robotics ...
Top Story #1 ... Carnegie Mellon wins  +++++++++++
  1. Carnegie Mellon's Mayhem AI takes home $2 million from DARPA's Cyber Grand Challenge ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Gizmodo, Wired, Information Week , Computerworld... and DARPA
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  1. Robots will cover the Olympics for The Washington Post by
  1. Who intervenes when artificial intelligence goes rogue? The AI police:
  1. IBM researcher builds a phase-change capable artificial neuron
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Cybersecurity, privacy, & cybercrime ...

Top Story #2 ... Apple's bounty program +++++++++++
  1. Apple announces a bug bounty program   ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by NY Times, Digital Trends, Engadget, Wired, Ars Technica, TechCrunch, The Verge, Mashable, PC World, MacWorld
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  1. A 'massive' breach has exposed hundreds of new SAT questions
  1. Another Bitcoin Exchange Is Hacked: ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by The Verge
  1. Some American voting machines might be vulnerable to hacking —via
D. Hackers ... Dozen + 4
  1. Hello from and our summer camp tech divas!
  1. Our academy developing an augmented reality experience
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Diversity In Tech ... stats & strategies
Top Story #3 ... Apple's diversity ++++++++++++
  1. Apple: Still Pretty White and Male, But Slowly Improving:  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Engadget, Fortune Magazine, Washington Post, Business Insider, Fast Company, CIO
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  1. Congrats to for their excellent work on ending pay disparity and increasing diversity! ...
  1. Rev. Jesse Jackson says Apple is “setting the pace” around diversity and inclusion
  1. Facebook Donates $15M to Code(dot)Org to Diversify Computer Science Education:
  1. . explains why is better at hiring diverse candidates
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Founders, execs, and techs
  1. "Why We’re Sending Our CEO to the White House" 's will be working on diversity in tech hiring.
  1. Shoutout to re: Is In Full Effect With This Startup Founder via  
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Coding & Coders
  1. Microsoft launches Excel API out of preview   ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by TechCrunch
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Hackathons, workshops, meetups, courses, etc
E. Tech Views -- Comments, opinions, and long forms ... Half-Dozen - 1
  1. Technology is so pervasive it might be time to call G.E. and Johnson & Johnson tech firms.
  1. News: The cost of free college - The Atlantic Bernie Sanders may be out as a presidential contender, but his pr...
Long form ... good reads ... :-)
  1. A glimpse into the playful world of Seymour Papert from a colleague & friend :
F. Chuckles ... Half-Dozen - 1
  1. Hampton Creek has reportedly been buying large quantities of Just Mayo—its own product—from grocery stores: ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Bloomberg
  1. A brand-new STEM Barbie educational kit teaches girls engineering
  1. There is an actual, approved plan to build a 200-foot-long wall outside of Trump Tower:
  1. Here's what happens if Trump decides to quit — via

  1. Prediction markets and the odds of Donald Trump exiting the race.
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