Use of socially generated "big data" on collective states of minds in human societies has become a new paradigm in the emerging field of computational social science, but bridging the gap between real-time monitoring and early prediction remains a challenge. Taha Yasseri discusses his paper Early Prediction of Movie Box Office Success based on Wikipedia Activity Big Data (with M.Mestyán and J.Kertész), which builds a predictive model for the financial success of movies based on the collective activity of online users, showing that a movie's popularity can be predicted far ahead of its release date. ...
"According to Code.org, 90 percent of U.S. schools are not teaching any computer science. Eyebrows have been raised this year as the U.K. passed a plan to educate every child how to code.
In my opinion, parents of every student in every school at every level should demand that all students be taught how to code. They don't need this skill because they'll all go into it as a career -- that isn't realistic -- but because it impacts every career in the 21st century world. Any country recognizing that will benefit in the long term. Here's how you can start."
So Much Computing Power, So Little Understanding Wall Street Journal (blog) “Those engineering skills are about dismantling problems, breaking them down and solving those little problems, then putting them all back together.
The Department for Education (DfE) has announced £1.1 million of funding for the British Computer Society (BCS) to help teachers prepare for the new computing curriculum, which will be taught in schools from September 2014.
MIT Technology Review An Artificial Hand with Real Feelings MIT Technology Review This was thanks to the new technology, which allowed force detectors on the digits of his prosthetic hand to convey touch information directly to three pea-sized...
Got an Hour? CU-Boulder Program Lets You Build a Video Game, Learn to Code HispanicBusiness.com Students can use the same tools and their new computational thinking skills to build science simulations--the coding needed to lay out what should...
For most people, software programming’s social cachet falls below that of tax preparation. But it’s catching fire among forward-thinking New York parents, who see it as endowing their children both with a strategically valuable skill and a habit for IQ-multiplying intellectual rigor.
The goal isn’t necessarily for everyone to become a computer-science engineer, just as when you teach people how to write English, the goal isn’t for everybody to become an author, The point is that it’s a very important way of analyzing the world, thinking about the world, interacting with the world, and manipulating the world. It is a fundamental enabling skill that is applicable across the widest imaginable set of domains.”
Similar sentiments can be heard throughout the techopolis. Paul Johnson, a 43-year-old software developer who himself started to learn coding at the age of 6, has told his kindergartner that he can play any computer game he wants so long as he writes it himself; father and son are working on a program together now. “It’s almost a Renaissance education,” Johnson says. “It involves storytelling, it involves art and creativity, it involves rigorous mathematics, and all of this has to work together, so you see directly how they relate to each other.”
"Smithsonian X 3D launches a set of use cases which apply various 3D capture methods to iconic collection objects, as well as scientific missions. These projects indicate that this new technology has the potential not only to support the Smithsonian mission, but to transform museum core functions. Researchers working in the field may not come back with specimens, but with 3D data documenting a site or a find. Curators and educators can use 3D data as the scaffolding to tell stories or send students on a quest of discovery. Conservators can benchmark today’s condition state of a collection item against a past state – a deviation analysis of 3D data will tell them exactly what changes have occurred. All of these uses cases are accessible through the Beta Smithsonian X 3D Explorer, as well as videos documenting the project. For many of the 3D models, raw data can be downloaded to support further inquiry and 3D printing." ... http://3d.si.edu/about
BU Today New BU Initiative to Boost STEM Education BU Today As part of the BU's STEM Education Initiatives, ENG's Joyce Y. Wong (left) will direct a new University effort to recruit and advance women in STEM fields.
UCSD Supercomputing Center Builds Raspberry Pi Linux Cluster for Education Campus Technology The San Diego Supercomputer Center has built a Linux cluster around Raspberry Pi devices as part of an effort to help kids and adults learn about parallel...
UW Research on Gaming and Robotics to Boost Math Learning Supported by ... AZoRobotics Can gaming and robotics be used to teach computational thinking skills to middle school students in culturally sensitive ways?
With society becoming more and more reliant on technology it is incumbent upon leaders to harness the power of digital technologies in order to create school cultures that are transparent, relevant, meaningful, engaging, and inspiring. In order to set the stage for increasing achievement and to establish a greater sense of community pride for the work being done in our schools, we must begin to change the way we lead.