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Preparing Students for the Computational Future (EdSurge News)

Preparing Students for the Computational Future (EdSurge News) | conlangs | Scoop.it
This is an edited excerpt from “How to Teach Computational Thinking,” first published by Stephen Wolfram on Sept. 7, 2016.

Pick any field “X,” from archaeology to zoology. There either is now a “computational X”, or there soon will be. Doctors, lawyers, teachers, farmers, whatever—the future of all these professions will be full of computational thinking. Whether it’s sensor-based medicine, computational contracts, education analytics or agriculture—success is going to rely on being able to do computational thinking well.

Computational thinking is going to be a defining feature of the future, and it’s an incredibly important thing to be teaching to kids today. But where does it fit into the standard educational curriculum? The answer, I think, is simple: everywhere!

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agitprop for the Wolfram language (Has NLP support and much more)
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Lee Hall's curator insight, September 13, 10:58 AM
Help in understanding how to fit computational thinking into the curriculum. 
Ginger Jewell's curator insight, September 16, 10:43 AM
This is a concept oftenoverlooked.
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These are the four stages of your brain on maths

These are the four stages of your brain on maths | conlangs | Scoop.it
Ever wondered how your mind deals with complex sums and multiplications?

A new study has imaged how the brain's activity levels change while taking on serious maths problems, and reveals for the first time that there are four distinct neural stages involved in coming up with a solution.

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Study reveals that there are distinct neural stages in coming up with a math solution.
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Structure-mapping engine enables computers to reason and learn like humans, including solving moral dilemmas

Structure-mapping engine enables computers to reason and learn like humans, including solving moral dilemmas | conlangs | Scoop.it
Northwestern University's Ken Forbus is closing the gap between humans and machines.

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Announcing SyntaxNet: The World’s Most Accurate Parser Goes Open Source

Announcing SyntaxNet: The World’s Most Accurate Parser Goes Open Source | conlangs | Scoop.it

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English syntax highlighter

English syntax highlighter | conlangs | Scoop.it

This is a syntax highlighter for English. It uses natural language processing to determine the part of speech for each word and highlights accordingly. It works with tricky sentences too, e.g. The man we saw saw a saw.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 8, 2:02 PM

An interesting tool. Must be some fun ways to use this in the ELT ELA classroom.

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Syntax: determine parts of speech for tricky sentences
Dave Sharp's curator insight, May 10, 6:11 PM
The syntax highlighter for English uses colours to determine correct speech for each word and will highlight accordingly. It can also be used with complex sentences to help break it down into smaller parts. A great tool when demonstrating to year 3 students.
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Question, we have Lojban made by Humans, why don't we have a "AI" Conlang yet? • /r/conlangs

Question, we have Lojban made by Humans, why don't we have a "AI" Conlang yet? • /r/conlangs | conlangs | Scoop.it
Wouldn't a language constructed by computers, for computers be better than a language constructed by humans for computers? Sadly I can't find...
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Good question . . .
The answer (my best guess) is:
- nobody  did program the 'language instinct' into computers

(computers are good at doing statistics on  large corpora, Google can simulate language understanding that way, but that is not natural language processing, that is clever statistics)

-   the problem is that linguist do not really know how to define language in such a way that programmers can write the programs -or let the computers do the number crunching-

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Star Wars Ewokese to Star Trek Klingon: how do you invent a language? - The Guardian

Star Wars Ewokese to Star Trek Klingon: how do you invent a language? - The Guardian | conlangs | Scoop.it
Constructed languages, or ‘conlangs’ as they are known, have always fascinated diehard fans. Could their creators be on the frontier of how we define language?
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Jaap Dronkers on Twitter

Jaap Dronkers on Twitter | conlangs | Scoop.it
Waarom zou je spelling nog moeten leren. Eerste & laatste letter zijn toch voldoende? pic.twitter.com/iyYe0QkQqK
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in Dutch
As long as we put the first and last letter in place, we can freely scramble the letters in between, the word will remain readable. 

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Vokation: The Words Every ESOL Learner Should Know

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Nice list of basic words
(based on word counts on English texts) 

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A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences

A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences | conlangs | Scoop.it
Once a popular way to teach grammar, the practice of diagramming sentences has fallen out of favor.
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Brush up on your French with this Bastille Day flowchart

Brush up on your French with this Bastille Day flowchart | conlangs | Scoop.it
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it turns out that linguistics is a social science
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Evidence Rebuts Chomsky's Theory of Language Learning

Evidence Rebuts Chomsky's Theory of Language Learning | conlangs | Scoop.it
The research suggests a radically different view, in which learning of a child’s first language does not rely on an innate grammar module. Instead the new research shows that young children use various types of thinking that may not be specific to language at all—such as the ability to classify the world into categories (people or objects, for instance) and to understand the relations among things.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 10, 2:04 AM

A very interesting read.

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What would a modern constructed language look like? // Cogsci

What would a modern constructed language look like? // Cogsci | conlangs | Scoop.it
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good point: constructed languages should be so constructed that they are easily processed by humans (i.e. respect the info processing "habits" of our brains).  So moderate redundancy and irregularity might be both principles of good conlang design. 
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Support Vector Machines | Open Data Science

Support Vector Machines | Open Data Science | conlangs | Scoop.it
Support vector machines is one of the most popular methods of classification in machine learning although they can be used as a black box, understanding what’s happening behind scenes can be very useful not to mention interesting.

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Na je telefoon wil Google nu ook je huis veroveren

Na je telefoon wil Google nu ook je huis veroveren | conlangs | Scoop.it
De internetgigant kondigde tijdens zijn jaarlijkse ontwikkelaarsconferentie een nieuwe assistent aan voor in huis.
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Nice nat lang interface
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Teaching computers to understand human languages

Teaching computers to understand human languages | conlangs | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Liverpool have developed a set of algorithms that will help teach computers to process and understand human languages.

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Researchers try to teach semantics to computers
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Text-to-Speech for low resource languages (episode 3): But can it say “Google”?

Text-to-Speech for low resource languages (episode 3): But can it say “Google”? | conlangs | Scoop.it

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Classic First Lines of Novels in Emojis: A Quiz

Classic First Lines of Novels in Emojis: A Quiz | conlangs | Scoop.it
We've rendered these 10 famous first lines from novels in emojis. Can you name the novels?
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Nice idea, good for content words, but we need function words also.

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The Sixth Language Creation Conference | Language Creation Society

The Sixth Language Creation Conference | Language Creation Society | conlangs | Scoop.it
#LCC6 info http://t.co/KkfRakZuxZ
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Conlangery #107: Moten

Conlangery #107: Moten | conlangs | Scoop.it
Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets comes on to talk about his conlang Moten. Top of Show Greeting: Nærut Nɑnɑ́rɑ Links and Resources: The Moten page of Christophe's blog Christophe's presentation at LCC...
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hear hear . . . this podcast

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Prepositions of place - in, on, at | English grammar - YouTube

Prepositions of place - in, on, at | English grammar - YouTube | conlangs | Scoop.it
An English grammar lesson to explain when we use the prepositions of place (in, on and at) 0:28 Using the preposition "at" to describe a specific point or pl...
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Basic English grammar lessons  

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Vokation: Using Verbs Instead of Prepositions

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Is this always possible, or only sometimes?
Is this wise/good/effiecient? 

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toki pona enhanced

toki pona enhanced | conlangs | Scoop.it
toki pona enhanced (aka TPE) is a dialect of toki pona that employs advances in the science of Lojban applied to the syntax of toki pona.
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