Computing in the News

Tips and Options for Using Computing News in Class

    • Present a current news story about a computing innovation (including a video if there is one), then ask the students what they think about it, what computer science concepts are involved, and what the positive and negative implications are.
    • Once you’ve modeled the process several times, you can ask students to bring stories to the group.
    • Can be used as a five-minute bellringer every day, or save news for Fridays and give it more time.
    • If the discussion is going well, let it continue!
    • It can be easy — maybe a little too easy — to highlight the positive elements of a new innovation (especially when news stories are based on press releases!). So it’s important for students to see the negative (often unintended) implications as well — and to put some thought into how potential negative consequences could be prevented or mitigated.

Why Use News?

Highlights from the news make a great attention-grabber at the beginning of class, and provide handy concrete examples for thinking about the global impacts of computing. (In fact, there’s a move to use news in all undergrad CS classes at UC Berkeley!)

Three Ways to Find Computing News

News Stories Curated for CSP by TGI (this page)

2016-17 news highlights that demonstrate computing impacts. Each one lists relevant CSP learning objectives and essential knowledge, along with suggested discussion questions. Scroll article snippets or search by CSP framework tag.

Ongoing TGI “Computing in The News” Forum

Uncurated news spotted by our site users, and comments on our curated news articles.  Peruse, or join in and share a story! (Forum RSS feed)

Current Uncurated News from Other Sources

Some of our favorite live news feeds: ACM Tech News, MIT News, Science Daily.

News Stories Curated for CSP by TGI

2016-17 Highlights

(Team TGI: Anna Clark, Tyler Daniell, Michael Morguarge, Nnamdi Onwumere, and Jonathan Corley at University of West Georgia and Julia Bernd at ICSI)

Ongoing TGI “Computing in The News” Forum

Uncurated news spotted by our site users, community contributions, and comments on our curated news articles. Peruse or join in and share a story!

Current Uncurated News from Other Sources

Some of our favorite sources for computing news!

RSS From ACM Tech News

  • 'The Game Has Changed.' AI Triumphs at Solving Protein Structures
    ScienceResearchers at artificial intelligence company DeepMind successfully modeled the three-dimensional structure of proteins, which the European Bioinformatics Institute's Janet Thornton predicted "will change the future of structural biology and protein research." DeepMind won the 2018 Critical Assessment of Protein Structure Prediction (CASP) competition to predict protein structure from amino acid sequences with its deep learning […]
  • Researchers Develop Algorithm From Disease Simulation
    Daily Evergreen (WA)Researchers at Washington State University (WSU) and the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed an algorithm that can identify regions where vaccines should be distributed to boost immunization. WSU's Anantharaman Kalyanaraman said the program employs computer-modeled populations to calculate likely disease transmission through direct contact with others, and identifies […]
  • This 3D Printer Doesn't Gloss Over the Details
    MIT NewsResearchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Princeton University, Germany's Max Planck Institute, and Switzerland's University of Lugano have developed a three-dimensional (3D) printing system that uses commercially available varnishes to give printed objects realistic, spatially varying gloss patterns. The printer is equipped with large nozzles so it is able to deposit varnish […]

RSS From MIT News

RSS From Science Daily