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

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    The Washington PostParis firefighters used a 1,100-pound, tank-like robot to mitigate damage to Notre Dame cathedral and prevent the conflagration from spreading further, by entering environments too hazardous for humans. The "Colossus" robot employed a motorized water cannon to spray down the cathedral's stone walls, and extinguish the flames. Paris Fire Brigade Commander Jean-Claude Gallet […]
  • University of Louisville Unveils 'Game-Changing' Partnership With IBM
    Louisville Courier-JournalThe University of Louisville (U of L) has partnered with IBM to establish the first skills academy in the U.S., to educate students in digital fields like artificial intelligence (AI). The collaborators said the goal is to help U of L, the city of Louisville, and the commonwealth prepare and train next-generation professional Kentuckians. […]
  • New Algorithm Could Save Thousands of Animals From Toxic Testing
    Silicon RepublicRutgers University researchers announced an algorithm designed to test for chemical toxicity, to keep people safe in various industries, and potentially sparing thousands of animals from being experimental subjects. The algorithm extracts data from the PubChem chemical database, then compares chemical fragments from tested compounds with those from untested compounds, mathematically grading similarities and […]

RSS From Science Daily