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.

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

  • Interpol's New Software Will Recognize Criminals by Their Voices
    IEEE SpectrumThe International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) in Lyon, France is assessing software that matches samples of speech taken from phone calls or social media posts to voice recordings of criminals in a vast law enforcement database. The SIIP (Speaker Identification Integrated Project) platform would use multiple speech analysis algorithms to filter voice samples by […]
  • How Cornell University Diversified Its Incoming Ph.D. Computer Science Student Body
    EdSurge (CA)Cornell University improved the diversity of its computer science postdoctoral program partly through outreach to the McNair Scholars Program, according to David Bindel, Ph.D. admissions chair for Cornell University's computer science department. Bindel says Cornell tweaked its application-and-review process to have 2018 applications query applicants on how well they had leveraged their computer science […]
  • Artificial Intelligence Improves Stroke, Dementia Diagnoses in Brain Scans
    Imperial College LondonSoftware developed by researchers at Imperial College London (ICL) and the University of Edinburgh in the U.K. has helped enhance stroke and dementia diagnosis by quantifying the severity of small vessel disease (SVD). "This is the first time that machine learning methods have been able to accurately measure a marker of small vessel […]

RSS From MIT News

RSS From Science Daily