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

  • World's Most Popular Online Computer Class Turns to AI for Help
    BloombergHarvard University's David J. Malan said the school's CS50 introductory computer science (CS) class will utilize artificial intelligence (AI) to mark assignments, teach programming, and personalize learning tips for students. Malan is credited with turning CS50 into the world's most popular online learning course; he said tailoring support to students' questions at scale has been […]
  • Robot 'Chef' Learns to Recreate Recipes from Watching Videos
    University of Cambridge (U.K.)Scientists at the U.K.'s University of Cambridge programmed a robotic "chef" to make eight salad recipes, teaching it to identify recipes and to add to its repertoire by having it watch food videos. The researchers trained the robot chef using a publicly available neural network programmed to identify various objects, including salad […]
  • Black Men Were Likely Underdiagnosed with Lung Problems Due to Bias in Software
    Associated PressA study published last week suggests built-in software bias may be responsible for the underdiagnosis of lung problems among Black men. The researchers analyzed the medical histories of more than 2,700 Black men and 5,700 white men evaluated by University of Pennsylvania Health System doctors between 2010 and 2020. They focused on spirometry and […]

RSS From MIT News

RSS From Science Daily