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

  • IT Unemployment Rate Estimated at 20-Year Low
    The Wall Street JournalTechnology trade group CompTIA said the U.S. information technology (IT) unemployment rate hit a two-decade low in May, at 1.3%. CompTIA's Tim Herbert said, "The demand for tech talent has reached historic levels." Tech staffing firm LaSalle Network CEO Tom Gimbel said the need for additional IT workers increases as apps move […]
  • Using Data to Predict Coastal Flood Risk
    NextGov.comThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has developed an online tool that compiles water-level data and storm forecasts to help coastal residents prepare for floods. The Coastal Inundation Dashboard aims to give coastal residents the best chance to survive storm surge and rising water levels. The dashboard displays each water-level station as a turquoise […]
  • Stanford Team Aims at Alexa, Siri With Privacy-Minded Alternative
    The New York TimesStanford University researchers are designing voice-operated virtual assistants that give users more control over personal information. Stanford's Monica Lam leads development of Almond, a virtual-assistant system running on decentralized software, connected by coding standards to let consumers choose where their data is stored and how it is shared. The researchers' biggest concern […]

RSS From Science Daily