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

  • Man Diagnosed with Wuhan Coronavirus Is Being Treated Largely by a Robot
    CNNThe first person diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus in the U.S. is being treated with the help of a robot at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, WA. The robot is equipped with a stethoscope to help doctors take the man's vital signs; it communicates with him via a large screen. "The nursing staff in […]
  • Melinda Gates' Nonprofit Launches $50M Initiative to Increase Representation of Women in Tech Hubs
    GeekWirePivotal Ventures, a philanthropic group founded by Melinda Gates, has announced the Gender Equality in Tech (GET) Cities initiatives, a $50-million project designed to transform tech hubs into more inclusive places for women. The initiative will focus on increasing the number of women working in tech in three cities over the next five years; Chicago […]
  • Delivering More 5G Data with Less Hardware
    IEEE SpectrumResearchers in Japan have proposed a solution to a key challenge of mobile 5G networks in urban areas: the need for a massive amount of hardware to ensure reliable service. The proposal involves installing small radio units on vehicles and crowdsourcing data transmission when the cars are parked. The researchers envision using parked cars' […]

RSS From Science Daily