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2019’s Most & Least Educated Cities in America

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-07-30 17:20

Adam McCann, Wallet Hub

To determine where the most educated Americans are putting their degrees to work, WalletHub compared the 150 largest metropolitan statistical areas, or MSAs, across 11 key metrics. Our data set ranges from share of adults aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher to quality of the public school system to gender education gap. Read on for our findings, expert insight from a panel of researchers and a full description of our methodology.

https://wallethub.com/edu/most-and-least-educated-cities/6656/

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What Kids Need to Learn to Succeed in 2050 – The art of reinvention will be the most critical skill of this century

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-07-30 17:15

Yuval Noah Harari, Forge Medium

In such a world, the last thing a teacher needs to give her pupils is more information. They already have far too much of it. Instead, people need the ability to make sense of information, to tell the difference between what is important and what is unimportant, and, above all, to combine many bits of information into a broad picture of the world.

https://forge.medium.com/yuval-noah-harari-21-lessons-21st-century-what-kids-need-to-learn-now-to-succeed-in-2050-1b72a3fb4bcf

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What Amazon’s decision to retrain a third of its employees means for the future of work

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-07-30 17:08

Scott F. Latham, the Conversation

The problem is, at present, higher education is designed for the last industrial revolution, not the current one. Universities and colleges deliver degrees at a glacial pace. The average completion time for a bachelor degree is five years. That’s too slow. Imagine a young computer science major entering a college this fall and graduating in 2024 – at which point researchers expect AI to be capable of coding in complex computer languages like Python. By the time she graduates, not only will she be competing against humans for jobs, but she’ll also be going up against a more efficient and cheaper AI bot.

https://www.myplainview.com/news/article/What-Amazon-s-decision-to-retrain-a-third-of-its-14107770.php

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2019’s Most & Least Educated Cities in America

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-07-30 17:04

Adam McCann, Wallet Hub

To determine where the most educated Americans are putting their degrees to work, WalletHub compared the 150 largest metropolitan statistical areas, or MSAs, across 11 key metrics. Our data set ranges from share of adults aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher to quality of the public school system to gender education gap. Read on for our findings, expert insight from a panel of researchers and a full description of our methodology.

https://wallethub.com/edu/most-and-least-educated-cities/6656/

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What Kids Need to Learn to Succeed in 2050 – The art of reinvention will be the most critical skill of this century

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-07-30 17:02

Yuval Noah Harari, Forge Medium

In such a world, the last thing a teacher needs to give her pupils is more information. They already have far too much of it. Instead, people need the ability to make sense of information, to tell the difference between what is important and what is unimportant, and, above all, to combine many bits of information into a broad picture of the world.

https://forge.medium.com/yuval-noah-harari-21-lessons-21st-century-what-kids-need-to-learn-now-to-succeed-in-2050-1b72a3fb4bcf

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AI passes theory of mind test by imagining itself in another’s shoes

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-07-29 17:25

By Donna Lu, New Scientist

Artificial intelligence has passed a classic theory of mind test used with chimpanzees. The test probes the ability to perceive the world from the view of another individual and so AIs with this skill could be better at cooperating and communicating with humans and each other. AIs with theory of mind are key to building machines that can understand the world around them. In recent years, the skill has emerged in a robot whose memories are modelled on human brains and in DeepMind’s ToM-net, which understands that others can have false beliefs.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2210508-ai-passes-theory-of-mind-test-by-imagining-itself-in-anothers-shoes/

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Teaching Students How To Use Digital Literacy To Find A Job

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-07-29 17:20

by Matt Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Despite being labeled ‘digital natives’, most students today lack the ability to transfer the knowledge and technological skills they have to practical tasks like finding a job. This is why it is important for teachers to teach digital literacy, particularly as it applies to students’ academic and professional lives.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/teaching-students-how-to-use-digital-literacy-to-find-a-job/

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Governments take first, tentative steps at regulating AI

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-07-29 17:14

By James McCusker, Herald Net

State legislatures in New York and New Jersey have proposed legislation that represents the first, tentative steps at regulation. While the two proposed laws are different, they both have elements of information gathering about the risks to such things as privacy, security and economic fairness.  Both states owe a debt to the New York City’s efforts to understand what AI is, exactly, so it could be defined in law. The initial group established by the City Council could not agree on a definition, which may explain why some of the proposed laws aim at algorithm-based decisions rather than the broader concept of AI. This may be a good start to regulating the use of algorithms in the stock market – the city’s primary interest — but clearly leaves a lot undone.

https://www.heraldnet.com/business/governments-take-first-tentative-steps-at-regulating-ai/

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AI passes theory of mind test by imagining itself in another’s shoes

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-07-29 17:10

By Donna Lu, New Scientist

Artificial intelligence has passed a classic theory of mind test used with chimpanzees. The test probes the ability to perceive the world from the view of another individual and so AIs with this skill could be better at cooperating and communicating with humans and each other. AIs with theory of mind are key to building machines that can understand the world around them. In recent years, the skill has emerged in a robot whose memories are modelled on human brains and in DeepMind’s ToM-net, which understands that others can have false beliefs.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2210508-ai-passes-theory-of-mind-test-by-imagining-itself-in-anothers-shoes/

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Teaching Students How To Use Digital Literacy To Find A Job

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-07-29 17:05

by Matt Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Despite being labeled ‘digital natives’, most students today lack the ability to transfer the knowledge and technological skills they have to practical tasks like finding a job. This is why it is important for teachers to teach digital literacy, particularly as it applies to students’ academic and professional lives.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/teaching-students-how-to-use-digital-literacy-to-find-a-job/

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Governments take first, tentative steps at regulating AI

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-07-29 17:02

By James McCusker, Herald Net

State legislatures in New York and New Jersey have proposed legislation that represents the first, tentative steps at regulation. While the two proposed laws are different, they both have elements of information gathering about the risks to such things as privacy, security and economic fairness.  Both states owe a debt to the New York City’s efforts to understand what AI is, exactly, so it could be defined in law. The initial group established by the City Council could not agree on a definition, which may explain why some of the proposed laws aim at algorithm-based decisions rather than the broader concept of AI. This may be a good start to regulating the use of algorithms in the stock market – the city’s primary interest — but clearly leaves a lot undone.

https://www.heraldnet.com/business/governments-take-first-tentative-steps-at-regulating-ai/

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California finds solution to save distance learners’ financial aid

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-07-29 06:31

Ashley A. Smith, EdSurge
Tens of thousands of online California students are no longer at risk of losing federal financial aid after the state moved quickly to create a new system for addressing complaints from students against out-of-state colleges and universities. The California Department of Consumer Affairs responded by creating a complaint system for those students. The department already has a process for receiving complaints from students enrolled in for-profit colleges and universities. The new set-up satisfies federal requirements, said Russ Heimerich, deputy secretary of communications for the state Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, which oversees the consumer affairs department, in an email. “This will be our permanent solution.”

https://edsource.org/2019/california-finds-solution-to-save-distance-learners-financial-aid/615662

 

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Quantum Computing Explained at the University of Illinois Springfield

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-07-28 17:25

Ryan Drawdy and Ray Schroeder, Helix Education Blog

Quantum courses have been around for a while, but today, the theories are becoming reality. The idea has already bubbled up in technical areas such as computer science, management of information systems, physics, and computer engineering. But there are also futuristic curricula that need to take into account the advantages of quantum computing. “The computers do exist,” Ray said. “Probably in the near term, they’ll be in the cloud, and we will pay for a millisecond or a second or five seconds of use of the computer at most, so it probably won’t be sitting on your desk.”  (ed note: check out the two minute animation of my explanation of quantum computing)

https://www.helixeducation.com/resources/uncategorized/quantum-computing-university-illinois-springfield/

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Lack of broadband puts tribal, rural areas ‘in jeopardy’

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-07-28 17:21

By Miranda Faulkner, EA Courier
The Havasupai tribe is falling behind in education, health and emergency needs because, like many rural communities, it lacks affordable, reliable and high-speed broadband, a tribal councilwoman told a House committee Thursday. Ophelia Watahomigie-Corliss was one of several witnesses who said rural areas are “in jeopardy” of being left behind without the high-speed internet access of broadband, which is used for everything from telemedicine to distance learning to up-to-the-minute market reports for farmers. “Community members can better their lives and their education through future broadband expansion,” Watahomigie-Corliss said in testimony prepared for a House Agriculture subcommittee.

https://www.eacourier.com/free-access/lack-of-broadband-puts-tribal-rural-areas-in-jeopardy/article_dd74d508-aa44-11e9-94a7-f37b39843d58.html

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How do distance learners connect?

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-07-28 17:14

Jessica Hallman, Penn State

In a recent study, a team of researchers from Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology found that creating computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) environments could help students identify common characteristics and life experiences they share with peers, which can build community and increase the likelihood that students remain in the program. “The online world is missing social opportunities,” said Na Sun, doctoral student in the College of IST and lead researcher on the project. “Unlike face-to-face contact, it’s hard to reach out to others when you can’t see them. That kind of presence and sense of community is very important.”

https://news.psu.edu/story/581285/2019/07/19/research/how-do-distance-learners-connect

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Quantum Computing Explained at the University of Illinois Springfield

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-07-28 17:06

Ryan Drawdy and Ray Schroeder, Helix Education Blog

Quantum courses have been around for a while, but today, the theories are becoming reality. The idea has already bubbled up in technical areas such as computer science, management of information systems, physics, and computer engineering. But there are also futuristic curricula that need to take into account the advantages of quantum computing. “The computers do exist,” Ray said. “Probably in the near term, they’ll be in the cloud, and we will pay for a millisecond or a second or five seconds of use of the computer at most, so it probably won’t be sitting on your desk.”  (ed note: check out the two minute animation of my explanation of quantum computing)

https://www.helixeducation.com/resources/uncategorized/quantum-computing-university-illinois-springfield/

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Lack of broadband puts tribal, rural areas ‘in jeopardy’

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-07-28 17:02

By Miranda Faulkner, EA Courier
The Havasupai tribe is falling behind in education, health and emergency needs because, like many rural communities, it lacks affordable, reliable and high-speed broadband, a tribal councilwoman told a House committee Thursday. Ophelia Watahomigie-Corliss was one of several witnesses who said rural areas are “in jeopardy” of being left behind without the high-speed internet access of broadband, which is used for everything from telemedicine to distance learning to up-to-the-minute market reports for farmers. “Community members can better their lives and their education through future broadband expansion,” Watahomigie-Corliss said in testimony prepared for a House Agriculture subcommittee.

https://www.eacourier.com/free-access/lack-of-broadband-puts-tribal-rural-areas-in-jeopardy/article_dd74d508-aa44-11e9-94a7-f37b39843d58.html

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Eternal student: Tech brings people back to learning

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-07-28 17:01

N PRABHUDEV, Deccan Chronicle

It’s changing the education system, too. Technology is playing an increasingly prominent role, allowing for new approaches like inverted classrooms, Massive Open Online Courses and ‘mobile learning’. Technology will bring about a radical transformation in schools and colleges. The ‘inverted’ or ‘flipped’ classroom usually refers to a different way of thinking about teaching and learning. In a traditional pedagogical model, a faculty member is a “sage on the stage,” while this is opening up towards a more interactive, collaborative setting.

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/200719/eternal-student-tech-brings-people-back-to-learning.html

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Colleges expand esports programs to keep pace with growing industry

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-07-27 17:25

Julie Wootton-Greener, Education Dive

Esports are live video game competitions, held either online or in venues with an audience where the competition is also broadcast to online channels. Popular titles include League of Legends and Fortnite, and the games are played by amateurs and professionals alike. It’s a growing industry, in which money is made from activities such as streaming, franchising and sponsorships. Global esports revenues are expected to hit $1.1 billion this year, up 27% from last year, according to market research firm Newzoo, which provides gaming and esports analytics. North America is its largest market, accounting for more than a third of all revenue.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/colleges-expand-esports-programs-to-keep-pace-with-growing-industry/558925/

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Cal State Adds Lumen Courseware to Menu of Affordable Textbooks

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-07-27 17:20

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

California State University’s Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) initiative has partnered with Lumen Learning to make courseware from the open educational resources provider available to faculty and students across the system.  Since 2010, CSU AL$ has worked with courseware providers to assemble a broad selection of free and low-cost course materials, to make it easier for faculty to find and adopt affordable textbooks and reduce the overall cost of education for CSU students. Materials are reviewed for accessibility as well as quality and integrity of the learning content. Through the partnership, Lumen’s digital courseware is now available to CSU instructors as a low-cost textbook option for many general education courses.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/07/18/cal-state-adds-lumen-learning-courseware-to-menu-of-affordable-textbooks.aspx

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