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Community Colleges

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 00:00

Challenging a simplistic pathway metaphor.

Parallel Computational Thinking

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 00:00

Applications must be programmed to process instructions in parallel to take full advantage of the new multicore processors.

Building Tools to Help Students Learn to Program

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 00:00

Philip Guo summarizes his first three years of research into building tools to support those learning computer programming.

Now for Something Entirely Different

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 00:00

This column is about three books I have just read. Two get at the proliferation of wrong but persuasive assertions about the past, present, or future. The third appeals to logic and humility.

Start CS Students Off with Industry Best Practices

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 00:00

Lamenting that CS students are often not exposed to best practices in the classroom, Thomas A. Limoncelli offered advice for serving students better in "Four Ways to Make CS and IT More Immersive" (Oct. 2017). We agree with that sentiment.

The real costs of a computer science teacher are opportunity costs, and those are enormous

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 20:43

 It's hard to convince people to become CS teachers (K12 or University) when the opportunities elsewhere are so lucrative

At Berkeley, a New Generation of 'Ethical Hackers' Learns to Wage Cyberwar

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 10:19

"Whenever I teach a security class, it happens that there is something going on in the news cycle that ties into it," Doug Tygar, a computer-science professor at the University of California, Berkeley, told me recently.

Music, Engineering Researchers Team Up to Turn Big Data Into Sound

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 09:28

A unique collaboration between a music professor and an engineering professor at Virginia Tech will result in the creation of a new platform for data analysis that will make it possible to understand the significance of data by turning it into sound.

In AI Technology Race, U.S. Chips May Be Ace-In-The-Hole Vs. China

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 16:06

The U.S. holds an enviable lead in pushing artificial-intelligence technology out of labs and into real-world applications. Thank companies like Alphabet (GOOGL), Facebook (FB) and Apple (AAPL) for that.

What's the Real Purpose of Annual Employee Reviews?

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 11:27

Many companies are reconsidering the annual performance review, citing administrative burden and potential legal risks. That's led a team at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business to examine the real purpose of an annual review.

How Schools Prepare the Next Generation to Enter a Digital Workforce

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 11:09

Just four in 10 schools in the United States offer a computer science course, according to

Colorado Colleges Overflowing with Huge Wave of Computer Science Students

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 10:46

The current enrollment surge in computer science is forcing colleges and universities to scramble for resources, including instructors.

Five Ways to Fix Statistics

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 14:21

As debate rumbles on about how and how much poor statistics is to blame for poor reproducibility, Nature asked influential statisticians to recommend one change to improve science. The common theme? The problem is not our maths, but ourselves.

Your STEM Toy Shopping List

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 10:36

A K-12 STEM education expert recommends holiday gifts for the engineeringly-inclined.

NASA Taps Young People to Help Develop Virtual Reality Technology

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 13:01

NASA has big hopes for virtual reality technology. The agency is developing a suite of virtual reality environments at Goddard Spaceflight Center in Maryland, that could be used for everything from geological research to repairing orbiting satellites.

Still? Most Teachers Feel Unprepared to Use Technology in the Classroom

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 10:30

New research reveals that teachers want more training and time to master use of technology in the classroom.

Educators Use Artwork to Develop Critical Thinking Skills

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 10:13

The visual thinking teaching strategy asks students to describe what they see in a piece of artwork to help develop critical-thinking skills.

Cultivating STEM Success

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 12:00

Harvard University's Pooja Chandrashekar founded the ProjectCSGIRLS coding competition, now the largest such competition for middle-school girls in the U.S.

Virginia Becomes First State to Require Computer Science Instruction

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 12:00

Virginia has completed a series of computer science standards designed to configure the curriculum and what instructors are expected to teach at each grade level.