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John Evans

Deepfakes are coming. Is Big Tech ready? - 3 views

    "The word "deepfakes" refers to using deep learning, a type of machine learning, to add anyone's face and voice to video. It has been mostly found on the internet's dark corners, where some people have used it to insert ex-girlfriends and celebrities into pornography. But BuzzFeed provided a glimpse of a possible future in April when it created a video that supposedly showed Obama mocking Trump, but in reality, Obama's face was superimposed onto footage of Hollywood filmmaker Jordan Peele using deepfake technology.

    Deepfakes could pose a greater threat than the fake news and Photoshopped memes that littered the 2016 presidential election because they can be hard to spot and because people are -- for now -- inclined to believe that video is real. But it's not just about individual videos that will spread misinformation: it's also the possibility that videos like these will convince people that they simply can't trust anything they read, hear or see unless it supports the opinions they already hold.

    Experts say fake videos that will be all but impossible to identify as such are as little as 12 months away."
John Evans

Computational Thinking: 10 Ways To Promote CT Across The Curriculum, Part 1 - Tech Lear... - 5 views

    "In this post, I would like to review a thinking processes that can be applied across the curriculum providing a process for authentic understanding of standards. The cognitive process I am referring to is Computational Thinking (CT). This type of thinking is important not just in high stake testing, but also success in that world after school. Perhaps you have come across the idea of computational thinking in education. The best way to describe computational thinking is to look at the way a computer thinks… or at least runs a program. This is actually the most important concept a student learns through coding and developing computer programs. We must keep in mind that it is not the coding that is important… but the thinking process. After all… one can use a computer, but not actually use computational thinking skills.

John Evans

The Essential Guide to the Use of Skype in Education - The Tech Edvocate - 3 views

    "Many educators don't realize that Skype could be a valuable classroom asset that gives students lots of new opportunities to learn. When you hear about Skype, you most likely think of video calls that you might make in your spare time. However, there is an entire world of untapped resources available through Skype for your school.

    If you have been trying to incorporate new ideas into your classroom, signing up for a Microsoft Educator Community membership might be a smart move. You can give your students access to tons of resources and real-world experiences that will deepen their knowledge of the concepts you teach. Find out what sort of classroom activities you could plan in our essential guide to the use of Skype in your classroom."
John Evans

Overcome With Emoji - The New York Times - 2 views

    "With thousands of potential pictographs to add to text messages and other communications, some people may be looking for a way to narrow down the choices."
John Evans

In Finland, Teaching Computer Science Without Computers - The Atlantic - 3 views

    "The Finns are pretty bemused by Americans' preoccupation with whether to put iPads in every classroom. If a tablet would enhance learning, great. If it wouldn't, skip it. Move on. The whole thing is a little tilting-at-windmills, anyway.

    That was the gist of the conversation one recent morning at the Finnish Embassy in Washington, D.C., where diplomats and experts gathered to celebrate the country's education accomplishments as Finland turns 100. And Americans could stand to take notes. (Yes, from Finland-again.)

    Coding and programming are now part of the curriculum in the Scandinavian country, and they're subjects kids tackle from a young age. But unlike in some parts of the United States where learning to code is an isolated skill, Finnish children are taught to think of coding and programming more as tools to be explored and utilized across multiple subjects."
John Evans

Seeing AI: Leveraging artificial intelligence to better view the world - @joycevalenza ... - 0 views

    "I've been writing about apps for a long time, but they are not of equal importance.

    Microsoft's free Seeing AI app may be a game changer for people with visual impairments.  The research project is designed to turn "turn the visual world into an audio experience," narrating the world for those who cannot see it, in real time using artificial intelligence."
John Evans

The Garage Mindset: How tech giants keep the innovation spirit alive - West Side Ideas - 2 views

    "California is often said to have two beating hearts: culture in the South, around Los Angeles and Hollywood, and technology in the North around San Francisco and the Silicon Valley.

    Their complementarity is key to the region's success, and has generated widely popular combinations such as Netflix or Apple Music. And of course, they both rely on heavy doses of innovation.

    It's no coincidence that they were both born in a garage."
Phil Taylor

Panicked about Kids' Addiction to Tech? - NewCo Shift - 1 views

  • children learn values and norms by watching their parents and other caregivers.
  • Once you begin saying out loud every time you look at technology, you also realize how much you’re looking at technology. And what you’re normalizing for your kids.
  • Teenagers loathe hypocrisy. It’s the biggest thing that I’ve seen to undermine trust between a parent and a child.
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  • When there is a disconnect between parent and child’s views on a situation, the best thing a parent can do is try to understand why the disconnect exists.
John Evans

Websites for Hour of Code by Grade | Ask a Tech Teacher - 2 views

    "This December will again host the Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to programming designed to demystify the subject and show that anyone can be a maker, a creator, and an innovator. Last year, almost 300,000 students (age 4-104) participated from over 180 countries and wrote almost 20 billion lines of code. The 200,000+ teachers involved came away believing that, of all their education tools, coding was the best at teaching children to think. It's easy to see why when you look at fundamental programming concepts:"
John Evans

Issue 63 - The MagPi MagazineThe MagPi Magazine - 1 views

    "Junior Pi Projects: Hacks & makes to inspire your kids
    NERF Gun Robot: FRED-209: You have 20 seconds to comply with this incredible toy gun toting smart robot
    Make a MIDI Sound Box: Build your own sound machine in this month's Pi Bakery
    Control LEGO MindStorms: How to use LEGO robotics kits with Raspberry Pi
    MonsterBorg, PiJuice and OLED Bonnet reviewed
    Need more details? View the contents for info on every article."
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