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Friday, July 19, 2019

How women created some of the world's biggest education tech companies | Online learning - The Guardian

The tech industry is dominated by men, but some of the world’s biggest education tech brands have women at the helm.

The Department for Education has unveiled plans to build “the best edtech ecosystem in the world”.
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What do these women have in common? They’re all former teachers.

Everything’s going digital, and that includes education. From homework management apps to virtual reality geometry lessons, there’s plenty on offer from companies competing for a slice of the sizeable global market for online learning.

Education technology (edtech) exports are worth £170m to the UK economy and the Department for Education (DfE) has unveiled plans to build “the best edtech ecosystem in the world”, with a new edtech strategy. It’s hoped powerful technologies will improve student learning and relieve teacher workload in the face of shrinking education budgets.

Yet, despite a majority female teaching workforce at school level, women are missing from senior edtech roles: a problem highlighted when the DfE recently announced an edtech leadership advisory group in which women from the edtech industry were equalled by men named Chris. That’s not even including group chair, Chris Holmes, and universities minister, Chris Skidmore, who works with the panel...

Leading the way for female edtech representation globally is Daphne Koller, a Stanford University professor and creator of online learning platform, Coursera.
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Source: The Guardian

Online Learning Is Getting More Popular Among Students | Easy Reader

Teri Marin, Easy Reader News summarizes, Online courses, provided by some of the best schools in the country, are very popular among professionals. 

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The fact that they can go back to school while maintaining a fulltime career is one of the things that make online courses suitable for professionals. Even entrepreneurs are returning to school and pursuing degrees in specific fields.

However, online degrees aren’t just popular among professionals. Highschool graduates now prefer continuing their journeys online instead of attending brick-and-mortar courses. In fact, recent studies showed that the number of students actively choosing to continue their education online is growing by an average of 8% per year.

So, what makes online learning so popular among students? What about those who are pursuing their master’s or doctorate degrees? There are some common threads in how online courses are seen by students.
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Source: Easy Reader 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

9 ways e-learning maths can do away with any math phobia and make you an expert | Mathematics - India Today

Studying mathematics through e-learning can do away with the math phobia or anxiety that many students feel because of the way the subject is taught traditionally, notes Sachin Gulati, teaches maths in a fun learning way. 

Math phobia is caused by the traditional system of teaching mathematics. Rather than mugging up questions, students need to understand the concept and theory well.
E-learning has offered convenience, user-friendly interface, accessibility to quality faculties and host of other benefits to a student. For a subject like mathematics, the platform is more capable in offering one-to-one attention thereby solving student's need for the subject.

In a classroom scenario, a student often does not consult the teacher due to shyness or forgetfulness. In an online environment, a student is free to ask and resolve any question-be it mathematics or any other subject. Therefore learning becomes inclusive and interactive.

In this regard, Indian company TruMath is working towards eradicating the fear that students have for mathematics.

Mathematics can be fun!
Learning mathematics requires a lot of patience both from students and teacher. Unfortunately, in India, the reputation around the subject is so poor that everyone thinks Math is boring, painful to learn and un-enjoyable! But not anymore!

E-learning can make the subject fun, interesting and understandable. E-learning actually opens door to a world of mathematics that is fun and exciting...

When teachers use technology strategically, they can provide greater access to mathematics for all students.
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Source: India Today

University of Zagreb uses Moodle to support e-learning in over 115 higher education institutions in Croatia | Case Studies - Moodle

University of Zagreb University Computing Centre (SRCE) is currently the main institution for planning, designing, building and maintaining the e-infrastructure in the Academic and Research community in the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) in Croatia by Júlia Verdaguer.

In this case study, learn how SRCE became the key organisation in e-learning implementation and guidance for the whole Research and Higher Education systems in the country...

The Challenge
In 2007, University of Zagreb established the E-learning Centre at SRCE with the aim of starting a systematic implementation of e-learning and enhancing the quality of university education.

That included providing a virtual learning environment (VLE) for all the varied and diverse institutions of University of Zagreb, many of which did not see how e-learning could fit in their strategy.
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Source: Moodle

Local STEM camp inspires young girls just in time for Apollo 11 anniversary | KMTV 3 News Now

A local STEM camp pushes young kids to think differently, says Ruta Ulcinaite, Reporter at  KMTV 3 News Now team.

Photo: Screenshot from KMTV - 3 News Now Video
"Camp Invention's been hosted with Bennington Schools for nine or ten years," director of the camp Kendal Runde said.'

But it's not your typical summer camp.

"Each kido gets to make and design and decorate their own robot, and so then there's programming involved to get their robots to be able to play soccer," Runde said.

STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math, is underutilized. But this growing field is critical in a fast evolving world...

And the camp is taking place during a historical time in the STEM community. 50 years ago this week, Apollo 11 made its historic landing on the moon. Today, young girls everywhere reach for the stars, just as Niel Armstrong and others did all those years ago.

Hicks said she'd like to have an all-women flight to the Moon or Mars. 
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Source: KMTV 3 News Now

Kurt Gödel's legacy - Time travel is mathematically imaginable / University of Vienna from 25 to 27 July 2019 | Science X News Wire - Phys.Org

Kurt Gödel's legacy—Time travel is mathematically imaginable.

Photo: Kurt Gödel’s Legacy: Does Future lie in the Past?
"Does Future Lie in the Past?" This is the title of an international conference in Vienna that combines logic, computer science and physics featuring speakers such as Nobel laureate Rainer Weiss, mathematical rockstar John D. Barrow, AI researcher Toby Walsh, and physicist Marika Taylor among others.
Two events that have strongly influenced the world of science are celebrating an anniversary this year: The decisive review of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity is 100 years old. And 70 years ago Kurt Gödel proved that the theory of relativity permits a strange kind of universe: Under certain conditions, as Gödel could show, a universe with closed world lines is possible, in which time has a circular structure and objects at some point seamlessly return to their own past. Thus time travel within the general theory of relativity is conceivable...

Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Mechanics
Matthias Baaz, TU Vienna: "Just as Einstein and Gödel shook the foundations of science, today's knowledge about statistical and logical methods could lead the way to artificial intelligence (AI) in new directions". AI researcher Toby Walsh and science philosopher Reinhard Kahle are investigating developments in artificial intelligence and the demand for explainable and responsible AI computers that can learn independently without corrupt or distorted data. Another future topic with potential for revolutionary insights is quantum informatics: quantum physicists Markus Aspelmeyer and Wolfgang Schleich as well as mathematician and physicist Marika Taylor, formerly a close collaborator of Stephen Hawking, will describe the current state of research in this field.
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Source: Phys.Org

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

With 100 + episodes, 'Stats + Stories' continues to advocate for numerical literacy | Campus - Miami University

Miami University’s John Bailer believes people have a big problem with numbers by Ryan McSheffrey, Journalism at Miami University.

John Bailer, Rosemary Pennington and Richard Campbell generate the stories statistics tell. 
Photo: Miami University
"There are people who are prideful in their statements of 'I don't do math,'" said Bailer, chair of Miami's department of statistics and University Distinguished Professor. "The idea that you could be prideful in your ignorance is a sad commentary for me."

According to Bailer, there's something of a double standard going on.

"If you were illiterate, you'd be embarrassed to say so. It would be viewed as something you need to fix."

Miami professor Richard Campbell has first-hand experience in a field he says students who have this kind of statistical illiteracy tend to drift toward...

The show ramped up to weekly production after receiving funding from the American Statistical Association last year. It’s also landed a listing on National Public Radio's website.  A typical episode has 800-1,200 listeners, some of whom tell the panelists about its reach.

"My niece told me her high school math teacher was a fan of 'Stats + Stories' and used it in class," Bailer said. "My nephew who goes to another university (read: not Miami) said a professor assigned it as an assignment in class."
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Source: Miami University

Are you Mathematician? We bet you to solve this viral Math equation! | Speed News Desk - Catch News

Do you think of yourself as a Mathematician? asks Speed News Desk.

Photo: Speed News Desk
If yes, then solve this equation which has beats everyone’s brains out on social media. A mathematical equation is doing the rounds on Twitter which has left many puzzled to solve it. An equation was shared by a KJ Cheetham on his Twitter handle. He captioned, "A maths meme that is funny rather than stupid: Solve carefully! 230 - 220 x 0.5 =?"

He also wrote the answer to the problem is 5. But didn’t mention the solution. 

Britain’s £50 Note Will Honor Computing Pioneer Alan Turing | Business - The New York Times

During his lifetime, the mathematician and computer pioneer’s reputation was overshadowed by a conviction under Britain’s Victorian laws against homosexuality, and his war work remained a secret until decades later, inform Amie Tsang, general assignment business reporter based in London.

Alan Turing will be the face of Britain’s new 50-pound note, the Bank of England announced on Monday.
Photo: Bank of England
Alan Turing, the computing pioneer who became one of the most influential code breakers of World War II, has been chosen by the Bank of England to be the new face of its 50-pound note.

The decision to put Mr. Turing on the highest-denomination English bank note, worth about $62, adds to growing public recognition of his achievements. His reputation during his lifetime was overshadowed by a conviction under Britain’s Victorian laws against homosexuality, and his war work remained a secret until decades later.

“Alan Turing was an outstanding mathematician whose work has had an enormous impact on how we live today,” Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, said in a statement. “As the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, as well as a war hero, Alan Turing’s contributions were far-ranging and path breaking.”...

Mr. Turing’s work provided the theoretical basis for modern computers, and for ideas of artificial intelligence. His work on code-breaking machines during World War II also drove forward the development of computing, and is regarded as having significantly affected the course of the war.

Mr. Turing died in 1954, two years after being convicted under Victorian laws against homosexuality and forced to endure chemical castration. The British government apologized for his treatment in 2009, and Queen Elizabeth granted him a royal pardon in 2013. 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Suggested Books of the Week 28, 2019 | Books - Helge Scherlund's eLearning News

Check out these books below by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, TradePub and Ancient Origins.

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The Probability Companion for Engineering and Computer Science

The Probability Companion for
Engineering and Computer Science
This friendly guide is the companion you need to convert pure mathematics into understanding and facility with a host of probabilistic tools. The book provides a high-level view of probability and its most powerful applications...
The underlying mathematics is presented in full, but clarity takes priority over complete rigour, making this text a starting reference source for researchers and a readable overview for students.
  • Some sixty-four exercises and ninety-one worked examples feature real-world scenarios
  • Hundreds of diagrams illustrate concepts and results to help readers visualise concepts and improve intuition
  • Detailed mathematical derivations are built for clarity rather than complete rigour
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Network Flow Algorithms

Network Flow Algorithms
Network flow theory has been used across a number of disciplines, including theoretical computer science, operations research, and discrete math, to model not only problems in the transportation of goods and information, but also a wide range of applications from image segmentation problems in computer vision to deciding when a baseball team has been eliminated from contention...

  It covers maximum flows, minimum-cost flows, generalized flows, multicommodity flows, and global minimum cuts and also presents recent work on computing electrical flows along with recent applications of these flows to classical problems in network flow theory.
  • Presents results in the area from a modern computer science algorithms outlook
  • Contains several key algorithms not previously treated in book form, including new algorithms on electrical flow
  • Includes fifty-five end-of-chapter exercises which provide applications and additional algorithms to analyze
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Next-Generation Ethics - Engineering a Better Society 

Next-Generation Ethics
Engineering a Better Society
Many of the significant developments of our era have resulted from advances in technology, including the design of large-scale systems; advances in medicine, manufacturing, and artificial intelligence; the role of social media in influencing behaviour and toppling governments; and the surge of online transactions that are replacing human face-to-face interactions...

Technologists and general readers with no formal ethics training and specialists exploring technological applications to the field of ethics will benefit from this overview.
  • Written in a style tailored to a general audience
  • Applications span a variety of different fields, including technology, business, medicine, and public policy
  • Prominent contributors include Vint Cerf, Glenda Cooper, Eric Horvitz, and Deirdre Mulligan
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Fundamentals of Machine Learning 

Fundamentals of Machine Learning
Interest in machine learning is exploding worldwide, both in research and for industrial applications. Machine learning is fast becoming a fundamental part of everyday life.
This book is a brief introduction to this area - exploring its importance in a range of many disciplines, from science to engineering, and even its broader impact on our society. The book is written in a style that strikes a balance between brevity of explanation, rigorous mathematical argument, and outlines principle ideas...
  • Includes both deep learning and Bayesian ideas, whereas most books on machine learning focus only on either deep learning or Bayesian approaches
  • Gives the reader a broad overview of this rapidly growing field, in a short and accessible guide
  • Provides the reader with programming examples, helping them better understand the concepts of machine learning
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The Oxford Handbook of Expertise 

The Oxford Handbook of Expertise
The study of expertise weaves its way through various communities of practice, across disciplines, and over millennia. To date, the study of expertise has been primarily concerned with how human beings perform at a superior level in complex environments and sociotechnical systems, and at the highest levels of proficiency...
  • A comprehensive and inclusive review of the science of expertise.
  • Expert editors and contributors guide readers through a growing research area.
  • Wide range of topics covering a broad field give readers everything they need to know about this ever growing area of research.
  • Provides guidelines on how to use the material presented to study expertise.
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Computing Possible Futures 

Computing Possible Futures
Mathematical modelling and simulation is an increasingly powerful area of mathematics and computer science, which in recent years has been fuelled by the unprecedented access to larger than ever stores of data. These techniques have an increasing number of applications in the professional and political spheres, and people try to predict the results of certain courses of action as accurately as possible... 
  • A wide range of modeling paradigms are addressed and explained with detailed illustrations rather than pure mathematics, making content easier to digest
  • Brings material to life with illustrations of how computational models have supported important real life decisions
  • Provides broad coverage of systems engineering, operations research, analytics, and AI, all applied in the context of a human-centered approach
  • Makes a breadth of conceptual material easy to digest
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How to Work Hard and Still Have a Life

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This eBook explores how and why to unteher yourself from technology throughout the workday, on the weekends, and on vacation, without undoing your career...
  • Baratunde Thurton’s ambivalence toward technology - how fulfilling yet burdensome social platforms became for him, or to
  • Young Rahm Emanuel’s desire to fit in family life with a heady White House gig, or to
  • A Home Depot executive’s inability to turn down projects for fear of missing out on growing business, or to
  • One millennial’s struggle to resist his generation’s lifestyle
Every day we make choices - for starters, how much or how little to unplug - that enhance or detract from our lifestyle.
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Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World

Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Nicholas Ostler's Empires of the Word is the first history of the world's great tongues, gloriously celebrating the wonder of words that binds communities together and makes possible both the living of a common history and the telling of it. From the uncanny resilience of Chinese through twenty centuries of invasions to the engaging self-regard of Greek and to the struggles that gave birth to the languages of modern Europe, these epic achievements and more are brilliantly explored, as are the fascinating failures of once "universal" languages. 
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📚 Books and ☕️ coffee! 

Source: Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, TradePub and Ancient Origins.