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Maryland Gov. Hogan pushes to reopen schools for hybrid learning

FOX News

A panel of parents give there take on the president's move to reopen schools on'Fox & amp; Friends.' Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is going all in on a push to reopen schools in the state for hybrid learning by the beginning of March. Hogan said during a news conference at St. John's College in Annapolis on Thursday that there is a growing consensus in the state and in the country that there is "no public health reason for county school boards to keep students out of schools" due to COVID-19. He argued that continuing down a path of virtual learning could lead to significant setbacks for students, especially among students of color and those from low-income families. "I understand that in earlier stages of the pandemic, that this was a very difficult decision for county school boards to make," Hogan added.


The Higher Education Industry Is Embracing Predatory and Discriminatory Student Data Practices

Slate

In December, the University of Texas at Austin's computer science department announced that it would stop using a machine-learning system to evaluate applicants for its Ph.D. program due to concerns that encoded bias may exacerbate existing inequities in the program and in the field in general. This move toward more inclusive admissions practices is a rare (and welcome) exception to a worrying trend in education: Colleges, standardized test providers, consulting companies, and other educational service providers are increasingly adopting predatory, discriminatory, and outright exclusionary student data practices. Student data has long been used as a college recruiting and admissions tool. In 1972, College Board, the company that owns the PSAT, the SAT, and the AP Exams, created its Student Search Service and began licensing student names and data profiles to colleges (hence the college catalogs that fill the mail boxes of high school students who have taken the exams). Today, College Board licenses millions of student data profiles every year for 47 cents per examinee.


L.A. students must get COVID-19 vaccine to return to campus, Beutner says

Los Angeles Times

Once COVID-19 vaccines are available to children, Los Angeles students will have to be immunized before they can return to campus, Supt. He did not, however, suggest that campuses remain closed until the vaccines are available. Instead, he said, the state should set the standards for reopening schools, explain the reasoning behind the standards, and then require campuses to open when these standards are achieved. A COVID-19 vaccine requirement would be "no different than students who are vaccinated for measles or mumps," Beutner said in a pre-recorded briefing. He also compared students, staff and others getting a COVID-19 vaccine to those who "are tested for tuberculosis before they come on campus. That's the best way we know to keep all on a campus safe."


Kafka Narrates My Online Teaching Experience

The New Yorker

You are speaking to a grid of black squares. One of the black squares gets a text notification. One of the black squares is today replaced by an image of a naked mole rat. None of the black squares will tell you what they found interesting in the reading. The time has come to adopt the newest learning tool, Floobaroom.


Remembering Jaime Carbonell

Interactive AI Magazine

Joining the incoming PhD class at Carnegie Mellon in the late 1980s, I was lucky to have incredible opportunities for faculty advisors and mentors in AI. Jaime Carbonell was among the more junior faculty, continuing the research that he started in his PhD combining natural language, planning, and machine learning. His thesis work addressed how people with different perspectives approach a discussion topic, through reasoning about commonalities and differences, planning how to counter previous points made by the other party, and generating dialogue utterances that took the conversation in an intended direction. I remember asking him why he did not pursue a more focused topic that may have had more impact. He argued that taking an integrated view on intelligence enables us to do better research in AI.


Top Data Science Education Initiatives By Institutions In 2020

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While normal education suffered a standstill in 2020, there were a lot of online courses and programs that were initiated by some of the most prestigious institutions as well as big tech giants so that the process of learning and skill development doesn't suffer. As the trend has been for a few years now, some of the most interesting initiatives were seen in the field of data science. In this article, we have listed some of the prominent data science education programs and initiatives in 2020. Microsoft, in collaboration with Netflix, has launched three new learning modules on beginners concepts in data science, along with machine learning and artificial intelligence. The design of these courses is inspired by the Netflix original film -- 'Over The Moon,' where a young girl Fei Fei, who builds a rocket to the moon, embarks on a mission to prove the existence of Moon Goddess.


Siri Fiske: Social isolation amid coronavirus – here are the dangers facing our children

FOX News

School district Superintendents Dan Stepenosky and Art Javis weigh in on reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic. As COVID-19 cases surge across the country, millions of students are once again shifting to all-remote learning. Between Sunday, Nov. 22 and Monday, Nov. 23, the percentage of students exclusively attending school online jumped from 36.9 to 40 percent. Once again, school leaders and government officials are scrambling to figure out logistics. But there's a huge remote learning side effect they've yet to consider: Student loneliness.


This team of high schoolers is building accessibility with free, 3D-printed prosthetics

CNN Top Stories

For this first time in his life, Pete Peeks was able to use both hands to hang Christmas lights outside his house this year -- thanks to the help of a high school robotics team. Peeks, 38, was born without the full use of his right hand, and though many may take gripping a nail, hammering it in and stringing holiday lights for granted, Peeks said it was beyond his wildest dreams. Early this month, he became one of the latest clients of the Sequoyah High School Robotics Team in Canton, Georgia. The team has designs and 3D- printed custom prosthesis to send for free to people around the world who need them. And as Americans gather for the winter holidays, the students will be at home continuing their work.


Future of AI in School ERP Software

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Artificial intelligence, that is AI, is one of the most phenomenal technologies that is being used in almost all industries. AI uses data stored within the system to predict outcomes and scenarios by thinking in different aspects like a human's brain, but in a very quick manner. In fact, AI systems provide much more efficient solutions to various problems as compared to those offered by human beings. This is the reason why AI is being immediately implemented by companies belonging to different sectors across the globe. School ERP software, which is one of the most recent technological developments in the education sector is no stranger to AI integration.


Empowering learners for the age of artificial intelligence

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Research shows that even undergraduate students lack these basic skills. Some are not accurate at judging the reliability of information sources or managing the quantity of material available. This is a particularly critical skill in the time of AI where fake news is so easy to produce and spread. Some do not have the skills to collaborate or work in teams, especially not through digital technologies. How can we then expect them to work with different types of AI?