From women’s refuge to evangelistic Durham professor of tech

Sue Black is easy to spot in the crowded London pub, thanks to her bright red spiky hair. And as soon as we start talking, she is making me wonder why I chose to focus on the arts and humanities at school. Were my teachers influenced by gender stereotypes; or was I? Will more women consider going into technology in the future? Black, recently appointed professor in computer science and “technology evangelist” at Durham University, speaks with passion about encouraging women to study and teach computer science. She is very excited…

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Family tech nights can narrow the digital divide

When we talk about digital equity, the conversation often focuses on providing opportunities for all students to learn in an increasingly connected world. We talk about devices and home connectivity. We talk the importance of parental support. We talk about training all educators to integrate digital tools in their classrooms in meaningful ways. Seldom, though, does the conversation focus on ensuring that parents acquire the same skills we want for our students. But when schools support students in transferring their skills to their parents, they are narrowing the digital divide.…

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Chinese women are working diligently, says education mogul who called them depraved

China’s “godfather of English training” has apologised for blaming “depraved” women for declining moral standards in the country, in a letter to the official All-China Women’s Federation on Tuesday. “I am deeply rattled and remorseful after listening to the criticism for the past two days,” Michael Yu Minhong, head of the Chinese education giant New Oriental Group, wrote in the letter, referring to the reaction to his speech at an education summit in Shanghai on Sunday. “My comments regarding women at the forum were completely wrong and I was not…

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Being fair: The benefits of early childhood education

The 78 people in the study were followed as part of the Abecedarian Project, begun in the 1970s and to this day one of the longest running randomized controlled studies of the effects of early childhood education in low-income and high-risk families. Participants played games designed to measure their adherence to social norms and their social decision-making processes. In one game, a player was asked to split a sum of money — $20 -with another participant. The participant could either accept the amount proposed, or reject it, in which case…

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Woz U to Deliver Tech Education Through U North Dakota

The University of North Dakota has teamed up with for-profit training company Woz U to provide short-term technology education programs. The institution is including the courses provided by Steve Wozniak’s education company as part of its “personal & professional development” catalog. These don’t offer standard college credit. Woz U has three programs of study. Software development is the only course that can be taken online or in person at the school’s Scottsdale, AZ campus. The on-campus option lasts 12 weeks and costs $13,800. The online version is 33 weeks and $13,200. That’s the same duration…

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Student tech education group Tech Sassy Girlz lands Amazon grant

A local group that teaches tech skills to girls has received $15,000 in products and educational materials from Amazon to help support its work. Tech Sassy Girlz, which started its educational program in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields about six years ago, will try to expand the use of a mobile lab that can be taken on the road. Among the materials being donated are the programmable robotics set LEGO Mindstorm, the popular Sphero robotic toy and computer kits. “Our Sassy STEM lab is a safe space for…

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Abu Dhabi nursery offers free education to orphans

Dubai: Four children with difficult economic circumstances will get a chance to receive early-years education for free, thanks to one school leader’s new initiative in Abu Dhabi. Zeina Musbah Moughrabi, early childhood education specialist and head principal of Giggles English Nurseries in Abu Dhabi, noticed how some people she knew, who lost a parent or both parents at a young age, were unable to pursue their education because of financial constraints. “These are people who are dear to my heart. As children, when they wanted to get educated, they could…

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Taking Charge of Your Driving Career

As an over-the-road hauler, you might enjoy much more freedom in your everyday job than other people in other industries. You may enjoy working alone and only occasionally having to interact with people. You also may like the rate of pay that comes with professional driving. When you contract with or are employed by a company, however, some of these freedoms might be curbed. You are expected to be at the beck and call of the business. You also could miss out on work if the company’s business slows down.…

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Political education for women urgent and timely

Families in Central Sulawesi and Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, have barely begun to rebuild their lives. With thousands of disaster survivors, many have raised calls to cut short the seven-month political campaign period. Fears of an unproductive campaign ahead of the April elections were stoked followed the recent brouhaha involving playwright Ratna Sarumpaet, drawing substantial attention away from the disaster survivors in Central Sulawesi. Flyers created by the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno camp, for whom Ratna is a campaigner, called the alleged assault against her a “threat to democracy”. Days later…

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Schoolkids’ Dreamtime stories go hi-tech

Microsoft says it wants to expand the project nationally after the Sydney primary school students met with local Dharawal elders and turned the Dreamtime stories about animals and humans into an education tool. The students used various apps including Minecraft to create learning cards and augmented reality software that can be used to teach other students. Augmented reality superimposes a computer-generated image on real world objects and is used in Snapchat. “One of the really important learnings for us has been that it’s only through a collaboration between industry and…

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