Technology in the Classroom: The Question Is Not Now “If” but “How”

Last Thursday, California approved its first budget under Governor Gavin Newsom, making a substantial down payment on education for the state’s high-tech economy. The budget significantly increases the state’s investment in schools and includes new funding for expanding broadband infrastructure in low-income communities and teaching computer science in the schools. These investments advance the effort begun in 2018, when the State Board of Education adopted computer science standards for K-12 students, making it one of only seven states in the nation with such standards. As California focuses its attention on…

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Most of the ocean floor is a mystery, but this technology could help map it

The numbers are startling: According to even the most generous estimates, more than 80 percent of the world’s oceans are totally unmapped. The average ocean depth is nearly two and a half miles, and oceans cover 70 percent of the planet. Do the maths and, in terms of total volume, 99 percent of Earth’s biosphere is essentially unknown. We think we’ve explored our planet, but those statistics are sobering. Topographically, we know more about the moon than we do about Earth. The math is about to get a little brighter,…

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Apple stores now stocking iPhone XR but pre-ordering is still smarter

Today is the day the iPhone XR starts to fill the shelves in Apple stores but you’re still not guaranteed a pickup. Many stores will have the phone stocked but not all. Several of Apple’s online stores still list the XR as unavailable for local pickup. But a deeper dive leads to stores with available iPhone XR stock. If you pre-order the iPhone XR through Apple’s website it will be delivered in 3 to 5 business days. To the disappointment of many hardcore Apple fans, Apple still doesn’t offer an…

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Car review of new BMW X3 XDrive 20D: On-track, but not offbeat

New BMW X3 XDrive 20D It’s love at first sight. The striking design language of the new BMW X3—featuring a bold front with a double kidney grille, adaptive LED headlights and fog-lamps, and the expressive rear that has LED tail-lights combined with a low-slung roof spoiler and exhaust tailpipes on both sides in chrome—attracts attention wherever it goes. The X3, in its third generation now, reflects a new, youthful BMW. What is the X3? It’s a premium midsize sports activity vehicle—BMW calls its SUV-shaped vehicles as SAV. It was first launched…

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Lucknow University’s BEd entrance results out, but topper opts out

Abhishek Kumar Awasthi, a resident of Hamirpur district in Uttar Pradesh, topped the joint entrance examination for Bachelor of Education 2018–20 (JEE, BEd), according to resultsdeclared by University of Lucknow on Friday. Awasthi, who scored 341 marks, said he won’t be joining any BEd college because he has been selected in Lower PCS 2015. “Nevertheless I’m happy that I topped the BEd entrance examination,” he said. Bihar’s Jimmy Saurabh got the second position in the examiantion, scoring 324.670 marks. Saurabh, a resident of Muzaffarpur district, has an MA in English from…

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Have an idea for a startup but not sure where to start? These online classes can help.

Everyone and their mother has an idea for a startup, but the impressive part is getting it off the ground. Luckily, there are a few critical skills that will help you succeed in the startup world no matter which industry you plan to disrupt. The Startup School Bundle, which is just $40 right now (a massive 97% discount) offers ten courses that can help you learn essential skills for any field. Generating Ideas Most ideas for startups and apps are pretty vague, and just about everyone has a plan for “the Uber of…

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Technology could make us immortal. But there will be consequences.

mmortality has gone secular. Unhooked from the realm of gods and angels, it’s now the subject of serious investment — both intellectual and financial — by philosophers, scientists, and the Silicon Valley set. Several hundred people have already chosen to be “cryopreserved” in preference to simply dying, as they wait for science to catch up and give them a second shot at life. But if we treat death as a problem, what are the ethical implications of the highly speculative “solutions” being mooted? Of course, we don’t currently have the means…

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CBSE school-based exams: Few takers, but high scores, Mumbai results reveal

Of 16 lakh Class 10 Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) students across India, more than 7.81 lakh opted for the school-based tests over board exams, which are considered to be more stressful. However, students will not have the same option next year, as school exams will be scrapped from this year. Five of 200 Class 10 students from RN Podar School, Santacruz, opted for the school exams. Of them, Rithvik Sharma secured a 8.8 cumulative grade point average (CGPA). “We wanted him to be comfortable, as he suffers from a…

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Syrian army’s Aleppo advance slows but victory in sight

The Syrian army’s advance in Aleppo slowed on Thursday but a victory was still firmly in sight after President Bashar al-Assad vowed that retaking the nation’s second city would change the course of the six-year civil war in his favour. Lightning gains in recent days in which government forces and their allies recaptured Aleppo’s historic Old City lost some momentum in the face of stiff rebel resistance but the Syrian leadership was confident. Assad has long sought to seize divided Aleppo which would put him in control of Syria’s major…

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Alphabet Loses Google Ventures Founder Bill Maris, But ‘Everything Is Great’

Bill Maris, the founder and CEO of Alphabet’s GV (formerly known as Google Ventures), is leaving the company. GV is the venture capital investment arm of Alphabet, which was founded in 2009. GV has made investments in many companies such as ride-hailing service Uber, health food company Impossible Foods, discount online retailer Jet.com, which was recentlyacquired by Walmart for $3.3 billion, and more. During an interview with Recode, Maris revealed that he had spent about eight years in GV and he is leaving to spend time with his family. “I have…

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