Google embeds engineers as professors

Efforts to diversify Silicon Valley lead Google to pair engineers with minority students.

google-engineersHoward University freshman Alanna Walton knew something was different about the professor teaching her introduction to computer science course.

First, there was her name: Professor Sabrina. She was an African American woman, kept office hours until 2 a.m. if that’s what it took to see everyone, and had an additional title: Google In Residence.

“It was an awesome class,” said Alanna who has already chosen her major at the Washington D.C.-based university: computer science.…Read More

Google hopes to boost AP computer science pass rates

RISE Up 4 CS will aid African-American high school students in college-level computer science courses and exams

computer-scienceAs research reveals that minority students enroll in and pass high school and college STEM courses less often than their peers, efforts are emerging to encourage those student groups to pursue STEM studies.

Florida International University has been awarded the Google RISE Up 4 CS grant to help more African-American high school students pass the Advanced Placement (AP) computer science exam. The program will begin in late February 2015, and will be funded by Google and facilitated through Georgia Tech University.

Project RISE Up 4 CS attempts to motivate African-American students to study computer science and become interested in pursuing a college degree. The program helps prepare students for the AP computer science exam by providing twice-weekly webinars, and monthly in-person weekend sessions.…Read More

Google Drive’s new changes could improve classroom collaboration

Some new features and changes are hitting Google Drive, which could significantly enhance collaboration

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In case you haven’t noticed the recent changes already, it’s well worth pointing out that Google is making some interesting changes to their Google Drive service.

At the heart of this overhaul, which affects both the desktop and the mobile app versions of Google Drive, are a host of minor changes that center on making the file sharing and cloud-based storage system easier to use.

Immediately, users will notice a more fluid and streamlined interface that moves Drive closer to the familiar look that most people expect from a Google product, while at the same time bridging the gap between the desktop and mobile versions in order to make the two appear more similar.…Read More

A new frame of reference through Google Glass

Roxann Riskin, a technology specialist at Fairfield University and eCampus News contributor, writes a special op-ed on the NYC Glass Museum Event which she attended on April 28

google-glass-appsWhile wearing the Google Glass device, many of my experiences have focused primarily on subjective perspectives, like taking pictures, for instance.

This is mainly because that part of the Glass design feature is currently from a first-person point of view. Recently, I had an extraordinary opportunity to look at things from a different vantage point, using a newly created Glass App, at a museum event hosted in New York City.

I was excited to immerse myself in a first-of-its-kind visually augmented experience with art.…Read More

What Google won’t do anymore

Under pressure of lawsuit, Google stops scanning student eMail for keywords

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Google will no longer scan student and faculty eMails for advertising keywords, the company announced this week.

The change comes on the heels of a lawsuit in California that alleged the scanning was in violation of wirtetap laws, as well as a more general public outcry about the practice.

In a blog post Wednesday, Bram Bout, director of Google for Education, said the change was being made for security purposes.…Read More

A keen-sighted CIO’s inter-view on Glass

Open-eyed and thoughtful views on Glass’ realistic usability in higher education

google-glass-interview“OK Glass,” take a picture. It’s most likely the first thing a Google Glass Explorer will try, as I did.

Now, entering my third month, in the beta Google Glass Explorer program, I saw a need to refocus my exploring, no pun intended, on requesting an open and frank “Glass” interview with the CIO-Chief Information Officer, Paige Francis, at Fairfield University.

By accepting the invitation, Paige has already broken through many proverbial “glass ceilings,” as the first woman, Jesuit University CIO, Google Glass interviewee, represented in a Google Plus Glass community. Paige is now visible on the Google Plus Community, actively engaging in technology dialogue, via Google Glass.…Read More

Google Glass journalism course coming to USC

Students will create and launch news apps for Google Glass

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A new course to be taught at the University of Southern California will ask students to find ways for journalists to take advantage of Google Glass.

The course, which is called Glass Journalism, will begin this fall.

“In this class we’re not talking about the future of journalism,” Robert Hernandez, the course’s professor, wrote on his Tumblr blog. “We’re building it.”…Read More

Google wants to teach everyday folk to interpret data

If you’ve been to a tech conference, or even just browsed through the odd tech site, then you’ve probably seen the term “Big Data” used over and over again in the past couple of years, memeburn reports. The trouble is that the term’s made any form of data seem pretty scary and impenetrable. Enter Google’s new massively open online course (MOOC) “Making Sense of Data“. The course, which is available from 18 March to 4 April, aims to help anyone who wants to learn more about how to structure, visualize, and manipulate data…

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5 sure-fire ways to get hired at Google

Do you think you have what it takes to work for Google? An inside look at five key traits Google looks for in employees.

google-ways-hiredWhile good grades and knowledge in math, computers, and coding are important skills for employment at Google, they alone do not make a candidate marketable.

In fact, Google actually prefers hiring people without a college degree.

Just what qualifications, then, does Google look for in new employees?…Read More