Archive for November, 2010

Happy Carl Sagan Day, everybody


“It would have been Carl Sagan’s 76th birthday on Tuesday, and his army of nerdish fans around the world have dedicated a day to his memory. It’s today, for some reason, so go and celebrate.”



Decoding the Value of Computer Science


“Computer science exposed two generations of young people to the rigors of logic and rhetoric that have disappeared from far too many curricula in the humanities. Those students learned to speak to the machines with which the future of humanity will be increasingly intertwined. They discovered the virtue of understanding the instructions that lie at the heart of things, of realizing the danger of misplaced semicolons, of learning to labor until what you have built is good enough to do what it is supposed to do.

I left computer science when I was 17 years old. Thankfully, it never left me.

Kevin Carey is policy director of Education Sector, an independent think tank in Washington.”

in The Chronicle of Higher Education

DARPA-funded project to spark computer science education


“To boost computer science education and help middle and high school students strengthen their science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills before they enter college and the workforce, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded TopCoder a $5.57 million contract to develop a new virtual community featuring competitions and educational resources.”

in eSchool News

Como a rápida Internet está a conquistar o cérebro aos vagarosos livros


“É só mais uma desculpa para não ler ou é para levar a sério? A Internet está a mudar-nos o cérebro, isso é certo, mas estará a interferir com a nossa capacidade de ler? O grande problema, diz um neurologista português, é que as pessoas não têm consciência das transformações que se estão a viver.”
in Público.