Archive for December, 2010

Sheryl WuDunn: Our century’s greatest injustice


What is IT


Mais um vídeo que tenta convencer/mostrar (os jovens) que a Informática é melhor do que (lhes) parece.

200 Countries & 200 Years in 4 Minutes, Presented by Hans Rosling


“Hans Rosling, a professor of global health at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, focuses on ‘dispelling common myths about the so-called developing world’ (as his TED bio well notes). And he has established a reputation for presenting data in extremely imaginative ways. Just watch the video above, an outtake from the BBC show “The Joy of Stats”). In four minutes, Rosling visually traces the health of 200 countries over 200 years, using 120,000 data points, and we end up with a little reason for optimism. Great stuff… ”

in Open Culture

Cheating in Computer Science


Many computer science teachers are very concerned about students cheating in their courses. Surveys report that almost three-quarters of high school students admit to cheating within the past year. John Barrie, founder of the plagiarism-detecting Web site, says that about a third of the papers submitted to the site have significant levels of plagiarism. Many people say that the Internet has made cheating easier and harder to detect and they wonder if the moral fabric of our youth is fraying. In the trenchant analysis below, Bill Murray approaches the teaching-learning system as a game in which students, teachers, and others play various roles. He wonders whether the game itself encourages cheating, and suggests that teachers could restructure the game so that cheating is less rewarding and less likely.
–Peter J. Denning”

in Ubiquity