Melody English

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Tracking terrorists online might invade your privacy

Criminals brew their plans online and in texts. Authorities want to stop this – but how can governments keep the public safe and also respect its privacy?<p>Remember that picture you sent to your family of your children playing in the paddling pool? Or that private text you sent to someone trusted? Or …

How algorithms run Amazon’s warehouses

When you click “buy’ on Amazon, a flurry of activity begins inside a nearby warehouse – all managed by smart computer code. What’s it like to work there?<p>“Work Hard. Have Fun. Make History.” So reads a sign above the entrance to Amazon’s newest UK “fulfilment centre” (or warehouse) in Hemel …

Facebook is a growing and unstoppable digital graveyard

At some point, there will be more dead Facebook users than living ones – and for those left behind, it is transforming how we experience the death of those around us.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2016” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>The day after my Aunt’s passing, I …

Fake news and the need to teach media literacy/critical thinking.

In November 2016, the Stanford Graduate School of Education released a report titled <b>Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning</b> …

Making sense of the news: First we have to determine what “the news” actually is

<b>(Wikimedia Commons)</b><p>Becoming news literate in the internet age requires defining what “news” really is and determining reliability<p>Michael Spikes<p>February 6, 2017 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on BillMoyers.com.<p>I recently wrote a post for BillMoyers.com about an online course developed on …

Journalism

7 Tips for Teaching Readers How to Recognize Bias

When students are learning about research topics and current events, they must also know how to recognize bias. Learning how to spot so-called “fake …

Did Media Literacy Backfire? – Data & Society

<b>Update:</b> <i>On March 9, 2018, I gave a talk expanding on my ideas in this post after a year of reflection/research. You can read the talk crib and watch</i> …

Stanford researchers find students have trouble judging the credibility of information online

When it comes to evaluating information that flows across social channels or pops up in a Google search, young and otherwise digital-savvy students …

Facebook reportedly testing new tool to combat fake news

Facebook users asked to rank whether a story ‘uses misleading language’, in an apparent attempt the solve the site’s problem with false stories<p>Facebook appears to be testing a tool designed to help it identify and hide so called “fake news” on the social network, in an attempt to quell increasingly …

How we’ve destroyed user stories

Psst! Hey…You know there’s a simple way to get engineers to build what you want, and as a bonus you can call it “agile”…Shh! Try to keep this …

User Stories

8 Reasons Why Many Big Data Analytics Solutions Fail to Deliver Value

Why do so many BI & big data analytics solutions fail to deliver business value?<p>It’s common knowledge that in today’s digital world, every move …

Data Warehousing

How Big Data Enables Trade Industries To Go High Tech

Big data plays a crucial role in ushering trade industries to a more high-tech sphere.<p>Big data’s role is especially prominent in trade industries, …

University of Westminster Press

Politicizing Digital Space<p>Theory, the Internet, and Renewing Democracy<p>Part of the Critical, Digital and Social Media Studies …

Taking Control of Your Digital Identity

A friend told me I was “going rogue” when I leased a slice of off-campus server to host The Social Media Classroom for my UC Berkeley and Stanford …

Defining Digital Media Across Disciplines - Connected Learning Alliance

After my last post on designing a course into digital media, I’ve been doing a lot of reflection and work trying to figure out best practices and …

Education Technology

Big data: Starbucks knows how you like your coffee

Starbucks <b>(NASDAQ: SBUX)</b> fans, your favorite coffee shop has been taking notes.<p><b>Using consumer data, the coffee chain designed its new line of products</b> …

Facebook improves analytics and login system, and streaming is here, too

Today, Facebook hosted the first day of its developers conference, F8, in San Francisco. As usual, the company made a variety of announcements -- …

Cerner population health chief John Glaser: Analytics, big data, Internet of Things to fuel push toward individualized interventions

Cerner’s John Glaser said today’s overarching technology trends — analytics, big data and the Internet of Things — have enormous potential to improve …

Big Data

Big Data: Will We Soon No Longer Need Data Scientists?

The job of data scientist — the quintessential big data job, and the job that was just voted the best job in America for 2016 — is at risk.<p>Data scientists have been called “unicorns” because finding the right person with the right set of skills — including coding, statistics, machine learning, …

Big Data

20 useful ways to use Padlet in class now

5 Things To Consider While Building Online Training Courses For Your Employees

<b>What To Consider While Building Online Training Courses For Your Employees</b><p>Remember the time when corporate training or a corporate learning program …

10 Instructional Design Elements To Include In EVERY eLearning Course

Instructional Design Elements EVERY eLearning Course Should Include<p>Designing an eLearning course is not an easy task. Even if you’re using all the …

Screen Recorder Online: Best 10 Free Screen Recorder Online No Download

It becomes fairly common to record video either from the video-sharing sites or from your webcam in front of your computer Mac or PC. For this …

15 questions guaranteed to help you stand out at a job interview

“So, what questions do you have for us?”It’s an interview standard, but one many job seekers still manage to flub. We all know asking thoughtful, …

Employment

Four Things to Remember About Your Interviewer In Your Next Job Interview

A job interview is supposed to be a two-way street, a conversation between you and a potential employer, to make sure you’re a fit for each other. …

The one question you should always ask at the end of a job interview

The best way to do this as the interviewee is to ask questions. The <i>right</i> questions.<p>Career experts Katharine S. Brooks and Lynn Taylor say that what you ask may vary depending on the industry, company, or job you're applying for, but they agree on one question all job candidates should <i>always</i> ask, no …

Employment

How to Ace a Job Interview..... Tips from an Interviewer's Perspective.

Does it ever feel like the things you want to accomplish always end up on the back burner? If the answer to that question is “yes,” you’re not alone. …

Forget templates. Here's how to write an ideal cover letter and land that job interview.

Your resume is ready. You've just found your dream job opening at an organization you adore. Ready to cinch that interview?<p>Not without a cover letter …