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Lost in Google’s Translation Last week Google Translate announced that it now has over 200 million monthly users. As Alexis Madrigal noted in the Atlantic, this means that Google is now translating as much in a day as a human being would in a year – an amount of text equivalent to a million books. Google Translate is far from perfect – its garbled prose, creative grammar and bizarre word substitutions have been dubbed “Dada Processing” – but it is one of the few Google products one can unequivocally say does more good than harm. Since its inception in 2006, Google has added 65 languages from every region in the world, with two notable exceptions: Central Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Translation has the potential to shift the politics of perception. Central Asia and sub-Saharan Africa share another important similarity: their events are framed through the languages of colonization. It is increasingly common for news agencies to cover a country by reprinting claims made online. This post was written by...

How to Help Your Students Develop Data Literacy Can we really measure happiness? How does educational attainment vary across ZIP codes? What does math have to do with charity? Which team has the better athletes, Yankees or Red Sox? "Looking at data needs to become part of the conversation across every classroom, not just in math," says Harshil Parikh. Start with Curiosity The idea for TuVaLabs emerged when Parikh was tutoring children in the slums of Delhi, India. But curiosity alone isn't enough to ensure that learning happens. "We want to be a bridge between schools and the open data movement," Parikh explains. Leverage Tools and Techniques What does data analysis look like in a K-12 classroom? The Global Happiness Project, designed by the New Tech Network, offers an engaging example. Since January, students have been thinking hard about how to measure happiness, exploring existing metrics such as Bhutan's Gross National Happiness Index. Connect Data to Student Interests Start Early Ask Away What do your students wonder about?

News Graphics Collection 3M Cloud Library Lends Not Only E-Books, But Also E-Reader Hardware | Gadget Lab 3M hops into the e-book lending and hardware market with Cloud Library. Photo: 3M Scotch Tape manufacturer and Post-It inventor 3M is jumping into the world of e-book lending. The 3M Cloud Library went beta Wednesday at select libraries, allowing patrons to borrow e-books via digital kiosks in the library or online. It’s not an entirely new concept. 3M says it has 40 publishers backing Cloud Library, and that more than 100,000 titles are ready to go. E-book circulation continues to grow. Just as e-book purchases have dramatically affected dead-tree book sales, digital lending is changing the stock-and-trade of public libraries. While it might seem odd for a tape company like 3M to enter the e-book market, it actually has 40 years of library experience. 3M’s Automated Material Handler checks in and sorts library items that have been returned.

ites - Data Literacy Skip to main content guest Join | Help | Sign In ites Home guest| Join | Help | Sign In Getting Started, Moving Forward and Sustaining Teaching and Learning in a Digital Environment 2014 - 2015 RESA WorkshopsDates and Locations Conference Presentations Previous Professional Development Additional Resources DTL WebpageDigital Teaching & Learning WikiNCDPI WikiCentralRoles & Permissions Home BaseSchool Library Media The digital resources included on this wiki have been helpful to some educators across the state. Turn off "Getting Started" Loading... Tabula The Library of Utopia In his 1938 book World Brain, H.G. Wells imagined a time—not very distant, he believed—when every person on the planet would have easy access to “all that is thought or known.” The 1930s were a decade of rapid advances in microphotography, and Wells assumed that microfilm would be the technology to make the corpus of human knowledge universally available. “The time is close at hand,” he wrote, “when any student, in any part of the world, will be able to sit with his projector in his own study at his or her convenience to examine any book, any document, in an exact replica.” Wells’s optimism was misplaced. Google had the smarts and the money to scan millions of books into its database, but the major problems with constructing a universal library has little to do with technology. It sounds straightforward. Larry Page isn’t known for his literary sensibility, but he does like to think big. Google then made a fateful choice. That only deepened the controversy. The U.S.

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