“COVID-19 has pushed higher education faculty everywhere to learn what it means to educate students at a distance. To help faculty and administrators better understand the pedagogy and best practices of online and remote learning, Arizona State University is hosting “REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit,” a free virtual event designed for all faculty preparing courses for fall 2020.”
Even if you’re not in D.C., you can enjoy some July 4th festivities online.
Celebratory events in DC this weekend include the Fyre Fest-like “Salute to America” on the Mall. If you’re looking for BBQ in DC, check out these 10 great spots with BBQ specials like grill packs, rib racks, and more.
The Hamilton film is dropping on Disney+ at 3 AM Eastern time on July 3. The film is a live recording of three different 2016 performances edited into one.
Back in the dial-up days, we had to design websites that loaded quickly. Now there’s a recent trend to go back to basic web design in order to conserve energy. Low-tech Magazine shows why and how they redesigned their website to lower energy use. Except for their use of solar panels, it’s very similar to the way designed websites pre-YouTube. Check them out at Low Tech Magazine.
NASA names headquarters after aerospace engineer Mary Winston Jackson (1921–2005) who calculated orbital mechanics that were essential to the success of the crewed spaceflights. Johnson also overcame the barriers of segregation and gender bias to become a leader in ensuring equal opportunities for future generations. Read more about Johnson and other hidden figures at NASA.
Funded and shut down by the CIA, Woody Bledsoe invented facial recognition long before its use in current technology. Read this fascinating story about a technological pioneer at Wired.
Weekly library e-book lending across the country has increased by nearly 50 percent since March 9. Many libraries are also offering free wi-fi hotspot lending programs to the homeless and poorer families without internet access. Read more about it at NPR.
“In the last couple of weeks, many tech companies have announced plans to make Juneteenth an official holiday for employees or recognize the day in some other way. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square and Twitter, was the first major tech CEO to announce that Juneteenth would be a paid holiday for employees. Since then, companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon, Uber and Lyft have announced their own respective plans to commemorate the day.” Read more about it at TechCrunch.
An autonomous mobility system that works like a wheelchair without anyone pushing it is scuttling around a Tokyo airport to help with social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read more about it at AP News.
This Planet Money show looks at what happened when a small town tried to create its own internet provider, and how it started a fight about whether cities should be allowed to compete with big internet providers.
“When the Internet Archive announced that it was creating a ‘National Emergency Library,’ temporarily suspending wait lists to borrow e-books amid the pandemic, a crowd of writers and publishers made their outrage clear. Now, their complaint has made it to court. Read more about it at NPR.