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Nigerian Irish Teen Girls Win Prize For Dementia App

“An award-winning app that can help patients with dementia will launch later this month in app stores. But unlike most apps — made by professional software developers in a male-dominated tech industry — this one was created by three teenage girls. 

The Nigerian-Irish teens are the champions of Technovation Girls, an international competition that challenges young women to develop an app that can solve a problem in their community. The annual competition is hosted by Technovation, a nonprofit organization that empowers girls to become leaders in tech.” Read more about it at NPR.

Antitrust report hopes to rein in Big Tech

A 450-page report issued by a House antitrust panel hopes to reign in Big Tech.

“After years of calling Big Tech too big, Democratic lawmakers are calling for Congress to rein in Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple by breaking them up, limiting future mergers and blocking self-dealing that could hurt competitors … the report offers Congress a roadmap for 2021 should it choose to follow up on the report’s proposals, which seems likely should Democrats regain control of both houses of Congress and the presidency.”

Read more about it at AP News.

Help Students See Themselves as Mathematicians

Dylan Kane at Edutopia wrote that “When students’ eyes are opened to the broad community of mathematicians, they reject stereotypes and gain confidence in their own abilities.”

According to Kane, “One place to start is math teacher Annie Perkins’s Mathematicians Project. She has assembled and organized information on mathematicians who aren’t ‘White dudes.’ I have followed in her footsteps, creating brief weekly presentations on mathematicians who aren’t White men to share with my students. And Annie isn’t the only person working to combat stereotypes about mathematicians. For Black History Month, Dr. Kristopher Childs shared information about a Black mathematician every day. Talithia Williams’s excellent book, Power in Numbers, explores stories of women in mathematics. George Gheverghese Joseph’s The Crest of the Peacock surfaces the non-European roots of modern mathematics. There are many more resources that share an inclusive vision of who does mathematics and what mathematics is, undermining stereotypical narratives.”

How Students Can Do Hands-On Science Safely at Home

One of the biggest challenges for science teachers right now is planning lessons that include experiments. We Are Teachers offers lab safety tips for making it safe to do science experiments at home:

  • Use materials that are safe for and accessible to all students
  • Ensure students have adult supervision
  • Get feedback from a colleague to ensure clarity
  • Provide instructions in multiple formats
  • Film yourself doing the experiment
  • Have students sign a lab safety agreement
  • Connect science to current events

Publishers worry about losing profits as ebooks fly off libraries’ virtual shelves

Since March, checkouts of digital books from libraries are up 52 percent. As a result, publishers say their easy availability hurts sales and want to curb the number of digital titles that people can check out at a library for free.

When libraries buy a digital book from a publisher, they can can only let it be checked out anywhere from 26 or 52 times. These licensing terms and increased prices are making it financially difficult for libraries with reduced budgets to continue offering a wide selection of eBooks. Read more about it at Wired.

A teenager’s guide to building the world’s best pandemic and protest trackers

Avi Schiffmann says, “I’m not a really good student. No, really—I was a really bad student. I had a 1.7 GPA. I focused my time on programming-related stuff. … I didn’t go to boot camp or college or anything. I just have a lot of self-motivation in figuring things out. The best way to learn programming, or anything in general, is to just try something simple and figure things out as you go along.” Read more about him at MIT Review.