Category: Technology News

WATCH: Biden tells execs U.S. needs to invest, lead in computer chips

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden used a virtual meeting with corporate leaders about a global shortage of semiconductors to push Monday for his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, telling them that the U.S. should be the world’s computer chip leader.

Watch Biden’s remarks in the player above.

“We need to build the infrastructure of today, not repair the one of yesterday,” he told the group of 19 executives from the technology, chip and automotive industries. “China and the rest of the world is not waiting and there’s no reason why Americans should wait.”

He said the country hasn’t made big

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Computer chip shortage, lingering COVID affects economic recovery

BUFFALO, N.Y. — If you’re in the market for a new car, or an appliance or a new computer, be aware that the availability and price may be affected in the weeks to come. 

That’s because of a global shortage of those computer chips, which power all of those electronic components in our vehicles and devices. Some observers say it affects the supply chain and our national economy. 

Just like COVID affected factory production lines and supplies of big ticket items like appliances last spring and summer, now in part it’s responsible for a worldwide shortfall of those electronic brains

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Editorial: Gatekeeping won’t solve the computer science department’s issues

To the concern of hundreds, if not thousands of prospective computer science majors, the UNC computer science department announced a new admissions process for the major last week, before rescinding the announcement less than 24 hours later. 

Following years of overcrowding in the department, this announcement seemed inevitable — and yet it was still surprising.

Prior to last week’s announcement, the department had resorted to several measures, including a new introductory sequence that split up some classes, and a new two-before-three policy that started in spring 2021.

The two-before-three system ensures that declared computer science majors are given the chance

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Library super heroes unfreeze computers, find books and other stuff

Before school started all virtual last August, the new learning management system was rolled out. School staff had to learn six months of training in five weeks. No kidding.

“First it was the media specialists and media clerks, then the academic coaches, along with high-level training for the teachers,” said Tammy Kemp, the district’s lead program manager for instructional technology and media services. “We used the ‘train the trainer’ model and each school site was given staff training based on the support their teachers needed.” 

With each school having at least two staff members (media specialist and academic coach) trained

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Oregon House Democrats plan all-day floor sessions as Republicans continue delays

Speaker of the House Tina Kotek, D-Portland, watches a vote from the dais in the House chamber at the Capitol in Salem, Oregon, April 11, 2019.

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Oregon House Democrats are preparing to ramp up the intensity of an already punishing schedule, pausing many legislative committee hearings in coming days in order to pass bills as Republican lawmakers use delay tactics.

“Starting Thursday we’re canceling committees,” House Majority Leader Barbara Smith Warner, D-Portland, said Tuesday. “We’ll just do 8 to 10 hours of floor a day and just keep doing it.”

According to the most recent

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UW WySLICE Program Readies K-8 Teachers, Librarians to Meet Future State Computer Science Requirements

LARAMIE, Wyo. (Release) – Some Wyoming K-8 teachers and librarians already have a leg up in preparation for offering computer science education in their schools come fall 2022, when it will be required. And they have the Wyoming Hub for Computer Science Outreach at the University of Wyoming to thank.

Twenty-four such educators from 11 Wyoming counties made up the first cohort year of Wyoming’s Schools and Libraries Integrating Computer Science in Education, or WySLICE. The program, funded with a $1 million National Science Foundation grant, will prepare 150 K-8 teachers and state librarians from all disciplines to integrate

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