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Using Minecraft to teach coding to kids: KUOW interviews Katie Davis

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Teenager Alea Frydnlund is creating zombies. “It will attack you if you’re on survival,” she says. “But right now, I’m just on creative.” Alea hunches over a screen in a classroom at the University of Washington. Her bright red hair falls in her face as she rattles off terms – survival, creative – for Minecraft, the wildly popular videogame that...
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Informatics students find welcoming workplaces for summer internships

Monday, August 24, 2015

Here's a look at how some students in the iSchool's Informatics program have been spending their summer. Alice Yan Interning as a UX designer at Udemy , an online education company in San Francisco Q: What are you working on? A: My project for this summer is a complete redesign of their current support site. If you take a look...
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Button museum, Sno-Isle libraries among MLIS students' fieldwork sites

Friday, August 21, 2015

Here’s a look at how some students in the iSchool’s Master of Library and Information Science program have been spending their summer: Dianne Bohach A remote intern with the Button Museum of Chicago. Q: What are you working on? A: As a remote intern, my job is to research pinback buttons that have already been physically described by other colleagues...
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MSIM students' internships include video games, cybersecurity

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Here’s a look at how some students in the iSchool’s Master of Science in Information Management program have been spending their summer: Sonal Srivastava Interning at Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine, California. Blizzard is a video game developer and publisher of games such as World of Warcraft, Diablo, Hearthstone and Starcraft. Q: What are you working on? A: I am interning...
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'IT identity': Technology can make you feel like a different person

Thursday, July 2, 2015

You answer your email, check the traffic, and thumb through your friends' latest baby pictures. With your smartphone in hand, you’re connected, productive, empowered. You feel like yourself. And when you're away from your phone, you’re just not yourself at all. This emotional bond that many share with the technologies they use is what fascinates Michelle Carter , an assistant...
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Documents that Changed the World: Charles Richter’s seismic scale, 1935

Thursday, August 13, 2015

A scale of simple numbers unnerves us when we think about earthquakes, as Pacific Northwest residents have been prone to do lately: Whew, just a 3. Oh man, a 6. Good God, an 8? That this scale for measuring temblors is logarithmic only amps up the drama. A magnitude 6 quake releases 10 times more energy than a magnitude 5;...
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Students put data to work in Web development class

Friday, August 7, 2015

Students in the Information School’s Client-Side Web Development class have been spending part of their summer doing interesting things with data. Got a song stuck in your head? Tisha Trongtham tapped into the Spotify API to create “Your Next 5 Songs,” an application that recommends five more songs based on one you like. The idea was based on the Seattle...
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Incoming Informatics class breaks records

Friday, July 31, 2015

The new cohort of Informatics students will find more colleagues for project collaboration and networking when classes begin this fall. At 210, it is one-third larger than the previous entering class and reflects a high demand for the major. As a STEM major, it is one of several at the University of Washington that have competitive admissions processes. Applications to...
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UW Distinguished Librarian and iSchool alumnus is a 'born cataloger'

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

As a kid, Steve Shadle ran his very own library. Collecting all of his Scholastic Book Club books together, Shadle gave each one a spine label, put cards in the back and checked them out to all of his friends. Differentiating each as ‘fiction’ and ‘nonfiction,’ he even placed an ‘8’ on poetry books, the work of a Dewey Decimal...
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iSchools organization names David Fenske executive director

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The iSchools organization has named David Fenske its new executive director. Fenske, who is dean emeritus of the College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University, will oversee administrative operations for the iSchools organization for the next two years. The position of executive director was created earlier this year, in accord with the organization’s recent incorporation as a 501c3 in...
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