A Different Kind of Final [Exam]

Computer Technology students get real-world experience by presenting to industry experts

On Thursday, June 11, students in Clark College instructor Bruce Elgort’s PHP and SQL programming class (CTEC 227) will face an audience. While that might be standard for a class in the performance arts, it’s less expected in a computer science course focused on complex web and application development questions. However, Elgort believes it is exactly the type of thing that will set them apart as they look for jobs.

“The most important thing is that these students are showing what they learned in solving the technical problems in front of them, but it is also important that they learn how to explain their approach and interact with clients and customers,” Elgort said.

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Workforce Magazine – Slack Attack: Software Designed to Delete Email

Bruce Elgort happily ditched the online discussion forums he used for three community college Web development classes he teaches and replaced them with Slack, a group chat application that’s becoming the darling of workforce communication and collaboration.

While older enterprise social networks and collaboration tools such as Chatter, Jive and Yammer reside on a company intranet, Slack works like any other iPhone, iPad or Android app. It’s also free, at least for the most basic edition. Versions with more message archiving, user support and analytics start at under $7 a month. Slack spokeswoman Katie Wattie said the San Francisco startup is working on a beefier enterprise-level version that will debut later this year.

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Summer and Fall Classes I am Teaching at Clark College

Registration for Clark College summer and fall quarters is now open!

I’m teaching HTML Fundamentals Online (CTEC122) this summer and in the fall, Intro to Programming and Problem Solving (CTEC121 – Python), PHP/MySQL (CTEC127) and API and Advanced Integration (CTEC 228).

If you are interested in taking any of these classes, please let me know.

Please share this with your friends who might be interested in taking any of these classes.

IBM Connections Files Cloud to Launch March 10, 2015

IBM(R) Connections Cloud provides an intuitive set of cloud-delivered online technologies for businesses that combine social networking and online collaboration, messaging, and web conference tools. With Connections Cloud, companies benefit from essential and effective collaboration tools that help simplify and improve daily business interactions between customers, partners, and colleagues. The power of Connections Cloud is that it is designed to give companies the ability to collaborate and easily work with others inside and outside the firewall.

My Spring 2015 Schedule at Clark College

Here is my class schedule for the spring 2015 quarter:

Monday/Wednesday – JavaScript (CTEC 126) 2:00-4:20PM at CCW/WSU, room 104

Tuesday/Thursday – Intro to Programming and Problem Solving (CTEC 121) 10:00AM-12:20PM, room SHL 125
Tuesday/Thursday – PHP with SQL II (Advanced) 3:30-5:50pm, room SHL 124

Check the Clark College website to see when you can register.

A Day in the Life of a MyMusicRx Specialist

 

Watch the IBM ConnecteED 2015 OGS

Be My Eyes Lets You Help A Visually-Impaired Person See Via Their Phone’s Video Camera

Bruce Elgort:

Thanks Mitch Cohen for sharing this great app with me.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Be My Eyes, a new Danish non-profit ‘startup’, has taken a commodity technology, the humble video call, and, by combining it with a community of sighted volunteers, used it as the basis for an iOS app that lets you help a visually-impaired person ‘see’ through their phone’s video camera.

Specifically, Be My Eyes — which recently caught the attention of Twitter and Square founder Jack Dorsey — works as follows: If you’re a sighted person you register with the service and wait for the app to send you a notification that a visually-impaired person who has also signed up requires help. Once a match is found, the two of you are connected via an audio/video call, essentially enabling you to ‘lend’ your eyes to the visually-impaired person who points their phone’s rear-facing camera at whatever it is they want to see. The two of you then collaborate over the…

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Eight Microsoft MTA’s Now Completed

Today I completed my eighth Microsoft Certified Technology Associate (MTA) exam. The test was the “Windows Server Administration Fundamentals (Exam 98-365). This exam focussed on the following:

  • Understanding server installation
  • Understanding server roles
  • Understanding Active Directory
    Understanding storage
  • Understanding server performance management
  • Understanding server maintenance

Here is a list of the MTA’s that I have completed the last few months:

  1. Microsoft Technology Associate: Windows Server Administration Fundamentals (January 15, 2015)
  2. Microsoft Technology Associate: HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals, July 17, 2014
  3. Microsoft Technology Associate: Networking Fundamentals, June 18, 2014
  4. Microsoft Technology Associate: Security Fundamentals, June 11, 2014
  5. Microsoft Technology Associate: Database Administration Fundamentals, June 09, 2014
  6. Microsoft Technology Associate: Web Development Fundamentals, June 09, 2014
  7. Microsoft Technology Associate: Windows Operating System Fundamentals, June 04, 2014
  8. Microsoft Technology Associate: Software Development Fundamentals, February 25, 2014

Food Drumming with Bobby Rondinelli

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