Announcing Two New Non-Credit Classes at Clark College

I’m happy to announce two new exciting “non-credit” courses that are being offered this Fall through Clark College that I wanted you to know about!

If you have any questions whatsoever, please get in touch with me.

My Favorite Deno Resources

Deno is a secure runtime for JavaScript and TypeScript.

The Deno runtime is implemented in Rust and TypeScript.

Learn about Deno at Deno Home page.

Videos on Deno

Books and other Resources

TypeScript Deep Device

Zoom Meeting Settings and Other Helpful Info for Teachers and Instructors

Here’s a list of things that you can do to make for a better Zoom online meeting experience. If you have any additional things you would recommend, please leave a comment.

In Zoom’s settings do the following:

Turn on:

  • The Waiting Room feature
  • Set up a meeting password
  • The “Remove uninvited participant” feature

Turn off:

  • The Private Chat feature. Direct people to use the Chat and Q&A for questions.
  • Screen sharing by others. You can enable this during the meeting if necessary.

Additional recommendations:

  • Do not post your Zoom link publicly
  • Have another teacher or trusted participant set up as a Co-Host to manage comments and the meeting waiting room.
  • Lock your meeting once all of the students have joined. You can do this using “Manage Participants” once the meeting has started.
  • Practice and test your Zoom workflow with others.
  • Mute digital assistants such as Alexa, Google Home, and Siri.
  • Remove any visual distractions that may focus attention away from you in the background.
  • Have good lighting in the room so that attendees can see you.
  • Angle your webcam so it shows your face dead-on.
  • Limit tapping, movement and other things that may cause audio distractions.
  • Remove pets from the room.
  • Remove pets from the room(s) next to the room you are in.
  • If you will be sharing your computer screen, clean up your computer’s desktop.
  • Try and not use WiFi. Use a wired network connection instead.
  • Use a good quality headset with a microphone.
  • Silence your smartphone and other devices.
  • Turn off all the alerts on your smartphone, and other devices.
  • Mute any digital assistants in your home.
  • Check the batteries in your mouse/keyboard and make sure they aren’t running low.
  • Close all of the other applications running on your computer.
  • Turn off notifications or other pop-ups or anything else that may be disruptive.
  • If you are in a bedroom, make sure that your bed is made and the room is neat.
  • Have a test call with a friend prior to your meeting.

Zoom Meeting Code of Conduct Suggestions

Here are some things to consider adding to your Zoom Meeting, or any other virtual meetings “Code of Conduct”. Do you have some that you would add? If you do, please let me know by leaving a comment. Hat tip to BDS Consulting in Seattle for allowing me to share some of their bullet points.

Expectations for Meeting Participants

  • Participate with grace and humor.
  • Ask for (and accept) help from others. You want this to work for everyone.
  • Embrace the moment and the technology to the greatest extent possible.
  • Try something new.
  • Suspend judgment.

Suggested Norms and Guidelines to Follow

  • Mute your audio when you are not speaking.
  • Because this is an audio-based meeting, your voice acts as your physical presence. Be thoughtful of when you speak. Be courteous, and don’t interrupt the speaker.
  • If you are not using your webcam for the meeting, cover it up.
  • Be explicit and animated about non-verbal communication. Nodding; thumbs up; hand-raising.
  • Minimize distractions and be present by putting away phones, closing unrelated work, closing the door, etc.
  • Improve clarity by speaking deliberately, use good lighting (behind your camera), testing audio equipment.

Where to find Bruce at Clark College Winter 2020

Here are the courses I’m teaching during the Winter 2020 quarter:

  • CTEC 121 – Intro to Programming & Problem-Solving in SHL 125 (Tuesday & Thursday 10:30 AM – 12:50 PM
  • CTEC 127 – PHP and SQL 1 in SHL 125 (Monday & Wednesday 10:30 AM – 12:50 PM)
  • CTEC 270 – Web and Interface Design 1 in AA4 103 (Monday & Wednesday 3:00 – 4:50 PM)
  • CTEC 293 – Web Skills Portfolio (online)

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday

  • 9:30 – 10:15 AM in SHL 127
  • or by appointment

Tuesday and Thursday

  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM in SHL 127
  • or by appointment

Visual Studio Code – 10 Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know

Here are 10 of Visual Studio Code keyboard shortcuts that will help you out a lot. Give them a shot and let me know what you think.

Turn off word-wrap
Windows: Alt + z
Mac: ⌥ + z

Toggle the sidebar
Windows: Control + b
Mac: ⌘ + b

Toggle File explorer
Windows: Control + Shift + e
Mac: ⌘ + ⇧ + e

Quick Open a File
Windows: Control + p
Mac: ⌘ + p

Reopen a tab you just closed
Windows: Control + Shift + t
Mac: ⌘ + ⇧ + t

Close the Active Tab
Windows: Control + w
Mac: ⌘ + w

Go to a specific tab that is open
Windows: Alt + number
Mac: ⌃ + number

Add cursor to lines above/below
Windows: Control + Alt + up/down
Mac: ⌘ + ⌥ + up/down

Move a line of code up or down (or block of code)
Windows: Alt + up/down
Mac: ⌥ + up/down

Toggle the VS Code Terminal Window
Windows: Control + ~
Mac:  ⌘ + ~


Bruce Elgort believes…

  • We are our best selves when challenged.
  • Students gain far more from correcting their own answers than from being corrected by the instructor.
  • Learning to learn will help all students pass all their class, and develop their critical thinking skills.
  • All students should pass this class, and the next, and the next.
  • He is not an answer key.
  • If he were to answer “Is this correct?” questions from students, then students will quickly get the message that they cannot trust their own self-assessment skills. This is poor training for success on quizzes, exams, and especially the real world, where there are no answer keys.
  • Learning is slow, takes time and effort.
  • Asking questions is the best way to help yourself, and your group.
  • Knowing why your answer is right is just as important as the answer itself.
  • Answers are best said by students.
  • Instruction should be kept simple.
  • Reflection is the only way to see our larger truths.
  • Activities should be completed by the instructor multiple times.