Here’s my schedule for Spring 2018…
Our Summer I semester starts next week here at Lone Star College – University Park. I’m super excited to be teaching Beginning Web Programming (ITSE 1311) again this semester. For those who are pursuing (or interested in) our Computer Programming Specialist AAS degree at Lone Star College, ITSE 1311 does count as one of your required programming language electives.
Here’s my syllabus if you would like to learn more!
Whether you are an LSC student or a faculty member, did you know that you can add a photo to your D2L profile? As an instructor, I really appreciate when my students upload an image of themselves. This is especially helpful at the beginning of the semester when I’m trying to “put a face to the name” for my many students. And, as you can imagine, this is even more valuable for the online classes that I teach!
Instructors, you will be doing your students a huge favor by also adding this to your profile. Your students are looking for you and having a face to identify is reassuring, especially for those students who are on campus for the first time! Take time to upload your photo – your students will thank you!
So your next question is likely, “How do I add my photo to my D2L account?” So let’s take a look…
Login to your D2L (Brightspace) account
In your browser, visit D2L.lonestar.edu and click the “Alternate Login” link to login. Use your LSC username and password to login. Alternately, you can also reach D2L by logging into my.lonestar.edu and clicking ‘LSC-Online’ from the menu on the left.
The 9th annual Houston Tech Fest will be held at NRG Center on Saturday, 9/12.
This is an all-day, free Internet and Technology based conference that offers a broad range of topical discussions and presentations. Presentation tracks include:
- Career Dev
- Mobile App Dev
- and more
Here’s the full agenda.
The only costs are parking ($15) and food which will be provided by on-site vendors.
Tell your students, your friends, your peers!
I’m currently packing up for a trip up to Collin County Community College where I’m attending the Intro to Python Scripting . This is one of several week-long courses offered for IT Faculty Development. I’ve tinkered with Python off and on but I really want to move my understanding to the next level so that it becomes part of my regular toolset.
Another motivator – I will be teaching our Programming Logic course this Fall. Even though we don’t do a lot of actual programming in this course, I’d like to have Python at the ready for in-class demonstrations and such.
Looking forward to “being the student” for a few days!
With recent rumors and yesterday’s official notice, Microsoft is retiring the IE (Internet Explorer) brand. For many web developers (and users), this is welcome news. Especially for developers, who spent many wasted hours – many as in millions – as they tried to get IE to behave when handling their latest site design.
(image credit: http://www.maximumpc.com)
I am certainly not sorry to hear of IEs demise. To Microsoft’s credit, though, this is yet another example of their recent push to recreate a new and friendlier identity. They continue to surprise me with their move to more open and non-MS specific technologies. For example, they recently released Office for iOS for free and offered a free Outlook for iOS and Android. Both of these are well developed and have quickly made inroads even onto my iOS devices.
If you are wondering where Microsoft is headed from here, there was an excellent episode of “The Web Ahead” podcast where the host, Jen Simmons, interviewed Rey Bango. As Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, Rey shares some great insight into Microsoft’s reasons for and subsequent transition from IE to its replacement, currently named Project Spartan.
If Web Design/Development is your thing, I can’t think of a better podcast than The Web Ahead for candid discussion on the latest topics from many of the top folks in the field. Give it a listen!
This week we are going to set up our own WordPress.com webpage. Using the attached .pdf document, create your own page at WordPress.com and email me your URL.
Today is the first day of class for two sections of COSC 1401 that I am teaching at University Park – one Online and one Face-to-Face. I am pumped because we (the students and I) are piloting our new learning lab and eText solutions from McGraw-Hill.
We are using SIMnet to teach MS Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access) and Connect to teach the concepts of computing. Based on what I have seen so far, I am really excited to see where both of these tools take our students. McGraw-Hill has been great in their support and exceedingly patient as I have worked to prepare for this moment.
Looking forward to where we go from here!
Coming out of our discussion of Parallax Scrolling sites, Lyndsey found this cool page at KitKat.com