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Updated: 2018-02-20T22:18:29Z

 



How to Become a Java Programmer

2018-02-16T14:30:49.374Z

Java is one of the most used programming languages on the Internet. Because of its ubiquity, it should be at the top of your list if you're considering becoming a software coder. You can approach your goals in multiple ways, depending on how much time you have and how proficient you become. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer programmers make an average of $74,280 a year. The field is expected to grow by 8 percent between 2012 and… Java is one of the most used programming languages on the Internet. Because of its ubiquity, it should be at the top of your list if you're considering becoming a software coder. You can approach your goals in multiple ways, depending on how much time you have and how proficient you become. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer programmers make an average of $74,280 a year. The field is expected to grow by 8 percent between 2012 and 2022. Definition of Java The Java programming language was first released in 1995 by Sun Microsystems. Many applications and websites use Java. For example, Java is the foundation for most online games and viewing images in 3-D. It's also used in the business world for e-commerce. According to an East Tennessee State graduate's account of his work as a Java programmer, a Java programmer spends his days writing code, accessing databases, debugging previously written code. The Java programmer might start the day the local updating code to what other team members worked on the day before, then log in to local servers and look at runtime logs to locate problems. Java programmers may troubleshoot code before moving on to writing new code. Education for Becoming a Programmer Some programmers may get bachelor's degrees in computer science or computer information systems. However, not all college programs provide extensive Java training, so your education may not stop here or you may choose another route entirely. You can take Java-focused college classes, either in person or online. Or you can even take JavaHomework tutorials online if you think you can build an impressive enough portfolio for job applications without having a degree next to your name. Getting Java Certification Your next step in successfully getting a job as a Java programmer is obtaining professional certification in Java. This certification provides proof of your expertise to potential employers. You can choose to get certification from Oracle, the company that currently develops Java; most employers value this certificate. According to Tech Republic, Oracle has three categories for Java certification: Standard SE, Mobile ME and Enterprise EE. Each category has its own subset of levels ranging from professional, which covers the fundamentals, to master and expert. An associate or professional SE certification shows you have the necessary skills to program. If you already have a solid Java background and want to be trained in business-level applications, then EE is the path to choose. Getting the Programmer Job Even with the right certification, it can be tough to get hired by a software company without experience. Try starting your own business on the side and do programming projects and mobile applications for clients, suggests John Sonmez, a software app developer and author of numerous developer courses, on the DZone website. You can start building a portfolio for future jobs this way. Sonmez says that some people start out in a quality assurance role and work their way up. Resources: Tech Republic: Become a Java Programmer Without a College Degree U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Computer Programmers [...]



What makes a good workplace?

2018-01-31T19:49:42.911Z

Hi everyone, 

I'm in the middle of researching a new article for an editorial position I hold at VelvetJobs and looking for some inspiration from someone who might have a good angle. 

The article is 'The best workplaces in 2018' so it entails some of the top companies you could work for in 2018, which you can probably guess one or two names that will be on the list which might be a…

Hi everyone, 

I'm in the middle of researching a new article for an editorial position I hold at VelvetJobs and looking for some inspiration from someone who might have a good angle. 

The article is 'The best workplaces in 2018' so it entails some of the top companies you could work for in 2018, which you can probably guess one or two names that will be on the list which might be a bit boring. 

So my question, what do you think makes a good job and why?

Thanks




Maze Design Technology

2018-01-31T17:13:26.519Z

I currently do a project where my students create a massive box maze out of appliance boxes for the entire elementary school to go through.  We use excel to organize our measurements, and we use iMovie to create a highlight video of the entire process.  We currently use Inspiration to make a blueprint of the maze, however, looking for other apps that the kids could use.  We basically create different size rectangles in Inspiration to represent each box and its length.  Any suggestions would…

I currently do a project where my students create a massive box maze out of appliance boxes for the entire elementary school to go through.  We use excel to organize our measurements, and we use iMovie to create a highlight video of the entire process.  We currently use Inspiration to make a blueprint of the maze, however, looking for other apps that the kids could use.  We basically create different size rectangles in Inspiration to represent each box and its length.  Any suggestions would be greatly welcomed.




Free Budget Software And Debt Consolidation

2018-01-18T13:34:14.810Z


Finding a debt consolidation solution that helps to manage money problems may not, in itself, be enough to make anybody debt free forever. The sheer relief of finally doing something that will take them out of the red and into the black makes…


Finding a debt consolidation solution that helps to manage money problems may not, in itself, be enough to make anybody debt free forever. The sheer relief of finally doing something that will take them out of the red and into the black makes many people relax. After the initial period of sheer relief and determination not to have to go through this again, many simply revert back to their old spending habits and get into even more trouble.

To make any debt management solution work it is important to look at issues like habitual spending and to modify them as necessary. It is vital to take control back of spending at this stage. One of the easiest ways of doing this is to use budget tracking software.

What is Budget Tracking Software?

Also known as budget planners these programs are designed to help people to keep a record of their spending over time. Some programs are fairly basic in design and simply give a ready made spreadsheet to work with. Others offer more of a multimedia approach with graphs, pie charts and other visual interpretations of spending. This may involve inputting actual spending or setting the system up to do this automatically. The software can then analyze it and display the results.

What are the Advantages of Using Budget Software?

  • It doesn't have to add an extra financial burden. A lot of budget software is free to use. Programs such as Mint, for example, and ExcelHomework offer a range of online tracking solutions at no cost.
  • It allows users to analyze their spending over time and to see where savings can be made by changing their spending habits.
  • It helps people to get back into good spending habits after their days of debt spending -- even the most financially savvy can lose their way when they have money problems. Working out how to budget better will make it much easier to avoid problems happening again.

How Much Work Will it Take to Build an Online Budget or Manual Planner?

The amount of time needed for this really depends on the software used. A spreadsheet style of template may well involve the manual input of spending data. An online tracking software program, however, can often be linked up to cash and credit accounts. The software pulls all the relevant data together to create the budget as money is spent. Those that still need help after consolidation may also want to look at their options by using a debt repayment calculator. These tools can help people work out if making higher payments will shorten the term of their borrowing and save some money.




New YouTube Channel!

2018-01-05T02:48:23.853Z

Hi Everyone! I recently started a YouTube Channel as a professional development resource for teachers and anyone interested in technology tutorials, productivity hacks as well as Google products. Please take a look and let me know if you have any suggestions for improvements and or topics you would like me to create videos on! …

Hi Everyone! I recently started a YouTube Channel as a professional development resource for teachers and anyone interested in technology tutorials, productivity hacks as well as Google products. Please take a look and let me know if you have any suggestions for improvements and or topics you would like me to create videos on! http://https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeGc0NLBEam2ObPINXrYiXA?view_as=subscriber




Looking for a soft to create an online speaking test,

2017-12-16T15:45:34.339Z

Hi friends,

I want to use VoiceThread to create a speaking test for my student.

Each thread would include my question audio files (one audio file for each question) and my student can record his/her answer to each question separately and upload to the same thread. Right now I don't know if it's possible to re-arrange their answers so that the answer to each question follows right after that question (i.e. at first the thread would include files in this order: Q1-Q2-Q3-A1-A2-A3,…

Hi friends,

I want to use VoiceThread to create a speaking test for my student.

Each thread would include my question audio files (one audio file for each question) and my student can record his/her answer to each question separately and upload to the same thread. Right now I don't know if it's possible to re-arrange their answers so that the answer to each question follows right after that question (i.e. at first the thread would include files in this order: Q1-Q2-Q3-A1-A2-A3, and then as the admin, I can rearrange the file into Q1-A1-Q2-A2-Q3-A3 for more convenient assessment?).

That's what I don't know about VoiceThread and it's difficult to get their support with this. I've tried but in vain.

Does any of you have experience with VoiceThread? Could you tell me if I can do this (i.e. rearranging the order of the comment files)?

Also, besides VoiceThread, do you know if there are any softs, especially free ones, that can address my needs above?

Thank you!!




Teaching Slice REFLECTIONS (High School)

2017-12-02T16:29:54.675Z

Due December 8th & 10th, but write very soon after teaching your slice.

1) Watch your video (and your peer coach's video).

2) Write your FOCUS, then the positive and what needs work.  Incorporate what you learned from the formative assessments (the ones that you collected).  CITE FROM THE READINGS (MULTIPLE SOURCES. Author and page number).  You can ask for specific suggestions from your peer coach.

3) Offer concrete and very specific suggestions to your peer, after…

Due December 8th & 10th, but write very soon after teaching your slice.

1) Watch your video (and your peer coach's video).

2) Write your FOCUS, then the positive and what needs work.  Incorporate what you learned from the formative assessments (the ones that you collected).  CITE FROM THE READINGS (MULTIPLE SOURCES. Author and page number).  You can ask for specific suggestions from your peer coach.

3) Offer concrete and very specific suggestions to your peer, after watching his/her video and reading his/her reflection.




Teaching Slice Power Point & Docs, due on the 29th

2017-11-26T21:29:45.685Z

Due Wednesday, November 29th here and in class (have photocopies ready for your in-class practice teaching slice).

Upload your teaching slice Power Point and worksheets (and any other document) here (if too heavy, e-mail it to me, but it should work).

Due Wednesday, November 29th here and in class (have photocopies ready for your in-class practice teaching slice).

Upload your teaching slice Power Point and worksheets (and any other document) here (if too heavy, e-mail it to me, but it should work).




FINAL lesson plan draft, with modified goals

2017-11-22T16:07:18.891Z

Upload your FINAL lesson draft here-- Word doc.  See FINAL guidelines.  

The highlighted sections have to be ready by Friday (11/24), the rest by Sunday (11/26) the latest (better if by Friday as well).  For Monday, you must have a full draft of the WHOLE FINAL (including the questions).

- Four goals + link to video/song with minutes (for excerpt)

- Big hook (including examples of simplification + differentiation + error…

Upload your FINAL lesson draft here-- Word doc.  See FINAL guidelines.  

The highlighted sections have to be ready by Friday (11/24), the rest by Sunday (11/26) the latest (better if by Friday as well).  For Monday, you must have a full draft of the WHOLE FINAL (including the questions).

- Four goals + link to video/song with minutes (for excerpt)

- Big hook (including examples of simplification + differentiation + error correction/feedback)

- Small hook question and answer

- 2 differentiated Practice + 1 differentiated Production (including examples of simplification + differentiation + error correction/feedback)

- Formative assessments

- Final task (summative assessment): instructions, expected answer, how it will be graded, ideas for rubric, etc. (see FINAL)

- Grammar script (interactive, based on most important grammatical goal)

- Extra credit: Homework activity




Interested in Computer Science in ELA Classrooms?

2017-11-08T16:18:05.289Z

Hi Friends, I'm recruiting interested educators who want to explore ways to integrate computer science into English class. Learn more at cs4ela.org and let me know on Twitter if interested @tomliamlynch …

Hi Friends, I'm recruiting interested educators who want to explore ways to integrate computer science into English class. Learn more at cs4ela.org and let me know on Twitter if interested @tomliamlynch 

Thanks!

Tom

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