Programming

Visual Studio

Programming should not be a scary thing. Learning to write code is a great way to really begin to understand computers. I started writing coed years ago because at that time there were not many programs out that would do what we wanted them to do for our business. When I took my first computer managers job for a private school I used my coding skills to take a work process from 5 days down to 5 minutes. Coding allows you to become a problem solver. If you work for any company in the field of IT it will bring some value add to your skill set. Coding is also one of those skills that once you learn it you will be able to go back and code again. You don’t have to code everyday to stay sharp at it. I know coding is not for everyone. I am currently working on a large inventory project and connecting my code to MySQL back end. For me coding is relaxing and it passes the time away. But more then that coding will allow you to evaluate a companies process and maybe come up with a way to stream line it and save man hours with your coding skills? Best of all you can download Visual Studio Community Edition for FREE.

Kids Programming

That is correct, as most schools are still teaching keyboarding and spread sheets our school is teaching kids to program! We have worked hard and transformed our business / keyboarding class into a modern times 21st century classroom.

If you work for a school or if you run a district and would like to move your district into the future and out of the 1900’s contact me and together we can work on a plan to move your kids into the future.

We have our students programming in “Scratch” this is a free web based programming interface created and supported by MIT.

Scratch gives the students an easy way to understand programming on a logic fashion. They pull in each command rather then typing it into an IDE. When they pull in the command they can run the program and see what effect the command issued has on the entire program.

One young man created a two player game that as he puts it has a automatic gravity pull. I asked, “What this does for the over all game?” He told me, “It keeps the characters from flying off the screen if you do not keep hitting the up arrow key.” He then added, “If you don’t play the game the character will simply fall to the ground and then game over.”

To say the least I was impressed. Computer classes have come a long way from simply learning keyboarding and Microsoft Office. My hat goes off to the teachers of today, pushing the kids and opening their minds to create the programming we need for years to come.

Scratch