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Giving Yourself Margin

I’m in one of those seasons of life where my schedule feels three notches beyond packed.  We enjoy staying active in our church, our community, and family.  My wife and I believe in the concept of going above and beyond in our professional lives too.   We, however, recognize that packing our lives with more activities

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Beyond the Obvious by @PhilMckinney [Review]

Are you a leader, entrepreneur, or researcher looking for a system for making your organization more innovative?  In our economy, creativity has become critical skill.   In a music context, the artists that continue to re-invent themselves find ways to remain relevant, fresh, and attractive to the market.   Organizations take huge risks when they

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Should You Use an Object Relational Mapper in your App?

  When you write applications that communicate with a relational database, your design needs to solve a fundamental problem.   In most cases, we create systems using relational databases.  (i.e. MySQL, Oracle, MSSQL, etc.)   Similarly, we probably write our web or smart client applications using an object oriented programming language like C#, Java, Ruby, JavaScript, or

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Top Posts from InspiredToEducate.NET in 2014

17 Fun Tools To Teach Kids To Code by @ChrisBetcher Benefits of Teaching Kids To Code That No One Is Talking About theClubhou.se: Growing an Awesome City through a Culture of Making Learn to Build Your Own Conversational Bot using ChatScript Easy Data Visualization with Google Charts and JavaScript Using candy to teach DNA structure

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5 Free E-Books on Scrum and Agile Testing

For teams that do creative work, Scrum has become a popular management framework to help improve team focus and provide a disciplined pattern for continuous improvement.  Working with teams that use agile/scrum, it has been fun to see how the leadership and meeting patterns in scrum help improve positive communication in the organization.    I

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Join the National Day of Civic Hacking

Are you a programmer, community leader, or designer wanting to make a difference?  Mark your calendars for May 31 – June 1, 2014 for the National Day of Civic Hacking, a fun weekend of community service using design, programming and technology.  Whether you’re a novice or expert, all are welcome!   Why Join the Civic Hacking Day

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Why does this Programmer Enjoy Learning from Teachers?

While I work as a professional software engineer and scrum master, I have become passionate about creating environments of learning and becoming better as a teacher. While some of my geek or software buddies believe that I’m weird, I believe that my internal drive to learn more about education and learning is meaningful. For our

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Designing Software that’s Easy To Test

Published on March 11, 2014 by in agile, programming

As programmers, we desire to create well crafted software that delights our customers.   Because we care about the long term maintainability of our code, we aspire to craft our code well.    In the ideal case, future programmers should find it easy to change our code while avoiding errors and regressions.  How do we

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David McCandless: The Beauty of Data Visualization

David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut — and it may just change the way we see the world. This TED talk presents a

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#HackForChange : Inspiring Students To Thrive By Positive Social Connections

I hope your Monday is going well.  I’m pretty excited to share my experience in HackForChange this weekend.   It was a great weekend of coding to address civic challenges. What’s the problem? http://hackforchange.org/challenge/help-students-thrive-education-challenge 3 Strategies to Break the Cycle of Poverty for Students and Families Inspirations… http://www.inventtolearn.com/ http://theleanstartup.com/ http://100startup.com/ What did we build? You

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