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10 Community Service Challenge Ideas for Civic Hackers

As I have started to share the story of the National Day of Civic Hacking with my friends, local designers, programmers and family, I commonly receive the following question:  What kinds of projects can I do? I wrote this post so that you’re not stuck with “blank paper” syndrome.   Innovation is sparked by context,

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theClubhou.se: Growing an Awesome City through a Culture of Making

Check out https://www.facebook.com/theClubhouseAugusta Maker spaces are starting all across the country providing a welcoming environment for tinkering and inventing.  In these spaces, you’ll find programmers building cool apps.   In the same space, you might find a class of young people learning how to build their first Arduino project.  You might find an inventor prototyping components

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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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3 Steps to Energize Your 2014

How was your day? Did you feel energized by your activities or work? For me, this is such a powerful question. We have no clue how long we will be blessed to live our lives. I consider each day a gift and treasure. I know that I feel energized when my life activities are aligned

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7 Blogs to Encourage Young Entrepreneurs

http://www.college-startup.com: Started by Ben Bleikamp, this blog began teaching people how to make money from their dorm room.  Their community of authors now share insight to a broad range of topics of running an Internet based business. http://www.youngentrepreneur.com/blog/ : “Founded in 1999, YoungEntrepreneur.com has become one of the largest online forum communities for entrepreneurs worldwide.” http://youngentrepreneurfoundation.wordpress.com/ : “The NFIB

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Ownership in education

How do we encourage our students to take ownership of their education? Over and over again I encounter students that want to sit passively in the classroom and receive knowledge. They expect me to tell them what they need to know and then the memorize the bare minimum necessary to pass the course. As soon

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3 Free Visual Analysis Tools to Help You Gain Insight Faster

Visual data analysis help organizations make decisions and learn faster by leveraging our natural ability to visually detect patterns quickly.This presentation reviews the motivation to visual analytics research.  We also review demo visualizations from D3JS.org, Google Charts API, and other tools. Check out D3JS.org to learn more about their awesome JavaScript visualization tools. Programmer visualization tools

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5 Strategies For Getting Noticed Using Social Media

As one finishes college, students start to think about how they can “stand out from the crowd” to prospective employers. Employers use Google to research the background of potential candidates.   It’s just part of the hiring process.   If someone Googled you, what would they find?   As an artist or designer, how do you get potential

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