Monday, February 07, 2011

The BDPA Insider - February 6, 2011

The BDPA Insider - February 6, 2011

What better way to start the day than with your weekly message from BDPA!

In this issue:
BDPA Corporate Opportunities Portfolio (2011)
American Honda Foundation Supports STEM-Based High School Computer Camps Around the Nation
BDPA NY Black Family Technology Awareness Week Event‏
BDPA | Decade in Review (2001-2010)
Zack Sharing 411 about Computers!
HSCC Testimonial: Gregory Chambers (Hartford, 2001, 2004-2005)
Message from Richmond Chapter HSCC Coordinator Candace Hamlin
Business Process Automation Tips
Techie Camp: Can We Expand STEM-Based Training for Elementary and Middle School Students?
Android Is Now the Most Popular Smartphone Platform

3 Tips for Aspiring IT Professionals
100 Excellent Open Course Links for the Ultimate DIY Geek

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This document provides menu of opportunities for any corporation that wishes to invest in BDPA at local, national or conference levels.

This is ideal information for corporations of ANY size ... from a sole proprietorship to a Fortune 100 company!

For more info on creating a corporate relationship with BDPA you can contact its Corporate Sales Department director Robert Gavin by email or phone (301.584-3135).

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BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is very proud to be administering a $25,000 grant from the American Honda Foundation (AHF). One of the objectives of the grant funding is to have a greater impact around the nation with the BDPA Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program.

BDPA chapters are encouraged to implement high school computer camps for students that are interested in gaining knowledge of a variety of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) topics. There were at least five BDPA computer camps operational last Saturday, January 29. These five camps were hosted by BDPA chapters in Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Rhode Island. There were 74 students who braved the inclement weather conditions to attend these computer camps.

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Black Family Technology Awareness Week, also known as BFTAW, is a national public awareness campaign designed to encourage more African Americans to incorporate technology into their daily lives. BFTAW occurs annually during the month of February, to coincide with Black History Month. Our event is scheduled for Saturday, February 26, 2011, from 10:30 am – 3:30pm at the Abundant Life Christian Center, located at 32 East 98th Street between East New York and Sutter Avenues, in Brooklyn, NY. Our day of workshops will focus on helping bridge the gap between black families and technology. By showcasing science and technology in a fun and interactive way, we endeavor to motivate more minority students to pursue careers in these fields. It’s also an exciting time for students and families as they spend a full day immersed in a variety of fun and interactive workshops.

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The following is the link to the BDPA New York's 2011 Black History/ BFTAW Newsletter

Perry Carter and the folks at bdpatoday are to be commended for taking time to create this slideshow commemorating the efforts of BDPA over the past decade. The slideshow features photos taken at local, regional and national events over the past decade. It pays tribute to BDPA corporate sponsors and shows the impact that the organization is having in a wide range of information technology industry niches.

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We told you earlier about the success of Zack Garbow as the High School Computer Competition (HSCC) coordinator for BDPA Southern Minnesota chapter.  The HSCC students trained by Zack have won the national championship in 5 of the past 6 years.  Whatever Zack is doing in Rochester, Minnesota is working ... and perhaps it's time for the other 44 chapters to look to him for some 'best practice' advice.

Zack has begun to document the lessons that he provides to his BDPA students via YouTube.  Prior lessons were provided on the basics of HTMLand  uploading files to CPanel.

Today, the lesson for BDPA Students focuses on the basics of cascading style sheets.

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BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) has given out over $344,000 in scholarships since 1999. The vast majority of these scholarships go to young people who compete in the BDPA High School Computer Competition (HSCC) championships each year. These high-performing students earn Jesse Bemley Scholarships.

Gregory Chambers is a Bemley Scholar. He was a member of the HSCC team trained by BDPA Hartford chapter that earned the silver medal in the 2005 HSCC championships held in Detroit. Gregory used his scholarship to defray the cost of his education at Tufts University. He is currently a web and database developer.

Here are his thoughts about his HSCC experience.

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BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) seeks to find the funding to support the BDPA IT Corps. BDPA IT Corps aims to broaden the experience and professional preparation of its student and member participants through technology-based problem solving and cultural exchange between communities in the United States and other developing nations.

This is truly a global initiative for BDPA -- think of it as a 'Peace Corps' opportunity for the information technology (IT) professional.

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BDPA Richmond chapter is pleased to announce the start of its Annual High School Computer Competition (HSCC) Program! The goal of this exciting training and competition is to increase our youth's interest in information technology.

BDPA Richmond is now recruiting rising 9th to 12th grade students to enroll in the HSCC Program. The program provides an environment where high school students have an opportunity to compete on an academic level and showcase their technical skills and creativity. Selected students receive several weeks of introductory and advanced training in computer technologies such as HTML, ASP.NET, and relational databases. Participating students also gain essential skills such as presentation delivery and teamwork.

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by Ricardo Wilkins
On Tuesday, I’ll be the guest speaker at the Dayton SharePoint User Group (  I’ll be speaking on Business Process Management/Automation using SharePoint and Workflow.

As I consider this topic, I thought I might share some guidance on the process of automating your organization’s business processes, regardless of whether you use SharePoint or any other automation technology.  Anyone who has endured the fun of auditing, documenting, and ultimately automating the way in which their company does things will tell you that the planning side of it is just as significant, if not more so, than the technical implementation.
Here are some tips that could help you and your team have a smoother and less frustrating experience. 

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BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) continues to work with Tech Corps Ohio andTech Corps Texas to create a national pilot program for Techie Camps that would take place in June-July 2011.   
Our vision is to have 10 classes -- 2 each in 5 cities - one class for elementary school students, the other class for middle school students.    20 students in each class -- the student is responsible for $350 tuition to attend Techie Camp.   Two BDPA instructors for each class who would be paid a stipend for their week in these 40-hour (M-F) Techie Camps.   There are four existing curriculum for BDPA to choose from -- programmingweb developmentrobotics or android mobile applications, however, we are going to limit the 2011 summer pilot program to only programming or web development.

We have targeted five cities for the pilot programChicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Philadelphia (or No. Delaware) and Washington DC.     We have heard back from the chapter presidents in Cincinnati, Dallas and Washington DC.  These 3 chapters are on-board and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is being drafted to share with these 3 chapters.    We have not heard back yet from Philadelphia (or No. Delware) or Chicago chapter as of the typing of this update.

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Posted by Kai Ajala DupĂ© 
Android Is Now the Most Popular Smartphone Platform.  Global sales of Android phones in the fourth quarter of 2010 was 33.3 million...

The Web Academy is Teaching Google Android App Inventor

Course Description: An introduction Google Android App Inventor allows you to create simple applications for the Android smart phone. You do not have to have a programming background because App Inventor uses "drag and drop" module blocks for application development. An Android phone is not necessary because you can build applications in the Google Android App Inventor Emulator.

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from V_LAN Technologies
Maybe you’ve seen the recent back and forth discussions about Google’s search quality from the A-list. It has created enough buzz Google even responded. Perhaps you are wondering why everyone seems so upset? Or maybe you have no clue what I’m talking about and have been enjoying a high quality search experience, ignoring the early adopter pontification.
Either way, the truth is most people think search engines do a good job.
survey reported by Search Engine Land shows this nicely – 89% of users are satisfied with their search results (and a big 0% say poor):

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by Cathy Thomas
There are some jobs that don’t hold as much appeal today as they did a few years ago, and unfortunately, the IT industry is home to most of them. It’s a pity that this is the state of affairs, but the fact is that the dotcom crash and the economic crisis that followed soon after did nothing to boost the reputation of the IT industry. However, the fact is that the world thrives on technology, and without it, life as we know it would come to a screeching standstill. So as long as technology exists and continues to advance, there will always be a demand for skilled IT professionals. However, if you’re planning to make a career for yourself in this industry, here’s what you should know./p>

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by Larry Dignan 
If you like to create and explore, open courses online are a great way to improve your DIY skills. Whether you’re interested in computers, science, art, or other creative subjects, there’s something for you to find. Check out these online college courses to learn about advanced topics in DIY.

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