Apple’s new Swift programming language taking off with American Airlines, Getty Images, LinkedIn, and Duolingo

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Interest in Apple’s new Swift programming language is rapidly accelerating, with iOS and OS X developers from American Airlines, Getty Images, LinkedIn and Duolingo reporting favorable impressions.

NOTE: For those wanting to enter the fast moving world of mobile technology, starting April 6th, DaVinci Coders will be teaching a mobile apps course using Apple’s new Swift programming language.

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Four Rules for Game Testing Our Way to a Better Future

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Futurist Thomas Frey: At a recent video game tournament in Denver called ClutchCon, I was moderating a panel discussion on the future of video games, and we got into the topic of leveraging the time and energy spent playing video games into a “wisdom of crowds” approach for solving the world’s problems.

 

 

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Why journalism students need a basic grasp of coding

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Journalism students at most universities are required to take English composition, and other courses related to writing, yet in the debate about teaching code in journalism programs, code is often reduced to a shiny toy.

NOTE:  Anyone interested in learning to code, DaVinci Coders offers multiple courses designed to get you into the rapidly growing technology industry.  For more info please visit davincicoders.com.

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The best tech skills to boost your resume

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With U.S. salaries hitting an all time high last year, and a plethora of free online classes and workshops designed to help develop your skills, there is not better time to get into the software engineering industry.

NOTE:  Anyone interested in learning to code, DaVinci Coders offers multiple courses designed to get you into the rapidly growing technology industry.  For more info please visit davincicoders.com.

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Technological Unemployment and our Need for Micro Colleges

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Futurist Thomas Frey: Business owners today are actively deciding whether their next hire should be a person or a machine. After all, machines can work in the dark and don’t come with decades of HR case law requiring time off for holidays, personal illness, excessive overtime, chronic stress or anxiety.

 

 

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Apple’s new Swift language growing faster than expected

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Apple’s new programming language, Swift, that was unexpectedly introduced at WWDC 2014, hasn’t taken long for it become popular among the developer community.

NOTE: For those wanting to enter the fast moving world of mobile technology, starting April 6th, DaVinci Coders will be teaching a mobile apps course using Apple’s new Swift programming language.

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Call of Duty, Madden, and Destiny among the 10 best-selling video games of 2014

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Scene from Destiny, number 3 on the sales chart for 2014

As the first full year the Playstation 4 and Xbox One were available, 2014’s retail sales charts were topped by games for those systems.

NOTE: For anyone interested in designing games check out the Game Development Course starting March 3rd at DaVinci Coders.

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Should coding schools have free enrollment under Obama’s new free community college initiative?

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If the fundamental premise of President Obama’s new initiative to make community college free is to open up career and life opportunities for the nation’s young — especially those from underprivileged backgrounds — then the federal government should also be thinking of ways to cover the tuition costs of individuals attending coding boot camps. Instead of paying for a two-year community college program, the government could instead get more bang for less buck by paying for a 12-week program. That’s something that the nation’s first coding president should understand.

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Where to Start Coding for Beginners

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Instructor Darby Frey teaching a beginner-level workshop at DaVinci Coders

Computer science is a booming industry in the US — and it pays extremely well. There’s always demand for sharp, talented engineers, which is why learning how to code can seem like an attractive option.

But, as is the case with any new skill, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are a few steps you should take early on and programming languages that are best-suited for beginners.

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Idea Jam and The Future of Jobs with Futurist, Thomas Frey

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On November 7, 2014, I attended the “Idea Jam – Innovating for the Future” session put on by the Pacific Center for Workforce Innovation in San Diego. The purpose of the session was to identify the major challenges to the San Diego workforce in the coming years and to generate audience participation in visioning exercises to explore new and innovative workforce development ideas. The event was held at Colman University, and major sponsors were SDG&E, Qualcomm, the Eastridge Group, Point Loma Nazarene College, and Cal State University, San Marcos.

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Coding Education & Tech Trends of 2014

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Audrey Watters:  “The business of ed-tech” is also the “politics of ed-tech.” The business and the politics of ed-tech together dictate almost all the other trends that I’ll cover in this year-end series. MOOCs. Big data. Learning analytics. Privacy. Competency-based education. Buzzwords.

One way to identify the dominant ed-tech trends is to look at what venture capitalists are funding. Another is to look at what government policies are demanding. The state of Maryland, for example, said this year that it would need to invest $100 million in technology upgrades in order to be ready for the new online testing mandated by the Common Core State Standards.

New hardware. New infrastructure. New curriculum. New expenditures.  So… who benefits?

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