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The BDPA Insider - February 6, 2011

Posted By Milt Haynes, Sunday, February 06, 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)

BDPA IT Corps

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

Are You Getting the Return You Want … SEO & Spam

3 Tips for Aspiring IT Professionals

100 Excellent Open Course Links for the Ultimate DIY Geek

 

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BDPA Corporate Opportunities Portfolio (2011)

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 directorRobert Gavinby emailor phone (301.584-3135).

Click here for more:

http://www.bdpa.org/resource/resmgr/docs/2011_corp_sponsorship_portfo.pdf


American Honda Foundation Supports STEM-Based High School Computer Camps Around the Nation

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is very proud to be administering a$25,000 grantfrom 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 inChicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Rhode Island. There were 74 students who braved the inclement weather conditions to attend these computer camps.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/02/american-honda-foundation-supports-stem.html


BDPA NY Black Family Technology Awareness Week Event‏

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.

Click here for more:

http://www.bdpa-ny.org/bftaw.htm

The following is the link to the BDPA New York's 2011 Black History/ BFTAW Newsletter http://www.bdpa-ny.org/BDPA_BFTAW_BHM_2011_Newsletter.pdf.


BDPA | Decade in Review (2001-2010)

Perry Carterand the folks atbdpatodayare to be commended for taking time to createthis 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.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/02/bdpa-decade-in-review-2001-2010.html


Zack Sharing 411 about Computers!

Wetold you earlierabout the success ofZack Garbowas the High School Computer Competition (HSCC) coordinator forBDPA 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 studentsvia YouTube. Prior lessons were provided on thebasics of HTMLanduploading files to CPanel.

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

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/02/bdpa-students-css-1-learn-basics-zack.html


HSCC Testimonial: Gregory Chambers (Hartford, 2001, 2004-2005)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) has given out over $344,000 inscholarshipssince 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 earnJesse Bemley Scholarships.

Gregory Chambers is a Bemley Scholar.He was a member of the HSCC team trained byBDPA Hartford chapterthat earned the silver medal in the2005 HSCC championshipsheld in Detroit. Gregory used his scholarship to defray the cost of his education at Tufts University. He is currently aweb and database developer.

Here are his thoughts about his HSCC experience.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/02/hscc-testimonial-gregory-chambers.html


BDPA IT Corps

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) seeks to find the funding to support the BDPA IT Corps.BDPA IT Corpsaims 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.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2010/10/bdpa-it-corps.html


Message from Richmond Chapter HSCC Coordinator Candace Hamlin

BDPA Richmond chapteris 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.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/02/message-from-richmond-chapter-hscc.html


Business Process Automation Tips

by Ricardo Wilkins

On Tuesday, I'll be the guest speaker at theDayton SharePoint User Group (www.dayspug.org). I'll be speaking onBusiness Process Management/Automation using SharePoint and Workflow.

As I consider this topic, I thought I might share someguidance 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.

Click here for more:

http://rixbits.blogspot.com/2011/02/business-process-automation-tips.html


Techie Camp: Can We Expand STEM-Based Training for Elementary and Middle School Students?

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) continues to work withTech Corps OhioandTech Corps Texasto create a national pilot program forTechie Campsthat 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 --programming,web development,roboticsorandroid 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 program:Chicago, 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.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/02/techie-camp-can-we-expand-stem-based.html


Android Is Now the Most Popular Smartphone Platform

Posted byKai Ajala Dupé

Android Is Now the Most Popular Smartphone Platform. Global sales of Android phones in the fourth quarter of 2010 was 33.3 million...
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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.

Enroll Now:http://thewebacademy.org/registration/google-android-app-inventor-registration/


Are You Getting the Return You Want … SEO & Spam

from V_LAN Technologies

Maybe you've seen the recentbackandforthdiscussions about Google's search quality from the A-list. It has created enough buzzGoogle 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.

Asurveyreported by Search Engine Land shows this nicely – 89% of users are satisfied with their search results (and a big0%say poor):

Click here for more:

http://vlantec.com/?p=306


3 Tips for Aspiring IT Professionals

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.

Click here for more:

http://blacksgonegeek.blogspot.com/2011/02/3-tips-for-aspiring-it-professionals.html


100 Excellent Open Course Links for the Ultimate DIY Geek

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.

Click here for more:

http://www.onlinecollegecourses.com/2011/01/10/100-excellent-open-course-links-for-the-ultimate-diy-geek/


2011 National BDPA Conference Registration Now Open

Please accept our invitation to join us in the City of the Big Shoulders by registering for the 33rd Annual National BDPA Conference, August 3-6, 2011 at the Hilton Chicago.

Early bird registration for $350 now open!

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