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The BDPA Insider - April 3, 2011

Posted By Milt Haynes, Sunday, April 03, 2011

The BDPA Insider - April 3, 2011

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

In this issue:

BDPA Founder Earl Pace Named to CompTIA Hall of Fame

Oracle Scholarship Winner in Baton Rouge

High School Computer Competition class back in effect

How to Be A Player

HP Slate 500: Digital Ink for Windows

2011 National BDPA Conference Registration Now Open

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BDPA Founder Earl Pace Named to CompTIA Hall of Fame

Earl Paceis the newest member of the Information Technology (IT) Hall of Fame administered by CompTIA. Earl's selection into theIT Hall of Fame is a result of his visionary leadership that resulted in racial diversity within the IT industry.

Previous inducteesinto this IT Hall of Fame include Michael Dell (Dell), Bill Gates (Microsoft) and Steve Jobs (Apple).

In addition to Earl, the IT Hall of Fame Class of 2011 includes the latePhil Katz, creator of the .ZIP file format, and the CompTIA A+ Originators, the group that guided the development of CompTIA A+ certification, which has become the de facto industry standard benchmark for core skills and knowledge required of entry-level IT workers.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/03/bdpa-founder-earl-pace-named-to-comptia.html


Oracle Scholarship Winner in Baton Rouge

BDPA recently announced that11 students from around the nationwere BDPA/Oracle Scholarshipwinners this year.Melvin Givens, a BDPA Baton Rouge student member, is one of those scholarship winners.

Melvin is an active participant in the BDPA Baton Rouge computer training class. In fact, during the summer of 2010, he became one of the youngest people in the state of Louisiana to to earn his A+ Certification as a Computer Technician.

Melvin began on his list of impressive achievements at a young age. He began playing soccer at age 7, and continues to do so. At age 8, he won the state wrestling championship. He received multiple football awards during his school football career, which began in 2nd grade and continued until he opted to retire after his junior year to focus more on academics.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/03/oracle-scholarship-winner-in-baton.html


High School Computer Competition class back in effect

Posted by Ricardo Wilkins

We’re back again with another year of theBDPA High School Computer Competition. We’ve got some new students as well as our returning students, and we’re already well on our way to getting up to speed on web application development! Thanx toDevry Universityfor donating space in their facilities for our class.

In our classes, we learn web app development using Microsoft’sVisual Studio Web Developer Expresstool – basically, a light version of the same industry-standard integrated development environment (IDE) that many .NET professionalslike myselfuse every day. Today we took it kind of slow and eased into learning about tags in both XML and HTML. In fact, the students learned how to categorize the songs in their MP3 collection (they looked at me a littlefunny when I first tried to get them to categorize their CD collection – remember those shiny discs we used to slide into our stereos?) Not only did I help them see how to represent their music in XML, but they helped me learn the titles of some of the hot new songs that ‘the young folks’ are listening to these days. :) (says the mid-30’s out-of-touch computer geek).

Click here for more:

http://rixbits.blogspot.com/2011/03/high-school-computer-competition-class.html


How to Be A Player

Where are Blacks in Technology? – by Kai Dupe

When I was a student at Pepperdine University I became familiar with the work of James Paul Gee.

Gee had written a book entitled What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy.I must admit at first glance I was not interested in reading this book because I had a biased view of gaming.

My idea was that the games were meaningless. I hated the violence and I was of the opinion that these games had no redeeming value. I was wrong.

Not only did I learn plenty from reading this book, but I also began to view video games and online environments such as Second Life through a different lens. I was introduced to Gee's work in early 2006. Of course, since then video games have exploded and most computer science programs now have a degree for Game Development.

Click here for more:

http://whereareblacksintechnology.blogspot.com/2011/04/how-to-be-player.html


HP Slate 500: Digital Ink for Windows

Posted by Ricardo Wilkins

PenUltimate Inking

Active Inking Test

(images courtesy of Simple Mobile Review)

I read an article about digital ink recently over atSimple Mobile Review. I think they did a great job of comparing the handwriting features of Windows compared to some of those other ‘tablets’. ; ) In fact, they included two images that I think do a pretty good job summing up the comparison:

Click here for more:

http://rixbits.blogspot.com/2011/04/hp-slate-500-digital-ink-for-windows.html


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!

Click here to register for the 2011 National BDPA Conference today!

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