Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Resources for Learning Code: A Guide from Around the Web


These are either short or full-length courses on the major aspects of computer science and technology posted on the web. While all are not free, many have starter courses that teach the basics and allow one to preview what the entire modules/courses deliver.

TitleResource TypeDescription Skills Developed
Maker Camp Course30 days of DIY and making! Maker Camp is a free virtual summer camp on Google+, open to all.(FREE)
Making Sense of Data Courseself-paced, online course is intended for anyone who wants to learn more about how to structure, visualize, and manipulate data.(FREE) Data management; data science
"HTML Workshop" CourseThis "HTML Workshop: HTML Training for Beginners "course will teach you the tags used to build web pages using HTML 4.0. You will be able to build simple web pages after you finish this HTML training course". 17 lectures, 2+ hours, 11,400 students, 70 discussions. (FREE) HTML, web development
Learn to set up websites from Scratch CourseOver 24 lectures and 3.5 hours of content!
Learn about Webhosting and Domain name system
Learn about website setup
Learn all about WordPress Setup
Learn to set up emails, FTP accounts and make your website live. (FREE)
Cpanel, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), CSS, Joomla, Wordpress
Learn Javascript and Jquery from Scratch CourseOver 10 lectures and 2 hours of content!
Master JavaScript Syntax
Master the JQuery Library
Quickly build Web Projects using JS and Jquery (FREE)
Javascript, Jquery
Mastering HTML5 Programming - The Easier Way CourseOver 35 lectures and 7 hours of content!
By the end of the course you will be able to understand the core concepts of HTML5 and CCS3
You will be able to create HTML5 APP and Front end for your websites and web products
You will learn about interesting features like Drop and Drag , Multimedia, Web sockets and Web messaging (FREE)
HTML5, CCS3, app development
Coding for Entrepreneurs (Basic) CourseA Free Introduction to "Coding for Entrepreneurs | A Programming Class for the Non-Technical Founder" on Udemy. Over 27 lectures and 3.5 hours of content.(FREE) Python, Django, CSS, MySQL
Comprehensive JavaScript Programming CourseThis comprehensive JavaScript programming course will teach you how to develop JavaScript applications, specifically you will learn: functions, objects, strings, arrays, debugging, and much more. Over 27 lectures and 3 hours of content.(FREE) Javascript, Jquery, Angular, NodeyJS
Hour of Code CourseTaught by Khan Academy, The 'Hour of Code' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.(FREE) Web development; JavaScript
Try Ruby Course; websiteThis website offers an interactive environment ready to go to start learning. No complicated manual and no setup required. Going through should take you about an hour. Try Ruby will walk you through the very basics of programming in Ruby and give you a sandbox to play around in.(FREE) Ruby language
Code School Course; websiteLearn all the major computer science language in four paths through 30 courses and 1,700 coding challenges. Many at no cost. $29/month. Javascript, Ruby, HTML/CSS, iOS
Skillcrush Course; websitesAn online learning community, where you will gain the digital skills every forward- thinking professional must know. FREE 10-day e-mail bootcamp. 3-month program for $399. Website development, design, app development
Rails for Zombies Course; websiteRails for Zombies is a free online course that provides you five labs, each with a short video followed by a series of exercises where you get to code Rails immediately in your browser. (FREE) Web application development
Flappy Bird Course; tutorialHosted by Hour of Code, writing your own custom version of the game Flappy Bird! (FREE) App development; video gaming
Intro to the Art of Computer Science #1 CourseK-8 level course with 15-25 hours of lesson plans and modules to teach computer science. Concepts include: computational thinking, algorithms, functions, conditionals, abstraction, relay programming, and more.(FREE) Programming, computational thinking

Popular Research

These are some of the most interesting guides, case studies, and working projects in the intersection of computer science, education, community development (especially for youth).

TitleResource TypeDescription Skills Developed
Case study on community information ResearchA reading on how communities have turned their data needs challenges into impactful projects. Compiled by the Knight Foundation.
Why's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby ResearchA fun, lively read about the peculiar aspects of Ruby. Ruby language; Ruby on Rails
Learning Rails: Live Edition ResearchUnlike most Rails books, Learning Rails is for web developers, and not for programmers. Rather than begin with the inner layers of a Rails web application -- the models and controllers -- this book approaches Rails development from the outer layer: the view side of an application. You'll start from the foundations of the Web you already know, and learn how to create something visible with Rails before reaching the more difficult database models and controller code. Each chapter includes exercises and review questions so you can test your understanding as you go. Ruby language; Ruby on Rails

Tutorials and Games

Here are some fun, accessible games to learn programming and computer languages.

TitleResource TypeDescription Skills Developed
Made with Code TutorialsInitiated by Google, this online project-based community aims to inspire girls to explore fun, beautiful ideas with code programming at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Features mentors and online community forum.
Lightbot TutorialsLearn core programming logic, starting from super-basic programming, for ages 4+, on iOS or Android (or Web browser) . Learn how to sequence commands, identify patterns, use procedures, and utilize loops! Targeted toward children ages 4 and up. (FREE) iOS, Android programming
MIT AppInventor TutorialsEntertaining, quick video tutorials walk you through building three simple apps for your Android phone or tablet. Designed for novices and experts alike, this hour of code will get you ready to start building your own apps before you know it. Imagine sharing your own app creations with your friends! These activities are suitable for individuals and for teachers leading classes. (FREE) Android programming
Scratch Website; tutorialsWith Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Project of MIT Media Lab. (FREE) Video gaming
Tynker TutorialsDesigned to motivate and inspire kids to bring their creative ideas to life.

Kids create their own games, animated stories, and projects, and publish their apps for the web.($50/course)

Video gaming


Here are some of the best workshops for students, teachers, and educators to learn about coding around the country.

TitleResource TypeDescription Skills Developed
LEAD Computer Science Institute (LEAD-CSI) WorkshopThis program exposes middle and high school students from diverse communities to colleges and careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Various in computer science
Google Science Fair  WorkshopThe Google Science Fair is a global competition open to 13-18 olds. Students submit a project online for a chance to win amazing prizes. Various
Google High School Symposium
WorkshopThis is a one day program designed to provide high-achieving high school seniors with valuable business skills before starting college. Technology business skills

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Current Job Opportunities - Topeka


CRISIS ATTENDANT CARE PROVIDERS WITH CMA CERTIFICATION - Individuals 21 years of age and older needed to work one on one with Severely Emotionally Disturbed Children ages 5 to 17 in crisis house & community. 2 FT positions with benefits available from 2:30 pm to 10:30 pm. 1 FT position is Sunday thru Thursday and 1 FT position is Tuesday thru Saturday. Applicants must have a high school diploma & a combination of 2 years of documented experience & post-secondary education in a human services-related field. Applicant must have CMA certification. CRP ACP's must successfully pass the KBI, SRS Central Abuse Registry and ADP background checks, motor vehicle screens & possess a valid Kansas driver's license. A good driving record, proof of insurance and reliable transportation is necessary to complete job duties. A TB test is required to be on file before assignment to CRP shifts. Submit cover letter & resume to: or fax to 785-232-0160 or apply on-line at


CRISIS ATTENDANT CARE PROVIDER PT ON-CALL - Individuals 21 years of age and older needed to work one on one with Severely Emotionally Disturbed Children ages 5 to 17 in crisis house & community. Hourly Crisis ACP on-call positions are available Monday thru Friday. The shifts are 6:30am-2:30pm, 2:30pm-10:30pm and 10:30pm-6:30am These positions are hourly with no benefits. Applicant must have a high school diploma & a combination of 2 years of documented experience & post-secondary education in a human services-related field. CRP ACP's must successfully pass the KBI, SRS Central Abuse Registry and ADP background checks, motor vehicle screens, and possess a valid Kansas driver's license. A good driving record, proof of insurance and reliable transportation is necessary to complete job duties. A TB test is required to be on file before assignment to CRP shifts. Submit cover letter & resume to: or fax to 785-232-0160. You can also apply by clicking "Apply Now" below this position.


ATTENDANT CARE PROVIDER - Caring people are needed to work one-on-one with children who have behavioral health barriers and are diagnosed with a severe emotional disorder. ACP's are responsible for assisting children in learning skills established by the treatment team. These skills are aimed at improving their behavioral health to help improve their functioning in all areas of life. Services are provided in a variety of settings including at school, in the home and out in the community. Positions are hourly up to 40 hours per week, flexible schedule, benefits do not apply, and hours are not guaranteed. Desired Skills *People who are able to build relationships and connect with children. *People who are willing to do fun interactive activities including things like playing board games, going fishing, and playing basketball to help children learn skills in a natural setting. *People who are reliable and can be counted on by the children. *People who are organized and able to manage difficult schedules and documentation. *People who are able to manage stressful situations and behaviors. *People who are able to think quickly on their feet. *People who are willing to transport children in their own vehicle within Shawnee County. Position Requirements *Individuals 18 years of age or older. *Two years post-secondary education in a social service related field. *Or Two years of documented experience with children. *Or a combination of education and experience that equals two years. *Valid Kansas driver's license, up to date car insurance, and a reliable vehicle. *Ability to pass a background and drug test. Submit resume to or fax to 785-232-0160. You can apply online here by clicking on "Apply Now" below this posting.


Driver - Driver needed to transport emotionally disordered children ages 6 & under & children 7-18 yrs of age to & from psychosocial services. Hours are a split shift Monday through Friday 11:00-1:00 and 3:00-5:00. Must be at least 21 years of age, need a valid Kansas Driver's license & good motor vehicle driving record & must pass all background checks. Driving agency vehicle/bus. Could have up to 12 children on bus at a time. Send letter of interest and resume to or fax to 785-232-0160 or apply on-line at Open until filled.


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Monday, June 9, 2014

What's Happening in Crowdfunding

National Crowdfunding Services, LLC. June, 2014. Volume 3. Number 2.


CROWDFUNDING FOR minority and women businesses

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What is Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding works as follows: An entrepreneur with an idea for a company or product posts the details of the idea or product on a web site such as Indiegogo or Kickstarter. The posting includes information on the amount of money needed, benefits to those who contribute to the project and information on the developers. Crowdfunding can potentially level the playing field, opening new sources of business capital and revenue for women- and minority-owned firms.

For more, please see:
Crowdfunding This Week 

Also, please review the Minority and Women Business Financing Guide. (Username and Password: meatball.)


We are pleased to announce that National Crowdfunding Services, LLC will soon launch The Washington DC Crowdfunding Challenge.  We believe that, given the opportunity, our community will support DC Based small business owners. Please click on the picture or go to our "Indication of Potential Interest" page at to make a non binding indication of support. Our goal is to get indications from at least 2,000 potential supporters. You can list from $100 - $500.

Again, this is a non binding dollar amount that 
indicates what you MIGHT, at some future point, be willing to donate to crowdfunding campaigns sponsored by DC based small business owners. Please be on the lookout for more information about the Washington DC Crowdfunding Challenge.

Other Events and News

State Crowdfunding Exemptions
The picture at left shows states that have enacted equity crowdfunding (green), states that are in the process of enacting an exemption for equity crowdfunding (blue), and states that are considering enacting an exemption for equity crowdfunding (yellow).  The states in red have rejected equity crowdfunding. 
For more, see:

Real Estate Crowdfunding
The picture at left shows states where real estate crowdfunding transactions have occurred. We agree "crowdfunding" is one of the latest buzz words, but the fact that Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary recently added Crowdfunding speaks to the fact that crowdfunding is here to stay. While the full impact on the U.S. real estate market has yet to be determined, if the past year is any indication, real estate may be one of the biggest segments of the crowdfunding marketplace. For more, see:

LeVar Burton Shows Us How To Crowdfund

We note with interest the recent Kickstarter campaign by LeVar Burton for Reading Rainbow. According to one news report, "Reading Rainbow, the PBS children's program hosted by LeVar Burton that debuted in 1983 and went off the air in 2006,upset many with its departure. But Burton, who also executive produced the program, has managed to keep the project alive in some form or another in the time since. He launched the show as an app in 2012. And now his new venture is to take Reading Rainbow's large digital library of books and videos to classrooms nationwide for free. But to do so Burton needs capital. So the Star Trek actor turned to Kickstarter to raise money. He launched his campaign last Wednesday to raise $1 million to launch his PBS children's series online. Although Burton had allotted 35 days to raise the money, within 24 hours he had reached his goal." Bravo! Why was this campaign so successful? See:

June 14, 2014. 4:30pm.Watha Daniel Library.


June 18, 2014. 12:30pm.Petworth Library.


June 27, 2014. 5:30pm.WeWork Wonder Bread.


Crowdfunding Articles and News:

Monday, June 2, 2014

Kansas Dialogue XXI: "Artfully Speaking" August 15 - 17, 2014 - Iola and Piqua

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Kansas Dialogue - Broadening our understanding through thoughtful communication
Kansas Dialogue XXI:  "Artfully Speaking"
August 15 - 17, 2014 - Iola and Piqua
(Fri evening through Sunday noon)
Early Bird Registration is $100 when you register by June 15th
We have a treat for you. This year Kansas Dialogue returns to a small town setting, and we get to experience TWO Southeast Kansas communities:  Iola, population 5704, and Piqua, population 107.  Both towns have a unique "art" story to tell, which has inspired our theme this year.  But as always, our conversations will be as diverse as the people who join us and the interests that drive you. 
If you haven't been to Kansas Dialogue before...  We are a changing group of people who gather for a weekend each year just to TALK, to have interesting and fun conversations on a score of subjects.  We design the actual content when we know who's coming and what you want to talk about. Kansas Dialoguers come from all corners of Kansas, dozens of occupations, different ages and ethnicities.  Together we create an off-the-record space where we can have honest conversations about things that matter to us as a state, community, families and individuals.
You can find more details about us on our website at 
and the specific details about this year's retreat are here:
The deadline for Early Bird registration is June 15th.  The Conveners will meet later that week to begin determining the topics we'll be discussing, and we want to make sure your thoughts are included as we plan.
You can register here, or use the registration tab on the website to let us know you're coming and what you'd like to talk about.  You won't be paying online, but it does lock in the early bird price of $100 per person (a $25 savings; and remember, students always get a special price of $25.)
We'd like to thank Shelia and Don Lampe for hosting Kansas Dialogue this year, and we all hope to see you August 15th!
Warm regards,
Martha Slater Farrell
on behalf of the Conveners
Click the Conveners link to see the folks who help guide the process.  Kansas Dialogue is an all-volunteer, non-partisan event funded by registration fees and occasional in-kind donations.
PS - Again, the link at has all the information, including activities, hotel information, and registration form...  along with an explanation of what Kansas Dialogue is all about.  Please feel free to share it with anyone you think would enjoy coming.
QUESTIONS?  Call Martha at 1-800-282-8435 (First Generation Video) or email

Kansas Dialogue • 111 N. Mosley, Suite 202 • Wichita, Kansas 67202

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

2014 Kansas Conference on Poverty Early Bird Rate Extended

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Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice.
Nelson Mandela
The 2014 Kansas Conference on Poverty will be the most comprehensive training event on Social Justice, Human Service, and Economic Security of the year.   
In the coming weeks, we're going to be announcing even more new additions to the conference agenda. Exciting doesn't even begin to describe their impact. We cannot wait to share them with you.

But, because we ARE making you wait for the big news, we are ALSO extending the Conference Early Bird Rate until May 30th. 
Hundreds of advocates have already committed to changing lives this July. We stand with them to raise awareness and inspire action toward the end of poverty. We stand with YOU because we know change will happen when we realize
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