With technology becoming integral to almost every industry, a basic understanding of how computers and technology work is necessary for success!
From the co-founders of The Tech Academy comes the Technology Basics book series, including three coding basics books and the Technology Basics Dictionary. Most technology training makes the mistake of assuming some prior knowledge of computers, which leaves room for misunderstanding. These books were written to help remove the barriers to entry that have stopped people from really being able to understand and use technology.
Today we're shining a spotlight on the Technology Basics Dictionary. This book is for everyone - from the absolute beginner to the experienced pro. Those new to the subject will be able to clear up all the confusion and mystery from the subject; those already familiar with technology will gain the ability to explain complex concepts to others in simple, clear ways.
Check out these reviews of the Technology Basics Dictionary:
"My copy just came in the mail this morning and I've been happily paging through it. This is a very, very, very useful thing to have and the best example of this kind of reference I've seen. Definitions include brief and simple discussions of other concepts you'd have to understand to understand the term being defined and derivation/word histories. I recommend this to anyone and I'm really happy to have mine.” — Amazon reviewer G. Becket, 12/4/2017
“Wow, what an effective tool. As an aspiring computer programmer I love it. My husband works in IT and says it's a quality product that ranges from simple to quite advanced in the offered information. We're very happy!” — Amazon reviewer GET81, 1/14/2018
“If you are learning computer programs at all, this dictionary is an invaluable tool!” — Amazon reviewer Greatshades, 3/27/2018
To purchase your copy today enter 'The Tech Academy' into the Amazon.com search bar!
If you're interested in gaming or game development, you wont want to miss this Tech Talk with Kyle Rhône!
Our speaker this week is a game designer and the founder of Tinderbox Entertainment, a game development company. In his talk Kyle covers the scope of the game development process, from conception to the final product.
Check out this awesome Tech Talk with Nike developer and Tech Academy grad Jason Cigan. In his talk Jason shares his journey after graduation, and helpful tips he's learned that helped him land a job at Nike!
Keeping education on par with industry is an especially vital task for tech schools. This ensures that students are well trained on the most up-to-date practices and are prepared to enter the workforce.
Along with keeping our finger on the pulse of current industry standards, The Tech Academy likes to have an open line of communication with our students to ensure they are being delivered the best training and to help us continually improve.
As part of the communication line with our student body, we ask each student a series of questions at the completion of each course. These questions allow us to make sure students have a good understanding the concepts before moving on and serve as another tool to track their progress. These questions also provide them an opportunity to give us feedback.
While instructors, both remote and in-person, are available and in constant communication throughout the program, the questions at the end of each course allow us a chance to check-in with students once 'the dust has settled'. At this point students have been introduced to the course subject, completed practical drills, and worked through any problems they met along the way.
Below is an excerpt of what student Jeff F. had to say after completing the Python course (Python is a popular programming language):
What are some of the ways that you might use Python when you're working as a software developer?
“Considering it's English-like intuitive syntax, flexibility of use, large user base, and extensive code libraries... I could see myself using Python to potentially do any number of things as a developer. I could see myself using Python to create mobile or desktop applications/games, to connect a website or a program to a database, and to process scientific data in order to create graphs, maps, and models, or simply to automate annoying manual systems tasks.”
What did you gain from taking this course?
“I now have a larger understanding of the breadth and scope of Python as a powerful multi-purpose programming tool, as well as a basic working knowledge of how to write programs that take advantage of its many built in capabilities. I can now create simple and clean experiences that lead users through familiar windows, mirroring their operating system's look, in order to automate and simplify system tasks while creating useful database entries for referencing and review. Constructing a program and GUI to sort and move recent text files based on user's folder selections was a great overview into how to import and utilize a variety of built in Python libraries to achieve goals and meet user needs. I've also learned that I've barely scratched the surface. There is so much more Python functionality than what I've "tinkered" with.
The more I learn about Python, the more I want to learn! I will definitely be furthering my Python knowledge and skill set independently after completion of my Tech Academy coursework.”
Python has become our most recent optional course! To find out more about our optional courses and all the courses we offer, visit our 'Courses' page under the 'Bootcamp' tab.
Watch this week's Tech Talk on Net Neutrality with Brett Caudle, Dean of The Tech Academy!
In this talk Brett explains what Net Neutrality is, the history behind the law, and presents the arguments used both for and against it. The talk is followed by a discussion with our students.