Coding Schools From a Students Perspective: J’s Coding Adventure at Bloc.io

J Terrell AllenIt’s February 26th,  2014 episode we interview J Terrell Allen (@jterrell), a student of Bloc.io (@TryBloc) about their particular teaching style, and his learning experiences at their DevSchool. In addition we discuss the Big Ten Ponzi Scheme article I wrote at my blog Git. Life. Commit..

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Download The Episode: Ep14-09 February 26th, 2014

4 Different Ways to Learn to Code…And Why #3 is My Current Favorite

My recent article on options for learning to code.

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I always thought when I was a kid, I didn’t learn the way others did. Looking back, I realize I grew up with friends who all learned differently. In middle school, Shane was an Autodidact, and could not stand be lectured to. He would read for hours alone, but fall asleep in class; always got an “A”. Justin couldn’t stand lectures either. However, once he tried something that interested him he would master it to the point where it consumed him totally.   I preferred to hear the lecture, then try the exercise. My issue came when I got things wrong or didn’t understand,  I was reluctant to ask for help. For some reason, I feared looking stupid for not knowing already. One thing I want to avoid in my quest for a solid coding education is repeating history.

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Free tuition at New York state universities for top STEM students?

Now here is a great way to encourage STEM applicants

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The proposed New York State budget includes a provision to offer free tuition to top students who choose to major in STEM fields.

“New this year under the governor’s budget proposal, some students at the top of their classes will have a chance to skip tuition payments entirely. Those who plan to major in a field related to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects would receive free tuition to any SUNY or CUNY institution, as long as they remain in the state for five years after graduation to pursue their careers. The $8 million budget line is intended to help reverse the “brain drain” of the best and brightest from New York State.”

Students must graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class to qualify for the scholarships.

Details must be worked out.

Final budget approval is expected this spring.  Questions have been raised about…

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How To Pick A Coding School: The Starter League & Learning In Person

The Starter League

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On this February 19th,  2014 episode we interview Vincent Cabansag of The Starter League (@VCabansag) about their particular teaching style at their DevSchool, and how his time as a student there led to him eventually working there. In addition we listen to three students discuss how they approach paying for college in different ways.

Download The Episode: Ep14-08 February 19th, 2014

Bad advice for college students

I have to agree with this Blogger: Its become a joke these useless classes that sound great but do nothing but allow a professor to pad their CV and stroke their own ego.

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Take a course called “Politicizing Beyoncé”.

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That’s Walter Russell Mead’s first bit of bad advice for college students.  Here’s more.

… Enroll in a college you can’t afford. Take really easy, fun courses. Don’t worry about marketable skills. Blame society for the consequences (unemployment) of your attitude problem. Then demand the government (or your parents) bail you out. We guarantee you all the misery you could ever want.

Mead wrote his advice after learning that Rutgers Department of Women and Gender Studies is offering the Beyonce course, which “will explore race, gender and sexuality in America via Beyonce’s music”.

College can be a time for fun and exploration, but students who are going into deep debt for their higher education should carefully consider which courses will show up on a transcript.

If you were to ask today’s employers what new college graduates are lacking, the skills to create a “grand…

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Scholarships for New Educational Methods: Bloc.io & The New Relic Scholarship

Bloc.ioOn this February 12th,  2014 episode we interview Prasid Pathak (@Prasid) and David Paola (@dpaola2) about Bloc.io (@TryBloc), the difference between Mentorship and Dev-Boot Camps, and the New Relic Scholarship.  Our scholarship of the week is The Margarian Scholarship.

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Download The Episode: Ep14-07 February 12th, 2014

Choosing A Coding School: My Needs, Wants, and Constraints

My recent posts on my new blog

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After trying several different content sites to get a baseline knowledge base about coding, I have decided to find a coding school and dive into the field. However, I wanted to base this choice on more than a price dimension.

Rather, I want to truly flush out what my needs are and make the decision on logical dimensions and not on emotion or attachment to any one brand or personality. To do this correctly I feel its important to flush out my needs, wants, and constraints to really get a feel for what method will fit my life.

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