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  • Q&A on the Book Creating your Dojo

    Dion Stewart & Joel Tosi have written a book about creating a dojo to help teams get better at delivering software products. A dojo is an immersive learning environment where whole teams improve their practices on a range of skills. Dojos are more effective than traditional classroom learning because the whole team works together in the context of their own product and organization.

  • Great Managers Are Like Great Teachers: Q&A with Jessica Ingrassellino

    Differentiated instruction strategies have helped Jessica Ingrassellino find ways for each of her team members to best grow and flourish with the opportunities available. She applies this by adjusting content, process, and outcome, approaching each individual as an individual with respect for their needs.

  • Relearning to Learn

    For my 30 plus years in tech, I've been reading and listening to tech mostly wrong. After in depth investigation into learning strategies, I've restructured my knowledge acquisition process. Find out how I've taken control of my learning queue, how I now perform active reading while taking creative notes, and hear how to use reflection and quizzing to lock knowledge in.

  • Teaching Modern Software Development Techniques at University

    We often hear how there is a skills shortage in the software industry, and about the apparent gap between what people are taught in university and the “real world”. This is how Imperial College London aims to bridge this gap, providing students with relevant skills for industrial software engineering careers, and teaching tools and techniques for professional developer working in a modern team.

  • What We’ve Learned at Devoxx4Kids about Teaching Technology to Kids

    The holiday season is a great time to think about our children and their futures, and how we can guide them into the lucrative field of programming and electrical engineering at a young age. Java Champions Arun Gupta and Daniel De Luca, organizers of the popular Devoxx4Kids conference, reveal tried and proven tools and techniques for teaching these abstract fields to our fledglings.

  • Igniting Kids' Enthusiasm for Coding is an initiative to ignite kids' enthusiasm to learn how to code, to create apps, to design websites, and overall to become comfortable with technology. This article explores what teachers can do to ignite kid's enthusiasm for coding by using interesting and cool lessons to give them some pointers on how to code and then let the magic happen!

  • Teaching Kids Java Programming

    During the holiday season we think about our families, our children, and and their future. In this article, Yakov Fain give us some insight about what lead him to write his new book "Java Programming for Kids" (now available as a free download) and includes some sample chapters.

  • Author Q&A on Programming for Kids

    The book Programming for Kids contains many examples that kids in the age from 9-14 can use to learn the basics of programming, using the programming language Ruby. It also shows them how they can use the command line on a Mac computer. Parents can sit beside their kids and follow along. InfoQ did an interview with the author Peter Armstrong about how kids learn computer programming.

  • The Science of Learning: Best Approaches for Your Brain

    Why don't people understand your idea in a meeting? Why does the developer you're mentoring still not get it? Why do attendees in your course only learn 10% of the material? We are all teachers in some way, yet only professional educators receive training in this area. This article discusses lessons from neuroscience and how they can be applied to Agile Software Development and beyond.