Working Connections, Texas, 2012

I had the great honor of being invited to speak on HTML5, CSS-3, JavaScript and jQuery (and development of mobile apps) at the 2012 Working Connections, Texas. This happened during the week of July 9 – 13, 2012 in Frisco, Texas. We covered the implications of multiple screen devices in teaching and learning along with the basics of how to create apps using our knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Everyone agreed with my observation that we are in the Connection Revolution (or Electronic Revolution) [moving beyond the Industrial Revolution]. We also agreed that there is about 1 more year to prepare for the coming wave of changes as mobile devices become the de facto model for teaching and learning (and students will expect content to be delivered in this multi-screen environment).

We covered tools such as PhoneGap, Dreamweaver CS6, Adobe Edge and Adobe MUSE along with an overview of various Adobe Touch apps (such as Proto and Photoshop Touch).

As part of the final day, we focused on barriers and issues facing us as teachers of rapidly changing technologies. That information is being compiled and will be placed elsewhere (probably the SchoolOfWeb.org website). Additionally, I learned of the internship company formed by Sami (and Pam and others). This is definitely something I wish I had the bandwidth to participate in myself. It was great to have so many interactions with passionate and dedicated teachers. I am humbled by the exceedingly positive feedback and comments received by participants throughout the week.

In addition to learning about the above topics, our class consumed 7.5 pounds of chocolate during the week.

I provide a few photos below (which you can view in more detail on Flickr). I tried to capture some of the main attractions in Frisco in addition to conveying what happened during the week long class.

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