Submitted by Carolyn Matthews on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 09:49
Students at South Middle School in Aurora use Wordle to create word profiles. Before visiting the website, students wrote about themselves in Microsoft Word, then learned copy and paste shortcuts to transfer everything to Wordle. This is a great introductory activity led by KidsTek's newest instructor: Ryan Gudmundson. See his profile on our staff page: here.
Submitted by Carolyn Matthews on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 19:24
Students from High Tech Early College in far northeast Denver attended the Colorado Future Business Leaders of America District 2 Leadership Conference last month. KidsTek students led by instructor Julie Siwanowicz competed in events like Networking Design, Networking Concepts, Game Design, Technology Concepts and Interviewing. Four KidsTek students in teams of two competed in Network Design, a competition where they were given a scenario such as how to network a satellite office. The team had time to discuss the solution then they presented their ideas to judges.
Submitted by Carolyn Matthews on Mon, 03/04/2013 - 09:02
One of the best moments from the KidsTek 12th Annual Tech Leaders Dinner came right after high school student Janet Chavez’s speech. The whole room of 150 people rose to their feet in response to the sophomore’s moving words. Janet spoke about her two classes with KidsTek Instructor Julie Siwanowicz, who teaches Cisco networking and IT Essentials classes at High Tech Early College, a DPS high school. Janet admitted she was nervous, but she spoke eloquently and the room rewarded her poise and honesty.
Submitted by Richard Liner on Thu, 02/21/2013 - 12:11
Article from the 2/21/2013 Denver Post about Dual-Enrollment in our High Schools. Our Cisco certification program at Hinkley HS, which is mentioned in this article, is a dual-enrolled program with Community College of Aurora.
Submitted by Carolyn Matthews on Thu, 02/14/2013 - 20:10
Jeff Alexander at Cisco's local Englewood office didn’t get good grades in high school. “With a 2.0 and not too many college recruiters banging on my door, I joined the Marines,” Jeff explained to a room of high school students. After graduation, he went to basic training, took a placement exam, then started computer science school during his service with the Corps. Jeff studied for his first Cisco certification by flashlight on the back of a humvee. He returned just as the dot-com bubble burst, so he lived with family members while he pursued more certifications.