Tag: Sheridan College

Popular WordPress Plugins

Many of our students in the Advanced Web Design Course at Sheridan College in the CCIT program have asked about popular plugins. These students are not typically leaving their program to be web designers or developers, but they tend to be the managers.  I’ve put together some of the more popular ones to give them a start. We look at security, backups and optimization in a separate presentation, but these are plugins that help with the appearance and functionality of the front end, more or less. One of the ones not listed is Advanced Custom Fields, mainly because we actually used this in class. Something that everyone can use. These are meant for more of the case by case websites. Thanks to everyone who contributed. Would love to hear your thoughts!


CCT406 Capstone Project – Client Submission Form

This is the form to be completed if you are interested in becoming a client for the CCT406 course starting on January 6, 2014 at Sheridan College as part of the ICCIT Joint Program with the University of Toronto at Mississauga. We are looking to work directly with clients of any size, either for profit or not-for-profit. Ideally, these clients will be located in Mississauga, Oakville or Burlington, but we are open to suggestions.

We are doing the “discovery” part of the project at no cost. In April, groups will present their analysis and findings in the form of a proposal of what they are recommending to the client. They will present their discovery in front of their peers, their instructors/professors, a set of “Dragons” that will drill them and other invited guests, including the clients. Clients will receive a copy of the proposal. Clients will NOT receive the final product. Our hope is that clients will be so impressed that they will be willing to hire them to implement their recommendation. There is no obligation to do so, but we think you will like what you see.

Ideally, we would like our groups to be formed and select their clients on the first day. There is no guarantee that a client will be chosen, but everyone that submits will receive a response. Either I, or my co-instructor, may contact you for any clarification that might be needed. We will not divulge any of the information you give us to anyone outside of the project, unless we have your permission.

By submitting this form, you are expressing an interest. If you don’t wish to proceed, please contact me immediately, PRIOR to the start of the course so we can withdraw it from selection. If you require further information, please contact me directly. We look forward to working with you!

Teaching Technology at #DevTO – Video

And if you didn’t get a chance to attend, here’s the video from my talk #DevTO last month. Hope to see you at another one soon. Keep the conversation going!

Teaching Tech and Tech For Learning – A #DevTO Presentation

Ginny and I at the anniversary party for DevTO

After attending almost every #DevTO event ever created, I’ve finally stepped up to the plate and decided to give my own DevTO Talk: Teaching Tech. I’ve teamed up with Marc Lijour of Cisco to present to you not only how Tech is delivered at Sheridan College (and many more places) but also how it is taught in the current system. We all know that none of this stuff is perfect, but my hope in delivering this talk is to start bridging the gaps. Are we as educators delivering the correct material to deliver to the working world the best we can? What are we missing? Are we on the right track? What are the biggest challenges?

Make sure you get on the list to attend, and I hope to see you there! I’m on record as being the first tech woman to attend, and that was only their second meetup, so I’m definitely a diehard!  A quick note that many of my students are filling up the list pretty quick, so I suggest doing it now!

Still not convinced? Check out the link to the event on DevTO.ca and then register here:

Teaching Tech & Tech for Learning

Monday, Jul 28, 2014, 6:30 PM

80 Spadina Ave Toronto, ON

175 Members Went

Teaching Technology – Shanta NathwaniTechnology is changing fast, and so does teaching. Shanta will talk about an innovative program blending communication, design, and technology run at Sheridan College in partnership with the University of Toronto at Mississauga. They are taught to be the translators of business needs to technology solutions and…

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#FF WordCamp Buffalo

WordCamp Buffalo 2013

WordCamp Buffalo 2013

I have the privilege of presenting at WordCamp Buffalo this weekend on the topic of Data Architecture in WordPress. This is their second year and it’s sold out! I present this topic at Sheridan College in the CCT360 course, part of the ICCIT joint program with University of Toronto at Mississauga.  In this Intermediate Web Design, we use WordPress as their tool and it is amazing what comes out of their final projects. 

Some of the presenters I know personally, such as Al Davis, Brian Hogg and Jordan Quintal and others I’ve just tweeted or emailed. One tweet I got from Jared Novak said he was upset that he wasn’t going to be able to see my talk because we were presenting at the same time. Hence the hashtag, #WordCampProblems. However, it turns out that we will both be at WordCamp Toronto in a few weeks, so he’ll get a chance to see it there.

If you are planning on attending my session, may I highly recommend that you bring Post-it notes. I will have a few on hand, but you might have more fun with your own. It will be my first time presenting this topic and I hope you’ll enjoy it.

WordCamp Buffalo, in its second year looks like it’s going to be a fun time. I’ve never presented out of country before (and yeah, I know it’s not far), but they are taking a real chance on me and for that I am thankful for. I highly recommend that you follow WordCamp Buffalo on Twitter @WordCampBuffalo and follow along with the hashtag #WCBuf tomorrow for the camp. Hope to see you there!

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