Yesterday, as I was randomly browsing the Internet, I came across a quick blurb article titled “A Social Media Major? At One College, It’s Real.” Immediately when I saw this article I clicked on it and started to read it.
Do you ever wonder which colleges are the most social? How many views for videos are from the college you attend or how much time is spent online from the college you graduated from? Harvard likes up Facebook with over a million likes while Stanford is sending YouTube over 45 million views. What other schools are social and which school prefers what social network?
Finding free online educational courses for game design and development can be difficult to do, especially with the vast array of sites that appear within the results of a simple Google search. Difficulty lies in not knowing where or how to begin and in which sites are most useful when wanting to embark into this new industry.
There’s good and bad about speaking engagements in Vegas. The good part is that the city is ideal with plenty of hotel rooms and conference space to make anyone comfortable and productive. The bad part is that it’s Las “Stays In” Vegas and attendees are often distracted from the business at hand.
The proliferation of digital devices is causing huge growth in software development industries, and there are more graduate student opportunities through the internet, than ever before. For aspiring mobile applications designers, this is a dream come true. The iPhone, Android smartphones and other software platforms each utilize third-party software applications, and each platform has its own code. To ensure reliable compatibility across the numerous platforms, many app developers are required just to bring one program to market. In response, schools have been preparing degree programs specifically designed for students who want to build a career in app development.
One such college is Rasmussen College, a system of American colleges with multiple locations in the states of Minnesota, Florida, Wisconsin, Illinois and North Dakota. This higher education institution launched both associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in software application development in April 2011, according to Britain’s The Telegraph. This program reflects the school’s belief that more than 300,000 jobs in application development will be available to American workers over the next few years.
Collegiate degree programs in application development focus a great deal on both technical training and artistic training. The technical training focuses on advanced coding, working with different software engines and other topics in software development and web design. Artistically, students typically learn animation, lighting, textures, illustration and other design topics that are relevant to application development. With this education, a student could enter the IT workforce and find a job as an application programmer, a designer or as an app tester.
There is plenty of work for these students as they leave their schools and enter the real world. Since June 2011, there have been at least 12,500 different apps released each month just for the Android software system, according to the Android website AppBrain, which covers developments and maintains statistics for the Android market. In August 2011, nearly 35,000 new applications hit the Android market.
Sometimes, a college degree isn’t even necessary to break into the application development world. An April 2012 story printed by the Spartanburg Herald-Journal in South Carolina profiles Aaron Ross, a junior at Spartanburg High School who has developed seven apps for use on Apple products such as the iPad. His most successful app, Scramble-A-Word, has been downloaded more than 2,400 times. He created the application the year before based on his personal coding knowledge and education gained through his school’s AP computer science class.
It’s possible to break into the app development world as a self-starter, but having the college degree in hand opens up opportunities with established firms. Some of the institutions offering software development education also have online course offerings for distance learners. Compared to many other industries in today’s society, app development presents an exciting opportunity to students with an interest in technology and a desire to gain well-paid employment.
The New York City Department of Education has banned students from interacting with their teachers on social media. The policy pertains to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and Flickr. No teacher is allowed to interact with students on these platforms unless it is through a page that is affiliated with the school.