Tank V Tank – built using www.windows8appbook.com

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Snaffle – Built using www.windows8appbook.com

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Paper submitted to the Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems

Using EIA to model a wicked problem in DSR_PACIS_Version2_FINAL

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New Windows 8 app development text for Secondary Schools

Media Release

07/03/2014                                      50% Drop in IT University Graduates

The number of IT students graduating from University has dropped by 50% over the past decade.

According to the Bureau of Statistics, Graduate rates for students studying degrees classified as ‘people and culture’ has increased 63%, from 32,253 to 50,653 over the last decade.  Health has increased 98% from 18,297 to 35,155, while IT is the only degree type where graduation rates have dropped. Only 4200 Australian students graduated from IT in 2012.

IT graduate rates, although at record lows, are still continuing to fall with a 2.1% decrease in graduates over the last year, and a 1.8% decrease in students accepting a place in IT degrees over 2013-2014.

The decline can be partly traced back to secondary education.  The number of students choosing to study IT in secondary schools is decreasing with just 6% of students in Queensland choosing to study OP – IT (IPT) related courses.

Brisbane based IT secondary teacher of 18 years, Wayne Hellmuth, puts this decline down to a number of factors including the difficulty, and perceived difficulty of IT courses, as well as a lack of targeted professional development for teachers in this constantly evolving subject.

“Over 70% of teachers teach subjects in which they aren’t qualified.  IT teachers do not have the training or necessary ongoing professional development in IT to engage students in modern and relevant curriculum.”

“It is a shame because students with an interest in apps and technology should be learning how they can turn a hobby into a career.”

Mr. Hellmuth has seen some of his students begin careers with the likes of Microsoft.

Wayne Hellmuth has written a book for secondary schools in an effort to re-vigorate teachers and get teenagers interested in learning the latest types of coding, using games and app development.  The book provides engaging and practical exercises in a Windows 8 App gaming environment, using C# and XAML – two of the most useful computer languages.

The book offers an exciting new direction for teachers and students of IT.  To see a preview of the book click here http://windows8appbook.com/chapter-excerpts/

To order your class set or teacher copy click here http://windows8appbook.com/buy-hard-cover-book/


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Access – How to Cards

Aims and Objectives

How to do a Needs Analysis

Description of System Input and Output

How to Identify Expected Systems Benefits

Creating a new Access database from an Excel spreadsheet

How to Cascade-update fields across forms

How to create a security system for your database

How to Create a Switchboard

How to get Day from Date

How to make a Calendar

How to make a datasheet sub form like the example below

How to make a drop down box in a subform

How to make a parent-child form

How to put a Search Key in your Database

How to represent derived fields in a database

Populating drop down boxes with a query

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New Windows 8 App Development Book for Secondary Schools

To see details about my latest book Click on the following link

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With computers we are going backwards

“Education Revolution” promise in tatters:

New international testing leaves Australia’s education credentials in tatters. Julia Gillard promised Australians nothing short of an Education Revolution and now the report card is in. The testing shows year four students whose entire formative schooling occurred under the so-called ‘Education Revolution’ are dramatically falling behind by international standards. Peter Garrett says it’s a wake-up call.

How has the $2.6 billion spent on computers and $16 billion spent on school halls lifted student outcomes? How have billions in national partnership funding, including $540 million targeted towards literacy and numeracy which the Auditor-General found to be flawed and ineffective, lifted student outcomes? How has the Australian Education Bill full of meaningless motherhood statements lifted student outcomes?

Our dramatic slip in education, by international standards is large and unmistakable.  So who is too blame? Would love to get your feedback, or issues associated with IT implementations and its use within the classroom.



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