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Take 2 SWIFT Bites Out of Apple’s New Programming Language

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by Linda Cohen

Building with XCode through http://www.appledeveloper.com . It is a 4GB application

WEB187 is the iOS developer course, although WEB251 is also used at another college. WEB151 ANdroid WEB251 iOS at Waketech.edu

We’ll be building a discount app. There is a LET command which will allow a variable to become a constant. However, forms are also required to be a LET command, so we’ll be looking at that as well.

We’ll be suing a single VIEW and sticking with that VIEW in this class. We chose single view. We’ve given a product name, and we’ll create. This is made for iPAD, but there are different ways to create for the iPhone. The target we’re using ins 9.2. If you have an older version, use that.

The word TEAM says NONE. That means that your work is open source. That allows you to work for android, windows, or apple.

When working with android, its all xml in the background. Then you had to create the JAVA. Android developer studio seems to have some wonderful parts

The STORYBOARDis where we’ll design the interface for the application. Clicking on the first view, we’ll see the information on the view. You can add titles and other materials here as well.

Naming Conventions for the Objects

  • LABELS are for output only and start with lbl
  • TEXT fields are for input and start with txt
  • BUTTONS are to create an event where the actual code goes and they start with btn

A Label is added, and the right column allows us to give specifics about these items. Several display pieces are allowed to show us the basic profiles. Some basic labels are added in here, names, discount amounts, amount of the meal without text. And then, we add a button. We did not add labels with names.

VIEW >> SHOW >> ASSISTANT EDITOR

ONce you have the interface, you need to relate the code behind the scenes. Next right column with left boxes allow us to visit this graphic layout in several different fashions. txt is for text lbl is for labels

Buttons work similarly, dragging the visual side to the code area. While the others are OUTLETS, the button is an ACTION. “Touch up inside” is the same as click or touch. Applie will be different and not count if dragged across.

Initialize all variables BEFORE they are used.

let TAX = 0.07  //  Declare TAX as a constant

var subTotal : Double = 0.0

var total : Double = 0.0

lblDisplayTotal.text = “”

let name = txtName.text!

let discountAmt(txtDisAmt.text!)

let mealCost = Double(txtMealCost.text!)

This material does not require () for IF statment, but does require {

if discoutnAmt != nil && mealCost != nil

{

   subTotal = mealCost! – discountAmt!    // create subtotal

   total = subTotal*TAX + subTotal   // create total

   lblDIsplayTOtal.textColor = UIColor.blueColor()

lblDisplayTotal.text = String(format: “Thank you, /(name) with tax, your total is %.2f”, total )

Once everything is selected, choose “Get Results” The PIN tool. Clicking on the top three lines will tell you the number of restraints you’ll need to keep this in place. These restraints allow you to keep these items in place with a responsive design. To get around this, Clear the restraints, make changes, and then return the constraints.

PRODUCT >> DESTINATION >> IPAD2

We loaded up the program. It worked. Once you’ve developed in the open source section, you can attach your ipad directly (because we programmed for ipad) and it will automatically add this to your device.

Wake Tech 2015 Convocation

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On August 13th 2015, I attended Wake Technical Community College’s Fall 2015 convocation presentation at 9am  in the Student Services Building at Wake Tech’s Main Campus in Raleigh, NC.

As August approaches, the faculty at Wake Tech renew and re-invigorate as they go where no college has gone before. The theme for this years convocation was based around star trek, the Wake Trek Convocation

We watched a short STEM STARS video, noting that applications are due by September.

We discussed the new 3D printers, and using them to create items. Students in mechanical engineer, interior design, structural engineering will create a Perkins-funded grant for the creation of a 3D map of campus. Using 3D technology, visually impaired students will soon have the ability to utilize this material for traveling.

Building and Construction Updates

7-29-15. North campus 87,000 sqft will open the library, building F. We will also add 800 space parking deck in late august. Pedestrian bridgies being revisited

PSEC phase III renovation complete jan 2016. Indoor firing range, defensive tactics and classrooms

nov 4 2015 for hlding hall, finished jan 2016. Expansion f lot P for additional 215 spaces.

Wake Tech RTP campus RTI 1 building being designed fall 2017 completion date

NEW PROJECTS

Sam Strickland one-stop location for veterans and success. Completion and success t be determined upon completion, although preliminary work is quite favorable.

Wake Tech faculty association join $2.
concerning faculty needs and desires.

WORKFORCE REPORT

Cyber security: enhance and expand our software. Training is underway for students and several groups of student-based learning for helping our student adopt this tech.

Entrepeneurship: partner with wells fargo to inspire small business owners. STARTUP connects school activities with external entrepeneur culture

Veteran training completed 55 programs

Workforce training has added career pathways program for career training couching, advancement reseources and financial assistant

CALEA reaccreditation only having this accreditation in state, and one of 2 in the united states.

Cosmetology program now added. short term, fast track program as well as content in prof ethics and infection control.

AARP include PLUS 50 expo classes in social media, resume writing, job seeking skills.

JOB ASSESSMENT TOOLS

job assessments do not agree. review job duties. apologize for delay, but materials must be completed properly.

STAFF COUNCIL

Referrals for the staff member council are requested. 57 staff council members, but looking for more. Please fill out referrals online or visit executive committee.

PORTAL

The employee portal has now been made available. Common links to outlook, eagles nest, announcements and forms, webadvisor, colleague. You MUST use internet explorer to access it.

[  How can IE be the preferred browser for blackboard? It remains unknown ]

EPIC

Epic will require much work. This future-forward thinking will release us from silos and standardized testing. May require us to become comfortable with chaos at warpspeed. The epic quality enhancement force. The force is strong in our team. Faculty learning standards will encompass all student courses, and students will require E-Learning preparedness. Faculty will design and deliver online courses using epic standards for availability in the FALL 2016

Certification for EPIC Master Instructor will be available PD available in the FALL in Pathway 1.

Students are required to take the E-LEARNING INTRO before registering for an online course. 5,021 have already taken the course, and 93% have successfully completed this training.

CONCLUSION

All generations and crossover and traveling distance and meeting new challenges covered. Dr. Stephen Scott addressed the us.

Benchmarking has been praised..

Employee assessments do not meet the advisor assessments. Hard choices are made ver equipment and new faculty appointments. per-student funding has been declining. New resources are interesting, and we’re seeking out new sources at all time. We need grants with sustainability in the mix. Some employees are partially or wholly funded by grants. When the grants run out, what is the model for sustainability?

When you discuss special funding at different schools, how were these things funded sustained? We want more funding sustainable.

[Is faculty ranks funded? For now, yes.]

initiative 1: Completion by design. We have a graduation rate which could be increased. We want this to beat averages. COmpletins are becoming a measure of success. Our step up to a degree program will help achieve the completions. 30hrs transferred to a 4-year school has become a positive mark.

initiative 2: EPIC. Epic standards will be the standard for seated and online classes. All lessons from online offerings should be brought to bear to seated classes.

initiative 3: benchmarking. Has improved, but must evolve. Intent is to find someting we want improved and find the best at it- talk to them and then apply those differences within our budgets. Some projects require additional funding to make this happen.

43 faculty and staff achieved faculty rank increases, and 15 prjects were recognized.

Grant awards for Applied Benchmarking large projects were announced. I won an upcoming benchmarking grant for my sustainable grant

TAG video shows how the ripple campaign and other giving prgrams allow us to build a better tomorrow.

Vicki Sharpe, the next Scott Scholar (student and mother of two). School has changed her life. She began in 2013, but givin up was never an otpion. She worked collaboratively and grew as a student and leader. Through mentorships and believing in herself and other s believing in her. Wake Tech has really helped her. and thank you.

Faculty Professional Development Conference 2015 Keynote: Dr. Stephen Scott

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On April 2nd, 2015 at Wake Tech’s North Campus, Dr. Stephen Scott addressed the Wake Tech Faculty Professional Development Conference at 8:30am

Faculty Professional Development Conference 2015

Faculty Professional Development Conference 2015 Keynote: Dr. Stephen Scott

Today’s faculty development keynote was opened by James Roberson, Chair of Faculty Development. After a set of brief introductions, he introduced VP Bryan Ryan, and several other key members of faculty PD staff.

Dr. Stephen Scott began with his keynote with a quick breakdown of Wake Tech’s current system. In the last year, Wake Tech had over 64,000 registered students, making us the largest community college in North Carolina. We have increased our full student offerings, increasing from 67 degrees and certifications offered, to a full compliment of 231 degrees, certifications & diplomas.

Changes

Dr. Scott went on to discuss the changes taking over both the industry and the United States. This economic recovery is different from others. Typically, the economic recovery and recession cycle is on a 10/11 year cycle. the determination for the economic cycle is typically based on jobs and job numbers. For most people, the number of jobs available and the % of people jobless represent 100% of the recession determination.

What’s the difference between a recession and a depression? Well, the answer is relative. How do we help students face the new business models and the new job paradigms of this modern era? How can we prepare the students of today for the new jobs that are going to be created or available in 2-4 years? Many of the jobs we have today, and the degrees we offer now simply didn’t exist 10 years ago. To remain relevant, we need to constantly keep on the cutting edge and prepared for the trends and technologies of today and tomorrow. That is why we focus on value-added education and continuous improvement through professional education, professional development and applied benchmarking.

We strive to catch that wave of the future, and ride where it takes us. Ideally, you’re a surfer, but its not as easy as it looks.>/i>

We at Wake Tech have grown in size and scope to reach 100,000 students enrolled by 2020. Community college enrollment in the state is down across the board, but we have been growing. How can we continue to grow? What can we do to reach our true and best potential?

Full funding over the summer would only grow our programs and student body here. We have truly been pushing STEM education, and it has really been helping us and our numbers. The process of construction is looking good, and we will begin breaking ground in Fall 2016 at our RTP campus.

Dr. Stephen C. Scott is the third president in Wake Tech’s history. His personal focus is on value added education and leadership development for faculty, staff and students.

LEA 111: Leadership Training – Introduction to Interpersonal Communication and the Self

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LEA 111: Leadership Training – Introduction to Interpersonal Communication and the Self

I know it sounds corny, but I’ve been waiting to take on some of these leadership classes for some time now. Every leadership development course offered during the last semester was given during a time I simply could not attend, or on a day in which I was not in the office. Even the closest training facility (Wake Tech’s North Campus) is roughly an hour’s drive away from my home. Could I have MADE time to take the classes by offering my students an alternate assignment? I could have, but honestly, the idea had never occurred to me. I know that looking back is nothing but stinking thinking (or whatever the word for that is these days), but I am proud to say that the school has offered training over the summer, and I hope to get the pre-reqs out of the way.

I think leadership training has lots of fantastic effects for the rest of the work situation in the classroom, employee interactions, and of course dealing with students. That said, This meeting was chock full of notes, so let’s get to it.

 

“Things to Remember” When Interpersonally Communicating

We are all selfish in our communication. We need to remember to “seek first to understand then to be understood” -Franklin Covey

When conveying information, always consider your audience. You would not speak the same way to your grandmother as you would to your neighbor’s child. You can never “NOT” communicate. Even non-verbal communication is communication. Words are Powerful. They are powerful tools for change, powerful tools to help, and powerful words to hurt. Once said, they cannot be returned and will not be forgotten.

 

WHAT IS INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION?

Interpersonal communication is communication between 2 people who have a mutual influence over each other and play a unique role in each other’s lives. As the relationship continues, the two people build personal knowledge of one another, adjust their messages and create shared meaning.

I was a little bit unsure about this part of the talk in all honesty. As outlined here, interpersonal communication is only between two individuals who have “mutual influence” over each other. Does that mean I cannot have interpersonal communication with my boss, supervisor, team lead, or the team over which I manage?

Interpersonal Communication Involves Content and Relational Messages

  • Content– The words that are said. These are the “things” to argue about…people, events, tasks; These items are all external
  • Relational – Indicates the relationship between the people or how one feels about the content; who is in control, who is not being treated fairly, etc.; These items are all internal
  • Application – It is important to try to keep content conflicts centered on content. When these content conflicts get out of control, that’s a signal that there is really a relational conflict underlying the content conflict. Think of a recurring interpersonal conflict you have with someone. Do you focus on the content or relation?

 

Interpersonal Communication Is Ambiguous

Ambiguous refers to the fact that messages can be interpreted as having more than one meaning.

Nonverbal Ambiguity:

  • A Smile
  • A Wink
  • Walking out of a room

Verbal Ambiguity:

  • “I’m fine.”
  • “I need the project on my desk soon.”
  • “You’re not working up to par.”

We need to recognize ambiguity and try to clarify and specify to avoid misunderstandings.

 

Elements of Interpersonal Communication

There are two main elements of interpersonal communication: The communication Source/the communication Receiver and the Encoding of information and the Decoding of message information.

The Communication Source and The Communication Receiver

  • Source – The person who formulates and sends the message
  • Receiver – The person who receives and interprets (and hopefully understands!) the message

Encoding/Decoding a Message

  • Encoding – The process of producing messages by applying a “meaning” behind the message.
  • DecodingThe act of understanding or translating messages

Messages

Messages can be defined as: Signals that serve as stimuli – they are transmitted and received through our senses. It is important to note that Messages can be verbal, nonverbal or a combination of both.

Mixed Messages – When verbal and nonverbal messages don’t mirror one another.

 

Interpersonal Communication Involves Verbal & Nonverbal Messages

  • Verbal–Your words (written & spoken)

“I” Messages

I-Messages are less likely to trigger defensiveness and creates a clear impression that the speaker is responsible for what he/she is saying. It also shows that you are expressing your own perceptions rather than accusing.

I-Language Should Include the Following:

  • The Other Person’s Behavior
  • Your Feelings
  • The Consequences the Other Person’s Behavior Has For You

 

Examples of “I” Messages

“I get embarrassed (feeling) when you talk about my poor performance in front of my fellow co-workers(behavior). That’s why I’ve been aloof lately (consequence)”

“I haven’t been assigning you projects lately (consequence) because you have been displaying an unwillingness to collaborate (behavior). I feel that you are removing yourself personally and professionally from our team, which is a concern for me. (feeling)”

I have always approached “I-Messages” in terms of “I-Statements”. These use a specific format: “When you… I feel… Because…”

Examples include:

“When you scream at your sub-ordinates, I feel the motivation and safety of the team is at risk because several employees have complained about your actions and are actively seeking employment elsewhere.”

“When you surprise me with shortcomings at my annual review, I feel shocked, cheated, and betrayed because these items could have been fixed if they had been mentioned/counseled before the annual report.”

“When you make time for these 1:1 meetings every month, I feel really appreciated and empowered because we set some clear goals to accomplish and I feel motivated to give you what you want.”

 

Channel The medium through which messages pass or the means to communication.

Types of Channels:

  • Face-to-Face
  • Telephone
  • E-mails
  • Letter
  • Context: The environment in which communication takes place

Four Dimensions of Communication

  1.   Physical – Environment
  2.   Temporal –“Right Time”
  3.   Social-Physiological –Relationship between people communicating
  4.   Cultural Dimension–Beliefs or norms of communicators

Competence and Interpersonal Skills

Competence increases as your list of skills increase. In order for your personal list of skills to increase, you must be willing to engage in “trial and error.” It is important that you not be afraid of failure, but rather that you should be open to failure as the prelude to success.

Application: Think of someone who you consider to be a competent communicator. What are his/her characteristics that stand out to you?

 

Ernest Roy’s Short Course in Human Relations

  • The Six Most Important Words: “I admit I made a mistake.”
  • The Five Most Important Words: “You Did a Good Job.”
  • The Four Most Important Words: “What is Your Opinion?”
  • The Three Most Important Words: “If You Please,…”
  • The Two Most Important Words: “Thank You”
  • The One Most Important Word: “We”
  • The Least Important Word: “I”

Competence and Power

Enables you to control and influence the behaviors of others. If you have strong interpersonal skills, you will most often be able to control and influence others.

Application: What are some examples of Interpersonal Skills that Display Power and Enhance your Competency? Detract?

 

Competence and Listening

An effective communicator must be as good at decoding as he/she is at encoding. It is not just about listening, but listening with empathy and an open mind.

LISTENING “MUSTS”

  • We MUST remove our biases and opinions
  • We MUST “Actively” listen
  • We MUST use confirming responses
  • We MUST remove noise from the interaction
  • We MUST remember that people are often not asking for our opinion or input. Sometimes they just want to be heard…..
  • We MUST remember that “responding” is part of the listening process. How you respond indicates how competent a listener you are….

Application: A co-worker, who you collaborate with on a lot of projects comes to you and says, “I know I haven’t been pulling my weight lately. My husband lost his job last month, my mom’s been sick and I’m not sleeping well. I just don’t know what to do.” You have been very frustrated with her lack of productivity and the fact that you’ve been doing a lot of the work. How would a competent listener respond?

 

Competence and Credibility

Demonstrating Ethical Behavior

  • Honesty
  • Treating People Fairly and with Respect
  • Compliance Gaining Strategies

Owning Up to Our Inevitable Mistakes…

 

Effective Use of Excuses – 5 Elements

  • I See – Acknowledging other Person’s Feelings
  • I Did It – Accepting Responsibility
  • I’m Sorry – Showing Remorse
  • Forgive Me
  • It Will Not Happen Again

 

The Self in Communication

Self Concept

The image of who you are and how you perceive yourself.   It is stable and can be manipulated and changed only to a certain degree. Consists of the words you would use to describe yourself – nouns or adjectives

 

Application – Write down the words that you feel best represent your self concept. Why did you write those words?

 

4 Sources of Self Concept

  1. Other’s Images of You – How accurate is our perception of what others think of us?
  2. Social Comparisons – Who do we compare ourselves to? How realistic are our comparisons?
  3. Cultural Teachings What messages do we receive?
  4. Your Own Observations, Interpretations and Evaluations

 

Self Esteem

Self-Esteem is the measure of the value you place upon yourself, based on how much you like the aspectsof your Self Concept. Your self-esteem levels change constantly depending upon how you feel about your self-concept. The higher your self-esteem, the more successful you will be and the more competent of a communicator

Self Concept vs. Self Esteem

 

Self Awareness

Self-Awareness is the extent to which you know yourself. How conscious you are about who you are, including physical, emotional and behavioral. The more self-aware you are, the more you are able to monitor and control your thoughts and behaviors. As a result, your communication and interaction with others will improve

 

Your Selves

  • Presenting Self – The person you want others to see. In order to “create” this person, we manage our identities.
  • Perceived Self – The Person you really are.

Application:If and when do you move from Presenting to Perceived Self in a relationship – working or personal?

 

Self Disclosure

Communicating negative or positive information about yourself to another person

Self Disclosure:

  • The information must be received and understood by another person
  • The information must be something the other person does not already know
  • The information includes:
    • Your Values and Beliefs
    • Your Behavior
    • Your Self-Qualities or Characteristics

Guidelines for Self-Disclosure

  • Is the Risk of Self-Disclosure Reasonable? – In a Personal or Work-related Relationship
  • Are the Amount and Type of Disclosure Appropriate?
  • In the Disclosure Relevant to the Situation at Hand?
  • Is the Disclosure Reciprocated?
  • Will the Effect be Constructive?

 

The Johari Window

A tool used to examine what you know, or don’t know about yourself. It also connects the concept of self-disclosure to the effectiveness of our interaction with others.

I do not really buy in to things like this which are really touchy-feely. Emotions are good, need to be considered, and are truly a part of communication, HOWEVER, many management decisions cannot be based upon emotion. Many management decisions need to be based upon emotionless best-practices, and doing what’s right, or what’s best for the team- rather than what you FEEL is best for the individual. Can you imagine not firing someone who drinks on the job even after citing them?

Honestly, I cannot be sure that everyone is truly in touch with themselves- but I feel that I am. I don’t think I’m alone on this. That said, Let’s continue discussing the notes from the leadership session.

Four Parts of The Johari Window

Johari Window Goals

  1. To Analyze Your Communication behaviors and make adjustments for competency
  2. To Increase your “Open” Self
  3. To See Yourself as Others Do
  4. To Listen to Others’ Feedback and be willing to make necessary changes

In Conclusion…

10 Things that Matter Most to People Who Know You (from Levinson & Godin’sGet What You Deserve ,1997)

  1.   Keeping Promises
  2.   Punctuality
  3.   Ethics and Honesty
  4.   Demeanor
  5.   Respect
  6.   Gratitude
  7.   Sincerity
  8.   Feedback
  9.   Enthusiasm
  10.   Initiative

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
Maria Robinson

What kind of communicator do you want to be today?

 

College Central Network Flyers: We Have The Winners!

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This year, Wake Tech Community College has fully vetted College Central Network (CCN)and CollegeCentalNetwork.com as our official hiring network. College Central is one of the most visited entry-level job sites on the Internet. It provides both students and alumni with the ability to search their respective colleges’ or universities’ secure jobs databases, plus CCN’s Jobs Central national job board, with millions of jobs posted to date. The site also features valuable content geared toward entry-level job seekers.

In an effort to get the word out to students, the school has requested that the Advertising and Graphic Design Department run the materials in our classes as a project or extra credit project. Out of 4 potential candidates, 2 final winners were both chosen from my class: Kristine Kelly and Heather Heffner.

Its always a pleasure to create projects that the school can use. It was doubly good to see actual flyers hanging around the school. We were allowed to use the new Wake Tech Logo, and the students were able to add QR codes to the flyers, which was a really nice surprise. I think it earned us some extra points.

A special thank you to Rhonda Pickett for working with us on this job. The Advertising and Graphic Design Department at Wake Tech is always ready to help, whether its a class run by Tyler Dockery, Marsha Mills, Woody Hayes, or Alison Consol. Go Wake Tech!

Magic, Memories and Wake Tech: A Faculty and Staff Guide to the Disney College Program

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2013 Spring Staff and Faculty Conference Improvement by Design: Leading the Way
March 5, 2013, 9:00am to 9:45am

Location: BE 255

Magic, Memories & Wake Tech: A Faculty & Staff Guide to the Disney College Program

This seminar presented by Jess McNair outlined how each semester, Wake Tech students participate in the Disney College Program at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. While on the program, our students live, learn and earn while working for one of the largest companies in the world throught this fantastic internship opportunity. We Found out how these students particpate in the program, their day-to-day work and life experience,  went over some of the most frequently asked questions for faculty/staff, and outlined how we could help our students on their way to a magical adventure.

Using XBOX Kinect for Motion Capture

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2013 Spring Staff and Faculty Conference Improvement by Design: Leading the Way
March 5, 2013, 8:00am to 8:45am

Location: BD 440 PC lab

Using XBOX Kinect for Motion Capture

This presentation, given by Wake Tech’s Simulation and Video Game Development department’s Brad Swearingen, and Brandon Crews, went into in-depth definition of how to create a low-cost motion capture station. This seminar used Microsoft’s XBOX Kinect to perform Motion Capture for animation. Through demonstration and hands-on activity we learned how to load software specific to Motion Capture, connect and set up the Kinect hardware, setup the best settings and techniques for capture motions, and captured footage to clean up animated files.