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Before there were computers as we know them today, I worked in the broadcast industry as a radio announcer. "Computers" of that day were largely, well, large contrivances that worked primarily from timers, tones and relays. I watched what has become known as the Personal Computer grow from a curiosity (one could purchase a DOS computer from Radio Shack)with a small screen that flashed green letters only, to what it has become today - ubiquitous and an almost indispensable engine of productivity.
In 1996, while working for a television station, I became acquainted with the Internet; the World Wide Web was in its infancy; the "dot com" bubble had just begun to form. For some strange reason, many of my co-workers began asking me computer questions; I thought it wise to begin studying them. I bought my own first computer in 1998 and proceeded to learn on my own how it works.
In 2003, I made the decision to enroll in an on-line university distance learning degree program offered by Kaplan University. I completed a Bachelor of Science in Management with an Information Technology concentration (BSMIT). This study includes computer systems (hardware and software) analysis and design, software engineering, network architecture and construction, ethics as applied to information technology, project management and technical communications (including business statistics, quantitative methods and technical writing.)
Upon conference of my BSMIT, I took a brief hiatus from my academic pursuits and taught in the local school system as an aide. In 2007, I embarked upon another distance learning venture with Capella University to complete the degree of Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT). My undergrad studies had piqued my interest in how "systems" are built, how/why they work and how to communicate that process with everyday people who might think they "know nothing of computers," but must use them. Capella allows graduate students the privilege of designing a curriculum that fits their interests of study. Several core subjects are mandatory, such as Business Finance, Project Management, and Technical Writing. Specialized area of study included advanced software engineering, systems analysis and design, ethics as applied to information technology, network architecture design, implementation and maintenance and wireless applications. Capella conferred upon me the degree of MSIT in March of 2009.
In both instances of study, I was expected to set my own hours for study and completion of each lesson module assigned. Studying in such a free-form environment demands tight focus upon accomplishing the task. Self-discipline, attention to detail, good organization skill and ability to multi-task are inherent in such an endeavor; even though having these attributes going into the course of study, these skills are sharpened considerably.
During and after my studies, I taught as I continue to do so. My students range in age from 6 to 80 years, male and female from all economic, family and work backgrounds.
I have transcript records from Louisiana State University, Shreveport attesting to studies in k-6th learning psychology and classroom management. I have a record of several years experience as a k-6th substitute classroom teacher for Caddo Parish Schools. I have been an active instructor-teacher-trainer for students ranging in age from 6 years to 80 years. I have taught college level courses in public speaking, writing (creative and journalism), English and grammar. I am a published journalist and feature writer with very good knowledge of AP Style, MLA Style and APA Style books.
Adjunct instructor: Bossier Parish Commninity College and instructor for City of Shreveport's basic computer courses available through Public Assembly and Recreation. I teach basic computer skills; Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and other applications such as photo editors, video editors and audio editors. Internet Explorer, basic computer security programs and care and maintenance. I hold the graduate degree of Master of Science in Information Technology - Hardware and Software analysis and design.
As a student of the flute and voice, I studied music theory, composition, performance and music history. That includes eras of baroque, classical and contemporary composers and performers. I maintain my skill by casual and occasional performances in my church attendance.
As an adjunct professor at an area two year college and instructor for Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation, I have taught students how to communicate with Access over years. This one on one instruction includes gaining knowledge and skill using the Microsoft Office suite of applications, Access, Excel, Power Point and Word (among others). I teach my students how to interpret the sometimes cryptic language of Access when analyzing and planning a database. I teach my students how to plan, design and create Access databases by drawing and labeling their ideas first, before attempting to alter the properties of Access objects. Under my instruction, my students learn how to create and format the fields for the records; how to add data to the records; how to structure queries using the Access object oriented application (Query Wizard) within the program. Under my instruction, my students learn how to create several reports (with the Report Wizard) and how to format those reports to provide usable information. Please take a moment also to look at my qualification under "General Computing," here at Wyzant.
As an adjunct professor at an area two year college and instructor for a company, I have taught students how to navigate and create with PowerPoint, many of whom had to prepare presentations for other classes such as human anatomy, biology or history. This one on one instruction includes gaining knowledge and skill using the Microsoft Office suite of applications, Access, Excel and Word (among others). I teach my students how to plan, design and create a PowerPoint presentation by starting with drawing and labeling ideas, before altering the slides of PowerPoint. Under my instruction, my students learn how to create and format text and lists; how to add graphics from other sources; how to record an audio file to place on a specific slide; how to add video from other sources and and how to add other animation available within the program. The result is that my students can create stellar presentations, plus carry what they learn into other programs of similar nature. Please take a moment to look at my qualification under "General Computer" here at Wyzant.
As an adjunct professor at an area two year college, I have taught students how to navigate and create documents of the highest quality with Word. It is a vital tool for my students, as they must use it to prepare research papers for various assignments, for many final papers and of course for preparing a resume'. This one on one instruction includes gaining knowledge and skill using the Microsoft Office suite of applications, Access, Excel and PowerPoint (among others). I teach my students how to plan and create a Word document from the first character created. Together, we explore and discover the many different ways to access tools within the program and elements from other sources that can be integrated to create and format text and lists; how to add graphics from other sources; how to create tables and how to incorporate Word into other programs. The result is that my students can create the right document for the task and they can carry what they learn into other programs of similar nature. Please take a moment to look at my qualification under “General Computer” here at Wyzant.
A discipline and skill that can be cultivated, learned and succeeded in by realizing one's "public speaking" ability is displayed even when in small groups of family and friends. An engaging, good public speaker builds on a foundation of applying innate skills of observation, organization and articulation of ideas; rehearsing and achieving comfort with hearing one's own presentation of these ideas when "the center of attention." It is evolutionary; one becomes better with practice.
My experience as a public speaker is grounded in my career as a broadcaster and as a classroom teacher. I have also had occasion to address a group concerning the history of an organization or festival or even to offer a presentation that is light hearted or motivational. I have taught public speaking from others' texts in local two year colleges as an adjunct professor. Researchers have found that the single greatest fear anyone expresses is that of standing in front of a group and making a speech; a fear expressed even over that of dying. I can help a student of public speaking gain the knowledge of how to research, prepare and deliver an effective, pleasing public address - and gain understanding that while doing so might lead to nervousness, it is a task that can be accomplished with confidence, effectiveness, purpose and poise that will enhance and suit any occasion.
I am an avid reader! I read everything from adventure to daily news to fiction, history, non-fiction and science-fiction. Reading is the basis for comprehending everything from casual conversation to advanced math and science concepts. My reading skill is founded in knowing each individual letter sound; what letter combination sounds are and how to sound them when speaking. Phonetic reading is what I know; it's how I teach reading.
From creative writing of fantasy and fiction, to journalism regarding current events, to research, sports reporting and technical writing, my writing ability and skill is founded on high regard for fact-finding (for journalism, research and technical writing), good grammar, expanding my vocabulary, proofreading and editing. My writing credentials include bylines for local/regional social magazines, the daily newspaper and broadcasting technical journals.
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