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Google Search x 3
Google search logo with magnifying glass.

Here are three methods of adding a Google search engine to your website. Two versions are homemade and one version uses a Google script. One is a general web search and two are site searches, which will allow users to search your website. Google does a search by using a search URL that looks like this . . .

Now Meet Edison
Edison microbric robot

I am honing a few of my lost skill sets that went unused over the past twenty years or so while in the work force. My schooling in robotics from way back when shows little resemblance to the plethora of educational opportunities in robotics available today. Here is a STEM resource . . .

Art and HTML
Caitlin holds up the LACMA rock.

On this trip I was kind of focused on the idea of what art is. Like the big rock behind the museum. In spite of its weight of several tons, Caitlin was able to hold it up with no effort. I wondered what it cost but I am not going to bother researching it. It's big. It's a rock. But is it art?

Add a Crossword Puzzle
Example of web crossword puzzle

Here is a teaching aid for making vocabulary and word meanings a little more interesting than just word and definition hand-outs. Making a crossword puzzle for your students doesn't take much longer than just typing up the word definitions. Here is a method of adding a crossword puzzle using your own word lists and free software.

WHAT NOW? – Tips for IT Grads
Graduate vector icon

It’s tough to find a good job in Information Technology. In fact, it’s tough to find a good job in any field. In IT, as in many fields, you as graduate job hunter are up against stiff competition from seasoned veterans with plenty of experience . . .

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Using Icons in HTML
image of miscelleanous icons

In a previous article I discussed using Unicode as icons for the numbers and bullets in ordered and unordered lists. I was going to do a follow up article on Glyphicons, but in doing the research, the icon topic in general led to an expansion of this article into discussing four free methods of obtaining and using icons for . . .

Display XML Data
image of xml icon

An abbreviated version of a walk-through from Microsoft at MSDN showing how to display XML data on a web page using data controls. The XML data file can be copied from the MSDN web site or . . .

Using HTML Escape Codes
A laptop with HTML code on the screen.

Often times when writing a technical article for the web that deals with HTML, it becomes necessary to show the actual markup elements that you are writing about. To do that, the HTML elements need to be escaped or replaced by a reference that renders them as they are. The most common method is by using . . .

Viewing SQL data
A laptop a browser viewing tabular data.

For this article we will use the Microsoft Northwind database example, SQL Server and Visual Studio Community 2015 or 2017 to view data on a web page using a few out of the box web server controls to display that data in an ASP Gridview.

Using Microsoft database examples
Some connected database icons.

For many years Microsoft has shipped example databases with its database products, SQL Server and MS Access. In this article I have listed five that are useful in training and testing. Also included are download links, some practical installation information and a quick tip on using Server Management Studio to restore a database.

Database Fundamentals
Database schema icon.

This is a list of keywords, their meanings, and related resources for a course offered by Microsoft Virtual Academy on the fundamentals of databases. The course includes over 4 hours of video instruction by MS certified trainers. It's a great introduction to database . . .

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Networks, The Internet, and the World Wide Web
A globe with network lines covering it.

This is the first lesson in my class, Introduction to HTML & CSS. The lesson is designed to be an early lesson in a CTE course sequence for the career pathway in Information and Communication Technology, Software and Systems Development with the associated occupation of Web Developer. It could also be used in other courses.

Elements, attributes, values and Hello World!
HTML5 logo.

This is the second lesson in my class, Introduction to HTML & CSS, intended to provide an introductory level of information covering core Web technologies, defining HTML, elements, tags, attributes, values and finally demonstrating the student's first web page, Hello World!

File and Folder Management
A folder with files inside.

This partial lesson for my class, Introduction to HTML & CSS, but could be used for any introductory computer class. It covers the importance of Windows file management, the computer desktop metaphor, navigating the Windows File Explorer and the steps for various file management skills.

Number Systems
Circuitry and binary

This introductory lesson explains what number systems are, has a review of decimal system, explains why computers love powers of 2. It covers binary, octal & hex and converting between systems and finally demonstrates the Windows programmers calculator.

Using Color
Mosiac of various colors in a cubed design.

An introduction to using color in CSS. Lesson objectives are to define the RGB color model, show various methods of adding color and the correct syntax to use, look at various color themes and harmonies and use an online color picker.

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