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CoderDojo Dundalk

At CoderDojo Dundalk, they aim to encourage computing from a young age. Not only that, they want to help them be great at it! Computing is a hot area for employment here in Ireland and we believe that it's here to stay. CoderDojo wants to get young people aged 8 and up involved, primary and secondary school students alike. Got kids who you think are technically minded? They should probably be at CoderDojo!

Next Dojo: Saturday 21st July (THIS Saturday!!!)

Absolutely no programming experience is required, so if your child is interested in checking out computing, come along to a session and try it out!

Like all Dojos we try to make it relaxed, fun, cool and interesting. There are no lectures or classroom approaches involved. Instead it's 100% hands-on coding with volunteer mentors available to help, to pass on their knowledge and of course, to keep them challenged!

Time: Specified Saturdays from 1pm-4pm. Tickets are free, but registration is essential. See here for more information.

What you need to bring:

  • - A packed lunch.
  • - A laptop. Borrow one from someone if needs be.
  • - A parent! (Very important). If you are 12 or under, your parent must stay with you during the session.

Topics: We currently cover HTML, CSS (website design & development) and Scratch (an introductory programming language developed in MIT). As the Dojo develops, we intend to cover a variety of other topics, including Databases, PHP, Python and Mobile Applications.


Which Course Expo 2012

Which Course Expo 2012, Dublin's only dedicated part time course fair, will take place Saturday & Sunday, 25th & 26th August, 2012 at the RDS, Dublin. Admission is free and registration is now open.

Thousands of evening classes, adult education and courses will all be on display under one roof - if you are currently out of work are trying to "upskill", be sure to rister ofr this event!


Developer Positions in Drogheda

The following positions in MOR Solutions, Drogheda just came to the Institute's attention:

  • Web Developer - Customer Maintenance team
  • Senior PHP Web Developer (MVC frameworks)

The web developer position may suit a graduate and the Senior PHP position will suit someone with a few years experience (particularly in PHP5 (OO, MVC), AJAX, MySQL)


ICT Skills - Higher Diploma in Computing (Healthcare Software Stream)

Dundalk IT is pleased to announce that it is offering 20 FREE places on the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Healthcare Software Stream) as part of the Government's ICT Skills scheme.

This is a one year conversion programme that provides graduates from other discipline areas with a foundational education in computing science in semester 1 along with specialist modules in healthcare software in semester 2 of the course.

Please see this document for more information and see here to enrol online.


Advanced Web Design Class

Paul Scollon of DkIT Computer Services will be teaching a night class via the Lifelong Learning Centre on Advanced Web Page Design, particularly the use of PHP, MySQL and CMS systems like Joomla!

The course covers the following:

  • - Installing PHP, MySQL and other tools required to host your own website.
  • - Creating data structures, deciding on sections and categories, adding articles and more.
  • - Build your pages and then create menu items as you go to develop the best layout.
  • - Using built–in modules to make your site more interactive.
  • - Include search capability, polls, menus and banners.
  • - Use templates to determine what goes where.
  • - Add everything from complete shopping–cart systems to photo galleries.
  • - How to import/export databases, upload your files and attach a domain name.
  • - Search engine optimization, Google Ranking and Facebook/Twitter integration.

Students will have a fully functional website ready to go online by the end of the course. Ideally students will possess their own laptop for the duration of the course so they can take their work home and complete after classes.

Paul and his colleague Andrew Clarke won a golden Spider Award on behalf of Dundalk Institute of Technology in 2007. They are currently working on a new iteration of the site, and have introduced multiiple new technologies to DkIT in the last 3 years. Guaranteed to be a stimulating course!

See here for more information and how to apply. Places are limited and the course starts in 2 weeks. Be quick if you want in!


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