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WorldSkills 2017 Abu Dhabi Day C+1

After the competition concluded, there were closing ceremonies. This is where medals were awarded and everyone had a chance to celebrate and say farewell (most traveled home the following day). It was also a chance for me to do a little more sight seeing (I visited a local souk and […]

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WorldSkills 2017 Abu Dhabi Day C4

The final day of the competition focused on a team project. Teams of 4 were assigned and each team was given the task of creating a website for the local Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Each team was given a few hours to complete their work (most developed a WordPress based […]

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WorldSkills 2017 Abu Dhabi Day C3

This was the third day of the competition. The focus today was on client side development. I was part of the team which prepared this document for the competition. Here is a snapshot of Marcelo Strehl presenting the client side module to competitors in the morning. The client side project […]

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WorldSkills 2017 Abu Dhabi Day C2

Today was the second day of the competition (Monday). Yes, I am running a bit behind in my daily updates. There are many activities (for both experts and competitors). The focus throughout the day was on server side development. In the morning, competitors developed an API (which was reviewed by […]

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WorldSkills 2017 Abu Dhabi Day C1

Today was the first day of competition (Sunday = start of work week in some areas of the world). This was the first full day of competition. Competitors met first in the morning for a briefing about the project they will work upon. They are not allowed to ask questions. […]

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WorldSkills 2017 Abu Dhabi Day C-2

We are now two days from the start of the actual web design and development competition. Today was familiarization day. Competitors were assigned workstations and URLs on the server. They had the opportunity to test out the software and report any problems. One they were satisfied the software was working […]

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WorldSkills 2017 Abu Dhabi Day C-3

Today was another busy day. We updated a fair amount of software on the workstations and server. I was part of the team which made certain Zeal Docs (and the appropriate docsets) were available on each workstation. We also reviewed the projects, confirmed there were at least 30% changes from […]

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WorldSkills 2017 Abu Dhabi Day C-4

We are getting closer to the actual competition. We began the day with introductions and learned a bit about the history of the Web Design contest at WorldSkills. The first happened in 2001 and it has grown steadily ever since. Most of the day, we focused on coordinating how we […]

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WorldSkills 2017 Abu Dhabi Day C-5

I picked up my expert badge and related materials at the main WorldSkills event venue this morning. I believe this is the largest such event in the history of WorldSkills. Roughly 1,200 experts are participating in many different competitions. I then spent part of the day locating where our event […]

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WorldSkills 2017 Abu Dhabi Day C-6

I find it hard to believe it has already been two years since the last WorldSkills in Brazil. This year, we meet in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). Yesterday (and today were mostly days of travel). I left Peoria mid-morning on Sunday. After crossing 10 time zones, traveling roughly 7,500 […]

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2017 – What a summer – part 1

I am traveling a lot this summer and thought readers might like an update as to my activities. In a nutshell, here are the trips I completed in the past few months. I plan to summarize these travels in separate posts. The first 2 trips are summarized in this post. […]

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Ricoh Theta

I recently returned from the Adobe Education Leader Summit (held in New York City this year). Several colleagues were taking a number of photos using their new cameras. After further investigation, I had to get one of these puppies myself. It is the Ricoh Theta model “S.” It takes 360 […]

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National web design contest – time lapse videos

I used my GoPro camera throughout our recent national web design contest in Louisville, KY. For fun this week, I thought readers might enjoy watching a few of the time lapse videos I put together. I have included videos detailing the contest setup (many thanks to the SkillsUSA Courtesy Corps […]

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National Web Design Contest

As you are reading this, our national web design contest is happening in Louisville, KY. This will be the 13th consecutive year we have held this competition. We hold this in conjunction with the SkillsUSA national competitions. We provide a contest for secondary students and a separate contest for post-secondary […]

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Kentucky caves

My wife and I took our grandsons on a tour of selected caves in Kentucky (and a natural history stop near Louisville). I thought readers might be interested in some of these spots. I used my GoPro camera and created a series of time lapse videos for various aspects of […]

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