Major Monday – Computer software engineering

August 13, 2012 by  
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You’ve probably been hearing a lot about how the field of engineering is a remarkably fast-growing field and is in high-demand for good, skillful workers. You probably also know that the field of computer programming is also booming, especially with the rise of social media and our growing use of the Internet. So it only makes sense to combine these two fields in your studies in order to have a successful career, right? If you find these two fields interesting and are looking for an ever-changing, exciting career you might want to declare a major in computer software engineering.


According to the College Board, a major in computer software engineering tends to lead to a degree at the bachelor’s level. Helpful courses to take in high school to prepare for this major include AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science and AP Calculus. Typical college courses include software architecture and design, systems analysis, website design and fundamentals of software development. You’ll learn how to prepare for your career in your final project, often creating your own software development with your classmates and applying all the knowledge you’ve learned over the past four years of study.

What to know before you apply

Students who declare this major will be taking classes in both computer science and computer engineering so knowledge and a passion for both areas is essential. It is usually beneficial for students to complete an internship so it’s important to look at the internship opportunities available at the schools students are looking into. Students who declare this major should be able to think abstractly and problem-solve because the field of computer software engineering often requires the ability to analyze and design many different kinds of software.


A career in computer software engineering earned an average of $90,170 in 2009 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Other related careers are also an option for graduating students, including computer programming which earned an average of $74,690 and database administration which averages a yearly salary of $74,290 as of 2009.

Learning English Using Technology

July 8, 2012 by  
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The World Wide Web has opened a whole new world of opportunity to those who need or want to learn English. instead of being required to go to regular classes and study with a teacher in a traditional setting, which many do not have time to do, those who want to learn English can now do so from the comfort of their own homes on the computer.

Benefits of Learning English with the Computer

Whether you use an online format or a computer software program to learn English, utilizing technology carries many benefits. first, you are able to learn at your own pace. If you take English in a traditional classroom, you are forced to learn at the pace of the rest of the class. If you are more proficient than the average student, you will be held back. On the other hand, if you are learning more slowly than your classmates, you may be left behind. Technological resources allow you to learn as quickly or slowly as you want, giving you the chance to spend extra time on the areas where you need more help.

Another benefit to learning through technology, especially online courses, is the fact that you can learn no matter where you are. as long as you have an Internet connection, and with WiFi technology this is becoming more and more readily available, you can log on to your class and do a lesson or two. If you are required to travel frequently for your job, you can still use the computer to improve your English skills. This is not possible if you enroll in a traditional English class, as you will be required to be present at your scheduled class time.

Learning English Online Works

You are probably wondering if learning English online is going to sacrifice the quality of your speaking and reading ability. If you choose a good online program it will not. The best online English courses give you the chance to practice writing and speaking English. you may need a microphone for your computer in order to speak, or the listening ear of a friend, but you will learn the language well.

The key to your success in learning English using the computer is choosing the right program or course. Choose a program that focuses on basic vocabulary first, and then teaches you English through conversation, either written or spoken. Grammar rules are important as well, but if your goal is to be able to converse fluently, you need a program that jumps right into conversation after teaching you some basic words. Grammar rules can be learned after some conversation has been mastered.

Ideally, choose a program taught by native English speakers. be sure to choose a course that has a listening component. you will need to be able to hear the different sounds of the language repeatedly in order to learn to speak them. This is one way in which learning English with the computer is helpful, because you can replay phrases over and over until you have mastered them.

Other Online Resources

The Internet also gives you the chance to practice reading and writing in English. Since 80 percent of all websites are in English, you can read as much of the language as you want after you have gained a basic understanding of common phrases and vocabulary. in addition to this, chat rooms, online forums, and discussion groups give you the chance to practice writing in English, with the opportunity to get some feedback on your grammar and spelling. Additionally, there are many websites where you can download worksheets and even games that give you the ability to practice your vocabulary skills. The Internet is a treasure trove for people who are trying to learn English, so stop making excuses, get online, and start learning

Wallingford students struggle with crashing computers – Wallingford News –

February 16, 2012 by  
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WALLINGFORD – Mark Cullen was lucky enough to log on to adesktop computer during his senior English class Thursday morningat Sheehan High School.

Four of his classmates couldn’t find working computers when theclass started. they stood in the middle of the computer lab as theywaited for Robert Kovi, the information technology resourceteacher, to fix the malfunctioning computers.

“Three or four computers don’t work every class period,” saidGregrory Dirkson, the class teacher. “They’ve been getting worselately.”

One computer had a memory error caused by the hard disk comingloose in the case, Kovi said later. The other had an IP, orinternet protocol, conflict and its connection to the network hadto be re-established.

The computers were finally up and working, except for one, whichKovi said needs more work.

“Basically I fixed them so the students could use them at thatmoment,” Kovi said. “There were already more students thancomputers.”

The Board of Education has recently put aside $100,000 to updateand replace computers. The money comes from available funding inthe current school year’s budget.

“Our replacement cycle is essential,” said School SuperintendentSalvatore Menzo. “If you have computers that are five to 10 yearsold, the capability of programs and software is not there.”

Kovi said it’s not certain the type of computers the proposedbudget would buy.

Menzo’s January presentation on the school budget, however,highlighted that the money would be used to update desktopcomputers and teachers’ laptops for all Wallingford publicschools.

There are about 70 computers available Sheehan, though studentsreported some of the computers crashing on them as they work onassignments.

Cullen, 18, was among them.

“I was writing an essay a few weeks ago in this room,” Cullensaid. “My computer just shut off, and I lost all my work.” he hadto start his work all over again.

Some students brought their own laptops to avoid issues like theone Cullen had experienced.

Jessica Paiva, 17, sat Thursday in class with herHewlett-Packard laptop, which she bought last year when schoolcomputers started acting up.

“There aren’t enough computers in the class,” Paiva said. “Plus,it’s more convenient to keep your own computer.”

Paiva said she was less worried about losing the two-pagehomework essay about how Bill Janes’ “After the Storm” poemconnects to “The things they Carried,” a book about the Vietnam warby Tim O’Brien.

Marlena Prast, 16-year-old Sheehan junior, hasn’t experiencedcrashing computers. But she still prefers to bring her own laptopto school.

“I’ve more updated programs on my laptop,” said Prast, who wasdoing homework for her digital photography class. “The school mayhave Photoshop, but my computer works better.”

Students such as Cullen, who said he can’t afford a laptop, willhave to rely on what they have for now.

“I may lose this at anytime,” Cullen said, about the firstparagraph of his essay. “What can I do?”