March 1, 2014

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Building Mobile Apps for Fun and Profit

Wow! I’ve got 62 students in two sections of Mobile App Development this semester at UNG, the most popular computer science we’ve ever offered! We’re programming apps in Android and iOS, and having a blast! It’s so popular, we’ve added a new Minor in Mobile App Development that starts this Fall 2014 – CSCI 1301/1302 […]

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November 1, 2013

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Building the next Facebook/Twitter/etc.

The tools to build the next billion-user app (like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, GMail, etc.) are more easily within reach than ever before – in fact, perhaps they’re within reach for the first time, ever. Just ten years ago (2003), there was no Facebook (it first went online in 2004), no Twitter (2006), no YouTube (2005), […]

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October 17, 2013

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EDUCAUSE2013

Attached below are the slides from our EDUCAUSE 2013 presentation “Challenges and Choices across Two Categories of IT Consolidations”, with our colleagues from UC-Irvine and UNG: E13-Roode Payne_2013-10-17

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September 24, 2013

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Making Ethical Decisions

I gave a presentation today for Junior Achievement to 250 high school students from surrounding counties during their visit to UNG thanks to the BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership in the Mike Cottrell College of Business. It was an honor to be able to share my perspective on ethical decision-making with future college students […]

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August 12, 2013

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Celebrating 30 Years of Computer Science at UNG

Inside cover of the 1983 North Georgia Undergraduate Catalog

This semester marks the 30th anniversary of the bachelor’s degree program in computer science at North Georgia. In September of 1983, the Department of Mathematics became the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at North Georgia College, offering a bachelor of science degree in computer science at a time when few universities offered complete degree […]

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August 5, 2013

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$30 per month iPhone 5 with unlimited text/data

I don’t usually advertise on my site, but I do advocate saving and investing, so I’m posting my personal experience with switching from AT&T to Virgin Mobile cell phone service. My close friend and colleague Dr. Markus Hitz has been a Virgin Mobile customer for several years, happy with their coverage here in Dahlonega, and […]

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July 20, 2013

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MOOCs really can change the world

Massive, open, online courses (MOOCs) have been a novelty trying to find a business model, but that could be changing. Having free, top-quality courses from Harvard, MIT, Georgia Tech, UPenn, has an obvious appeal. Until recently, though, there wasn’t a great deal of evidence that MOOCs were significantly contributing to educational outcomes for either traditional […]

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June 21, 2013

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New Programming Tutorial Videos

I’ve updated my http://vimeo.com/ungcs video lesson site – if you’ve taken one of my courses in the past year or read my January post about massively open online courses, you’ve seen my programming tutorials in either Java or JavaScript, but I’ve updated the channel to include a fifth video produced this summer. You can now […]

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May 2, 2013

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Passing 2,500 Followers on Twitter

twitter home page showing 3560 followers, July 2013

In the two months since Randstad’s Social Media Director, Mr. Scott Graham (http://twitter.com/ScottGraham9), gave an outstanding guest lecture in my MBA course on Information Management (MGMT 6610), I’ve followed just a few of his many tips and insights, and it’s paid off measurably. I’ve been active in social media for more than a decade, but […]

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March 21, 2013

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600 Days of Juicing!

Kale Lemon Carrot Juice

I just happened to type the date we started juicing (July 29, 2011) into Excel and noticed it’s exactly 600 days ago today! I can’t believe my beautiful wife Bev and I have been juicing for 600 days – this July will make it 2 years. In that time, I’ve lost 54 pounds – almost […]

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