Virginia DeBolt

Dinner with Jetpack

The head of the Jetpack team lives in Albuquerque. I live in Albuquerque. When the Jetpack group got together for a meetup of their own in Albuquerque, they decided to invite the entire WordPress community to a Dinner with Jetpack meetup ....more

Free HTML 5 Cheat Sheet

Available free from Matt Banner Here’s a nice HTML5 cheat sheet from Matt Banner. It can be downloaded as a free PDF. Save yourself the cost of a book with this handy tool. (...)Read the rest of Free HTML 5 Cheat Sheet (24 words) © vdebolt for Web Teacher, 2016 ....more

Code: Debugging the Gender Gap

Robin Hauser Reynolds, the Director/Producer of CODE interviews Kimberly Bryant, Founder & CEO Black Girls Code A film many instructors may want to use in class or tell students to watch is now widely available. The film is the documentary Code: Debugging the Gender Gap. You can find it on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vimeo, and TV on demand ....more

A Post-Election Statement

I’m a white woman. I did not vote for Donald Trump. I’ve supported Hillary Clinton since the 1990′s ....more

Girls Who Code releases Girls Who Code Loop

This press release came in from Girls Who Code today. Since I’ve been reading SuperBetter: The Power of Living Gamefullyby Jane McGonigal lately, I can see that the Girls Who Code people have taken the idea of gamefulness and put it into a useful app that will help develop young women in tech. Here’s the press: Girls Who Code, the national nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology, today released Girls Who Code Loop, the first-ever app custom-built for its community ....more

Preview of “What Comes Next is the Future”

What Comes Next is the Future is a documentary film about the future of web design as envisioned by the people who build the web. Here’s the film description: What Comes Next Is the Future is a documentary film about the web created by Bearded founder Matt Griffin. It is the story of Tim Berners-Lee’s creation – how it came to be, where it’s been, and where it’s going – as told by the people who build it ....more

New Accessibility Tutorial for Learners and Educators

The Paciello Group announced a new online interactive tutorial called Teach Access. The tutorial is well organized and allows the learner to do some coding and see the results. It’s a result of work done by The Paciello Group and the Teach Access...more

Review: Writing Interactive Fiction with Twine

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W3C’s WAI Creates Perspectives Videos for Accessibility Understanding

Just as we all like different degrees of doneness in our toast, users need to be able to change the way text is displayed — changing the size, spacing, font, color, and more — in order to read the text. When text is changed, no information or functionality should be lost, the text should re-flow, and users shouldn’t have to scroll horizontally to read sentences. A wonderful new resource from the W3C is a set of very short videos called Web Accessibility Perspectives ....more

Excellent Posters from Ada Lovelace Day

The Ada Lovelace Day website has some excellent posters for educating yourself and for educating students. The one that caught my eye first is the “Amazingly Enormous Careers in STEM Poster.” Others include “Ten Types of Scientist poster,” “Ada Lovelace poster,” and “Mary Anning poster.” You can download the posters from the...more