Category Archives: IT & Web Development

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Going from Requirements to Test Plan

If you have been following along with some of my blogs, you will notice a recurring topic: REQUIREMENTS (Are Requirements Necessary When Purchasing IT Products , What Does Your System Require?).  I know I have written this before, but having good requirements is the foundation

What Is Card Sorting?

A card sorting exercise is the one of the simplest approaches to creating your website’s navigation or information architecture – especially if there is a participant pool at your fingertips. Card sorting is a method to consider if there are a large number of topic

Web Design for the Visually Impaired

The World Health Organization reports that more than 285 million people worldwide are visually impaired. Clearly, it’s more important than ever to make sure your website is accessible for the visually impaired. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) provides many recommendations about making websites accessible

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Are Requirements Necessary When Purchasing IT Products?

So you don’t think you need requirements when buying a new IT product? If you are buying something for home use, chances are you don’t.  But if you are talking about business use – that can be an entirely different story. In most professional environments

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Where are the IT Teachers?

Close to 70 Cisco Networking Academy instructors from all over the state assembled in the University Union on October 18 for the annual MSDE Cisco Conference.  Looking out over the crowd, I tried to do a fair estimate of the average age of the attendees. 

Cisco Academy Enhancements: What We Did On Our Summer Vacation

This was a great summer for growing tomatoes—and for implementing new technology and innovation in professional development for Towson University’s Cisco Academy Support and Training Center. With Cisco’s evolution to a new support and training structure now complete, Towson is free to explore new ways

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Redefining Professional Development

A roomful of people watch and listen as a presenter recites word-for-word the content of an interminable series of PowerPoint slides that attendees could read for themselves. Too often, this scene constitutes a “professional development opportunity.” However, the only thing being “developed” here is attendees’

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Helping a Municipality Better Connect to Its Citizens

Recently, the Division of Innovation and Applied research completed a website development project for the Town of Kensington located in Montgomery County, Maryland. When the Town of Kensington approached us about a website redesign, we spent time discussing their challenges and in the end provided