What’s the Future of Tech? We Asked Matt Lemay, Enterprise Instructor for GA

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Matt LeMay is a Senior Product Manager at Songza and former Head of Consumer Product at Bitly. He teaches regularly at General Assembly on topics related to product management, big data, and APIs.

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The Best Interactive Tools To Help Kids Learn To Code (While Having Fun)

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As a mother of two boys under age 10, I know how hungry to learn children can be. My kids could teach themselves to read literature in Russian if they thought it would be fun. I kept that in mind while researching the best resources to teach kids to code. What children need is something that makes coding engaging, exciting, and (the word that parents cannot utter without turning whatever they are talking about into anything but) cool. Here are some apps, online programs, and camps to help your future coders get started.

Related Story: The Biggest Subject We Should Be Teaching Kids, But Aren’t

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New To Front-End Web Development? Here The Basics of HTML and CSS

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The Basics ImageWhen you’re crafting content for the web, how does the browser know to place a break between paragraphs? For that matter, how does it know to make a page’s background one color, and the navigation bar another color? HTML and CSS are the answer: Browsers read HTML, a markup language, to determine what shows up on the page, and where. CSS, or cascading style sheets, determines how content appears throughout a website. That is to say, HTML will tell the browser “this is a header” and CSS will say “all headers should be green.”

Related Story: 4 Reasons to Code Your Own Website, Even Though There’s Squarespace

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Can You Learn Creativity? The Answer Might Surprise You

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Creativity is a trait that is as much desired as it is admired. Many of us wish we were more creative — that we had the creative “spark” that allowed Picasso to paint Les Desmoiselles D’Avignon or Paul McCartney to write “Hey Jude.” And we as individuals aren’t the only ones who find value in creativity; today, businesses are taking note too. In a 2010 IBM global survey of more than 1500 CEOs from 60 countries and 33 industries worldwide, creativity was selected as the most crucial factor for future success. That’s right — the most crucial factor, above hard work, discipline, integrity, or vision.

Related Story: The Secret to Being Happy, Healthy, and More Productive at Work

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Developing New Educational Products at GA: The Research Phase

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As the Product Lead for Consumer Products at GA,  I lead the team that researches, designs, and builds all of the educational programs that you teach (or may teach one day) at General Assembly. I am one of many product managers at GA (also known as miracle makers) who build out and iterate on our education products. This includes everything from our full-time Web Development Immersive, to our part-time Digital Marketing course, and online Web Design Circuit. Here I’ll discuss how we build new products, starting with the first stage in our product development process. In a future edition, we’ll share more about we keep our products fresh years after we’ve first built them.

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‘Designing the Editorial Experience’: When Content Strategy and Design Come Together

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“A lot of smart people are writing books and sharing their knowledge, and I never thought that I would be one of them,” says Sue Apfelbaum, a User Experience Design graduate who recently co-authored the book, Designing the Editorial Experience: A Primer for Print, Web and Mobile.

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7 User Experience Designers You Should Be Following on Twitter

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User experience design — the practice of enhancing the usability, functionality, and aesthetic value of a website or product — is a growing industry. And as such, the online community of user experience designers and those interested in UX design is growing too. A simple Twitter search for UX designers yields thousands of results, and while you might learn something from following a few at random, you’ll get the most out of following the designers who will keep your finger on the pulse with industry news and resources, informed insights, and thoughtful conversation.

So just who are those designers? We’ve chosen 7 of the best to follow now.

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Chart Your Course: Which General Assembly Class Is Right for You?

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However you want to come at your next career or business idea, we at General Assembly have a class to help you do it. With on-campus courses in 12 cities—including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, London, Sydney, and Hong Kong—and online classes available everywhere, it’s just a matter of making your next move. Which will it be? Here are a few questions to help you find an educational opportunity that fits your goals and lifestyle.

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Welcome Aboard: WDI Grad Transitions from Student to Staff Member

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James became a part of the General Assembly community after taking our Programming for Non-Programmers course in London. Shortly after, he moved to New York City to participate in our Web Development Immersive

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Fail To Succeed, And Other Business Lessons We Can Learn From Skateboarding

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If there was a way to learn valuable lessons about business innovation and techniques while watching skate videos, you would do it, right? I know I would, because I have spent the past few days watching videos of the great Rodney Mullen, pulling off skateboard tricks while giving talks at business conferences.

My discovery of Mullen’s inspiring speeches happened recently, when my husband fell into a YouTube hole watching old Mullen skateboarding videos. We are both huge fans of the famously innovative freestyle member of the Powell-Peralta Bones Brigade skateboarding team (which also included a young Tony Hawk and was managed by legendary skater Stacey Peralta). Mullen went on to turn street skating into an art, and, like Hawk, has had one of the longer and more successful careers in the sport.

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