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Doug Anderson
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Certiport's corporate blog
Interests: Computing, computers, computer technology ... oh and certifications.
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Mar 15, 2010
A new brochure issued Dec. 15 by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can help give educators some insight into the mind of the Feds when it comes to Internet safety regulations. Entitled "Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online,"... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2009 at Certiblog
After a prolonged hiatus, Tech Issue Busteris back to outline the top customer service issues facing Certiport Testing Centers. Last time, we tackled the ins and outs of administrative rights for installing/un-installing software. This time, we're hitting—in Maverick speak—"the need... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2009 at Certiblog
This should probably go under the "I guess we already knew that" category; nonetheless, I always enjoy confirming what I thought I knew. (Does that mean I'm insecure?) In CertMag's annual "Certification Salary Survey," 20 percent of the publication's survey... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2009 at Certiblog
No, this ins't a plug for a professional sports league. Those folks can keep their multi-million dollar salaries and outrageous endorsement contracts. That's right. I'm talking about the spine of society, the people that move the wheels of the system... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2009 at Certiblog
Two studies released earlier this month say that employees are growing discontent and restless in the wake of a global recession that may be improving ... but not quick enough. Firms Right Management and Finnegan Mackenzie got responses from hundreds... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2009 at Certiblog
As I browsed the 2010 IC³ World Cup Web site (registration for the competition is now open, by the way), I got a bit nostalgic for the Cups of yore. (Acutally I really just enjoyed viewing this ridiculous video that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2009 at Certiblog
I always find it interesting to see how countries from around the world respond to challenging economic times. Singapore, of course, has been on the leading edge of technology usage for years; but even their government officials don't believe the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2009 at Certiblog
The U.S. Federal Government changes to E-rate (passed by Congress under the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act last year) are close to being settled for good. The act will require schools to show proof they have Internet safety... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2009 at Certiblog
The crazy thing about aiming for the stars is that you just might hit the moon along the way. Case in point: Edison Job Corps in New Jersey, USA. Many of the youth enrolled in the federally funded program are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2009 at Certiblog
I cringe when I think of the days of pouring over primary sources of information for research. Not only was the search often tedious ... those books were heavy! Now, I won't go as far as to consider the future... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2009 at Certiblog
Scanning the Twitt-o-sphere (not really a word) for certification news and information ... Mississippi joined the Microsoft Elevate America workforce enhancement program yesterday via press conference. TheMississippi Department of Employment Secturity (MDES) says the program will make 19,200 Microsoft Office... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2009 at Certiblog
Money, money, money! It's more than a song. Employers often think it's what keeps a company's best employees from walking. (Yes, even with a down economy organizations fret over losing their best folks. Maybe you do, too.) But as several... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2009 at Certiblog
In an increasingly digital world nearly everyone needs to know how to use the computer. That includes your local health care provider. For the sake of some stimulation, let's argue this point a little: You: Are you saying the person... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2009 at Certiblog
It seems like only yesterday I was touting Certiport IC³ (Global Standard 3) as the logical solution for validating Internet safety training as a component to digital literacy instruction. (OK, maybe not yesterday ... but certainly last week.) Apparently, the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2009 at Certiblog
I found a great blog post today through Edutopia that I think helps illustrate the difficulties many school districts are facing when it comes to harnessing the potential of the Internet to enrich classroom learning. With so many restrictions on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2009 at Certiblog
Some news and notes for your Friday afternoon blaaaaahs: According to a recent survey, the Internet is playing a larger role than ever before in determining a student's college, according to an article in Today's Campus. About 90% of all... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2009 at Certiblog
As the economy continues to recover, albeit not too gracefully with historic levels of unemployment, it's important to remember most Test Candidates will need some help kicking their resume writing and interview skills into gear. For the former, I've found... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2009 at Certiblog
Every inner-city high school struggles to keep students engaged, let alone prepared for emlpoyment in the real world. Adding more relevance to curriculum at New York City's New York City's Thomas A. Edison CTE High School has, in part, positively... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2009 at Certiblog
To network or not to network ... socially? That's the question that many are wrestling with in bringing Web 2.0 into the classroom. The potential benefits of leveraging social networks, wikis, blogs, and other tools to enhance students' cultural understanding... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2009 at Certiblog
Summer is now officially gone and so are those summer romances. (But that's OK, because who likes warm weather anyway, right?) While you were living it up for the last three months, the Microsoft® Office certfication program had its own... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2009 at Certiblog
Fair summer droops, droop men and beasts therefore, So fair a summer look for nevermore: All good things vanish less than in a day, Peace, plenty, pleasure, suddenly decay. Go not yet away, bright soul of the sad year, The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2009 at Certiblog
As he approached the village he met a number of people, but none whom he knew, which somewhat surprised him, for he had thought himself acquainted with every one in the country around. Their dress, too, was of a different... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2009 at Certiblog
“We’re going to Dodge City” Dad shouted so that Aunt Edythe could hear. “Why in heavens would you want to go to that filthy, dirty tourist trap?” Unfortunately, Aunt Edythe was right about Dodge City. It wasn’t the authentic frontier... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2009 at Certiblog
I'm sometimes asked what the idea behind the Certiport Champions of Digital Literacy program is. Unlike student competitors in the Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office, Champions are not necessarily the fastest or most capable on the computer. We aren't wowed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2009 at Certiblog