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Day Three of Technology Camp: Computer Networking, Communication, and Content Management

Aug 07, 2019 03:24PM ● By Editor
Boreal Community Media Board member Eric Block talks about content management with the students on Wednesday.  All photos:  Boreal Community Media

From Boreal Community Media - August 7, 2019

On day three of technology camp, Cook County students learned about computer networking and how to configure the devices that run the internet.  Communication skills were also emphasized throughout the day, as that is a key component that is essential in the workplace of these future IT gurus.  According to instructor Joan Bernard, "This is the youngest group of campers that I have ever worked with, but they are meeting and exceeding every single expectation."  Cook County High School graduate David Blackburn is the teaching assistant for this camp, and he remarked that that he is very impressed with the focus that each student has on the tasks that they have been given.

After the lunch break, Boreal Community Media Board member Eric Block of Hovland stopped in to do a demonstration on content management.   He showed the students how to create articles, attach photos, and embed videos in stories.  The students were able to choose one of their favorite You Tube videos to be embedded.  

Declan Gergets, one of the bright young campers, said that his favorite part of camp so far was Agile and SCRUM.  Campers have two more days this week to dig deeper into technology.  Thursday's topic will be "Introduction to Scripting" and Friday's topic will be "Cybersecurity - Detecting and preventing security breaches".  

Campers enjoying a well-deserved lunch break from Dairy Queen.

 Each day of camp has a different theme for the students.  The instructor for the camp is Joan Bernard and her assistant is David Blackburn, a Cook County High School graduate and Boreal intern who is now majoring in Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Named 2017 Minnesota Educator of the Year by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, Joan Bernard currently teaches in the Computer Networking Department at Hennepin Technical College in the Twin Cities and holds several technology professional certifications.   

This opportunity was brought to Cook County students by a collaboration between Boreal Community Media, Cook County Higher Education and Cook County Schools ISD 166 Community Education.  Generous community donors came forward to help fund this camp