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By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, April 12, 2015

Coding for Kids: 7th Grader Follows in Dad's Coder Footsteps

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It all started with a Tweet:

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Suckers for a sweet father-son story, we checked in to see just what this coder kid is working on.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, March 22, 2015

Retired Nurse Loves Photography Again—Thanks to lynda.com

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Joyce Wells loves to learn. She earned as associate’s degree in her 20s, a bachelor’s degree in her 40s, and a master’s in nursing at age 60.

But there was one thing she didn’t care to learn: digital photography.

“I’ve been interested in photography for 35 years,” says Joyce, a former Cub Scout leader who taught her scouts photography. “But around 2000, I got so disgusted because everything was going digital. I like the darkroom. I like my black and whites. I just thought, this is fake photography.

“I put away my cameras and didn’t pick them up for four or five years.”

It was her grown son who changed her mind:

“He said, ‘Mom, your darkroom is just … inside your camera.’ So I went and got a digital camera.”

Actually, she got two—and a membership to lynda.com. Now she loves her Nikons, uses Photoshop, and takes photography trips with her son and friends from Panama to Nova Scotia.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, March 8, 2015

She Traded the Midwest for a Tropical Island — with lynda.com

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How does a Minnesota girl wind up living “on a rock” in the Caribbean?

With help from lynda.com, of course.

“I was doing the corporate thing in Minneapolis,” says Ashley Ladlie, “and I got bit by the ‘tropical-crazy’ bug.”

Now she lives in an indoor/outdoor bungalow surrounded by orchids on St. John in the Virgin Islands and supports her beachside lifestyle by doing freelance web design.

“People say I’m lucky but it really has nothing to do with luck,” she says. “Anybody has the opportunity to do what I did.”

Here’s how she made it work.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, February 22, 2015

3 Cheers for the Mixology App — Stirred up by a lynda.com Member

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Matt Hillebrand had almost everything he needed to create a killer cocktail recipe app.

First, he knew a thing or two about cocktails.

“I’ve been a big fan since college,” says the 37-year-old Seattle resident.

Second, he knew how to build a phone app.

“My dad got me into computers and mobile technology from childhood,” he says. “I’d been working on mobile phone apps even before the iPhone came out.”

But what he didn’t know was how to take great pictures. So he signed up for lynda.com, taught himself photography, and shot the hundreds of stunning images that illustrate his popular Mixology app —which Time Magazine called one of the 50 best iPhone apps.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, January 4, 2015

Fitness Resolution for 2015? Learn While You Burn!

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It’s a fact. New year’s resolutions fall into two categories: want to and have to.

We want to do fun things like create stuff, tackle projects, pursue our interests, and master new toys. But we have to make time for the basics—like exercise.

The clever lynda.com fans you’re about to meet have all found a way to combine those two things: to check off the unavoidable have to of exercise while indulging in the gratifying want to of learning.

And some of them have even lost weight doing it.

By Starshine Roshell | Friday, December 26, 2014

He Helps Fight Hunger in Rwanda. And lynda.com Helps Him.

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At a time of year when many of us are filling our homes and our bellies with an abundance of delicious treats, Jules Rugwiro is fighting hunger in Rwanda.

Jules is a database manager with the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), the largest humanitarian agency that addresses hunger.

“The work that we do includes providing food and/or cash for refugees, responding to emergencies, feeding school children, and connecting farmers to markets,” says Jules, a Rwandan who lives and works in Kigali, the nation’s capitol. “I collect information on whether food is available and accessible, and how it’s utilized by people in different parts of the country. Once we have this information, we identify who the vulnerable people are (i.e. those who are ‘food insecure’), where they live, how insecure they are, and why they are insecure. WFP bases its interventions on these results.

“If my job is not done properly, the most vulnerable people would not be identified and thus not assisted.”

How does he make sure his job is done properly?

“I learned most of my programming and database management skills through self-study and the material available on lynda.com,” says Jules, who studied information technology in school.

By Starshine Roshell | Friday, December 5, 2014

Professor Gives Students 'Bang for Buck': Swaps Books for lynda.com

John Drake adopts flipped classroom to give students more value

“I’m doing it. Next semester, I’m going all in with lynda.com.”

So begins a recent blog post by John Drake, a web development professor at East Carolina University.

“I plan on chucking my existing textbook and instead requiring students to use the training videos to learn HTML, CSS, and PHP. … I am done lecturing in the classroom for this course.”

By Starshine Roshell | Saturday, November 22, 2014

lynda.com Helps TV Editor Find Time to Be Stay-at-Home Mom

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Clare Childs was a successful video editor on high-profile TV shows: “Wife Swap,” “The X Factor,” and “The Secret Millionaire.”

“I was at the top of my game,” she says. “And then I had children—which is a real game-changer.”

No longer willing to work 50+ hours a week in an editing bay, she needed a family-friendly way to keep her mind active and generate  income. She found it with lynda.com.

“I learned how to build websites,” she says. “Completely.”

Now she’s a stay-at-home mom who spends evenings building WordPress sites for clients, and days cavorting with her kids.

“I am one happy lady,” she says.

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