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Beginning Coding/Programming Boot Camps/Building a Basic Web Application



Business and Technology teachers may register for one or more of the three Beginning Coding/Programming Boot Camps.  There are two options to register. 

1.  Online Registration:  Go to 

2.  Mail-in Paper Registration:  Email a request to Diane Mahinda, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   



June 5-7 - Carterville, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., John A. Logan College, Room F118, 700 Logan College Rd., Carterville, IL 62918

Registration Deadline: May 29. PD--7.5 hours per day

June 12-14 - Springfield, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Capitol Area Career Center, Activity Center B2201, Toronto Rd., Springfield, IL 62712

Registration Deadline: June 5. PD--7.5 hours per day

June 24-26 - Joliet, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Joliet Central High School, Room 65, 1201 E Jefferson St., Joliet, IL 60432

Registration Deadline: June 17. PD--7.5 hours per day

Boot Camp Content is application based using HTML 5, CSS, Javascript, and developing a mobile app for the beginning boot camps. The curriculum used in the beginning boot camp will be made available to all participants to use in developing participants' future high school courses.  Participants with little knowledge of coding and programming are encouraged to join this boot camp!

Employability Skills Frameworks & Lesson Plans

Teachers have been requesting information regarding employability standards and curriculum related to those employability skills.  Below are a few resources that might be helpful to those of you looking for this kind of information.


Coding/Programming Resources & Information Videos

Web Coding Resources

10 Coding Blogs to keep you ahead of the tech curve -- IL CTE teachers use their login.

36 Resources to Help Teach Kids Programming

Code Academy


Python Anywhere Programming 



Sarah Sunday

8th Light 

Introductions to Careers in Coding/Programming

Sarah is a professional web/app developer with 8th Light in the Chicago area. 

View her videos, which Sarah so graciously recorded for us. They shed "light" into how we can introduce and train students for coding careers in Illinois! Send me your feedback at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Industry Terminology
See videos regarding web development terminology from Sarah Sunday, 8th Light


Highlights From Business Teacher Updates--Fall 2018

Highlights From The Business Teacher Updates--FALL 2018

The focus for these updates was on innovative ways of teaching Entrepreneurship and Technology! All updates were free, but registration was required.

The following were the updates from Fall 2018

  • Oct. 11--Champaign Central High School, Champaign--"Fan Palooza" Teaching Entrepreneurship with Technology, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Click here for calendar event details.  
  • Oct. 16--South Suburban College, Oak Forest--"Fan Palooza" Teaching Entrepreneurship with Technology, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Click here for calendar event details. 
  • Oct. 17--Wheaton-Warrenville South High School, Wheaton--INCubatorEdu MobileMakersEdu Preview Night!, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Click here for calendar event details.  
  • Oct. 18--Canton High School, Canton--INCubatorEdu MobileMakersEdu Preview Night!, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Click here for calendar event details.  
  • Oct. 25--ROCTE EFE System, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield--"Fan Palooza" Teaching Entrepreneurship with Technology, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Click here for calendar event details. Oct. 29--Warren Township High School, Gurnee, IL--Business Teacher Update Session, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. R
  • Nov. 1--John A Logan College, Carterville, IL--Business Teacher Update Session, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Sample Business Teacher Update Flyers!

Oct 11 Flyer


Web/Mobile App Coding SGI--July 30, 2018 Highlights

Structured Group Interview (SGI)/Teacher Steering Committee (TSC)

Coding for Web/Mobile App Development

July 30, 2018


Great appreciation goes to Aligatortek, 8th Light, and 146th Street for sharing their expert developers at the July 30 Structured Group Interview, Coding for Web/Mobile App Development. This small group of experts rendered industry-based topics and subtopics which will be made into a curriculum for Illinois high school CTE teachers.

Thank you to Ahmar Arshi, Sarah Sunday, and Andrew Harris for donating their time and energy to this project! The lively discussion delivered important insights for future curriculum.

In addition to the developer professionals' contributions, several tech-savvy Business Education Instructors from around the state of Illinois participated on the Teacher Steering Committee. With the information gained from the developers, this teacher committee created a number of new lesson titles with learning objectives and suggested "real world" activities for curriculum which will ultimately be published at for Illinois CTE high school instructors.


Andrew Harris, Owner, 146th Street, Ltd. & Sr. Lecturer--IU/PUI
Ahmar Arshi, Director of Software Development, Aligatortek 
Sarah Sunday, Associate Director of Managed Software Services, 8th Light



Web/Mobile App Developers from the Chicago and Indianapolis areas volunteered their time and expertise to share information regarding the skills and knowledge required for their careers. With this information, curricular topics and subtopics were derived.


Jennifer Williams, North Mac High School; Kevin Holben, Richards High School; Gail Turner, Newton Community High School; Jamal Maatuka, Champaign Central High School

Business Education Instructors formed the Teacher Steering Committee for Coding for Web/Mobile App Development Structured Group Interview. They took the results of the SGI panel of experts and created lesson plan titles with learning objectives as lesson plan framework for future lesson writers on those topics.