Kenzie Tech News 7/17/20

Kenzie Tech News 7/17/20

Chicago developers share their secrets to clean code, accessibility gets embedded into everyday tech, and we examine the role empathy plays in online learning. This is your weekly Kenzie tech news roundup.

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We may be in the middle of a pandemic, but there are still a plethora of tech jobs on the market. If you’re curious about what they are, read up on the highest paying tech jobs of the moment and figure out what skills you need to learn to land them. Find your next role at TechRepublic.

Cleaning up your code 

Learning how to write clean code is essential to killing it as a Software Engineer. If you’re looking for some new tips and tricks on how to write code that reads like a book, you’ll love hearing what some Chicago-based developers shared in an interview with Built in Chicago. Read it here.

Which tech jobs need a certification? 

Check out this super useful list detailing which job postings asked for different certifications. This list gets down to the nitty-gritty and also showcases the projected growth you can expect within each tech position. Grab this one on Dice.

Building relationships in online learning 

For this mindfulness coach and former teacher/curriculum designer, online learning doesn’t have to feel impersonal. By recognizing the human body’s limits, being open to questions, and focusing on sharing, relationships can build in the online classroom. Add some empathy and connection to your remote learning routine with this story on EdSurge.

The principles of good web design 

Designing your site with the user in mind is key, not just for aesthetics and functionality but for your bottom line too. Writer Mitchell Terpstra details five major things to design for in this piece on Entrepreneur. Read all about them here.

Where do we go from here? 

Remember back in March and April when we all got tired of hearing about our “new normal” (what a throwback!)? Now, we’re seeing the ways that “new normal” is playing into the education space. From new ed technology to a move towards project-based learning (we stan), these new ways of doing things are disrupting our traditional ideas about how we learn, and why we learn. Read more on EdSurge.

TLDR: “Disabled do-it-yourselfers lead way to technology gains”

The 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act is coming up on July 26. In its honor, we’re looking at the ways tech innovation has been driven by disabled people. Dive into this long-form story on The New York Times.

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Alexa Goins

Alexa Goins

Alexa Goins is the Content Marketer at Kenzie Academy. Before she joined the field of higher education marketing, she worked as a journalist and taught English in the South of France. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading non-fiction works, doing embodiment yoga, or planning her next trip to Paris. You can find more of her work at

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