Callan Morrison

Recent Posts

How CodePen Education Enabled Us To Focus On The Fundamentals In Our Jumpstart Class
Oct 19, 2017
NSS recently launched a 3-week, part-time Jumpstart program that introduces students to the world of web development and teaches them the basics of the core web languages: HTML, CSS and JavaScript. In order to overcome some of the major hurdles in setting up a development environment, and simply focus on the fundamentals, we used a CodePen Education. Take a peek at how we integrated the features into our program. Read More

Topics: Learning, Technology Insights

NSS Alumni Hackathon - The Results Are In
Aug 23, 2017
This past weekend the NSS Alumni association hosted their very first Alumni/Student Hackathon. Over 70 participants were divided into 12 teams and given one parameter: create an application that pertains to the theme Skill++ (loosely translated to: 'build something to help developers learn'). Each of the teams was comprised of NSS alumni and students with varying skill levels and given just 25.5 hours to complete their entire app. The results were 'mind-blowing' (as put by one of the judges). Read More

Topics: Alumni, Student Stories

An Intro To Contributing To Open Source
Mar 1, 2017
Contributing to an open source project can be daunting, especially for those that are just starting out or those that have lived their life contributing to proprietary software. Nick Lorenson & Max Shenfield put together a hands-on workshop to demonstrate both sides of the coin; how to contribute and how it feels to manage an open source project. Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Community, Technology Insights, Get Involved

Graduate Spotlight | Zach & Edgar
Feb 1, 2017
It's been quite a journey getting to dive deeper into the various backgrounds of our graduates. As we continue through this series, we've seen overwhelming passion from these fresh software developers for their new careers, for specific technologies and for the opportunities to enhance the lives of others with their new skills. Today we meet Zach and Edgar. Read More

Topics: Student Stories

Graduate Spotlight | Casey, Debbie & David
Jan 25, 2017
One of the common themes for all of the graduates we have spoken to for these spotlights are that they wanted to challenge themselves. This next group has an especially unique set of challenges they faced, from newborns to reframing their psyches. Seriously, newborns. But they've all overcome the rigor of their tenure here and are on the other side as full-stack junior developers. Read More

Topics: Student Stories

Graduate Spotlight | Matt, Meg & Scott
Jan 19, 2017
This week we look at 3 recent graduates and how they transitioned from their past lives into their new roles as junior developers. Meet Matt, Meg, and Scott. Read More

Topics: Student Stories

Graduate Spotlight | Liz, Fletcher & Tim
Jan 16, 2017
Last Tuesday, NSS graduated 43 full-stack C#/.NET developers. These graduates impressed the community on their Demo Day with their drive, aptitude, and creative portfolios. As much as they've gained in knowledge from NSS, they've given back to the school by bringing their unique backgrounds and experiences to the table. In our new series of blog posts, we'll help you get to know several of Nashville's newest developers. Read More

Topics: Student Stories

Demo Day Recap And Interviews With Our Newest Graduates
Jan 12, 2017
This week Cohort 15 and Evening Cohort 3 graduated 43 full-stack developers, marking over 385 total graduates of NSS. We celebrated their graduation and introduced 32 of the graduates to the community at Demo Day. Get to know these 43 graduates. Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Hiring?

The Philosophy Behind The Mastery Learning Process | Stories From The Hackery Ep. 8
Dec 9, 2016
In Episode 8 of Stories from The Hackery, Steve Brownlee, Lead Instructor here at NSS, speaks with John Wark about the philosophy behind the Mastery Learning Process and fostering a learning environment that produces productive, inquisitive developers. Steve takes a deep-dive into how both students and local employers contribute to the continuous evolution of the core curriculum. Read More

Topics: Learning, Hiring?