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“And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” - Anaïs Nin

After researching it, talking about it, mulling on it, dreaming about it and planning for it since Joey was born over 7 years ago, it’s finally the right time to take the full plunge into hackschooling our kids. 2015 is going to be a big, busy, totally awesome year. Here’s to following dreams and living big.
Free "Crash Courses" for the Code Curious

Free “Crash Courses” for the Code Curious

We’re pretty excited to announce a new offering that we’re providing to the code-curious: Entirely free Crash Courses that can wet your digital appetite for software and technology.

Our first courses are launching in Austin and in Tampa where we’ll be covering:

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We Have a Match!

We Have a Match!

I’m not sure how many have heard of an awesome program called IRun4, but if you haven’t go check it out! It started with a man, who was a runner, meeting a special guy who couldn’t run, and beginning to dedicate his races to him. It grew from there, and now includes all disabilities. The athletes cheer on their buddies in their accomplishments and the buddies are their “coaches!” I heard of the…

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5 Ways to Fully Leverage The Iron Yard Family

5 Ways to Fully Leverage The Iron Yard Family

The idea of jumping head-first into a new world of software and technology is scary, no question about it. And, even if you have some experience and background in the industry, there’s nothing quite like the hardcore bootcamp-style environment that you’re about to experience.

In fact, there are very few things to compare it with and so, consequently, we understand the anxiety that you might be…

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Hackschooling mi rende felice Logan LaPlante al TEDxUniversityofNevada

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A 13 year old talks about traditional education system and what he wants to be when he’s an adult.

hackschooling: creativity, education, happiness, and health in today's hectic society

education reform always seems to have a spot in national dialogue. however, it never seems to move past that - we talk about the need for a change in our education system, but never make those changes. i get the sense that we are afraid to change for some reason, like we fear changing the way we approach education might set us behind somehow. by a lot of metrics we’re already falling behind, though, so that type of logic is a little bit unsound.

i don’t think our current system is 100% defunct, but it could definitely use improvement. one major area ripe for a makeover is the way we approach creativity and the arts. a lot of times we verbally support them, but then schools focus on standardized forms of thinking, and arts are the first to go in budget cuts.

i could go on, but i’d rather let these two videos speak for me. this first video is of a kid named Logan who spke at TEDx in Nevada. Logan Laplante is a thirteen year old boy who was taken out of the traditional school system when he was nine. he’s easily one of the most articulate just-turned-teenagers i’ve ever come across, and he sounds like he’s got a much better perspective on life than most adults. when he grows up, he’s no sure what he want’s to do, but he knows he wants to be happy and healthy. you go, Logan.



can i be hackschooled?

this second video is the most-watched video in TEDtalk history. it’s called “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” and it’s given by the humorous and astute Sir Kevin Robinson. he makes some brilliant points about how we grow kids out of creativity, rather than developing it.



you can find a nice summary of the relationship between the two videos here.

what are your thoughts on the importance of creativity, living a healthy and happy life, education, and the way these fit into our modern society?

Drew Kerr: A Future Small Business Owner and Entrepreneur

Drew Kerr: A Future Small Business Owner and Entrepreneur

From time to time we like to share the exciting “stories in the making” and allow you to get to know more about current students and graduates. From this vantage you can learn more about where they’ve come from and where they are going.

We hope their stories inspire you to think much bigger about your career in software and technology!

This is Drew Kerr’s story.

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Mike Vaughan: A Journey From Theatre to Software

Mike Vaughan: A Journey From Theatre to Software

From time to time we like to share the exciting “stories in the making” and allow you to get to know more about current students and graduates. From this vantage you can learn more about where they’ve come from and where they are going.

We hope their stories inspire you to think much bigger about your career in software and technology!

This is Mike Vaughan’s story.

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Katie Walsh: From Teacher to Software Developer

Katie Walsh: From Teacher to Software Developer

From time to time we like to share the exciting “stories in the making” and allow you to get to know more about current students and graduates. From this vantage you can learn more about where they’ve come from and where they are going.

We hope their stories inspire you to think much bigger about your career in software and technology!

This is Katie Walsh’s story.

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3 Simple Reasons Why Our Students Made 2015 the Year of Code

3 Simple Reasons Why Our Students Made 2015 the Year of Code

We get to hear a ton of great stories every single day about success and struggle that our students experience and we’re there to help in every way that we can. It’s the reason we started and built the organization in the first place and why so many great people on staff have joined our company over the last year.

Naturally, we do our very best to understand the ever-changing needs that our…

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Atlanta's Largest Demo Day: A Recap of Growth

Atlanta’s Largest Demo Day: A Recap of Growth

When I first started as a Campus Director at The Iron Yard, Atlanta’s campus was a team of three: John Saddington, Partner, Jo Albright, iOS Instructor, and little ol’ me, trying to learn the ropes of an organization that was small but mighty in South Carolina.

We started in a temporary space, grew within the Atlanta Tech Village, and recently graduated to a space of our own in Downtown Atlanta.…

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Thomas McCracken: From Systems Analyst to Software Programmer

Thomas McCracken: From Systems Analyst to Software Programmer

This is a Guest Post by Thomas McCracken, a graduate from our Atlanta Front End Development Cohort.

After working for six years as a Systems Analyst, I decided that what I really wanted to do is software development, and, more specifically, front-end development for web applications.

I looked at many options including costly and long graduate programs at college and online classes that are hard…

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