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    The Hansens Classes website connects training resources & current online courses in Computer Science, Game Development, Audio/Video and Digital Music Technology, as instructed by Gina Hansen. The site hosts a list of current courses taught, as well as links to previous classes and include an online consortium of additional interests. The goal of this site and classes is to encourage more makers of music, video, & game design and to share resources that contribute to the development of the greater good.

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Former Hinkley High School and now Puget Sound Skill Center Instructor Gina Hansen believes diversity makes us stronger and that no one person is more important than any other. Even if something doesn't directly affect a student personally, it is our duty to stand up and speak out that its wrong to create a more fair and equitable society for all learners. Challenging oneself to learn new things and grow to understand different perspectives is very important to lifelong growth and learning. A question one might ask themself, "If you haven't changed, are you truly living? If you're not learning valuable new skills for your company, why would they want to keep employing you? And in the 21st Century Tech Community, if you're not learning something new, how are you valuable to the company you work for or even the next company you might work for?" Technology teaches students many concepts of logic but also to be flexible & patient problem-solvers. Hansen's classroom prepares students for two very important skills... 1) learning new real world applied technology 2) team development & networking with others to help problem-solve.
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Business, IT & Entrepreneurship combined with 20+ years of teaching experience allows Gina Hansen to bring loads of real world experience to the classroom. Big Business, Startups, Mom and Pop or Public, previous experiences vary greatly but help illustrate a diverse knowledge base for the potential work environments for students. Previous jobs include working for a large, nation-wide telecommunications company assisting with SAP testing and developing internal multimedia stand-alones & instruction; programming for local businesses; sharing new technology to developers in other countries; and preparing/limiting game audio for devices a learning game education company. Hansen also worked as an Adobe Dreamweaver Beta Tester, participated in a comparative high school exit exams as a Stanford Study Evaluator, and collaborated in multiple digital music Maker Project Collaborations in the SF Bay Area.

Growing up in the shadows of Boeing, Amazon, Starbucks and Bill Gates in Washington State combined with California's StartUp Mentality including EA Games, Zynga, Pixar, GoTo Meeting, Yahoo!, Crunchy Roll Studios, Adobe's Beta Cloud software updates & changing Music & Entertainment Law and other companies outsourcing or trying to keep in the game has certainly shaped Hansen's IT perspective and wide breadth of Real World life experiences she can share with students. In CO, Hansen is licensed to teach on the topics at right. Past experiences also include coaching varsity soccer, co-leading a HS Tech Academy, Broadcasting, and ran Pro Tools Sessions for Digital Recording Studios. Hansen was also trained to run CA Partnership Academies & Tri-Caster Video Switcher Live Video Stream Production for Live Sports TV. Hansen also worked teaching WA State Business, Journalism & Computer Media classes, advising Future Business Leaders of America & DECA & coaching soccer and judging WJEA contests. Hansen continues work as a consultant on a per-project basis. In spare time, she enjoys watching Soccer and Triathlon, Snow Sports, Hiking, playing in bands, Music Composition, Travel, Hacking & Maker Events and learning new technologies. She is an early-adopter of piloting new technologies in the classroom that may not even be released yet including Spring 2022 Thumby Pilot Partnership with OpenSource Tiny Circuits, using Micro Python IDE to program the smallest ever Raspberry Pi on the world's smallest "gameboy" housing. 



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Course Schedule

8-3 Summer School June 22 - July 13

- K-12 Instructional Technology 
- K-12 Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education 
- 7-12 English Language Arts 

- CTE: 7-12 Audio/Video /Film Technology
- CTE: 7-12 Information Technology
- CTE: 7-12 Visual & Design Arts 

WA-State OSPI 
- RESIDENCY TEACHER: 4-12 English/Language Arts, Journalism
- CTE: Business Management
- CTE: Computer Applications
- CTE: Communication Tech
- CTE: Commercial Design / Applied Art
- CTE: Career Choices
- CTE: Worksite Learning Coordinator

State of CA
- Professional Clear Credential: English
- Cross-Cultural, Language & Academic Development (CLAD) Certificate

- CTE: Information Technology
- CTE: Finance & Business 
- CTE: Arts & Entertainment & Media Management
- Professional Clear Credential: English
- Cross-Cultural, Language & Academic Development (CLAD) Certificate

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