2018 OCTE Survey

(posted on behalf of OCTE)
This is a last call to help complete the 2018 Technological Education Survey before you leave for summer!
Thank you to all of you who participated in last year’s Technological Education Teacher survey!  We have used the results of the survey to move a number of new OCTE initiatives forward and to develop an OCTE Multi-Year Plan 2018 – 2021.
Here is a link to last year’s Technological Education Research Report.
We have once again partnered with the Ministry of Education to continue this research, inform our new and ongoing OCTE initiatives and to create a baseline of data to measure improvements.  We are asking for your help and your voice once again to complete this year’s Technological Education survey, which should take about 10 minutes to complete.
We appreciate your help in sharing this with other Technological Education teachers who are not here at the conference.
Thank you very much!  Your feedback allows us to keep OCTE relevant and addressing your current needs.
Dave Lewis
Chair of OCTE

Beyond Compare Utility

Beyond Compare is, for me, one of those essential utilities I cannot live without. I have used it for years to manage the marking in my classroom as well as for managing backups of files at home.

Beyond Compare is, as the name implies, a program for comparing files.

This screen shows how I use it for marking. The panel on the left is the handin folder where students submit their assignments. The panel on the right is where I copy the files to after they have been marked. At the top you’ll see that I am using the “All” view so I can clearly see all submissions. Any folder or file with a coloured icon is something I haven’t marked yet. The greyed out icon are the folders or files that have been copied over. (Student names have been blurred out) Continue reading “Beyond Compare Utility”

BDSS E-Waste Recycling Program

Here’s a tweet I posted about an e-waste recycling program I’m coordinating at my school:

Continue reading “BDSS E-Waste Recycling Program”

Finding Vivian Maier, Chicago Street Photographer

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This is a story of a full-time nanny/part-time street photographer in Chicago named Vivian Maier. Vivian sadly passed away in April of 2009, with her photographic work totally unknown to the world. It took a local real estate agent named John Maloof to uncover her amazing talent after purchasing her negatives at an auction. He hadn’t heard of Vivian, and only bought the negatives in a search for some content for a book he was writing. It was when he was scanning the negatives that he realized what he had. Continue reading “Finding Vivian Maier, Chicago Street Photographer”

Vivian Maier Slideshow

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Last week I visited an exhibition of Vivian Maier’s photography at the Chicago Cultural Center. I had learned about Vivian Maier earlier through the Kickstarter website and blogged about it here.

To say I was impressed with the exhibit is an understatement. The whole story about her work being discovered and shared with the world is incredibly fascinating and inspirational, so much so, that I decided to visit Chicago to see her pictures in person. Continue reading “Vivian Maier Slideshow”