Not so photogenic, but here I am…

Backed up with a degree in instructional design for online learning, I provide educational services to a number of organizations in Ontario. Online course development is increasingly in Brightspace / D2L though I personally prefer working with Moodle. The chief difference between these two is how they are developed. Moodle is open-source and a community of users worldwide contribute to the many innovations and improvements that are regularly promulgated. Brightspace, though it is well integrated with learning expectations of jurisdictions like Ontario, does not implement new features with the same momentum. Online quizzes, for example, are far more advanced in Moodle than in Brightspace and are essential as checkpoint and evaluation tools. If you need help with Moodle or Brightspace, I may be able to help.

Starting in August 2018, I teach at the Six Nations Polytechnic STEAM Academy in Brantford. The Ontario curriculum courses I teach are mathematics and robotics¹. About a week after being hired, I was asked by the school principal to lead the school’s robotics initiative. Though I knew a little bit about robotics competitions, this was something very new to me and I welcomed a challenge. FirstRobotics is facilitated by a network of mentors, in our case a veteran team from Hamilton’s St. Mary Catholic Secondary School’s MakeShift (FRC4039) was (and continues to be) particularly helpful and, more recently, from another veteran team from Hamilton’s Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School Celt-X Robotics (FRC 5406).

Though we are all impacted by Covid-19, I nevertheless expect to learn a lot from both mentors and my students this year. This is a growth year with an important focus for the team (and the robotics courses) is to build capacity to design, prototype and fabricate parts whether with conventional or with automated tools, e.g., OnShape CAD with 3D printer or CNC router. We are not participating in First Robotics (FRC) events this year but hope to compete at the STEMley Cup in November, 2022 with the Everybot that robotics students are building.

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(Updated August 11, 2021)

¹ robotics in grade 9 (TIJ1O) and grade 11 (TMR3M); with a new, grade 10 robotics, course to be offered in the 2022-2023 academic year alongside grade 12 Advanced Functions (MHF4U) and Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U).
² chiefly related to BrightSpace, Moodle, Microsoft Office or Google applications, Camtasia Studio, and FirstRobotics.
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