3D Printer

I expect delivery of a 3D Printer in August, 2020; officially described as: Artillery®Sidewinder X1 3D Printer 300 × 300 × 400mm print size support for resume printing [after power loss] filament run-out detection quiet operation  Reviews are good and YouTube videos impressive; filament spools are available in different...Read more

CNC Router

Moving forward, it’s time to figure out how to purposefully use a CNC router. There is no room at home for this so I’ll deploy this at the school (though I do retain ownership rights). After doing some research this is the one I selected. Made in China, reviews of...Read more

Robot First Aid Day – with Celt-X (FRC 5406)

Many thanks to the Celt-X for their hospitality on Sunday, March 1, 2020 – they hosted a first aid day to help First Robotics teams with ailing robots. Ours was a controller problem with the Spark MAX controllers (we have not used them before) and we were able to get this...Read more

Vimy

by Dr. Peter Gehbauer, Captain, Royal Canadian Artillery (Inspired by In Flanders Fields by Dr. John McCrae, Lieutenant Colonel, Canadian Army Medical Corps) Beyond barbed wire row on row    in trenches, bunkers lies the foe. Pockmarked landscape guns have touched    mixed earth and death,       outreaching hands, bayonets...Read more

What is your Philosophy of Education?

Although you may not think so, you have a philosophy of education. It’s there just under the surface, unseen, but affecting every decision you make as a teacher or life-long learner. Do you see learners as: blank slates on which to write; empty cups to fill; or, flames to be...Read more

Dr. Woodie Flowers Explains Creativity, Engineering and FirstRobotics

Dr Woodie Flowers is a long-time champion of FirstRobotics and gracious professionalism. Here he provides an interesting and succinct summary of what FirstRobotics is all about — essentially building character, leadership, communication skills and STEAM competencies in all participants, whether youth team member, adult mentor or volunteer. So, why not...Read more

21st Century Skills

I include the following sentence in my personal statement on Instructional Leadership: Acknowledging that today’s learners are different from previous cohorts, I accept the challenge to collaboratively prepare them for a future that, today, we cannot clearly describe. Many of the jobs that current high school students will have in...Read more

The Power of Yet

The key concept underpinning Growth Mindset are key to learning — but the messaging must be tuned to the audience. For an adult educator audience, Carol Dweck’s Ted Talk may well resonate and encourage teachers to promote a growth mindset. Though the message is important, for skeptical young learner, the...Read more

Netiquette

The following two videos describe what is meant by the term netiquette and what constitutes acceptable online behaviours. Take a few minutes to watch these videos. A good practice is to watch a video once, paying attention to the concepts and principles described, then watch it again with paper and pencil in hand, pausing the video to...Read more