The Ready Launch™

A momentum driven motorcycle turntable.We pulled in to the garage yesterday and I wished for this: The Ready Launch™.  Backing the Concours out of a single car garage and around parked vehicles can be onerous, and as we rode right in and the door closed behind us it reminded me…

The Lab That Isn’t A Lab

Originally published way back in 2012 when I had the comp-tech department land on me with 3 days notice!  https://temkblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-lab-that-isnt-lab.html I'm teaching Computer Engineering in a school computer lab.   It's the nicest lab in the school, and I don't want it any more. I recently described it to my…

ASU/GSV Summit

I went to the strangest education conference of my career this past couple of days.  Wikispaces invited me down to attend and what a learning experience it was.  Surrounded by a struggling US education system that spends more and produces less than our own, I found it difficult to follow the circumstances they've…

Reassembly

The old bike is coming back together again.  I've learned a couple of valuable lessons in the process: a $30 toolbox should prevent $50 in lost parts, every time 1) Don't take your parts to high school to get them worked on, they lose parts, don't do the work anyway…

Money Clouds

You hear a lot about the magic of the cloud these days.  It's linked to online integration, website optimization and the evolution of computers.   Integration and optimization involve encouraging users to put information online and making that data easy for aggregators to access.  The modern, monetized internet is built around turning data…

Setting the Stage

I somehow managed to fanangle my way into an Edtech symposium this week on the sustainable development of digital technology in education. Amidst former deputy ministers of education, board CIOs and other provincial education types I got to see the other side of the equation.This year as head of Computers/IT…

Privilege Masquerading as Superiority

Last year while at the CyberTitan National Finals in Fredericton I happened to be standing by Sandra Saric, ICTC's VP of talent innovation, during a photo opportunity where the fifty or so student competitors were all together on a long stairway.  Under her breath she wondered, "where are all the…
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