Digital Serfs

This topic has come up before, but I've been rehashing it in my mind over the past day or two after having a twitter-talk with @innovativeedu.She posted a blog on using Facebook in class. Before last semester, I would probably have read it, nodded, and moved on.Last semester I found…

Iceland Travel Photography

From a ten day stay over in Iceland on our way to the UK this past summer (July, 2017).  We travelled for three days around the south east travelling as far as Vik and then did a week with family friends up and over the north coast to Akureyri and beyond…

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…

2018 Tundra Swan Migrations

A dull and snowy day, lots of white on white, and using the Nikon p610, which isn't the most low light friendly camera in the world (though it does have ungodly reach). Then two of these flew by and the flock launched... We came back through a couple of hours…

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…

Autumn Colours

Between the cooler temperatures, the steeper angles of sunlight and the changing colours, Autumn ushers in a blast of colour that you can't find in the sun bleached heat of summer.  Golden hour starts mid-afternoon and lasts for 2-3 hours and the weather tends to have more moisture in it…

Post Election Rants (best of facebook)

10:12am, May 6: ‎61.4% voter turnout. Positive tax returns should be automatically applied to the national debt if voters can't bother to do this simple thing. 11:15am, May 6: Wow, the conservatives even won our student vote. The future's so bright, I've got to start building a post apocalyptic shelter!…