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About Tim Mechanical Sympathy

Expectations

In a very hands-on computer technology grade 12 class, we've built our own network from scratch and students have been working through the A+ CompTIA technician's course. The final goal of the course is to get students into the position of actually getting certified as PC technicians. If they go…

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…

Demonizing Public Employment

An article by a conservative think tank, disseminated by a conservative media outlet:http://m.torontosun.com/News/1304708716881"Teachers have also seen very decent raises — 12.55% between 2008 and 2012 (10.4% for public elementary teachers) — while the rest of us have lost jobs or are just treading water."Facts by the government:http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subjects-sujets/cpi-ipc/cpi-ipc-eng.htm"The largest increase occurred…

Types of Genius

I just re-read a fantastic article in WIRED about types of genius. After examining art history, an economics professor noticed two distinct expressions of genius. There is the Conceptualist, who usually goes right after her goals with a preconceived notion of how to get there. Conceptualists usually peak early and…