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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Canada vs USA Pricing on Motorcycle Tie-Down Straps. Hmm...

In The US - $22


In Canada - $2400

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Video Contest - So You Think You Know Mining?

The Ontario Mining Association, a not-for-profit organization, is hosting the 8th annual SYTYKM video contest for high school students. The contest challenges students to tell imaginative stories about the benefits of mining to society with 2- to 3-minute videos or a 15-second commercial. The contest, running from November 1, 2015 to April 4, 2016, offers $45,000 in cash and prizes to students and schools. Top videos earn from $2,500 to $5,000. Early bird entries are eligible for an additional $500. Any school that produces more than three videos can win $2,000. Teachers’ Choice Award voters are eligible for a $1,000 prize draw. The awards gala is on June 1, 2016, at the Royal Ontario Museum. For more contest information, visit

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Photo Repair - Which Do You Like Best?

A quick photo repair this morning. I'm not entirely satisfied with the final result, but I'm hoping the person I'm doing this for will still be happy. If my Photoshop skills were better I'm sure more could be done to improve it.

Which do you like best? The black and white, the one with the warming filter, or the one with the cooling filter?

If you'd prefer to share your feedback anonymously, a form can be found here.

Black & White
Warming Filter
Cooling Filter

Friday, June 05, 2015

Upgraded Internet Service - Speed Test Comparison

I'm going to love having faster internet at home...

Old (Primus - DSL)

New (Start Communications - Cable)

The new service is more than six times faster for downloads and an incredible 17 times faster for uploads, which should really speed on my online backup service.

If anyone's interested, the new internet service is with with Start Communications ( I switched both my internet and phone services to them, because the price is right and I've heard great things about their customer support. If you decide to switch to them, please mention my name because they have a great referral service that grants $25 credit per referral.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Important Notice about the #OCTE15 Conference

As you are aware, political unrest is occurring in selected Districts across the Province of Ontario. This has raised concerns by some of our members about eligibility to attend our annual conference in May. To address these concerns, the OCTE executive approached the OSSTF Provincial Office for clarification. The OSSTF response is as follows:

"The strike rules committee has ruled that members who are participating in a local strike must not participate in external voluntary activities related to their employment as a teacher, which includes Subject Association activities" 
- Lori Foote, Associate General Secretary, Professional Services Division

Therefore, members who are in a legal strike action will not be able to attend the conference.

The OCTE executive has decided not to cancel the 2015 conference. The decision was  based not only on our contractual agreement with the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale Hotel, but also because we are a Provincial Subject Association who is committed to providing quality professional development for Science & Technology and Technological Education teachers across Ontario.

Hope this helps clarify any uncertainties.


Kevin Shea
Chair - Ontario Council for Technology Education (OCTE)

Friday, March 13, 2015 -- Is this a Google-owned site?

Can anyone confirm that is in fact a Google-owned website? Someone has submitted as an entry for my Google A-Z document but I want to be sure it's legit first.

The whois information looks good ( so I'm tempted to think it's okay.


Sunday, March 08, 2015

10 steps to deal with cyberbullying

Great article to share with your students:

OCTE 2015 Conference Reminder


OCTE Conference 2015
May 7, 8 and 9th

With a
NEW Elementary Day Saturday May 9

Early Registration Ends March 31
Delta Meadowvale Hotel Mississauga.

Thursday May 7    Board Leads meeting
                              Conference Registration 2pm till 10:30
                              Over 40 Vendor Displays and wine and cheese networking 8pm till 10:30

Friday May 8         Secondary presentations (over 48 subject and industry related sessions)
                              Lunch Keynote Speaker Karin Linder "Karico Performance Solutions"
                              Awards Banquet (nominate a co-worker see web site for awards and forms)
                              Vendor displays open 8:30 till 3:00

Saturday May 9    Subject Specific networking and planning
                              Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers

NEW FOR 2015
Elementary Day
Saturday May 9, 2015
Take part in 4 presentations designed for each division
Registration limited to 60 delegates per division
Breakfast, Lunch and presentations and materials only $100.00 per delegate

Visit the OCTE web site at
 View conference agenda and presentation descriptions
Register to attend the conference
Link to book a room at the Delta Meadowvale
Remember Early Discount Ends March 31 So Register Today

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

2015 OCTE Conference - "Look Fors to Safety"

From the OCTE executive:

The 2015 OCTE conference is fast approaching and we encourage you to register for the early bird special that will end on March 31st. This year's theme is "Look Fors to Safety". The conference will be from Thursday, May 7th to Saturday, May 9th, 2015 and will take place at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, Ontario. When booking a room, please ask for the Conference Bookings and mention the OCTE Conference. We have a block of rooms set aside for the conference.

This year's conference has a variety of workshops associated with safety and curriculum content. There are over 48 workshops being offered to reflect all Broad Based Technology areas. Our Keynote Speaker this year is Karin Lindner who has written several books encouraging young people to enter into the trades. The Trades have always been looked upon as labour intensive, dirty and low levels of wage/income earnings. Karin will provide some insights on the myths behind these views. This year's conference would not be successful without our vendors display area. There will over 40 vendor displays looking at all areas of the Broad Based Technologies.

Also NEW for this year is one day workshop for Elementary Science & Technology teachers and will be held on the Saturday, May 9th. These high-interest activities and creative lesson ideas will support both scientific inquiry and technological problem solving, with emphasis on safety and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

Participants, both new and experienced, will take part in 'make and take' project-based workshops, using a variety of resources. We are certain that this year's offerings will be of great interest to teachers, and promote student engagement from K-8. The cost for this full day workshop will be $100.00 (HST included) which includes breakfast, lunch and all materials/resources for the projects. 

All information from workshop selections, registration and hotel bookings can be found on our website at

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dave Graves ( or Kevin Shea (

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

For Green Industries Teachers: Cultivate and Connect Conference

Join fellow horticulture industry professionals, educators and government officials from across Canada as they gather for the inaugural Cultivate and Connect conference.

For further information, see (PDF)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ECOO Conference 2014 - Digital Photography 101 Session

Join me at the ECOO Conference 2014 on Thursday, November 6 at 12:00 p.m. in the Peller Estates Ballroom B for my session entitled "Digital Photography 101".

Following is the session description:
Are you taking part in the photowalk or do you have a general interest in photography? Why not join me to learn how to adjust your camera to take that “perfect” picture, how to transfer your photos to your computer, how to rename and tag your photos so you can easily search for them, how to digitally process your photos, how to back them up so you never lose them, and how to edit your photos on your smartphone, regardless of what camera you used to take them. 
In this introductory session I hope to explore all these topics and, if time permits, open the floor to questions and/or sharing of tips and techniques from others. 
This session will be perfect for anyone just getting started in photography and wants to learn the basics of a typical photography workflow -- from taking the pictures all the way through processing and backing up. I'll also be sure to provide some tips for those taking part in the photowalk that evening, from tripod use to getting the right exposure.

I hope to see you there! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Health Care Teachers -- Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) is Looking for a French reviewer

The Ontario College of Teachers is seeking a Francophone technology educator to review seven Health Care Additional Qualifications course guidelines. The task will focus strictly on Section 7 of the Guidelines (Demonstrated Knowledge and Skill in……) and to check for accuracy in technical terminology. The College is prepared to pay $350 for this review.

The ideal candidate will be a Health Care teacher knowledgeable in health care French terminology. Interested candidates are asked to send a brief email expressing interest to:

Carson Allard, OCT
Program Officer: Standards of Practice and Education Unit
Ontario College of Teachers
101 Bloor St. West
Toronto, ON  M5S 0A1
416 961-8800 x813
Toll Free in Ontario 1-888-534-2222

Further details will be provided to those interested.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

OCTE is Looking for Your Help! (Awards Cmte Chair & Industry Rep)

This is an adapted re-post of the material at

OCTE is currently seeking applications for two positions:

Both positions are vital to the success of our organization.

Please consider volunteering and contributing to this provincially-recognized and valued organization. These positions will allow you to develop professional growth and liaise with other  technological educators across the province. We urge you to apply or pass this message along to your colleagues who may be interested.

Please click on the links above for the the list of qualifications and responsibilities for each when considering applying.

Potential candidates should e-mail their resumes to Sue Philips, Elementary Vice-Chair, at no later than Friday, November 7, 2014. The successful candidates will be contacted via telephone or e-mail in a timely fashion.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

My Diigo Bookmarks (posted weekly)

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Saturday, October 04, 2014

My Diigo Bookmarks (posted weekly)

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

My Diigo Bookmarks (posted weekly)

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

My Diigo Bookmarks (posted weekly)

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