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ACSE Conference Update

We now have all the session titles listed for the conference, with only a few descriptions left to get from the presenters and post online.

The important thing though is that the registration page is now up and running.  To register, visit, and to pay, visit

The conference is at the University of Toronto on November 23.

If you're a student teacher, and for the lucky few out there that are retired from teaching, the conference fee is just $45. For the rest of us, the conference fee is $90.

Please pass this email along to others you know that are teaching Computer Studies or Computer Technology or related subjects at the colleges or universities, or to anyone that might be currently taking their AQ. For those teaching a related AQ, why not make the conference a requirement?

If you have any questions, feel free to email me ( or Grant Hutchison (, ou…

#ECOO13 Photowalk Camera Brands


#ECOO13 Photowalk Photography Skill Level


#ECOO13 Photowalk Camera Type

Fellow #ECOO13 Photowalkers! If you haven't yet had a chance to join the flickr group we've set up for the photowalk, please do so and check out the discussion areas we've started for you. In particular, have a look at the "Night Photography Resources & Tips" and the area where you can post your test pictures before the walk. Also, if you haven't yet filled in the pre-walk questionnaire, we'd love it if you could. We'd like to get some indication of the range of skills (and equipment) of the photographers who will be accompanying us!

>>> Please complete this questionnaire <<< If you missed the email that was sent out earlier about the photowalk, you can view a copy of it here. Note that we will be meeting in Salon A of the Marriott Gateway hotel at 8:15 pmWe are NOT meeting at the conference centre. Before we depart, we will start with a group picture and then some quick introductions to our photowalk cap…

Night Photography Tip: Work with Raw Files

From Wikipedia:
"A camera raw image file contains minimally processed data from the image sensor of either a digital camera, image scanner, or motion picture film scanner. Raw files are named so because they are not yet processed and therefore are not ready to be printed or edited with a bitmap graphics editor. Normally, the image is processed by a raw converter in a wide-gamut internal colorspace where precise adjustments can be made before conversion to a "positive" file format such as TIFF or JPEG for storage, printing, or further manipulation, which often encodes the image in a device-dependent colorspace."The bottom line? Raw files contain much more information than JPEGs, which can be used to your advantage when post-processing, as this example demonstrates:

By working with the raw image (Nikon NEF converted to DNG, in this case), I was able to cleanly increase the exposure, bring out the details in the "shadow" part of the image, and reduce the expo…

OCTE Membership Drive

On behalf of OCTE... (see below)

Welcome to a new school year. We hope you have started the new year with exceptional classes and we wish you a safe and rewarding year. 
The Ontario Council for Technology Education invites you to become a member for this 2013-2014 school year and take advantage of the benefits of being a member. Check out our website ( for resources to help you make your life easier and utilize the shared projects on the website. With a new school year and new budgets, now is the time to go after funding for membership and our upcoming Spring Conference (May 8-10, 2014) at the Delta Meadowvale Conference Center in Mississauga. This year's theme is "Transitions through Technology". Soon we will have the Conference program available and for the first time, you will be able to select your preference of workshops you would like to attend. Should you have any questions regarding membership, please contact Reece Morgan, reece.m…

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Mileage

This graph should be updated automatically as I enter the mileage for my 2013 hybrid Sonata. For those viewing from the U.S., note that the MPG here are reported using Imperial gallons, which are approximately 20% larger than U.S. gallons.

Request for Schedule F French Translation Review (Ontario Tech Ed Teachers)

(from the OCTE executive...)

OCTE members and board contacts,

The Ontario College of Teachers is currently searching for French language technological education teachers (specialized in the various broad-based areas) to assist with the content and conceptual review of the French language versions of Schedule F Additional Qualification (AQ) course guidelines in Technological Education.

See (Google Doc) for details.

Bug: This Google+ Photo Transfer Process Strips the Filename Extension

Hmm, I seem to have found a bug somewhere in this Google+ photo transfer process...
I used the Google+ IOS app to privately upload some pictures from my iPhone to #Google+.I downloaded the album from Google+ to my laptop (PC), which does so as a zip file.When I extracted the pictures from the zip file, none of the filenames had an extension! 

Thankfully I had Bulk Rename Pro, which let me easily add ".jpg" to the end of all the filenames. 

Anyone else observe this?

I Need a New Wallet -- Decisions, Decisions...!

A quick search of Kickstarter showed me five alternatives for wallets:

NU Lifestyle Card Holder/WalletMachine Era WalletThe MostRad™ Minimalist Wallet (Integrated RFID Protection)Ball and Buck: A Minimalist Wallet for Real MenA Simple Wallet made from Used Bicycle Innertubes All of them have the one feature I'm looking for -- something thin that can be used in the front pocket of my jeans or the front pocket of my motorcycle jacket. 
Sadly, I missed the boat on the NU Lifestyle wallet. They had a very cool aluminum RFID-blocking version that I loved the look of, although it was quite expensive at $90.

The Machine Era Wallet is a simple, milled piece of an aluminum -- quite minimalist in its design and features. The Kickstarter price is $28.

The MostRad Wallet looks very capable and has integrated RFID protection. I missed the early bird pricing of $25, but the regular price is only $5 more at $30.

The Ball and Buck Wallet is $48 for early bird pricing ($52 afterwards) and looks ver…

CSTA Annual Conference 2013 (#CSTA13) Slideshow

My Diigo Bookmarks (posted weekly)

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Storm Clouds - Before and After

Just a little experimentation with Lightroom 5. 
The top photo is the jpeg original, as automatically exposed by the camera (Nikon D7000, 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens, 0.001s, f/8, aperture-priority mode, automatic colour balance). 
The bottom photo is the result of the post-processing in Lightroom, using some tips I picked up from this video.

Ontario College Motive Power Convention and Green Fleet Exposition

On behalf of Wayne Toth at Niagara College...
Ontario College Motive Power Convention and Green Fleet Exposition
June 24-27, 2013 Niagara College, Welland Campus
Registration is filling quickly, space is limited.   Please visit
To access our registration page directly please visit
On behalf of Niagara College, Niagara Region, NAFA Ontario, City of Toronto, Ministry of Transportation, Fleet Challenge Ontario and Electric Mobility Canada,  Please accept this invitation to the Ontario College Motive Power Convention and Green Fleet Exposition. We have partnered this year with the Green Fleet Exposition to provide our professionals with more green content over this very exciting event. Please join us on June 24th June 27th.
Highlights of this year's event include:
Green Vehicle Ride and Drive Monroe Ride and Drive Technical Clinics featuring New Technologies Andy Masters Award Winning Author and…

OCTE Response To Changes In Teacher Education

The recent notice issued by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) and the Ministry of Education (MOE) to stakeholders in education.

The notice states (in part) that the Ontario College of Teachers’ accreditation regulation will be amended to:

double the initial teacher education program to 4 semestersdouble the minimum practicum to 80 daysintroduce mandatory core element
In response to many enquiries recently received, the executive would like to assure its membership and tech teachers across the province that we have been and will continue to work for the best interests of technology education teachers in Ontario. With respect to teacher training, OCTE has been very vocal in expressing serious concerns about the proposed amendments and the impact it will have on attracting exceptional, tech experienced candidates to the teaching profession. OCTE executives have met with College of Teachers representatives on several occasions over the last two and a half years to …

OTF Job Posting

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My Diigo Bookmarks (posted weekly)

My Diigo Bookmarks (posted weekly)

My Diigo Bookmarks (posted weekly)

My Diigo Bookmarks (posted weekly)

My Diigo Bookmarks (posted weekly)

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