Nova Scotia Technology Education Association

K-12 Skills and Competencies for Tomorrow


October 26, 2018


Park View Education Centre 
1485 King Street
Bridgewater, NS  B4V 1C4

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Friday, October 26th

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration and vendor time
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Keynote:  Duncan Williams, CANS
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break and vendor time
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Session A
12:30 p.m.  -  2:00 p.m. Lunch and AGM (1:00 p.m.)
2:00 p.m.  - 3:00 p.m. Session B

Registration Information


Contacts:  Roddie MacRae and Troy Messenger -

Fee breakdown:

Conference Fee - $50.00
Substitute/Retired - $20.00
BEd Students - No Charge
Technology Education Students - No Charge*

*Important note for Technology Education Students:  Online registration cannot be completed without payment; therefore, students who wish to register for the conference should contact the Registrar by email.  The email must contain your workshop selections (please indicate first and second choice for each session) as well as your contact information.

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 14(e)(iii): receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

KEYNOTE - Duncan Williams, ICD.D

Duncan Williams, ICD.D joined the Construction Association of Nova Scotia as its President on January 31, 2011.  During the past two decades, Duncan has held Senior and Executive level positions with CNIB in Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.  As General Manager for Caterplan, CNIB’s food service operation, Duncan had responsibility for more than 55 full service catering and restaurant outlets. He also occupied the position of Executive Director for the Maritimes and with other organizations. 

With a passion for government relations, business development, marketing and strategic planning, Duncan enjoys new challenges. He holds a Masters degree from Dalhousie University and Bachelors degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland. His areas of concentration included public administration, marketing, business and social work. He also earned his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors through the Rotman School of Business. 

Duncan is a Doctoral Fellow recipient for his research in vision loss and employment.

Workshop Descriptions

All Workshops are subject to change.

All Day Sessions – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

A-1:  CNC Engraved Cheese board
Patrick O’Laughlin

This session is geared towards teachers (including O2) who are new to the woodshop. Participants will learn how to safely use the planer, table saw, miter saw and orbital sander to create a hardwood cheese board that may then be engraved with a CNC machine. Materials supplied, take home your creation,.
(maximum enrolment 10)

A-2:  Wood Burning
Chris Phillips

Hands on activity for grades 7 to 10 burning designs on wood with the aid of wood burning kits. With different burning tips it allows student to be creative as they design . Participants will be given a choice of numerous pictures to copy on a burning surface and burn. All day activity with one requirement, safety glasses.
(maximum enrolment 20)

Morning Sessions – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

B-1:  Welding for Beginners
Roddie MacRae

This session will go through the basics of electrical welding using MIG and Arc welders.  We will look at shop setup, equipment required, safety guidelines, materials, and applications.  Participants will be required to dress appropriately with long sleeves and long pants, no pouch hoodies, protective footwear.  If you have a welding helmet, bring it along. 
(maximum enrolment 12)

B-2:  Introduction to Python:
Craig Thornton
This session will provide an introduction to Python for those both new to coding and new to Python. All programs will be text based input and output (no graphics). Topics covered will include, but not limited to, output, input, variable declaration and assignment, decision making and loops. Participants will also be shown how to install Python and the PyCharm editor. The session will be hands on with participants creating programs to take back to their classroom. 
(maximum enrolment 24)

B-3:  Filming and Video With a DSLR- Manual Camera Settings, Simple Lighting and basic editing with Adobe Premiere 
Troy Messenger
Capture video with a DSLR.  Learn the manual controls and optimal settings of the camera for video, as well as a simple lighting setup.  Learn how to offload video to a computer, create a new project in Adobe Premiere, add, trim and order videos, and finally to produce a finished film.
(Maximum participants 15)

B-5:  3D Printing
Greg Dalcourt
In this session, we will look at what it takes to practically implement a 3D printing unit in a Tech. Ed. class. We will look at budgeting and funding sources, projects that would work with the time that we have with students and the software that is required. Participants will have an opportunity to design something and there will be 3D printers on site for use and demonstration. We will also look at maintenance needs and basic use of the printers themselves.

B-6:  A new home base for you and your students
Apple Canada
The best way to learn is by doing and making. The Schoolwork app helps you and your students more effectively use the creative power of iPad. You can easily distribute and collect assignments, keep an eye on student progress in educational apps, and collaborate one on one with students from anywhere, in real time. It’s easy for students to use, too. Assignments automatically appear on their iPad, organized by class, due date, and priority. And Schoolwork helps you keep track of how everyone in class is doing — so you can tailor your teaching to the needs of each of your students.
Come join us and see how these two new Apps can change how you teach and how your students learn. 

B7:  Google For YOU!
Sandy McDougall
This session will be as many things for as many people as possible!  We'll definitely go over some basics, you'll get some great tips, tricks and hints and you'll get a great update of what Google has done to improve the GSuite experience for teachers and students in the last 12 months!  But mostly, I'll try to determine your needs and questions and then adapt to address them through the session. You'll need either a laptop with Chrome or a Chromebook for optimal participation. Note: You need to have a gnspes account set up before you arrive (2 hours) (25 max) - Bring your own device.  (25 max)

B8:  Cookhouse Kids Food Safety module
Rosie Gair & Claire-Louise Osmond

This workshop is centered around the curriculum Cookhouse Kids Food Safety module (in development) that up skills students with food handling, providing the gateway for kids to be more involved in food and food service at schools (e.g. supporting a salad bar service into schools).    This would have a hands on prep element also. (2 hours) (16 max)

B9:  Visual  Storytelling - Part I
Stewart Naylor

This workshop will use the elements of photography to convey a message and tell a story.   In this session we will show how to use basics like focus, exposure ,depth of field ,light , composition and colour to focus the viewers attention and craft a story in images.  (2 hours) (20 max)

Afternoon Sessions – 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

C-1:  Technology Education
Scott Coleman
Find out what’s new and exciting in Technology Education at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.  Have questions or ideas? Come get the answers and share your thoughts.
(Maximum participants 50)

C-2:  Skilled Trades Education 
Don Hill

Skilled Trades Education is offered through a suite of courses available at many high schools in Nova Scotia. This session will provide an update on the courses available and plans for expansion. Topics will include the philosophy behind the courses, the connection to the apprenticeship model, how Skilled Trades Education aligns with Technology Education, and how trades-related learning activities can be integrated into Technology Education courses. 

C-3:  Intermediate Python Coding: 
Craig Thornton

This session will cover more advanced coding topics such as lists (arrays) and graphical user interfaces. Participants will learn how to create a GUI window and have the program accept input from both the keyboard and mouse. The session will be hands on with participants creating programs to take back to their classroom.
(maximum enrolment 24)

C-4:  Video Editing with Adobe Premiere
Troy Messenger

Learn the basics of Trimming and Ordering video, Video Adjustments, Transitions, Titling, and Keying (Green Screening). Video Clips will be provided for your use in practice.
(Maximum participants 25)

C-5:  Skilled Trades Exploration Program
Mark Power

STEP is a program exclusive to Park View.  It has been ongoing for 16 years and has a close partnership with the NSCC.  A group of 15 students get their high school completion by completing all their academic requirements Monday - Thursday then spend every Friday working with Red Seal journeymen in several trades. You will get a chance to go through 3 or 4 shops to see the work of these students.

C-6:  App Your Game!
Menna Riley
Menna will take educators through her presentation on how to use free design apps that she uses for her event clients - which you can then inspire and teach to your students. The main programs/apps combine the use of Floorplanner and MagicPlan. These programs each have a free-to-try version and you can decide to add them to your personal or school program. The session will benefit all teachers wanting their students to learn AutoCAD, Google Sketch-up, and other related technologies to interior design. Also, Menna will provide you with an assignment for in-class use and a list of other helpful Apps including; photoscape, finescanner, and logo design.

C-7:  Reel Good  Fish’in Design Challenge 
Greg Scott
This sesson will provide your students with the opportunity in grades 7-12 to use various of household and natural materials, machines, and hand tools to design and build a DIY fishing pole that can be used on it’s own or for more complex students to mount their own reel. This pole will be put through a 2 1/2 - 5 lb stress test, a casting test, a components test, and a handle/grip test. Individuals or teams of 2 will have 20-25 minutes to build their fishing poles. The challenge will be judged by a panel of students who are avid anglers/fishermen. Teams will go home with a copy of the lesson and a prize for the winning design.
This session is a challenge based on the theme of Forged In Fire. "It will CUT ( "It will CATCH.................A FISH!")! Max 30

C8:  Brewery Tour
Firkinstein Brewery Staff (max 12)

C9:  Digital Technology Resources for Student Wellness and Success
Swara Narayanan

EVERFI's instructional resources focus on topics that are determinant to student wellness and success. Teachers will learn about resources available to prepare students to become sophisticated, responsible users of technology, including programs in financial literacy, business, digital citizenship and STEM-foundations. These digital resources use best-in-class instructional design to engage learners and scaffold them through new knowledge and critical skills. All resources are aligned to provincial curriculum expectations and are available at no cost.
Come to this session to discover EVERFI's digital resources, set up your instructor accounts and see how you can implement these programs in your technology classes. (50 Max) Bring your own device i.e. laptop or tablet.

C10:  Farm to Salad Bar
Rosie Gair & Claire-Louise Osmond

A classroom style "farm to salad bar session" which would be a tool for the further development of kitchen skills in classrooms.  We will include menu plan/local feature/prep & cooking/nutrition/costing within a dynamic prep session to inspire the use of food to reach outcomes in the classroom and create advocacy and support for introducing salad bars into schools.
We would also like to prelude with a short intro into the new policy guidelines around food security that is in development and how teachers can support its adoption (16 max)

C11:  Visual  Storytelling Part 2 -
Stewart Naylor

This workshop will use the elements of videography to convey a message and tell a story.   In this session we will show how to use basics like focus, exposure ,depth of field ,light , composition and colour to focus the viewers attention and craft a story in images.  This session will give you ideas for projects for your students that will challenge them and make them better communicators . This could be their first steps in making a career at storytelling through corporate videos , films and photography.  (20 max)

While we encourage members to have an NSTU web account, one is NOT REQUIRED to register for a conference.
You may register utilizing any email account.


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