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Tonight +Irene Yung​, myself and the family went to the Vancouver Autoshow tonight. We were there looking specifically at EVs - electric vehicles. We wanted to look at the Kia Soul EV and the Nissan Leaf. The Leaf seemed more spacious to me - especially the back hatch area. The Soul seemed smaller while the Leaf was deeper.

Anyway, the EV that impressed me the most was BIGFOOT EV! I talked to the guy there and he said because they were using lead acid batteries instead of lithium batteries - something to do with safety at the event and lithium safety technology almost there, they're down about half the power they expect with the Lead Acid batteries than with Li batteries! About 850ft-lbs with current batteries, expected over 2000ft-lbs with new lithium batteries!

I went to show the kids where the engine was in the truck but it was missing and this funny cylinder was in its place! Then I noticed the electric motor and banks of batteries. 
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+David Warlick​ gives counterpoint to an article published yesterday by Michael Godsey in the Atlantic where Godsey writes about the possible future of education.

+Raymond Johnson​ - you might be interested in David's blog post too as I'm sure it'll speak to you as well.
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EXACTLY!

Learning to learn to learn is one of those recursive definitions that is becoming my mantra as an educator. I'm just as much learning along with my students - especially with respect to my IT courses.

Right now, this semester I'm teaching my "GameDev" course - a course where students learn to work in teams of three to make a computer game (actually three games over the course of the semester). 

The first "month" of the course I teach them "computer stuff" like binary, data representation, colour data, image editing, animation, and a wee bit of programming using a tool called GameMaker.

After this one month is over, I "let them go" and provide structures and support for each team to make their game. I don't tell them that they need to understand "this datatype" for their game. They have to figure it out on their own. Yah, it's easier for me to tell them, "do it this way because that's the way it's to be done" but it's much more meaningful for them to figure it out and learn it on their own. They're motivated to do this (for the most part) because I've set the deadlines but more importantly, it's THEIR game. If they want to use a different tool to make their game, I only caution them against it because: a) They only have about 1 month to make the game, b) Their teammates need to understand the environment too and c) I probably won't be able to help them if they get stuck with a bug or programming problem because I don't know it well enough. But it's up to them to decide. 

But ultimately, for most of the students in my class - especially this one - it's because I've taught them before. We've already established a relationship with one another. Me as an educator - I know which students I can go to and "help" by looking at their code - see their syntax error and say to them, "Yep! I know what's wrong." and walk away while other students I may have to sit next to them and explain step by step why it doesn't do what it's doing.
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I have the older +Anker 5-port device charger. Works great but unless I know which port is for what device, I'm not getting the fastest charge possible - especially for my Android phones. This new charger would solve that issue!

However, my 5-port charger is working well for me so no need for me to upgrade.
I wasn't sure at first if this was the way to go, but with the number of devices that I have, it was the smart thing to do. I'm actually running out of outlets and this seems like the right choice. I could of went with many...
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Making art openly accessible!
 
This is a fabulous resource. Pass it on.
Thank you +Open Culture 
You could pay $118 on Amazon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's catalog The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry.
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The medium is the message. What kind of message is .@Bell media saying here? Control the media, control the message? Hmmm...
 
BREAKING – The Globe and Mail is reporting that, according to inside sources, Bell president Kevin Crull censored the company's recent news coverage of CRTC decisions promising greater telecom choice and affordability. Apparently, the decisions were popular with Canadians, but not too popular with Bell. Outrageous!
Just when you think Bell is out tricks, they can surprise even the most hardened Internet freedom advocates. This morning, The Globe and Mail is reporting that, according to inside sources, Bell presi
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MITM or Man in the Middle...
 
PSA: Public #WiFi is an identity theft playground.

#InCaseYouDidntKnow   #identitytheft  
Maybe Better If You Don’t Read This Story on Public WiFi ¶ We took a hacker to a café and, in 20 minutes, he knew where…
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Yeah, that's what I usually use +Steven DeAllen Young​
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My colleague at work just said it best - "Way to kill all of the passion [of being a teacher in BC]!" My colleagues and I find that the best time of learning and improvement of our teaching practice is when we collaborate with other colleagues and share our best practices! These are organic experiences; they aren't prescribed or dictated by anyone.

And @BCLiberals- how is this going to improve #bced ucation ? You've already cut spending to education already! By cutting the budget you put a strangle on support - especially for those students who are in poverty or near poverty. This is not just my opinion however:

http://www.vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/Daphne+Bramham+Hungry+kids+enough+classrooms+only/10920112/story.html

After reading this article on the Skytrain this morning, and then hearing about this new legislation just introduced into the BC Legislature this morning, the BC Liberal Government are again CHANGING the rules of their game to suit themselves. They want to kill BC Education by a death of a thousand cuts. They want to make public education here in BC so impoverished, so bad that the only choice for parents is to go to a private school of some sort. They've been cutting funding to public schools all the while increasing spending to private schools! 

Along with the government wanting to take over "professional standards" of teachers in BC, they want to take control over the various school boards and districts. Their first step into this is by forcing districts into shared service agreements - all in the name of financial savings - but ultimately to remove control from the district level to a centralized government control level.

Lastly, the government took the opportunity to inform the teacher's union last night - the night before this legislature was being introduced into the legislature. Gee! Isn't that nice of them! Definitely a tactical move.

Unfortunately, the BC Liberals have a HUGE majority in the Legislature - they're a majority government and can steamroll whatever they want through. They've done it MANY TIMES in the past and will continue to do so with this bill. 

TL;DR - The @BCLiberals have again pissed off teachers in BC.
The B.C. government is taking control of teachers’ professional standards and giving itself new powers to force school districts into shared service agreements, under legislation introduced Thursday.
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That's what people get for electing the BC NeoLiberal party...
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Oooh! Who in #Vancouver  wants to win a Nissan Leaf?
Check out Plug in to Win from Driveway - I just entered here! http://driveway.secondstreetapp.com/Plug-in-to-Win/referrals/
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And Bill #C51 isn't even law yet and this is what's currently happening in the Harper Conservative government? This is bad! #cdnpoli  

Franke James, a Victoria artist who HAD Federal Funding, but it was pulled just after a few days by the Foreign Affairs Climate Change division! On top of that, when she requested information about her and her case under the Information Act, there was a lot of information redacted and blacked out!
Watch Victoria artist loses federal funds because of climate change stance Video Online, on GlobalNews.ca
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Woah! 75 years of marriage? Good for them!
With their 75th wedding university coming up, soon-to-be 95-year-old Rita and her husband, 100 years old, will become one of the oldest couples in British Columbia.
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Don't know what you can do with your Raspberry Pi? It can be a file server.

Mine isn't though. Mine is acting as a print server.
 
Gone are the days when we used to have one, shared 'family' PC. Also gone are the days when we used to carry USB drives to move data between devices. Now each of us works on multiple devices -- desktops, laptops, tablets, Chromebooks, smartphones, etc. And we want to be able to access data across all of these devices.

We can use cloud services to access such data, but there is much more data that we don't need (or want) to put in the cloud, including movies, TV-shows, music, pictures and documents. If you have guests and you want to show them recent family pictures there is no need to go grab your laptop. You can display them directly on your phone, tablet or even the TV. If you want to show them a home video of your son, you don't have to upload it to YouTube just to watch it again locally.

The answer is simple: set-up your own file server. And you don't have to spend a whole lot of money to do it. We are going to deploy the $35 Raspberry Pi 2 to do the job.

You should be someone who is well versed with Linux and is comfortable with command line.
Forget cloud, create your own $35 file share server at home with Raspberry Pi.
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Ooooh! I like this! I like choice and open source software! Libre Office making their own cloud based office software suite.
 
LibreOffice Online aims to be a free alternative to Google Docs and Office Online
The Document Foundation, through Italo Vignoli, had the pleasure of informing Softpedia today, March 25, about a new product that is set to be released sometime in the near feature, called LibreOffice Online, which will attempt to be a free alternative to proprietary solutions like Google Docs and Office 365.
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Highschool ICT Teacher
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Photography, music, programming, Linux, GIMP, Android
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  • Surrey School District
    Teacher, 2000 - present
    I currently teach ICT and programming at Frank Hurt Secondary School.
  • Simon Fraser University
    ITDA Mentor, 2011 - 2013
    I mentored in-service teachers who were in the ITDA (Integrating Technology for the Digital Age) Field Program.
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If it isn't broken, you're probably not using it to its full potential!
Introduction
I am a open source technology user and advocate.  If it's open and cross platform, I'm interested in it.

I teach computer studies, digital media design (a.k.a. Game Programming) and programming at Frank Hurt Secondary School in Surrey, BC, Canada.

Current hobbies include digital photography, GIMP, Android, Linux, and playing with my Raspberry Pi.
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I am a digital senior citizen! Been online since the late 80s using a modem over POTS!
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  • Simon Fraser University
    Computing Science, 1993 - 1998
  • Simon Fraser University
    Professional Development Program, 1999 - 2000
  • Burnaby Central Secondary School
    1988 - 1993
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