When someone brings up the topic of the best generation, whether that be to live in, grow up in, etc., I find myself having a hard time picking any but my own. A large portion of the reason why is the technological evolution that I’ve witnessed, and will continue to witness, within my lifetime.Read more
Hello all! My name is Colton Lund, and EC&I 833 is the third ED. Tech. class I’ve taken as part of my Master’s Degree in the Teaching, Learning and Leadership program. I currently teach at the Weyburn Comprehensive School, in Weyburn SK, teaching Social 8, Drafting 10/20/30, and working predominately as a Learning Support teacher!
Being in my late twenties, my earliest tech memories are tied to the first computer and gaming system that my father brought home. Booting up the all-beige, Windows 98 powered machine to scribble in paint, or play pinball and solitaire, was where my interest in technology began to develop.
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Towards the end of my elementary I learned (from another classmate no doubt,) that these machines could be used to gain access to some ‘less than ethical’ music. This was something that my father knew nothing about and it pushed me to investigate on my own. This led to learning more about the internet in general, just as the several ‘internet safety speakers,’ began to make their way through schools. I remember being initially overly cautious, thinking that every file had the potential to be a Trojan Horse, or every email could contain the Happy99 or ILOVEYOU viruses.
Although the above was true, as I reached middle school, I (as many middle schoolers do,) became hugely overconfident. I felt that as a 13 year old, I already knew so much about computers. Clearly I had already learned enough that it would be impossible that I could be tricked into downloading a file that could wreck my computer or steal my information. Clearly the rapid slow down of our shiny, new, (and still beige) Windows Me machine had nothing to do with the flashing rainbow cursors, games I’d found on sketchy websites, or other files that were likely littered with malware. Clearly.
It was at this time that I started branching out into other avenues of technology. I remember thinking how insanely detailed the graphics were in Mario Kart 64, how advanced my dad’s PalmPilot was, and how blown away I was to see full keyboards on the new Blackberry Smart Phones.
Within the school, I remember how exciting it was to have our once weekly “Computer Class,” where we would learn typing, create PowerPoints with animations on literally every piece of text, and of course, play SimCity.
By high school, we were treated to more than one computer lab, as well as computers in the library. New curriculums were being developed, and I was thrilled to be able to take classes such as Information Processing, Accounting, CMPT (precursor to Communications Media,) and Computer Science, all of which were designed to use a computer as the main tool.
Currently, I’m lucky to teach Drafting and Computer Aided Design 10, 20, and 30 at our school. It was a course that was new to me, but is something I’ve fallen in love with. With the blessing of my school, I’ve been able to build the program by incorporating additional technologies such as 3D-Printers and CNC Routers; technology that I also get to learn about as they were not present during my high school career.
Outside of Drafting, I love to encourage the use of educational technology tools within my Social Studies classroom and Learning Support work. Below are some of the tools that I’ve come to love, and employ each year. All of the tools below offer free accounts or I have free access to through a school division license.
- Blooket (Thanks to Alec Curos for this one!)
- Plickers (Only teacher device needed)
- Microsoft Forms
- Microsoft Lens
- Office 365
- Google Translate
- TinkerCad (CAD/3D Modelling Software aimed at younger grades)
- AutoCAD/Revit/Inventor/Fusion 360 (CAD/BIM Software that I use for various levels of Drafting)
Leave a comment or reach out to me (@Mr.LundED) if you have any questions about any of the above. I won’t promise to be an expert, but I can certainly share what I know!