A big thanks for all the help and support you provided – I want to take some time to say a big thanks for all the help and support you provided me to select the best equipment in order to make the best possible use of the funds available. It is really exceptional that you happily connected with me multiple times even during the weekend and was always motivated to help. Please accept my big thanks for this.
Gurpreet Sidhu | Physics Instructor | University College of North | The Pas, MB
Wireless Spectrometer Big Hit With Students – PASCO’s wireless spectrometer has been utilized very well by our earth science and physical science teachers. It’s an excellent piece of equipment and we have very much enjoyed its addition to enriching our classroom. It definitely brings students to a higher level of understanding wave interaction at a molecular level.
Matt Tumbach | Secondary Instructional Technology Leader | Tommy Douglas Collegiate | Saskatoon, SK
Excellent Smart Cart – I thought the cart was excellent. The quick sampling rate for force will be very useful for momentum and collision labs we do. I’m recommending we include this in our order for next school year.
Reed Jeffrey | Science Department Head | Upper Canada College | Toronto ON
Your lab equipment is of the highest quality and technical support is always there to help. During the 25 years we have used a wide array of lab equipment including computer interfacing. Your Pasco line has a high profile in our lab and will continue to do so far into the future.
Bob Chin | Lab Technician | Kwantlen Polytechnic University | Surrey, BC
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I started teaching six years ago and was bounced around from school to school for the first 4 years. Holding a degree in Biology, I assumed I would be teaching Secondary Biology. My first year I taught Chemistry, second year math, and in the third year I became the only senior Physics teacher at my high school. My fourth year I finally got to teach Biology and ended up hating it… Physics was so much more fun to me.
I have been at Fraser Heights Secondary for two years now teaching physics. This past year, I became a member of the teaching team of the Integrated Math and Science Academy at our school. I am responsible for teaching Physics 11 and 12 as well as some AP physics starting next year.
This past year has been about connecting students to physics applications by using various new lab equipment. In the future I am looking to engage students in open inquiry where they can meaningfully connect their learning to the world around them.
I’ve been teaching physics, math and science for 19 years in a small town called Mission, BC. For most of my career I’ve been using equipment from the 1960s. I was the first person in my district to start using a Smart Board and then started getting into sensors about 10 years ago. Since then I’ve cobbled together whatever I can to give my students access to something from the current century. I believe that technology has a place in the classroom as a tool to further the learning. Using the new PASCO equipment we can do labs 100 times a class and the discussion becomes more in-depth. Why did they choose the data set they are using? What makes that data “better”? Can you replicate the graph on the board using the equipment. It allows for more actual science than just content memorization.
As I deepen my understanding of the equipment and its uses, I’ve been teaching the other members of my department and other teachers in the district. I’m not an expert yet but I’m working on it.
‘I have been exploring various avenues that allow students to connect with their peers around Canada as well as globally
I taught for five years at Central Technical School in Toronto at the beginning of my career which was a perfect launching pad to learn how to actively integrate technology into my daily teaching regimen.
I have been involved with a number of Virtual Education programs including the Peel DSB’s Virtual school, Toronto DSB’s Virtual school and E-learning Ontario. I was then fortunate to be an early pioneer outside the classroom leading teachers in their instructional technology and blended learning journey as a central Resource Teacher. After a short stint as the cross-curricular head of Instructional Technology at Heart Lake Secondary School, I returned to a Science Curricular Lead role at Peel District School Board’s newest school, David Suzuki Secondary School. This school combines an environmental theme with the latest in educational technology to create an incredible facility for teaching and learning.
Over the past few years, I have been exploring various avenues that allow students to connect with their peers around Canada as well as globally. Through engaging student centred strategies, 21st-century learning opportunities and I have been able to enjoy facilitating authentic connections integrating the nature of science with my students’ studies.’
“Soon, our students will become producers of content rather than simply consumers of content.”
I began my career teaching grades 8 to 10 Science in the Anglophone East School District. It is during this time that my students and I created an online science show called Down 2 A Science. This online platform was an effort to provide a better understanding of science concepts to students around the world. It was during this time that I realized that conventional teaching techniques were a thing of the past.
Over the past few years, I took on the role of Technology Mentor for the district, and more recently as the Educational Support Teacher for STEM supporting K to 12 in our 37 schools, a role that focuses on what I had been practicing in my classroom for so many years, that in order to make learning memorable, you must make it personal. In this role I continue my efforts to promote and share various teaching strategies and tools through professional learning sessions as well as online tutorial videos shared on our district iTunes Courses as well as through blogs and social media.
In 2017, I was named an Apple Distinguished Educator and have been fortunate enough to present at conferences both locally and around the world, sharing my passion for embedding technology into classrooms.
I have dedicated my teaching career to encouraging students to follow their passion. This has led me to implement an annual district event known as the STEM East Expo where hundreds of students showcase projects focusing on their personal interests while solving a problem.
My focus as a professional in the education system has always been to provide opportunities for our students to learn through exploration, using real world tools and applications, instead of merely being receivers of the information. Soon, our students will become producers of content rather than simply consumers of content.