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March 19, 2018 – 10:07 am | 2 Comments | 462 views

Alors qu’un jour, des collègues et moi, tous conseillers pédagogiques en intégration des TIC (technologies de l’information et de la communication), étions animés d’un grand enthousiasme lors d’une rencontre, j’ai lancé une question dont les …

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Articles by Rob Costain

Robert Costain has almost 18 years experience working with the Québec education community as an instructional designer, web developer and technology integrator. His current professional interests include social media, career development and technology. Married with two young daughters, Robert enjoys family time as well as photography and travel.

From Liberal Arts to Engineering: A woman’s journey through code

September 28, 2016 – 12:17 pm | 2 Comments | 1,161 views

This week’s blog post comes from Nadia Sheikh, a software engineering student at Concordia University and a teacher with Kids Code Jeunesse, an organization that teaches and promotes coding for kids. LEARN and Kids Code Jeunesse …

Skidoo Adventures and Other Tales: A consultant’s travelogue

April 14, 2015 – 9:15 pm | 6 Comments | 1,729 views

What are some of your consultant travel stories? Tweet @learnquebec, or leave a comment below!
The next time that I’m tempted to complain that my commute is too long, my cell phone call was dropped, or the …

Explaining Explain Everything

September 18, 2014 – 12:08 pm | Comments Off on Explaining Explain Everything3,031 views

A serendipitous partnership between American educator and two Polish software developers led to the development of one of the most popular and useful educational apps for the iPad, Explain Everything. This week’s blog post focuses on the partnership, how it developed and what resulted.

POP goes the Portfolio: Digital portfolio in the POP Classroom

April 3, 2014 – 1:00 pm | Comments Off on POP goes the Portfolio: Digital portfolio in the POP Classroom1,519 views

One of the main goals of schooling is to prepare students for a fulfilling life in the workplace, an often difficult task when you are functioning in a traditional course-based high-school model. Enter The Personal …

Just Do It? Reflections on Perfection Paralysis

January 23, 2014 – 12:58 pm | Comments Off on Just Do It? Reflections on Perfection Paralysis4,276 views

Irene’s work with her students is so inspiring. But when asked to share it with others, she declines, saying that it’s not really that great.
Dan is excited about making a movie with his students, but …

“MacGyvering” Low Cost Alternatives to Assistive Technologies

February 28, 2013 – 3:51 pm | Comments Off on “MacGyvering” Low Cost Alternatives to Assistive Technologies6,472 views

“Necessity is the mother of invention” may be a highly overused phrase, but that is probably because in practice it is often true. When presented with challenges and obstacles, we often come up with surprising …

Memory Almost Full: Digital artifacts in a culture of impermanence

January 31, 2012 – 4:59 pm | 7 Comments | 3,307 views

Most of what I have created over the last 25 years is on magnetic media, or in the form of digital computer files. While working as a graphic designer in the early 1990s, I kept …