Brandon TIN – February 2016

Mar 3, 2016 by

Submitted by Board member, Mike Nantais

On February 25, the night before the BYTE conference, about 20 people came to

Brandon University’s Faculty of Education for free supper and three short talks about

technology and education. Following the traditional TIN format, ManACE board member

and BU prof, Mike Nantais welcomed everyone and then the hungry attendees enjoyed

pizza, salad, cinnamon sticks, and networking before presentations began.

Long time ManACE board member, Andy McKiel introduced the speakers, starting with

2015 Seed grant winner, Jewel Sundell, from Sioux Valley High School in Brandon.

Jewel highlighted various ways that she and her students have used the

technology purchased with the grant to become more social with their learning

by showing what they know. An inspiring story, and we learned that this project

enabled her to expand the learning by ordering more technology for the school

this year! Next up, was Melissa Lander, another 2015 Seed grant winner. Melissa

told us about Meadow School’s exciting introduction to robotics using Lego

Mindstorm kits. Finally, Zoe Bettess, ManACE board member from Westwood

School in Thompson, told us about her new Maker Club and how it has engaged

students in her school. After the presentations, Andy led the group in a brief, but

interesting, discussion about the maker movement. The evening closed with

draws for iTunes gift cards, everyone went home with a full belly and an engaged

mind! A few photos of the event can be found on our Instagram feed

( The next TIN night will be held in

Winnipeg, stay tuned for details!

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