Nova Scotia Technology Education Association

Skills and Careers


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as of September 23rd at 6:45 p.m. 

The payment issue has been resolved and members can now fully register for conference.

Registration will open to NSTU webmail holders* only at 12:00 noon on Monday, September 23rd

Registration will open for Non-NSTU webmail holders at 12:00 noon on Monday, September 30th

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October 25, 2019


Sir John A. Macdonald High School
31 Scholars Road
Upper Tantallon, NS
B3Z 0C3

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Thurday, October 24th

8:00 p.m. Reception
Holiday Inn Parkland, Bedford

Friday, October 25th

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration, social and vendor time
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Introductions and Keynote:
Kayleen McCabe
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break and vendor time
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Session A
12:30 p.m.  -  2:00 p.m. Lunch and AGM (1:00 p.m.)
2:00 p.m.  - 3:00 p.m. Session B

Registration Information


Contacts:  Andrew Seymour and Craig Thornton -

Fee breakdown:

Conference Fee - $90.00
Substitute/Retired - $20.00
BEd Students - No Charge
Technology Education Students - No Charge*

*Important note for Technology Education Students:  Online registration cannot be completed without payment; therefore, students who wish to register for the conference should contact the Registrar by email.  The email must contain your workshop selections (please indicate first and second choice for each session) as well as your contact information.

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 13 E. III.: receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

Host Hotel

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
980 Parkland Drive
Halifax, Nova Scotia  NS B3M 4Y7

Phone: (902) 444-6700

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KEYNOTE - Kayleen McCabe


  • For five seasons, DIY Network's Rescue Renovation showcased Kayleen's skills and wit as she's swept in and saved almost one hundred ill-fated home renovations. Now Kayleen is coming to SJA High School to talk about women in trades, her experiences as a contractor and much more! Besides providing an entertaining keynote on Friday morning, she will be present at the first annual 'Hall of Fame' induction of Tech Ed teachers on the evening of Thursday Oct 24th at our host hotel, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bedford. Attendees are encouraged to book rooms at the hotel to ensure an opportunity to chat with Kayleen and other educators from around the province one-on-one.




Workshop Descriptions

All Workshops are subject to change.

All Day Sessions – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

AD-1:  Pallet Furniture
Chris Phillips & Terry Ryan

A classic woodworking project, Chris and Terry will take participants through a pallet furniture project where you will build something to be proud of! This all-day session will have you working in the woodshop, so dress appropriately.
(maximum enrolment - 12)

AD-2:  Trades Exhibition Hall
Trades Exhibition Hall
The Trades Exhibition Hall is a comprehensive opportunity for students to experience trades like masonry, painting, plumbing, and carpentry through hands-on experiences. This all-day session will have participants at the Hall taking part in the same activities that students typically do. Teachers with CBL courses should see what a great opportunity this facility provides to students in a class trip.

Morning Sessions – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

A-1:  Arduino
Adam Conner & Derek Smith

Join Adam and Derek as they take you through turnkey lessons on coding with Arduino boards. In cooperation with the AVRCE, they are developing a series of lessons for teachers to use, and they will take you through one of those during this session!
(maximum enrolment )

A-2:  Apple
Pierre Smith & Ed Plante

Pierre and Ed have exciting new content from Apple, so new that no one has seen it- not even the NSTEA conference organizers! This new material will be along the same lines as other coding platforms such as SWIFT Playgrounds, and in the past, has put teachers on an iPad to play with the same gamified coding software that students get. This session is great for anyone working with coding- but especially good for teachers of younger students (P-8).

A-3:  Blender & Video Game
Chad Wadden

Have you ever wanted to see the pipeline to create a videogame? This session will explore two topics - 3D animation in Blender 2.8 and Game Design in Unity. Both software programs are free. Blender is an open source program that has made advances in the last 10 years and is considered one of the programs used in blockbuster films and TV and game asset creation. This session will demonstrate how to make a simple character, how to create a rig (skeleton), and create simple actions (idle, walk, run). You will have ample time to use the software and see what you can create. In the end, you will receive video tutorials that you can use to continue on your learning for you and your students. More details to follow. Follow @@MrHWHSTech for upcoming details.

A-4:  Bulding a Digital Presence
Suzanne Greenlaw

Suzanne will take you through her course-long project in Communications Technology where students create all the core components of their own business- website, ads, etc. The perfect resource for teachers with digital tech ed courses like Design 11, Communication Tech 11 or Multimedia 12

A-5:  Canon Canada Photo Basics and More
Stewart Naylor

We will begin with a look at images, their place in the world and the power they can have. From there we will go in-depth on the fundamentals of photography, how a camera works and what all the buttons do. We will take a close look at exposure, depth of field, shutter speed, apertures, lens selection, colour, light  and composition. We will show how they can be used to create more powerful images that communicate . If you attend you will get all the fundamentals that you will need to teach photography in your class room . Plus  to lighten your work load we will give you 6 projects that you can use with your students . We promise a fun and informative day. 

A-6:  Using Principles of Game Design in Teaching
Adam Hinton
This session is designed to explore concepts and mechanics game designers use to enhance their games and how to apply them in a teaching environment. We will look at design elements which you can integrate into your practice in order to increase engagement, mastery of content and the learning environment in your classroom.

A-7:  Google Apps
Kris Jones

Enjoy sessions on Google Apps where a presenter will take you through shortcuts, tricks and tips. Chromebooks will be provided, but feel free to BYOD to make this session more effective. Prior to conference day, participants will be contacted asking for input on specific topics they wish to have covered during these sessions.

A-8:  O2 / Co-op
Kim Duncan
Kim Duncan, the HRCE guru of Community Based Learning will talk about a variety of topics including CBL resources, experiential learning ideas and integrating the curriculum with your courses. A great opportunity for teachers with CBL courses to sit down with one to the province’s experts!

A-9:  Toolbox Challenge
Craig Thornton, Kilah Hayden and celebrity guest host Kayleen McCabe

A great activity to take back to your own school! Participants will be given a design problem to solve and a specific set of tools and materials to solve it. Education through competition. The only way a session like this gets better is if you sign up with a friend and laugh your way through it!

A-10:  CNC
Kendall Black

Join Kendall for a session on CNC routing. Kendall will speak to his experiences and lessons he has using CNC and will take this group step-by-step through getting an idea digitized and cut out of wood! If you have a CNC machine that is not being used at your school, this is the session for you!

A-11:  Women in Skilled Trades
Ian Wilson & Steve Chase
Trudi Isenor will join Ian Wilson and Steve Chase as they discuss how schools are offering an all-female Skilled Trades option.

A12:  NSVS: Nova Scotia Virtual School Teachers Networking Meeting
Andrew Seymour

For this session, NSVS teachers from around the province are invited to join the NSTEA to network and learn. A meeting room will be provided for teachers to share, discuss and run self-directed PD for this two-hour block. After, join us for lunch and an afternoon session!

Afternoon Sessions – 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

B-1:  See A-1
B-2:  See A-2

B-3:  Digital Design and NS Skills Competition
Chad Wadden & Skills Canada Girls
Many of our course curriculum look at Photography, Video Production, Graphic Design, 2D/3D animation. and Web Design. Over the last few years, we have had a modest increase in interest in NS Skills competitions. This session will talk about how to get you and your students involved. The session will include Coordinators for NS Skills and well as Coaches and past student competitors to talk about how to get involved, how to become a coach and how to create a Learning community among educators to help grow NS Skills.

B-4:  Chromebook Based Projects for Tech Ed
Brian Shay
This session will focus on a few projects that can be done at the middle school level that primarily use Chromebooks. Participants will be able to take home instructions and rubrics for projects that make use of web apps such as Gravit Designer, SketchUp, Easel, BandLab and WeVideo. Using these free or free-ish tools, participants will get a crash course on using vinyl cutters and CNC machines, as well as how to create projects like podcasts and videos. The session will also spend some time talking about potential grant opportunities that can be used to get the gear you need to get these projects off the ground. 

B-5:  See A-5

B-6:  Digital Formative Assessment
Adam Hinton

Adam Hinton will take session participants through a variety of digital tools to help with formative assessment in the classroom. Sites include Pear Deck, Flip Grid and Quizzizz. These sessions should be great for classroom teachers of all grade levels to improve your assessment practices?

B-7:  See A-7
B-8:  See A-8

B-9:  Integrating Masonry to Skilled Trades
Ian Wilson

A pilot program which will begin this semester in the Skilled Trades Centre at Hants East High will bring bricklaying into their existing curriculum. This session will provide an overview of the scope and goals associated with this pilot program, the market opportunities with bricklaying, and an overview of the industry involvement with bringing this pilot to fruition. This exciting program has a goal of letting students have fun with trowels in their hands and educating them about career opportunities in bricklaying.  This session is led by Ian Wilson who is the Skilled Trades teacher who will integrate the program into his curriculum, Scott Miller who is the business owner from Miller Masonry and also the bricklaying instructor, and Andrew Smith who represents the bricklaying industry through the Atlantic Masonry Institute.

B-10:  Tool Sharpening
Chris Nelson

Chris Nelson from the Dalhousie Agricultural College Engineering Program will take you through the tool sharpening process for a variety of tools- from saw blades and chisels to drill bits. Don’t miss this session- Chris has a great knowledge of woodworking processes which makes for an engaging presenter.

B-11:  R2-D2 CNC
Brad Watt

Join Brad for a demonstration of a student built, life size R2D2. During the session Brad will discuss and / or demonstrate the free software used to both CNC machine and 3D print the parts for R2D2.

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