Ellen Wu’s Introduction

Hi everyone,

This is my 9th MET course. I’m hoping to finish my MET degree next summer after I take ETEC 590 (Graduating Project) in May 2009. I know it’s still early but I feel like I can start celebrating already! I am excited about this course because it looks at educational technologies from a business perspective, which is different from the other courses I’ve taken in this program. In this course, I hope to understand the business of e-learning and discover and develop the entrepreneur in me.

I was born in Taiwan and immigrated here when I was 15. I went to high school in Richmond and have lived here ever since. I have a B. Sc. from UBC (computer science major), a B. Ed. from UBC in secondary education and a TESL certificate from UBC. I have TOCed in Vancouver and Richmond and taught at a few different schools in Richmond. I am currently a full-time ESL teacher in Richmond. As an ex-ESL student, it’s been a wonderful experience sharing my language learning experience with my students and their parents. I’m also fluent in Mandarin, which helps in communicating with Chinese parents and beginning Chinese ESL students who cannot speak a word of English.

Right now, playing badminton is my favourite pasttime. I’m not a skilled badminton player, but it’s definitely good exercise for me. Whenever I have time, I also play games on my computer and on my Wii. Since I’m quite the game lover, I’m also interested in learning more about commercial learning technologies that are fun and beneficial to learning.

I look forward to working with all of you ^_^


September 4, 2008   3 Comments

I’ve got it…

Concerned about spider-monkeys or web-scrapers stealing your email address and spending all your money on Ebay.  Cross your eyes and write your address like this.

ac tod cb tod dsatled ta ireipedd   (how’s that for high end technology)

Use a mirror to decipher or better yet, copy the letters as you read them aloud from end to front.  I spent hours and hours and hours trying to decide on a way to protect my email address and then my ten year old said, “papa, why don’t you just do it like this…”  Go to bed kid!

Oh ya, I teach in the delta school district

September 4, 2008   2 Comments

Lucky to find this course!

Hello everyone, I’m new to the MET program, and thrilled to have found this course.  Last month I wrapped up a 7 month dream trip with my partner, mainly to Ecuador/Colombia, and France.  Now, with the return to high school teaching (physics 11 and 12), I’m looking forward to implementing some changes.  Going into September I made my teaching load half time, and ordered a tablet PC (touch screen laptop that I’ve been impressed by at Math Teacher Conferences) with the intention of profiting from a commercial education venture.  THEN I found this course!  I expect it to help me be more specific about the “commercial education venture”.  I’ve created time to pursue something (reducing to part time teaching), obtained the resources to help make it possible (Tablet PC), and will find information to help make it happen (this course).  I’m ready to go!

My email for this course (specially created due to the blog insecurity) is dychko522@gmail.com

With my partner in front of the White Cliffs of Normandy

With my partner in front of the White Cliffs of Normandy

September 4, 2008   1 Comment

David in Delta

Greetings everyone,

I just finished reading through the course syllabus for 522 and this looks really interesting and exciting. I can’t wait to dive in. I’m also taking ETEC 511 and 512 as well. Hope I didn’t bite off more than I can chew.

I am the father of two beautiful kids, Olivia and Mikylo – ages 12 and 10. They keep me busy, soccer, baseball, fastball, piano, skiing, swimming, math… you name it, we’re doing it. Parents eh!! …ya gotta love em…

I’m also a Red Seal machinist and CNC programmer/operator. I started my apprenticeship at Tech Cominco in Trail, just after finishing high school in 1979. Yes, Jason Bay (Boston Red Sox) was one of my students and I coached him in baseball. In 1992, I completed my B. Ed. at UBC and started teaching immediately there after.

My newest venture (I’m not a static person) is a website that I’m am developing for shop teachers from around the world. I have people signed on from all over Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and some places I’ve never heard of. Very exciting. David V and David P, I’ll email you with my proposal Thursday after work.

I love old cars I have 4 of them. However, I’m in the process of trading my 63 Valiant – 2 door hardtop for a Fender Stratocaster guitar and Fender Super-Sonic amplifier. Strangely enough, I don’t play guitar I’m a drummer. I think I’ll save the G & A for my kids one day or maybe I’ll pick it up… time permitting.

I look forward to this course and meeting you folks along the way. Well, my eyes are starting to blur, time to sign off for now.

Cheers everyone, David De Pieri (another one)

September 4, 2008   4 Comments

About this weblog’s performance issue, and another approach for keeping up

Hello all, my name is Brian and I work with this weblog project here at UBC.

We are working to identify the source of the performance issue some of you are reporting. Talking with one of our systems administrators, he asked that I try to identify the times when slow performance is causing a problem (this may be a network issue). If the sluggishness of the system is causing you pain, or if you have other questions or problems you can feel free to contact me directly at brian|DOT|lamb|AT|ubc|DOT|ca (that idiosyncratic way of rendering my email address a probably futile attempt to foil spammers and their web-scrapers). Please pass on a brief description of what you were trying to do, and what time of day it was at.

Responding to Sarah’s question regarding how to track activity on this weblog… Speaking for myself, I would be lost without my RSS newsfeed reader. If you are unfamiliar to RSS, I recommend you take a look at this quick video tutorial:


The video suggests Google Reader as one option for reading feeds, another approach is a portal style reader such as Netvibes.

If you wish to use a reader to follow this site there is a feed for entries…


…and a feed for comments:


September 4, 2008   8 Comments


I am new to this platform and one thing I am finding a bit of a challenge is deciphering what posts I have read and which ones I haven’t.  Sorry to make a comparison, but in Vista it highlights what is new to me and hence what I should pay attention to.  I do see that these posts are in sequential order.  Am I missing something here???  Any tips???

September 4, 2008   5 Comments