Tuesday, April 6, 2021
In this instalment of Tech Talk, we’ll take a quick look into the world of e-sports. E-sports (electronic sports) is one of the fastest growing competitions in the world. The list of e-sports includes traditional sports video games such as Madden NFL (football), FIFA (soccer) and Y2K (basketball), to fighting games like Super Smash Bros., Fortnite and Call of Duty to strategy games such as Rocket League and League of Legends.
In fact, there are numbers that suggest that e-sports will overtake traditional sports viewership and already involves serious money. There is even a strong chance that one day e-sports will be part of the Olympics. Many colleges in the United States are offering scholarships to e-sports athletes as this competition continues to grow.
So what does that mean for teachers in Saskatchewan? It could mean a great opportunity to connect and offer students another way to get involved (an opportunity that many students might not have the chance to otherwise).
Monday, April 5, 2021
At the time of writing this, COVID-19 variants have been detected in schools in Regina, Moose Jaw, Yorkton, Melville, File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council area and, most recently, Saskatoon.
It is safe to say the third wave is upon us. While vaccines are beginning to be more widely distributed and administered, even those vaccinated are still at risk until they build up immunity, which can take up to three weeks after vaccination.
Monday, April 5, 2021
A horrific racial attack directed at a Vietnamese restaurateur in Saskatoon was captured on video and shared in the mainstream media.
It was decided by the Saskatoon Teachers’ Association, as part of their annual way of recognizing new teachers to the local, that they would be presented with gift certificates to Mai’s Kitchen Vietnamese Cuisine.
In addition, it was also seen as an ideal segue for these young teachers to be talking with their respective students about racism in what is becoming an evermore diverse mosaic in the province’s largest city.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
The Manitoba public education system could have a much different look in the future following the delayed K-12 Education Review Commission report that was released by the provincial government in mid-March.
Expected to be implemented by July 1, 2022, the report recommends dissolving the province’s 37 English school boards into 15 regions, plus Division scolaire franco-manitobaine (DSFM), and the elimination of elected school boards.
Monday, March 29, 2021
In 2011, the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation entered into a research project with the University of Waterloo and the University of Saskatchewan to build and mobilize knowledge on race and colonialism in Canada.
In 2014, the Federation supported Phase 2 of the project which included the development of a film on anti-colonialism in education. The goal of the film is to shine a light on not only the history of education in Canada, but also the ongoing impact of colonization on the K-12 system and beyond.