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Year: 2000 – Province: Alberta
Certificate of Achievement Recipients
School: Onoway Junior and Senior High School
Onoway, Alberta T0E 1V0
Principal: Randy Hetherington
School Telephone: 780-967-2271
School Fax: 780-967-2660
School Website: welcome.to/onowayhigh
Grades/Subjects Taught: Physics, biology, science
- Learn to exploit technology to the fullest for the greatest benefit to students.
- Share your experience, insights and successes with other teachers to advance education.
Advanced in three years "from scratch," with no technology in class, to being a leader in technology integration:
- applications include physics simulation software, multimedia tutorials and Internet research for the building of working models
- Mr. Martha and students produced a CD-ROM on integrating and using technology for teaching science. This CD-ROM is distributed for no profit to other teachers.
Created and maintains ScienceMan!, a professional development and technology website. The site offers educational resources, hardware and software reviews, professional development information and hundreds of curriculum-matched and -reviewed links.
Mr. Martha's efforts to enliven science teaching and bring technology into the school have resulted in a marked increase in physics enrolment (72 per cent since 1996), increased numbers of students attaining the standard of excellence on provincial final exams, improved comprehension of physics and science concepts as demonstrated in class testing, and increased numbers of students involved in lunchtime activities in the science room.
Named a Pasco Technology Educator by Pasco Scientific in recognition of his efforts to bring technology into the classroom.
"Mr. Martha has a talent of bringing out the best in his students. Failure in his class is simply not an option." Student
"There is no reward for Joe other than the opportunity to provide first-rate science instruction to his students. I find this selflessness both fascinating and extraordinary." Fellow teacher