NB IT Council Presentation to JEDI Plenary (February 2012)

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  • Using an interactive map quest, The Meeting Place addresses a variety of topics including: bullying, smoking, alcohol, solvents, family violence, suicide, drugs, depression and anxiety. The map walks children down paths that they may encounter in their own communities and daily lives, and introduces them to community settings and characters that represent lessons to be learned about making good choices. Content and functionality helps children identify where to go for help in various scenarios. Intended for children aged 10 and older, this program was developed and designed by CAMH in partnership with BitcastersWith progressive layers of difficulty, 60 activities take young users from basic knowledge of the alphabet through simple reading and writing and on to more complex comprehension and understanding. The program includes vowel and consonant recognition, word matching, sounds, and comprehension. Designed by Ekomini, the program awards points and allows children to track their scores as they would in an online game.The basics of money management are offered through a series of activities and games addressing investment, want versus need, saving and the value of money. Children must manoeuvre through a small town with 4 different characters, gaining points along the way and experiencing various scenarios such as operating an ice cream business, work around the home, banking money and giving back to their community.A high energy and up-beat action program, Swift Feet encourages children to be active. 20 different exercises and 10 different dances set to music take users through high, moderate and low impact movements. A post-session quiz assesses each child’s knowledge of physical fitness and helps measure knowledge retention and improvement.  This program was designed by ParticipACTION Canada in cooperation with Ophea.Based on Canada’s Aboriginal Food Guide Healthy Heart helps children assess their recommended daily intake of food. Stylized bear avatars teach children to act as “chefs” to choose food from a menu that represents the correct daily intake and prepare meals for their customers, all while learning more about healthy eating. Canada’s Aboriginal Food Guide was provided by Health Canada.Buffy Sainte-Marie walks children through the Nature of Sound and Native American/Aboriginal Instruments in order to introduce children to what sound is, the characteristic of sound, wavelengths and how sound travels. Hands-on experiments and a vocabulary resource provide students with a working knowledge of words and meaning, as well as an understanding of Indigenous, Aboriginal, Native American music and sound terminology. This program was modified for OLPC Canada by Buffy Sainte-MarieThrough stories about frozen and free-flowing water, children learn the importance of safe water behaviour and begin to understand what can happen if poor choices are made. Quizzes test comprehension and emphasize good water safety choices. This program was designed by Safe Kids Canada
  • NB IT Council Presentation to JEDI Plenary (February 2012)

    1. 1. Technology and First NationCommunities in New Brunswick
    2. 2. What is IT? How Can it Help?What’s Needed to Leverage it?
    3. 3. Technology - something invented after you were born
    4. 4. */import java.io.*;public class ReadFileInToString { public static void main(String[] args) { //create file object File file = new File("C://FileIO//ReadFile.txt"); BufferedInputStream bin = null; try { //create FileInputStream object FileInputStream fin = new FileInputStream(file); //create object of BufferedInputStream bin = new BufferedInputStream(fin); //create a byte array byte[] contents = new byte[1024]; int bytesRead=0; String strFileContents; while( (bytesRead = bin.read(contents)) != -1){ strFileContents = new String(contents, 0, bytesRead); System.out.print(strFileContents); } } catch(FileNotFoundException e) { System.out.println("File not found" + e); } catch(IOException ioe) { System.out.println("Exception while reading the file "+ ioe); } finally { //close the BufferedInputStream using close method try{ if(bin != null) bin.close(); }catch(IOException ioe) { System.out.println("Error while closing the stream :"+ ioe); } } }}/*000
    5. 5. ―The proposal earned more money in theshort-term and created more suitablenorthern spotted owl habitat in the long-term without a significant decrease in thelong-term sustainable harvest.”
    6. 6. Technology is deeply embeddedin every dimension of our lives today
    7. 7. IT as an Engine of Economic Growth
    8. 8. Canada’s Tech Sector is Growing ... 110 108 106 104 102 100 98 96 2007.1 2007.2 2007.3 2007.4 2008.1 2008.2 2008.3 2008.4 2009.1 2009.2 2009.3 2009.4 2010.1 2010.2 2010.3 2010.4 2011.1 ICT Canada
    9. 9. ... And so is New Brunswick’s NB Indexed GDP Growth by Sector160% Manufacturing [31-33]150%140% Retail trade [44-45]130% Construction [23]120% Transportation and warehousing [48-49]110%100% Information and communication technologies (ICT)90% Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting [11]80% Mining and oil and gas extraction [21]70% 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
    10. 10. NB’s Tech Sector is Large 2010 – New Brunswick GDP By Sector ($B) Mining and oil and gas extraction [21] Accommodation and food services [72]Administrative and support, waste management and remediation … Other services (except public administration) [81] Professional, scientific and technical services [54] Utilities [22] Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting [11] Information and communication technologies (ICT) Wholesale trade [41] Transportation and warehousing [48-49] Construction [23] Retail trade [44-45] Health care and social assistance [62] Manufacturing [31-33] Finance and insurance, real estate and renting and leasing and … 0 500 1,000 1,500 2,000 2,500 3,000 3,500 4,000 4,500
    11. 11. There is VirtuallyNo Unemployment ...
    12. 12. ... Lot’s of Jobs ... No. of Advertised Positions during Past 2 Months Career Beacon – Jan 9, 2012 Sales Information Technology (ICT)Customer Service/Contact Centre Engineering/Eng Technologist General Management Health Care Marketing Logistics and Distribution Operations/Manufacturing Trades Retail Accounting/Financial Admin/Support Nursing Insurance Education Food & Beverage Financial Services Social Sciences Human Resources Tourism Other Legal & Justice Bio Tech & Pharma Military Marine Sciences Real Estate Oil & Gas Volunteer Environment Geomatics Agriculture & Forestry 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160
    13. 13. ... and They Pay Very Well New Brunswick Average Compensation by Occupation - 2010 ICT FIRE Fishing, hunting and trapping Forestry and logging Wholesale trade Wood product manufacturing Transportation and warehousing Food manufacturing Retail trade Crop and animal production $0 $10,000 $20,000 $30,000 $40,000 $50,000 $60,000 $70,000 $ per Year
    14. 14. There’s also a wide variety Communityof jobs available Community Manager (UK) Marketing Product Marketing Manager – Competitive Intelligence Professional Services Senior Analyst, Professional Services Social Media Traffic Coordinator Social Media Analyst Training Trainer Customer Success Director, Customer Success Management Customer Success Manager (UK) Customer Success Manager (US) Customer Success Manager (Toronto, ON) Customer Success Manager Sales Account Executive Sales Engineer Sales Director VP, Sales Engineering VP, Corporate Sales Senior Account Executive Account Executive (UK) Business Development Manager (UK) Account Executive – Australia Lead Gen Enterprise Business Representative Manager, Enterprise Business Representatives Product Management Senior Product Manager Research and Development User Experience Designer Quality Assurance Specialists Java Developer User Interface Developer (Adobe Flex/Flash) Senior Mobile Software Developer HTML5 Developer Project Manager
    15. 15. We Can Do it Here
    16. 16. The Tech Sector Can beCharacterized as having: Very high rates of growth Lots of high paying employment Broad spectrum of skills in demand Significant potential for community and personal wealth-creation
    17. 17. How Might IT Help 1st Nations?
    18. 18. Opportunities for Youth http://careermash.ca/careers/real-people
    19. 19. New Education Alternativeshttp://www.olpccanada.com/home.php
    20. 20. New Tools for Support ofCulture, Language & Identity
    21. 21. What’s Needed?
    22. 22. Access
    23. 23. Talent
    24. 24. Technology can help strengthen the People, but to do so, you must embrace it.

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