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Year: 2001 – Province: Nova Scotia

Certificate of Excellence Recipients

Nancy Barkhouse

School: Atlantic View Elementary School
3391 Lawrencetown Road
Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia  B2Z 1R5

Principal: Kelly Rambeau
School Telephone: 902-464-5245
School Fax: 902-464-5246
School Website:
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grade 4, all subjects.

Teaching Approach:

  • To enhance each year's teaching program to meet the needs of specific groups in that class.
  • Because too many technological resources in today's schools are still underused, to create technology-based projects that spread the wealth by building resources that allow students to continue to expand their technology use even after the project is finished.
  • Teachers who continue to experience the frustrations and joys of learning make better teachers.

Outstanding Achievements:

An early adopter of technology in the classroom, Mrs. Barkhouse began by bringing her own computer to the classroom in 1987 and has built on that base for the past 15 years. Today, she uses 12 Internet accessible computers in her classroom in this small rural school.

Mrs. Barkhouse oversees the work of her Grade 4 students as they research, write and deliver an hour-long radio program each week that helps meet objectives identified by a special commission that researched racial difficulties at another Nova Scotia school. In partnership with a local radio station, the students create programming that bridges gaps between various communities.

Mrs. Barkhouse has led her fellow teachers in the use of the Internet as an education environment since creating the first Nova Scotia elementary school web page in January 1995. She has continued that leadership through several SchoolNet GrassRoots projects.

Mrs. Barkhouse produced School to School, the first contribution to the Nova Scotia's Teacher Created Video program. The video shows how children with Down Syndrome were integrated into classrooms and some of the technology used to make this process easier.

Rave Reviews:

Nancy has spearheaded a radio slot that actively engages young people in interviews, discussion and the sharing of information. This is not a program that merely includes students but instead allows them to shape the show with the teacher's guidance. School board official

Because of my early years of school and a teacher who recognized natural ability within her students, I have continued to follow this path. Former student, on her studies in technology