Year: 2010-2011 – Province: New Brunswick
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
Sugarloaf Senior High School
201 Dover Street
Campbellton, NB E3N 1R3
Principal: Gilbert Cyr
School Tel.: 506-789-2125
School Fax: 506-789-2108
School Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subjects and grades taught: Digital Technologies, CAD, Technical Support and Media Productions in grades 11 and 12
Teaching approachTake over the air waves and make history happen … it’s all in a day when Michael O’Toole is your high school teacher. Mr. O’Toole’s students live-broadcast from their own in-house radio station, create videos and brochures that raise awareness about drinking and driving, racism and Aboriginal history and learn to support themselves while doing it.
- Mr. O’Toole and his students made history in 2009 when they live-streamed the Canadian National Speed Skating Championships which were held in Campbellton. As a result, anyone with an internet connection was able to view the feed and now most sporting events at the school are regularly recorded and streamed by students.
- Mr. O’Toole’s class received the Microsoft Innovation Award for their project that used Marvin software to highlight the history of First Nation’s people.
- Through partnerships with local businesses and community groups, Mr. O’Toole’s students create publicity and income generated from the projects is used to purchase new equipment for the technology lab.
- Mr. O’Toole regularly forges partnerships with federal and provincial programs, which expose his students to real life issues and simultaneously enable access to state of the art equipment.
"Mike is an innovative teacher who is highly motivated and teaches with a very high level of technological expertise. Students are engaged and encouraged to tackle an issue and use technology to create and find a solution. Mike provides a fun and challenging class environment where students thrive and wish to participate in new activities."
"I have been fortunate to know Mike as a colleague and a friend. Mike is a well-rounded individual whose enthusiasm is contagious. He is an ambitious teacher yet always finds the time to offer support to his fellow teachers."