Statistics for the Classroom
E-Stat is an interactive learning tool designed by Statistics
Canada to help teachers translate classroom lessons into real life experience
compare the health and lifestyles of 13-year-olds around the world, learn about forestry
practices or find out about the demographics of your neighborhood.
E-Stat is a useful tool for teachers, complete with lesson plans including
suggested grade levels, objectives, materials, activities and outcomes a
teachers guide, tutorials and technical support.
It is available in Windows, MAC, DOS, CD-ROM or on the internet in English and in
French. E-Stat is available on a free trial basis from April 1 until June 30. To have a
look at the program, visit Statistics Canadas web site at www.statcan.ca, click on Education Resources and
then click on E-STAT.
For more information about E-Stat and Statistics Canadas education programs, call
toll-free 1-800-263-1136 and ask for Sunita Poonai. You can also write to Statistics
Canada, Ontario Region, 25 St. Clair Ave. East, Toronto ON M4T 1M4.
Yourself a "Sea"
The Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrews, New
Brunswick is, once again, offering unique summer experiences to teachers interested in
coastal environmental research. The institute has been offering hands-on learning for
teachers since 1986.
Two programs are offered for 1999.
Field ornithology offers participants an opportunity to help collect data on local
songbirds from July 10 to 17. Using sea kayaks, the program promises to take students to
offshore gull and seabird colonies to monitor the contents of tree swallow nests and
assist with the banding of herring gull chicks. Enrolment is limited to 10 and tuition is
$725, which includes all meals, accommodation and supplies.
The marine science institute offers a mix of field, lab and seminar learning. Students
will explore local beaches, collecting marine flora and fauna. Finback, Humpback and Right
whales gather off Grand Manan Island each summer to feed, court and play. Students will
have an opportunity to learn more about these marine mammals using the facilities of the
Whale and Seabird Research Foundation. This course is offered August 7 to 14 and is
limited to 20 participants. Tuition is $725, which includes all meals, accommodation and
Deadline for applications is June 15 for field ornithology and July 1 for the marine
institute. For more information, contact the Huntsman Marine Science Centre at (506)
529-1200, or visit their web site at www.unb.ca/web/huntsman.
Learning for the 21st Century
Sir Sandford Fleming College is offering a new program
beginning in January 2000. The certificate program in technology-based learning design
affords practising teachers an opportunity to learn how to design classroom activities and
materials using technology.
The program, not surprisingly, uses the web, e-mail and web-based conferencing.
Students in the program develop projects that they can apply in the classroom
projects that take into account technologies, but also classroom-based activities.
Interested teachers are invited to complete an on-line questionnaire that will help Sir
Sandford Fleming College design a program that meets todays needs. Visit their web
site at http://fleming0.flemingc.on.ca/fdr/techbase/tb_surv1.htm
If you would like to list your conference or event on the College web site, e-mail the
College library with the information at
email@example.com; fax (416)
961-8822; or phone (416) 961-8800 ext. 679.
The calendar of conferences is found on the College