Matt is an educator, photographer, and gadget fiend. When he can afford it, he’s an early adopter to technology – a computer (486DX2-50 with 16mb RAM), the Internet, a DVD player, Palm Pilot, DSLR, HDTV, Blu-ray player, iPhone and so on.
Matt completed a M.Ed from MSVU in Education, focusing on Technology Integration. His first degree was a B.A.Music Technology at Acadia University, where he studied sound recording and production, live sound, multimedia, music theory and history, and guitar. He remained at Acadia and completed his B.Ed in Technology Education and Music Education at the secondary level.
His full-time gig is a faculty member at NSCC Waterfront Campus in Dartmouth in the School of Applied Arts and New Media. He teaches Video Design, Interactive Design, Drawing for Animation, and more in the Applied Media and Communication Arts foundation year program, as well as Photography for Graphic Design to the first year Graphic Design students.
He taught high school for five years – courses like Film and Video Production and Multimedia 12, among others. He is a part-time lecturer at Mount Saint Vincent University in the B.Ed and M.Ed programs. He was a Client Trainer at GBS Communications for the better part of a year, where he was also the Learning Centre Team Lead, in charge of the training program for all twenty stores across the four Atlantic Provinces, as well as the Media Officer, dealing with social media and creating videos and other multimedia products.
He has a photography business on the side, fadetowhite photography.
He was a regular on Maritime Morning Weekend Edition on News 95.7 talking about all things tech for three years, and makes appearances on Global Maritimes from time to time. The Chronicle Herald and CBC also come calling for perspective from time to time as well.
Neil Kenny, originally from Mill Cove, Nova Scotia, has a degree in Computer Science with specialization in e-Commerce from Acadia University and possesses an Advanced Diploma in Geographic Information Systems from the Centre of Geographic Sciences.
He has experience in both the private and public sector as a GIS programmer analyst, software developer, web designer and I.T. consultant for organizations including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Department of National Defense and Fortune 500 companies.
Neil is co-owner of Samson-Kenny I.T. Solutions, a Canadian I.T. company established in 2007 that specializes primarily in information management. The company, based in Petit de Grat, Nova Scotia, provides numerous I.T. services and continues to grow, pursuing its goal of providing quality employment to Nova Scotians.
Originally from Sunderland in the United Kingdom, Ian Watts is a higher education professional with a passion for technology that facilitates our engagement with the world.
Ian graduated from the BA (hons) Film and Media Studies program at the University of Sunderland and has since pursued a career as an educator. In addition to completing a M.A. Ed In Lifelong Learning from MSVU, Ian has taught Film Studies, Life Skills, and Media Production in the United Kingdom. As a Client Trainer for a large mobile chain, he has shown consumer and business customers from across the province of Nova Scotia how to make their smartphones work for them.
Ian is currently working as an Instructional Designer and Student Advisor for co-op students at Dalhousie University. He combines his passion for education and technology in order to enhance student engagement through both online and in-person teaching. His online teaching combines content management systems such as Blackboard Learn with various content authoring software, mainstream technology, and self-produced multimedia materials.
As part of his M.A. Ed program he wrote a thesis on developing self-expression through digital photography. When not helping others to learn and grow, Ian can be found composing guitar music, shooting night photography, or swearing at people on a soccer field.