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Year: 1996 – Province: Ontario
Wayne Thompson is a long-time champion of technology education. Boys and girls, advanced students and beginners, exceptionally fast learners and students playing catch-up have all benefited from his help at Almonte and District High School in Almonte, Ontario, where he is head of technological studies. He has also gathered support from industry across eastern Ontario for his programs. One prominent example is a distance learning program that Mr. Thompson set up so students could take part in regular classes while working on a construction site away from the school. The video technology and techniques used in this initial project were also used by Mr. Thompson to hook-up with another school on the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom. What former students remember most about Mr. Thompson is the way he pushed them to try new challenges and then made sure they got the support they needed to meet those challenges. After being encouraged to try new things, students found they had developed an ongoing interest in doing them. Soon they realized that working with technology was one of their favorite activities.