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Year: 2009 – Province: British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
Eric Hamber Secondary School
5025 Willow Street
Vancouver BC V5Z 3S1
Subjects and Grades Taught: Computer programming and physics in grades 10 to 12
Robert Arkiletian and his students have not only achieved excellence at their school, they have made an impression across the country. His students have performed successfully in computer programming competitions not only against other high school students but also against university students. By developing a widely used classroom management software package, Mr. Artkiletian has had a global impact on teaching computer science.
There is a sense of community in Mr. Arkiletian's classroom. Stronger students help weaker ones in a natural peer-tutoring environment. Even students who find computer programming difficult tend to stick with it in such an environment, and when they find solutions to what were difficult problems they feel pride in their accomplishments. This feeling spreads to others.
- Mr. Arkiletian wrote award-winning classroom management software called Fl_TeacherTool that is used at schools around the world. The package includes a software-based projector for broadcasting demonstrations, a feature that allows students to take control of the broadcast, teacher control of student computers so a teacher can help them remotely, and limited Internet access to keep students focused on required tasks.
- Mr. Arkiletian encourages and supports students who seek to do more than the curriculum requires, opening up lunch-hour sessions for them. He keeps students informed of competitions and actively supports them should they wish to take part. Several of Mr. Artkiletian's students have brought home top honours from national computer programming contests.
- By implementing a new Linux-based terminal server lab, Mr. Arkiletian saved his school $35,000. The new system has a rich learning environment for students and prepares them for the similar Unix computing environments they will encounter in most universities.
"I don't know if it's possible to teach creativity but 'Mr. Ark' certainly knows how to draw it out and foster it. My husband and I are so happy at how our son is blossoming under Mr. Arkiletian's tutelage." Parent
"I had never really taken an interest in math prior to this year, but when my programming class was assigned a matrix algebra project, my views changed. I started to understand the full potential of mathematics." Student