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Ted McCain

Ted McCain is coordinator of the Digital Arts Academy for Maple Ridge School District in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has taught at the high school level for more than 30 years.

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Ted McCain

Ted McCain is coordinator of the Digital Arts Academy for Maple Ridge School District in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has taught at the high school level for more than 30 years and has also taught computer networking, graphic design, and desktop publishing courses for Okanagan University.

Ted began his career as a programmer, salesperson, and consultant in the computer industry before transitioning to education. Since the 1980s, he has consulted with school districts and businesses on effective teaching for the digital generation and the implementation of instructional technology. His clients have included Apple, Microsoft, Aldus, and Toyota, as well as many educational associations.

Ted received the 1997 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence for his work in developing a real-world technology curriculum for grade 11 and grade 12 students to prepare them for post-graduation employment in website design and computer networking. The author or coauthor of eleven books, he has been recognized for his innovative problems-first teaching strategy, his “4D” approach to solving problems, his unique use of role playing in the classroom, and his idea of progressive withdrawal as a way to foster independence in his students.