William G. Hillman 
B.Sc. (4-Year Honours), B. Ed. (Five Year), M. Ed.
41 Kensington Crescent -- Brandon, MB -- R7A 6M4 -- 
204.728.4673
hillmans@westman.wave.ca
An abbreviated version of this document in
WORD text format suitable for print out is available at:
http://home.westman.wave.ca/~hillmans/Hillman.doc

EDUCATION CREDENTIALS 
B.Sc., B.Sc. (4 Year Honours), B.Ed. (5 Year), M.Ed.
  • Masters in Education 1991 (Major in Curriculum Design and Implementation)
  • Masters Thesis: Integration of Computer Technologies into the English Curriculum
  • Bachelor of Education Degree (Administration Major in Senior Education)
  • Bachelor of Science Degree (4-Year Honours in 1989)
  • Bachelor of Science Degree (Geography Major ~ Geology Minor) 
  • Awarded the Brandon University Silver Medal upon Graduation in 1971. 

  • Courses in physics, chemistry, math, geography, computers, geology, English, music, etc. 
        with an almost equal emphasis in Arts and Science.
  • Education Certificate in Elementary Education
WORK EXPERIENCE IN EDUCATION
  • Assistant Professor with the Dept. of C & I: Math and Science, Faculty of Education, Brandon University
  • Thirty years at Strathclair Collegiate and Strathclair Community School (K-12), Birdtail River SD
  • K-12 teaching assignments for the Brandon School Division ~ 2001
  • Travelling Professor for the Brandon University Northern Teacher Education program 2001-2002
  • Instructor for the Brandon University PENT program
  • Sessional Instructor for computer technology and Internet courses with the BU Faculty of Education
  • Currently serve as the BU Sessional Instructors representative on the BUFA executive
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION IN EDUCATION
Brandon University ~ Faculty of Education
Assistant Professor (Dept. of C & I: Math & Science)
Brandon University Professor Profile: June 2003 Feature on the BU Web site

Courses Taught:

  • 03:361: Using Technology and Computers in Education (K-Middle Years)
  • 03:362: Using Technology and Computers in Education (Middle Years - Senior 4)
  • 03.467 Internet for Educators
  • 99.090: Communications 99.090
  • 99.153: Journalism I: Introduction to Print Media
  • 03:361: Using Technology and Computers in Education (BUNTEP)
  • 03:361 Using Technology and Computers in Education (PENT)
    These courses were taught in the Education Computer Labs on campus and in remote classrooms. I adapted the curricula of all courses for full integration with Internet and computer technologies. My course designs and materials are accessible during course time at:
    http://www.Brandonu.ca/eduweb/hillman
High School Instruction:
  • English language arts, social studies, geography, history, science, computer awareness, computer integration, business education, software applications, physical education, music, etc.
  • Audio/Visual Technologies Curriculum designer for the Department of Education
  • Creation and implementation of the Entertainment Arts course for Manitoba schools and a variety of teacher-initiated courses for the Department of Education
  • Computer co-ordinator in charge of the integration of computer technologies in grades K-12
A FEW RELEVANT CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
  • 2005-2006 taught a full slate of technology and Internet sessional courses for the BU Faculty of Education,
  • 2004 took a position as Consultant, PR Representative, Editor and Webmaster for the Internationally-known California entertainment company, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.,
  • 2002 I was recruited to take over the Brandon University Faculty of Education computer department during Sabbatical periods. In my capacity as Assistant Professor I taught ten sessions of computer-related courses -- all of which were developed for online access,
  • 2001-2002 I was employed by Brandon University as a Travelling Professor. I flew in to Northern Manitoba University classrooms and taught courses such as: Communications ~ Using Technology and Computers in Education ~ Journalism,
  • 30-year career as a teacher in a rural high school specializing in English language arts and communication skills, local geography instruction, social studies, business computer applications, practical field work experience supervision, computer lab maintenance, computer integration into all subjects, adult workshops, and electronic communication skills, 
  • Birdtail School Division assigned me to make numerous investigative trips through the US and Canada to research the feasibility of implementing Interactive Television networks in the Division. I was also commissioned to design and present a series of presentations to the public, schools, and Board in which I demonstrated the advantages such a system would offer in Distance Education, 
  • I have lived and worked in rural Manitoba for much of my life.  This interest and experience has served me well in education as I have taught a variety of rural, agriculture, and aboriginal based courses in my 30-year career as a high school and adult learning teacher in rural Manitoba schools, 
  • my public relations duties as a specialist in technology and local geography for our rural School Division have included regular newspaper releases, media interviews, in-service presentations, public awareness presentations, articles, curriculum design and implementation, work experience co-ordination, consultancy chores and board/committee meetings, 
  • a long association with Brandon University -- from which I have earned B.Sc. (4 yr Honours), B. Ed. (5 yr.),  and M. Ed. Degrees -- has provided me with expertise in a wide range of subject disciplines, practical experiences, interpersonal skills, and an understanding of post-secondary procedures, 
  • a 35-year career as a professional entertainer with international experience in community involvement, stage presentation, record production, media promotion, advertising/news release design, journalism, public relations and all aspects of the media and entertainment business, 
  • I was commissioned by Brandon University to contribute a chapter for the university reference text, The Geography of Manitoba: Its Land and People, University of Manitoba Press. I chose to research and prepare a study of my hometown, Strathclair,  pointing out the importance of communications and technology to the survival of rural settlements, 
  •  the founding, in 1996, of two Internet companies, ERBzine and The Eclectic Studio, for which I currently serve as manager, webmaster, webdesigner, graphics artist, webwriter and online editor. I have designed, created and maintain over 5,000 Web pages and Web sites ~ write, edit and publish four weekly or monthly online magazines ~ produce a host of newsletters, as well as overseeing a multitude of volunteer community booster Web sites which has included the design, research and maintenance of Web pages specializing in education, business, agriculture, seniors, health, heritage, tourism, local history, rural economy, etc.
  • co-owner/manager of a 265-seat restaurant in downtown Brandon where I was responsible for staffing, purchasing, promotion, bookkeeping and maintenance from 1992-2002
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CAREER OBSERVATIONS
 
The expertise and techniques developed during my Masters Programme research on the integration of computer technologies into English language arts instruction have carried over into the design and implementation of all the high school and university coures I have taught.

In the '90s I integrated computer multi-tasking procedures into all of my courses. Each of my students was assigned a computer for all of my classes in English, geography, social studies, and computer technologies. Student integrated word pros, graphics & simulation programs, with research activities via the Internet, on-line CD-ROM encyclopedias, and in-class audio-video presentations . . . all distilled into and displayed in student-created websites. I accomplished this by designing major adaptations to the school curriculum.

Throughout my long teaching career, I feel have always been in the forefront of classroom innovation -- and have been called on to present many public and in-service demonstrations on the educational advantages of Interactive Television (ITV), A/V, computers, multi-tasking, multi-media, distance education, teleworking and the InterNet.

In the '70s the Department of Education awarded me funding and a storehouse of A/V resources to develop a course of my own design: "Entertainment Arts." A change in Provincial Government put a halt to programme development before the original plan to adopt it province-wide could be implemented. Many modules developed for this course, however, are still scattered across the province and through my own high school teaching strategies.

As a result of my personal interest in the entertainment arts and audio-visual technologies, Strathclair School was one of the first in the province to integrate reel-to-reel and later cassette recorders (audio and video) into curricula. I also supplied the school (via video tape) with cutting-edge video resources from my personal library (4000 video tapes) and satellite broadcasts since the early 80s. During my teaching career at Strathclair, I consistently used music resources/equipment in all my classes . . . a natural progression since I have been a professional musician throughout my adult life and have been involved in songwriting, performing, television, recording and International music tours. I believe the spinoffs from these interests in show business and travelling have been invaluable to my classes over the years -- in fact, Strathclair School boasts an extraordinarily long list of students who have gone on to pursue careers in broadcasting, technology, music, art, drama, show business, journalism, announcing, dancing, etc.

We were also one of the first to make widespread use of Internet resources. Over recent years I have received a barrage of positive responses regarding the various education and personal pages I have created and this has led to consulting chores for educators, schools, school divisions, and graduate students all over the world.

The culmination of the above experiences has led to a development of teaching styles and technical expertise which have promoted the integration of multimedia and computer / Internet technologies with the more traditional classroom approaches.

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OTHER CURRENT ACTIVITIES
  • I have tutored and served as a consultant to people of all ages and backgrounds - from pre-school to Seniors, education to business - in writing skills, general computer use,  Internet proficiency, and Website/Homepage construction. Recently, I have served as an advisor and consultant for numerous feature films and documentaries including the three-hour PBS documentary based on the life and work of American author Edgar Rice Burroughs, and assignments for Disney and ABC News Nightline.
  • I have also created over 5,000 Webpages for a wide-range of individuals, authors, artists, show business personalities, educational institutions, clubs, businesses and organizations.
  • My home office is serviced by two networked computer systems connected to  the high-speed WAVE cable modem service. This is to facilitate the many hours I do each day executing Internet research for a variety of International groups, including local Westman organizations and committees, and collating and posting results for them.
  • I am currently serving as the BU Sessional Instructors representative on the BUFA executive for which I have created and maintain a series of Webpages.
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RECENT PROJECTS
Compendium of Heritage Sites Pt. 1: Manitoba Cultural Sites
Compendium of Heritage Sites Pt. 2: Entertainment Media
Compendium of Heritage Sites Pt. 3: Military History
Compendium of Heritage Sites Pt. 4: Education Projects

BRANDON UNIVERSITY COURSE MATERIALS:
Communications ~ Using Technology & Computers in Education ~ Journalism
Brandon University Professor Profile: June 2003 Feature

BILL & SUE-ON HILLMAN ECLECTIC STUDIO
Many of the classroom activities I have designed for Internet integration are
featured on the Internet as part of my personal Website.

PUKATAWAGAN BUNTEP PROJECT
Cree Histories & Photos ~ Student Webpages ~ Northern Education

MASTERS THESIS EXCERPTS ONLINE
EDUCATION AND COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY REFERENCE PAGES
Integration of Computer Technologies into the High School Curricula

BRANDON VIRTUAL TOURS & WESTMAN BOOSTER PAGES

COMMONWEALTH AIR TRAINING PLAN WWII MUSEUM
and a host of related ARMY, NAVY and AIR FORCE SITES
HILLMAN WWII & MILITARY TRIBUTE SITES

BILL & SUE-ON HILLMAN: A MUSICAL ODYSSEY
An online show business career biography

WEEKLY AND MONTHLY ONLINE MAGAZINES
which I write and edit for Internet distribution
As You Were. . .  Armed Forces Magazine
Short Bursts: WWII Air Gunners Magazine
ERBzine Weekly Online e-zine of Classic Science Fiction

STRATHCLAIR: A PRAIRIE TOWN WITH A PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE
When asked by Brandon University to contribute 
a chapter for the university reference text, 
The Geography of Manitoba: Its Land and People,
I chose to research and prepare a tribute to hometown Strathclair ~ 
pointing out the importance of communications and technology to 
the survival of rural settlements. 
Most of the text from this contribution is contained here --
along with references, photographs, maps, and aerial photos. 
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William G. Hillman
41 Kensington Crescent -- Brandon, MB -- R7A 6M4 -- 204.728.4673
hillmans@westman.wave.ca
www.HillmanWeb.com