Chess is just math, or so it seems…

This week to strengthen my sense of strategy and understanding I familiarized myself in a field that I excel in, math. I did some research into the concept of material counting in chess, which in short relates to each piece of the chess board having a value and being able to see who is leading. Knowing these values leads to understanding better trades and either playing passively or aggressively as the game moves forward. had a great article on values, they valued each piece as follows: Queen: 9 points, Rook: 5 points, Bishop/Knights: 3 points, Pawns: 1 point. It seemed without some sort of system to base trades off of set me up for failure in the long run since I didn’t have any sense of value of the pieces. Integrating this idea with the openings idea I used from my second blog post I can go into a game with a sense of strategy and planning moves down the road.

I first utilized the puzzles section of to practice some exchange sacrifices, their website does a great job to give feedback and reasoning to puzzle answers then simply saying if you are right or wrong.


I played a couple games against higher ranked computers to try to make better trading moves in the middle and late parts of the game. After a couple practice matches I moved back into playing against real people and got back to trying to improve my rank. After about an hour of playing I felt more comfortable actually making trades and decisions which factored into my overall confidence level.


I think confidence is going to be my biggest goal moving forward, I look forward to what my next step will be while becoming the one of the world’s best. (Definitely not one of the worlds best)

Total Rank Growth: 400 -> 590


The Interesting World of Twitter

To begin my post that surrounds the vastly popular app Twitter I’ll start with my experience with the app thus far. I’ve used twitter personally and non professionally since 2015. I think Twitter is great tool for communication and free thought on any topic that you can think of. It has vast opinions, perspectives and information for anyone to catch on any topic. For the most part I was one to use twitter for topics such as sports or music. It is very easy to surround your feed and effectively your experience with wherever your interests take you.

To speak on Twitter from the perspective of a future teacher I can say that the application is a great resource tool ready to be tapped in on. By simply staying in the wanted field of education your feed will ultimately be filled with valuable resources and opinions/perspectives at your disposal. You can easily find resource to aid your professional development in an organized matter. I really think its in the eyes of the beholder but restricting your following list to the topic you aim to aid your professional development with will do nothing but improve the resources you have at your disposal.

As a wrap up I really see twitter as a great opportunity to further your knowledge but it ultimately is held up on someone’s willingness to adapt and learn.


Education Tools and Live Streaming

The tool I decided to utilize for this weeks post is called OBS. OBS stands for Open Broadcaster Software and is something I’ve heard of before in the field of video game streaming. Watching a YouTube break down linked at the bottom, shows the uses of OBS beyond just to livestream. It is a really easy recording software to use where you can overlay things such as text, images or webcams on top of a recording. I can see software like this great for prerecorded lectures for example to improve them beyond just a shared screen of lecture notes.

To tie into my learning project I found OBS as a great tool for documenting a game recording as well as to look back at the moves I made to reflect for improvement after the fact. Here I included a recording of a game I played to show off how easy it is to record a game with OBS. During this game I tried opening with the King’s Indian setup which was discussed in the last learning post. Here with OBS I can really analyze what decisions I made post setup and critique my moves as the game progresses.

I would recommend OBS to anyone wanting to record a video with numerous customization options to improve the video while recording rather then in the editing process.

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Hello World!

Welcome to my blog everyone! A little introduction to myself would start with me being born and raised in Regina Saskatchewan and having a deep background in technology. On the other hand not much of a background in the field of blogging but ready to tackle whats ahead of me this semester. I used to be in the computer science field and I switched into Education after a year of classes, I’m hoping to transfer some of those skills to the classroom setting where I can be comfortable with the always evolving technology the world presents to us.

My thoughts on blogging currently are that it is an interesting tool to speak ones mind and also a way to share information and resources in an organized fashion. It’s not really something I see myself doing for the rest of my career but who knows maybe I’ll get addicted to it and start my own in the future.

I’m excited for what the rest of the semester has to offer and am open to anything EDTC throws at me so brace with me as the semester gets under way.

Here is a link to my twitter for anyone interested.

Update and Warning

Hey everyone just wanted to update and give everyone a warning that I’ve been posting to the wrong wordpress account for the majority of the semester. Glad I caught it but definitely not optimal, just wanted to give everyone a warning while the blog hub page is going to fill with me transferring my posts over to this one.