I am a high school math and science teacher at a rural high school in northern BC. Over the past few years, I have adopted the role as one of the school’s intervention teachers for junior students. My district is rapidly implementing the RTI model and I am eager to find ways in which technology can support this model and benefit our struggling learners. This school year I would like to: 1) learn more about Office 365 and be able to support/advocate for its adoption within our district; and 2) begin to collect digital artifacts of student work and have students develop electronic portfolios (possibly with FreshGrade).
My business experience is limited to a few economics courses I took in the first year of my BSc degree. My school district, however, is a provincial leader in distance education and continues to promote the use of new tech tools. I would like to learn more about the market and business ends of things so that I can better understand, and perhaps even contribute to, my school and district’s decisions regarding the tools and programs they purchase. Also, it has been my experience that many new technologies that are introduced to schools are rarely integrated at a school-wide level or used to their full capacity. Why is this? What makes a new venture successful? And how can I market new ventures within my school and district? Also, my district is just starting to explore apps that can digitally document student learning (video, photos, blog posts etc.). I would love to learn more about the development, marketing and integration of these programs and apply my learning to a district pilot program.
This is my ninth MET course and as I near the end of my degree I am becoming more and more appreciative of the opportunities I have had to collaborate with and learn from my peers. I think that one of my greatest challenges after graduating will be to find the space and time to engage in such thoughtful and academic professional development. Subsequently, I’m really looking forward to the interactive components of this course!
Here’s my husband and I and our beloved dogs. We live on a huge lake and spend most of our weekends enjoying the outdoors. Our hobbies tend to shift with the seasons. Fall is on its way so out comes the four-wheeler and the hockey skates!