My name is Cole Anderson and this is my fourth course that I have taken in my UBC MET journey which began last September, 2015. In this summer semester I am also taking ETEC 532 “Technology in the Arts and in the Humanities” this summer so this is the first time I will be taking two courses at once while teaching full time.
I am full time high school teacher in the Surrey School District and I have been teaching Social Studies 9-11, Law 12 and Comparative Civilization 12 at Lord Tweedsmiur Secondary for the past five years. In addition to my teaching I am also the Surrey Teachers Association Union Rep at my school. Being a Union Rep at the largest high school in the province of British Columbia keeps me rather busy during the day but I enjoy being busy.
During my time at Lord Tweedsmiur Secondary in Cloverdale I developed a big curiosity in learning which Educational Technology I wish to master in my daily lesson planning. From my curiosity I entered into a partnership with the Surrey School Board to work with Apple Canada to conceptualize and implement the new British Columbia Social Studies Curriculum onto iTunes University. Currently I have two courses (Socials 11 and Comparative Civilization 12) as well as a textbook published on iTunes University.
In addition to working with Apple Canada I have now become an Edmodo Ambassador for the Edmodo Spotlight Program where I have developed and published over 15 different student project based learning resources. I believe there is a tremendous opportunity in creating apps that could potentially replace textbooks and I am hoping to learn what the market forecast might show on this idea.
I signed up for this course because I wish to learn what are the possible and current business opportunities that exist in the Education System. In the past year I have continued writing textbooks and workbooks for the new Social Studies Curriculum and I have now registered and copyrighted my own material. This is an area where I foresee a vast amount of changes occurring in British Columbia within the next five to ten years as the result of the new curriculum.