Hey everyone! I’m Aaron and this is my fourth course in the MET program. I’m excited to learn about ventures in education as I currently live in Hong Kong where bright ideas and startups seem to multiply by the day. I’m interested in making sense of the current venture landscape here and understanding where and how I can fit within it.
I work as a Media Tech teacher at The Harbour School, an international elementary and middle school, in Hong Kong. I teach students from Grade 3 – Grade 8. I founded the department last year and I’m fortunate that the school has trusted me with resource and curricular decisions. My first decision was to scrap tables and chairs and get bean bags with a huge screen – and they said yes! My aim as a tech teacher is to design and teach content that prepares my students for the tech challenges of the 21st century. Through project-based learning, my students learn about visual design (design thinking), web design, digital photography, film making, coding and digital music production.
Here are a few photos from my classroom.
By exposing my students to a wide array of tools and forms of media, they may develop the capacity to learn and unlearn how to use technology quickly. I believe that the speed and competency by which one can adapt to today’s dynamic digital landscape is an important component of success. I would like to build a project around proliferating this skill of technological adaptability, called “Unlearners.” I believe that fostering the skill of unlearning in students and teachers can mean the difference between riding upon or being crushed by the waves of technological evolution. I am here in this course to understand how ventures work and ultimately apply my learning to create my own venture. I still have yet to figure out exactly how to best proceed so my website is empty but I’d love to chat if you have any ideas.
Before moving to Hong Kong, I grew up in Victoria, BC. I cultivated an early appreciation for the arts and learned how to play many instruments, take photos and paint street art. Before settling in Hong Kong, I backpacked for many years and practiced my crafts wherever I could. I’m passionate about expressing myself and teaching what I love (tech, music and art). Here’s my online portfolio if you’d like to see some of the music, photos and art I’ve made.
Thanks for reading. I’m looking forward to learning in a new online environment (I am a WordPress nerd) and I look forward to meeting everyone!