My name is Ryan Dorey and I teach Grade Five in a private school in Mississauga, Ontario. I like to ask questions and test ideas that examine the way students learn. I also like to explore how technology influences engagement in the classroom. At school, my favourite club is the all-girls FLL lego robotics team I run. This team is set loose on an issue and asked to find an innovative solution that solves a problem. We have designed ideas for apps, built a better batbox and even repackaged hotel shampoo to make it environmentally friendly. The best part is that we always beat the boys! This experience has made the biggest impact on me as a teacher.
I have also come from a background as a computer teacher in a school for children with learning difficulties. Both experiences have convinced me that technology plays a vital role in all student learning, whether it is helping students who are striving for enriched learning or those who are struggling to memorize times-tables.
Outside of school, I love to visit as many libraries and museums as I can, no matter how big or small. I also love soup and singing. My wife and I have a teenage daughter who I have tried to mold into a science and nature freak, but she seems to love books more than bugs.
I am really looking forward to this course because it feels like I am submerging myself in the ed-tech sea. I want to be a sponge and soak up every drop I can.