My name is Melissa Lavoie, and I’m from Timmins, Ontario. I work for a local tribal council as a GIS-Education Specialist. I was a teacher for 12 years, and for the last few years was out of the classroom as an Educational Technology teacher. At Mushkegowuk Council I’m part of a project called GIS in the Classroom within our Information Services department, where I work with some remote communities along the western James Bay coast, and a few southern communities that have all-season road access, within the Mushkegowuk (Treaty 9) territory. One of my current passion projects is called Walk With Us project, where I work with youth in remote areas to collect Street View images to update Google Maps and create virtual tours of communities that are not represented on G Maps. Our intention is that these tours will serve as an educational tool so that people can see where these students are from, and learn about where they live and the people who live there. I recently managed a project where we captured panoramic images of the Western James Bay Winter Road and the Wetum Road and uploaded to Google Maps. Here is some more information about that. If you’d like to learn more about Walk With Us, please feel free to visit my blog. 🙂
As you can see, Street View is very sparse in northern Ontario. We are hoping to change that 🙂 The blue line on the western side of James Bay is what we added – you can see it now on G Maps.
I have always had a bit of that “edupreneurship” bug; and it is my hope that in participating in this course, I will learn more about the business side of educational technology, and moving an idea forward through the stages of implementation.
Looking forward to learning with everyone!