My name is Kevin and this is my second course in the MET program–this semester I’ll try to take two MET courses (ETEC 530) and teach a full load of junior and senior classes…I hope I can do it. I’ve been a secondary teacher of English for about 15 years. For the last five years I’ve taught in Japan and now the Philippines. I am always looking for new tech solutions and resources to increase engagement and support assessment. Fortunately and unfortunately, Brent International where I teach isn’t 1:1 school or has any particular recommended platform though Apple seems to be the most supported. I feel this will be challenging but great course for developing my skills in analysing the impact of ed tech and media in the classroom.
Over the winter break, I traveled around Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi, then to Da Nang and Hoi An–it was amazing and there was great food at every corner. I read some popular tech books 24/6 by Tiffany Shlain (I love her tech shabbat idea) and Because Internet by Gretchen McCullosh both of which I would recommend. I met my Reading Challenge on Goodreads and set new goal for 2020. In response to the question as to what websites I visit daily, Goodreads is one website that I use almost daily for connecting with my friends and students to see what they are reading. Also, I tend to listen daily to my old radio station in Los Angeles where I lived 6 years ago–KCRW–I believe still has some of the best new music programming. I check Facebook too much–especially since I belong to groups for IB and AP teachers and receive lots of good ideas for teaching.