As I’m writing this post, it is snowing outside my window.
For those of you who have visited or lived in Vancouver for a substantial amount of time, you probably had the same reaction I had waking up this morning to find torrents of fat, white flakes falling from the sky. Growing up here, I have learned that winters would be more showers than snowfall, unlike the scenes depicted in so many holiday movies in my childhood, so you can only imagine my shock seeing all this white stuff accumulating in my own backyard.
Vancouver is known for its mild, temperate climate and I have grown to appreciate even the rainiest of days here after having taught abroad in the sweltering humidity and heat of southwestern China. While I was abroad, I enjoyed traveling, seeing new places, tasting delicious foods, and experiencing different cultures. Although it was tough not being able to speak the language very well (even though I am Chinese), I had excellent colleagues and had a memorable first few years of teaching.
From my experiences working at international camps in the Lower Mainland to teaching abroad, I found great enjoyment working with international students; even in my current placement, I am working with a large number of international students. I am a high school teacher trained in chemistry and biology; however, I have taught all secondary grade levels and across a diverse set of subjects, including: English, accounting, business education, mathematics, physics, and drama.
I decided to venture into the field of educational technology for both personal and professional interest. After taking a computing and coding workshop three years ago, I was hooked by how interactive and engaging all the programs, concepts, and products presented were. It made me want to become part of all the possibilities that the future of educational technologies would bring to teaching and learning. Soon after that workshop, I worked at a few science and technology camps, as well as explored a few MOOCs on the basics of coding. I am now entering my sixth year of teaching, and while I love being in the classroom, I am also looking at expanding my skill set to careers outside the classroom environment. I am looking forward to seeing how this course on ventures in learning technologies can help me navigate new possibilities in approaching technology in education.
A few random facts about myself:
- I love to read and draw! One thing on my bucket list is to create a picture book/ comic book for children/ youth.
- I enjoy hiking in the summer with friends – mostly in BC! I am not the most hardcore hiker, but I am willing to work to get to that beautiful panoramic view.
- I enjoy math and science puns/ jokes a little too much.
- I love trying out new board games and card games with friends! Cooperative video games are also great fun with a good group.
Looking forward to learning with you all!