Category Archives: About me

Who Am I?

A Professional:

  • Currently a Vice-Principal in the Regina Catholic School Division
  • In my 13th year of teaching

A Learner:

  • Completing my Masters of Education in Educational Leadership
  • EC&I 831 is my first class outside of the EDL strand
  • Learning about social media and technology is pushing me outside of my comfort zone

A Family Man:

  • The best part of my day is coming home to my wife and two year old son

Major Project- The Hard Part of Choosing

I had a hard time deciding what to do for my project. I struggled between wanting to learn something new for myself or a digital project that involves the integration of social media in my teaching practice. I brainstormed some different ideas:

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Self: guitar, knitting, tarot card reading, energies of crystals

Digital: app, classroom blogging, podcast

I thought about the different ideas of something significant that I wanted to learn and then share my learning with everyone. I took guitar lessons when I was younger with little success. As an adult would I be able to strum some chords together? I consider myself to be musically inclined and thought this might not be worth my time and effort. Knitting was my other thought, but I am not that interested in knitting and I would lose interest very easily. I am drawn to tarot card reading. Tarot cards have piqued my interest in the last couple of years. I did some research on how to begin this process. After many google searches and reading up on the how-to, I feel I am not at the stage to begin this journey as it is a long one and not something you can just decide to do as it deals with tapping into your inner energy.

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I then turned my direction to a digital project that I could do with my students. I have very eager students this year and thought this could be fun. An app or blogging did not actually interest me. I love listening to True Crime podcasts when I’m driving or getting ready for work in the morning (weird morning ritual I know). I think it is finding the answers to the events that I like. However, True Crime is not the best genre to work with students. The genre is something I need to figure out on the way with exploring podcasts with my class.

My first step was I sent out a tweet asking for good classroom podcasts. I received a few replies so I looked into them. I also spoke with a colleague about podcasts and she told me I should talk to our school librarian because she was doing some work with students using podcasts. Jara suggested some of the same podcasts that were recommended on Twitter.

I still have some planning and figuring out what this will look like before I jump into it with my students. I am hoping to begin the project in October and things run fairly smoothly.

New Beginnings

It is the start of a new semester of learning. I took a course last year Foundations of EdTech and walked away with new knowledge of technology. I am far from being tech-savvy, but it was fun using the new tools I was given with my class. I begin this class on a new journey to engage with Social Media and Open Education. I am excited to implement my new learning in my classroom.

In our first-class Alec had us try a site called Blooket. It is a classroom review game. I had so much fun playing and stealing others’ gold! I also like that there are different game modes that you can try so it does not always have to be the same. I gave Blooket a try today with my students; they loved it! I created my own Blooket which was All About Me to see what they remembered when I introduced myself on the first day of school. They loved the pace of the game, stealing and getting gold from the treasure chests.

This is only week one and the learning begins…

New Beginnings

It is the start of a new semester of learning. I took a course last year Foundations of EdTech and walked away with new knowledge of technology. I am far from being tech savvy but it was fun using the new tools I was given with my class. I begin this class on a new journey to engage with Social Media and Open Education. I am excited to impliment my new learning in my classroom. In our first class Alec had us try a site called Blooket. It is a classroom review game. I had so much fun playing and stealing others’ gold! I also like that there are different game modes that you can try so it doesn’t always have to be the same. I gave Blooket a try today with my students and they loved it! I created my own Blooket which was All About Me to see what they remembered when I introduced myself on the first day of school. They loved the pace of the game, stealing and getting gold from the treasure chests.
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This is only week one and the learning begins…