I am privileged to work with some of the most talented educators in the world. I’d like to introduce you to Kelsey, an incredibly creative teacher who joined the Thom Technology Catalyst Team (TTCT) last year and hasn’t looked back since. Although Kelsey no longer teaches full time at Thom, her presence is certainly still felt. She is also keeps connected with the TTCT through Twitter.
I had the opportunity to sit down with Kelsey last month to talk about her experience as a member of the TTCT. The following is just a short excerpt of that conversation. What I find interested about what Kelsey shares is her progression regarding the way she uses technology in her classroom. She describes joining the TTCT as beginner, creating a blog to interact with her students’ parents, and finally using that blog for student-centered inter-activities. In the interest of time, you won’t hear her talking about how she masterfully used Twitter in her English class to engage her students in conversations around literature, but she did that too. Clearly, she has demonstrated tremendous growth and development in the area of Ed tech. Her story is an nice example of why we need to encourage risk taking and experimentation with emerging technologies and trust that teachers will gradually, or in Kelsey’s case quickly, move towards pedagogically significant applications of technology.
With any luck, Kelsey will be making an appearance at the IT Summit in Saskatoon on Monday, May 6th when the TTCT will present their work. Until then, you can check her out in this video or follow her @KelseyMcTeach
Kelsey- Professional sculptor of minds and finder of students’ stories.
Kate Evenson, a member of the Thom Technology Catalyst Team, is another one of those teachers who is too modest to boast about the innovative and engaging learning experiences she designs for students. Here is a teacher who collaborates very closely with her colleagues to dream up creative tech-infused inquiry-based learning designs for her students in grades 9 and 10. In the past I’ve had the chance to see her in action guiding her students through mock trials, debates, and a sweet project where she had students create visual art in order to appeal to specific neighborhoods in Regina. You’ll be interested in reading about her “Love, a fair” project she created to transform the way in which her learners master curricular outcomes through the reading of Shakespeare. And, how can I not mention one of her latest projects that can be seen HERE!
Recently, Kate has been concentrating on Digital Citizenship. She has put together a nifty little project that you can access HERE. Kate identified her focus as being:
– the basics (using word, attaching emails, saving properly on the school computers)
– the new basics (prezi, glogster, animoto, xtranormal, etc. As presented by a fabulous consultant.)
– how technology is affecting us (emotionally, physically)
– cyber bullying (and bullying in general)
– what the internet really is
– how to evaluate websites and use the internet to research well
– what are uses and what are abuses of technology
The study culminated in a ceremony where students were presented with a “producing technology license”.
Follow Kate’s blog, The English Sight! I know she doesn’t mind sharing her resources and ideas.