Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Back to School

It's the first day of school and I'm excited to be continuing in my role as a Digital Literacy Resource Teacher for the York Region District School Board.  I'm thrilled that our school board will be implementing Google Apps for Education for all staff and students (approximately 130 000 users) and I'll have a role in getting students, teachers and administrators engaged in using the tools to improve collaboration, assessment, and feedback.  We're also planning a YRDSB Google Camp for early October where YRDSB teachers and other presenters from around North America will share ideas for using Google Apps.

For the first time in 11 years, I'm heading back to school as a student - in the formal sense of the word - not just as a lifelong learner.  I'm going to be a part time M. Ed. student at Nipissing University and I'm looking forward to engaging discussions and course work as I begin that journey.  I hope that I can use this blog to reflect on my experiences with the M. Ed. work and also make connections to the work I do as a DLRT.

So, with that in mind, it's time to challenge myself to post to this space on a weekly basis.  I've challenged myself before, and failed, but I think it's important to keep trying.  I'm not promising that it will always be inspiring thoughts, and I think it will take some time before I develop a consistent voice and theme for the blog, but, I've placed this work on my weekly to-do list, so hopefully I will.

For all of the other teachers out there who are just getting started with  your students, I hope you have a wonderful year!
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