Welcome and thank you! It is so exciting to be living in the 21st Century where blogging allows us all to share what we are discovering and what we have learned. I have taught for a long time and have seen a lot of teaching innovations, techniques, trends and programs come and go. I began teaching when photocopiers were just invented and we showed films on 16 mm projectors. I also remember when technology slowly emerged on the educational scene about twenty-five years ago and at that time it was slow, clumsy and we were not quite sure how to fit it in to our educational programs.
Fast forward to today and technology is moving at an exponential rate. iPads came onto the market last year and took the educational world by storm. Having had the privilege to have raised two 21st Century children who are now away studying at university and now teach the next set of young 21st Century learners I intensely believe that technology is here to stay. As a digital immigrant I am working hard to stay on top of both inquiry based teaching and learning and integrating this pedagogy with emerging technologies.
I live in Alberta, Canada with a view of the Rocky Mountains. I am a wife, mother, daughter and pet owner. I love to teach, write, learn new digital technologies and pursue a collection of personal interests. I also work as an elementary teacher for Rocky View Schools.
Part of blogging is sharing your knowledge, interests and passions but it is also opening up a forum for communication. I invite your comments and conversations via the blog, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or follow me on Twitter (@MorrisThea).
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And now for the disclaimer … The information shared in this blog is based on years of teaching and working with students in the classroom, hours of professional researching, multitude of professional experiences and conversations with colleagues and lastly, many moments of discoveries and reflections while working with iPads in my classroom in an action research framework. The lessons I share are a reflection of my philosophy about what represents best practices in teaching in the 21st Century. The information in this blog is not derived from rigorous documented numerical research but from the day-to day today stories that emerge from working with enthusiastic, energetic and motivated students on the front line. Hope it is helpful.