I am currently a Grade 5/6 Teacher at Lightning Reef Primary School. Easily inspired by others, I am always trying something new, especially around the area of technology in the classroom.
I have always had an inquiring mind for technology and although I am not technically a digital native, it does come naturally! I am an X gen, although only just. I remember being introduced to a computer when I was in primary school. It was so far removed from my lifestyle at that time that I don’t even remember how it worked or what it did. I was much more excited about the VHS. That had potential in my life!
By the time I was in Year 9 at school I was once again introduced to computers. Windows 3.0! I even remember carrying around a 5.25inch floppy. Back when a floppy disk was actually floppy! And for any ‘Y gens’ reading this, you may need to ‘Google’ floppy disk!
I remember doing 6 months keyboarding class in Year 10. I never did learn to touch type in that class (‘BBC Dance Mat Typing’ helped me do that years later!). I was sure at that point in my life that I was not going to be a secretary, so I never felt the need!
When I got to University, technology was starting to embed itself in my life without me really noticing. Tech classes popped their way into the syllabus, although the chalk and blackboard test was still a high priority! The walkman was a tool of the past and in my third year we were ‘forced’ into typing our assignments. And on an iMAc of all things. It was nothing like Windows 3.0!
I guess my real introduction to a love of technology was when I moved to England in 2005. It was the same year they introduced Interactive Whiteboards into all of their classrooms. Staring into that board was, for me, like staring into the realm of possibilities.
It was over the next few years that I really put an effort into knowing as much as I could about technology. And there was plenty around! If I wasn’t finding old friends on Facebook or updating my travel blog with photos, I had plenty to fill in my time at school as we were introduced to Learning Platforms (A virtual learning environment similar to the Ultranet).
In 2009 and returned to Australia with a wealth of information and ideas. I was lucky enough to fall into ICT coordinator position, where I learnt more about using technologies in my classroom.
This year I have started a class blog and am lucky enough to be in a school with 1:1 technology. Everyday I find something new to share, inspire or help organise my life!
I admit that it can be very addictive, searching the plethora of information there is on the internet. Sometimes I am sure I dream in WEB 2.0. And then there’s the times I have to force myself to go for a run or to close the laptop lid!
I hope you enjoy looking through my blog and find something useful. Please leave a comment or let me know if you have a blog I can check out.
And please feel free to pop into our classroom blog.