About Me

I am an Instructional Technology Teacher at a K-6 school in Ontario.  Prior to this I have been teaching in the classroom for the past 8 years (grades 3-5).  In addition to technology, my passions are books, music, and visual art.

About Me

  1. Hi there! I just wanted to say hello and say that I very inspired by your work! I am also an elementary teacher with the Peel District School Board with specialization in ELL instruction and interested in learning more about integrating technology and education. Do you have any ideas on how to use social media tools like Twitter or Facebook specifically for younger ELL students?

    • Hi Bohdana,
      Thank you for your comment and for reading my blog. I’m glad that you found it useful.
      The “We can see” project that I have recently blogged about would be great for young ELL learners. The two ladies who started the project, Angie Harrison and Jocelyn Schmidt, are both on Twitter, so you should follow them and visit their blogs (links on my latest post entitled “We Can See…at ECOO13”) for more information on how to get involved. Creating “We can see” books would help your students with vocabulary development and offer them much needed visual support. You can then extend their learning by connecting with another class through Twitter to find out what they can see in their community. I hope to hear more about your efforts to use social media with your students on Twitter. Good luck and thanks for connecting.

  2. Danya Yamaguchi

    Thank you for your message. I will definitely be looking into using these ideas. I actually have some connections in Japan at the school I used to work at in Tokyo, so I am going to see if I can work something out to do a social media exchange with the teachers and students there. I will be posting a web site soon to share ideas and thoughts with other educators about integrating technology and education. It feels good to be back into technology. I used to be a graphic designer, but everything has changed since then (back in the days of Netscape 2.0)!

  3. I just stumbled across your blog & can’t wait to spend some time exploring it. I am wondering if you would be willing to share your cursor symbol posters. I was starting to make my own when I came across yours. Please let me know!
    I also LOVE your idea of the mini timetable!! That is AWESOME!!

    • Hi Cindy,
      Thank you for your kind words, I’m so glad you stumbled upon and found the post useful. I can’t take credit for most of the ideas though, I borrow where I can and adapt to my needs. I’d be happy to share the posters with you, I’ll email them to you as soon as I find the file (just give me a day or two).

  4. I just discovered your blog, it’s great. Last week I was hired to teach Tech 1-5, never been a tech teacher…Needless to say I’m short on planning time, Do you know of any good sources for lesson plans etc or 1st week activities, I really don’t know where to go since there really isn’t a “curriculum” and I don’t know the school or the kids. Any help would be appreciated 🙂
    I’m definitely a lost newbie!

  5. Hi Annie, thank you for your comment. Congratulations on your new position, it is an exciting role. I hope that you can use some of the ideas here to help you in your new job.

    If you have not done so already, check out my first post: https://upfrontandcentre.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/from-the-front-desk-tips-and-tricks/, although it is a few years old, most of it is still relevant.

    In the first few weeks I usually focus on community building and do fun games to get to know the kids that may not even be tech related. Using tech themed picture books is also a fun way to introduce some tech terms and rules you want your students to be familiar with, see: https://upfrontandcentre.wordpress.com/2013/07/31/using-picture-books-to-develop-student-voice-and-creativity/ and https://upfrontandcentre.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/5-reasons-why-im-a-low-tech-parent/.

    I’ve also used Kahoot It to do a quiz about lab rules that the kids really liked, if you sign up for a free account and send me your username, I can share it with you, https://create.kahoot.it/account/register/

    Other than that, I focus on digital citizenship in the first few months. You can find some resources here: https://upfrontandcentre.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/digital-citizenship-and-online-safety-from-k-6/

    Good luck to you and let me know if there’s any other way I can help.

  6. Thanks so much!!! Yahoo, I have somewhere to start from. I feel better already 🙂
    Here’s my Kahoot username: Tatremain. Can’t wait to see your quiz and Kahoot looks like a great tool for ongoing assessment as well. Thanks again for your words of wisdom

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