Hello from Mark McVittie

Hello colleagues!

My name is Mark McVittie, and I teach in Kamloops, BC.  I teach secondary Math, but also have a block of Leadership and a block of Distributed Learning Support this school year.  We have, this past weekend, moved back into Kamloops city, but our home is in Sorrento – about an hour East of Kamloops.  Unfortunately, the price of gas made the commute a little too expensive, but I have a couple extra hours in my day right now!

I am currently taking this course, as well as ETEC 511 – as my 4th and 5th courses in MET.  This is the first time I’ve tackled two courses at once, so we’ll see how that goes…

My wife and I have two beautiful children – Robbie is 8, and Catie is 4.  My wife is not only returning to the classroom (Library actually) full-time, but is also contemplating starting her own masters program in January.

Anyway, nice to try something new with the Weblog, as my previous courses have all been in Vista.   I use Moodle in my class, and am enjoying that, but am considering moving to Google Apps mostly because of the significant delay in administrivia – our VP does not wish to share that ability with me, so I’m constantly waiting for him, and his schedule is a little busy…  I have some webspace, so perhaps will attempt to figure out how to set up my own Moodle server or something.



Mark, Robbie and Catie in front of CP 2816 - Notch Hill, BC

Mark, Robbie and Catie in front of CP 2816 - Notch Hill, BC


1 davidp { 09.02.08 at 7:28 pm }

Hello Mark. Welcome to ETEC522.

The price of gas is a killer for sure. I just shed my beloved Land Rover for a Honda Element to get a little bit greener. DavidV cycles everywhere in Vancouver – so I’ve got a ways to go. But, we’re all doing our part with this course format, too.

Yes, I’m a big fan of lightweight tools of the type that teachers, instructors and faculty can administer for themselves. I believe it’s where the future of technology-mediated learning models will be going. Your thoughts about running your own Moodle instance is another plank in that platform.


2 David Wees { 09.03.08 at 2:27 am }

Hey Mark,

You have to let me know how to find that train. My family and I will be moving back to BC in June and my son is a HUGE fan of trains (he’s 2).


3 cwickes { 09.03.08 at 3:04 pm }

Hi Mark,
What school are you and/or your wife at? I have a son in grade 9 at Sa-hali. He’s the yakky blonde one named Bryn – you’d probably know him by the first day if you do have him(!)
That’s rough to have to move from Sorrento for the jobs – sheesh!
Good luck to you both this year; jobs, courses, kids et al.

4 Jarrod Bell { 09.04.08 at 6:29 am }

Hi Mark! Good to see you again. Short course was great wasn’t it?

I did two courses last year in the fall and winter semester. I’ve decided to go to 1 and extend the program over an extra two semesters as the new job and some other responsibilities are demanding (and I don’t have kids!) It is manageable depending on the courses I guess as one semester was more manageable than the other although I enjoyed doing one in the summer session than two!


5 Mark McVittie { 09.08.08 at 8:30 pm }

Hello again,

Just a last note, as I’ve decided to drop 522. Just too much going on to tackle 2 courses.

Have fun with the new job Jarrod!! Expect we’ll see you around sometime…

Cori, my wife teaches at Sa-Hali (I used to). She just started there, but doesn’t recognize the name yet – good thing I guess.

David, the 2816 steam train is coming through BC near the end of September (Calgary to Vancouver, then return) – perhaps the last trip for some time.

Good luck to all!


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