One More Time

I am taking my 6th and 7th MET course this term, and writing one more introduction.

I teach music K-7 in North Vancouver, BC. While I was trying to decide what I *really* wanted to be when I grew up I was a: Bank Teller (too boring), Office Manager (no room to grow), database designer (design is fun, but they always want you to stay and run the system), export manager (interesting, but would have been more fun to travel than send things), and a system manager for a VAX (if you know what that is, you are old like me!) So I come by the leaning toward computers honestly, and I use them as much as possible in my teaching, and I’m the IT contact for my school.

I have a degree in Marketing and Management, so the business side of the class doesn’t intimidate me.  I’m looking forward to “boot camp” and the opportunity to learn.

I took a really nice picture to include here, but realized that I left the cord for my camera in California on vacation last week, so this is from last winter of me with my dog, Andante.

I am (also) quickly becoming frustrated with how slow this server is. It took me over 10 minutes to get this post started. I hope this issue gets resolved quickly. I gave up trying to look up what tags I was supposed to use, (I’ve been waiting for the page to load for 5 minutes now. Hopefully I came close.

You can contact me at carolannf AT gmail DOT com

September 3, 2008   4 Comments

Another “old timer” …

Hi all:

My name is Joey (short for Joanne).  I’ve been working at BC Institute of Technology for a number of years where I have also studied and taught courses in computer technology, and conducted applied research projects in information technology.

My main interest is in the direction of education, and educational technology which led me to the MET program. The experience has been a many-splendored thing (like Cheryl, I am another struggling old-timer) — humbling, thought-provoking, enlightening, and very enjoyable.  I can’t believe that I’m nearing the end.  This term I am taking my 9th and 10th MET courses, and there is still so much to learn!

As others have observed, while educational technologies are not a silver bullet there are so many opportunities in which they can be applied well.  Through this course I want to gain some insights into how to best integrate my experience in business and systems analysis with the business of e-learning.  I am looking forward to working with and learning from all of you.

September 3, 2008   2 Comments

Gillian’s Intro

Hello, everyone. 

I am currently taking my 6th and 7th MET courses (522 and 531) this term.  I hope to finish MET next summer, if all goes according to plan (and we know what happens to plans sometimes!).

I work for a K-8 DL program in New Westminster, BC; however, we use very little technology in the program so I don’t have much in the way of a technology background. That means that both 522 and 531 are really going to push me out of my comfort zone.  However, I’m looking forward to this course, as the delivery and content are both new and highly interesting to me.

I have a 13 year old son (communication has been reduced to grunts) and an incredibly supportive husband.  When reading the various introductions, I noticed a lot of references to Kamloops; we love to go to Sun Peaks, and try to get in as much skiing time as possible every winter.

You can reach me at sonnannAtgmaildotcom

 

September 3, 2008   4 Comments

We’re fixing our YouTube pitch (It’s fixed …)

Looks like our YouTube pitch at the beginning of Module 2 has an expired link.  We’re fixing it.  Thanks to David Wees for noticing it and alerting us.

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September 3, 2008   6 Comments

Old timer wanting to keep up

Hi folks,

I’ve been working in the field of ed. tech. for the breadth of my career. Worked in Educational TV, training, instructional design development etc. I’ve remained interested in the technology side because that is where so many of our collective heads are at vis a vis business, and education. Educational technology is not a panacea for everything but as this course will attest it has certainly brought a very diverse and interesting group of people together who may not have been able to do so in the past.

I graduated from my Master’s program from Concordia in the mid 80’s in Montreal where I had to walk to school up hill both ways!!

I love to keep current, but may need a hand up from some of you whipper snappers? Have I dated myself again?

Please contact me through my email at cmilner@telus.ne

P.S. Thought you might enjoy the visual irony!

September 3, 2008   2 Comments

Cori’s Intro

Hi Folks,

The short version of my ‘story’ – I’m an elementary school principal on leave from my position as a result of a family tragedy last year – my beloved husband passed away. This course will be my eighth as I resume the program and attempt to pick up where I left off.  I have five kids ranging in age from 9 to 26 and currently reside in beautiful Kamloops, BC.  My oldest son and oldest daughter both had babies 10 days apart this summer – becoming a grandma (twice!) is an incredible & moving experience. 

I’m looking forward to the course – life’s journey is what you make of it, I believe, and I’m hoping to do the best that I can to be open to all future possibilities.  I have a bit of an interest in business investment and potentially, through the knowledge I gain in this course, can figure out what I want to be when I grow up!

Best to all,

Cori

(coriw@telus.net)

September 3, 2008   6 Comments

Introduction – Joe Dobson

Hi Everyone,

Seems like a great mix of folks in this course.  I teach ESL at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.  I’ve been here for the past several years – initially I was teaching Japanese, but last year changed departments.  Previously I lived in Sapporo, Japan for a number of years.  I’m originally from Vancouver, so I haven’t ended up all that far away thus far.

I’m new to the MET program and am looking forward to being on the other side of the fence again.  The use of technology in language teaching has grown exponentially over the years and I’m interested in tapping into its potential uses much further.  I’ve been using Moodle and Wimba primarily – but not in any overly creative way.  I’m currently taking 511 along with this course.

Looking forward to the course and getting to know you all better.  My email address is jdobson (at) tru.ca.

Bests,
Joe

September 3, 2008   3 Comments

Alex’s Intro

Hi!

My name is Alexandra Marsh. This is my fourth course in MET and I have been having a great time being a member of this learning community. Through MET courses, I have learned that education is an ever-changing and elusive field of study.

I am very much looking forward to working with you all.

I can be contacted at: alexandra.marsh@alumni.ubc.ca

September 3, 2008   1 Comment

Fetya’s intro

Hello everyone!  It’s been really nice getting to know you all through your posts and pictures…what an intersting group of people! 🙂

My name is Fetya and I’m originally a Montrealer, now living in Seattle … two great cities!

I’ve just transfered my MET degree from Concordia University to UBC, yet I still have a load of courses to complete.  I’m very eager to get started and am particularly curious about this class.  My interest in ed tech stems primarily from my personal learning style and the advantages I’ve appreciated through learning “online”.  I believe that in due time, educational technology will make learning accessible for people who are otherwise not catered to in the traditional system… I’m excited to take part in making this change happen!!

I am also taking 511, 512 and 531.  Feel free to contact me at faten.alarabi@gmail.com.

Best of luck and ‘bon courage’!

September 3, 2008   3 Comments