Weclome, I am Justine. You can almost always find me smiling, until I have to work with technology, then you can usually see my lips pressed together and my brow furrowed. Technology and I do not get along very well, and I am learning to have more patience with it and to not be afraid to reach out for help. Thankfully, I have a great network of tech savvy friends.
I am from a very small town in South West Saskatchewan. I attended Cabri School in the small town of Cabri, a K- Grade 12 school, where the average student population was around 110. We were fortunate to have a new facility built when I was in grade one. This allowed our school to have technology built into our school early, compared to most other rural schools.
Growing up I got to see teachers attempt to use the SmartBoards in their classrooms. Two classrooms were fortunate to receive SmartBoards in my school. While some teachers barely used them during my schooling, I have learned a lot about them through my internship experiences. If they become something you learn to use daily and effectively I think that they can be amazing classroom tools. I do not know much about the programs you can create interactive lessons for SmartBoards, I would love to learn more about it.
Beyond some interactive SmartBoard use, I do not have much background with educational technology. I have heard of apps such as SeeSaw, Remind, and Google Classroom. I have not had any direct experience with them yet. I look forward to trying some of these as I get into my own classrooms. I think something like Remind could be great to keep in touch with parents.
I am not a blogger. I find the blog websites incredibly confusing and overwhelming. I have been required to post blogs for two other courses and it was a painful process. I hope that this course helps resolve the overwhelming feelings and bring a little more fun to my blog posts. I find that there is so many steps and names for different parts of the blog, like creating menus, pages, and categories. I am still struggling creating these things to make it look and function properly. However, I am thankful for the support I have already received from my colleagues, they have offered great help to sort these things out with me.
I am new to twitter now as well, feel free to follow me. Which, I was very reluctant about at first, as I have never liked or understood it. I am slowly learning how to retweet and search for great personal learning networks (PLNs). I look forward to continuing to learn how to use the new, great social media networks out there that can help me create a positive digital footprint for myself!