I am a grade one teacher for Prairie South Schools in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. Since 2005, I have had a classroom blog and blogs for each of my students. On the classroom blog, I share classroom happenings through pictures and video showing what the students are learning. My students’ blogs have developed into online portfolios, showcasing their learning in writing, reading, math, science, social studies and health. They use drawings, screencasts, podcasts and videos to help convey their ideas.We also use wikis or google docs to collect information that will help our learning. We regularly use Skype to connect with other classrooms, friends or experts who can help to answer our questions. I use a constantly changing list of other online tools as they are appropriate in my classroom as well as Nintendo DS and recently, a class set of iPads.
As I learn more about how my students learn, I am always changing the way I teach. Currently, I am using a modified version of the Daily 5 for literacy, a problem-solving approach in math and PBL (passion or problem-based-learning) for health, science and social studies.
In addition to blogging here, I also contribute to the Voices from the Learning Revolution blog and do occasional presentations.
My first book, Connected From the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades was published in 2013.
This video explains some of the transformation that has happened in my classroom.
I have been fortunate to win several awards, including the Canadian Innovative Teacher Award from Microsoft, the Canadian Regional Award for Reading and Technology from the International Reading Association, the Kay L. Bitter Award from ISTE and a Best in Class Award from Best Buy Canada.