I've been teaching in the Secondary sector for 7 years. I'm trained to teach both Information Technology and Commerce. For 4 years I have worked to integrate ICT into other areas of the curriculum including Languages, History, Geography and English, presenting a range of professional development to teachers across Victoria. I'm always interested in the lastest technological evolutions and ways in which I can incorporate this into my classrooms.
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I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. (I've also sent this out on other Ning networks you may be a part of.) My name is Alyshia Olsen; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham, MA, and engineering students) who has taken a year off to work on an education related project. Since you are in the 'connecting content and technology' group, I thought you might be interested! Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:
Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, we hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2009, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.
Our project, titled Alight Learning, is currently trying to win an idea competition on Ideablob.com You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975 . We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets at many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start.
Feel free to email me back, check out alightlearning.com, anything you like!
A small world!
- The first group I join is the Moodle VLE.
- The first random member profile I visit is a fellow Victorian!
I am Head of ICT at Flinders Christian Community College (Tyabb, Carrum Downs and Traralgon). I also grew up in Warragul.
I originally completed a Bachelor of Commerce with double majors in Information Technology and Human Resource Management. I worked in industry for a few years before deciding to retrain as a teacher. In Australia this meant doing a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education which is a one year course, making me a four year trained teacher. So I'm qualified to teach in both the humanities (where Commerce falls in Victoria) and the IT areas. Most secondary teachers in Oz have done this, a degree of their choosing/passion and a Grad Dip in Education.
I've taught IT to Yr 12 here (equiv. to A levels).
Does that answer your question??