About me 2013 update
Miss W. in 2009
As the 2009 student blogging challenge is about to start and one activity is to look at ‘About’ pages, I felt I had better update this to what is happening with me this year.
My name is Sue and I am a middle school teacher in Tasmania, Australia. I am nearing retirement age, but still love my teaching. Last year we had a new smartboard in the classroom. It wasn’t used as effectively as it could have been, but students presented with it as well as played games interactively on it. It was fantastic when using Google Earth for lessons.
I am still using blogging with my students and am currently a co-admin on nearly 100 student blogs from school. This year I would like more students keeping their work in a computer portfolio, so thought maybe blogging could be a tool to see this happen.
From September to December last year, I ran an international student blogging challenge with the help of Sue Waters, and at the time of updating this page, the 2009 student blogging challenge has just started. Those students and teachers who took part in 2008 have started a new blog to keep the friendships going and the link is here.
My interests outside of teaching are genealogy, reading and chatting with my friends on the internet. But the thing I enjoy the most is travelling and finding out about places around the world.
Wow! Has this about page information changed. I am still teaching in middle school but during 2010 taught ICT to all grade 6/7 students. That meant I was up to nearly 300 student blogs to moderate and comment on. I still haven’t convinced other members of staff to join in the commenting other than the occasional one when I pester them.
Since 2009, I have changed rooms and now have a new Smartboard as well as the chance to use netbooks in my wirelessed classroom. I still teach literacy, numeracy, LOTE, history and geography as well as ICT.
Due to some ill health and time off work in 2009, I now teach only .8 at school which gives me lots of time to do other computer work.
The student blogging challenge has increased in popularity and is run every March and September. Check out the slideshare below.
My interests are still the same. In fact, as I retire at the end of this year, I will be taking third term off and doing some more travelling. This time I will be going to Portugal and Spain on a bus tour, Ireland where I will hire a car, then off to Canada and USA for a month where again I will hire a car. I am hoping to meet up with some of my blogging friends and chat room friends while touring.
I have now retired from full time teaching. I teach at the Tasmanian eSchool one day per week on global collaborative projects for primary schools, mainly using class blogs. I also volunteer two days a week at my previous school where I still teach blogging but this time with the class teacher in the room at the same time. What time I have left is travelling, taking photographs or researching my genealogy.
Still working one day a week teaching blogging to interested teachers and classes but this is now through eLearning Services with the Department of Education.
Playing Facebook games too often now – need to get out more.
Have four great vegetable patches full of fresh vegetables and fruit – chance to get out in the fresh air.
Travelling around the state of Tasmania for blogging but also heading again to USA for ISTE2013 where I will be presenting on the Student blogging challenge.
Loving retirement – can go to bed late after taking part in twitter chats and online conferences through Blackboard Collaborate then get up late. Ah that is the life.