This year will mark the second year that I have been involved as an executive member of CUEBC. I began my involvement with this organization after I presented a session at the 2011 conference. My session was entitled “1 Hour Websites” and the purpose was to help teachers quickly develop a basic website template using Google Sites. The hope was that they would be able to take that with them and continue to develop the resource once they had returned to their classrooms the following week.
In 2012 I took on more of a behind-the-scenes role with the conference. I filmed and edited the video highlight package and conducted interviews with many satisfied conference participants. This activity was a great way to make connections with many interesting educators from across the Lower Mainland.
As a technology educator, I find that I am often working within a bubble. At least in my school, I am the only ICT teacher in the building. The chance to engage, interact, and share practice with a wider body is something I don’t often get to do. Social networks like Twitter and LinkedIn can bridge the gap between face-to-face meetings but you can’t quite beat putting a physical face to a name. Some of the most interesting conversations tend to happen around the coffee break during this event.
I currently am also the Film & TV teacher at my school and my plan is to share some of my experiences and stories with the participants in my iMovie in the Classroom workshop during my morning session.
I love meeting new people at these conferences so if you have read this and would like to chat, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.