Teacher educator providing opportunities for global collaboration; Microsoft Innovative & Flat Classroom Certified Teacher, Learning and Leading with technology
Learning is FUN! In other words, I love to learn. Simple as that. But something equally as fun is helping and watching my students learn. My career spans over 30 years of teaching. I have seen a lot and experienced a lot of learning. I am still learning. My major area of instruction is technology so needless to say, 33 years ago we did not have access to technologies in the classroom as we do today. Oh sure, a pencil is technology and we had pencils but we did not have the efficient technologies such as web 2.0 tools, virtual worlds, wi fi, iPads, tablets, lady bugs, cloud computing, and the list goes on. So where did I learn all of this? Along the way. In spring of 2012, I completed a certificate from the University of Manitoba in Emerging Technologies. The first course I took in this program was Connectivism with George Siemens. The class could have hundreds of learners participating at any given time. How's that for a changing educational environment?! I have learned how to use mobiles, immersive worlds and open source content in the classsroom--wherever that "classroom" may be. In 2010, I became a Flat Classroom Certified Teacher. My high school students in Winnipeg, Canada participated in Flat Classroom Projects--collaborating on technology research on a global basis collaborating with students in India, China, Australia, United States, Korea, Thailand, England and other countries. This type of learning expands the mind!--both students and teachers!! Currently, I am teaching at Red River College in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in the Teacher Education program, Business/Technology major, Bachelor of Education. This is an exciting opportunity since I get to help pre-service teachers become equipped with tools for a lifelong career--helping other learners on their learning journey. My pre-service teachers are Lead Teachers in the Eracism project and Expert Advisors in the Flat Classroom Project. They also present at the Global Education Conference. I hope to live long enough to talk to these new teachers in 30 years and learn about their experiences! I shall have to write a book on that--who knows what form that will be--technologies might allow us to create "thought" books rather than ebooks!!
There have been many people along my learning journey who have helped me and provided opportunities for me to learn and help others learn. I appreciate everyone of them!!
All work and no play--well not exactly--my work is my play. I do enjoy my condo home away from home in Palm Springs, California--as often as possible, with my husband and son and family and friends. I am a proud mother of an aviation pro (aircraft engineer and pilot--aerobatics and sea included!!) and a step mother of a nurse and Canadian Navy engineer and grandmother of a very inquisitive 10-year old boy in Victoria, BC.
Bernajean Porter AKA writer, speech and debate coach, inventor, auntie, teacher of possibilities, media maker, futurist, master of survival techniques when working with adolescents, professional speaker, technology consultant, teacher of teachers, long-term technology user, promoter of anything that increases outrageous possibilities in all aspects of life for kids and adults and now. . . a digital storytelling guide and Second Life learner. Her work reflects a belief that technology can accelerate all students in rediscovering their joy, spirit and personal success as learners. Bernajean’s philosophy of work uses cutting edge organizational processes for building local capacity to translate the power of technology’s potential into actual classroom practices for ALL students. Her enthusiasm and vivacious presentations create an energetic climate for all learners. When it comes to doing the hard or impossible things now necessary in schools to ensure students having out-of-this-world possibilities, Bernajean’s personal motto of “Da Um Jeitinho”- there is ALWAYS a way – sets the tone for her dedicated long, term work with national and international educators. www.DigiTales.us
Julie Lindsay, current E-Learning Coordinator at Beijing (BISS) International School, China, is an enthusiastic, global-minded education leader and innovator. Originally from Melbourne, Australia over the past 10 years she has been teaching and leading the use of technology in schools in Zambia, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Qatar and now China. Her wealth of diverse work experience is complemented by Masters of Arts degrees from La Trobe University in Melbourne and George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is also co-winner with Vicki Davis of ISTE's SIGTEL's Online Learning Award 2007 and Taking IT Global Best Online Learning Project 2007 for the Flat Classroom Project.
Julie is recognized worldwide for her innovative programs using a wide array of Web 2.0 tools to transform learning for the emerging digital, "world-is-flat" educational landscape. From ubiquitous mobile technology programs to the Flat Classroom Project Julie brings front line experiences to share with teachers, school leaders and policy makers alike. Julie is a frequent presenter on the world stage, she is a tireless volunteer leader for professional associations, and she is an inspiration to colleagues and collaborators demonstrating just how different world-class education will be in this 21st Century. Julie blogs at E-Learning Journey's. More information can be found on Julie's digital portfolio.
These projects have linked more than 3200 students from both public and private schools from nineteen countries. These collaborative projects harness the most powerful technology tools available while operating on a minimal budget. Vicki has been featured in various media including Thomas Friedman's book, The World is Flat, Don Tapscott's Grown Up Digital, the Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe.