This is not something that I was taught in high school, I am not a part of the digital native generation (if there even is one?!?). In high school we had a computer lab that was used for typing. At home we had a computer that we used for word processing and playing Dig Dug.
While attending the University of Lethbridge I got my first glimpse of the Internet. I used it for nothing more than email and those very basic chat rooms.
This was also the time when Darcy and I bought our first computer, for gaming!
It wasn't until I attended the University of Alberta that I truly had a computer experience. To graduate with a B. Ed you had to pass a computer class that met the ICT outcomes for Grade 6. Basically use Excel formulas and create a multi-linked web page. Still nothing that was horribly exciting!
In my last summer session I took a elective around technology integration and math. It was this course and the instructor, Barb Brown who I have recently reconnected with via Twitter, that made me realize the power of technology for student engagement, project based learning and generally making my life easier. Although not required, I created an online digital portfolio of my projects. This included things like Math Jeopardy, Webquest and web pages with links.
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|Screen time at a very, very early age!|
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