Hello readers! This is my first time blogging in a long time so please bear with me!
My name is Hillary Mercier and I was born and raised in Prince Albert, SK and moved to Regina to pursue my goal of becoming a teacher. I am a fourth-year student studying Education at the University of Regina. My major is English and my minor is French. I've always had a passion for language and literature which is the main reason I have chosen my major and my minor. In my spare time I enjoy reading and writing (which would justify my major), spending time with my family and friends, running (or at least I am TRYING to enjoy it) and travelling.
This is my first time taking an Education Technology class which makes me a little nervous. Although I am in the generation of technology, my skills do not compare to lots of my peers. I'm a traditional person when it comes to teaching English - I like paper/physical copies of books and notes. So honestly blogging and creating online portfolios is not my forte. That is one of the reasons I chose to take EDTC 300. I know the world is constantly changing and my future students will be masters at technology so I have to keep up and learn along with them.
It was interesting comparing my high school experience to the one I witnessed and helped provide during internship. When I was in high school, technology was used quite often, but not nearly as much as it is used today. During internship, I was asked to create my own website (click here if you want to check it out) and upload assignments and notes for students to access. Not only that, but all students had access to my email, all day, everyday. This all took me by surprise because I realised how connected me and my students were at all times. Those types of opportunities are awesome for the student, but generally pretty new to the education scene as now educators are trying to keep students connected to school even when they are not in it. So far, it has been an interesting new experience and I'm sure there is still so much to come and learn from during this semester and during my career as technology continues to change.
Throughout the semester I will tweeting on Twitter as well so feel free to follow my account and join the many conversations to come. You can find me on twitter by using this handle: @MissHMercier
Thanks for reading!