about the author
Thank you for visiting the rippling pond. The name rippling pond is a metaphor for the power of ideas. I’m an elementary school teacher in Georgia, USA. I am very interested and engaged in learning about the impact of technologies on educational delivery and on student achievement. In my 5 years as a kindergarten teacher I experimented with podcasting, a Promethean, interactive whiteboard and student blog posting. I also had and still have for my third graders a class set of Alphasmart Neos, portable keyboarding devices that connect via USB to the computer.
I attended the first podcamp Atlanta and 2 podcamp New York’s. I presented my experiences with podcasting and how to incorporate web 2 tools into the classroom. I also presented at NECC07 which was held in Atlanta, GA. Perhaps we’ve met! In my school, I started as a computer lab assistant before becoming a classroom teacher. My year in the lab helped me to perceive the wide range in abilities and experiences with technology among children in grades k-5. It also gave me insight into the value certain technical tools can have in motivating and inspiring students to achieve.
I joined the World Bridges network and learned about webcasting. I participated in a weekly EdtechTalk webcast called Women of Web 2. I listened to many EdTech professional development podcasts via iTunes. In short I did everything I could think of to maximize my experience using the internet as a communications medium. I am my school’s webmaster and prior to teaching my background included technical training and high tech sales. I also earned a certificate in Computer Graphics from Parsons school of Art and design in NYC.
There is a school dear to my heart called Springs Alive Children’s Centre in Uganda. I have found a friend in the Chairman of the organization, Martin Sebuliba Victor. He has shared with me his successes and struggles to maintain quality of life and education for the children. I helped him create a wiki and a blog for Springs Alive. As of 1-09 I have not discovered a way to create a school:school relationship with him but for anyone interested in pursuing a rewarding venture between your own school and this very special place in Uganda I urge you to contact Martin. Links available on the wiki or blog
I have an overactive brain and this blog gives my husband, kids, friends and co-workers a much needed brake from my rants and obsessions! LOL! I welcome your comments and criticisms.