At this point in my career I know I'm an expert at integrating Apple technology into my learning environment. I've been a staple on the team of teachers who meet with Apple Canada when developing a new framework for learning in our district and designing national education conferences here at home. I attend Apple workshops targeting iOS app development in the K-12 classroom and then I return to school and immediate cultivate newsworthy app developments by grade 10-12 students with Swift and Xcode. I'm both an idea and action man who not only thinks up innovative and engaging projects but also sees them through with students generating internal and external rewards and pride. I've been working with Apple Canada for years now including our new Swift Playgrounds Computational Thinking study with local universities. I think it is time to make my efforts official and join a Apple Education's community of caring and sharing enthusiasts.
Since the 1980s I've been an Apple technology user and supporter but this story is all too common. I frequently join the #ADEChat on Tuesday's to share which apps and pedagogies I feel will support students learning in all curriculum areas the best. I also encourage an educational program called "Sail the 7Cs" where I focus on seven 21st century skills conveniently all starting with the letter C. We use our lab license of Unity 3D to create Mac virtual reality and game experiences which can be very complex. We create iOS apps that solve a real world problem and we use our iPads daily with our VPP purchased Green Screen App to bring learning to life! Our school will be 100% 1:1 iPads next year and who do you think has been put in charge of that program?! As I write this our basketball coach arrives at my door and asks if there is a way for her to control her iMovie on Mac via remote. She now has the Remote app and is smiling ear to ear using her iPhone as a remote! That is the passion that can be created day-to-day with the right advocates! I live it!
I am now officially a published author as our province has published my research on Universal Design for Learning in Project-Based Learning! But my authoring started long before this! iWeb was responsible for my love of website design and authoring / sharing. I currently own and operate over 25 websites with most being used to support and share education programs with the world!
Dronography.ca - Canada's first K-12 Drone Program (Apple Tech Supported)
TinyHouseEDU.com - Our program builds Tiny Houses for real clients
www.screenager.ca - My Minecraft Support Site for Teachers
I am a prolific Global Minecraft Mentor who has published 20+ engaging and innovative lessons for busy teachers worldwide since the start of 2017. These lesson operate on Apple devices through Pocket Edition or on Macs via Minecraft Education Edition. I lead a research team now exploring New Pedagogies for Deep Learning and I can't wait to add Apple Distinguished Educators to our learning network involving Dr. Michael Fullan's research.
My Twitter and live conference connections have helped me gain some incredible global relationships. From Sweden to California, and Finland to Malaysia I collaborate and share my pedagogies and educational technology passions with the world. Becoming a Global Minecraft Mentor has allowed me to help teachers implement game-based learning strategies and focus on 21st century skills development with students along with curriculum outcomes. I tend to excel in communities that I am passionate about and Apple in Education is an extreme passion of mine. I have worked with Apple Distinguished Educators from around the world on projects most of my career. Allowing me to join officially the ADE community is not a selection the committee will regret. I give 110% and it becomes immediately noticeable. I can't wait to join this community!