Instructor and technology trainer for a volunteer-based, online, international course co-op. We use Moodle, Elluminate, VoiceThread, Cmaps, and much more.
When you co-ordinate a volunteer-based organization, you learn to be able to be a Jack-of-all-trades because you get so much up off the ground from scratch, fill-in when a volunteer has other obligations, and explore all the tools that your people might want to learn to use in their teaching and/or course design.
Favorite course I currently teach & why:
Currently I am teaching high school biology and chemistry via Elluminate and Moodle which I love. My students are from all over the US, Canada, and we have one family from Brazil. Biology, when your kids are from a wide array of locations is fun because they have first hand experiences with so many interesting organisms that they share with the group. In our last module on reptiles, one of the students' family raised and sold reptiles to pet shops as their means of livelihood. Her dad gave us a slide show presentation about their trips to Mexico to collect new breeding stock, how they care for the many varied species, and what it is like from the family business side of things. The kids loved it!
Interests (away from work):
Is there anything beyond education, technology, and design? LOL
I come from a professional illustration background. I was staff illustrator for South Carolina Equestrian Magazine and did freelance work before starting a family. After the kids came along, I switched to portraiture to have more control over my work flow and schedule. I began my adventure in to education after we decided to home school our children. Since then, I have been very active in the home school arena, programs in our local public school and our state virtual academy, and in helping educators of all kinds use technology and design tools with their students.