Jane Mitchinson was instrumental in starting this project. Sometime after the ECOO Conference in 2010 she had become frustrated by the constant changes in features and user agreements set by many of the Web 2.0 services that she was using. She reached out to a group of educators that shared her interest in technology in the classroom and founded the Group of 7. The Group of 7 were the original 7 educators that met on Saturday mornings once a month to discuss and share their experiences with the use of technology in the classroom. Over time that group expanded to include other teachers who were interested in learning more about technology and how to incorporate it into their teaching. The group has since evolved into Educast.me, where we record our discussions and share them with the world as a video podcast. Below are the current participants in this endeavour:
Jane has been teaching Communications Technology in Central Western Ontario since 1997. She also teaches Advanced Communications Technology online for Queens University and she is on the executive for the Association For Media Literacy. Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Radio and Television Broadcasting from Ryerson University and her Masters of Arts is in Media Production, also from Ryerson. Jane is a documentary film-maker and a former radio news broadcaster. She enjoys raising her three “digital natives” with her husband.
Carlo is a science teacher with an interest in the use of technology to enhance learning in the classroom. He can often be found participating in conferences or leading professional development activities to demonstrate the effective use of technology in the classroom. His current interests are podcasting, collaborative writing, cloud based tools, Google web services, and mobile computing.
Tim is a high school business and music teacher at Waterloo-Oxford DSS in Baden, Ontario. My analogue interests include snowboarding, biking, watching sports and music. My digital interests include experimenting with tools to improve blended learning for my students.
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