My name is Amy Sullivan and this is my blog. I am a high school teacher, technology and learning enthusiast, and full-time graduate student this year at the University of Central Florida.
I created this blog as an assignment for my Fundamentals of Technology for Educators class, and post to it on a regular basis with reflections about new things I am learning. Even though this is an assignment, I strive to learn and write my revelations in earnest.
I am on an adventure this year as I consider and wrestle with questions about what it means to be a teacher in the midst of the digital revolution. There are new developments in technology every day that affect our lives and our students’ lives. I want to explore emerging technologies, try to make sense out of them, and contemplate where they fit into the educational landscape and in my classroom.
How can the integration of technology enhance the learning experience and outcomes for my students? What can I learn from other successful technology integrating teachers? How can I help my students and other teachers use technology to increase learning and productivity? What safeguards do I need to have in place to protect my students and myself? So many ideas to consider. Please join me in this conversation. We’re all connected now, anyway, and if technology has taught me anything so far, it’s that we can all learn more together than we can individually.
I have been a teacher with Brevard Public Schools and have taught at Palm Bay High School in Melbourne, Florida for the past eight years as an Intensive Reading teacher and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teacher and coordinator. Before moving to Florida, I lived and taught in California. In California, I worked as Student Services Coordinator for Continuing Education, and taught ESOL in an Adult Education program at Santiago Canyon College. Before moving to California, I taught English as Foreign Language and worked as Director of the Nouakchott Language Center as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the West African nation of Mauritania. I was also a Technical Training Coordinator for the Peace Corps in Mauritania. I love traveling and learning about new people, languages and cultures.
I became a teacher because I believe that learning enables individuals to transform their lives. My greatest aspiration as a teacher is to make a difference in the lives of the students I work with by helping them to realize the potential that learning has to enrich their lives and the lives of others around them. Technology has opened up new avenues for us to explore as teachers, learners, and citizens of the world. As a teacher, I want to be well-equipped to make the best use of the technology that is available for my students and me.
Like many teachers, most of what I do outside of the classroom revolves around my teaching. I enjoy reading about educational policy, research, and teaching practices, researching and trying out technology for my classroom, visiting thrift stores to look for books for my classroom, shopping at Office Depot and Staples, etc. 🙂
Apart from teaching, I enjoy reading non-fiction articles (retrieved from Instapaper, Readibility, various newspapers, magazines. . . and now I’ve added reading blog posts to the gamut.) I also like to camp, surf, run (and all-around just hang out) with my husband, Eric Smith. We both compete, from time to time, in sprint triathlons or 5k races. And, we travel whenever we can! 🙂
Please join me on my learning journey by reading my blog and sharing your comments!