This week we return to Western Australia with our host, Kerry Muste. Kerry has worn many hats throughout her teaching career. Here is a little more about her.
Please tell us a little about yourself. What is your current role and what does it involve?
I am a primary teacher librarian who was once a high school biology teacher.
I am married and have three children and I live in the beautiful south west of Western Australia.
I am currently the ICT and Professional Learning coordinator in a Catholic primary school. I teach ICT as a specialist teacher incorporating global projects as often as I can and I am a current Lead Teacher with the Global Classroom Online Project. My role as a CPL is to coordinate the school professional learning focus for 2013. This is my third and final year in this role.
What do you plan to talk about on Edutweetoz this week?
I would like to chat about global classrooms, using twitter as a PLN, reading and libraries, flexible learning spaces and getting involved in presenting at conferences. I’m co-presenting at the ECAWA conference with @mgraffin on Friday 11/10.
Who are your teaching role models and why?
On a personal level George Couros @gcouros because he kick started my journey into social media as a professional learning tool and it now defines me as a teacher and what I’m trying to do to engage my students. I’m inspired by all teachers who are embracing technology to teach and by the amazing educators around the globe who I follow on Twitter. I’m always learning.
What issues do you think are most pressing for teachers today?
Time and the speed of change. As educators we are constantly under pressure to provide more with less. We cannot work harder so we must work smarter and I believe we cannot work in isolation anymore. This is the strength of Twitter and the PLN. The level of altruism of educators in my PLN is commendable and I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling this. I love the idea of no longer being a classroom teacher as it implies my learning extends beyond the four walls and consequently so does the learning of my students.
What are your hopes for education in the next 10 years?
I am hopeful that education will embrace diversity. Diversity of platforms, learning styles, delivery, age groups and location. We will get the education that we need and that engages us, no matter where we are, no matter who we are, no matter what time.