Well Hello Everyone!
I am Katie Kohuch, a current University of Regina BEAD student in the Pre K-5 Elementary Program. BEAD stands for Bachelor of Education After Degree, which means I am old (haha), wise (maybe) and already have an undergraduate degree. I obtained my first two degrees from the U of R right out of high school; Bachelor of Human Justice in 2008 and Bachelor of Arts – Psychology (Honours) in 2010.
After completed them, I was still not sure what I wanted to do for a “career”, so I spent the next few years primarily working as an Early Childhood Educator. It was through this work experience that I realized I should have listened to my five year old self:
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: “I am want to be a teacher like my mom!”
The process of going back to University has been a bit challenging for me but I know I am in the right place and that being an educator is what I am meant to be.
In regards to my experiences with educational technology, I have some from a few of the ED courses I have taken thus far. In my ESST 310 class, I had to create and use a blog via WordPress.com. Other classes have exposed me to different tech and media recourses that I will be able to use as an educator in the classroom with my future students.
That being said, I would classify myself as a reluctant blogger/social media user. One of my character flaws is that I am a perfectionist, so I find it difficult to just let my thoughts and ideas follow without over analyzing and over editing them to death. Therefore, I typically use technology and media to gain information and to ‘lurk’. I rarely use it to post about myself. I am however very motivated by this course’s hands-on approach to learning about various technological tools and emerging social media platforms. I feel that the weekly tasks and assignments are going to give me the push and practice I need to be more comfortable with creating and expressing my digital identity.
If you would like to join me on my Ed Tech journey, please give me a follow on Twitter @misskohuch.