My name is Mary Ellen Lynch and I am a grade one/ two teacher at an English School in Quebec, Canada. We loop at our school so keep classes for two years. Being a passionate Mac user for many years I have used technology in my classroom on a limited basis. I would take photographs and videos throughout the year and then make a dvd for my students at the end of the year.
In September 2007 I was asked to be part of a Province LEARN-Cefrio technology project. I jumped at the chance. My first project was with Alphabet Adventure Gallery. Through group meetings and online classrooms we learned about web 2.0 tools – voicethread, flickr, social bookmarking, wikis, etc. In the Spring of 2008 when my class was learning about Folk Tales we decided to do animal projects. We used voicethread as a way to share our projects. Next, I decided to try a classroom blog as a way to share with the parents all the activities and learning that happens in our classroom. Once I started, I was hooked.
Now I love blogging. I learn so much from reading other blogs and following the links. I’ve met/made connections with some wonderful teachers all over the globe. My class skyped with a class in Portland, Oregon last year because we were both learning about butterflies. I met Jane Kraus on Classroom 2.0. My class was so excited to skype with her and some grade one classes in Portland. Recently, I started hearing about “Twitter” and so I am trying figure out how to use it as a personal learning network tool.
I also enjoy skiing and biking. I love Children’s Literature, watching movies and I must confess t.v. I am originally from the United States. I went to High School in La Jolla, California, and then went to San Diego State University. I completed my M.S. degree in Education at S.U.N.Y. Geneseo in upstate New York and then moved to the Boston area in Massachusetts where I taught for the Natick Public Schools for 13 years. I married my husband, Michel (a french canadian) in 1992 and we eventually settled back in his home area in the south shore of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.