Alexander (Sandy) MacDougall
Finding ways to help teachers who are reluctant about using technology. I too often hear "It's easy!"... but to someone who is timid or reluctant it's not easy... for them... so I try to find ways to help them make small steps toward using technology in hopes that they will find things that are easy for them. Then, their confidence will often increase so they are more courageous to try newer and more complex ideas.
Favourite tech device:
iPad Air, 32GB, Wi-fi Only with a Zagg case/keyboard
Close second favourite tech device:
iPad Mini, 16 GB, Wi-fi Only (Work)
Best value tech device:
IPEVO Point 2 View Camera
2013 Nissan Sentra, Red
Major League teams I follow:
None - sorry, not at all interested... my sister got every sport related gene in our family... and some from other families too I think! However, this is one of my most treasured mementos from DENSI 2013...
That's me. It's also my blog.
I try to always try to look forward (optimist) but I sometimes move forward slowly (cautious). I'll sometimes present the "other" point of view or the "yeah, but..." side of things. Some friends and colleagues find that irritating.
When it comes to technology I need to see value added, I need to see how it will make life easier or allow me (or others) to do things better before I jump on the "gadget" ship.
A colleague is trying to convince me that it would be great to buy a 3D printer to have available to lend out to schools. I'm not sold yet. My mind sees purchase cost, supplies cost, maintenance, calibration and training as significant obstacles with... nothing as a significant return. I was doing some reading about 3D printers recently (to try to convince myself of her point of view) and found this example cited in support of 3D printers in schools and universities: "Business students can print prototypes." Hmm... I'm still not convinced. If you think I'm wrong, lets chat at DENSI!
Google +: AE MacDougall
Hi folks! I'm Sandy MacDougall and I'm from Nova Scotia... think Maine, then go north and east! I'm the only Canadian attending DENSI 2014 from the eastern half of Canada and one of only 6 attending from our vast and wonderful Country!
DENSI 2013 was my first DENSI and it was a great experience! The vast majority of PD in my career has consisted of dreadful sessions, that spoke to no one and accomplished little. For that reason, it's really not appropriate to speak of DENSI as PD since it doesn't fit that mold and is really so VERY much more!
As a result of attending DENSI 2013 I became part of the DEN Leadership Council (LC) and a member of the Innovation & Strategy Team. Want to know more about that? Ask me about it at DENSI! I also entered the DEN Guru competition and was honoured and amazed when I was selected as a member of the DEN Guru Class of 2014!
In my day job I'm a Technology Integration Leader with the Halifax Regional School Board. [My colleague and I are hoping to change our title to Instructional Technology Specialist... we'll keep you posted on that!] Our Board has been connected with Discovery Education since just about the time I came to this job (four and a half years ago) and I've been the district administrator for DE for that time. Our current technology integration focus is at the junior high level (7-9) and next year all schools with a junior high component will have Discovery Education. In our district there are two of us who provide assistance to all ~3500 teachers from P (that's our K) to 12 in all 140 schools in all subject areas. We do not provide support for Assistive Technology applications - another team looks after that area.
I blog. Doesn't everyone? The more I blog, the more I want to blog. There's a bit of an addiction I think, but there is something good about crafting your thoughts, editing, perfecting (and in my own case I use that word loosely) and publishing. I've also learned from myself from time to time as I write. I know, that sounds pretty much crazy but I've talked to other people who've had the same experience so I'm brave enough to mention it! It's a synthesis level of learning - things you already know come together and form something new! <- There... right there... that last sentence is an example!
I have to point out that I know I break the first rule of blogging - find a topic and stick to it. I have a very wide range of interests and many of them have found a way in to my blog. So, if you're looking for a place to read some very focused items on one topic... you'll need to look elsewhere because my blog contains posts on Discovery Education, the DEN, DENSI, Leadership, home improvement, food & wine, theatre and more. If I was more dedicated it could be a pretty cool record of what goes through my mind... but I'm just training myself that way, so a lot still goes astray and doesn't find its way to the blog.
I bought a house 11 years ago and my partner, Greg, and I live there. A few years ago we had a large addition built on and basically renovated the entire existing house - we lived in it throughout the entire process and did a good deal of the work ourselves. There's a brief record of the project on my website.
As I mentioned I have a wide variety of interests which include:
Other stuff I do: