When Michelle Cordy
teaches her Grade 3/4 class at Public School, her goal is to empower the young
learners with inspired uses of technology.
Cordy is one of only
50 teachers across the country recently recognized as an Apple Distinguished
Educator (ADE) – a global community of education leaders who advise the
technology giant on integrating technology into learning environments. ADEs
also share their expertise with other educators and policy makers.
One look at Cordy’s
classroom makes it apparent why she was named to this group of exceptional
teachers – from Junior Kindergarten to the post-secondary level – who are using
technology in innovative and progressive ways.
Each of her students
has an iPad and a large screen allows them to project and share their learning.
The tablets were funded by the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research
as part of a research project led by Cordy’s mentor, Dr. Donna Kotsopoulos at
Wilfrid Laurier University.
Cordy said she feels
like a bit of a pioneer. “I love the adventure of being the first to deploy
one-to-one iPads in a mainstream classroom, but it's also challenging. If I can
somehow share what I learn with other Ontario educators that would be a huge bonus.”
Cordy writes about
how technology can advance teaching and learning in her blog called Hack the
Classroom: “I believe the iPad is a very good tool for education. But, it’s not
just the device; it’s about creating a future of empowered learners that fundamentally
believe they can learn anything and make just about anything.”
future is paramount to Cordy’s approach to teaching. “We are not packaging
learners full of knowledge to exit the system and go off and be happy workers,”
“I feel, as do many
others, that we are reaching a critical moment in education that we must seize
to move forward into an open, inspired and hopeful future,” Cordy added.
participate in a week-long conference in Austin, Texas this summer with other
ADEs from Canada and the United States.
demonstration of support for her use of technology, Cordy, along with her
colleague Lisa Morris at Parkview Public School in Komoka, were recent
recipients of a nearly $40,000 grant from the 2013-2014 Teacher Learning and