Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Me and My VAT

My technology class had us link up with a Virtual Associate Teacher (VAT) for the semester. I chose to partner up with Anne Shillolo @AnneShillolo. I joined twitter so I could get my feet wet and start swimming in the social networking world. I made contact with Anne through my twitter account, and discovered that she would often tweet out new blog posts or resources that she found. It was really neat to follow her blog and keep up to date with what she was implementing in her classroom. October became a busy month (report cards) and Anne was constantly keeping her colleagues up to date with new technological devices.  While I was looking for new resources Doug Peterson made a posting about the Brock Students in Zoe's class and our blog posts. It was fascinating for me to see my own materials on his blog. I was so excited to see how he was pushing for fellow educators to take all of us new teachers under their wings that I began following Doug's digital footprint. I began following Doug's blog every day (he makes new posts very very frequently) in addition to following him on twitter. I used many of the sites that Doug and Anne offered in their blogs on my Google Site.  I was so happy to have found such great techno-savy people to add to my list of contacts.

Me and My Virtual Associate Teacher by HollowayKm on StorybirdI will be presenting my experiences with my VAT to my class next Tuesday. I made this short picture storybird to share with everyone. I'll be telling my own story to follow along with the pictures. 

I'd just like to say thanks to Anne, Doug, and Zoe for being so open and sharing what they know with all of us new teachers! 


  1. Loved your presentation today! In fact, I loved it so much, I created my own Storybird about my VAT! Thank you for sharing your story.

  2. Thank you! It feels wonderful to share and then see other people using what you showed them :) I saw your story bird as well, it looked great!

  3. Thanks so much for the kind words, Kim. The Virtual Associate Teacher was an interesting concept. You never know if what you're doing is understood (or even read) so the feedback was appreciated. I'm glad that, in some way, you found what I do helpful. I hope that you maintain your interest in being connected as you graduate and hopefully move on to a career as an educator. All the best for the future.

  4. Your Welcome Doug. I'm glad Zoe gave us your blog link because I am constantly reading your OTR posts and saving your links in my own little folders. So...Thank You!