About Tracy Poelzer

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  • Biography: I am the Technology Integration Coordinator for School District #73 (Kamloops/Thompson) and a Teacher-Librarian at Juniper Ridge Elementary.

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BC’s Education Plan

Posted by Tracy Poelzer on November 7, 2011 in Uncategorized |

I was interested this morning to find out about and watch the new video (posted to the Province of BC’s YouTube channel on October 27th) by the Ministry of Education, entitled, “BC’s Education Plan”.  I was also very intrigued by George Couros’ opinions on the new plan on his blog, “The Principal of Change“. I had the pleasure of attending George’s presentation to teachers in Kamloops last spring and of a more leisurely professional chat with him afterward, and I have a lot of respect for his philosophy and thinking.

I particularly liked George’s comment about the “disconnect between what we are saying and what we are able to do”.  I think this all relates very well to my previous post about teaching the skill of technology.  He also poses some interesting questions about similar plans rolled out in other provinces, and how they have often failed to come to fruition.  I wonder what elements of the system are creating the disconnect between a good “plan” and the ability to follow through with it successfully.  What do you think?  Please watch the video and share any comments that you may have on the topic!





Teaching the Skill of Technology

Posted by Tracy Poelzer on October 31, 2011 in Uncategorized |

A colleague recently shared a Will Richardson quote with me: “How successful would pen and paper be for our students if they had teachers who couldn’t read or write? Same for computers.”   Thought provoking stuff. Yesterday, I came across Jeff Utecht’s awesome blog post which took this idea even further.  Jeff talks about how we […]


It’s Almost Halloween!

Posted by Tracy Poelzer on October 19, 2011 in Uncategorized |

September and October have gone by very quickly. Halloween is coming up in just over a week, and I know that many teachers will be looking for some fun activities to do with their students – especially since Halloween is on a Monday this year! Those little goblins will be bursting with Halloween excitement and […]

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“Exchange” Projects via Interactive Videoconferencing

Posted by Tracy Poelzer on October 3, 2011 in Uncategorized |

Alan November lists “Global Communication – starting with Kindergarten” as one of the top three 21st Century skills.   If you are looking for an easy, fun project that is adaptable for any age level – from Kindergarten to high school learners – that allows students to work together with another classroom anywhere around the world […]

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Coordinator Open House

Posted by Tracy Poelzer on September 29, 2011 in Uncategorized |

Please join us for the District Coordinators’ Open House – this coming Monday, October 3rd.  Click on the link below for information! Coordinator Open House Invite 2011



Posted by Tracy Poelzer on September 21, 2011 in Uncategorized |

Welcome to the first post on my blog!  I am hoping to use this as a place to post great tips and tricks, share terrific links to resources and articles, and as a forum to discuss different topics in the area of educational technology integration.  Please feel free to share your own thoughts, ask questions, […]

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