Hi there! My name is Kathleen Morris and I am a primary school teacher in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.
I began blogging in 2008 using the Edublogs CampusPress platform, Global2. After discovering the enormous number of benefits class and student blogs can provide, I developed a passion for sharing my practice with others.
Along my blogging journey, I became particularly interested in global collaboration. The experience of connecting and collaborating with teachers and students from all corners of the globe really enriched the education of both my students and myself.
In 2012, I was honoured to win the Department of Education Outstanding Primary Teacher of the Year Award.
This award allowed me to present at the world’s largest educational technology conference, ISTE. This experience, and particularly presenting with California teacher, Linda Yollis, was certainly a career highlight.
I currently teach part time and am a mum to a three year old and four year old.
I am also excited to be working with Edublogs to help spread the word about educational blogging.
Why I Blog
When I first began this blog, it was a means of sharing what I was learning about technology integration with other educators.
The blog has evolved since then. After seeing what a big impact meaningful technology integration has had in my own classroom, I’m on a mission to help teachers do the same. I also love helping teachers realise they can unleash the benefits of technology integration without advanced tech skills or specialised training.
I like breaking down big ideas or topics, and this also helps me refine my own thinking and understanding.
My favourite topics to talk about include:
- educational blogging
- global collaboration
- digital citizenship
- technology integration
A Bit More About Me
I began teaching in 2004 after graduating from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) and Bachelor of Arts (Indonesian). I have mostly taught grades one to four.
I have enjoyed presenting at many conferences, schools and webinars across Victoria and beyond. I also enjoyed giving guest lectures at Deakin University from time to time.
I’m a busy mum of two young children and enjoy keeping fit, reading, cooking and finding new ways to keep my life super organised! I’m also a lifelong learner and enjoy throwing myself into topics I’m passionate about.
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These are just a few articles and publications I have appeared in
- Global Village of Students, Teachers and Families, The Age, April 2013
- Setting the Ground Rules, DEECD Inspire Magazine, March 2013
- Tablets are Cool but are They Smart, The Australian Financial Review, February 2012
- Educational Blogging Expands Horizons, DEECD Inspire Magazine, November 2012
- Geelong Advertiser newspaper, January 31st 2012, May 18th 2012, and May 22nd 2012
- Class Blog a Big Hit, Herald Sun, 2011
- Digital Natives Restless, The Age, August 2010
- Ugandan Global Project, Runner’s World Magazine, 2010
Tech Tools for Teachers
From 2010-2013 I produced an e-newsletter with Simon Collier and Matt Limb called Tech Tools for Teachers.
Each fortnight we reviewed a free online tool and provided step-by-step instructions on how to use it. Our website was www.teachgennow.com.au Matt, Simon and I also ran a number of successful conferences for educators called Technify Your Teaching.
In 2013 we took a break from this venture to focus on family life.