Trevor Krikst is an elementary teacher at Teston Village Public School in Maple, Ontario. He received his BEd from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Trevor recently qualified as a Google Education Trainer. From early on in his career, Trevor recognized the value of integrating technology into classroom learning experience and the resulting increase in student engagement. As Technology Lead Teacher at his school, Trevor created multiple opportunities for the staff and students to explore and learn about various technologies and how to facilitate their integration into the classroom. Most recently he had the opportunity to share his developing expertise in Google Apps at the York Region District School Board’s Google Camp 2.0. Along with friend and colleague Wahid Khan, Trevor recently created and is a regular contributor to InspireandInquire.ca, an online hub exploring the vast potential in the nexus where technology and education converge. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, @trevorkrikst or @inquireinspire
Wahid Khan is currently a Student Work Study Teacher / Researcher (SWST) and a Google Education Trainer. He has also served as Technology Lead Teacher for 4 years and has been a part of his school’s leadership team. As a Lead Teacher he created multiple opportunities for educators and students to learn more about the implementation of technology in the classroom. Wahid led workshops related to iPads in the classroom, how to best use your SMARTboards, and successful ways to incorporate Google Apps into the classroom. Most notably, he has presented at the multiple Google Camps where he inspired educators and administrators to maximize student success through the use of Google Apps. Moreover, Wahid has had the pleasure of participating in numerous pilot programs including the Desire2Learn platform and Google Apps. His participation in these pilot programs lead him to use the platform underpinning Google Apps and create a collaborative learning environment with his entire school staff. Now as a SWS Teacher, Wahid's role of documenting student learning and embarking on a collaborative inquiry journey with each host teacher has allowed him to re-evaluate how we use technology especially for the documentation of student work. The journey has just begun...
As an elementary school teacher for the past 12 years, I have found that using a wide range of technology has proven to be an exciting tool when working with all students. As an Authorized Google Education Trainer and a Certified Google Educator, I have led numerous workshops on the integration of GAFE and I sincerely believe that Google Apps for Education is the key to increased student engagement and improved student achievement. Acting as a Junior and Intermediate division lead teacher and as part of my school board’s technology focused leadership team, I am working to build capacity in teachers and administrators in the purposeful integration of technology for student improvement.
In addition to my work in the classroom, my learning journey has included my M.Ed studies with a focus on assessment. I am also an instructional leader for York University in their additional qualifications professional development department. I was a contributing author for Creating the Dynamic Classroom, A Handbook for Teachers, Revised Edition, a reviewer for Pearson Education Canada and most recently, a presenter at multiple EdTech camps. Lastly, as a mother of two young boys, I like to keep busy!!! I hope you enjoy my contributions to this blog and find the suggestions useful as you begin and/or continue on your own learning journey!