Hi there! My name’s Kathleen Morris and I’m a primary school teacher in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.
In my 5th year of teaching in 2008 I discovered educational blogging. I started a teacher blog on the Edublogs CampusPress platform, Global2. I then set up a class blog and later, individual student blogs.
After discovering the enormous number of benefits of educational blogging, I developed a passion for sharing my practice with others.
While exploring blogging, I became particularly interested in global collaboration. I’ve had so many priceless experiences connecting and collaborating with teachers and students from all corners of the globe.
Overall, I love helping to shape digitally literate global learners.
A career highlight
Way back 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.
Me in 2020
In 2013 I left full time teaching to become a mum. Since then, I have taught part-time/casually while raising my two young children.
In 2017 I also began working with Edublogs to help teachers and students on their own blogging journeys. Part of this role is leading the Student Blogging Challenge and writing regular posts on The Edublogger.
Life threw our family a big curveball in 2019 when my daughter was diagnosed with leukeaemia at age 5. I am currently caring for her full time and the treatment will last a few years. Because of this, I am not currently in the classroom and while I’m still enjoying writing, my schedule is not as regular as it used to be.
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 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
- research skills
- 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’ve enjoyed presenting at many conferences, schools, and webinars across Victoria and beyond. I’ve also given guest lectures at Deakin University and taught an undergraduate subject.
I’m a busy mum of two young children and enjoy keeping fit, reading, cooking, podcasts, and finding new ways to keep my life super organised! (Want to hear some of my top productivity tips? Check this post!). I consider myself 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.