Charmalee Kirk began her educational career teaching secondary students in Vernon, British Columbia. She then moved to Saskatoon and began working with newcomers to Canada teaching English as a Second Language. In October of 2015, she walked 800 km across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago. A year later, she returned to BC to complete a Masters in Educational Technology at UBC. She then worked as a technology specialist and Assistant Director at an Independent School for girls, York House. Charmalee is now living in Saskatoon and very passionate about helping others become more confident using technology while gaining new skills.
Charmalee has completed her Google Educator Level 1 and 2 and has presented at numerous Google Summits as well as teacher development workshops. She has led a variety of small group workshops to both children and adults.
“What makes technology empowering, is how we use it.”
Technology should not be used just because it is there. Technology can improve communication between people, enhance thinking skills, make instruction more efficient and effective, as well as help to develop important life skills. Technology needs to be used purposefully and appropriately. It is not just a fancy add-on, but a tool with which to help us understand the world. As an instructor, the goal is not to do it for you, or tell you what to do, but to empower you to do things for yourself. Technology can help us make our lives easier, but it definitely doesn’t replace human interaction.