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About Mr. Joel Rogness

I've been teaching for 5 years, though I've basically always worked in education in some fashion. From guiding canoe trips in the BWCA, to teaching primitive skills and wilderness awareness at the Tom Brown Jr.'s Tracker School youth program, education has always had a draw for me. Initially I was a tech skeptic, feeling that students should be taught classic literature and rhetoric. I still believe in the importance of those things, but have become convinced that new forms of communication and collaboration are more than just window-dressing. If at all possible my students use free, collaborative, cloud-based technologies. While I love Apple's hardware, and while I've been lucky enough to have a classroom set of iPads, and to teach in a brand new mac lab, I usually don't teach kids how to use Apple's software because of how expensive and proprietary it all is. If anyone would like to connect and work on collaborative media projects, I teach 9-12 grade. I'd be interested in particular to work with teachers and students from other countries.
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