Training & Workshop Schedule for March/April

Finishing  social media training for Property Management team in Ottawa.Maureen Kerr

Finishing NRC-funded committee’s website and management/training WordPress, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Kids Tech Camp in Partnership with the Town of Stratford.

Programming and 3D rendering/printing workshop at Stonepark Intermediate School in partnership with UPEI.

Training a visually impaired community and events manager how to use social media marketing for a local company.

Developing a Lego Robotics program for children to be delivered soon.

Etc, etc.

Very happy to have the work but also have time to play games and spend time with my own boys and family.


Moving along

I’m sending off my first version of my pitch deck tomorrow.  I’ve been working at it for the past few days, polishing off some last details.

When it comes down to it, if it weren’t for the internet and access to information that I have been steered towards, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing tomorrow.  I’m not sure I even knew what a pitch deck was until the past few weeks!  I’ll let you google it if you don’t know, just like I did.

As a recent prospective business partner said to me recently, “I can’t believe that you’re sitting at your kitchen table in PEI, with your finger on international education”.  And the only reason I am able to be somewhat near what he’s talking about is because of everything being accessible online.

Having a brother who is the principal of an international school in Shanghai doesn’t hurt either. Dan has a fantastic blog you should check out:

This is why I am so passionate about teaching educational technology.  I’m totally self-taught, just like Sugata Mitra, who devised the Hole in the Wall Theory.  Not that I have my Phd or have Slumdog Millionaire based on my life like him, but he did teach himself with computers and is responsible for helping thousands of slum kids throughout India teach themselves how to use a computer and navigate the internet, thus opening doors for them that may not have been otherwise.

That’s how I was able to teach 3D autocad in my afterschool technology program with elementary school kids.  They taught each other!  I was there as a resource and to guide them (along with other helpers like our town mayor and an inventor), to answer questions if totally necessary but usually they worked it out themselves.  The concept of peer-to-peer in 21st Century learning is massive.

I’m getting my chance to tell this story to possible investors, partners and sponsors in the coming weeks and am very excited about it.  I’ve been working on this for two and a half years and it feels like it’s close to actually happening.

Please contact me if you’re interested.

Summer Update

I’ve been working with clients in Ottawa over the summer which has been fun to spend some time in that beautiful city.

My brother is in the military and has just moved there.  I had the honor of meeting the Admiral of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Commodore of the East Coast Navy and the CDS (Cheif of Defence Staff), General Walter Natynczyk.  All of the brass was a bit bedazzling but not unfamiliar as my dad was a colonel in the Air Force but started out as a naval Sea King pilot (when they were brand spanking new) and he was actually on the HMCS Algonquin which is the ship my brother was captain of until recently.  I have to say that the strong sense of fellowship I saw caused  me to respect their loyalty to the Canadian Forces even more.

I’m offering a group training program in September.  With my clients I’m finishing up with in August, I will have put through over 40 organizations through an introduction to social media for business including the Canadian Breast Cancer Network, the Merchantman Pub, the town of Stratford, and Career Development Services.

My project is coming along and I’m working on procurement right now and the business model of a mobile learning lab.

I’m heading out tomorrow to live tweet on a PEI lobster fishing charter boat tomorrow.  The real deal, with Captain Mark Jenkins.

I really enjoy what I do.  Hire me and you’ll like what I do, too, or your money back guaranteed.