My name is Cary Gealin Hart, and I am currently the Elementary School IT Integrationist at Anglo-American School of Moscow. I have been teaching internationally since graduating from university in the United States in 1999, with a degree in Early Childhood Education.
I started my teaching career off by jumping on a plane to La Maddalena, Italy to work in a Department of Defense school. I then moved to the Thai-Chinese International School in Bangkok, Thailand after a few years at home.
The International School of Florence, Italy, where I was introduced to the IBPYP curriculum, was a huge turning point in my career. I realized that the future of education was inextricably related to IT, and this move enabled me to begin honing my IT skills. Working with a fellow teacher, we started a faculty server for shared documents to allow for more collaboration in planning. We also partnered in the installation of interactive whiteboards within all classrooms.
In 2009, I moved to ACS Egham International School, another IBPYP school, outside of London. I taught 5th grade for 3 years, then in 2011 became the IT Integrationist. Since moving into the Lower School IT Integrationist position, I spearheaded the organization and implementation of a 1:1 iPad program. I created the student guidelines and handbooks for iPads. Organizing the London Apps Events Cloud Camp is yet another way that I sought to engage teachers in a new and exciting way.
In August 2016 I moved to a new school in Moscow, Russia. I joined the team at the Anglo-American School in Moscow as one of the elementary IT integrationists. I have been working hard to continue to develop the tech integration program in the elementary school.
I in 2015, I had an amazing experience that stems from my enthusiasm for technology in learning environments. In March, I was honored to present at the ECIS Tech Conference in Munich. I presented at the Google Apps Events European Summit in September 2015 and the Sweden Summit in April of 2016. Presenting is something that I hope to have more opportunities to do in my future as I enjoy sharing with other teachers the ways to use technology in their classrooms.
It has been a thrill to expand both the teachers’ and students’ educations through the addition of Information Technology. Teachers benefit by learning effective ways to integrate technology into the classroom and students thrive on new learning experiences rooted in technology. Not only is the technology itself appealing, it is central to collaborative learning. IT facilitates the synthesis of hands-on experiences and discovery opportunities to empower children, parents, and teachers in the most thorough and adaptive learning environment possible.
The views on this post are personal and not a reflection of the Anglo-American School of Moscow