Hello everyone. My name is Barbra Donachy. I’m officially halfway done with my masters in Educational Technology. I really enjoy the niche of technology in the sometimes very frustrating profession of education. I teach 5th grade in one of the largest bush schools in the state of Alaska in Point Hope, which is 200 miles above the Arctic Circle. At my school, I also function as the site tech, which gives me an opportunity to practice my tech skills with pre-school to pre-real-world students and their teachers. My students love to be tech guinea pigs. We are lucky to have lots of technology to try out at my school. My students are gamers, bloggers, and YouTube performers.
I came to Alaska with my husband four summers ago. We had a lovely life in a downtown bungalow surrounded by fruit trees in sunny Sacramento, California. Both of us were antsy in that life and went on a 43-day adventure up the AlCan to Alaska with our boat in tow. On the drive home from that amazing adventure-filled summer, we both looked at each other somewhere in the middle of Yukon and simultaneously agreed we needed to move to Alaska. A few months later, we found jobs at the same school and began the transition to a life we love in the most beautiful state in the union.
From berry picking season to whaling season, we soak up village life on the tundra. We enjoy the quiet beauty of where we live and especially enjoy capturing it via photography. When we are not outside, we keep ourselves busy experimenting in the kitchen usually with delicious success. In the summer, we live on a sailboat in Seward, Alaska. This has added a whole new series of adventures in boating, fishing, cooking, hiking and photography. We’ve been documenting this experience on a blog, www.Cutterlight.com, which, to our delight, has grown in popularity and reached people in 140 countries, so far.
I’m excited to turn my technology perspective from global to a tight view to my students this semester. My goal is that they will get to experiment with more aspects of digital storytelling with a tailor-made challenge for each student.