Cloud of Learning

My educational journey

My name is Andre Quaglia and have been a professional educator since 2005. I am currently a secondary school teacher working for the Greater Essex District School Board, Ontario, Canada.  My teachable subjects are Business Studies, Cooperative Education, and Geography.

I completed my Masters in Educational technology degree from Lawrence Technological University in 2011. My area of research was in the development of a balanced scorecard tool to plan and evaluate continuous improvement of information technology resources in my school district. I also serve on a number of technology committees at the school and system levels.

After finishing my MET degree, I applied for a department head position at the first K to 12 school built in my district.  The physical building was constructed in 2011 and is modular in design.

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This includes many open and collaborative spaces that are optimized for mobile learning and bring your own devices (BYOD). Networking services include a combination of wired and guest wireless networks supported by the I.T. department.

I had to creatively apply knowledge and reflect on best practices when the school opened in the Fall of 2011. No longer was I teaching in a one to one desktop computing environment with standardized hardware and software. My new environment consisted of a majority of mobile users that came to school with a variety of BYODs including laptops, netbooks, tablets, and smart phones. It was both rewarding  and challenging as I learned to adapt and troubleshoot many different hardware platforms, operating systems, and applications.

Over the past three years, I have worked with my administration and technology leaders to develop best practices based on prior experiences. On several occasions, I had an opportunity to present best practices during professional development opportunities.

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