Human Connection in the Digital Age

Learning to Tech: A Teacher Candidate’s Introduction to 21st Century Learning

By Emily Vance
As a teacher candidate in the Education Program at UBC I had no idea what kind of environment I would be stepping into when my practicum began just twelve short weeks ago. Of course I knew that I would be teaching English in some way, but to whom and how was a mystery to me. It wasn’t until I showed up that Monday morning, bright-eyed and eager to impress, did I find out the subjects of my classes along with their composition. It was also then that I was told of the school’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy and their subscription to Google Apps. This meant that every student in the entire school came to class equipped with a laptop and little else in their backpacks.