My name is Steve Boutilier (although you’ll mostly see me online as Steve Boots or SBotas), and I’m very excited to be a part of EC&I 830. I’ve always felt myself to be somewhat tech-savvy, from my early days coding in QBasic with my brother, to trying to write HTML in a notepad document to code my first Geocities site. The site, for the record, was created to express my strong feelings about Star Wars, and to feature GIFs of spinning X-wings. Safe to say, I was a bit of an indoor kid.
As an educator, I’m the proud teacher of a grade 4/5 French Immersion class at Elsie Mironuck School. While I have no formal tech training, I hold the proud position of “guy everyone brings their broken computers to.” It’s a noble profession. I am passionate about the use of Ed Tech in the classroom, and will often use Khan Academy, Duolingo, and a variety of online learning games with my students in order to enrich their learning. I do, however, have a number of concerns about the application of educational technology in the classroom, which I will be bringing up in the upcoming debate.
Personally, I am an avid golfer, swimmer, runner, cyclist, and enjoy all athletic pursuits. However, the biggest part of my life outside of work, friends, and family is my powerlifting. I am a competitive lifter in the 83 and 93 kilogram weight classes, and am planning on competing at my first national championships this coming year. I have compartmentalized most of my powerlifting work to my instagram, so if you’re curious, I’m on there as @stevebotas.
I’m very excited for the coming class, and look forward to a number of meaningful and important discussions about Ed Tech.