Teacher in Focus: Jo Nase
by Celia Shortt
Jo Nase is the media specialist at Moreland Elementary School. She taught at Elm Street Elementary School for 12 years and has been at Moreland for three.
Why did you become a media specialist?
I was in the computer lab my last five years at Elm Street. The principal there really pushed me to get a media specialist degree. It is a good fit with my love of technology and love of reading. Also, Moreland truly is a warm and welcoming school and I feel blessed to be a part of the Moreland family.
What is your favorite part of being a media specialist?
I love that I get to work with every single student and staff member. I get to know them every year and see them grow. Helping them find that one book which gets them hooked on reading is exciting.
What do you do for fun?
I love to listen to music and to sing. I enjoy taking tons of pictures of my family and when I have time, I like to scrapbook, both online and off, and sew. I enjoy creating interactive technology lessons and activities for my students like using augmented reality apps and QR codes, and creating movies with iMovie and Video Star. I put many of the lessons and activities that I make on my media specialist’s blog, The Book Bug, and my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I also like to read teaching and library blogs and share what I find through my website called “A Teacher’s Bag of Tricks”, my facebook fan pages, Pinterest boards, LiveBinders and Twitter account. #tlchat #edtech #socialmediajunkie #nightowl.
If you were not a teacher, what would you be doing?
I really think I’d like to run my own online educational technology magazine and website. That would combine all my passions (education, technology, reading, writing, creating) into one career. I create or come across so many great educational technology lessons and activities, and think it would be so much fun to be able to have others share their ideas as well in an online format.
What is the one thing you want your students to learn?
I hope that I have successfully taught my students how to safely and effectively locate the appropriate materials, both in print and online, that they need and want, whether for fun or for information, when they need and want them.