About Me

www.gretelpatch.com

This is my digital repository as I pursue my Masters of Educational Technology from Boise State University. I link to my courses, chart AECT standards acquisition, and post my artifacts and reflections in my blog. This site will continually evolve as my journey progresses. Enjoy the ride!

I seek to help schools, teachers, and students better implement technology in their learning environments. While technology is an exciting and valuable resource in the classroom, it is also rapidly-changing and complex. I want to help others navigate and utilize the many tools available to them.

Because of my husband’s profession, we move to a new country every 2-3 years. This gives me a unique opportunity to expose people with limited education and resources to technology. I am still trying to figure out the best way to use my education to empower others.

Currently we live in Kathmandu, Nepal, with our four children (ages 10, 8, 6, 3) and our Apple family of iPods, iPhones, iMac, and iPad.

Here’s a Prezi I created for EdTech 554 that introduces me a bit:

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4 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Gretel,
    Thank you for your content-rich site. It is lovely and well-put together. It has been very helpful to a project in my first IDT course. As a doctoral student in the LEEDS program at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, it’s required. Digital immigrant does not begin to describe my position in matters technological. Mounting a PLE is a requirement. As yet I have not completed the About section on my blog page but am determined to make it my next venture. That’s why I decided to click yours to see what it was like, what I could learn from it. Well, no disappointment! An encouragement and a high mark to attempt to reach in creating mine. What I loved most about your video was the fact that you are a mother first. That strikes a chord in me. I have five sons, and mother has always been my first priority as well. Again, great work!

    • Thanks for your kind comment and feedback! True, we are always mothers first, and it is through pursuing this field that I feel even more connected and part of my children’s schooling and lives. They have an exciting future ahead of them and I want them to be equipped with the skills and tools they need to enjoy the ride. I wish you the best in your doctoral studies!

  2. Dear Gretel, Another mother, student & teacher here 🙂 I am from the Netherlands, single mother with one son ( almost 10) teaching in higher education and trying to get a Master in Educational Theory. My interests are on CSCL and “technology driven/supported education”. So I stumbled upon your website and are so pleased I did! As the former guest already mentioned..it is very content-rich and I am sure it will be very helpfull for me too! I just started a blog in Dutch and yours is very helpfull as an example as for the research I am trying to do for my masters degree.
    So thanks a lot! Thought I might let you know so you the effort you put into it is worth while! 🙂
    Best regards to you & your family.

    • Thanks so much, Ilonka! I truly appreciate your comments and feedback. It sounds like you are involved in some great things too. Too bad I can’t read your blog (I can only dream that I speak Dutch), but we did really enjoy a wonderful trip this summer to The Netherlands. What a beautiful place! Best regards in your efforts and thanks again for taking the time to write.

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