Tapped In Member Perspectives: Meet Michael Hutchison
is a social studies teacher at
Vincennes High School.
Michael keeps very busy online and offline. Online he's an active member in TAPPED IN, is
ED's Oasis staff,
frequently leads After School Online sessions, and is part of the TAPPED IN Help Desk,
is co-editor of the Virtual
Blackboard teacher resource site, and in the past has been a moderator/mentor/consultant for
OnlineClass. He also won first place in the National
Rikfin and Associates' 21st Century Teacher Contest in 1996 and 1997 and was a prize winner in
the Compaq Lesson Plan Contest in 1998. No wonder he wrote an article for Global School
"The Busy Teacher's Guide to Using Classroom Technology"! On the personal side, Michael
has been married for 20 years to his wife Suzie, a physical therapist, and is kept busy and
on track by their two daughters Katie (18), a college freshman majoring in social studies
education, and Molly (15) who attends Vincennes High School. The family cocker spaniel named
Lady also keeps Michael busy.
Why I Like TAPPED IN.
(or, why MOOing isn't just for cows)
I've used, and completely enjoyed TAPPED IN since January, 1998. When I started, I didn't have
an idea that I would use it as often as I do, or that I would find it as important a resource
as I do. Not only do I use it personally in order to interact with other educational professionals,
but I've also used it as a classroom resource and have used it to help other teachers see the power
of Internet connectivity. TAPPED IN has allowed me to be able to interact and know people not just
locally, but nationwide and worldwide as well. For me, that makes TAPPED IN a great asset. I
just wish more people in my school district utilized TAPPED IN, and one of my resolutions for 1999
is to use it more myself.
In a way, it's like an ensemble television show like the long-running show, M*A*S*H, for example.
In that show, several people from varied backgrounds and geographic areas were brought together
for one purpose, to work in a field hospital during the Korean War. Yet, in the middle of all
of that, the characters not only saw each other as important professionally, they saw each other
as important personally. They became a sort of informal family, and were just as close knit as
if they were related by blood. In my experience, I've been able to participate professionally,
but also been able to make many close friends through just being online in TAPPED IN.
In my own experience, I've been a host, or co-host, of several After School Online sessions, was
a participant in the 1998 Civil Rights Forum, and have on several occasions, conducted office
hours for ED's Oasis. All of this is a great professional experience for me, and I'm glad to
be part of the TAPPED IN family!