Chris Harbeck teaches grade 8 math to approximately 140 students each year in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has been teaching middle school students for over a decade and is in his sixth year of using 2.0 applications and "21st Century Learning" in his classroom. Despite the fact (or more realistically because of the fact) that math is one of those subjects students often reflect back on with distaste, fear or indifference, Chris has moved from teaching both social studies and math to the one subject. He has been involved in development of the middle years math curriculum at the divisional and provincial level. With his strong focus on conceptual understanding, Chris has discovered that using 2.0 tools and applications make math fun and interesting. An encouraging trend has emerged: students do not run away and saying "I hate math"; they love to do assignments and have started to see the beauty in math.Chris has presented at the K12Online Conference and recently was the keynote speaker at the 2011 BYTE Conference.
Recently he has realized the importance of fostering citizenship in teenage students. Through a variety of activities and inquiry projects students at Sargent Park School use technology and social networking to change the world one act at a time.
Chris blogs at Making It Interesting and can be found at @charbeck on Twitter.