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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
I began teaching in Barcelona in 1990 when technology meant a video player on a trolley in the staff room that everyone fought over on Friday afternoon. CD players were too expensive and in any case few educational publishers went beyond tapes. Key technical skills for teaching staff were the ability to use tipp-ex and blu-tac judiciously in assembling photocopiable handouts. A PGCE in 1995 led to me an evaluation of multimedia IT resources for MFL, largely uninspiring matching activities whose usefulness faded with their novelty.
In 2002 I took a Masters in Computer Studies in a bid to start a new life as a IT millionaire. By the time I got round to designing my dissertation I had developed a curiosity about the use of VLEs for group work and collaborative styles of learning and assessment.
Following this I have had several roles at the University of Sheffield School of Education as a web designer, web technician, web developer (I can code a bit) and also learning technologist, advising on the use of different courseware tools, tasks for online learning assessment and the use of Web2.0 environments such as Ning and Facebook.
I am thrilled by the challenges of learning and teaching and intrigued by the possibilities and limitations of technology in education.
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