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Twitter ID: @davidjlongman
I have been a teacher trainer since 1984 and an ICT/Computing subject specialist since 1974. My intellectual and professional engagement with ICT and education began early and has never left me. My practical influences have been Professor Aaron Sloman, Professor Seymour Papert, and Professor Stephen Heppell and of course the numerous colleagues and students with whom I have worked over the years. My intellectual roots are in the critical discussions of schooling exemplified by such figures as Ivan Illich and John Holt and more generally the madly subversive writings of the free school movements and deschoolers of the 1960s and 1970s as well as the progenitors of that movement between 1918 and 1939 (notably A.S. Neill, and Susan Isaacs).
More recently I have become reinvigorated by the 'digital ethnography' of Michael Wesch, a dynamic perspective on the value of socially-centred learning in a digitally driven culture. I am re-motivated too by the possibility that computer programming may be about to undergo a renaissance in education and perhaps will now begin to have significant impact on our curricula as a vehicle (or perhaps a Trojan horse) for higher order learning and thinking across all phases and disciplines (see Computing At School). Programming is conceived in the wider sense of a formal tool for thinking rather than as a component of computer science.
These many strands give me hope that the outliers and exceptional learners in our midst (the outcasts, the challenged, the gifted, and the different) will have their chance to make decisive contributions to an uncertain planetary future.
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