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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
I entered the world of education at 4 years old and have not left since. It is perhaps the only profession in the world that is never, ever dull. I have been a team member and leader at my current school since January 2006 where I discovered Sacred Heart Education and all it has to offer its members as learners and community members.
I have over twelve years professional experience and in that time I have been fortunate to teach in the UK, North Carolina USA and now in New South Wales Australia.
I am passionate about finding innovative ways to stimulate students and inspire their interest in learning. I want education to be exciting, supportive and challenging. Our students have to have the ability to compete in their adult professional lives and to contribute to global society. I am interested in the challenge of leadership and making tomorrow's leaders, something which has to begin with giving students the opportunity to be leaders in their school career.
I am about collaboration and building community. One of the fundamental prerequisites to good quality learning is for students to feel cared for and valued as individuals and as thinkers. When this is achieved we give students the confidence to experiment with new tools and concepts and to learn. ICT gives us the opportunity to make learning exciting and relevant to future generations. Technology removes limitations to creative thinking and provides a format for young learners to excel. ICT has the potential to give me as an educator and a learner the tools to fulfil these goals.
I want ICT to be a tool for learning, not an end in itself. ICT is best used to personalise learning for the specific needs of each student and as a means of collaboration between learners. I am interested in using podcasts to reflect on learning, mind mapping with the ICT program VUE and using powerpoint for students to create their own learning records and collect samples of their work. One of my goals for the coming year is to take part in an international ICT English language or literature based learning project with students at a fellow Sacred Heart school. Perhaps the most amazing advantage of ICT is to connect us across the globe and learn and grow together.
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