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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
I've worked in computers and communications since 1978. In the first part of my career I worked for Cable & Wireless, BT and GE and I was involved in may projects such as the first email service in the UK, the LINK banking service and even constructing subs for cable repairs. I found I was more interested in using this knowledge in helping the next generation and switched to education and deliberately worked in difficult and challenging Schools. I was running a School intranet in 1995, installed the largest non US thin client system at the time in 1998 and had wireless linked secondary and primary School in 1999. I've subsequently worked the in first Academy project in Bexley, an experience that has left me very dubious of top down solutions. Currently as Assistant Headteacher in Croydon I've found the emergence of Personal Learning Environments, Informatics and web 2.0 has reinvigorated the subject, the teachers and most importantly, the kids! The best is still to come.
1. Developing Cloud computing. I have been working in the field on what was once called dataprocessing since 1983 and have continued to work with its developments. The speed of the internet is the key to its eventual success. This will at last roll ICT out of the suite's and into everyday classrooms and teaching.
2. Information Design/Infographics: In ten years this will be a core unit of any ICT or Design course! It will become as commonplacs as DTP. Currently working on a variety of tasks including animating data.
3. Personal Learning Networks: the concept is clear, their existance is clear, but how on earth do you grow one, and do they have any real educational value.
Main areas I'm interested in writing up are:
Information Design: how to teach it and what to teach. i've a number of units being piloted in KS3 at present.
Personal Learning Network: introducing a lot of tools to Year 7 and want to see how they use them independently.
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