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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
I have been an educator for 14 years. For the past 11 years, I have been integrating technology into my classes in various ways at Dubai Men's College. I am a business teacher with an active research interest in visual communication assisted by various technologies (for example, Prezi, Compendium, Screencasting, Dialogue Mapping). In the past I have done research on integrating Blogs and Wikis into content classes for second language students. As all of our students are all learning in a second language, teaching content can be quite a challenge. Technology can help overcome the difficulties in a variety of ways.
I have a BS in Math, an MA in English and a Ph.D. in Organization and Management. I consider myself to be a lifelong learner and I have a wide variety of interests. Unfortunately my available time is limited, which makes capitalizing on my curiosity a constant challenge. My wife and I have a one-year-old boy, and making sure he has as much variety of opportunity as possible for exploring and learning about the world is one of our primary concerns.
MirandaNet seems to be much more oriented toward helping individuals with achieving their teaching/learning goals than other professional organizations in which I have held memberships in the past. I am looking forward to taking an active role here.
I have been a Certified Member of the Association of Learning Technology (CMALT) for three years. I am also a Lead Assessor of CMALT candidate portfolios and was a founding member of the CMALT Development Group. My primary reason for becoming a portfolio assessor was to gain a broader understanding of the work educational technologists were engaged in and how they approach their work.
I have many interests in ICT in relation to classroom teaching. For example, I have pioneered the use of blogs and wikis for teaching content in a second language environment here at our college (along with my colleague Mark Curcher). Currently I am exploring the use of Prezi (a presentation software) as a repository for case study and project data, with the intent of using previously collected raw data as a teaching tool for writing business cases. In addition, I am using Prezi as a vehicle for capturing classroom discussion (dialogue mapping).
Currently I am exploring the use of Prezi (a presentation software) as a repository for case study and project data, with the intent of using previously collected raw data as a teaching tool for writing business cases. I am also using Prezi as a vehicle for capturing classroom discussion (dialogue mapping).
In addition, I have arranged for the purchase of a class set of whiteboards and am forming a pilot group which will explore their use in a variety of courses across the college.
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