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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
Ian Lynch (deceased)
Twitter ID: @Ingotian
Editor adds: it was with great sadness that we heard the news that Ian died on the weekend of May 23-24 2015. He was a good friend of MirandaNet, a passionate advocate of ICT in teaching and learning, a great debater. He will be sorely missed.
My interest in ICT started in 1979 with a ZX80. I then progressed to a BBC B writing some programs for the school Special Needs Department where I was Head of Physics. I then programmed some admin. support for my new Science Department and won a Micro User Award for it. I then went to the first CTC as a member of the SMT responsible for science and technology and whole college assessment. Taught myself ARM Assembler and programmed electronic registration and reporting systems for the college. I then went to the CTC Trust as Curriculum Director for maths and science but also did the team's technical support. Set up IRIS, the professional association for RgIs, supported the writing of more than 200 specialist schools applications across all subjects embedding ICT use in the development plans. Alongside this I ran
Prefer to use the term digital technologies. Interested in strategies to improve understanding to the point where people are not slaves to particular technologies and the use of digital technologies in schools is at least representative of that in society and likely to keep up with trends in the outside world. Few people write extensively by hand outside education, most young people use collaborative technologies routinely in their social lives. Schools are rapidly becoming anachronistic because the nature of large bureaucratic role cultures means they don't handle change well. My interest is in finding combinations of pedagogy and technology within the constraints of the politics to enable positive change. It's not an easy task.
Main project is the INGOT assessment system and building TLM as the organisation supporting it. Subprojects along the way include EU Tranfer of innovation projects, INGOTs (International Grades Open Technologies), SAFE (Special needs Accreditation for Europe), GEBOL (Get European Business on Line) and The Transversal Key Activities project HandsonICT. (Mooc development for teacher training) New projects in transfer of innovation are SENDI (Special needs certification for adults in shetered work shops) and THSS (Transfer of INGOT technologies and methods to Hotel and Tourism). I'm supporting the development of the Modern Baccalaureate (ModBac) and the Technology to support the new Duke of York's Award for STEM subjects in UTCs. New computing qualifications based on the new curriculum in partnership with NAACE and new qualifications for design, engineer, construct with a range of players in the construction industry.
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