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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
Working in a Secondary School as a Teaching Assistant, I have seen first hand the pressures Teachers are under in order to get good grades. This limits the pupils, as they learn at different rates, this then frustrates the Teacher, as they only have a set amount of time to stay on a topic and then move on.
Attending the MirandaNet evening at the University of Bedfordshire, where I am a 2nd Yr Childhood&Youth Student, enriched my learning tenfold. I was amazed by Dr Yapp and his thoughts on the future of ICT in schools. I really liked the idea of the school being used out of hours, for the community and totally agree.
I also really loved the fact the learning should be personalised. Pupils would get so much more out of education if it was streamlined to their needs. I am looking forward to being part of a moving forward group in which ICT can be used so much more effectively not only in schools but in the wider community too.
My interests in ICT are anything that will help with lifelong learning. I have also a strong interest how ICT is being shaped in the classroom,now and in the future. With my experiences working in a school, I found at first, Yr 7 pupils only used the computer to play games and use Facebook. When working alongside the Teacher, we introduced other ways of using ICT and it was met with excitement and amazement. The Interactive Whiteboard was hardly used in some lessons, instead frustrating pupils working from textbooks on how to use ICT!
I particularly liked Dr Chris Yapp thoughts on when pupils are learning a new language, why not connect up with children in other countries via the computer and learn that way. With MirandaNet, I can keep up and move with new innovations about ICT, which is a must when going into Teaching once I graduate.
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