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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
Having been in teaching for the last 10 years, I have seen significant progress in the use of technology both at home and school. The use of technology to support learning is something that I believe in passionately as is the importance of teaching skills to children rather than equipping them to use specific software and hardware. Through my work with children with SEND, I have tried to develop the use of technology in the classroom for engaging all children. I have used a range of hardware to support poor readers, writers and mathematicians as well as developing the use of web tools for encouraging participation outside of the traditional classroom environment. I believe that one of the great challenges for the teaching profession is integrating the embedded technological skills that each new generation of children will have and use these skills to push their learning to new levels. I also believe that without acknowledging and adapting our schools to the new technology, children will become disengaged by an archaic and outdated system. I use Wikipedia when I want to learn about something why can’t they? In my classroom, I try to use a range of strategies to ensure every child is inspired to learn. Technology is one of those strategies.
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