Search the Membership
Search the Case Studies
Search the Articles
MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
I am currently working at Brierton School, Hartlepool where I am Head of Year 7. I teach Physical Education and Outdoor Pursuits.
Click for an article on An Interactive Approach.
My interest in ICT began after my O Levels when I studied A level Computing Science. I wanted to study PE & Computing at University but in the early 80s nobody was offering such a course. I gained a Maths/Physical Education Degree at UCNW – Bangor and followed this with a PGCE at Exeter University. I taught for two years at Exmouth Community College when the lure of the big wide world was too much. I spent the next year travelling in Asia and Australia. I remember using the latest technology to contact home … a fax to my parents local post office (1988) – how times have changed.
In 1989, I returned to the North East and I bought my first home computer – a Macintosh Colour Classic. This I used to complete many admin tasks involved in teaching. I joined the staff at Brierton 8 years ago and throughout my time I have always used ICT to promote the image and the professionalism of the department. Notices, posters, newsletters and displays were all enhanced by using various forms of technology.
I wanted to prove my brain still worked and my interest in sports injuries led me to gain an International Diploma in Physiotherapy which I had completed as part of a home study course. My thanks to Brierton for allowing me the time to fulfil the practical requirements in Edinburgh. I next became an Assistant Head of Year and I was appointed Careers Co-ordinator for the school. In 1997, I became Head of Year (9) and I have continued in this role since.The MirandaNet scholarship, sponsored by Oracle has been the inspiration for my revitalised interest in finding ways to make PE teaching more 21st century. David Litchfield and the PE staff at Brierton are the backbone of my development and I know they will continue to support my ideas and allow me to ‘interrupt’ their lessons to try something new.
ICT InterestsMy time in school is divided between teaching PE and pastoral duties as a Head Of Year. My current year group are Year 7. A major change from last yeras Year 11. I use ICT in many areas, using video extracts, and digital cameras in practical lessons. I use database facilities for tracking and logging pupils behaviour, graphics from spreadsheets providing visual displays for group and year attendance figures. I supervise and assist pupils in their research whilst using CDRoms and the InterNet.
Recent ProjectsIncorporating the use of ICT in teaching physical education both in the classroom and in practical lessons. Linking in to provide ICT resourses which are effective for PE teachers. Developing the use of smartboard technology to further enhance the learning environment.
MirandaNet Members can go to the Log on/off area to edit their own profiles.