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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
Working as a School ICT Technician was my first work related experience of ICT in Education. The wide variety of systems, complex requirements and low budgets all provided me with a stepping stone into the wonderful world of innovation that is at the centre of Educational Technology Support.
I soon became the Data Manager for the SIMS MIS system, whilst still providing an all round technical support service for all AV and IT systems.
I found myself coding a home grown, computer control system for the intranet, designing and building our own DIY PC Cases with zero accessible parts, making training videos and generally finding solutions where none were obvious.
I was hooked.
After 4 years, I moved overseas to concentrate solely on the MIS with another SIMS School, but that soon extended to linking in with all other Info systems, from the library to the ID card system, Intranet to VLE.
Currently in my eighth year in Saudi Arabia, I find myself involved in the roll out of new technology, from iPads with registration apps, to Digital Signage. Some of the challenges here are greater, but so are the rewards.
I am an active participant and moderator on www.EduGeek.net
I am interested in app development to assist in communication with teachers and students, as well as general geeky projects.
I have an aged Mac Classic in the office, which will soon be adorned with a shiny new Raspberry Pi.
SIMS.Net is where the bulk of my experience lies of late, and i have written many programs and scripts to make working with it easier.
A particularly successful project in my previous school was the DIY PC Case. We had a need for \'bullet proof\' cases, that had no accessible openings. We ended up designing our own with custom fittings, buying all the parts separately and assembling the PCs ourselves in the summer holidays. The next revisions required sourcing audio and usb sockets from China to add to the unit when the supply of affordable keyboards with those extensions was exhausted.
We extended the project to custom designed furniture upon which the units were bolted, with special trunking to hide the cabling and feed it straight to the PC, leaving a completely clear workspace.
Although time consuming, this was a great solution for the environment at the time, cheap and easy to maintain.
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