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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
I believe passionately in a holistic, individualised, student centred approach to education, where personal and emotional developments are intrinsically linked to high academic and vocational success. The advent of e-learning and new technologies provides exciting new opportunities across the spectrum of teaching and learning. Embracing these changes empowers students, increasing involvement and expands the tools available to them to become independent and life-long learners. As staff, a time effective model of resource gathering is created, with the sharing of good practice within departments or across the globe, at its core. With the advent of answer-finding search engines, iTunes U, Khan Academy and many others, students have access to diverse and powerful learning tools at all times. Teaching a 21st Century curriculum must address a shift toward key skills for the technological unknown, fast-changing employment future. Coaching independent learning skills alongside key digital skills is paramount for every teacher, regardless of subject. This pedagogy of i-learning is something that is central to my own teaching and personal development. I work to assist in developing an e-community within Guernsey schools to meet the needs of both our learners and the continued development of staff to ensure high standards of learning throughout. Within my own current educational pathway, I am undertaking research at Masters level, including work on the use of a VLE to promote creativity, investigating risk-taking, confidence and a sense of “play.”
I have recently been involved in a collaborative student project using the VLE Its Learning, for which we won their global award: www.itslearning.eu/best-use-winner-2012
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