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Wendy Garner

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Even prior to the completion of my first degree in ‘Psychology and Computing’, I knew that I wanted to work with children. From the age of 16 I worked as a classroom helper and Sunday school teacher within my home village. I chose to study psychology as I was very interested to understand how children learn and why people behaved in certain ways. It seemed to me, that to minor in ‘Computing’ would be useful, recognising that we were probably on the brink of a technological revolution. As such, I studied computer programming, mainly Fortran 77, although I remember the concept of ‘Windows’ being introduced during my final year. I then took a year out working with adults with mental health problems and it was this experience which confirmed my desire to work with and make a difference to, young children. I completed my PGCE and secured a first appointment. The internet was beginning to surface and one of the first things I did was to establish an ‘internet club’ for more able children (one of my specialist areas of study). I was then appointed as University Lecturer within a geography department, where I soon realised that ICT was an essential and crucial aspect of all of my teaching and administrative duties. I started to embed it within the teacher training course I was also leading. I then moved between institutions and eventually was appointed as Faculty Learning, Teaching and Assessment Co-ordinator within a large Education Faculty. Within this role, I have continued to develop an interest in forging productive links between ICT and education. Currently, I am particularly interested in Students’ use of virtual learning environments for learning, teaching and assessment. I am also keen develop better understanding about how digital and personal mobile devices can be used to support learning, teaching and assessment as well as evaluation and review by the student population. Innovative forms of assessment and feedback utilising modern, digital technology is also a key focal area for me at this time.


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