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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
I have been a computer enthusiast since the 1980s, starting with a BBC computer, then Atari STs and Macs, which I still use. Since 1997 I have been a part-time researcher in using ICT in education, particularly for publishing web-based resources and computer-mediated collaboration. I worked at Bangor University for five years. Most of the projects I have been involved with are described at homepage.mac.com/sueowen
I am also a teacher of adults and teenagers in the post-compulsory sector. I have used ICT in my own literacy teaching since 1991, and taught ICT as a subject at City of Bristol College from 2003 to 2007. I am particularly interested in the way teenagers use ICT for recreation in a way our team at Bangor were trying to persuade teachers to use it in the 1990s. At the moment I am a self-employed researcher based in North Wales, interested in rich virtual learning spaces, linking formal and informal education and the impact of mobile technology on learning.
ICT InterestsThe research projects I have been involved with have concerned online learning and collaboration, collecting and sharing resources, bilingual design, informal learning, mobile technologies. As a result of these, and of playing with computers as a hobby, I have learned how to use programs for web design, animation and online database management. I am a keen photographer so Photoshop is my all-time favourite program. As a consequence of having to teach about it I also know a lot more about Microsoft Office than I would have chosen to. I am interested in the history of using computers in education, especially the imaginative programmes used in the 1980s which developed thinking skills in a way which modern programs often fail to do.
Recent ProjectsMy MA dissertation (2004-5) was about using ICT to deliver the (new) Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum to a group of teenagers, with a view to improving their engagement. It succeeded, but the inspector didn't like it. In 2006 I had the chance to use an interactive whiteboard for the first time, and completed a short piece of research on easy ways to use it imaginatively. In that year I was also a member of the team which evaluated NGfL Cymru, the organisation which compiles and publishes collections of learning materials for Wales. My current research project is for the EU Minerva programme, and concerns intergenerational learning in public spaces, enhanced by ICT, and how the rich educational experiences can be harnessed by the formal education sector (www.puente.it). I am hoping to work with the local secondary school and the museum in Menai Bridge (www.prosiectmenai.co.uk ) to produce enhanced podcasts for the museum.
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